Motorola offers more wood backs for the Moto X on MotoMaker, lowers price

Motorola went a new direction late last year with the release of their latest flagship, the Moto X. They offered a service, called MotoMaker, that would allow you to customize the phone with a variety of color options for the back plate, buttons, and either a white or black front. The phone was then built, just for you, and shipped out to your home.

One of the most exciting announcements was that Motorola would offer the option of wooden backs, something that has, for the most part, never been seen from a mobile phone manufacturer. Unfortunately, the wood options were not available at launch.

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Google announces Moto G “Google Play Edition”

Today Google has added another device to their web store. The Moto G Google Play Edition.

The Moto G was released not long ago and has received praise for its budget price and great performance. It features a quad-core processor, 8 or 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM and fully unlocked. It lacks 4G mobile data connection, but will run on HSPA+ 21mbps for AT&T or T-Mobile.

The 8GB model sells for $179, but you can double the storage to 16GB for only $20 more.

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Federal appeals court overrules important aspects of Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality, in a nutshell, is the idea that access to content on the internet should not be limited by the internet service providers. For example, access (and speed of access) to Netflix, or Hulu, or YouTube shall not be impeded by ISPs even if those services compete with services that the ISPs offer themselves; this is the case frequently as most common ISPs are cable companies who have their own TV and video services.

Today, a Federal appeals court, in the case of Verizon v. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has overruled several key aspects of the FCC’s Open Internet policy which contains regulations such as not prioritizing the connection speed of certain websites.

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iOS 7 “Untethered” Jailbreak available via Evasi0n 7

Evasi0n 7 has been out for a short time now and after a few updates it seems to be a safe way to jailbreak your iOS device.

All iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches running iOS 7.0 – 7.0.4 can be jailbroken with this tool.

As always, proceed with caution. Fortunately, comments around the web seem to indicate that the jailbreak is stable.

All said, it takes about 5 minutes and tools are available for both Windows and Mac systems.

Click here to go to the official site and grab the download.

Oculus shows off new Oculus Rift Prototype at CES 2014

Oculus has been in the news for a while now, really picking up speed about a year ago with their first prototype of the Oculus Rift shipping to some developers.

The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset that allows you to look around in a game with the same, natural head motion that you would use to look around in the real world. The first prototype was very promising, but had some downsides such as low resolution screens which made what you see look like you were looking through a screen door. New, higher definition prototypes have been tested and, that issue at least, will definitely be solved before the device ships to consumers.

More improvements were made with the new Crystal Cove prototype they showed at CES this year.

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Sony Unveils “Playstation Now” Service at CES 2014

Back in 2012, Sony purchased a streaming video game service known as Gaikai. This news excited gamers’ imaginations…one of the big console companies now owns a legitimate streaming video game platform?

The timetable of Sony’s plans for its newly acquired technology was in question and rumors heated up with the launch of the Playstation 4.

At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, our questions have been answered.

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Netflix makes a splash at CES 2014, without a booth

Netflix has had has a great last couple years. They’ve built up their original content catalog with titles such as House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and a new season of Arrested Development.

Netflix 4K streaming was promoted at several different conferences at CES this year. CEO Reed Hastings wanted to assure attendees, and those of us at home, that Netflix will have an abundance of “Ultra HD” content for our new $999 Vizio 4K TVs.

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What is 4K, should I care?

4K TVs have been hitting the news a lot more lately, and they seemed to be a pretty big hit at CES this year.

So, what is it? How will it affect your experience?

4K resolution (also known as Ultra HD) is 3840 x 2160 pixels. This is 4 times (2 times in each direction) the amount of pixels of 1080p (also known as Full HD), 1920 x 1080 pixels. What that boils down to is you will get a clearer image as there will be more points of detail on the screen. This is, of course, assuming that what you are watching is giving your 4K TV a video feed of 4K resolution.

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