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Rebuilding Moto: Motorola’s Steve Horowitz speaks

Rebuilding Moto: Motorola’s Steve Horowitz speaks

With the new Moto X further refining its flagship Android phone, the new Moto G revamping the company’s most popular smartphone ever, and Moto 360 and Moto Hint making a double play for wearables, Motorola is certainly having an interesting month. With the whispers from the Her-like Hint still echoing in my ears, I sat down with Steve Horowitz, senior vice president for software engineering at Motorola, to talk about wearables, fitting into Lenovo’s ecosystem, and what he’ll miss when out from under Google’s umbrella.

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Will Apple’s iWatch look like Moto’s old 360?

Will Apple’s iWatch look like Moto’s old 360?

Just this past week we released our tour of Motorola’s Chicago headquarters. Now that we’re one day away from what’s widely assumed to be Apple’s reveal of the iWatch, it’s time to take another visit. While we were at Moto’s labs we had a look at not only the Moto 360, but its predecessors, square-faced and everything.

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Insisting free-speech, reddit kills explicit celeb pic forums

Insisting free-speech, reddit kills explicit celeb pic forums

Reddit has finally taken down the much-criticized forums which shared and re-circulated stolen explicit celebrity photos, including Jennifer Lawrence and others, though the site's management are at pains to portray it as a copyright issue, not one of free speech. The continued availability of the leaked images, believed to have been extracted from iCloud backups using hacked and stolen credentials, had prompted demands by some that reddit change its stance on what could and could not be published.

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Time for iWatch: Apple’s Beats

Time for iWatch: Apple’s Beats

The company that created the iPhone is no stranger to fashion. They’ve taken cues from - and given cues to - the fashion industry for years, for everything from product presentation to in-store packaging. Even an Apple Store bag is considered a fashion accessory in malls. But Apple is about to take a much more clear step in to this industry very, very soon.

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Is this a working iPhone 6?

Is this a working iPhone 6?

Apple's big iPhone 6 event is almost upon us, but a new leak could've spoiled what surprise is remaining, seemingly showing not only a functional handset but perhaps confirming mobile payments support too. The phone, shared in photos by Weibo user zzray with cnBeta, is compared with an iPhone 5s to show the increased screen size, while a new Passbook icon apparently gives the nod to Apple's plans for cashless payments.

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How cool can the iWatch really be?

How cool can the iWatch really be?

The countdown to Apple’s special press event on September 9 is on. The company is expected to unveil a new iPhone 6 that could come in two sizes – 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. The handset will ship with iOS 8 and will, if the leaked videos and images are real, prove to be one of the better-looking devices on the market.

But in addition to the iPhone, Apple is reportedly planning to announce its long-awaited "iWatch".

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Is Moto G better than Moto X (2014)?

Is Moto G better than Moto X (2014)?

Last year we had a bit of a chat surrounding our reviews of Moto X and Moto G, and several readers suggested something outrageous. They suggested that the Moto G (2013) might be a better value than the Moto X (2013). This year, the differences between the two devices are more radical than they were last year. Could Motorola have made a mistake, creating too large a value gap between their two hero phones?

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IFA 2014: Best in Show

IFA 2014: Best in Show

This week we’ve seen one whole heck of a lot of new products from some of the top technology brands in the world. While many devices are unique, some products released this week will go head-to-head with their contemporaries’ devices revealed within hours of one-another. What’s are must-see, must-experience, or otherwise most awesome products we’ve gotten up close with this week? Let’s have a look!

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