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Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones adds Alcatel A30 and Moto G5 Plus

Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones adds Alcatel A30 and Moto G5 Plus

Last summer, Amazon launched what it calls ‘Prime Exclusive Phones,’ which are subsidized Android handsets offered to Prime members at a discount…and with advertisements on the lock screen. If you don’t mind having to glance at ads whenever you turn your phone on, the deal is a decent way to get a decent handset for less than the typical sticker price. We’ve seen some budget-tier handsets join the lineup over the past several months, and newest among them is both the Moto G5 Plus and the Alcatel A30.

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Samsung Pay has fully launched in India

Samsung Pay has fully launched in India

Following a test in the region, Samsung Pay has fully launched for everyone in India, marking a new milestone for the payment platform. As in other regions, those in India will be able to use their Samsung mobile device and compatible bank cards to make payments at retailers that accept the service, eliminating the need to swipe cards. Samsung says it has integrated both the Indian government’s Unified Payments Interface and Paytm into the app.

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Corsair One gaming PC unveiled with four models: pre-orders are live

Corsair One gaming PC unveiled with four models: pre-orders are live

Corsair has taken the wraps off its new Corsair One desktop gaming PC, a product that is being offered in four different models with hardware to meet just about any need. The desktop features a futuristic design thanks to its angular chassis and glowing blue LED light strips. Despite the power it packs, Corsair promises its offering is ‘extremely quiet’ thanks to an integrated liquid-cooling system.

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Super Mario Run for iOS got a HUGE update: Here’s what’s new

Super Mario Run for iOS got a HUGE update: Here’s what’s new

Super Mario Run for iOS has been updated to version 2.0, and with the update comes a huge list of new features. The expected minor improvements and small changes aside, those who update will get a greater segment of the game to play even if they haven’t bought it, meaning free players are no longer limited to Toad Rally and replaying the same four levels over and over again. What else is new? Keep reading to find out!

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U.S. orders ‘mandatory social media check’ for some visa applicants

U.S. orders ‘mandatory social media check’ for some visa applicants

The U.S. government has ordered a mandatory social media check for some visa applicants, according to a new leak, as well as well as more strenuous screening for applicants identified as ‘warranting increased scrutiny.’ Sources claim the orders were made by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and that the social media checks apply to individuals who are coming from places under ISIS control.

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This glorious Samsung smart pocket watch isn’t for sale

This glorious Samsung smart pocket watch isn’t for sale

Samsung is showing off prototype smartwatches at Baselworld 2017, including a ‘hybrid pocket concept watch’ that reimagines what the Gear S3 would look like. You can’t buy any of these prototypes, of course, as they’re designed to bring concept to life, not necessarily to market. You can, however, buy a new 4G LTE-capable Gear S3 Classic that has launched at Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.

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Researchers make nanofiber air filter that can be painted onto fabric

Researchers make nanofiber air filter that can be painted onto fabric

Researchers with the National University of Singapore have created a new type of air filter using nanofibers that is about two times more effective than commercial air respirators. This nanofiber air filter is see-through with better airflow than traditionally available air filters, and it also provides some level of UV protection. The air filter is described as eco-friendly and economical.

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The Senate just voted away your Internet privacy

The Senate just voted away your Internet privacy

The Senate just voted in favor of a resolution that, if likewise approved by the House and then signed by Trump, will block FCC privacy rules designed to protect consumers’ sensitive Internet data. The resolution was passed with a 50-48 vote split along party lines; if it receives ultimate approval, ISPs will be able to share and/or sell their customers’ private data, such as their Web browsing history, to private companies without the customers' consent.

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Instagram will start blurring ‘sensitive’ photos in feeds

Instagram will start blurring ‘sensitive’ photos in feeds

Instagram has announced that it will start blurring photos determined to be ‘sensitive’ in nature so that they don’t appear as-in in users’ feeds. This move is designed to make Instagram a ‘safe environment’ for users who may not want to see the sensitive content, though that content itself isn’t in violation of the company’s rules. The same blurring effect will be applied to videos that Instagram decides are sensitive in nature.

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Xbox Games with Gold April lineup revealed: Assassin’s Creed and more

Xbox Games with Gold April lineup revealed: Assassin’s Creed and more

Microsoft has revealed which games its Xbox Live Gold members will be getting in April, and as expected, the titles cover both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles. The games will be available starting on April 1 and running through up to April 30. This is similar to the free games Sony offers to its PlayStation Plus subscribers, a perk that itself launched after Xbox Games with Gold as a way to keep pace with the company’s biggest game-centric competitor.

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Super Mario Run for Android arrives on Google Play a day early

Super Mario Run for Android arrives on Google Play a day early

Super Mario Run arrived first for iOS and Android users were, to put it mildly, upset about that. The hype has died down, the reviews are in, and people have generally moved on with their lives. What better time, then, to release the Android version? You can now download Super Mario Run from the Google Play store. Nintendo, it turns out, got impatient and released the game a day early.

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Facebook is testing new ‘conversational’ comment designs

Facebook is testing new ‘conversational’ comment designs

Anyone who uses a messaging app like Messenger will be familiar with the bubble-like style used to encapsulate messages. Such a style may one day be the default design of comments found on Facebook, at least judging by screenshots of a new test that has surfaced. The social network is currently testing multiple new styles for comments on Facebook, indicating that some big changes are in users' futures.

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