Plex acquires streaming news service Watchup

Plex wants to be the hub for all your content, but right now you mostly have to download that content separately and store it on your Plex server. The company has just acquired Watchup, a streaming news service that could make Plex a more robust platform. This isn't Plex's first foray into true live streaming, but it's certainly the biggest.

Watchup features streaming news from sources like Fox, CNN, CBS, and SKY News.

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[Deal Alert] Deliciously creepy adventure game LIMBO on sale at Google Play for $0.99 ($4 off)

I don't do scary movies very well. I get way too emotionally involved and when something creepy jumps into the field of view I scream like a small child. Scary movies are bad for me, but scary video games are even worse. Probably because in a video game you have some control over the events transpiring, and those events seldom ever good. Today one of my favorite games in recent years is on sale, LIMBO.

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SoundCloud update adds Charts, showing what music is popular right now

If it's indie music and new, unknown artists, chances are it'll be on SoundCloud. The Berlin-based company has long pioneered a music platform that doesn't focus on the big, stadium-filling artists, but on the small, independent ones. An update to the app adds in Charts, letting users see what others are listening to on the service and what is popular at any given moment. While these were actually added in the previous version, they've just been added to the changelog, indicating it's possible they were rolling out on a server side basis.

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Banner Saga 3 Kickstarter campaign reaches $200k goal with 35 days to go

The Banner Saga... saga is immensely popular, and for good reason. The incredibly pretty graphics, mythical world, and engaging gameplay are what makes the series so beloved amongst fans. Those who played and liked the other two games will be pleased to here, then, that the third game in the franchise, The Banner Saga 3, has reached its $200,000 goal with 35 days to go.

The third and final game in the trilogy, The Banner Saga 3 is a tactical game using gameplay tropes from strategy games of yore.

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[Deal Alert] Twilight Pro Unlock and Bulb Boy down to 10 cents in various countries (not in US)

Another week, another combo of app and game deals on the Play Store. And this week, we have a great selection if you ask me.

The app is Twilight Pro Unlock, the paid version of Twilight which filters the blue light from your display at night to limit its effects on your sleep cycle. Even if that's not 100% proven scientifically, the soft red filter does indeed tone down the display and should be more pleasant to look at in dark environments and at night.

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20 new and notable Android apps from the last 2 weeks (1/17/17 - 1/30/17)

apps-01Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Nextbit has been acquired by Razer

Nextbit managed to get plenty of attention with its first and only smartphone, the Robin, thanks to its focus on seamless cloud backup and an interesting, eye-catching hardware design.

But the longevity of that approach has never been ignored, and getting acquired by a larger company always seemed like a possibility. Sure enough, that just happened.

Nextbit has officially confirmed that it has been acquired by Razer.

Nextbit has stopped selling its Robin smartphone as well as all accessories. However, the company did confirm that it will be releasing security upgrades until February 2018 and that warranties for the Robin itself will be honored for the next six months.

As for what’s next, the Nextbit blog post says that the team will still be focusing on “mobile design and experiences,” but that their goals are simply much bigger now thanks to the Razer acquisition. There’s no telling what that means at this point, but considering Razer’s ability to launch its own noteworthy accessories and devices, it will hopefully be interesting.

Did you ever pick up a Nextbit Robin?

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Android 7.1.2 beta now available for Nexus and Pixel devices

It’s been a bit of time since Google officially released Android 7.1.1 to the public, so it’s about time for a new beta to make an appearance.

Google has confirmed on its developer blog that Android 7.1.2 is currently in beta and is now rolling out to select Nexus and Pixel devices. Google says the update is focused on “refinements” and that it includes “bugfixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users.”

The devices that can access the new beta include the Pixel C, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus Player, and the Nexus 5X. Google says that a separate release will be made for the Nexus 6P soon. The public launch should happen “in just a couple of months,” where it will be available for the same list of devices, but to the public.

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Master & Dynamic ME05 earphone review

Generally, audio quality and fashion are polar opposites in the headphone world. I won’t name names, but many of the hip and expensive brands simply can’t produce audio that’s representative of their price. So what can these golden headphones do?


Drivers: 8mm titanium
Impedance: 16 ohms
Price: $199.99
Where to buy: Master & Dynamic

These earphones are made out of solid brass with silicone ear tips. As you can imagine, these will attract dirt. Master & Dynamic includes a polishing cloth to keep the brass looking like a mirror.

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Out of the earphones extends a tangle free flat cable. They have a remote and mic, but not in the same unit as on earphones. The mic is a separate piece closer to the mouth for better audio quality, and the remote is below at the junction of the two cables. The remote is a sexy metal cylinder with three rubber buttons inside. The mic housing and the 3.5mm plug are also metal.

