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First Wood Back (Bamboo) For The Moto X Is Live On MotoMaker For An Extra $100, Shipping Currently Delayed

Gah, what a long, long, lonnng road it has been. From the rumors of "touch sensitive wood" to the actual Moto X launch, MotoMaker, and everything in between, a lot has happened with Motorola this year. And since the X's availability, many users have been chomping at the bit for some of that au naturel action on their phone. I'm referring, of course, to the wooden backs that have long been teased.

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Exclusive Early Glimpse At EnergySense, The Start Of Google's Renewed Bid For Home Energy Management

Yesterday, The Information reported that Google is rumored to be working on smart thermostats, in a renewed bid to help users manage their home energy (and interior climate). Information on the project is sparse so far, but Google hopes it will be a successful follow-up to the unsuccessful PowerMeter, a service that was killed off due to apparent scaling difficulties.

Thanks to a tipster who is - we know you've heard this before - familiar with the matter, we've got an early glimpse into Google's upcoming thermostat foray - we've got a few new details and a look at the service's Android app.

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[Update: Rolling Out Now] Verizon HTC One Support PDF Updated With Android 4.3 Information, OTA Should Begin Rolling Out Shortly

If you own a Verizon HTC One, it's time to start tapping that "check for updates" button. Following Friday's announcement by HTC of an Android 4.3 firmware update, Verizon has updated its support PDF for the device with a full changelog. The new firmware version is 2.10.605.1. In addition to the obvious OS upgrade, there seems to be a fair number of bug fixes including:

  • Increased charging speed when using Mophie Juicepack power station
  • Corrected faint ringing noise from earpiece
  • Play purchased ringtones
  • Connection error fixed in the HTC Watch application
  • View the correct date using the all day calendar reminder
  • Conjunction words are better recognized on device keyboard
  • Backup Assistant performance

Update: Looks like it's rolling out now.

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Sony Z Ultra GPE OTA to Android 4.4.2/KOT49H Incoming - Fixes Major Bugs [Update: Direct Download]

In case you haven't been paying attention, there has been a storm of Android 4.4.2 updates for Google Play Edition devices over the past few days. It started Friday with the HTC One and Galaxy S4, and continued yesterday with the G Pad 8.3. Now, it's time for Sony Z Ultra GPE owners to get in on the action. The OTA weighs in at hefty 444 MB and, like all other recent GPE updates, will bring the phone up to date with current Nexus devices at Android 4.4.2/KOT49H.

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AT&T's Galaxy Note II Gets Android 4.3 And Galaxy Gear Compatibility Via OTA Update (I317UCUBMK6)

Samsung has been rolling out Galaxy Gear support to additional devices since the end of October, lumping the functionality in with updates to Android 4.3. A leaked schedule provided a timeline of when to expect various Galaxy handsets across the big four American carriers to get updated, and many OTAs started rolling out right on schedule. Others have not. The AT&T Galaxy Note II's update has been somewhat of a tortoise, but it may soon cross the finish line, as the long-awaited OTA is finally inbound.

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LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition Receiving OTA Update to Android 4.4.2/KOT49H [Direct Download]

Following the HTC One GPE and Galaxy S4 GPE updates that rolled out over the weekend, the LG G Pad 8.3 GPE is now receiving its first OTA. Rumblings about the update started as early as Friday, but we decided to wait until we had the OTA zip link. The new firmware version is Android 4.4.2/KOT49H, which brings it up to date with current Nexus devices.

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There is no official changelog with the update, so it's currently unknown what, if any, device-specific bugs may have been fixed.

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Sony Z Ultra GPE Bugs Preventing Access To Security Settings And Uninstalling Apps - Google Is Aware And Working On A Fix

As soon as the first orders for the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition began arriving at users' doors, the bug reports started rolling in. While this always happen with a new handset, two of the issues quickly emerged as critical. To be more specific:

  • Attempting to access the "Security" area under the phone settings results in a crash of the settings app. This is prohibiting users from doing things like changing the screen lock, enabling installation of non-market apps, and enabling data encryption.
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[Deal Alert] 32GB Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 LTE Available On eBay For About $100 Less Than Its Current Price Elsewhere

The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 is a good tablet, as long as you can live with its less-than-exciting build quality. Samsung plastics are a touchy subject, but some of us would like for a device this large and expensive to feel, well, premium. Yet if you want a tablet that comes with a stylus and is crammed with features, here's a deal from eBay that cuts the 32GB LTE Note 10.1 2014's high price down by $100.

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Sony Announces Android 4.3 OTA Rollout And New Software Features For The Xperia Z1 And Xperia Z Ultra

It's been a busy week or two for Sony fans. First we get a Google Play Edition of the Z Ultra, then the AOSP On Xperia project expands to the low-cost Xperia L, and now owners of Sony's high-end phones are starting to get their long-awaited Jelly Bean 4.3 updates. According to this Sony blog update, both the Xperia Z1 and the enormous Z Ultra should be getting the over-the-air update starting today, at least for unlocked versions.

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[Deal Alert] Original LG G Pad 8.3 Available For $50 Off At Best Buy And eBay, Making Its Price $299.99

The LG G Pad 8.3 entered the Play Store nearly a week ago, becoming the first Google Play Edition tablet and the closest thing you can get to an 8-inch Nexus. Unfortunately, this model is no cheaper than the original, and at $349 for 16GB, it's over $100 more expensive than the Nexus 7. But here's the deal - if you don't mind using a G Pad 8.3 with LG's less-than-stellar custom software, or you're up for installing a custom ROM yourself, then you might like to know that you can get the original G Pad 8.3 for $299.99 from eBay and Best Buy.

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