Tired of black phones? Moto X coming to India in bamboo and leather too!

Although Motorola announced that the new Moto X would be making its way to India later this month, the manufacturer failed to mention which variants would be available to customers in the country. Thanks to a premature listing of the device on Flipkart, we now know that the Moto X will be available in Black, Bamboo White and Black Leather options.

Galaxy S5 Active brings its ruggedness to Canada

Have you always wanted to use your smartphone as a hockey puck? If you live in Canada, today is your lucky day, as the Galaxy S5 Active is now available in your country. The device is available for purchase on Rogers and Bell, with Telus set to commence sales starting next week.

Sony's budget-focused Xperia E3 launches in India

After unveiling the device at the IFA earlier this month, Sony is launching the Xperia E3 in the Indian market. The handset is available in single and dual-SIM variants in the country, with the single-SIM version retailing for Rs. 11,790 ($194) and the dual-SIM version costing Rs. 12,790 ($210).

This week's sidebar poll: Leather or links - which Moto 360 looks better?


We're having a little discussion here amongst ourselves, all about the Moto 360 and which looks better — the leather strap or the metal band. The leather is a quality piece of hide from Horween Leather, and it's pretty tasty looking. On the other hand, the metal band has that classic watch look going on, and makes the 360 look like one beautifully designed unit indeed.

What say you? You know the drill, there's a poll below (or on the sidebar to the right) where you tell everyone which you like. Then jump in the comments and let us know which way you voted and why!

Motorola's back-to-school promo takes $50 off of Moto X's affordable price

Come tomorrow when Motorola offers everyone the chance to buy this year's latest Moto X for $499 contract-free, students and educators can save a cool $50 off of the price of the phone with educational pricing. This would take the Moto X's cost down to just $449.99, making Motorola's latest flagship just a little bit more affordable in the spirit of back-to-school savings.

AT&T announces plans to bring LG G3 Vigor to your pockets

After Sprint had announced that it would be offering the mid-range LG G3 Vigor to its network starting Friday, rival AT&T is now announcing its intentions to carry the same smartphone for its network. AT&T's announcement doesn't come with specifics and the carrier says that it will announce pricing and availability at a later date. For now, AT&T is just making its intentions known that it will be offering the attractive mid-range phone that finds its design inspiration from the flagship LG G3.

Blue Tiger SoundPods pack a punch in a small package

An incredibly portable speaker for listening to some tunes on the go  

When looking for a Bluetooth speaker to take on the road with you, sound quality, portability and price all factor into the equation. With the Blue Tiger SoundPod there's a good compromise of all three. You're getting something that sounds pretty good, doesn't cost a whole lot and is about as portable as it comes.

New Moto Voice app now available for 2013 Moto phones

New features come to first generation models

The new version of Motorola's Touchless Control app, now rebadged as Moto Voice, has been updated today in a big way. Along with the bug fixing goodness that accompanies any and every app update, some of the new features from the 2014 Moto X have been pushed to the first generation Moto X phones. That means your Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid MAXX and Droid Mini have some cool new features!

Mid-range LG G3 Vigor joins the G3 family on Sprint this Friday

Sprint announced that it will be launching the LG G3 Vigor on its network starting on Friday, September 19. The mid-range smartphone will be available through Sprint sales channels, including online and at Sprint retail stores where customers can pay $299.99 for the phone without a contract or make 24 payments of $12.50 per month on Sprint's Easy Pay with $0 down.

National Transportation Safety Board calls for U.S. ban on distracted driving

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, is advocating the elimination of distractions while in a transportation vehicle. Citing disasters, sometimes fatal, that could have been avoided if the operator of their transport vehicle, whether that's a car, boat, plane, or train, was focused on the task at hand rather than distractions caused by the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) in the cabin, the NTSB is calling for a nationwide ban on the use of non-essential electronic devices while driving.

Using content filtering in the Google Play Store

Having the ability to restrict what sort of apps are displayed to you in the Google Play Store is important. While Google does have guidelines on what is and isn't allowed into the store, it isn't the same as being able to keep stuff you just don't want to see out of sight and mind.

Whether it's a personal choice or whether you just want to keep mature apps and games out of reach of your children, Google makes using it a simple process.

Why you shouldn't delete the Google Voice app just yet

If you want to use your Google Voice number for every call, keep the app installed for now

The times, they are a-changin'. Google Voice is slowly but surely being absorbed into Hangouts, and you can do basically everything you used to do in the Google Voice app inside Hangouts now instead. I say "basically" because there's one important function the Google Voice app still offers that Hangouts doesn't — the ability to make calls from your Google Voice number in the native phone dialer.

One of the best features of the Google Voice app today is that it lets you make calls through your phone's dialer, so that every time you make a call it will use the Google Voice number, not the number associated with your carrier. And with the way things work right now in the new Hangouts app, you lose this functionality completely if you uninstall the Google Voice app.