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Farewell to a Cousin and fellow historian.

Saturday as I was perusing my Facebook feed I was saddened to see the news of the passing of my cousin Richard Mullin, “Dick”.  He had recently been in poor health, and I could tell by his declining posts on Facebook recently that things were not going as well as he hoped.  Yet I felt […]

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How to fix the Moto G notification LED

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No notification light on your new Moto G? Here’s a quick, simple solution

Motorola launched its new entry-level phone, the Moto G, in multiple countries around the world last week. And after using ours for the past few days we’ve noticed a strange quirk to do with the phone’s notification LED — it doesn’t seem to work at all, and there’s no software switch for it anywhere in the Settings app. Emails, texts and missed calls all failed to trigger the flashing white LED, nor could we use third-party apps like LightFlow to activate it.

Moto G notification widgetThe glitch is a side effect of restoring from your Google account to the Moto G, which is part of the setup process for the phone. The feature downloads apps and settings from the cloud, which is usually a good thing. But in some instances it can tell the Moto G to restore the notification LED setting from another phone, leaving the light disabled with no way to re-enable it.

Fortunately there’s a simple fix for this issue, and it’s one that apparently applies to some other Motorola phones too …

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Verizon says it’ll carry the Moto G on prepaid next year

Moto GIf you’re looking to get the new Moto G — be sure to check out our quick-look video — on Verizon when it’s available here in the U.S. in early 2014, it looks like you’re going to have to go prepaid to do it.

The official VZWNews Twitter account this morning confirmed as such.

The move to prepaid isn’t overly surprising, given that Verizon has led the push for LTE data in the U.S. (though it did recently admit things are tough in metro areas) — and the sub-$200 Moto G is a decidedly non-LTE device.

Again, nothing more specific than early in the first quarter, though Moto today at its even in Brazil said to expect Moto G in the U.S. in January.

More discussion in our Moto G forums!

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Acer and Google release $199 C7 Chromebook

Acer C270 Chromebook

With a price under $200, Acer and Google want to catch your eyes this holiday season

Acer has expanded their Chromebook line this morning, and the new C7 (C720-2848) is available for ordering in the US today for just $199. For your money, you’re getting a package that should be familiar to folks who were interested in the prior Acer C7 Chromebook, save one line item — the RAM. 

The new C7 comes with just 2GB of RAM, but also has the same Haswell architecture, 11.6-inch screen and 16GB SSD. The current C7, which will remain available — there are no plans to replace it just yet — comes with 4GB of RAM, and a $249 price tag.

Certainly Acer and Google want to get your attention with the price, and any computer listing at $199 is worth a second look. But will new users be able to adapt to Chrome OS? For many, web consumption as a primary goal is currently done on a tablet, and being productive means getting out the laptop that can run Microsoft Office or a code editor. Shifting to Chrome comes with a learning curve, and there are still things you just can’t do with it.

In the end, we think you’re better served spending the extra $50 to get the 4GB version if you’re buying, especially if you’re planning to do any work — now or in the future as the OS matures — from a Chromebook. 

Source: Best Buy

    



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1Password 4 for Android is now in beta testing

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Eager users can sign up for a newsletter to keep up on progress

AgileBits, known for its 1Password multi-platform password manager, has announced officially today that a brand new Android version is in the works. Version 4, based on the small leaks shown, will be a big departure from the currently long in the tooth (and frankly ugly at this point) design currently on offer in the Play Store. Details are extremely light at the moment, but knowing that it is on the way and currently in beta testing is a big deal.

Although it isn’t taking beta tester sign-ups at the moment, it does have a special newsletter list for those looking for updates on the development process of the Android version. If you’re a 1Password user and are chomping at the bit for an update, you may want to sign up so you can be first to know when version 4 will hit.

Source: AgileBits; Newsletter Signup

    



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Share a picture of what matters and Google might give you a Nexus 7 or a $50 gift card

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Google Play wants to see #whatmatters to you

Google Play has fired up a neat little contest, and it just might be your chance to win a new 2013 Nexus 7 or a $50 Google Play gift card. What they want to see is a picture of the things that matter most to you, surrounding your favorite Android Device (if you have one).

They make mention that you don’t need to have an Android device to win, and that you shouldn’t be focusing on brand names or labels for this one. You need to be 18 or older, live in the US, and submit a qualifying picture to win. See the full terms and conditions right here. It’s also pretty likely that any winning pictures are going to be shared by Google, so keep that in mind.

If you’re itching to get a free Nexus 7, or 50 clams worth of Google Play store credit, visit the official entry page right here.

Via: +Google Play

    



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Sprint MVNO Ting adds Nexus 5 support

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Mobile operator Ting, which runs an MVNO service on Sprint’s CDMA, 3G and 4G network, has announced that it’s just added support for the Nexus 5. As with most devices on Ting, the setup process is relatively simple — first get hold of a Nexus 5 (the U.S. D820 model, which supports all the right bands) then obtain a Ting SIM by signing up on the SIM priority list. However with Nexus 5 orders still subject to delays of a few days to several weeks, and Ting SIMs still in “very short supply,” would-be customers may require a little patience.

If you’re still on the fence, you can check out our full review of the Nexus 5 to learn more.

More: Nexus 5 review

Source: Ting

    



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The Nexus 5 vs. the Moto X

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Google’s two smartphone divisions offer a very different take on ‘stock’ Android

We love Android phones. That means we have a few of them laying around, and when a hot new one like the Nexus 5 comes out, we can take our time and compare our favorites against it. You’ve seen how we think the G2 from LG and HTC’s One match up to Google’s new Nexus, and now it’s time for my take on how the Moto X fares against the mighty Nexus.

It’s worth mentioning that I almost didn’t write this. I’m pretty impressed with the Moto X and phones that can’t duplicate it’s features aren’t going to win my heart. But in the end, since I’ve been using a Moto X every minute of every day since they became available, it fell on my shoulders. I’m also a huge Nexus fan, so I think we can keep things fair. 

That being said, let’s have a look at two of the best phones money can buy on any platform today — the Moto X and the Nexus 5.

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Amazon releases Kindle Fire OS 3.1

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For those who have the Kindle Fire HD and Kinde Fire HDX, a software update is awaiting you. New in OS version 3.1 is the integration of Goodreads, which now ties in directly to whatever you’re reading. You also an now “fling” video content to your TV, provided you’re using a PlayStation 3 or Samsung Television. (Support for the PS4 is to come.) Amazon also has improved enterprise and BYOD support. Printing support also was added.

You can wait and get the update over the air, or download and install directly from Amazon. We’ve got the full changelog after the break.

Source: Amazon; Also: Read our Kindle Fire HDX review

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Samsung Galaxy Gear manager app update brings rich notifications from any app to the Gear

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Samsung’s smart watch just got a lot smarter

In tandem with a small firmware update a few days ago for the Samsung Galaxy Gear, an update to the Gear Manager app has enabled “real” notifications from any application to be read right on the Galaxy Gear itself. If you recall (if not see our review), the Gear shipped with one very big reason not to want to use it — for most applications the notification you received simply told you to check your phone.

Yeah, that sucked.

Having to take out your phone and open the notification sort of negated the advantage of having the notification sent to your wrist. It made the Gear something we just couldn’t recommend anyone buy without an update to address this. 

Now that update is here. Without users having to install any sort of hack or third party programs, you can now see what you need to see, and it’s all user-definable. We’re going to have a look at how it all works, and hopefully update our review and recommendation of Samsung’s smart watch.

To get the new update, open the Gear Manager app on your phone and you’ll be directed to download the latest version from the Samsung app store.

Source: SamMobile