Blinkbox today announced that iPad and Android tablet owners will be able to enjoy playback without an internet connection, thanks to a new offline mode. Just like we’ve had with music streaming services for some time, Blinkbox will allow subscribers to download their chosen film or TV show to watch on the go – perfect for travelling or in areas with poor signal.



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It’s official – the elusive OnePlus One will be hitting India from December 2, exclusively through the local branch of Amazon.

Last week, Amazon teased the “unbelievable” in a picture clearly showing the outline of the OnePlus One. Now the “unbelievable” materialized, and frankly everything is perfectly believable: the OnePlus One will sell through an invite system via Amazon.in. Invites will be specific to India, meaning that invitations acquired by users in other countries won’t work.

Amazon and OnePlus will be seeding 1,000 invites across the internet, and users will need to get hold of one in order to purchase the device. One avenue that is already open is subscribing to OnePlus’ newsletter. Once the invites go out (by December 2), customers will have 48 hours to complete the purchase. Buyers will also get invitations to give away to friends.

It appears that only the Sandstone 64GB model will be available at launch. No details on the price of the device, but according to some Indian outlets, it could be Rs. 24,990 for the 64GB model and Rs. 19,990 for the 16GB model.

To celebrate the announcement, OnePlus and Amazon cooked up a little video starring Amazon’s India boss and OnePlus CEO Pete Lau. Check it out:

Indian readers, will you be trying to buy a OnePlus One come December?

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In real life, customized Moto X devices are assembled in a highly efficient factory in Texas (or more likely China, since Motorola announced it’s winding down its American facility). A miracle of logistics, this process allows customers to pick from thousands of combinations and get their very own Moto X in a matter of day.

In the whimsical world of Motorola’s new ad, MotoMaker is one guy and his mad-scientist tools, handcrafting Moto X’s on the whims of his customer alter ego. Enjoy!

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Amazon Fire Phone price drop

Amazon has made some edits to the price of their Fire Phone, bringing the unlocked 32GB GSM model down to $199. That is not a contract price either.

This is a great, and interesting, shift for big A to make. On one hand, we have a device that is decently equipped, but has been all but laughed off for its overall underwhelming experience. However, at just $200, this phone is now in Moto G price competition. This may make a huge difference in sales, as the Fire Phone compares to the Moto G with twice as much RAM, at 2GB, 5 more MP in the camera, at 13MP and the more powerful Snapdragon 800 SoC, versus the Snapdragon 400 in the Moto G.

The general opinion at launch of the Amazon Fire Phone was that one could pick up a similarly spec’d Nexus 5, but with the pure Google Android experience, for as much as $100 less than Amazon’s initial offering of $450. Although the parallax feature of the entire Fire OS, called Dynamic Perspective, was very cool for a brief moment, the remaining perks, like Firefly and Mayday were all but lost or unnecessary for most seasoned Android users.

 

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Perhaps the best perk with the Amazon Fire Phone is one that is made even sweeter with this new price tag. Purchasing the Fire Phone makes you eligible for one free year of Amazon Prime. The Prime service offers up Amazon’s impressive library of video, music and book titles, not to mention free shipping on all purchases, for the going rate of $99 per year.

Check out our rundown of impressions of the Fire Phone if you would like to learn more.

The unlocked GSM Amazon Fire Phone will work on most U.S. networks, except Sprint or Verizon. If this appeals to you, head on over to Amazon to grab your Fire Phone.

What do you say, is this the right price for the Amazon Fire Phone?

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The Dropbox team have announced a handy new feature inside their official apps for Android and iOS. With Microsoft Office documents open for viewing, it’s now possible to hit the edit button to launch the installed Office suite for a more feature-rich editing experience. Once all changes have been saved everything is automatically saved to the cloud, thanks to both parties working on support bridges between the two services.



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Motorola’s Moto Maker is a great way to customize the Moto X just the way you want it. The latest commercial for the device highlights the fact that you can choose from several back options, colors and accents, along with a custom engraving at the back. And lest you forget, Motorola announced its Cyber Monday deal today, through which you can get the 2014 Moto X for just $359.



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After Amazon India teased the imminent launch of the OnePlus One in the country over the weekend, we now have confirmation that the device will be available for purchase starting December 2. The OnePlus One will be available exclusively on Amazon, and will follow an invite-only system, at least initially. Users will be able to win invites by subscribing to the OnePlus newsletter and by taking part in contests hosted by OnePlus and Amazon.



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Motorola Moto X 2014 cyber Monday

With all these crazy deals for Black Friday, isn’t it about time that someone remembered the forgotten Cyber Monday? Motorola to the rescue, announcing the unlocked 2nd gen. Moto X (2014) will be $140 off this coming Monday. 1 cent will get you the Moto X (2014) with a Verizon contract and take 30% off on accessories.

The $140 savings on the unlocked Moto X (2014) brings this amazing device down to just $359.00. That’s Moto X (2013) territory.

The deal works on a first come, first served basis, requiring you to log into the Motorola website, here, on Monday, December 1st, 2014 between 11:00 and 17:00 CST. You will be provided a unique promotional code that is good until December 15th.

As a reminder, the Moto X (2014) is a 5.2-inch device with the Snapdragon 801 SoC, 2GB of RAM and a decently updated 13MP camera. Be sure to check out our full Moto X (2014) review for more details.

Let me recap those savings again. Motorola will have the 2nd gen. Moto X (2014) deal this coming Cyber Monday only, Dec. 1, between 11am and 5pm central time. You can get the unlocked Moto X for $359, a savings of $140, or get the device for just a penny with eligible Verizon contract. With either purchase, take an additional 30% off the purchase of any Moto X accessories. Head over to their announcement for more details.

More than a few of you have passed on the new Moto X (2014) because of its price tag, is now the time to buy?

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Waiting to get a good deal on the 2014 Moto X? You’re in luck, as Motorola just announced that it would be offering the device for $359 on Cyber Monday (December 1), which is a $140 discount off the list price. If you’re looking to go the on-contract route, Verizon’s variant will be available for just $0.01. Motorola is also slashing 30 percent off all accessories (excluding the Chromecast).



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