“Moto Maxx” Trademarked by Motorola for New Phone

A reader of ours pointed out this morning that Motorola recently filed for a trademark of the name “Moto Maxx,” a name that could be used in a new smartphone. For those new to the name “Maxx” and Motorola, just know that the tag when attached to a phone usually means massive battery life. Does this mean the Moto line, which currently includes the Moto X, Moto G, and Moto E will also get a battery-beast brother?  (more…)

More Deals: Lytro for $99, Jawbone Up24 for $113, Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB for $199

Along with the Nexus 7 (2013) deal we highlighted this morning through Woot!, we have a handful of discounted tech goodies for shoppers to consider over at eBay.

We are talking the original Lytro 8GB camera for $99, a camera that originally arrived at around $300. Not familiar with Lytro? Think of it as one of the cameras that started this whole refocus-after-the-fact trend that most smartphone cameras are trying to mimic these days. Lytro uses light from all angles to capture shots that can be refocused countless times or have their perspective tweaked. The original Lytro is certainly a niche product, but the technology could become something major in the future. At $99, this seems like a steal.

If cameras aren’t your thing, fitness seekers can pickup a Jawbone UP24 fitness tracker for $113 (I just did!), which is close to a $40 discount. Finally, tablet buyers who want more than 16GB of storage have the option of choosing a Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB for $199. This is a refurbished model.  (more…)

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 Gains HD Voice Icon, Security Enhancements

It was nearly a month ago that Sprint announced the nationwide availability of HD Voice, and since that time, a number of handsets have received the requisite software necessary to take advantage.

A notable omission from many upgrades, however, has been any kind of HD Voice indicator, which makes it rather difficult to tell in what areas the feature is available.

Fortunately, manufacturers have been adding iconography retroactively, most recently Samsung for the Galaxy S4(more…)

Google Play Gift Cards Now Available in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden

International readers in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, you can now purchase Google Play gift cards. These five new supported countries bring Google’s total to 22.

Google hasn’t yet released their store locator portals for any of these new countries, but have flagged them as “coming soon.” Feel free to check the walls of gift cards at your favorite local retailers, assuming you have those overseas. Wait, do you have the massive gift card walls like we do in the US? You should, they are brilliant for last minute gift ideas. (more…)

Samsung Grabs Patents for Round Smartwatches, Because Round is King

When you talk Android Wear, there is still only one device that the majority of tech enthusiasts are excited about – the Moto 360. Why? Well, because it looks like a traditional watch, thanks in part to the materials used, but mostly because the device is round. It doesn’t have the square or rectangular face that the first wave of smartwatches carried. It doesn’t look like a futuristic, “There is a calculator on my wrist!” type of watch. It looks like a watch, a watch that does all sorts of cool things thanks to Google’s new wearables platform. Round is king.

While Motorola will more than likely be the first to get a fully-featured round smartwatch out the masses (assuming they ever release this thing), Samsung might not be far behind. The company applied for (3) patents back in March of 2013 for smartwatches that feature a similar round design. They were granted those patents yesterday.  (more…)