08
Jun
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Get your clicking fingers ready, because Motorola has thrown the switch on its Try Then Buy deal. For 24 hours, you can design a Moto X and have it shipped to you for a two week trial run. You can even get one of those brand spanking new 64GB devices with the trial. Update: The promo codes allotted for the Try Then Buy program are all gone. Apparently people really like paying $0.01 to try a phone for two weeks.

08
Jun
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Aside from Windows Media Player, there is probably no single video player more widely installed on computers than VLC. It may not have the prettiest interface (or icon), but everybody eventually turns to that huge orange traffic cone, especially for file types that simply can't play in anything else. While VLC provides a mostly full compliment of features, there is one request that has gone unanswered for a while: Chromecast support.

07
Jun
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The hype machine for the OnePlus One continues to accelerate, and since part of its charm is that it runs a customized version of CyanogenMod, it's only natural that the creators are quick to release the necessary source code. While the device and build repositories for the phone's unique "11S" ROM aren't available yet, you can download the kernel source code here. Talented ROM developers should now be able to build a standard AOSP or CyanogenMod release.

07
Jun
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For the last several days, an unknown number of Android users have been getting inconsistent results when using the built-in Google Search app on their phones and tablets. And by "inconsistent," I mean that they aren't getting any at all, instead being greeted by the enigmatic message "can't load search results" whenever they try to use it. While none of the Android Police staff have experienced this, threads on Google Code, Google Groups, and Reddit continue to receive replies.

07
Jun
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As we near the end of spring, so too nears the end of the mainstream release cycle for four of the biggest Android OEMs on the planet. Samsung, LG, HTC, and Sony all have competitive flagship devices on the market now, and none of them clearly edges out the others in a holistic sense. They're all very good smartphones in an extremely competitive product category.

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Not pictured: Xperia Z2, because I don't have one to picture.

06
Jun
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Google translate can be tricked into providing some hilarious results, but for average queries, it generally does a really good job of translating and offering additional information like synonyms and usage types. It looks like Translate on the web is learning a couple of new tricks though - recently, Google flipped the switch allowing Translate to show usage examples and word definitions. Various alternate translations (sorted by frequency) still appear on the right, while the new bits of info appear in a column on the left.

06
Jun
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The 64GB Moto X has popped up a few times in Motorola's site code and in some leaked Sprint docs, but now it's official. Motorola has confirmed to us that the 64GB Moto X is going to sell for $100 more than the 16GB model. The company is also starting a one-day promotion at 11PM CT on Sunday June 8th that lets you try a custom Moto X for two weeks.

06
Jun
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A couple of months ago, we posted one of our early Google Search/Now rumors, and it was something of a long range rumor compared to others. While things like parking reminders, proper timer management, and bill pay reminders have already seen their public release, the ability to set contact-based reminders ("remind me when I'm with this person"), hasn't come forward yet. But it will likely appear very soon with a new feature in Android called Nearby, which will allow new interactions between you and nearby people, places, and things.

06
Jun
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So you want an 8-inch Galaxy Tab Pro, but you don't want to spend $399.99 on one? I hear you. $399.99 isn't all that expensive as far as tech purchases go, but tablets are increasingly affordable these days, and you can get two Nexus 7s for that price. I can't hook you up with a 16GB Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 for the same as a Nexus, but I can point you in the direction of one that's going for over $100 off its usual price (and $50 less than what Amazon's reduced it to).

06
Jun
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For some reason, it seems that streaming music is the new hotness in the world of tech firm acquisitions. Today, the New York Post reports that Google is eyeing the acquisition of Songza.

Songza is a popular music curating and streaming service that, with five and a half million active users, is nothing to sneeze at. The Android app is currently in the 1 million - 5 million download range, with almost 60,000 ratings.

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