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For many RSS readers, this actually makes it easier to scan headlines and find the story you want to read. And for those of you reading on a mobile device, our iOS and Android apps (as well as Flipboard) will continue to offer full, unexcerpted content.

We know that there are also some of you who really do prefer to read full content in your RSS reader. Well, good news: we're still making a full, unexcerpted feed available for you to subscribe to here.

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The last days of Distro

The last days of Distro

On Friday, September 27th, Engadget will publish the last issue of our weekly tablet magazine, Distro.

However, Distro (unlike disco) isn't dead. When Distro launched in October 2011, we were entering a relatively new space. At the time, we were one of the first online-only publications to produce a companion magazine app. We launched the same day as Apple's Newsstand and landed there (and on the Android Market) less than two weeks later, while some of the biggest names in publishing stood by to see if the tablet was worth the investment. Over the course of two years, Distro has served as a jumping-off point for award-winning design, in-depth analysis and a focus on long-form storytelling, and we plan to bring everything we've learned to Engadget at large. Along with a commitment to thoughtful design and feature content, you'll start to see some of our favorite recurring features popping up here on Engadget's homepage. So, while Distro will no longer live in the Newsstand, or Google Play or Windows Store, it's not quite time to pull out the bagpipes. So instead of saying goodbye, let's leave it at we'll see you tomorrow.

Distro will continue to be available in the Newsstand, Play Store and Windows 8 marketplace until early October. After that, you'll be able to download archived PDFs from Engadget.

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Can you out-old-school these Expand Throwbackers?

Can you outoldschool these Expand Throwbackers

We've already received a slew of exciting entries in the #ExpandThrowback contest we launched around a week ago. Turns out we're not the only ones who hoard old technology to embrace memories of a life before local TV could be streamed over a WiFi connection. For those not up to speed, here's the deal: Our Expand NY event is coming this November 9th and 10th, and we're on the lookout for the coolest vintage tech. Help us find it, and you could end up with a trip to Expand NY on us, or a gift card to help finally update that old technology.

Read on to find out how to win a trip to Expand NY...

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Distro Issue 105: The tale of the amazing multi-colored e-paper display

Distro Issue 105 The tale of the amazing multicolored epaper display

Once upon a time, the possibility of a color e-reader seemed a reality just around the bend. As the sun set on the 2000s, though, prototypes and the potential for multi-hued e-paper devices seemed to disappear. In this issue of our weekly, Sean Buckley examines the events surrounding the once bright future of the tech and why we're still e-reading in black-and-white. As far as reviews go, we offer up our detailed analysis of the TiVo Roamio Pro, OLPC XO Tablet and Motorola Droid Ultra. Eyes-On peeks at Blue Microphone's latest, Weekly Stat examines the broadband build-up and Recommended Reading profiles Marissa Mayer. The weekend is finally here, and there's plenty to peruse, so go on cozy up with a fresh copy via the usual download spots.

Distro Issue 105 PDF
Distro in the iTunes App Store
Distro in the Google Play Store

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PSA: ZTE Open Firefox phone now available on eBay in the US and UK

PSA ZTE Open Firefox phone now available on eBay in the US and UK

The Spanish had first dibs on ZTE's Open smartphone, but earlier this month we were told Americans and Brits would eventually be able to buy the Firefox OS device through ZTE's local eBay storefronts. Well, the pages are now live, so in exchange for $80 or £60 (delivery is free), you can get yourself an unlocked Open in the eBay-exclusive orange hue; and, if the stock figures represent all ZTE has to hawk, it appears this initial batch will sell out before too long. We wouldn't say the handset's performance is good enough to disguise its miserly specs, but having a new mobile OS to poke around in for well under a Benjamin? Let's just say that we're having a hard time suppressing the impulse-buy urge.

[Thanks, Steve]

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Source: ZTE UK eBay store, ZTE US eBay store

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The Engadget Mobile Podcast, live at 1AM ET!

You're laying in your bed in the middle of the night, trying to fall asleep. Restless, you check your phone or tablet of choice and pull up Engadget's app. What's this? A mobile podcast to keep your mind racing at 1 in the morning? Yes, please. Join Myriam and Brad for another fireside chat, sans the fire. Smokey would be proud.

August 16, 2013 1:00:00 AM EDT

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Engadget + gdgt Live is hitting Seattle August 31st, get your tickets here!

Engadget  gdgt Live is hitting Seattle August 31st, get your tickets here!

Hey there Emerald City, it's been a while -- around ten months, to be exact. We're coming back to Seattle at the end of this month, and this time we're bringing our pals from gdgt with us. We'll be throwing the latest Engadget + gdgt event at the Showbox SoDo on August 31st. As usual, there'll be plenty to see and play with (and take home, if you're lucky), from the likes of Outlook, Nokia and Logitech. We're also holding a startup contest, so one up-and-coming local company can score floorspace gratis. You can nab a free ticket for yourself and a friend or two at the source link below. It's also not too late to get in on that sponsorship action. See you in Seattle!

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Distro Issue 101: Google takes another stab at streaming with Chromecast

Distro Issue 101 Dangling Dongles

Remember the Nexus Q? Yeah, we do too. After coming up short with that streaming effort, Google pulled the wraps off of another attempt to invade living rooms last week. In this week's issue of our tablet mag, we give Chromecast the proper review treatment to see if Mountain View's goal to smarten up dumb TVs hits the ground running. Hands-On scours the show floor at SIGGRAPH, Recommended Reading has more first-hand Google Glass observations and IRL takes another peek inside our rucksacks. Get cozy folks, because your end of the week tech reading is ready for download.

Distro Issue 101 PDF
Distro in the iTunes App Store
Distro in the Google Play Store

Distro in the Windows Store
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Engadget Giveaway: win a new Nexus 7, courtesy of CSR Racing!

Engadget Giveaway win a new Nexus 7, courtesy of CSR Racing!

You've seen the review, now enjoy the real thing for yourself. This week's giveaway centers around the hottest tablet at the moment, the Nexus 7. Our friends at NaturalMotion want to get one into a lucky reader's hands so they can enjoy the company's signature game, CSR Racing. The app is free, so it's definitely worth giving it a good look on whatever Android device you use. While you're waiting for it to download and install, make sure you head to the widget below to enter to win. Good luck!

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