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The new Moto X is 'always listening' - and so is the NSA!

We knew so much about the Moto X that Motorola could have saved a great deal of time at the product launch by going on stage, waving it around and simply saying "yup." Was it worth the wait?  Michelle Fitzsimmons is on the customisable case and explains what's inside.

The Moto X is "made for you", says Motorola - but only if "you" are in the US, because so far the Moto X isn't coming to Europe or Australia. And even Americans aren't supposed to get their hands on the device: the phone constantly listens for voice commands. Lily Prasuethsut reckons that "has taken the Moto X to a whole new level of creepy. A phone that's listening to me all the time? Really?"

You know who else is listening to you all the time? That's right - the Feds! The ongoing revelations about the NSA's snooping powers reached a new and even more frightening level this week with the disclosure of XKeyscore. XKeyscore "allows for 'real time' interception of a person's web activity - and to target a single person, all the NSA needs is a phone number or email address."

The only good news is that XKeyscore is harvesting so much data that it can't physically store it for more than a few weeks. Or at least, that was the case a few years back. Ladies and gentlemen! It's time for tinfoil!

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Get a grip: The Xbox One will be a massive hit
There are plenty of reasons why it's been a ropy start for the Xbox One [writes Patrick Goss]. I'm not going to defend Microsoft's ham-fisted efforts to show its next-gen console in the best light. However, the time has come to redress the balance and point out that, far from being an unmitigated disaster of a console, this is a wonderful gaming machine that will flourish. Read more
Is that what the Samsung Galaxy S5 will look like?
Samsung could be about to ditch nature and shake up its smartphone design if a new patent is any indication. The images, unearthed by Patent Bolt, show a rectangular shape but with slanted edges. All in all, it looks a little bit more in line with the HTC One, moving away from Samsung's current nature-inspired look found on the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4. Read more
O2 4G network going live on August 29
O2 has officially confirmed its 4G LTE network will go live in the UK on August 29, with SIM-only tariffs starting at just £26 a month. The bad news is that it appears iPhone 5 users won't be able to get the 4G speeds.This is because O2 will be deploying on the 800MHz band, which Apple's device doesn't support. Read more
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