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Moto X Reviews, Android Apps Working On Chromebooks, iPad Magic, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 12-09-2014

Also, a sneak peek at Windows 9, Google cedes to buyer’s remorse, Facebook asks why its ads suck, Microsoft replaces noisy Xbox Ones, and the wonder that is iPad magic with LEGO.


Moto X Reviews Roundup

The iPhone 6 Apple's Big Event: iPhone 6, Watch & New Wireless Payment System Finally, the rumours are confirmed: two new larger iPhones and a smart timepiece known simply as the Apple Watch are on the way. Read More isn’t the only new smartphone in town, even though the inordinate press coverage that particular device has garnered may have fooled you into thinking so. Motorola has also recently taken the wraps off of the new Moto X Reddit Bans Celebrity Nudes, Motorola Launches New Moto X & Moto 360, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Microsoft revamps MSN, Steven loves emoji, Google Glass lands on Google Play, and Wakie wakes you up with strangers. Read More , the second-generation follow-up to last year’s best-selling flagship phone.

The reviews are just starting to trickle in, so, to save you the hassle of scouring the Web for them, we have rounded up a selection of views on the new 2014 Moto X.

Engadget thinks that, “Motorola has learned from its mistakes,” and so while “this year’s Moto X still isn’t perfect,” it’s “the flagship Motorola should have made in the first place,” and good enough to earn a spot in “the pantheon of smartphone greats.

Ars Technica laments the larger screen size of the Moto X, and makes mention of the relatively shoddy camera and the “not top-of-the-class” battery life. However, there is more good than bad, with “curves and contours [that] feel nice in the hand,” and the fact that “everything about this new Moto X looks and feels high-end.

ZDNet thinks everything on the new Moto X has been “improved to the point that this is the best Android smartphone available today.” However, the desire for “a better camera and improved battery life” is mentioned, meaning the Moto X (2014) is still far from perfect.


Gizmodo loved the original Moto X and are fans of the new version as well. Gripes about the quality of the camera, poor battery life, and larger screen size don’t detract from the conclusion that the Moto X offers “the best user experience from anything we’ve yet seen in 2014.

To conclude, the new 2014 edition of the Moto X How To Get The Best Moto X Features On Your Android Device Today The Moto X boasts several features you won't find on other Android devices at the moment. The first of these is the Active Notifications feature, which lights up the screen with the latest notification. Another... Read More is definitely bigger, and almost certainly better. However, it still fails to inspire in a couple of rather important areas. Do let us know if you buy a second-generation Moto X (2014), and if so, whether you feel these reviews are accurate or not.

Android Apps Land On Chromebooks

As promised at Google I/O Google I/O Reveals Android Is Everywhere, Aereo Loses Big Fight, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Microsoft could be planning to give Windows 9 away for free, Europe is halving mobile roaming charges, Rock Simulator 2014 has arrived to blow your mind, and CollegeHumor demonstrates how the Internet has killed... Read More in June, Android apps are coming to Chrome OS. The first four apps to be released via the App Runtime for Chrome beta are Vine, Evernote, Duolingo, and Sight Words.

This is the first step in an ongoing effort to bring Android and Chrome OS closer together. To that end, Google is “working with a select group of Android developers to add more of your favorite apps so you’ll have a more seamless experience across your Android phone and Chromebook.


New Windows 9 Screenshots Leak Online

Another day, another set of leaked screenshots showing the forthcoming Windows 9 What Can You Expect From Windows 9? Threshold Rumors Summarized In a few weeks, Microsoft will release its first official preview of Windows 9, code-named Threshold. Let's see whether this new Windows incarnation could meet your needs. Read More , AKA Windows Threshold, AKA (just) Windows. The screenshots of the Windows Technical preview come courtesy of German websites ComputerBase and WinFuture.

The latter also posted a video (as embedded above) showing how the new Start menu works. Which seems to have split opinion very much down the middle. Leaf through the screenshots and watch the video before coming back here and telling us your thoughts on the direction in which Microsoft is taking Windows.

Try Before You Buy On Google Play

Google has increased the time you have to change your mind on a Google Play purchase from 15 minutes to two hours. This effectively means you can try before you buy, as long as you ensure you return the app for a refund within the new two-hour window.

With paid apps varying in quality to such a degree, we suspect the level of buyer’s remorse is high, so this could prove invaluable to Android app addicts The Best Android Apps on the Google Play Store for 2019 Looking for the best Android apps for your phone or tablet? Here's our comprehensive list of the best apps for Android. Read More .


Facebook Asks Why You Hate Its Ads

Facebook wants to know why you hate the ads it’s showing you, and it’s asking for direct feedback in order to learn the truth. From now on, when you hide an advert from your News Feed 3 New Tricks To Clean Up Your Facebook News Feed [Weekly Facebook Tips] Since joining Facebook, you probably made friends with lots and lots of people for many different reasons - some may not be very relevant anymore. It's time to clean up your feed, isn't it? Read More , you’ll be asked why you chose to do so. And facebook is promising it will pay attention to any feedback received. The temptation to troll is strong with this one.

Microsoft To Replace Noisy Xbox Ones

Microsoft is offering to replace noisy Xbox One games consoles. As reported by CNET, the official Microsoft forums are full of complaints from Xbox One owners over loud buzzing, grinding, or clicking noises emanating from their machines. The complaints started rolling in at the beginning of August, suggesting the new model without the Kinect sensor built in Right To Be Forgotten, Xbox One Kinect, Popcorn Time On Android [Tech News Digest] The "right to be forgotten," major Xbox One news, Popcorn Time for Android, Dogecoin robbery, new Google Hangouts, and Beats audio is just the beginning for Apple acquisitions. Read More is responsible.

Xbox One owners experiencing this issue are invited to contact Xbox Support for advice and a possible exchange. But only for another Xbox One Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More , and not, unfortunately, for a PlayStation 4 Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation of video game consoles is here, with the Sony PlayStation 4! Read More .

iPad Magician Blows Kids’ Minds With LEGO

And finally, kids are very easily impressed, and no more so than when a combination of LEGO, an Apple iPad, and some impressive sleight of hand are used to create magic before their very eyes. Sure, this is a promo for LEGO Fusion, but we can forgive that given the pleasure these kids clearly derive from the display. And, if I’m honest, the pleasure I got from it too.


Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Will you be buying a Moto X? Should Chrome OS and Android be merged? What are your early impressions of Windows 9?

Let us know your thoughts on the tech news of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Aaron C
    September 13, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Love my Moto X :-)

  2. mickey
    September 13, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    the moto x youtube video is a review of the old moto x, which has been around for over a year, and not the new model.

  3. Chinmay S
    September 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    What if someone bought an app, did a backup and then return the app for a refund?

    • Dave P
      September 12, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Good question. One that I don't know the answer to. I'm sure Google must have thought of this, as it's not exactly a n00b at this sort of thing.

    • Simen B
      September 12, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      As a hobby dev, I think most apps use licensing to check if the copy is valid. When starting the app, it contacts Play to ensure that the copy is valid. If it fails validation, it'll refuse to run. The same applies if it takes too long between each validation.

    • Chinmay S
      September 12, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      @Simen B:
      I don't think so because most of the time after downloading an app, I turn off Internet but the app works just fine.