Pre-order system for OnePlus experiences issues, company once again apologizes

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Nothing seems to come easy for OnePlus. There have been software issues and hardware issues with the One. However, the biggest problem is its availability. The invite system was a total mess as no one could get a hold of an invite. And there was really no reason for it. So OnePlus scrapped it in favor of a pre-order system. The company would allow prospective buyers to purchase the device at select times. Unfortunately, the pre-order system is not all that much better. The servers used experienced issues trying to handle a large influx of people.


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OnePlus giving away bamboo StyleSwap covers after discontinuing them

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Remember the StyleSwap covers that were discontinued last month? They are back… sort of. Apparently, the demand for them was so high that OnePlus feels the need to give away the hundreds of units that did maintain good quality. Putting them up for sale would be unfair and a bidding war is not necessary; therefore, OnePlus’ only option is a giveaway.

OnePlus asks that you complete a form to be entered for a chance to win a bamboo StyleSwap cover. The form is available today and entries will be denied on November 4. Winners will then be notified by OnePlus within the next day of the contest’s end.

Source: OnePlus [Giveaway Form Link]

Taco Bell accepting orders sent from its new app

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The folks at Taco Bell know exactly who their audience is. The fast-food company has launched mobile ordering for customers wanting to speed-up the process. From within its app available in the Play Store, you can place an order and pick it up. That way, the food is waiting for you instead of it being the other way around. Taco Bell did not stop with straightforward ordering, though. The revamped app lets customers select exactly what the want in the way they want it. Once an order is complete, it can be saved for a later date. Taco Bell also bundled a rewards program for frequent customers.

Hit the break for a video and download links.


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 28, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Hands on with the DROID Turbo

Accessories

OnePlus giving away bamboo StyleSwap covers after discontinuing them

Apps

Google Fit launches in the Play Store with seamless device syncing

Taco Bell accepting orders sent from its new app

YouTube may launch music service with ad-supported and paid versions


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Google X team’s latest project aims to detect cancer and other diseases early

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The Google X team has another very cool project they are working on, and it could wind up saving a lot of lives in the future. They are developing tiny magnetic particles, called nanoparticles, that would patrol the human body looking for signs of cancer and other diseases.

These nanoparticles would attach to cells, proteins, or other molecules inside the body. They are less than one-thousandth the width of a red blood cell, and would enter the body in a pill form.


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FTC suing AT&T over deceptive throttling, AT&T responds

FTC_LogoLooks like another carrier is in hot water with the FTC. This time it’s AT&T with their throttling practices. With many customers still on grandfathered unlimited data plans, it appears AT&T is throttling them after certain data usage milestones are hit. According to the FTC, using a navigation app or streaming video is nearly impossible to use. The bottom line is that AT&T changed the terms of service, but didn’t tell customers when they were renewing.


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Does wearing a Moto 360 give you a better chance at getting laid than other smartwatches?

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Earlier today, Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh was interviewed at Code/Mobile by Walt Mossberg. The subject came up about the idea that wearing smartwatches (or any digital watch) guarantees you a life of celibacy. So Walt asked Rick if they considered that when designing the Moto 360. Rick had an interesting answer, of which you can see after the break.


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Motorola releases several videos showing off the Droid Turbo’s best features

motorola_droid_turbo_verizon_black_redThe newly announced Droid Turbo has several features that are great selling points, but there’s no better way to convince yourself to buy a new phone than by seeing those features in action. Fortunately, Motorola has released a few videos showcasing just what their latest device can do, including the extremely powerful Snapdragon 805 processor, the 21 megapixel camera, the waterproof housing, and the battery life and quick charge features.
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MapMyFitness gets Google Fit integration and an Activity Feed in update

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We can expect a slew of fitness-related applications to receive updates in the coming weeks. Why? Because Google Fit is here. The activity tracking platform from Google collects data from outside apps and organizes it into a single profile. MapMyFitness has received an update today that includes this new Google Fit integration behind some other core changes. It has a new Activity Feed. This section takes what you and friends are doing and displays it for everyone to see. From there, you can compare yourself and see how far ahead (or even behind) you are. MapMyFitness also added Gear Tracker, a way for users to monitor their shoes purchased through Zappos.

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Google+ Photos will Halloweenify uploads with spooky or fun looks

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With Halloween coming up on Friday, Google wants to make sure you have a way to show some holiday spirit online. Through Google+ Photos, you can Halloweenify your photographs. There are options for “spooky” or “fun” looks. The image above is a sample of what Google can do with the Halloweenify feature. With group photos, it can add the effect to a maximum of four people.

Here is how you can do it:

  1. Go to photos.google.com
  2. Select a look
  3. Select your photo and upload it

Simple enough, right? Now go Halloweenify every selfie you have!

Via: +John Nack