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Moto X wood backing option won’t arrive for Thanksgiving, is slated for holiday season

Moto X wood backing option won’t arrive for Thanksgiving, is slated for holiday season

The Moto X has long been touted as a highly customizable smartphone, allowing buyers to choose from a plethora of colors and, in some cases, different backings and personal engravings. Not all of the customization options were available upon launch, however, and many have found themselves waiting a long time for the wood backing option in particular. If you were hoping for Thanksgiving availability, you're going to have to keep waiting.

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iOS core ported to Nokia N900

iOS core ported to Nokia N900

Developer Winocm has been busy on a special project of his, and today announced on his website that he recently achieved "one of the core milestones" of the mission: successfully porting the iOS core to a Nokia N900 smartphone, among other devices. He has a couple images to prove it, and goes on to detail the other hardware that can boot the system, giving developers some porting opportunities.

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Pfizer drops BlackBerry as new BB CEO hints at “BYOD” transformation

Pfizer drops BlackBerry as new BB CEO hints at “BYOD” transformation

Pfizer this week told its 92,000 employees to let their BlackBerry contracts expire and move over to iOS and Android devices. The drug manufacturer cited BlackBerry's declining market share and the floundering mobile company's recent attempt to sell itself as grounds for planning for a sudden unexpected service interruption. This news emerged just a few days after the US Department of Defense announced a contingency plan to replace its 470,000 BlackBerry devices with other brands in case BlackBerry eventually collapses.

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Firefox OS smartphones aren’t coming to the US anytime soon

Firefox OS smartphones aren’t coming to the US anytime soon

Last month, a handset running Firefox OS was launched in Brazil, the LG Fireweb. If you've been holding out hope that one would be hitting shelves in the US sometime soon, you're out of luck -- at least for the foreseeable future. Mozilla has a strong focus on emerging markets with its mobile development, and while developers handsets are excluded from the statement, smartphones running Firefox OS won't be launched in the United States.

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Pentagon begins preparing for Blackberry’s demise

Pentagon begins preparing for Blackberry’s demise

Blackberry, despite some noble efforts, has found itself unable to pull out of its tailspin, and has been undergoing a long process of deciding what to do with the company, reportedly rejecting offers to sell its assets last month and recently the expected Fairfax buyout falling through. In light of all this, the Department of Defense is now setting up what amounts to contingency plans in the event that Blackberry fizzles away.

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Smartphone spec war wanes as IDC shows average pricing fall

Smartphone spec war wanes as IDC shows average pricing fall

This week the folks at IDC have released their quarterly tracking numbers for shipments of smartphones as listed by operating system. Alongside these numbers, IDC shows an smartphone average selling price (ASP) chart which shows a relatively clear trend: downward. Though many publishers today have chosen to follow the "Phablet" headline opportunity in this most recent report, this pricing trend is set to have one whole heck of a lot bigger an impact on the market in coming years.

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