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Moto's Got Wood: Walnut, Teak, And Ebony Options Coming Jan. 21st, All Wood Options Now $25

Motorola has just announced the much anticipated expansion of its wood finishes for the Moto X. The Walnut, Teak and Ebony versions of the device will be available on January 21st for an extra $25. If you're more of a minimalist person, the bamboo version of the Moto X has been dropped to $25 starting today.

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The Bamboo option debuted a few weeks ago at $100, so the price drop to $25 might annoy those who dropped the cash already.

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T-Mobile's Sony Xperia Z1s Does Not Have An Unlockable Bootloader

The new Xperia Z1s on T-Mobile is almost identical to the international Z1, except for the radio bands and some software tweaks. One thing that definitely isn't the same is the bootloader – it appears that T-Mobile has requested Sony not allow bootloader unlocks on this device. For a company trying to upend the traditional carrier model, this is awfully old-fashioned carrier behavior.

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Sprint's LG G Flex Is Now Up For Pre-Order, Will Be Available Online January 31st For $299.99 With A Two-Year Contract

The LG G Flex isn't the kind of phone you recommend to everyone. Sure, it has a curved screen, but what is that actually good for? Yet if you've been craving this phone since watching it heal itself (which is admittedly pretty cool), Sprint's gearing up to put one in your hands pretty soon. The handset is now available for pre-order at a price point of $299.99 with a two-year contract.

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AT&T Begins Rolling Out Android 4.2.2 With Sense 5.0 For The HTC One X+

We were promised an update earlier this week, and AT&T is delivering. While the HTC One X+ is never going to reach KitKat (or even Android 4.3), it is getting an update to Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5.0. The update has started hitting the first devices now, so you can begin obsessively checking for updates any time.

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Samsung Announces The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, Doesn't Offer Any Reason To Buy One

Samsung's "diversify and fill all niches" approach to the mobile market is starting to get on my nerves. Not because I object to having a dozen different choices at every screen size and price, but because I can't keep the hardware details for all these phones and tablets in my head. Nine months after unveiling the Galaxy Tab 3 in 7, 8, and 10-inch varieties, Samsung is back with a "Lite" variant of the smallest model.

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Meet Blackphone: The First Smartphone Designed Exclusively To Shamelessly Cash In On Internet Privacy Fear-Mongering

Privacy is important. In an age where, more than ever before, we are constantly exposing ourselves (no, not that way!) through social media, online services, and government security / surveillance directives, being a little concerned with your own privacy is totally normal. I get it.

But when a $170 encrypted wireless keyboard starts getting huge amounts of press even though encrypted wireless keyboards and mice have been around for years (and much cheaper, to boot), it's becoming clear that companies are getting smart to cashing in on consumers' growing privacy fears.

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CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies Now Available For The Galaxy Note 3 On Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, And International LTE Models

If you're too impatient to wait for Samsung to get Android 4.4 to your carrier variant of the Galaxy Note 3 (or if you're just tired of TouchWiz), the indefatigable boys and girls of CyanogenMod are here to help. They've just released the first nightly builds of CM 11 (KitKat) for Samsung's plus-sized flagship, with support for the international LTE model (N9005), plus Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint versions.

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As it happens, Samsung just started sending out the official 4.4 update for the N9005 earlier this week, so those of you who are on the unlocked version of the phone might want to go for the TouchWiz build of KitKat instead.

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Don't Call Them Phones: HP Announces Slate 6 And Slate 7 'Voice Tablets' For India

Not content to simply blur the line between conventional smartphones and tablets like manufacturers around the world are already doing, HP has decided to completely erase any distinction between the two. This morning the company announced that its first smartphones since the ill-fated HP Pre 3 in 2011 won't be "phones" at all, but rather "voice tablets," competing with low-cost, big-screen models like the Galaxy Mega. Re/code reports that the two inaugural Android devices, the Slate 6 and Slate 7, will be introduced in India next month.

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Official Nexus Wireless Charger And Nexus 7 Sleeves Launch In More Countries

The Play Store device section sure is hopping today. Google dropped the new Moto G Google Play Edition earlier, then a new red N7 sleeve popped up, and now folks in more countries have some accessories to splurge on.

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The updated wireless charger is now live in the Play Store for Australia, India, Japan and Korea. Pricing will vary, but it should be about in line with the $49.99 US price.

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AT&T Begins Rolling Out Android 4.3 To The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

An update is hitting AT&T's Galaxy S4 active today, but it's not KitKat. No, this update is finally bringing the more durable S4 variant up to Android 4.3 with the rest of Samsung's current generation.

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