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This is the new Moto X for 2014: Hands-on

This is the new Moto X for 2014: Hands-on

As recipes for success go, the new 2014 Moto X has a good one: take the wildly popular concept of a keenly priced flagship smartphone that punches well above its weight, and then refine the heck out of the design, construction, and materials until it can comfortably stand alongside rivals with no shame whatsoever. If you thought the original Moto X was competitive, then its update for 2014 is nothing less than fighting talk from Motorola.

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You can buy the Moto 360 today: We go hands-on

You can buy the Moto 360 today: We go hands-on

Has there been a Motorola product so coveted, so eagerly desired, since the original RAZR as the Moto 360? Teased at Google I/O several months ago, but only now reaching the market, the round-faced Android Wear watch has been blamed for stalling sales of squared-off rivals as would-be buyers hold out for the eye catching form factor. The time has come, then: the Moto 360 is on sale today, and I caught up with Motorola to find out all the details.

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LEGO now the world’s top toymaker

LEGO now the world’s top toymaker

If it wasn’t already obvious by the massive amount of visibility the LEGO brand has in your daily life by now, LEGO is a massively successful brand. They’ve made their massiveness official with an announcement during their most recent earnings call. This week LEGO has become the most successful toymaker in the world.

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LG G Watch R hands-on: Controversially Bold

LG G Watch R hands-on: Controversially Bold

The LG G Watch R came as a surprise. LG had already played its Android Wear hand with the G Watch at Google I/O, and while the square-faced smartwatch was functional it was hardly a stand-out design aesthetically. Turns out, though, LG had already been working on its sibling for more than two years, a round-faced wearable that's far closer in appearance to a regular watch. I sat down with LG and the G Watch R to find out more.

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Google Calico joins AbbVie for immortality research

Google Calico joins AbbVie for immortality research

The group known as Calico has joined with AbbVie to co-invest up to $1.5 billion USD in research and development of age related diseases. Calico (aka California Life Company) is a Google-backed business, and the diseases they’re looking into include neurodegeneration and cancer. In other words: they’re looking into keeping us alive forever.

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Look out Google: HERE Maps for iPhone and Android incoming

Look out Google: HERE Maps for iPhone and Android incoming

Nokia's HERE mapping app is coming to iPhone and all Android devices, a native app to take on Google Maps and Apple Maps as the Finnish firm refocuses on software and services. The HERE Maps app follows a deal with Samsung to put the navigation system onto Tizen-powered smartwatches, complete with offline maps and turn-by-turn instructions for driving, walking, and public transportation, even when you don't have a data connection.

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