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Republic Wireless Is Beginning A Staged Rollout Of Android 4.4.2 For The Moto X

The unique hybrid calling system used by Republic Wireless introduces some additional delays in updates, which is why the Moto X on this MVNO is just now heading out to users. It's not full steam ahead, though. The first wave of OTAs are going out today, but Republic is taking it slow.

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Official Team Win Recovery Project Support Comes To The Galaxy S5 (klte)

When the time comes to flash a custom ROM, enthusiasts need a custom recovery they can trust, and the Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP for short) is one such option. Now tinkerers who have just picked up Samsung's latest flagship can head over to the TWRP Galaxy S5 page and get their hands on a version of their favorite custom recovery geared for their new device.

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The necessary files are all available on the page, such as an .img file you can flash using the dd command or a .tar file that you can flash using Odin instead.

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Google Begins Selling The Nest Thermostat In Google Play For $249, Will Plant A Tree For Every Nest Sold Today

Google bought Nest and its smart thermostat a few months ago, and now it's integrating the product into its ecosystem more completely on Earth Day. The Nest Learning Thermostat is now available in the Play Store. It's selling for $249 and Google will plant a tree for every unit sold today, presumably because of Earth Day. Yay, Earth!

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Details Of LG's G Watch Surface, Will Come In Two Colors And Be Dust/Water-Resistant

While we're all excited for Android Wear in general, Motorola's Moto 360 has really been the product on everyone's minds since the announcement. Of course, LG has its own thing a-brewin' with the G Watch – while not quite as exciting as the 360 (because round and other reasons), it's still shaping up to be an interesting offering for those who may prefer a square watch face. Today, the company has launched a teaser site of sorts for the G Watch, which reveals some info that we didn't know about it before.

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APK Teardown: Hangouts 2.1 Hides Hints Of Google Voice, SMS/MMS Backup, And More

Today's Hangouts update was a bit of a surprise. Besides landing on Monday, the update was a fairly large one. Users of the latest version of Hangouts are already enjoying merged SMS/Hangouts threads, improved status markers, a new home screen widget, new sound effects, the ability to share contact cards, and other touches. But - as with any Google update - it's worth looking a little deeper in the app to see what may be hiding in the code.

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Google I/O 2014 Lottery Winners Now Receiving Their Tickets, Losers Receiving Our Condolences

If you entered Google's new lottery system for I/O 2014, go check your email account. Odds are pretty good that you've got an email, or that you will receive one shortly. Several Google+ users are showing off their fancy invitations. Those who have "won" the right to purchase their $900 tickets have already been charged via their Google Wallet accounts.

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Source: Bao-Long Nguyen-Trong, Google+

And if you didn't get in?

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Samsung And AT&T Pause The KitKat OTA Rollout For The S4 Active While They 'Look Into Potential Improvements'

Last week, AT&T started pushing the KitKat OTA to Samsung Galaxy S4 Active owners on its network. Looks like that was a short-lived rollout, as the company has now halted the update, explaining that it is working with Samsung to improve the OTA.

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Seems like that's something could've been done before the update actually started rolling out, so the odds are that something is actually broken and both companies are just staying mum about it.

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[Deal Alert] 2013 Nexus 7 (32GB) On eBay Daily Deals For $169.99 With Free US Shipping

The Nexus 7 is an inexpensive tablet already, but you can sometimes catch it on sale for a relative pittance. A refurbished 32GB N7 is currently waiting for you on eBay Daily Deals for $169.99. That's close to the price we recently spotted for the 16GB.

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Blu Announces The Six-Inch Studio 6.0 HD, A Massive Mid-Ranger For $250 [Hands-On]

Not everyone likes big phones, of that there is no question. Those who do, however, usually love them. Among those who fancy said behemoth handsets, the almost-a-tablet-but-still-also-a-phone nature of the "phablet" is likely what is most appealing; especially for those who don't already own one of each. Of course, there aren't a whole lot of options outside of the Galaxy Mega, Sony's Z Ultra, or the Galaxy Note 3 (which, arguably, doesn't even fall into the same category any longer).

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Samsung's SideSync Desktop Program Works With All Computers (Not Just Samsung Models) After 3.0 Update

For better or worse, manufacturer apps tend to be exclusive to their own phones or tablets in the Android world. Not so with Windows programs, or at least, not usually. Samsung's SideSync program, an automated backup, remote desktop, and file transfer system, was previously limited to Samsung's own ATIV line of Windows laptops and tablets. But with the update to version 3.0, the company has removed that restriction - you should now be able to use SideSync with a Samsung Android device and any Windows machine.

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