48 hours with the new Moto G: How does this phone cost $180?!

If you asked me three years ago what kind of smartphone you could get for a couple hundred bucks off-contract, my answer would have been easy: You could get one that, to put it delicately, is a total piece of crap.

My, how things have changed.

In my pocket right now is a phone that costs $220 — unlocked and off-contract, with no carrier commitments or years of inflated service charges attached. This is the higher-end model of the device, too; you can actually get the same phone with less storage and memory for a mere $180. 

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IDG Contributor Network: Don’t bother with Microsoft Windows 10 until you read this

Wait, doesn’t it always make sense to download something for free? Microsoft released their brand new operating system this week, and you can grab it at no cost, but make sure you know exactly what you are getting into before you upgrade.

Let me be your Guinea Pig on this one. I’ve been testing the beta for several weeks. HP just sent me an Elite X2 laptop with Windows 10 pre-loaded. And, I’ve been testing and using Windows since the 2.0 release back when people used to question a “windowing” interface. I’ve been testing Windows laptops for a decade or more.

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Open-source startup hopes to change the way businesses visualize data

A Boulder, Colorado-based startup announced today that it has raised $3.6 million in seed funding to build the commercial version of the SlamData open-source project, helping businesses visualize semi-structured NoSQL data.

SlamData, Inc. says that it’s using the SlamData project’s framework to create a native analytics platform for NoSQL information, building proprietary security and management features on top of the main feature set.

+ALSO ON NETWORK WORLD: Most Android phones can be hacked with a simple MMS message or multimedia file + Are you ready to support Windows 10?

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Vector: A gorgeous smartwatch — from a watch maker, not from Apple

Vector Watch Group is launching its new smartwatch, and the company’s not phoning it in. The plucky, London-based tech-jewelry maker is proudly showing off its entry into the nascent “wearables” market.

It definitely takes a different direction to Apple. And at $250–$400, it’s not following Cupertino’s pricing script, neither. But it does work with iPhones, as well as Android and those all-but-dead Windows phones.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers know what time it is. Not to mention: Things can only get better

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Vector: A gorgeous smartwatch — from a watchmaker, not Apple

Vector Watch Group is launching its new smartwatch, and the company’s not phoning it in. The plucky, London-based tech-jewelry maker is proudly showing off its entry into the nascent “wearables” market.

It definitely takes a different direction to Apple. And at $250–$400, it’s not following Cupertino’s pricing script, neither. But it does work with iPhones, as well as Android and those all-but-dead Windows phones.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers know what time it is. Not to mention: Things can only get better

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