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[Weekend Poll] What Do You Think Of The New Wood Back Options For The Moto X?

This week's poll is utterly, totally subjective in nature. Our question? What are your feelings about wood? Specifically, the wood that will soon be available for order on the back of your customized Moto X.

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Motorola has introduced three options - ebony, teak, and walnut, alongside the existing bamboo, bringing the total number of plant-based backplate options up to four. Real wood comes at a cost of just $25 over the standard X, which seems downright reasonable, if I do say so myself.

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[Bonus Round] Galaxy Factions, Tank Riders 2, Bad Hotel, Small Fry, Sultans Of Rema, Neon Beat, And Ferris Mueller's Day Off

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got an aspiring Starcraft clone, a sequel to a twin-stick favorite, an unconventional iOS pilgrim, a solid endless runner, a new Tin Man gamebook, an interesting take on Breakout, and a John Hughes-style adventure game.

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[New App] Udemy Brings On-The-Go Learning To Android, Just Make Sure You Bring Your Wallet

Okay, you've gotten yourself into quite a pickle – how can you live up to that New Year's resolution to learn [insert goal here] when you're so busy? Well, there's always Udemy, which just launched on Android. This is an online repository of courses that teach everything from statistics to "yoga detox," whatever that is.

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The app is arriving on Android after a successful stint on iOS.

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Moto's Got Wood: Walnut, Teak, And Ebony Options Coming Jan. 21st, All Wood Options Now $25

Motorola has just announced the much anticipated expansion of its wood finishes for the Moto X. The Walnut, Teak and Ebony versions of the device will be available on January 21st for an extra $25. If you're more of a minimalist person, the bamboo version of the Moto X has been dropped to $25 starting today.

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The Bamboo option debuted a few weeks ago at $100, so the price drop to $25 might annoy those who dropped the cash already.

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Friday App And Game Sales: Archangel, Swipe Dialer Pro, PinWar, And More

It's been a long week, and don't you deserve a treat? I mean, let's not get carried away – a moderately priced treat would probably be the best course of action. Some apps and games that happen to be on sale will do nicely.

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[New App] EA Posts Need For Speed Network Companion App On The Play Store

EA just loves its companion apps, and despite the fact that this one is two behind the release of 2013's Need For Speed Rivals, I'm sure that at least a few racing game fans will appreciate it. Need For Speed Network is a combination social network and second screen app for the aforesaid game, and it's compatible with PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC versions.

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NFS Network is basically an extension of the "Autolog" feature that's been a part of the franchise for years now.

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PSA: New Chrome Beta Build (33.0.1750.31) Breaks Hotword Detection In Google Experience Launcher And Google Now

It seems that Google introduced an annoying little bug in the most recent version of Chrome Beta, which just rolled out yesterday. After installing the update and launching Chrome Beta, hotword detection no longer works in the Google Experience Launcher or in Google Now through a different launcher.

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[New Game] Sony Releases Bentley's Hackpack, An Arcade-Themed Minigame Pack Inspired By A Sly Cooper Console Title

There's not a legitimate Sly Cooper game on Android yet, but you can get a tiny bit closer with a new game from Sony. Bentley's Hackpack is a collection of three minigames that originally launched last year on PSN alongside Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time for PS3 and Vita. Now you can get these minigames on Android.

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T-Mobile's Sony Xperia Z1s Does Not Have An Unlockable Bootloader

The new Xperia Z1s on T-Mobile is almost identical to the international Z1, except for the radio bands and some software tweaks. One thing that definitely isn't the same is the bootloader – it appears that T-Mobile has requested Sony not allow bootloader unlocks on this device. For a company trying to upend the traditional carrier model, this is awfully old-fashioned carrier behavior.

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IMDb Launches A Google+ Community For Official Android App Beta Testing

Ever since Google launched the ability for developers to offer public beta testing directly through the Play Store, we've seen quite a few devs take this route and offer the hottest thing off the press for users to try out. The latest high-profiler to take advantage of this system is IMDb, which recently launched its first beta app through its Google+ Community.

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It doesn't appear that there's a lot of new features packed under the hood of the first beta release, likely because the company is still working towards getting the community set up before launching anything game-changing.

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