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Google 12 Days of Play sale: 99c movies, app deals, Pokemon GO holiday packs

Google 12 Days of Play sale: 99c movies, app deals, Pokemon GO holiday packs

Google has launched its 12 Days of Play sale on the Google Play Store, giving Android users nearly two weeks to get some app goods at a discount. The deal also slashes prices on other digital items, including subscriptions for other services like TuneIn's premium plan and HBO NOW. As the sale's name suggests, it'll be live for 12 days, ending on January 2, 2018. Here are some of the best deals you can get.

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Samsung Galaxy X: 3 ways this folding display phone could flex

Samsung Galaxy X: 3 ways this folding display phone could flex

The Samsung Galaxy X had our attention when we first saw Samsung fold a display, right before our eyes. It was amazing to see how the company - at least the Samsung Display portion of the company - was able to take something that seemed so fragile, and treat it like something far more robust. That was well before we heard rumors of the name Samsung Galaxy X - now we're well into hardware patents season. Today we're going to look at several ways in which Samsung tested the possibilities in flexible displays for a mobile device.

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Razer Phone Review : Real Mobile Courage

Razer Phone Review : Real Mobile Courage

The first Razer Phone clearly wasn't designed to take on the competition with bright, flashy colors. Razer didn't make their first phone with curved edges, and it didn't include a front-facing 3D face-sensor setup for animated emoji messages. Instead, Razer took the top-notch knowhow of the team at formerly-NextBit and combined it with their own understanding of their massive cult of modern gamers. With some top-level branding and a genuinely nice box to package it all up, the Razer Phone is like no other company's "first try" I've ever experienced.

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Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt just stepped down

Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt just stepped down

Eric Schmidt just stepped down as executive chairman of Alphabet after 17 years of service to the company. These 17 years of service were to Google, which was what Alphabet is now. Schmidt will continue to roll with the company in a different role: Technical Advisor. "Larry, Sergey, Sundar and I all believe that the time is right in Alphabet’s evolution for this transition," said Schmidt. "The Alphabet structure is working well, and Google and the Other Bets are thriving."

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Google Santa Tracker Snowball Storm game has a PUBG feel

Google Santa Tracker Snowball Storm game has a PUBG feel

Google's Santa Tracker has been up and running since the beginning of December, unlocking a new game or feature each day of the month. The advent calendar-like approach has held a few gems over the course of the month, but today's new game is something that will be instantly familiar to a lot of PC gamers. It's a new mini game called Snowball Storm, and it seems to take inspiration from one of the year's biggest games.

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Samsung Galaxy X it isn’t, Rugged it is

Samsung Galaxy X it isn’t, Rugged it is

Today a bit of a debunking needs to be done regarding the Samsung Galaxy X, a mythical smartphone with a moving, bending display. This device has long been rumored after several Samsung demonstrations of displays that are indeed capable of bending and remaining intact. Samsung might have a smartphone that utilizes a display which bends in the middle, but a couple of the most recent rumors have gone directly over the edge.

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Pokemon GO Christmas Event Spin Bonus Secrets LIVE

Pokemon GO Christmas Event Spin Bonus Secrets LIVE

Pokemon GO updates today with the second-to-last event change of the year. As we discussed yesterday, there'll be at least one more "wave" of changes before New Years Eve! Today we're discussing what we'll be seeing in the officially announced "Holiday" event this week.

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AmazonTube trademark means Fire TV will likely lose YouTube

AmazonTube trademark means Fire TV will likely lose YouTube

It had seemed like tensions between Google and Amazon were easing, but that may not be the case. The two companies have been locked in a squabble over the past few months, it ultimately boiling down to YouTube and whether or not Amazon customers will get access to it. Though a resolution seemed likely in light of Amazon's Chromecast listing and Google's most recent statement, a new Amazon trademark filing for "AmazonTube" means the battle is far from over.

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Android Oreo Beta 2 update aims for Essential PH-1

Android Oreo Beta 2 update aims for Essential PH-1

This afternoon the folks at Essential revealed they were sending an Android Oreo Beta 2 software build to their PH-1 phone. This device will get a collection of new features as a result, and all users will have access to said update. Just so long as an Essential Phone user is part of the Oreo Beta 1 club, they're in for the next update.

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The Core i7 Pixelbook is up for order (but do you really need it?)

The Core i7 Pixelbook is up for order (but do you really need it?)

Is it madness to spend $1,549 on a Chromebook? Google says no, and has finally put its maxed-out configuration of the Google Pixelbook up for order. Bearing an Intel Core i7 processor, this most potent of Pixelbooks may well be overkill for most users, but if you're after Chrome OS bragging rights it's your best option.

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Razer Phone update cranks up pressure on simpler phones

Razer Phone update cranks up pressure on simpler phones

Today the folks at Razer brought a few photo and audio improvements to their gamer-centric smartphone. The Razer Phone, as it's called, is generally aimed at media presentation and delivery, but since it also has a camera, Razer found that users wanted a camera experience that was as good as the device was capable. As such, this update brings some improvements to the quality of the photos produced by the Razer Phone camera.

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Amazon YouTube rival may break Alexa’s Google handcuffs

Amazon YouTube rival may break Alexa’s Google handcuffs

Google may be using YouTube access as both the carrot and stick in its standoff with Amazon, but the retail behemoth may bypass it altogether and launch its own video platform. The popular video streaming service has become a thorn in the side for Amazon in recent months, with Google repeatedly pulling access for the Alexa-powered Echo Show as it complains about unfair treatment on Amazon's virtual shelves.

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