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Another new Galaxy S8 model revealed

Another new Galaxy S8 model revealed

The Galaxy S8+ is a pretty solid device when it comes to hardware and features, but in terms of color, we've got some pretty standard options. Despite the fancy names Samsung has come up for these colors, our choices essentially amount to black, gray, and silver here in the US. Today we're getting a look at a new Galaxy S8+ color that may eventually hit US shores, with Samsung announcing a new "rose pink" variant for the phone.

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This big Amazon Echo discount is a one-day-only affair

This big Amazon Echo discount is a one-day-only affair

It's clear that Amazon wants its Echo line of devices to be the center hub of your smart home, but at $180 for the standard Amazon Echo, the buy-in can be significant. If that $180 price point is more than you want to spend on a smart home speaker, then good news: Amazon has slashed Echo's price significantly. The bad news is that this is a one-day-only sale, so you need to jump on it if you want to save some cash.

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CoD: Modern Warfare Remastered standalone release date announced

CoD: Modern Warfare Remastered standalone release date announced

Arguably, the most appealing part of last year's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was the pack-in Modern Warfare Remastered. The remaster of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare got a lot of people excited, but up until now, it's only been available in a bundle with Infinite Warfare. If you were disappointed by that, then cheer up, because Activision has just announced that Modern Warfare Remastered will get a standalone release.

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Google will stop scanning free Gmail accounts for targeted ads

Google will stop scanning free Gmail accounts for targeted ads

It's not really a secret that Google built its massive wealth on advertising, but the measures it takes to deliver relevant ads to users haven't always gone over well. One particular data collection method that Google has used involves Gmail - up until now, Google has scanned user Gmail accounts to help it build profiles on those users. Those profiles, in turn, allow Google to deliver relevant ads that are more likely to draw in clicks.

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 will hit Twitch in six-day mega marathon

Mystery Science Theater 3000 will hit Twitch in six-day mega marathon

It would seem that Twitch marathons of classic shows are the hot new thing. What originally began with a marathon of The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross later led to marathons for both Power Rangers and Mister Roger's Neighborhood. Today Twitch announced its next marathon, and if you happen to be a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, this is definitely one you'll want to watch.

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Overwatch update improves loot box drops, Hearthstone follows suit

Overwatch update improves loot box drops, Hearthstone follows suit

While Overwatch has seen immense success, one of its more divisive features has been its loot box system. Though Overwatch runs $40 for the standard version on PC and $60 on consoles, players can only unlock new cosmetic items through a F2P-like loot box system. These loot boxes are fairly rare in-game - you get one every time your account levels up, but otherwise you need to purchase them with real-world money - and with that in mind, it really stings when you get cosmetics items you already have.

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These iPhone 8 photos look like the real deal

These iPhone 8 photos look like the real deal

The list of iPhone 8 leaks seems to be never ending at this point, but a new one today could potentially be pretty big. The leak comprises just two images, showing off the front and back of what is said to be the iPhone 8. Obviously, a pair of images won't give us any details about internal hardware, but as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and there's plenty to talk about when it comes to this supposed iPhone.

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HTC VIVE gets a price drop, free Steam gift card for Summer Sale

HTC VIVE gets a price drop, free Steam gift card for Summer Sale

The Steam Summer Sale is officially underway, but the deals don't apply to just Steam games. HTC announced today that it's discounting the VIVE for the duration of the sale as well, giving you the opportunity to save a bit of money on the admittedly expensive VR headset. HTC will also toss in a Steam gift card too, so you'll be able to take full advantage of the Summer Sale.

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Echo Show now lets you watch a live feed from your smart home camera

Echo Show now lets you watch a live feed from your smart home camera

Earlier today, Logitech announced that you will soon be able to view a live feed of footage from its incoming Circle 2 camera on Amazon's new Echo Show. It turns out that the Circle 2 is just the tip of the iceberg here. Amazon plans to incorporate Echo View functionality with a lot of smart home cameras from a bunch of different companies - in fact, you might already some of these cameras up and running in your house already.

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Steam Summer Sale starts: Store down as deals dashed

Steam Summer Sale starts: Store down as deals dashed

Here's a bit of good news: PayPal was right and the Steam Summer Sale kicked off today! Now here's a bit of bad news: the Steam store is currently crippled because of heavy traffic. If you've got some money burning a hole in your pocket, it looks like you'll have to wait to spend it.

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Facebook update adds new user protections for profile pictures

Facebook update adds new user protections for profile pictures

As part of an effort to focus on what people in individual countries expect of Facebook, today the company announced new controls for users in India. These controls almost entirely concern profile pictures, allowing users to control who can download them, tag themselves in them, or even screenshot them. The hope is that more people will feel comfortable uploading profile pictures, thus helping grow that aspect of community.

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Nintendo commits to in-stock Switch

Nintendo commits to in-stock Switch

After E3 2017, the Nintendo Switch is looking like a much more attractive platform - the only problem is that they're still difficult to find. Nintendo has been grappling with stock shortages ever since launch, and though we're now nearly five months out from release date, those shortages don't seem to be getting any better. This has led Nintendo to not just comment on, but apologize for, the shortages.

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