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What’s in the box?! It’s a Moto E!

Though we were expecting a Moto 360, what we got is potentially much better. Today, sitting on the porch waiting for me when I woke, was a box form Motorola. We all knew it was coming, but what was inside remained a bit of a mystery. A refresh to their smartwatch offering was what had our fingers crossed, but news over the past few days that a Moto E with LTE was possibly coming tossed a wrench into our desires. A new Moto E was exactly what we got, too.

While your time away with Bing Bong arcade game

If you have a little downtime on your hands and you don't want to spend it just scrolling through your Facebook or Twitter feed, chances are, you'd want to just mobile games that are not too complicated but should be addictive enough to keep you occupied. Lately we've seen the rise of the minimalist arcade games, and we're welcoming another one to the fold. Meet Bing Bong, now available for your mobile game needs on your Android smartphone and/or tablet.

Xiaomi Chinese New Year promo includes Redmi 2 Enhanced Edition

Just in time for the Chinese New Year, top Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi is offering great deals of its smartphones and other media devices. This is also part of the Spring Festival promo so we can expect more orders will be placed this February and March especially in China. Xiaomi is all set to offer its products from the Mi Note flagship phone to the Xiaomi Mi4, Xiaomi Box, and yes, even the recently announced Xiaomi Redmi 2 Enhanced Edition  much to the delight of Xiaomi fans.

Snapchat users experience heavy data usage, battery drain from app

Usually, people complain about privacy issues when it comes to picture sharing app Snapchat. But the latest issue to plague users has nothing to do with pictures being leaked or anything like that, but more on how the latest update to the app has been burning through the background and draining the battery of mobile devices. This is probably due to the latest feature that they have introduced to users which is running in the background even when you're not using the app.

Spotted in retail website, the Sony Xperia E1… II?

Yeah, device naming conventions can be a total bummer at times – as there are only a few numbers that are sound to use from a marketing perspective. But there are times when the sanity of a device naming choice just eludes us. Might this be one of those times? Someone has spotted the upgrade version of the budget-friendly Sony Xperia E1 in a Spanish retail store, and it is confusingly called (wait for it) the Sony Xperia E1 II.

Smartwatch being banned in some universities ahead of Apple Watch release

We've been saying this could be the year of smartwatches what with the numerous models from different manufacturers being introduced left and right since last year. Some of the more popular ones are those from Samsung, LG, and Motorola. The Pebble watch was one of the pioneers but was quickly rivalled by the bigger tech companies. As for Apple, Cupertino has yet to enter the market with the Apple watch. It was unveiled last year but the actual hardware will only be ready this year. People are already anticipating that it will be popular, of course, among the iPhone, iPad, and even Mac owners but maybe not enough to take over Android Wear-powered wearables.

Gameloft brings Dungeon Hunter 5, pre-register now for rewards

Top-rated developer Gameloft has announced the fifth installment of the Dungeon Hunter series is currently in the works, but this early, followers of the game, as well as new users, can pre-register at the game’s micro-site (see source link below) to qualify for in-game rewards that can come in handy once the game launches officially.

Facebook will now notify you of AMBER alerts

Being messaged of an Amber Alert on our phones is nothing new but promising in a sense that its a new way to communicate attention. Facebook announced today that they would be collaborating with the National Security for Missing and Exploited Children to send AMBER Alerts to the Facebook community. The efforts to communicate the Amber Alert would up the chances of a rescue and possibly save a life.

CES 2015 Roundup: Android in full throttle

The dust of CES 2015 has finally settled down, so now we can take a more holistic overview of what went down at the world's largest consumer electronics event. Unsurprisingly, Android is at the center of many of the new, and some old, devices we've seen. But while wearables, particularly smartwatches are still somewhat of a hot topic, we're now seeing Android's growing presence outside of its usual form factors, in particular in cars and in TVs. Join us for Android Community's recap of CES 2015.

Looking back, moving forward: 2014 in retrospect, 2015 in preview

We're just into the second day of the new year so the memories of the previous one are still quite fresh in our mind. But in case you may have forgotten some of the highlights of 2014, here's a quick recap of the unforgettable devices, names, and events that entered our mobile world. We also get to polish up our crystal balls as we try to discern movements and trends to cook up some hypotheses as to what will be coming our way this year, especially with CES 2015 just around the corner.
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