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Moto X (2014) hits Republic Wireless next month

Moto X (2014) hits Republic Wireless next month

The second-generation Moto X will be available through Republic Wireless early next month, the carrier has announced. This will give those interested in Motorola's latest handset a no-contract option, rounding out the other Moto devices already offered by Republic Wireless. The phone will be launching amidst the holiday shopping season on December 10th, bring with it a 16GB capacity and a price tag shaved down from the typical off-contract pricing. Buyers will be able to customize the device through the Moto Maker, as well.

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE gets Android 5.0 Lollipop update

NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE gets Android 5.0 Lollipop update

NVIDIA is rolling out an Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA update for its Shield Tablet, the company has announced. The update is heading out for the US 32GB LTE model, making Shield the first LTE tablet in the United States to score Lollipop. Those who don't want to wait for the over-the-air update to make it their way can update the device now by heading into the system settings. Not up-to-date with NVIDIA Shield Tablet or Lollipop news? We've got all the details after the jump.

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Gizmopal by LG for Verizon: Star Trek communicators for your kid

Gizmopal by LG for Verizon: Star Trek communicators for your kid

This week the folks at LG and Verizon have revealed a couple of communicators for your children. What you'll be doing here is placing the band around the wrist of your kid, telling them to keep the band ON their wrist throughout the day, and calling them up when you want to chat. Designs for the GizmoPal by LG thus far are limited to blue and pink, with stars on the pink version and cars, trucks, and busses on the blue version.

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Fire Phone goes unlocked as Amazon scrabbles for sales

Fire Phone goes unlocked as Amazon scrabbles for sales

It's probably safe to say that Amazon's Fire Phone hasn't been the runaway success Jeff Bezos & Co. hoped it might be, and so the retailer is taking another attempt to push the shopping-centric handset over Thanksgiving. The Fire Phone is now available unlocked and SIM-free, at $199, rather than only with an AT&T contract as has been the case until now, so that any T-Mobile, AT&T, or other GSM subscriber in the US can simply drop in an existing SIM from their carrier that they might have. However, before you hit the "Add to Cart" button, there are a few more things you might want to consider.

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Sonim takes to IndieGoGo to fund XP7 Extreme smartphone

Sonim takes to IndieGoGo to fund XP7 Extreme smartphone

Just days after AT&T made available the XP6, its creators are already coming out with a successor. But instead of appealing to active sports enthusiasts through the usual commercial channels, Sonim has decided to use crowdfunding instead. It is putting up the upcoming Sonim xP7 Extreme on IndieGoGo to help gather money and validation for another smartphone that is trying to strike a name in the rugged mobile device market. But will it be able to gather enough to actually make the product a reality?

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Car plug-in tells you what’s wrong, where to get it fixed

Car plug-in tells you what’s wrong, where to get it fixed

Existing connected car dongles might tell you about your drive stats and provide feedback on making you a better motorist, but driving is a team effort. Your car has to perform, and when it starts to tell you it’s not ready to go, frustration and a touch of panic set in. What does the “check engine” light mean? Why is it making that weird noise? Mechanic Advisor, a site with a network of automotive repair shops, will soon be jumping into the connected car game with their own plug-in dongle.

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iPad may have first decline ever as tablet market slows

iPad may have first decline ever as tablet market slows

With the Nexus 6, one thing remains clear: a big smartphone screen has value. In just about every review you come across (ours included, of course), the same narrative carried itself; the screen was a bit large for day-to-day use, but everyone saw the value, and could likely get used to it. Smartphone screens are getting larger all over the place, and seem to be causing fits for tablet sales. Now, the IDC says tablet sales growth will slow dramatically, and the iPad may experience its first decline ever.

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Google lists all of your devices, location included

Google lists all of your devices, location included

This week Google is doubling down on security, making it easy for you to get an idea of how many devices you've used with Google services, showing you these devices in one simple list. For a user like myself, this list is massive. Even just going back to the tail end of 2013, Google lists 43 devices I've logged in on. Not just devices I've ever logged in on, but devices I'm STILL logged in on. This means I really, truly need to be better at remembering to log out.

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Google Project Tango orders arriving for developers

Google Project Tango orders arriving for developers

Google's Project Tango has begun shipping, with the 3D tracking tablet arriving on developers' desks this week as they get started on new ways to blend the real-world with its digital counterpart. Pre-orders of the NVIDIA-powered Android slate began midway through this month, at a not-inconsiderable $1,024, though the sales window wasn't kept open for long. Still, Isobar developer Mike DiGiovanni got in fast, and his Tango tablet has now arrived.

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OnePlus One successor gets hyped by insider source

OnePlus One successor gets hyped by insider source

The OnePlus One smartphone is a rather strange beast. It became one of the most wanted smartphones of the year despite being widely unavailable to a global market. Or perhaps it was precisely because of that rarity that it became highly desired. Of course, there's the high end specs and cheap price, too. Chinese startup OnePlus seems to believe that it can recreate that phenomenon, hopefully minus the sore points, with the OnePlus One successor. But what exactly will the OnePlus Two or OnePlus One Two look like?

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