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One key one that I think people have goofed on: Sport edition price. Maybe it's just semantics but it's not the Apple Watch Sport that has a $349 price and I can't see why it would cost more than a watch with sapphire crystal and choice of material straps.

As always, I could be wrong, but.....
Apple is holding a press event on March 9, presumably to show off and start orders for the Apple Watch it introduced back in September. I’m all but certain here on the event topic based on the previously stated April shipment date for Apple’s first smartwatch; launching it in March for pre-orders with an April delivery…
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+Justtyn Hutcheson thanks for that. I looked at raw material prices for both when writing my post. In researching I found the price of aluminum to be $0.81 per pound (based on a ton) while SS was roughly the same. I'd think Apple gets good pricing on aluminum too, given how much they purchase for other devices. 
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Limited things you can choose, but nice to see!
Motorola plans to expand its Moto Maker customization order process, allowing people to design their own Moto 360 smartwatch. The new program will start next month, says Wired, which reported the news on Thursday. The customizing process will be similar to that for the Moto X, Motorola’s flagship phone. For the handset you can choose colors…
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It is good Moto 360 is adding a steel band to match one of the Apple Watch features. 
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As part of my continuing research into the real-world differences between Windows laptops and Chromebooks I’ve taken a look at security and compared a set of Windows security steps with those required on a Chromebook. Chromebook wins! Security is, in my…
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Good deal!
 
13.3" Toshiba Chromebook with a Haswell now only $219.99!

$60 off!  The original Toshiba 3120 is one strong performer. The more powerful Intel Haswell processor is preferred by many over the current Toshiba model with a Bay Trail.  The 3120 has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of local storage and is faster than most other Chromebooks on the market today.  This model normally retails for $280.  Note, this model is new and not a factory refurb.

You can see more specs and details here:

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4gb is the way to go. It makes a big difference if you are using the system as your primary device. I run a Chromebox with 6gb of ram. I love it.
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A little, lazy day cat photo from the Moto E indoors.
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+Callum la Grange yup, this is from the new Moto E. 
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Mine hasn't been delivered yet (maybe the mystery is the delivery time!) but on paper, this is a pretty compelling value for the right audience.

Update: Silly FedEx. The Moto E was left next to the garage door in the cold for 1.5 hours because they never knocked or rang the bell. sigh Anyway, first impressions are pretty positive; there are some of the smart bits from the Moto X in here although they're limited due to a lack of certain sensors and such.
Motorola continues to set the bar when it comes to low-cost smartphones: The company introduced its new Moto E on Wednesday with a starting price of $119. That gets you a 3G handset but if you want 4G LTE, you can have it for just $30 more. I was very impressed with last year’s Moto…
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Ordered one for my mom as soon as they went on sale. Will be returning the 2nd Gen Moto G when I receive it on Friday, should have waited a few extra days :) I think this will be a great first smartphone for her, just wish it had a camera flash.
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Invite just arrived for an Apple event on March 9;  guessing this is where we get all of our Apple Watch questions answered!
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If l spring for the Apple Watch, it'll be for her (the better half) but so far she seems happy with her 'nike fuel band'. I don't mind either way, as to me this category is more about fashion than function, and no doubt the fruit company will sell millions of them regardless...Should be a good event +Kevin Tofel​​, hope you enjoy it. 👍 
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I'm not sold this is the answer to better app discovery in the Play Store. But it does give Google a new way to monetize on mobile. Hmm.....
It’s a good time to be a mobile app developer: Google says it paid out $7 billion in 2014 to those who make Android apps. The future may be brighter for some, though, because the company plans to improve app discovery in the Google Play Store though sponsored search results. A pilot program will roll…
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I am wondering who these people are who click sponsored links. My eyes automatically skip ads. 
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During today's TWiG with +Leo Laporte and +Jeff Jarvis we had a little Beatles banter (yay!) and my recent print purchase came up. I picked this one from the Bob Bonis collection on eBay since its a little unique: you don't typically see John at the keyboard. 
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Did you mention the fact that this is the date 50 years ago that the Fab Four began filming the movie "Help!"?
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Going live on TWiG momentarily; tune in and have a drink on me. (No we aren't serving drinks although I do have a cool tall glass of Gatorade with me)
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Great show. They should have you as a regular host on TWIG.
Hard to "replace" Gina but I think you'd be great as a TWIG host. :)
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Between Sonza integration, free storage and more universal access, Play Music has become my go-to audio service. Personal preference of course. #TheresNoRightAnswer  
Google just made its Play Music service a bit more appealing, even if you don’t use a Google Android phone. You can now upload 50,000 songs to your Google Play Music account at no charge; the previous limit was 20,000. announced the storage boost in a blog post on Wednesday, pointing out that once your…
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Or more like not being able to have access to their product.  They got cut out before the actual nice phones came to the market with WP8.  I know and speak to many people daily who wish they could've gotten a 1520 or 930 here in canada from a carrier.  Everytime they see mine, they are always asking about it and are jealous.
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It's an internal app in the Windows Phone store for now that's apparently for testing WP with app ecosystems and devices. Why not use the Band for that? Hmm.... hopefully, this becomes public and not kept private.
This week’s Kickstarter darling, the Pebble Time smartwatch, has much to offer — if you use an iPhone or Android handset, that is. Pebble doesn’t officially support Windows Phone, and although a Microsoft employee was tinkering to fix that last year, it hasn’t happened yet. Based on an app in the Windows Phone store, however,…
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I don't know that this would really be a huge coup or anything, but it would be nice, and would help Pebble be able to advertise "any smartphone", while Microsoft would be able to continue talking about closing the app gap. 

I have a Lumia 830 on trial from MS right now, and Pebble is one of the bigger "missing" items for me to really use it. The others include Chase and American Airlines, both of which WERE supported, but have since pulled their apps, interestingly enough. 
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After spending 15 years in IT at Fortune 100 companies, Kevin turned a hobby into a career and began covering mobile technology in 2003. He writes daily on the industry and has co-hosted the weekly MobileTechRoundup podcast since 2006. His writing has appeared in print (The New York Times, PC Magazine and PC World) and he has been featured on NBC News in Philadelphia.


Kevin’s unique approach is to use the technology as a consumer would, so that he can report back to readers honestly about what they can expect from a device or app and help them get the most out of it. Freescale has named Kevin a “Top 20 Smart Mobile Device Pundit.” When not playing with the latest gadget, Kevin is typically spending time with his family, reading e-books or running in the rural areas near his home office in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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