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Third-Gen Moto G: 3 reasons why you don’t need to upgrade

Third-Gen Moto G: 3 reasons why you don’t need to upgrade

As Motorola's third-generation Moto G begins to show itself in leaked photographs, we take another look at the original. Why upgrade to a newer model when the original is still running strong? We'll tell you why - there's no real good reason to upgrade at all. Motorola made a device that's so compelling all the way back in December of 2013 that people are still using it. They had a rather strong piece of hardware on their hands, then they updated its software - multiple times. What's left to do?

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Hello Kitty, B&O, Kevin Tong grace Android Wear faces

Hello Kitty, B&O, Kevin Tong grace Android Wear faces

Smartwatches are no longer just geeky extensions of your smartphone wrapped around your wrist. They have also become fashion statements, some with changeable watch straps but most with customizable watch faces. Last December, Google unveiled its first special collection of watch faces for Android Wear, ranging from the artistic, like Un Petit Mode, to the whimsical, like Plants vs. Zombies. Now the Android maker is announcing its new batch of 17 watch faces that you can get, all for free, to make your Android Wear smartwatch match your mood, your style, or even your interests.

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Android M released for Sony Xperia devices in ODP

Android M released for Sony Xperia devices in ODP

Google's Android M developer preview released for Sony Xperia devices participating in their Open Device Program. This means that users aiming to take part in developing for Sony devices are able to load Android M. More specifically, it means that if you've got a Sony Xperia device that's signed up with Sony's Open Device program, you're in luck. If a device is listed as part of Sony's Open Device program, a set of instructions available through Sony will allow that device's owner to load Android M Developer Preview as early as this morning.

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Google News Lab aims to empower the digital newsroom

Google News Lab aims to empower the digital newsroom

Google is looking to stoke the fires of online journalism with Google News Lab, a suite of tools, services, and training for the modern digital newsroom. News Lab builds on last week's update to Google Trends, which added real-time data on the most topical stories, with guidance and case-studies around how existing services like YouTube and Fusion Tables could be turned to reporting. It's not all online, though, with Google partnering up with various journalism incubators.

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Acer debuts Chromebase all-in-one desktop with touch display

Acer debuts Chromebase all-in-one desktop with touch display

Computer-maker Acer has just announced a new all-in-one desktop powered by Google's Chrome OS, the Chromebase (DC221HQ). The machine features a 21.5-inch 1080p HD display, with viewing angles as wide as 178 degrees, while on the inside users will find a Tegra K1 quad-core processor from NVIDIA. With an adjustable height stand, Acer's latest can also be tilted from 15 to 75 degrees. This can all come with or without a 10-point touch display, offing the simplicity of an all-in-one combined with the cloud-based computing of Chrome OS.

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Google AI creates dreamy images from artificial neural networks

Google AI creates dreamy images from artificial neural networks

Artificial neural networks (ANN) are the driving force behind speech recognition and image classification. ANN process images, isolating the definitive essence of an image from background noise. It's one method that Google's image search uses to tell the difference between similar images, like forks and knives. The networks need to learn that forks have tines to differentiate them from knives. Google uses these networks to manage the vast array of images that flow through its database, and it is always tweaking the mathematical models to create more precise image identification. The result of the latest experiments in ANN parameters is a batch of images that are downright trippy

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Google launches Android Clock in Play Store

Google launches Android Clock in Play Store

Google has launched another standalone Android app on the Google Play Store — its simple stock clock app for Android, giving users another option for their time related activities. The app is available on the Play Store as of now, and it is called aptly enough just “Clock”. Anyone who has used the stock Android clock will find that it functions the same way with alarms, the stopwatch, a snoozing function, the ability to set a timer, and all those needed features.

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Samsung Galaxy S6, Edge, and Active photography gallery

Samsung Galaxy S6, Edge, and Active photography gallery

Today we're having a peek at the photos we've been able to capture with the newest round of Samsung Galaxy S6 devices. As the hardware in each of the Galaxy S6 collection's bodies is the same or so similar it doesn't make a difference device-to-device, we're making no differentiation here between models. The tests are done, the reviews are done, now it's time to see some results. The following gallery of images includes photos taken by the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active.

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Nest isn’t trying to own the Smart Home, and that’s okay

Nest isn’t trying to own the Smart Home, and that’s okay

Nest now has three products, a freshly-firmware-flashed thermostat, a 2nd-gen Nest Protect, and a new Nest Cam, but it’s a fairly humble play for the smart home, at least on the face of it. At a time when Apple is not only launching HomeKit but working on its next big update, that might seem naive, but Nest CEO Tony Fadell isn’t worried. Instead of trying to make Nest the dominant brand, Fadell is apparently content for automation to be a group effort.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus: anatomy of a busted “leak”

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus: anatomy of a busted “leak”

This morning the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus was revealed to the press by a leakster. This device was tipped to work with dimensions that have it running at around 154.45 x 75.80 x 6.85mm, or right around 108.69% taller than the original Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. With the specifications provided by the leakster, we do not get a device that's equal in proportions to the original Galaxy S6 Edge, yet the press render matches dimensions. What we're about to do here is take this leak apart with Photoshop and math, piece by piece.

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