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Moto Z’s latest Moto Mods include a car mount and Mophie battery pack

Moto Z’s latest Moto Mods include a car mount and Mophie battery pack

A pair of new Moto Mods have been introduced for the Moto Z family. Utility is the name of the game with these latest Moto Mods, with the first being a battery pack from the folks over at Mophie. The second is a car mount from Incipio, and it comes with some extra functionality meant to keep your hands on the wheel.

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The big problems with Facebook Messenger Instant Games

The big problems with Facebook Messenger Instant Games

In case you missed the news, games are now included on the ever-growing list of Facebook Messenger features. There are a lot of them, too, with arcade classics such as Arkanoid and PAC-MAN joining newer titles like Bust-A-Move Blitz and Words with Friends: Frenzy. It's frankly an excellent idea that makes Messenger more attractive as a chatting platform, but it's not without some glaring flaws at this early stage.

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Nokia-branded Android phones begin arriving next year

Nokia-branded Android phones begin arriving next year

Those of you who have a soft spot for Nokia will be pleased to hear that smartphones bearing the company's name will be making a return next year. Today Nokia and HMD Global Oy announced the terms of their licensing agreement, which was signed six months ago. Perhaps most importantly, this means that Nokia will be entering the realm of Android, a move many fans wanted to see Nokia make before it was bought up by Microsoft.

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Android Nougat update: Xperia incoming, is your phone next?

Android Nougat update: Xperia incoming, is your phone next?

Good news for those of you with an Xperia XZ or Xperia X Performance: your wait for Android 7.0 Nougat is about to come to an end. Sony announced this morning that the upgrades to Nougat are beginning to roll out, so if you don't see the OTA update yet, it's only a matter of time before it appears. That's all well and good for Xperia owners, but for the rest of us still waiting, what kind of timetable can we expect before Nougat arrives on our devices?

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Pokemon Sun and Moon break more records for Nintendo

Pokemon Sun and Moon break more records for Nintendo

Pokemon Sun and Moon have become the fastest-selling Nintendo games ever in the Americas, the company has announced. This sales milestone comes on the heels of a similar one in Japan, where Pokemon Sun and Moon managed to become the second-largest 3DS launch. It would seem that Sun and Moon are primed to become the most successful launch Nintendo has had in years.

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ARK: Survival Evolved PS4 release finally announced

ARK: Survival Evolved PS4 release finally announced

It's been a long time coming, but it looks like PS4 owners will finally get to play ARK: Survival Evolved. PlayStation 4 players have been waiting quite some time for ARK to arrive on their platform of choice. Initially released on PC back in June 2015, it's been nearly a year since the game made its way onto Xbox One.

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YouTube flips the switch on 4K streaming

YouTube flips the switch on 4K streaming

YouTube has supported 4K videos for a number of years now, but today the company is taking us one step further into the high-resolution future by enabling 4K streaming. Starting today, YouTube users will be able to stream both standard and 360-degree videos in 4K. If mere 4K isn't enough to satiate your need for high-quality streaming, you might like to know that YouTube supports these streams in up to 60 frames-per-second.

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Moto Z may get Project Tango support through add-on module

Moto Z may get Project Tango support through add-on module

Google's Tango augmented reality platform might soon find a new audience in Moto Z users. Motorola apparently sees an opportunity to get in on the ground floor when it comes to AR, with CEO Aymar de Lencquesaing suggesting that its flagship phone could eventually see support for Project Tango. Support wouldn't be added through a special edition Moto Z, but rather through a new Tango module.

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NES Classic Retro Receiver solves the problem of short controller cables

NES Classic Retro Receiver solves the problem of short controller cables

Assuming you've been lucky enough to get your hands on an NES Classic Edition, chances are the console's short controller cables leave something to be desired. Enter Analogue and its new Retro Receiver for the NES Classic Edition. Analogue offers wireless receivers for both the NES and SNES, so it's little surprise to see the NES Classic get one as well.

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Netflix offline viewing mode launches for all subscribers

Netflix offline viewing mode launches for all subscribers

At long last, Netflix has launched a new download feature that allows for offline viewing. Whispers of such a feature have been making the rounds for quite some time, and when we last heard from Netflix, it sounded like an offline mode would only be made available to those living in regions with poor internet connectivity. It turns out that isn't the case, with offline mode launching for all subscribers today.

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Stardew Valley hits Xbox One and PS4 next month, Switch version revealed

Stardew Valley hits Xbox One and PS4 next month, Switch version revealed

Indie PC hit Stardew Valley will be launching on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 before the year is out, developer ConcernedApe has announced. The console versions were announced shortly after the game launched on PC back in February, but initially, no official timetable was given for release. Now we know that Stardew Valley will land on PS4 on December 13, launching on Xbox One the day after.

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7 best PC games to play over winter break

7 best PC games to play over winter break

With winter break quickly approaching for many students in the US, a lot of you might be thinking about how you're going to spend your time. More specifically, you might be wondering what games out there are worthy of a playthrough while you have some time to burn. We've already covered seven console games that are worth a look during your time away from school, but here are seven more for those of you playing on PC.

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