MotoMaker Moto X Now At $479.99 Off-Contract, A $100 Price Drop

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Hey, who doesn’t love a good discount nowadays? Well, you’re in luck. The MotoMaker Moto X has now dropped to a mere $479.99 for a no-contract version of the handset. If you want to own your device right out, we think this is a pretty fair price to go the hassle-free route of not being locked into a carrier. The original drop to $99 for the on-contract device is still available should you want to go the subsidized route. However, at this time the offer for the non-contract device only extends to the AT&T version through the MotoMaker site. The off-contract price is good for the 16GB model while the 32GB will run you $529.99. Stay tuned as we’ll keep an eye out should the offer extend to T-Mobile customers which would be ideal since the device is currently a whopping $599.99 for a 16GB (Dev Edition $649.99/32GB). It would probably be in Magenta’s best interest to get the ball rolling on a price drop to take advantage of the upcoming holidays. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: MotoMaker

Galaxy Gear support to be added to more smartphones in US

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One of the main criticisms of the Galaxy Gear at launch was that it was only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1.

Now, Samsung has begun adding support for the device to many other phones in the United States. The support will come via software update, which will soon come to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II, and the Galaxy S III.

For some, the software update will come today, but it should go out to everyone over the coming weeks depending on exact model and carrier.


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Mirror your Android device to your browser: Koush teases his latest project

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Ever wanted to mirror your Android device in your browser? Such a thing is quickly coming into fruition as the famous Android developer, Koush, teased all of us a short video of his latest project which does just that. Before watching the video, I expected it to be a bit choppy, but to my surprise it looks great and very fluid for an early preview.

Sadly Koush reveals no other information about the project, much less a release date, but I’m sure he will when the time is right. Check out the video after the break and let us know if it’s something you would use yourself!


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Google looking to expand Glass Explorer program, current users will be given three invites to give out, asking price still $1500

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Google is looking to expand its Glass Explorer program, which provides thousands of developers with the option to own their very own pair of Google Glass.

Although Glass isn’t expected to be available on the consumer market until 2014, Google is ramping up production on the devices anyway, with a possible upcoming dispatch of more Glass units into its Explorer program in the coming months.

How will Google make these extra Glass units available, you ask? According to the Financial Times, existing Glass owners “will be able to invite a limited number of friends to buy the device.”


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Google announces a Google+ event for tomorrow, still no Nexus 5 news

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At this point, I’m pretty sure Google enjoys trolling the internet. They recently held a Google Play event where seemingly nothing noteworthy happened, and today, Google has announced an event for tomorrow… just for Google+ updates. No hardware, no software, just news about a “few updates” to their social network. I’m sure it’ll still be an interesting event, and there’s probably some cool stuff planned.

That Nexus 5 has to be announced sometime, right?

source: Google+

Nexus 5 camera samples leak on Google+

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The Nexus 5 official announcement is going to come any day now, and we’ve received a series of leaked images of the device since rumors started floating around the web. Now, we’re starting to see some camera samples on Google+ from the Nexus 5.

They’re pretty normal pictures, but after going into the EXIF data, the Nexus 5 is listed as the device used to take the picture. There were other images that appeared which showed a Googler during a family Halloween event at the Googleplex.

Hit the break for the full resolution image.


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How to use Screen Write on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Screen Write is a quick way to grab a screenshot from your Galaxy Note 3 and make some annotations on it. You can save it as a jpg image that will be found in your gallery. You can then share it via text messaging, email, or any other app via the sharing menu. You can use Screen Write for sending information on a Web Page such as a chart or a recipe. Whatever is on your screen will be captured, so the possibilities are endless.

All you have to do is open the Air Command by hovering your S Pen over your display while it is on the screen you want to capture. Then press the button on our S Pen, and the Air Command fan will open. Now tap on the third option, Screen Write. You will then be able to jot some notes on the screenshot and you can save it by tapping on the checkmark at the top right. Later, you will find the image in the Gallery under screenshots.

Just hit the break for a quick video showing you how it works. Also, be sure to check out our other Galaxy Note 3 guides.


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How to use Scrapbook on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Samsung has a new feature that debuted on the Galaxy Note 3, and it’s called Scrapbook. It’s actually quite useful. It allows you to save content into “Scrapbooks.” This can be a screenshot from an app, a Web page, or a YouTube video. When you grab a Web page, the link is saved along with it for future reference. You can also categorize your scrapbook with different folders and add tags and/or Notes to each item you have clipped.

To add something to your Scrapbook, just open Air Command by hovering your S Pen over the display and pressing the button on the S Pen. Choose the second option, Scrapbooker. Then draw a circle around the contents you want to save. You will then be given the opportunity to add tags and/or a Note as well as choose the folder you would like to add it to. When you are all set, just tap on the checkmark at the top right to save it. There is also an option to add an item to your scrapbook bypassing Air Command. Just press and hold the S Pen button and draw a circle on the screen and select Scrapbook. For whatever reason, it doesn’t grab as much information, but it will still capture the URL link. Lastly, you can sync Scrapbook to your Samsung account so it’s accessible on other devices.

Hit the break for a video showing you how it all works. Also, be sure to check out our other Galaxy Note 3 guides.


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How to use Action Memo on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Samsung is the king of offering a lot of different features on their phones, and the Galaxy Note 3 is no exception. Action Memo is similar to S Memo, but it’s meant for quick notes that you can take action on now or later. To start an Action Memo, just hover your S Pen over the screen and press the button. The Air Command fan will appear. Just tap on the first option, Action Memo.

You can now write whatever you want in the memo such as a phone number, email address, or street address. Just tap on the “Link To Action” button at the top and it will highlight what you wrote. You will then be given an opportunity to make a phone call, add a new contact, send a text, send an email, search the Web, open Maps, or add items to a todo list. Just choose the appropriate action. You can even save your Action Memos to use later by tapping on the checkmark at the top right. To open previously saved Action Memos, just open the Action Memo app from your app drawer.

For a better look, hit the break for my hands on video. Also, be sure to check out our other Galaxy Note 3 guides.


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