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It's amazing what type of technology a couple hundred bucks can get you these days.
With its biometric eye-scanning and reversible body, Alcatel's OneTouch Idol 3 is definitely not your typical budget-level device.
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+Nate Woodward Their speed on the first-gen Moto X upgrade has been pretty disappointing. That being said, I can't help but think at least some of the blame for that lies with Google, given how many bugs and performance-related issues the 5.0 release had (which is something I've seen Moto engineers talking about in relation to the slow progress -- sounds like they're now shifting their efforts to getting 5.1 directly onto the device and just skipping 5.0 altogether).

Either way, it's definitely been disappointing from a consumer perspective.

And yep -- interesting to see a virtual no-name company like Alcatel starting to give Moto a run for its money in the affordable-yet-appealing Android phone department. 
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Sometimes, it's the simple stuff that really matters. A quick guide to making the most of Android's email, calendar, and contacts capabilities:
Become an Android email, calendar, and contacts master with these 21 tips for getting the most out of your device
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Love all your articles! Thank you for the Circle contact setting!!!
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The latest profile from my "How I use Android" series, featuring the one and only +Jean-Baptiste Quéru.

Check it out for an inside look at how JBQ uses Android himself -- what devices he carries, how he sets up his home screens, and what apps he can't live without.
The former lead of Google's Android Open Source Project opens up about what apps and devices he adores and how his personal home screen setup helps him stay productive.
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I have one plus one I cannot stand the new lock screen on lollipop how do I get to standard stock android lock screen
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Ready for more Material Design in your life? You'll definitely want to check out this collection -- tons o' good stuff within.
Ready for more Material Design in your life? These 30 Android apps make Google's latest design standards look amazing -- and they have the functionality to match.
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+JR Raphael​​ I know you've been recommending action launcher 3 like crazy, but I've just now made the jump and I love it! It brings the beauty of the Google Play launcher with the utility of Nova, and it's currently my launcher of choice.
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First-gen Moto G on sale for $25 (!) off-contract right now

That is an insane deal, even if it's a year-old phone. Just note that it's a Verizon Prepaid model, so it's presumably CDMA-only and won't work with a GSM carrier. Could still make for a solid Wi-Fi-only device for around-the-house use, though.

Seems to be a short-term sale, so jump on it fast if you want one.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/verizon-wireless-prepaid-motorola-moto-g-no-contract-cell-phone-black/3041063.p?id=1219086346405&skuId=3041063
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+JR Raphael Figures. Oh well, now I get the joy of waiting for lollipop twice 😂
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And the award for "Totally Missing the Point -- No, Seriously, Why Did You Make This?" goes to...
Wireless charging is nice. It really is - setting your phone down and picking it back up, without having to plug it in and remove the plug each time, saves... by Michael Crider in Accessories, News
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i think it defeats the purpose/ I want inductive charging so that i may free up my port for device/the addon reminds me of the 32x for SEGA.
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Deep thought of the day: People who use speakerphone mode in public should not be allowed to own mobile devices.
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+Phillip Hagger hah that is a very good point. Would that be a Seinfeldism?
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Will Google's new wireless service actually end up saving you money? I did a bunch of detailed comparisons to find out. 

Take a peek and see whatcha think:
Google's offering a different kind of wireless phone service with its new Project Fi program. So how good of a deal is it compared to traditional carrier plans?
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+Pesach Z I based this off of official prices listed on the various carriers' websites. If someone is offering an unadvertised or promotional discount, that's certainly gravy -- but I can't really factor that into this sort of comparison when it isn't listed as being widely available (and/or being available for more than a short-term period).
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This was how you subscribed to the Microsoft Bob email service

Yup -- by mailing in a physical postcard. No joke. 

I propose we implement a similar system for leaving comments on websites today. That'd seriously cut down on the riff-raff.

(Image and factoid courtesy of +Harry McCracken, who pointed out on Twitter that today is the 20th birthday of Microsoft Bob. See his 2010 tribute to the service here: http://www.technologizer.com/2010/03/29/microsoft-bob)
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Nice -- you can now use the Android Device Manager "Find My Phone" feature right from the Google search box!
 
We’ve all been there — you’ve searched under your car seat, tossed around the sofa cushions and you still can’t find your phone. If you know where your computer is, you can now ask Google to find your Android phone from your desktop. If the pesky phone is hiding nearby, Google can ring it for you — or you can see it on the map if you, say, forgot it at the bar. Just make sure you’ve got the latest version of the Google app!
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I can sure use this feature of Google!
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This is getting to be a real problem -- and something I'm seeing far too often lately (on multiple devices, both with my account and with others): numerous Play Services-related errors piling up in the notification panel, accompanied by an authentication-related error when trying to get into the Play Store. Talk about a maddening loop.

The issue usually seems to resolve itself with a few attempts of opening and closing the Play Store app (and/or a few minutes of simply waiting it out, maybe while a new Play Services update downloads in the background), but man -- that is not a good user experience or something anyone should ever see.
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I only get this when I flash a new ROM and am starting from scratch. Otherwise, I never see it.
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This system is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, obviously, its price. But second, it has the same internals as the upcoming Asus convertible Chromebook -- the $249 Chromebook Flip.

Here's what it's like to use.
How good of a Chrome OS experience can $149 really get you? Time to find out.
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🐨😅😅😉😉😉😉😉
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Syndicated writer. Author of Android Power. Occasional exotic dancer.
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I write about Android, Chrome OS, and other titillating technology. You may have seen me in such places as PCWorld, Computerworld, and SeaWorld (hey, that Shamu is all right). I'm the guy behind Android Power and eSarcasm, voted 0.2 times as the best geek-humor website in the world. I also make one hell of a turkey sandwich.

In my spare time, I enjoy flossing, staring blankly, and writing about flossing and staring blankly.

If you'd like to stalk me, consider these helpful starting points:

• My website: jrstart.com
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• The webcam installed on my left fibula [not yet available]

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I was once honored by the American Mustache Institute. Seriously -- see here: http://goo.gl/DOv36
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