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Nexus 5 back in stock, and probably staying around

Nexus 5 back in stock, and probably staying around

Earlier today, as we were hunting down all the Nexus/Android good stuff for you, our readers, something stuck out. I passed if off as a bit off as an error (because Google had quite a few of them today), but it’s there, plain as day, and still present. It doesn’t make sense, either, considering Google’s Nexus madness of years past. The Nexus 5 still has a home, and not a hidden one deep in the support pages. The Nexus 5 just might stick around.

 

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This ultra-fast Internet may beat Google Fiber to your home

This ultra-fast Internet may beat Google Fiber to your home

Google Fiber offers mind-boggling data transfer speeds, but fiber optics require a massive build-out. That need for digging keeps Fiber from rolling out quickly, and gives the competition a chance to catch up where Fiber hasn’t made its presence known. That Gigabit speed via Fiber and other services is impressive, but also a bit of overkill. New wireless tech from Mimosa brings us all back to Earth a bit, but still delivers on impressive data speeds you’re likely not currently getting.

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Nexus 6: big for carriers, OnePlus, and Motorola

Nexus 6: big for carriers, OnePlus, and Motorola

Nexus 6 might be the phone you’re looking for this Fall and Winter, with it’s big screen and top-end spec sheet. Even if you’re a fan of Nexus (I am) and are in the market for a new phone, there’s one important aspect of the newest Nexus that will make you think twice about swarming the Play Store October 29 to snap one up. At $649, the Nexus 6 is the most expensive starting price for a Nexus phone ever.

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Apple may kick Fitbit out of stores over HealthKit

Apple may kick Fitbit out of stores over HealthKit

Not long ago, we reported that Fitbit wasn’t enthralled with Apple’s HealthKit. They didn’t say it was lacking, but they also said they were being a bit more pragmatic about it than some users would hope for. According to a new report, Apple will stop selling Fitbit products in their stores, instead choosing to make way for their own wearables which do support HealthKit. Though it’s not clear exactly why Fitbit is being removed from store shelves, the HealthKit slight is hard to look past.

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Apple slips up, leaks iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Apple slips up, leaks iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

So, hey — there’s an Apple event tomorrow. We’ve been speculating, like everyone else, that a few new iPads were coming. Typically, that’s just chatter until Apple reveals what they’ve got for us, which usually comes via their announcement. No matter how convincing the leaks or rumors are (remember the iPhone 6?!), we temper it with pragmatism, and patiently wait for Apple to confirm things. They’ve done that a bit early this time, with the new iPad owner’s manual tipping Apple’s iHand for tomorrow’s event.

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Here’s why non-cable HBO may not be so great

Here’s why non-cable HBO may not be so great

For some, the point of cable is having HBO. Where else are you going to (legally) get Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire? If you’re a cord cutter, or at least want to be, we’ve got good news. HBO is planning to offer a subscription service in 2015 that doesn’t require a cable subscription. That might sound dandy, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions. We know it’s web-based, and launchings sometime in 2015 — but that’s about it.

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Motorola to update all phones to Android Lollipop

Motorola to update all phones to Android Lollipop

With Android Lollipop rolling out over the coming weeks, we’ll start hearing which devices will get the update. Motorola, who coincidentally made the Nexus 6, are first to the starting line in the Android Lollipop update race, and have announced their plans on updating their existing devices to the latest and greatest from Android. If you’ve got a Motorola device, you’ll definitely want to read this. And judging by the list, if you don’t have a Motorola device — but are concerned about timely updates — you might want one.

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Nexus 6 official: here are the details [Update]

Nexus 6 official: here are the details [Update]

The Nexus 6 is a big phone. Google is wisely marketing it as one with “more space to explore”, with “more sound to hear”. Still, a 6-inch screen encroaches on too-big for many users. The rest of the Nexus 6 is equally big, meaning Google has scaled their latest Nexus accordingly. Now that it’s out,we’re learning all about the newest Nexus flagship smartphone, and just what it brings to the table, officially. Oh, and hey, we’re finally getting Android Lollipop, too!

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Android Lollipop, Nexus 6, 9, and Player all arrive!

Android Lollipop, Nexus 6, 9, and Player all arrive!

You’ve been waiting for it, and now it’s here. The Nexus 9 has arrived, and is branded with a very small HTC logo at the bottom. All the rumors, all the chatter, it was all true. In addition to the Nexus 9, we are also getting the Nexus 6, a VERY Motorola product. In fact, it looks like a bigger Moto X, which is exactly what we’d heard it would be. As if that weren’t enough, a Nexus set-top box is also seeing the light of day.

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Uber passenger claims kidnapping; company cries foul

Uber passenger claims kidnapping; company cries foul

Services like Uber require something we don’t often talk about, and that’s trust. Whether you’re a rider or passenger, there’s an element of trust that should carry the day. A recent Uber trip maybe didn’t have that, but it’s tough to tell what’s really going on with this one. If you believe Uber, the driver simply took an “inefficient route”. If you believe the passenger — who may have been intoxicated — she was kidnapped. Either way, take this into account next time you’re about to use a service like Uber.

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