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[Weekend Poll] Is The Moto X Still On Your Wish List?

After much speculation about "customizable" hardware, earth-shattering specifications, and groundbreaking construction materials, everything we've learned about the Moto X to date has been pretty... mundane.

No one seems to have nailed down a concrete list of specifications for the device, with rumors varying anywhere from Snapdragon S4 Pro - the chip powering the Nexus 4 - to NVIDIA's Tegra 4i. I'd like to point out that the latter basically isn't possible if the phone is being released this year, as when I spoke to NVIDIA 6 weeks ago, they said the first Tegra 4i devices will be coming in "early 2014." (That revising an earlier estimate of "Q4 2013 / Q1 2014.") However, there is some possibility, of course, that a Tegra 4i version will come at a later date.

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New In CyanogenMod: Google Voice SMS Messages Can Now Be Sent Through The Stock Messaging App

One issue that has plagued many Google Voice users since the dawn of time (or at least since GV became a thing) is how not good the app itself is. Those who use GV as their primary phone number are stuck using the app for things like sending/receiving SMS messages, and up until now, there was absolutely no alternative.

Today, however, Koush Dutta has announced Google Voice SMS integration in CM10.1 with not only the stock messaging app, but also any third party application you may use (GoSMS, Handcent, etc.).

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Yahoo Finally Announces Astrid's Fate – Closing Down August 5, 2013

Fans of the task management service Astrid were understandably concerned when Yahoo acquired the company back in May. Now their worst fears have been realized. Astrid is shutting down on August 5th of this year. That gives you less than a month to get your data out.

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Leak: Motorola DROID MAXX For Verizon Breaks Cover – Sports Capacitive Buttons, Kevlar, And No Front Logos

The upcoming DROID MAXX for Verizon Wireless has been rumored for a while now, but @evleaks has just posted an image of the device. Here it is in all its glory.

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The design doesn't look like a radical departure from past Verizon DROIDs made by Motorola. It looks a bit closer to the RAZR M than the DROID RAZR MAXX HD, though. The kevlar texture wraps around a bit and the corners aren't as pointy.

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HTC Releases Kernel Source For The HTC First

HTC has dropped the kernel source files for the HTC First, an AT&T exclusive we reviewed back in May. These source materials will allow the First's [few] developers to provide better support for the device, and make custom kernels a possibility. Of course, this all depends on the development community, and I'm not sure just how much of a following the First has in that regard.

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Two kernel source versions are available, for builds 1.08.502.1 and 1.05.502.1.

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Google Expands Field Trip Free Passes To More Museums, Zoos, And Other Attractions In July

Google started testing free passes through the Field Trip app back in May, and now the program is expanding to more locations. Throughout the month of July, venturing near a participating location will produce a free single-admittance pass. The list of attractions is much larger than last time.

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Friday App And Game Sales: Virtua Tennis Challenge, Archos Video Player, Quicker, And More

The long holiday weekend in the US continues to slide by, and there are even more apps and games on sale today. Whether patriotism has filled your heart this weekend, or you're suffering from mild burns after last night's festivities, check out the sales below.

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FCC Approves SoftBank's Sprint Buyout And Sprint's Clearwire Takeover

It's not much of a surprise at this point, but the Federal Communications Commission has approved the tri-company merger deal involving Japanese carrier SoftBank, Sprint, and Clearwire. The FCC ruling follows Justice Department approval several weeks ago, and some delicious drama that ended with Dish Network being shut out of the deal.

SoftBank is throwing $21.6 billion at Sprint to acquire a 78% stake in the company. Sprint is now also free to buy the remaining 49% of Clearwire it doesn't already own, giving it a big juicy slice of wireless spectrum.

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3D Home Is A Launcher That Makes Your Device Into A Swanky Bachelor Pad. Wait, What?

Look, we all love skeuomorphism. Without reservation, I will admit to drooling over digital interfaces made entirely of green felt and leather stitching. That's why this Android launcher is just so darn good. 3D Home turns your home screen into a room. Everything you use on your phone becomes an object in this room – a digital recreation of a real world item. Clearly, you must have this immediately. Lucky you, it's free.

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Sony SmartWatch 2 Launching In The UK on July 15th For £120, According To Online Retailer Clove [Update: September]

Update 7/9/13: Clove updated the timeline from July 15th all the way to September 9th. Boo:

UPDATE - The release date of the Sony SmartWatch 2 has been put back to September and will not be launching week commencing 15th July as previously stated. The revised arrival date is week commencing 9th September.

Sony announced the second version of its Bluetooth SmartWatch just a couple of weeks ago, and you'll be able to buy one in another couple of weeks, at least if you live in the United Kingdom.

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