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So the Moto 360 looks incredibly cool, but it also looks really big. I decided to try and get a better feel for how big the final product will be.

According to Motorola lead designer Jim Wicks, the current pre-production Moto 360 is 46mm in diameter. (source: It's Time: Meet Moto 360) That's exactly the same width as my Maratac Pilot watch (http://www.countycomm.com/maratacpilotlarge.html - in the center with the leather strap), not including the crown. So let's take a look at the size compared to a few other things: 

Pebble smartwatch, 32mm wide by 50.33mm tall
Seiko 5 watch, 38mm wide, not including crown
Antique railroad pocket watch, 48mm in diameter
US quarter, 23.5mm in diameter
1 Euro coin, 23mm in diameter
credit card, 54mm x 85mm
Nexus 5, 69.2mm x 137.9mm

Note that the Moto 360's strap attaches underneath the dial, so there are no external lugs like most watches.  

Based on these objects, I'd say that the Moto 360 is going to be the size of a large to extra-large man's watch. The videos make it look about 10-12mm thick, but that's just an educated guess. Presumably the electronics and battery would make it considerably heavier than a standard steel watch, and much heavier than something like a  Casio digital watch or the plastic Pebble. 

Most men probably wouldn't feel uncomfortable wearing something that size, especially if they usually wear a medium or large watch. But women, or men with especially thin wrists or small hands, may find that it's uncomfortably large or heavy. 

Of course, this is all just fiddling around with dimensions in Photoshop. We'll have to wait until we get our hands on the final hardware to make any solid judgements. 
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Reaper, a simple little action RPG that +Android Police loved, is now on Steam for five bucks. http://store.steampowered.com/app/269370/
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The Android version of SoulCalibur now works with KitKat 4.4. Go stab some dudes, Nexus 5 owners. 
SOULCALIBUR is the ultimate in 3D fighting games! ※Requires 200MB of free s...
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Work in progress.

The vertical dot separators at the top toggle the notification bar.

The 4091 under the Multi-Date heading is the Julian date.

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A look behind the curtain at Android Police. Here's how we pick a story to publish. Or not. 
 
The Android Police Creative Process: Examined

Ever wanted to know how Android Police decides whether or not to post a story? It's your lucky day. Here, we look at a to-do item in our project manager system, entered by +Artem Russakovskii. The story was on a growing hoax around an app called Talking Angela and chain messages / faked photos claiming the app was being used by pedophiles to track children, but then a bunch of people started parodying the hoax and the stupidity of those falling for it. Anyway, that's not important. The important part is the intensive examination and journalistic know-how the Android Police team displayed in evaluating this as an item for coverage.

Enter scene - a to-do item.

Hilarious Talking Angela hoax

Artem Russakovskii
See tips. Not only is the premise hilarious (pervy old man watching the kids, taking pictures, getting ready to kidnap them), but the reactions on twitter, especially the sarcastic ones, are great. 

Let's put together something fun for this one, with the rumor and its debunking, and a bunch of the best tweets. 

See tips.

David Ruddock
.... no. just no. this is flappy bird level retarded.

Artem Russakovskii
It's a huge trending problem right now (#2). Debunk it once, have fun with it, and move on.

David Ruddock
It's already been debunked by mainstream media outlets, and 2 days ago. Why do we care now? It's old news.

Cameron Summerson
It's not only old, but the only people who buy into this bullshit are people who don't understand technology, and thus, don't read our site. It's seriously moronic. 

David Ruddock
BUT IF WE DON'T POST THIS AND FORWARD IT TO 5 PEOPLE GRANDMA WILL DIE

Cameron Summerson
YAY I'MA  FORWARD IT SO I CAN FIND TRUE LOVE AT MIDNIGHT AND SAVE GRAMMA TOO

Artem Russakovskii
Post it for the hilarious reactions then. This is Internet gold.

Michael Crider
I'm going to throw my two cents in as well: this is way, way too dumb for us to post. It doesn't match our tone or audience. 

David Ruddock
hold on I think someone's at the door OH GOD CAMERON IT'S THE GHOST OF THE GIRL FROM THE RING SHE'S HERE FOR GRANDMA'S SOUL BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T FORWARD IT EEEEEEEEEEEIGHT TIIIIIIIMES OH GOD SHE'S EATING GRANDMA'S LEGS

Artem Russakovskii
You guys are just not fun, you know that? You're killers of fun. A lot of which could be had if you just read the twitter stream.

Eric Ravenscraft
posting in epic thread

Cameron Summerson
I read the twitter stream... and all I saw was ignorance. No fun was involved. A dark cloud hovered above my head as I witnessed how stupid and gullible people really are. 

That's the opposite of fun, Artem. 

David Ruddock
guys if we reach 50 comments on this thread Microsoft will pay us $245 for every comment as part of their Internet Product Research Initiative.

Cameron Summerson
OMG! Bill Gates is finally sharing his fortune! 

Cody Toombs
This thread is funnier than the Tweets. Let's just go meta and post this instead.

David Ruddock
We should post a debunk on this thread, it's clearly getting out of hand / is hilarious.

Cameron Summerson
[Rumor Smackdown] No, Your Grandmother Will Not Find True Love With Bill Gates' Fortune If You Share This Post With 8 People By Midnight
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Mobile Bloom has a really nasty habit of writing posts that go out of their way not to cite sources or give any links to the folks who broke the stories. Not even a via. Nary a hat tip.

Seeing a post about a story that +Android Police broke hit the top of /r/android, while the site in question cited us only as "an online source"  left a sour taste in my mouth. The fact that the author (and site) refused to respond when I politely contacted them via email didn't help.

But it goes beyond that story. If one author omitted a source accidentally (or on purpose even) that would be one thing, but the entire site is rife with posts that replace what would otherwise be source links with words like "online source" and "reported online."

Thinking about it further, I don't really see the benefit to doing this. Mobile Bloom is not a big site. Denying their competition link backs, especially on exclusive stories makes no sense to me. I can't see that tactic accomplishing anything.

This is one of those unwritten (is it written?) rules of writing online. If someone else broke a story, or if you heard about a story from another source, give that source credit. It's just the right thing to do. 
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