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More Motorola Leaks: 'Style Mod' Replaceable Covers For The Moto X/Z And DROID Come In A Variety Of Materials

Like it or not, it's clear that Motorola's often-leaked upcoming batch of phones will be very different from the relatively straightforward designs in its current lineup. Previous leaks indicated that at least some of the models in the refreshed Moto X (or possibly Moto Z) and DROID series will have add-on modules called "MotoMod" that snap onto the back of the phone via a proprietary interface. It's a lot like the direction that LG is taking with its modular G5.

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CyanogenMod 13 Nightlies Available For The OnePlus 2, Moto X Pure, Yu Yureka, Oppo R5 And R5s, And The Xperia Tablet Z

Fans of the community-created CyanogenMod ROM, your cup runneth over with new gadgets to try out on CM 13 (based on Android 6.0 code). Five new phones and a tablet have been given the nightly treatment in the last week or so, to wit: the OnePlus 2, the Moto X Pure (the US multi-carrier variant of the Moto X Style), Yu's low-priced Yureka, the Oppo R5 and R5s, and the original version of Sony's Xperia Tablet Z. They're all available at their respective download locations under CM's somewhat nebulous device codenames.

The Yureka deserves some special attention here.

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Amazon's Alexa Has Over 1,000 Skills, But Discoverability And Quality Remain Issues

Amazon's Echo has become the de-facto standard of home voice control, at least until Google Home is released and we find out whatever Apple is planning. To emphasise Amazon's market-leading position, the company has published a press release saying Alexa has over 1,000 skills and integrations - we counted roughly 1,150 (115 pages with 10 items on each page). For such a young platform, this is mightily good news, and says wonders about the battleground that the home will be for technology companies in the future.

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Left: the skills list, showing the filters and sorting options. Right: some other skills that are installable on the Echo.

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[Deal Alert] eBay Has A Refurbished Verizon Galaxy Note 4 For Just $205 With Free US Shipping

The Galaxy Note 4 is a little less than two years old now, but Samsung stuffs the Note series so full of high-end technology that it isn't really fair to call it "old." In fact, the Verizon version just got updated to Android Marshmallow earlier this week. The blogging gods must be smiling upon us, because they've offered a serendipitous eBay deal: the same phone, refurbished, for just $204.95. That's approximately five hundred dollars - five and two zeroes - off the original retail price.

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Google Store Starts Selling The Acer Chromebook 14 And Chromebook 11 (2016)

What's this? These aren't Android devices, true, but Chromebooks will very soon run Android apps. Thus, you might want to know there are two new Chromebooks on sale in the Google Store today. Customers in the US and Canada can pick up the Acer Chromebook 14 or 2016 refresh of the Chromebook 11 right now.

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[Deal Alert] Google Store Deals: $20 Off SHIELD Android TV, $50 Off Nexus 6P, And $5 Off Cardboard [Update]

Google is running a few modest sales in the Google Store for the next few weeks, probably related to Father's Day. You can save some cash if you pick up a SHIELD TV, Nexus 6P, or Cardboard viewer. They aren't huge deals, but a discount is always appreciated.

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Huawei Regional Lead Says Company Is "Doing The Nexus Again This Year," Confusing Everybody

An interview published on South African site GearBurn today has dropped something of a Nexus news bomb, with a statement from Huawei's head of Consumer Business in South Africa that the company is "doing the Nexus again this year." We reached out to Huawei for comment, but have not received a response.

This, of course, has generated a metric ton of confusion. Here is what we know. First: we have no reason to believe HTC's Nexus phones have been cancelled at this time. That would be Marlin and Sailfish, two HTC Nexuses that we first got wind of six months ago.

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Note 6 Leak Points To USB Type-C Port, A Curved Screen, And Maybe Finally Iris Scanning

The Galaxy Note series has always been Samsung's chance to try new stuff before bringing it to the flagship Galaxy S line, and there might be a lot of new stuff in this year's Note. OnLeaks claims to have gotten his hands on leaked CAD files for the Galaxy Note 6 (or whatever they call the nest one), and he used them to create some 3D renders. The device has a few interesting things going on, including Samsung's first Type-C port on the bottom.

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Chrome 51 Supports New Anti-Jank And Power-Saving Tweaks, Removes Merged Tabs [APK Download]

After hitting the beta channel back in April, Chrome version 51 has just been pushed to Stable with a new API that allows sites to interact with the browser's credential manager and some under-the-hood changes that should improve the scrolling experience and power consumption on both mobile and desktop. It also entirely removes the option to have Chrome tabs show up in the recent apps view on Android, which was introduced in Lollipop.

The Credential Management API is a new tool proposed by the W3C group which aims to make it easier and more streamlined to sign in to sites and webpages.

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[Update: More Stores, Better Deals] Best Buy Is Taking $80 Off All Nexus 6P Variants: 32GB For $420, 64GB For $470, And 128GB For $570

The Huawei Nexus 6P is one of the best smartphones you can buy today. It packs a lot of punch and some high-end specs for a price that isn't as extravagant as the new flagships from Samsung, LG, Sony, or HTC. It's also a little more future-proof than them, with an Android N preview already available and the certainty of getting the N and O updates as soon as they are released by Google.

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