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Take the State of the Mobile Nations phones survey for a chance at $600 for a new iPhone!

Help us dig in and figure out what's really important to you in a phone and in a carrier — and maybe win $600 towards a brand new phone of your choice in the process! Take the State of the Mobile Nations Phones Survey!

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Security, Xbox, a new BlackBerry, and more security

This week on Mobile Nations: BlackBerry launches the new Passport Silver Edition, Windows Central goes to Gamescom, the affordable Moto G gets glowing praise, and both the Android and Apple camps grapple with security holes big and small.

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Moto X, Windows 10, Teslas, and more!

Welcome to the first edition of Mobile Nations Weekly, bringing you the latest and greatest from this week in technology and mobile life from across Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, Windows Central, and more!

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Comparing the Moto X Style and the iPhone 6

Every phone gets compared to the iPhone, and for good reason, so we're going to do that with the Moto X Style. Motorola's making the comparison, so why not?

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Introducing Mobile Nations' Kicked TV, bringing you the latest and greatest in crowdfunding projects!

Introducing our new video series: Kicked TV! Want the latest in greatest in crowdfunding projects but don't have time to dig through it all? That's exactly what Kicked is all about.

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How to sync your Mac's Documents, Desktop, and any other folder to Dropbox

Sure, you can back up to Dropbox by copying files over, or you can just put the files you want synced into there. But instead of moving everything around every which way, you can create a symlink instead. Here's how!

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Purchx rolls together product reviews, comparisons, and shopping

We all know the hassle of shopping and trying to compare to products, especially when they're two products on a shelf in front of you. Purchx aims to fix that by bringing reviews and comparisons to the palm of your hand.

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Email is broken — help us fix it (and maybe win a new iPhone in the process!)

Email sucks. There's too much of it, it never stops, and it's impossible to sort the messages you need from the ones you can ignore. But maybe we can fix it? We want to know more about where email is painful for you: take this survey and you could win $600 towards a new iPhone of your choice!

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Apple makes a $17,000 Apple Watch — why not a luxury iPhone too?

You can buy an iPhone 6 from Apple anodized with matte gold coloring. It's a nice enough phone, but it's no luxury.

That gold iPhone costs no more than one in silver or space gray, and it does nothing else different. Apple also makes a solid gold Apple Watch. It costs much more than a standard aluminum or steel Apple Watch. The Apple Watch Edition has a nicer buying experience and improved customer support (not that Apple's ever been lacking in that department). But even at up to $17,000 it too does nothing that a $350 Apple Watch Sport doesn't do.

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Apple's TV set plans were reportedly shelved over a year ago

Apple's been rumored to be working on a Apple television set for years. But according to a new report, they put the project on hold over a year ago, facing the dual challenges differentiation and a cutthroat retail market dominated by Samsung.

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Star Wars #stormtrooper emoji invade Twitter

Sure, there's a newly expanded set of ethnically-diverse and more-useful emoji out there (and already integrated into iOS), but do they have stormtroopers or protocol droids? Didn't think so. Thankfully, Twitter does.

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These are the WWDC 2015 wallpapers for iPhone, iPad, and Mac that you've been looking for!

WWDC 2015 is being billed as "the epicenter of change", and there's a lot — or nothing — that we can read from the shapes and colors of the invite.

And as we are wont to do, we went ahead and made a wallpaper based on the design of the invite.

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Google said to be close to getting Android Wear watches to work with iPhones

Sure, the Apple Watch is just around the corner, but that's not going to stop Google from continuing work on getting Android Wear to work with iOS.

It's been rumored and reported for a while now that Google was working to get Android Wear to be properly compatible with the iPhone, and it appears that they're rapidly approaching the point of actually seeing a release.

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Triggerfox 3.0 rolls your social networks into one app, highlights the important stuff

Between Facebook and email and Twitter and everything else, it can be hard to keep track of what's going on with your contacts — and that's what Triggerfox aims to fix.

Just updated to version 3.0, Triggerfox pulls in your streams from a variety of sources and lets you set which users you really want to get news about.

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Flir FX takes aim at both home surveillance and action cameras

Flir's been working in the world of infrared imaging for years, but now they're delving into a new market: home security and action cams with the Flir FX.

Flir is taking on both Dropcam and GoPro with the Flir FX. This little camera is a roughly 2x2x1-inch block with a circular lens sitting front and center. There's an available home base that it can mount onto for home security purposes, as well as options for exterior mounts, car mounts, and even a waterproof sport case that you can strap onto your helmet, bike, or what-have-you (ala GoPro). With Wi-Fi, remote monitoring, and a nifty "RapidRecap" feature that compresses hours of activity into minutes, Flir's system is going toe-to-toe with Google-owned Dropcam.

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A huge Apple Watch window display is coming to your local Apple Store

Apple storefronts will soon be filled with an array of LED circles for the Apple Watch launch.

The new displays for the Apple Watch launch will be going up on Friday, April 10 — the same day that in-store try-on appointments and Apple Watch pre-orders begin. The hexagonal grid of circles is meant to evoke the circular icons and grid layout of the Apple Watch app launcher.

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Apple will start accepting Apple Watch try-on appointments on April 10

Apple Watch in-store previews are starting on April 10, and that's the first day you'll be able to make a reservation to try one on too.

Pre-orders for the Apple Watch are scheduled to begin on April 10. So are in-store previews and try-ons so you can get a feel for what it's like before you plop down $349 to $17,000 for an Apple Watch. Taking of reservations for those try-on appointments? Also starting on April 10.

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Apple Watch Edition buyers said to get premium support for their $10,000+ purchase

Turns out that when you spend $10,000 or more on an Apple Watch, Apple will go out of their way to make sure you're taken care of.

It's not terribly surprising to hear that Apple's planning to roll out the red carpet for Apple Watch Edition buyers. The solid 18-karat gold casings that will demand from $10,000 up to $17,000 are reportedly going to come with premium perks for customers, including private appointments in Apple Stores and a dedicated support line.

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Facebook wants to dramatically simplify the process of sharing to Facebook

At today's Facebook F8 developers conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled that they're working to make sharing to their network simpler and better.

The new "share sheets" that Facebook is working on will unify sharing across the primary Facebook apps, including Facebook Groups and Messenger. The idea is to bring "the best sharing experience" to all of Facebook's apps instead of having multiple experiences to deal with varying experiences.

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Instagram introduces 'Layout': it's like collages, but for Instagram

Social photos network Instagram has launched a new app — Layout — that makes it easy to combine multiple photos into one collage.

Layout offers the option to combine multiple photos in your own custom layouts. Well, "custom" as far as arraying them left-to-right, top-to-bottom, or mirroring are considered to be custom. Within each frame of the layout, though, you'll have full freedom to resize and rotate your images, as well as dragging to adjust the size of each frame.

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