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If you've never heard of a smartphone maker by the name of Meizu, that's understandable. (Even though we actually reviewed their first Android smartphone about 2 years ago.) That's because Meizu, despite selling some phones outside of its home market - China - does no advertising and has very little press outreach in the western world.

Meizu's latest phone, the MX4, sells in mainland China for under $300 (1,799 Chinese Yuan) in 16GB trim.

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Sep
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The Galaxy A5 appears to be an awkward phone to get excited about. SamMobile has gotten its hands on exclusive photos of the device, the SM-A500, which should be the first in a new line of A-branded phones. What makes this particular handset interesting are its build materials. SamMobile's source says that Samsung has used a different material that isn't plastic or metal but still "feels cold in the hand."

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To me, this sounds like Samsung has had so much success producing faux leather backs that it's ready to try its hand at fake other materials.

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Sep
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You know what goes great together? Stocks with a side of free phone. Seriously, if you haven't tried it...well, now's your chance. We've teamed up with Handy Apps once again to hook one of you guys up with a free phone – an LG G3, to be exact – but we'll get into that in just a little bit.

First, we want to talk about Handy Apps' Stocks IQ. If you track stocks in any way, this may be an app you want to have installed.

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Sep
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Need a tablet? Ok, no one needs a tablet. Want a tablet? Want one of the best little tablets on the market? Want one of the best little tablets on the market for cheap? Of course you do. And today you can get a refurbished 16GB 2nd generation Nexus 7 for $130 from Woot. A hunnit thirty dollars. That's solid.

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This deal will go on till midnight Central time or until they're sold out – whichever comes first.

18
Sep
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Hey, Canada! Start saving your loonies, Google Glass Explorer Edition is coming your way. Well, that might be a little premature, but the evidence is mounting that our friends to the north will soon have the option to order their very own face-mounted computer. A Glass Explorer by the name of Brian Buquoi recently came across some clues that make the future pretty clear. The first item of interest came from the XE21 firmware, which included an image named regulatory_info_canada.png picturing an Industry Canada (IC) license number.

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Sep
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At the Google I/O 2014 keynote, Sundar Pichai took to the stage to let us know that the L release of Android is set to make massive improvements in security for the enterprise as well as regular users. The Washington Post has received word from Google that gives us another glimpse of what we should expect in the next version. It seems that devices shipping with Android L will have disk encryption enabled by default.

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Sep
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Google Now is only as good as the cards it tosses up for users to play around with. Since launch, TV cards and the ability to customize them has been a luxury exclusively available to people in the US. Now it looks like the feature is trickling out to residents of the UK as well.

A couple of readers on that side of the Atlantic Ocean sent us these screenshots of the feature in action.

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Sep
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Among the many things announced at Google I/O was support for casting custom backdrops to the Chromecast. We haven't heard anything about it since then, but now users are beginning to report seeing "Casting Backdrop" listed on their devices.

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Sep
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An over-the-air software update is set to hit AT&T's version of the Galaxy S4. The change log for this one isn't particularly long, but it will bump users up to baseband number KOTH49H.1337UCUFNB1. There's a certain satisfaction that comes from having the freshest set of software available on a device, and that feeling is what the bulk of owners will notice about this release.

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As for what's actually new, AT&T says this update will provide better connectivity when making calls and text messaging.

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Sep
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The updated Moto X just went on sale earlier this week with delivery dates toward the end of the month. So far only the GSM devices for AT&T and T-Mobile have popped up, but Verizon has confirmed it too will have the phone soon. If you have been waiting on the seemingly inevitable Sprint announcement, you are about to get some bad news—Sprint won't carry the 2014 Moto X. Ouch.

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