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Deal alert: Black resin Moto X 2014 at $1 with pacts, black leather at $70

There’s no place under the high-end Android sun for three separate Motorola smartphones. Definitely not for three extravagantly priced “flagships”. Someone has to yield a few bucks, at the very least, and that someone can only be the second-generation Moto X 2014.

Verizon agrees to $64M settlement in class-action suit

A court filing has revealed Verizon is ready to pay $64 million to end a class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit was brought against Verizon Wireless by Family SharePlan subscribers who were over-charged between May 2002 and May 2006 for things like in-network calls and calling minutes.

Dell’s Venue tablet family continues to grow, welcomes new $200 member

Keeping up with all new installments in Dell’s growing Venue tablet franchise is no easy feat, but if you set aside the aging family members, the overpriced models and the pushovers, there are only a few versions standing and worthy of recognition.

Microsoft Band sold out online already ‘due to overwhelming demand’

It took Microsoft a little longer to burn through its first batch of Bands than Google to sell out of Nexus 6 inventory, but we smell a similar marketing tactic employed. Both Redmond and Mountain View are quoting “overwhelming demand” as the cause for stock shortages, “neglecting” to touch on numbers of units pre-ordered.

Instagram video ads roll out

A year after the company announced it would at some point include video ads, Instagram is now rolling them out. Instagram has begun adding video advertisements to its service, and the ads are between eight and fifteen seconds long. So far, the ads are from large companies like Disney, Activision, and CW, though we’d expect them to be more diverse in the future.

Amazon says bad pricing hurt Fire Phone sales

The Fire Phone has not been doing well, despite having some unique features. Amazon launched its first smartphone in June and made it available for $199 before switching the phone’s price tag to $99 a couple months later. The initial pricing issues with the Fire Phone are now being blamed for some of the device’s failure.

Samsung goes full metal with mid-range Galaxy A3 and A5 smartphones

We’d be lying if we claimed we didn’t see them coming, as we almost lost count of the times we saw them spilled, leaked and detailed in the past couple of months. But now they’re official, marking Samsung’s formal entry into a new design era.

Motorola remains dedicated to “pure Android”

Google has officially passed Motorola to Lenovo in a nearly $3 billion acquisition deal. While Motorola was under the control of Google, the company’s phones received faster upgrades and were outfitted with “pure” iterations of Android. Even with the acquisition, those things will not change, according to Motorola Mobility president Rick Osterloh.

Judge rules cops can force phone fingerprint unlocks

Major smartphones like the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and Galaxy S5 have fingerprint scanners that have all but replaced the need for regular passcodes for most people. Unfortunately, fingerprint locks are not being treated the same way as regular passcodes, and that has been seen in a court case in Virginia. Judge Steven Frucci says cops can force people to hand over their fingerprint just like a physical item such as a key, but the same is not true for passcodes.

LG unveils nearly bezel-less display

A display with almost no bezel has been unveiled by LG. The company now has a 5.3-inch panel with a bezel of just 0.7mm, and that is 0.2mm thinner than a credit card. No plastic frame is used with the panel since LG has improved Neo Edge technology. That panel technology uses adhesive, eliminating the need for other materials that would normally increase the panel’s bezel.

Nexus 6 pre-orders go live stateside… for a second, get pulled almost instantly

We told you Google was having trouble mass-producing its latest Nexus installments and meeting demand, even more than usual, and N6’s failed US launch just adds fuel to the speculation fire.

It’s official, Samsung’s Gear S rolls out to US carriers November 7

Samsung may have difficulty, to say the least, in meeting Gear S release deadlines in the UK, but intriguingly enough, the US rollout seems to be going ahead as planned. It’s obvious the company is merely following the money, dear British readers, so don’t be too sad.