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Google Play year-end deals cuts prices on movies, apps, albums

Google Play year-end deals cuts prices on movies, apps, albums

Google is preparing to run a "Year-End" sort of celebration and cutting prices on a bunch of media. This includes apps as well as TV shows and movies. It also includes Google Books of many sorts - and comic books, which, if you haven't tried on a mobile device, I personally recommend you do. Google's method of display of comic books on mobile devices - tablets especially - is really top notch.

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Aurora lights turn triangle patterns into rainbows

Aurora lights turn triangle patterns into rainbows

The folks at Nanoleaf have an interesting set of lights prepared for living rooms wishing for colorful accents with "Aurora." The Aurora system is a modular smart lighting solution that allows the user to control each panel from a smartphone. The user configures the lighting grid however they like, then turn the lights on, off, dim, and color-change all from a smartphone screen.

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How to opt out of Facebook ads that track you

How to opt out of Facebook ads that track you

Facebook has an opt-out page which shows how they track users for Facebook ads across the entire planet. This page lists the ways in which Facebook works with data providers that "help businesses connect with people who might be interested in their products or services." These are the the groups that show an advertisement of a movie ticket sales site to people that've been searching for information about which movies are out in their area. For the Ron Swanson in you, this is your page, this is how you get out.

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Moto X (2017) leaked renders show off Moto Z inspiration

Moto X (2017) leaked renders show off Moto Z inspiration

A new set of leaked renders is showing us what the Moto X (2017) might look like when it eventually arrives. One thing that's immediately noticable about these renders is that they match up nicely with the leaked images we saw earlier this month. They come from OnLeaks on behalf of Android Authority, and OnLeaks is usually pretty on point when it comes to these sort of renders.

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Galaxy S7 Android Nougat beta ends, final launch next month

Galaxy S7 Android Nougat beta ends, final launch next month

Samsung has just shutdown its beta program for Android 7.0 Nougat on the Galaxy S7 but don’t let that alarm you. Presuming you’re using a Galaxy S7, of course. While the company might be ending the year with an only slightly sad note, it will star the new one with a bang (no note puns intended). According to the brave souls testing that beta, they have been notified that the official rollout of Nougat will take place in January. As soon as possible in January, that is.

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HTC “Ocean Note” to ditch the 3.5mm jack for USB-C

HTC “Ocean Note” to ditch the 3.5mm jack for USB-C

HTC seems to be genuinely unfazed by how its smartphones have been doing lately, which is to say not that good at all. HTC's devices, particularly its flagships are a paradox, warmly received but never selling well. That, however, hasn't stopped the Taiwanese OEM from putting out model after model of smartphones, whether the market likes it or not. Case in point is the "Ocean Note" believed to be unveiled in two weeks, just one of three new "Ocean" smartphones and one that won't have a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

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Mega Man Mobile pre-registration is up, no rewards offered

Mega Man Mobile pre-registration is up, no rewards offered

Nintendo may be taking its sweet time to bring its sweet time to bring even just its characters to mobile, other Japanese gaming giants aren't so slow-paced. Square Enix, for example, has practically ported its entire Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series to smartphones and now Capcom is following suit with Mega Man Mobile. The company has just opened up its pre-registration page for the game but, if you were hoping to get something in return for being an early bird, no such luck.

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Moto G4 and G4 Plus update to Android 7.0 Nougat rolling out in India

Moto G4 and G4 Plus update to Android 7.0 Nougat rolling out in India

Motorola has announced that its budget-friendly Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus smartphones, both of which were released earlier this year, are now receiving an update to Android 7.0 Nougat in India. The update, as expected, is giving handset owners all the Nougat features, including Android Doze, the multi-window view, and work mode, as well as some Motorola-centric features like new a new Moto action.

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Galaxy S8’s secret audio weapon : tipped to be wireless

Galaxy S8’s secret audio weapon : tipped to be wireless

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will launch at the same time as a wireless audio solution that'll take on Apple's AirPods. Information on this set of wireless earbuds is thin, but given Samsung's recent acquisition of Harman audio technology, things could sound mighty nice. This is just the latest in a long line of rumors surrounding the next release from Samsung - the device that'll almost certainly be called Galaxy S8.

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Wileyfox drops CyanogenMod, LineageOS may wait in the wings

Wileyfox drops CyanogenMod, LineageOS may wait in the wings

According to an email sent by Wileyfox this week, their first smartphone will be updated away from CyanogenMod this week. Despite this - somehow - Wileyfox Account Executive Michelle Johal suggests that "all user's experience will remain unchanged." Johal went on to say, "This was expected and we are confident with the smooth transition planned in an upcoming over-the-air update for the entire Wileyfox product range that will migrate away from Cyanogen’s refocus strategy, and on to a purer Android experience – enhanced."

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This iPhone feature may re-start the Android hardware wars

This iPhone feature may re-start the Android hardware wars

Apple has long been rumored to bring a set of hardcore components to the iPhone lineup - next year they just might do it. A set of patents this week shows how Apple is preparing for - or at least protecting itself in case of the eventuality of - next-level hardness in outer components. This isn't only for the iPhone, but the Apple Watch too.

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ZTE Blade V8 leaked photos show off metal body, dual camera

ZTE Blade V8 leaked photos show off metal body, dual camera

ZTE's Blade V8 is rumored to get an official reveal at CES next week, but ahead of that, we're getting an up close look at the device thanks to a new series of leaked images. Unlike so many other leaked images, these ones are in focus and photograph the phone from all angles, giving us a very good look at the phone. Despite being a mid-range device, the Blade V8 is looking pretty sharp.

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