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Moto Z and Z Force hands-on and first impressions

Motorola under the stewardship of Lenovo is doing something very different this year. The Moto X brand may not be gone, but it's certainly not the company's focus right now. Instead, we have the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. They're thin and they have Moto Mods—snap-on modules like projectors and speakers that make the phones much less thin. The Z is coming to Verizon first as a Droid phone (that's what I have to review), but the device I'm looking at now is very similar to what Motorola will release unlocked later this year.

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T-Mobile jumps on the Pokémon GO bandwagon with free data access for players

If T-Mobile has proven anything in the last few years, it's that the company knows how to get the attention of new and potential customers. So it was only a matter of time before they seized hold of an increasingly global mobile gaming phenomenon. That's right, T-Mo's latest customer-friendly promotion is all about the Pokey Mans. Pokémon GO players on the network won't get dinged for any data used by Niantic's augmented reality game for the next year starting on Tuesday the 19th.

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Nexus 5 users are encountering serious volume bugs after the July OTA

The incremental security updates that Android gets are generally regarded as a good thing, but with every software update comes the chance that something could get borked. That's doubly true with faster updates, and it seems to be the case with the latest Marshmallow release for the Nexus 5. According to our own readers, commenters on XDA and Reddit, and not least users on the official AOSP issue tracker, the original Nexus 5 is encountering some serious problems with volume control on the latest build, MOB30P.

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The BlackBerry Priv on AT&T is finally getting its Marshmallow update

BlackBerry touted the security features of its Android build when announcing the Priv. It launched with Lollipop, but we thought surely it'll get a quick 6.0 update being so close to stock. How wrong we were. The unlocked Priv update started rolling out in late April, and the AT&T variant has been stagnating since then. Today is the big day, though. Android 6.0 is hitting the Priv on AT&T.

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Nest announces an outdoor version of the Nest Cam coming this fall, available for $199.99 pre-order

The Nest Cam keeps an eye on what's going on in your home. That can be creepy when you're home, but it can bring peace of mind when you're away. On the downside, the Nest Cam isn't weatherproof. That means you can't stick one outdoors.

That's about to change, for today Nest announced an outdoor version.

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Note7 leak seems to offer visual confirmation of iris scanner feature

Samsung has been rumored to be working on iris scanning technology for smartphones for years now. A few weeks back, Evan Blass confirmed via his own sources that the Note7 would feature an iris scanner, but no further information was provided. A leak on Weibo today, picked up by Sammobile, gives us our first glimpse at the feature itself, and provides some much-needed visual evidence of its existence. Below, you can see what very much looks like a Note7 on the lockscreen, and it's asking you to use your eye-parts to unlock the phone. On the top left, we can see what looks like a notification LED, but if I had to guess, this may have something to do with the iris scanning.

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Chromebook Pixel (2015) and Acer R11 getting Play Store Dev Channel updates now

Last month, the Chromebook Flip became the first Chrome OS device to gain access to Android apps and the Google Play Store. Today, it appears that rollout has continued as Google said it would, with the Chromebook Pixel (2015) and Acer R11. The build is still based on developer channel release version 53, though the Pixel 2015's version number specifically is 53.0.2785.15.

If you own one of these devices and are wondering if you should move to the developer channel (assuming you haven't already), let me give you my quick take on the state of affairs with Android apps on Chrome OS at the moment.

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Android Pay officially launches in Australia

Google announced at the end of 2015 that Android Pay would arrive Down Under in the coming year. Seven months later, that time has come. Residents of Australia can now use Google's latest mobile payments solution to buy stuff using their phones.

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Motorola announces the larger 2016 Moto E, coming to the UK in September for £99 [Update: Probably no US launch]

Motorola has already announced updates to its 2016 flagship (Moto Z) and mid-range (Moto G) devices, and now the entry-level is getting some attention too. The 2016 update to the Moto E is now official with a larger 5-inch display and an approximate release date of early September in the UK.

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Five months later, Alcatel Idol 4S US pre-orders start on 7/15 ($349 until August 3rd, $399 after)

Alcatel announced the Idol 4S at MWC in February. Today, it announced the phone would ship in the US. In August. That's over five months after the phone was announced, near as makes no difference to half a year. It will go on sale for pre-order on July 15th for $349, and will later see its price increase to $399 on August 3rd when the phone begins shipping. Alcatel will also offer financing for "as low as" $37 a month, though they fail to address how long that financing term is, which is sort of important.

The Idol 4S is one of two Idol devices Alcatel announced at MWC.

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