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This Week’s Most Popular Posts: July 19th to 26th

This Week's Most Popular Posts: July 19th to 26th

This week we learned why tech support makes you wait 10 seconds when you reboot your router, improved our daily routine with science, stopped retail stores from tracking us, and rounded up more apps in our second wave of Lifehacker Packs. Here’s a look back.

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Moto X with T-Mobile compatibility gets FCC approval

Moto X with TMobile compatibility gets FCC approval

Despite the fact that the Moto X hasn’t even been officially announced (unless you count Eric Schmidt’s Idaho flaunt-fest or Dennis Woodside’s D11 talk as “official”), there’s a lot we already know about the device. What we haven’t heard for certain yet are which carriers in the US will offer the new handset, though FCC docs and other leaks have revealed AT&T, Verizon and Sprint as likely candidates so far. Does T-Mobile fit into the mix? Whether or not the UnCarrier will really pick it up, a variant of the Motorola X known as the XT1053 has made its way through the FCC approval process with all the bands you’ve grown to love and use on other T-Mo devices, such as AWS HSPA+ and LTE (along with bands 2 and 17, making this theoretically compatible with AT&T as well). This is a pretty clear indicator that worst-case customers will be able to purchase an unlocked version of the device with the right frequencies in tow. Additionally, we noticed evidence that 802.11ac will also make an appearance. Have a look at the docs for yourself below, if you so desire.

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Being A Car Girl (From A Car Girl)

Being A Car Girl (From A Car Girl)

I work at a place called the Classic Car Club Manhattan; a private club where members get the keys to some of the most iconic cars ever built. I was recruited young, just 19 years old. Initially I was only meant to be a temp, but Mike & Zac (owners/directors) decided to keep me around. I developed a passion for the automotive world and a desire to learn everything there is to know. The last five years, being a chick in the car world has been entertaining, challenging and downright enlightening.

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This Must Be The World’s Ugliest Chevy Cruze

This Must Be The World's Ugliest Chevy Cruze

The excellent Car News China found this, the world’s ugliest Chevy Cruze. At least I hope it’s the world’s ugliest Chevy Cruze.

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Back to the future

Back to the future

Hi, I’m Marc Perton, and I’m Engadget’s new Executive Editor. Those of you who’ve followed this site for a while may dimly remember me; I was with Engadget in its early days, and somehow managed to write a couple of thousand posts from 2004 through 2006 (my fave: Engadget 1985, a group post I worked on with some other folks you may have heard of). Back then, Engadget was a scrappy startup that produced some great work with very limited resources. I still remember my first trip to CES with the Engadget team; we shared rooms in a hotel miles from the show, and relied on a rented van (and our feet) to get to the venue. The whole team probably slept a collective six hours all week.

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2 Audi Employees Crash While Hooning New A8

2 Audi Employees Crash While Hooning New A8

Chicago Jalops may recognize this as the northernmost point of Lake Shore Drive’s outer highway, where LSD meets Sheridan Road and Broadway. It’s about two blocks from my house, and the sweeping curve that leads to this intersection (pictured below) is right next to the park where a theatre production I’m in (shameless plug) rehearses.

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The Nissan 370Z Now Costs Less Than $30,000

The Nissan 370Z Now Costs Less Than $30,000

Nissan’s following the news of its profitable second quarter with a little present for all of you Z-car fans: They’re dropping the price by more than $3,000. That means the base price price of a new Nissan 370Z is under $30,000 if you get the one with a manual transmission, which is the way you wanted it anyways.

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Trolling with Chromecast: Dongle is left a little too open to hijacking

A handful of devices can fight easily over whose stream gets on the Chromecast.
Casey Johnston

If you are still broadcasting your Wi-Fi network without a password, here is another reason to lock it down: there is nothing to prevent any nearby compatible device from hijacking your Chromecast and displaying whatever the interloper pleases. Since Chrome tabs are broadcastable, this means porn, nyancat, Two Girls One Cup, and oh, so much more that can be put through to a Chromecast.

We’ve struggled a bit to come up with a description of how exactly the Chromecast accepts video—it’s not streaming, at least when it comes to YouTube or Netflix, but it’s not independent playback either, as with Chrome tabs. Either way, at the inception point, the Chromecast is told by another device to play something via a compatible app, and the Chromecast picks it up and does so.

We’ve been experimenting a bit with our Chromecast, and found that when we try to interrupt video from one device with another, the Chromecast hardly even blinks, and just pushes the newly played video over the old one. If we try to push a broadcasted Chrome tab to the Chromecast when something else us playing, the browser does pop and alert. But if we push a YouTube video from a Nexus 7 to the Chromecast, the Chromecast kicks off the Chrome tab with no warning on either side.

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Your Car Insurance Might Cost More Based on Education or Work Status

Your Car Insurance Might Cost More Based on Education or Work Status

When you get insurance, a variety of factors go into determining how much your premiums will cost. Some companies, however, include your education level and work status and may charge you more for it.

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Nokia: your favorite apps are coming to Windows Phone 8, it’s simply a matter of when

Nokia: your favorite apps are coming to Windows Phone 8, it's simply a matter of when

Bryan Biniak, VP and General Manager of Global Partner and App Development at Nokia, was in London today for the UK launch of JobLens, so we took the opportunity to sit down with him and talk Windows Phone 8, the basket in which Nokia has entrusted all its eggs. Being Microsoft’s brother-in-arms, Nokia’s heavily involved in building out the platform and, despite an increasing number of high-profile apps making the jump, the general health of the WP8 store was the main topic of discussion. Unsurprisingly, Biniak was keen to report the app catalogue and with it, competitiveness, is growing fast. There are still gaps to be filled, however, and if Biniak’s claims are to be trusted, all the apps most common to iOS and Android home screens are headed to WP8 in the near future:

We’re not having a single conversation with anybody, of any material application that’s out there, that isn’t going to be coming to the platform. It’s not a matter of if — I had those conversations, the “if” conversations, before — all of our conversations now are “when.”

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