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T-Mobile stores snub Moto X: CNET Update

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CNET Update: T-Mobile stores snub Moto X

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Motorola's flagship phone faces retail challenges with the no-contract carrier. Also, get a demo of the Moto X's unique touchless voice controls, and spot the similarities between Amazon Collections and Pinterest.

Google now is always listening. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your Cnet Update. It seems Google's flagship Motorola phone, the Moto X will not be sold at every carrier's store when it rolls out at the end of August. A T-Mobile executive told the blog AllThingsD, that the company will not be stacking the Moto X in stores immediately but people will be able to go to Motorola's website to purchase a model that works on the T-Mobile network. This phone is supposed to be sold at all major carriers, but if it takes awhile for it to get into T-mobile stores, that's not good for the fate of the phone. It will be harder to make a dent in sales against Samsung if the Moto X isn't all over the place, but then again, one of the big-selling features of this phone is being able to customize the color, design and storage. And to do that, it would have to be purchased online anyway. Motorola is also hoping it can get customer's attention with its touchless controls. Like being able to always listen to your voice commands. To turn it on and give it a command, you don't have to touch it. You just need three magic words: Okay, Google now. To set it up, I had to teach the phone my voice so it won't respond to a man's voice but other women in the office were able to turn it on. "Okay, Google now." If you use a password on your phone -- and you should -- it will still let you use the okay-Google-now command to call someone without entering in your password, which is nice for drivers. For every hands-free trick like playing a song, sending a text or setting a reminder, it won't grant your wish without a password. Amazon is copying Pinterest with a new feature called Amazon Collections where members can save, share and discover new products by browsing and following other people's collections. Amazon users can make separate list for a different things. You can find the collection section in the drop down menu when hovering over your account. And to add a product to your collection, you just click the add button below a product image, but these ad buttons are still being rolled out so you may not see it everywhere at first. And Pinterest is taking on online shopping by adding price drop notifications to the items that you pinned so it's not just a wish list, it can be a sale tracker as well. If you have Netflix, keep an eye out for a new digital profile for different family members. Netflix did have profiles before with the DVD rental subscribers, but now there are profiles for the streaming site to help keep settings personal so Dad doesn't get kid shows in his recommendations. One account gets up to five profiles and these profiles can be set up on the Netflix website or on the play station 3. The profiles will be rolling out to devices over the next two weeks. That's your tech news update and you can dive into more details at cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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