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Alliance for Open Media to create single format for video streaming 

When the big guns are in, you know that whatever it is they’re banding together for is something really important. The Alliance for Open Media has been formed by some of the biggest names in video streaming, namely Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix. Their goal is to now create a single open format that all member companies will be able to adapt for their respective services as the industry continues to grow.

Photos of reported new Moto X Force “Bounce” leaked

Something that is codenamed “Bounce” will most likely be either a very colorful and cheerful (bouncy, get it?) device or something that will most likely survive a fall because it will bounce. So when rumors started swirling that a new Motorola device, with rumored name Moto X Force and rumored nickname Bounce, was coming to town, then we automatically assume it is a device meant for the rugged outdoors. Now photos from upleak give us a clear view of the supposed new device but doesn’t really tell as much.

Samsung announces SLEEPsense sleep tracker

The Internet of Things(IoT) has just begun--it's happening slowly but surely. We've been seeing a number of products and services introduced left and and at this year's IFA, expect more IoT products to be unveiled. One of the forerunners is Samsung with the launch of SLEEPsense--a flat circular device that tracks a person's sleep patterns, hours, and movements.

Instagram gets more ‘direct’ features, threaded messages and sharing

In 2013, the Instagram app got private messaging in the form of the “Direct” feature. To give ample flourish to an already eventful past few weeks for the ubiquitous photo sharing app – a period of time where the Instagram team threw out the iconic “square only” requirement for photos and accepted landscape and full portrait images – we get more subtle features that make private messaging on the app much more meaningful. These features include threaded messages, group messages, and sending pictures from your feed directly to private messaging.

Gigaset enters smartphone market with sleek devices, modern specs

Smaller gadget manufacturers have gotten the right amount of inspiration when they look at what Xiaomi, OPPO, ZTE, and OnePlus – among a lot of other Asia-based companies who have started competing with the more established brands – have done. They took the game to the bigger brands by aggressive pricing and specs that allow their devices to do what most of the other premium gadgets can. So a new player, in the shape of Germany-based Gigaset, is coming into the market, and it’s bringing with the same aggressive playset – devices with great design and specs at an aggressive (affordable) price point.

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Preorders for Moto X Pure Edition starts today in the US

If you want to make sure that you have a Moto X Pure Edition already when it hits the market this fall, then we have good news for you. The pre-orders for the new flagship starts today, at least in the US. This smartphone will bring you the “pure Android experience,” meaning you can use it without being tied down to just one carrier. But the price point varies of course since you can still customize it using the Moto Maker.

Huawei Watch Hands-on: Going for the Gold

It's been more than half a year since Huawei first made the promise of a premium looking Android Wear smartwatch and some might have even lost interest, let alone hope, that it would see the light of day before something better comes along. Anxious fans and interested buyers can now breathe a sigh of relief as Huawei makes the Huawei Watch available in all its premium glory, in time for the latest Android Wear 1.3 launch and in time for IFA 2015. We go hands-on to see how for the timepiece has come along.

Cyanogen OS 12.1 rolls out for OnePlus One, on other devices soon

If you’re a OnePlus One user, then this could be something you’ve been waiting for a bit. The good news is Cyanogen OS 12.1 – the Android 5.1 update for Cyanogen OS – will be rolling out over the air (OTA) to OnePlus One devices starting today, and will do so for other Cyanogen OS devices in the next few days. The update looks promising, so let’s dig in.

Amazon Prime members can now download videos for offline viewing

Enjoying your Amazon Prime account yet? Just in case you didn't know, your subscription includes many benefits like access to Amazon Cloud Drive, being able to purchase Amazon Dash buttons, free music, and of course, access to Prime Instant Video. If those are not enough, the e-commerce site is now allowing members to download TV episodes and movies onto smartphones and tablets with their online subscription.
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