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Google's Moto G is contract-free

CNET Update ditches the contract:

In this episode of Update:

- Check out Google's new cheap Motorola phone, the Moto G. The phone's $180 price targets emerging markets, but it also makes it easy for customers to drop the traditional two-year contract. Google also made it affordable to avoid carrier contracts with the feature-packed $350 Nexus 5 smartphone.

- See if the new Jawbone Up24 can help motivate you to get healthy. (Spoiler: It won't if you have Android.)

- Don't expect to walk into a store to buy an iPad Mini Retina. There are reports of limited supply. … Read more

Microsoft releases batch of Surface patches

On November 12, Microsoft is pushing out new updates and fixes for its various Surface tablet devices -- the bulk of which are for the ARM-based Surface 2.

According to Microsoft, the Surface 2 November updates include:

Performance improvements for all Type Cover and Touch Cover versions; Wi-Fi and Bluetooth driver updates to improve wireless display performance; Camera improvements; Audio improvements, including switching to speaker playback after disconnecting a headset; System performance and stability improvements; and Battery life improvements.

There are no new updates in today's batch for the Intel-based Surface Pro 2 devices. (Microsoft made available for download … Read more

Amazon offers Sunday delivery to some

CNET Update has a special delivery:

In this episode of Update:

- Get ready for Amazon packages to arrive on Sundays if you live in New York, Los Angeles and London. The program is expanding to more areas next year.

- Customize a Moto X smartphone for all major US carriers on the Moto Maker website. (But no word on the wood backplate options.)

- Learn what the Motorola may have in store with the Moto G, thanks to a leak on Amazon.

- Browse for gifts on Flipboard now that the app added a catalog feature.

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Xbox One in your living room

Xbox One in your living room:

In this episode of Update:

- Here's what Xbox One in your living room is like.

- More light gets shed on the infamous Google barge.

- Gogo to bring talk and text to the friendly skies.

- Twitter is scary for newbies.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, hot devices, new apps, and what's ahead. Subscribe to the podcast via the links below.

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Internet Explorer transforms into anime heroine

CNET Update is super kawaii:

In this episode of Update:

- Meet Microsoft's new anime Internet Explorer personification, Inori Aizawa. After downloading IE11 on Windows 7, you can also check out her themed site and wallpaper.

- Read up on a few lesser-known Marvel heroes before their shows air on Netflix in 2015.

- See which entertainment apps will be on the PlayStation 4 when it launches next week. Microsoft has yet to say which apps will be on the Xbox One, which hits stores a week after PS4.

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Blockbuster stores meet their end

CNET Update is making it a Netflix night:

In this episode of Update:

- Get nostalgic for the video store as Dish Network closes Blockbuster stores and stops offering DVDs through the mail. (But you still may find a few franchised Blockbuster stores that stay open.)

- See if Amazon can convince small bookshop owners to sell Kindles with a new program called Amazon Source.

- Dream of a day when a tablet can fold like a newspaper, because Samsung is hard at work on the concept.

- Check if Google knows your number, because it can use your photo … Read more

Twitter set to fly on NYSE

CNET Update fills up on Fuel:

In this episode of Update:

- Get briefed on some Twitter facts before the social network becomes a publicly traded company on Thursday.

- Use the PS Vita to play games on the upcoming PlayStation 4 with the Vita's software update.

- Get push notifications from Google and do hands-free voice searches with the updated Google Search iOS app.

- Give Apple's new M7 processor a workout with the Nike+ Move app for iPhone 5S.

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Connect with an expert on Google Helpouts

CNET Update always offers expert advice:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn about Google's new service called Helpouts, which uses Hangouts video chats to connect to people with expertize in different subjects.

- Get the latest on BlackBerry's struggles, as the company fails to find a buyer to go private and appoints a new CEO. Perhaps there's still hope in the new BlackBerry Z30 smartphone, hitting Verizon later this month.

- Watch Netflix go after Oscar glory by picking up a documentary called "The Square," while Amazon plays catchup and launches its first TV series next week. … Read more

Want to unwrap Android KitKat? Not so fast

CNET Update rocks a new look:

In this episode of Update:

- Find out when some devices will be getting the new Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.

- Say goodbye to Panasonic's plasmas TVs, and bid farewell to iGoogle and its widgets.

- Score a free e-book every month if you're a Amazon Prime subscriber with Kindle First.

- See if Hello Kitty stickers can seduce you into using the messaging app Line.

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Sweet features of Android KitKat, Nexus 5

CNET Update breaks off a piece:

Google revealed the features of Android 4.4 KitKat. And since the operating system is named after candy, it's quite fitting to unwrap the news on Halloween. This episode of Update explains the perks of Android KitKat, such as the fact that it's compatible with older and cheaper phones.

Today's roundup also covers the Nexus 5, the first smartphone to work with KitKat. It's selling for $349 unlocked on the Google Play store.

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