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Our Moto X camera tour of Casa Bonita

Our Moto X camera tour of Casa Bonita

Not satisfied with the ordinary outdoors/indoors color chart camera testing we’ve seen thus far of the Moto X 2014, we took the Verizon edition of this device to a magical place. A place where you can expect an extraordinary collection of colors in a wide variety of lights. Large spaces, tiny spaces, and plenty entertaining subject matter to keep your eyes satisfied while you explore the capabilities of this smartphone. This is the 2014 Verizon edition of the Moto X, and all photos have been captured with the back-facing camera.

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Google mum on Android L name, but confirms it as 5.0

Google mum on Android L name, but confirms it as 5.0

Android L is coming. Even if we don’t know what it will be named, or when it will really come out, we know it’s coming. More to the point, Google knows we know it’s coming, and they know we know they know it’s coming. Now that we’re all in some sort of tech-y spy-vs-spy espionage standoff, Google has taken to YouTube, producing a video that shows how they picked their new mascot. No offense to whoever wins, but we’re going with Oreo. Someday.

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Android L: Will it be Lollipop, or Licorice?

Android L: Will it be Lollipop, or Licorice?

Do you know who Giovanni Calabrese is? He’s the guy responsible for those shrines to Android that adorn the Google campus each time a new release is upon us. He’s also working on the latest Android monument, but isn’t being forthcoming about what it will be. In fact, Calabrese is going out of his way to troll us all a bit. Widely believed to be called “Lollipop”, Android L is being teased by the statue maker as “Licorice” (or “Liquorish”, depending on the post).

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Nexus 6 tipped in Android 2.0 Google ad spots

Nexus 6 tipped in Android 2.0 Google ad spots

The next generation in Google’s Nexus universe is nearly here as the company releases three lovely videos showing the diversity in the Android ecosphere. Making use of the original Androidify app to create an assortment of Android characters, three videos released by Google this week show off how Android isn’t just singular. They don’t just have one phone for everyone. Sound like they’re aiming for a particular competitor with that bit of chatter?

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August Smart Lock heads to Apple Stores officially

August Smart Lock heads to Apple Stores officially

The team behind Apple’s exclusivity in all things has done an amazing job of making it feel like whatever they OK is golden. Take August Smart Lock for example - a keyless entry system for your home that opens your door with your smartphone. Without Apple being involved, this is just another "startup." Now that they’ve got approval to enter the Apple Store physically, they’ll be trusted implicitly. Once you're in the store, people trust that Apple will back up any claim you make. It's time for some Apple-backed home automation.

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Skype Qik aims to cut down Snapchat, Instagram

Skype Qik aims to cut down Snapchat, Instagram

There’s no doubt now that Microsoft is aiming for the throats of their software-slinging opponents. Have a peek in the Microsoft archive and you’ll see a littering of new, experimental, or otherwise modified apps in the mobile space. Today’s entry is "Skype Qik", an app that takes what Skype has - video communication - and makes it into a much more vibrant and versatile - and quick - sort of situation. Record a tiny video, send it as a message, and wait for a response.

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Anki DRIVE finally on Android, limited devices supported

Anki DRIVE finally on Android, limited devices supported

True to its promise, Anki has finally made available an Android app for its rather intriguing Anki DRIVE system. Now those living in Google's world need not feel jealous of their iOS rivals as they can now join and, perhaps more relevant, compete against them on equal grounds. Plus, Anki is announcing yet another price cut, though this time not for the starter kit itself but for the separate expansion cars you can purchase to spice up your races a bit.

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Droid Turbo launch date teased by Verizon Wireless

Droid Turbo launch date teased by Verizon Wireless

We have talked several times now about the new phone that has leaked on a few occasions from Motorola called the Droid Turbo. There have been several leaks that have hinted at what the specifications of the new smartphone might be. Verizon Wireless has now posted up a countdown clock that is ticking away the minutes until a new Droid device is unveiled, as of writing the countdown has 14 days and a bit more than six hours to go.

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Vertu for Bentley: a luxury phone that feels like a luxury car

Vertu for Bentley: a luxury phone that feels like a luxury car

Barely two weeks after outing the Aster, Vertu is here again with another luxury smartphone for the affluent.. This time, however, it isn't doing it alone. Partnering with fellow British company Bentley, the Vertu for Bentley gives luxury car lovers a fitting mobile device to go with their Bentley car, which they presumably have. But aside from sporting trademark Bentley designs in addition to Vertu's own signature, the smartphone at least does have decent hardware that won't leave owners shortchanged for the price.

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Ryobi Phone Works combines your smartphone and power tools

Ryobi Phone Works combines your smartphone and power tools

Your DIY home repairs don't have to be archaic, at least as far as Ryobi is concerned. The power tools manufacturer has released a new line of "smart" power tools designed to work with your smartphone and a related app, which when combined give the tools additional functionality they wouldn't have on their own. This allows the tools themselves to be priced cheaper than they would if each provided the extra tech as integrated features, and gives you an excuse to pull out your phone while working.

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