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[Deal Alert] Moto X Dropping To $299 ($100 Off) On January 27th 3-4PM ET, $329 Through Valentine's Day

Motorola really wants you to buy a Moto X – like, a lot. After a series of $150 off holiday sales and TV promotions, the company permanently dropped the price of the device by $100. Now another sale is coming up and you can snag this killer phone for the lowest price yet, a mere $299 for the 16GB model.

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PSA: Do Not Blame Your ISP This Time - Gmail, Google+, And Other Google Services Are Down Or Very Slow [Update: Back Up]

If you tried reaching one of Google's popular services, such as Gmail, Google+, or Play Music in the last 30 minutes and failed because they're either unavailable, very slow, or have broken in some other way, don't go blaming your ISP - it's one of those rare occasions when Google itself is having some major hiccups.

The company finally updated the Apps Status Dashboard after a surprisingly long delay of over 20 minutes showing all green and is now looking into the issues:

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We're investigating reports of an issue with Gmail.

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Oppo N1 CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies Toting Android 4.4 Are Now Up For Download [Update: Find 5, Too]

Update: The Oppo N1 isn't alone. CyanogenMod 11 nightlies are available for the Find 5 as well.

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You can get your hands on an Oppo N1 with CyanogenMod pre-installed. Really, it's the first phone to have this as an option, and there's a good chance that's the only reason you even know which phone I'm referring to. Yet as cool as that is, for Android tinkerers, there's just one problem  - it's too outdated.

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Blu Announces The Vivo 4.8 HD, A Mid-Range Device With A Super AMOLED Display [Hands-On]

It's been nearly two years since Blu announced a new member to the Vivo line, but the company is gearing up to release the Vivo 4.3's successor, the Vivo 4.8. Stylistically, it has a similar look to the 4.3, albeit on a slightly larger scale due to its 4.8 inch display. Also like the 4.3, the 4.8 has a Super AMOLED panel with Blu's Nex Lens and Infinite View technologies. This is in contrast to other Blu devices of late, which all use IPS panels along with Nex Lens and Infinite View.

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'Friends With Moto' Program Allows Motorola Employees To Give Away $50 Moto X And $30-40 Moto G Discounts

If you've got a friend or family member who works for Motorola Mobility, you might want to bug them for a free discount on a new phone. A Motorola representative detailed the "Friends with Moto" program to Android Police: basically, it allows any Motorola employee to offer a $50 off coupon on the Moto X, $40 off the 16GB Moto G, or $30 off the 8GB Moto G. bringing the basic off-contract prices down to $350, $160, and $150, respectively.

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Galaxy Note 3 (N900 And N9005) KitKat Update Now Rolling Out In India, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Slovenia, South Korea, And Switzerland

Samsung is slowly but surely sending its Android 4.4.2 update out to more and more regions and variants of the Galaxy Note 3. This morning SamMobile reports that both the LTE Snapdragon (SM-N9005) and the 3G Exynos (SM-N900) versions of the Note 3 are being updated over-the-air on networks in India, South Korea, and Switzerland. As usual, the rollout is staged, but users in these countries can try a manual update check via the Settings menu.

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AT&T's LG G Flex Is Up For Pre-order For $299.99 On Contract, Shipping February 4th

Do you want a phone that looks like a banana and sounds like a piece of home exercise equipment? Then you want to head on over to AT&T's website, where the LG G Flex just went up for pre-order. Three hundred greenbacks will get you the new phone on contract, while you'll need a whopping $694.99 to buy it outright or spread the cost over an interest-free Next plan. The phone will ship out for pre-orders on Tuesday, February 4th.

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Motorola Releases Updated Gallery App In The Play Store For Moto X, Moto G, And 2013 DROID Devices

Motorola has been taking advantage of the Play Store to distribute updates to a number of stock apps including the camera, Assist, and Touchless Control. Now the newest addition to the Play Store has popped up, and it's the stock Gallery app with a new coat of paint. The old one looked just like the stock Android/Nexus app, but now it has a light KitKat vibe.

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Huawei And Rockstar Consortium File For Dismissal On Nortel Patents, Expensive Settlement Likely

Chalk one up for the bad guys. FOSS Patents reports that Chinese manufacturer Huawei and the Rockstar Consortium (a patent holding company jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Sony, and Ericsson) have filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed against Huawei in November. Both parties have filed to dismiss with prejudice, and have almost certainly agreed to some kind of licensing settlement, though financial details don't have to be reported.

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Sony Releases Open Source Kernel Files For The T-Mobile Exclusive Xperia Z1s

Sony announced the Xperia Z1s at CES earlier this month, and it quickly showed up on T-Mobile's website. So Americans looking to just own the handset have had a week to order one online from the carrier, while those wanting a deeper relationship with the device - to love it for what's on the inside, rather than the outside - have had to wait a little longer. But now their opportunity has come as well.

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