Build quality

Much like Master & Dynamic’s other products, these earphones are built to an impeccable standard. The materials used are fantastic. The brass bodies shine like a mirror and are beautifully designed. The cables are smooth rubber and are of high quality and feel rugged. The metal bodies used for the plug, remote, and mic feel absolutely fantastic.

It should be noted that the remote is, as customary for most earphones, made for Apple devices. The mic and center button will work fine with Android devices but the volume buttons won’t work. I wish they offered an Android version, but no luck.

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The earphones come in a round leather box. The top layer has the earphones displayed in foam, though I could never wrap them the same way again. Underneath is three extra sizes of ear tips for a total of four sizes, along with an extra set of filters. Also included is the aforementioned polishing cloth, a cable clip, and a canvas carrying bag.



The ME05s are very comfortable, especially considering their weight. A testament to the quality of design is the weight of the brass bodies. They’re heavy, which should make them uncomfortable in the ear. However, they’re balanced in a way that causes them to rest in the ear comfortably.

I’ve mentioned before that I have strange ears and most earphones don’t create a proper seal. But thanks to the four sizes of ear tips (and me having to use two different sizes), I was able to get a good seal and for the earphones to stay in. To my surprise, the brass bodies and metal remote did not cause any pulling or discomfort.

Sound quality

This is where the earphones will either impress or fall short, depending on the person. For regular consumers, they’re likely to shine. But those into good audio likely won’t be too impressed.

The sound quality is excellent, with no distortion until you’re hitting really high volumes. The highs are clear and the bass is impressive and sharp. The amount of bass is quite good for their size, and it packs a good punch.

However, they’re extremely colored. The bass is prominent and the highs are overboosted and borderline shrill. For some, this becomes unpleasant at high volumes. For others, this will create the feeling of detail and depth to music. I think they’re simply far too bright out of the box.

With a little EQ work, you can make them sound far more balanced (and can add a good bit more bass). There’s only so much you can do, but even folks into high end audio can appreciate these earphones when properly set up. The difference is quite big!

It all depends on what you enjoy. Do you love reference audio? These may not be for you (although even audiophiles often own “fun” headphones). Are you just a music lover looking for a great sounding pair of earphones? These very well may be for you.

Master & Dynamic ME057.5 / 10

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Master & Dynamic really makes products that are special. They’re masterfully built and both look and feel great. The golden mirror shine is simply beautiful, and grabbing that metal remote is a pleasure.

The audio quality may not be for everyone (especially with the $199 price point that many audio enthusiasts aim for), but they definitely do sound great and very clean. They’re worth the price tag if just for the build quality, but they won’t disappoint once in your ears. If you do buy them though, fire up an equalizer. They’ll impress even more when tuned right.

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Get a sneak peek at Android Nougat 7.1.2

Posted by Dave Burke, VP of Engineering

The next maintenance release for Android Nougat -- 7.1.2 -- is just around the corner! To get the recipe just right, starting today, we're rolling out a public beta to eligible devices that are enrolled in the Android Beta Program, including Pixel and Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, and Pixel C devices. We're also preparing an update for Nexus 6P that we expect to release soon.

Android 7.1.2 is an incremental maintenance release focused on refinements, so it includes a number of bugfixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users.

If you'd like to try the public beta for Android 7.1.2, the easiest way is through the Android Beta Program. If you have an eligible device that's already enrolled, you're all set -- your device will get the public beta update in the next few days and no action is needed on your part. If your device isn't enrolled, it only takes a moment to visit and opt-in your eligible Android phone or tablet -- you'll soon receive the public beta update over-the-air. As always, you can also download and flash this update manually.

We're expecting to launch the final release of the Android 7.1.2 in just a couple of months, Like the beta, it will be available for for Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and Pixel C devices. Meanwhile we welcome your feedback or requests in the Android Beta community as we work towards the final over-the-air update. Thanks for being part of the public beta!

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Fate of ZTE Hawkeye uncertain, might be cancelled altogether

The response to ZTE’s Project CSX, now known as Hawkeye, has not been all that positive. The project crowdsourced ideas and used the most popular to make a device that has an adhesive back and eye tracking, allowing users to stick their phone somewhere and use it hands free.

However, the low-end specs upset a lot of people. ZTE was aiming to make a phone that would sell in all markets, but users wanted a flagship-tier device. The company tried to fix the situation by asking people what they would change, but it doesn’t seem to be working. The Kickstarter campaign for the device is sitting at $36,000 of its $500,000 goal.

The project may very well be cancelled in its current form, as ZTE now believes Kickstarter wasn’t the right place to try to sell the device. However, the two staples of the Hawkeye will still be used in a device that will come to the market.

If people don’t express more interest in the Hawkeye, it may be cancelled. And honestly, that might not be a bad thing. The project isn’t exactly looking so strong right now. Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Honor 8 is $110 off at B&H with free Doctor Strange gift box

The Honor 8 is a fantastic smartphone at a low price, and now it’s even cheaper. B&H has discounted the device by $110, bringing it down to $289 for the 32GB version and $339 for the 64GB version.

