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OPPO N1 CyanogenMod edition gains Google certification

There had been talk of the OPPO N1 CyanogenMod edition shipping internationally from late-December. And well, it looks like a specific release date has been announced. Coming by way the official @OPPO Twitter account, we now know the handset will be available for purchase beginning on December 24th. Along with the release news, there was also a sneak peak given at the packaging and a bit about the Google certification.

Chrome for Android inspires Chrome OS to bring web pages to life as apps

With Chrome Beta for Android, we have the ability to turn any webpage into an app. By selecting “add to homescreen” from the menu, we get a quick-launching app right from our device. It was a feature that we find incredibly useful, and one that we’d like to see make a wider impact. An update to Chrome OS is giving users that functionality, and we hope it goes far beyond that platform.

Dish may be considering a bid for T-Mobile

Dish network, the satellite cable provider, is said to be in talks to acquire T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom. Reuters is citing “people close to the matter” in noting that their bid may come sometime next year. It would be Dish’s second attempt at acquiring a mobile carrier outright, and their third at getting into the mobile carrier business.

T-Mobile CEO prods AT&T chief, hints at more Uncarrier goodness in tweet

Easily one of the more interesting — and quite honestly, cool — stories of 2013 has been T-Mobile’s Uncarrier approach. Their rage-quitting of the status quo makes for good theater, but also really happy customers. Their CEO has a brashness we love, and they have inspired change throughout the industry. Prior to them, there were no “early opt-out” plans, and now each major US carrier has one.

Themer updated, makes browsing and previewing themes easier

Themer, which set the launcher craze into overdrive, has seen its first major update since launch. With the refresh, Themer promises easier navigation via a new translucent app drawer, and themes that peek through to give you a preview or what you’ll get. In our review, we noted Themer was easy to use, and this update will only add to the experience.

HP Chromebook 11 charger recall detailed by Google

Google and HP have recently begun the recall process for the Chromebook 11 charger. The charger was one of the reasons this particular Chromebook attracted some attention at launch, it is microUSB and similar to the one you already have for your smartphone or tablet. But at the same time, that charger was also prone to overheating and after some "guidance and approval" from the CPSC, the recall process is now underway.

Google Glass XE12 update hits on YouTube, Hangouts and Winks

Google has released the latest update for Glass. This time around the update has landed as XE12, which includes a bit about the iOS companion app. We saw the MyGlass app arrive in the iOS App Store earlier in the day, and it seems this XE12 update is officially paving the way. But as we saw the app arrive, only to be quickly pulled, we now know that Google is planning to release that app sometime "later this week."

Bamboo backed Moto X arrives with Moto Maker

We had know Motorola was planning to release a wood back option for the Moto Maker customized Moto X, however the availability date had been a mystery. Motorola stepped up with a bit of teasing earlier in the week, however they kept the availability details under wraps. But as we often see, teasing is followed by a release. And well, the wooden backed Moto X is now available through Moto Maker.
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