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[Hands-On] These Wooden Phone Cases From Carved.com Are Freakin' Awesome

I hate cases. For the last…bunch of years, I have refused to use a case on any of my phones. Sure, I'd used them back in the day when we actually did a lot of case reviews — and I always tried to be as objective as possible — but really, I've never liked cases. I don't need the added bulk, and I just hate how they make phones look most of the time. Why hide the beautiful design of most modern smartphones under a gaudy plastic and rubber shell? (That's rhetorical — I totally understand why people do this.)

It's been a while since we've done a hands-on or review with any sort of case, mostly because they're all basically the same at this point (and are generally just rehashes of older versions).

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CNN Tries To Break The Motorola DROID Turbo 2's Shatterproof Screen—Phone Walks Away With A Few Dents, But No Cracks

Verizon and Motorola assert that the new DROID Turbo 2's screen is shatterproof. According to a video from CNN, there might be something to that claim. In the clip, the phone suffers numerous falls from varying heights against different surfaces, gets run over by a bicycle, and meets the underside of a horse's hoof. And sure enough, it doesn't shatter.

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[Update: 1337] Google Dramatically Increases Top Price Limits For Apps In The Play Store - US Apps Can Now Cost As Much As $400

Most apps on the Play Store are free, and those that are paid usually cost somewhere between one and five dollars. The top price for applications and in-app purchases in the US version of the Play Store before today was $200 (which usually wasn't actually seen except for IAPs for freemium games). Last night, the Play Store developer support page for paid apps was updated, and in nearly every territory where paid apps are supported, the top limit was increased by two to three times. Developers can now set apps or in-app purchases to as much as $400.

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Podcasts Are Coming To Google Play Music Soon, Podcasters Can Start Uploading Now

Podcasts have been a major part of mobile platforms for years, but Android has never had a native podcast listening experience... until now. Google has just announced podcast support in Play Music, and podcasters can start uploading shows to Google for approval right now. You won't be able to start listening right away, though.

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BetterBatteryStats v2.1 Comes With Android Marshmallow Support And Various Other Tweaks

Do you care how much battery life your phone has? No, do you really care? You have a spreadsheet set up in Google Slides documenting your experience over the past few weeks. You can recall at a whim the amount of screen on time you've experienced on every Android device you've owned since Gingerbread. You don't get mad at your hardware when it dies at 4PM—you blame those wakelocking S.O.B apps.

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Google Announces Asus OnHub Router And First OnHub Software Update Dropping Later This Week [Update]

Google released the TP-Link OnHub router a few months ago to kick off a new product category, and now there's a second version. The Asus-built OnHub will be available for pre-order in the US for $219.99, and it looks and functions a lot like the last OnHub. The first OnHub isn't being forgotten, though. It will be getting its first update this week.

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Editorial: Moto's New DROID Phones Ship With Android 5.1, And They Deserve Every Second Of Crap They Get For It

Shatter-proof screen? Check. Ginormous battery? Check. High-end rear camera? Check. Latest version of Android? [???fix later]. This is the story of the DROID Turbo 2 and Maxx 2, which were just announced today, October 27th, 2015, 22 days after Android 6.0 Marshmallow's source code was made publicly available, and multiple months since OHA members have had development source available to them for updates and new devices. Can we see why this is a problem? I hope we can see why it is a problem.

Here's the thing, Motorola. You're already in hot water with loyal customers because of software updates, and many more such customers are now worried that their devices, too, will end up abandoned before their time.

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NBA GameTime App Completely Redesigned For The 2015-2016 Season, Finally Gets Chromecast Support

For basketball fans, tonight marks the start of the most exciting time of year: the beginning of the 2015-2016 season. Just like the start of every season, there are new players to look forward to seeing, old players on new teams, new coaches, new player dynamics, and so much more. I know I'm stoked — can't wait to see what my Bulls do this year under new leadership.

But I digress, this isn't about the Bulls. This is about the league as a whole, because the NBA just updated the GameTime app for the 15-16 season, and it's completely different. One may even argue that it actually makes sense now.

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Verizon Officially Unveils The DROID Turbo 2 With 'Shatterproof' Screen And Moto Maker, Coming October 29th Starting At $624

Previous rumors asserted that a beefed up version of the Moto X Style called the Moto X Force would come to the US as a Verizon exclusive known as the DROID Turbo 2. Rumors also said Verizon would boast about a so-called unbreakable display and introduce Moto Maker to a DROID device for the first time. Still with me? Good, because as previously leaked promotional materials showed, all of these claims were true, and now we're getting the official word straight from the horse's mouth. Verizon revealed the DROID Turbo 2 at its previously announced press event today (alongside the mid-range DROID Maxx 2) and proceeded to drop the device from around six feet onto concrete.

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Verizon Announces The Mid-Range Motorola DROID Maxx 2 With A Familiar Look And A MicroSD Card Slot, Goes On Sale On Thursday, October 29th For $384

Verizon and Motorola are announcing the latest entries in their long-running DROID series in Chicago today. The DROID Turbo 2 is the new flagship, and its "shatter-proof" screen is the clear highlight, but the partners also announced an updated version of the popular DROID Maxx from 2013. The new DROID Maxx 2 is a mid-range device that shares a lot of design DNA with the Moto X Play revealed earlier this year.

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