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Daily Roundup: Motorola Droid Maxx review, Google buys Bump, and more!

David Fishman

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You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

Motorola Droid Maxx review

Motorola's smartphones tend to arrive in packs: a standard Droid, an HD version, and then there's the Maxx. Usually the Maxx version features a much larger battery, giving power users the kind of on-time they so desire. Enter the Droid Maxx, a 5-inch, 720p AMOLED Android-powered phone with an unusually large, 3,500mAh battery that claims up to 48 hours on a single charge. The Droid Maxx has excellent battery life and is generally a solid mid-range device. Still, it doesn't offer enough to justify its $300 on-contract price. Read on for more.

IRL: Testing the Nokia Lumia 1020's optional camera grip / battery case

The accessorizing continues. Not long after picking up a Nokia Lumia 1020, we sought out the optional camera grip, which adds, among other things, a tripod socket. After all, our return to the Windows Phone world had more to do with the amazing camera than, well, most anything else. So how does the camera grip perform for folks like us, who view the Lumia 1020 as a camera first and a smartphone second? Not too bad, really. Click the link above for Philip Palermo's IRL with the Lumia's camera grip and batter case.

Daily Roundup Motorola Droid Maxx review, Google buys Bump, Amazon vinyl sales up 745 percent since 2008, and more!

Google Glass no longer requires tethering plan for smartphone data sharing

Google Glass is unquestionably an expensive wearable, and adding an additional tethering plan to your already high-priced cellphone bill doesn't help its case. Yesterday, Google released an update to its Glass Android app that allows users to funnel data through the app rather than requiring a separate fee for Glass's data. For now the carriers haven't complained, but we'd keep our hopes down until Glass hits the streets en masse. Click through for more info, and catch up on our full Google Glass saga.

Amazon vinyl sales up 745 percent since 2008

Today it was announced that vinyl record sales are up 745 percent since 2008 through Amazon's stores. Why such a dramatic spike? Perhaps a retro explosion, or maybe a new-found appreciation for fidelity in this world of streaming compression? The answer is probably a combination of both. As of the weekend, the top vinyl titles include albums by the Death Grips, Amy Winehouse and Arcade Fire. Daft Punk, Nirvana and Paul McCartney managed to make their way into the top ten, as well. Click up for more details.

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