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Xbox One custom backgrounds confirmed by Phil Spencer

Xbox One custom backgrounds confirmed by Phil Spencer

The folks over at TiC Podcast spoke to Phil Spencer earlier today, and during the nearly 40 minute podcast they touched on a lot of topics, not the least of which is Xbox One custom backgrounds. During the talk, Spencer confirmed that such functionality will be coming to the console in due time, being joined by things like a screenshot feature and themes. When exactly they'll be arriving is still anyone's guess, but he confirmed that they are all in the works right now.

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Ricoh WG-30W digital camera: all around rugged

Ricoh WG-30W digital camera: all around rugged

Ricoh unveiled a rugged action camera last month, bringing with it a sporty design, portable size, and a tiny screen. Those looking for something similar, only larger and with more features, now have an alternative Ricoh option: the WG-30W, a rugged digital camera designed to handle all sorts of potential abuse: crushing, water exposure, extreme temperatures, drops, and other hazards that could happen in adventure settings. The camera will be arriving in time for the holiday season, though an exact launch date hasn't been provided yet.

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Endomondo update brings Android Wear support

Endomondo update brings Android Wear support

Endomondo has pushed out a large update for its Android users, and with it comes many big changes, perhaps the most notable of them being support for Android Wear. Requests for such support have been extensive; joining the announcement is also integration for the Samsung Gear S, adding that wearable to the already-supported Gear 2/Neo and Gear Fit. The update is available now, and Endomondo promises that it has yet another integration in the pipeline, though for which device wasn't detailed.

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MatchStick’s software ported ahead of launch

MatchStick’s software ported ahead of launch

MatchStick is a Firefox OS-based dongle tasked with taking on Google's Chromecast (check out our review). The device has seen ample success on Kickstarter and will be arriving this coming February if all goes as planned, a bit sooner for those who backed the project. The device will be a touch cheaper than the Chromecast when it arrives, but if you're not patient enough to wait another few months, there's another alternative: a ported version of MatchStick's software for an already-available streaming dongle.

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ZTE Grand X Max phablet slated for Cricket

ZTE Grand X Max phablet slated for Cricket

ZTE recently launched its ZMAX handset on T-Mobile, and following it up is a smartphone with similar features and design: the ZTE Grand X Max. Unlike the ZMAX, the Grand X Max will be launching at Cricket Wireless rather than T-Mobile (in fact, there's a perk for those who switch from the latter carrier), bringing with it a budget-friendly price, a few notable features like rapid charging, and a display large enough to place the phone solidly in the "phablet" category.

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Cadillac and American Airlines partner to bring perks

Cadillac and American Airlines partner to bring perks

You can never have too many travel perks, and so the latest announcement from Cadillac and American Airlines is welcomed news: the two companies have partnered to bring perks for travelers who use American Airlines, all of them revolving around Cadillac in some way. The downside is that the program will be limited to four (big) airports, with the exception of one perk, which will give any American Airlines' customers the option to earn frequent flier miles for test driving a Cadillac at their nearest dealership.

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HTC Desire 612 smartphone hits Verizon tomorrow

HTC Desire 612 smartphone hits Verizon tomorrow

The market is full of budget-centric smartphones that have started bringing with them features you wouldn't have found on such handsets a relatively short while ago. Among this emerging redefinition of lower-end smartphones is the HTC Desire 612, an entry-level Android handset that boasts both XLTE and the maker's BoomSound as its two biggest bragging points, as well as a notable 4.7-inch HD display. Verizon has detailed the phone, announcing that it will begin offering it starting tomorrow for free alongside a two-year contract.

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CoinGuard security system uses quarter-size sensors

CoinGuard security system uses quarter-size sensors

No connected home is complete without a security system of some sort, the likes of which have transformed over the years into something you can monitor from your most convenient mobile device. CoinGuard is one such connected security setup, and though not unique in function, it is notable for the size of its sensors. Staying true to its name, the CoinGuard sensors measure in just a bit bigger than a quarter, making them small enough to tag just about any device in your home, whether it's a door or a cookie jar.

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Pronto portable battery charges in five minutes

Pronto portable battery charges in five minutes

The gadgets that fuel our lives are largely mobile and battery-powered, and as a result external batteries are a necessary accessory for many, keeping your phone or tablet alive while you're traveling or otherwise away from an outlet. The problem with these larger batteries is that, as with their smartphone counterparts, they too eventually need charged, and depending on capacity, could need all night to completely juice back up. Such isn't the case with Pronto, however -- this portable battery boasts rapid charging in as fast as five minutes.

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Samsung Rugby 4 flip phone to launch at AT&T

Samsung Rugby 4 flip phone to launch at AT&T

The world is full of smartphones, and while durable options exist, many find the good ol' flip phone to be a better option. Not all flip phones are durable, of course, but the Samsung Rugby 4 is, at least according to AT&T, which will be launching the phone soon and in preparation posted a slapdash "stress test" video. The push-to-talk phone will launch this coming Friday, October 10, bringing with it a construction that meets military standards, as well as things like an integrated compass and WiFi.

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