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Asus ZenWatch Coming To The US November 9th, Starting With Best Buy Priced At $199.99

Word has hit the street that the Asus ZenWatch will launch in the US on November 9th. Two days from now shoppers reportedly will be able to pick one up from Best Buy for $199.99, with Play Store availability coming at some point after.

The ZenWatch is a peculiar Wear device. It's square, but unlike the LG G Watch or the Samsung Gear Live, it tries to look more like a traditional accessory than a tech gadget.

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The Football Leather Moto X On Verizon Is Official... ly Ugly

Motorola took the premium materials one step further this year with the option to buy a Moto X clad in premium Horween leather, then someone at Verizon thought it would be cool to slap some football leather on it. The result, as you can see below is kind of ugly. Maybe it looks nicer in real life?

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Official Team Win Recovery Project Support Comes To The Samsung Galaxy Alpha

The Galaxy Alpha isn't Samsung's most powerful phone, but it has made a name for itself regardless. Specs aren't everything, and folks are excited just to see a company so enamored with plastic take a chance with metal. The Alpha's aluminum band may not make the handset look all that distinctive in pictures, but it makes a difference in person.

This design may have attracted some users to the phone who would have otherwise been put off by TouchWiz.

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Primecast Puts Amazon Instant Video Where It Belongs: On Your Chromecast

Update: ...aaaaand it's gone.

After literally years of waiting, Amazon finally gave Android users access to their purchased movies and television shows on non-Kindle Fire devices. And lo, the heavens did open and a chorus of angels did declare, "where's the Chromecast support?" With Amazon promoting its Fire TV platform and a new Chromecast competitor of its own, it looks like we might have an even longer wait for that particular feature.

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Sony Shows Off AOSP Lollipop Builds For The Xperia Z1, Z2, And Z3

Sony's back to its AOSP tricks, working to release some functional (if not exactly ideal) versions of the latest release of Android based on open-source code. This time they've quickly put together Android Open Source Project builds for the flagships of the last two years: the Xperia Z1, Z2, and Z3. You can see the bone-stock builds running in the video below.

As always with Sony's developer promotions, these builds aren't intended for end users - they aren't provided with any kind of promise for reliability or functionality.

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Google Releases Free Developer-Oriented Guidebook "The Secrets To App Success On Google Play"

Have you felt the draw to get into app development, but didn't really know how to get started? Google wants to make things a little easier with a brand new guidebook that's meant to get developers on the right path. The Secrets to App Success on Google Play is an 81-page eBook that outlines the process and best practices for developing and submitting your software to the Play Store, and hopefully make some money on it.

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Ouya Pushes 'Chickcharney' System Update With Community Content, Game Bundles, And More

The Ouya has not taken the gaming world by storm as its supporters hoped, but it's still ticking along. In the latest update, users can look forward to more community content, deals on game bundles, and a few odds and ends for developers.

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Nexus 6 Goes Live In 12 Additional Countries' Play Stores, Letting Even More Users Not Buy It

Nexus 6 pre-orders have been a bit of a mess here in the U.S., with the majority of users still not able to throw their money at Google in exchange for this massive and elusive device. With everything running so, uh, smoothly (?), it's only logical that Google releases it to a dozen or so other Play Stores, right? Right.

OK, maybe I'm being a little overly-cynical here. It's not actually available anywhere else yet.

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Motorola Releases New Moto 360 Designs With Metal Bands For $299.99, New Health Apps And Watch Faces Coming Soon

Last week Amazon briefly showed off a few new options for the Moto 360, including the metal bands that the company has been teasing ever since the original announcement. Those disappeared from Amazon almost instantly, but now Motorola seems ready to sell at least some of them. After a quick announcement on the company blog, some of the new options are being sold now.

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At the $249.99, you can still get the stainless steel or black watches with 22mm bands in "stone" or black, respectively.

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Nexus Player Starts Shipping Early, Arriving On Doorsteps As Soon As Today

When Google launched the Nexus Player, it was listed with a lengthy 3-4 week shipping window, but it seems that Mountain View has gotten its ducks in a row sooner than that. We've gotten multiple tips that Nexus Players and controllers are on their way to buyers.

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