With the Honor 8 you’ll also get a free clear case and a Doctor Strange gift box. Inside that gift box is a Doctor Strange case and two comics.

Unfortunately, the sale doesn’t apply to the (gorgeous) sapphire blue model. You’ll have to pick up a midnight blue or pearl white model to save $110. The case and gift box are still available to the sapphire blue model, though.

If you want to take advantage of this deal, hit the source link and let us know if you pick one up!

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Pokémon Go updated to not pause music when launched

Pokémon Go had an annoying tendency to pause your music when you launch the app. You’d have to bring down the notification shade, which is hidden on the splash screen, and resume your music. Many months after the game was released (and many months after its peak in popularity), this issue has been partially fixed.

The newest version of the Pokémon Go app will no longer pause your music, opting to just reduce the volume. While this isn’t ideal for many (I know a lot of people keep the app’s sound off entirely), it’s a big improvement.

For those of you still playing, hit the Play Store and download the latest version. It’ll also speed up load times on Android devices and fix some minor bugs.

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Starbucks launches voice ordering in its iPhone app, Android version coming later this year

Artificial intelligence (AI) is getting a ton of attention from many companies out there, and now Starbucks is getting in on the fun.

The company has officially announced that it is rolling out “My Starbucks Barista,” which will be embedded within the company’s stock iOS app beginning today. It’s also making its debut as a skill for Amazon Alexa, with a Starbucks Reorder Skill making it possible to just use your voice to order your drink.

Starbucks says its My Starbucks Barista available beginning today or iOS, but that it will be rolling out to Android devices later this year.

With the feature, you’ll be able to simply tell the digital barista what you want to drink or eat, then pay for all of those things even before you get to the Starbucks location to pick it all up. You can use text to order through the new feature as well, if you don’t feel like talking to a digital Starbucks barista out in public.

Starbucks says this My Starbucks Barista is a limited beta trial for now. Only 1,000 people will get to try it out in this initial wave, with further rolling releases happening over the next few months.

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Dropbox rolls out new business-oriented plans and features

Dropbox is really useful for regular people, but the service has also been growing its business features recently. Today, Dropbox is announcing several new business-y features, and some business plans to go along with them. You'll pay a little more than a regular consumer license, but you get more features.

First up, Dropbox Paper is out of beta. It's a collaborative workspace for text, code, images, and so on. That's not specifically a business thing as anyone can use it, but Dropbox hopes businesses in particular will take advantage of it.

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Mercifully, Starbucks app now lets you save your favorite drinks


The Starbucks app is one that has proven both an immense convenience and a mild frustration to fans of the Seattle-based coffee conglomerate. On the one hand, it has made the act of actually ordering and retrieving your precious, caffeinated concoction a hell of a lot easier, especially during rush hours at stores, as well as lowering the likelihood anything but your fingers will screw the order up. At the same time, the app itself is...

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T-Mobile will reimburse the sales tax on your new smartphone

If you’ve been thinking about buying a new T-Mobile smartphone, T-Mo’s latest promotion may put you over the edge.

T-Mobile today announced its latest offer, which will reimburse you for the sales tax that you pay on a new smartphone. You just need to buy a new phone on an Equipment Installment Plan, enter your account info and the promo code 17DEVICECREDIT on T-Mo’s promotions webpage, and then you’ll get a prepaid MasterCard card worth 11.2 percent of your phone’s cost (11.55 percent in Puerto Rico) to cover the sales tax.

This new deal begins on February 1 and runs for a limited time. Both new and existing customers are eligible to take part, but you will need to be on a T-Mobile One plan or Simple Choice Unlimited 4G LTE plan in order to take advantage of the deal.

T-Mobile has been focused on simplifying its offerings in 2017. Earlier this month, T-Mo revealed Un-carrier Next, which brought an all-in T-Mobile One plan with taxes and fees built-in so that the price you see is the price you pay. Now this promotion is trying to do something similar by simplifying the final price of your smartphone by refunding you the sales tax so that you can treat yourself to a new case for your phone, a lunch, or something else.

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PayPal Here adds fingerprint authentication support

I'm sure we all know PayPal by now - internet payments, used for eBay purchases, fees added, etc. PayPal Here, however, might be a little less well-known; it is a card reader for businesses to get paid on an Android device instead of a card reader. In a move to ensure security, the app has been updated with fingerprint support, following its addition in the parent app back in August last year.

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BlackBerry Mercury Will Come With This Google Pixel Feature

TCL showcased the upcoming BlackBerry Mercury at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, while promising the handset will be launched at Mobile World Congress 2017 next month, in Barcelona, Spain.

While some of the specs of the device have already leaked online, WinFuture’s Roland Quandt is now shedding more light on the matter.

We previously reported that the BlackBerry Mercury will arrive with a 4.5-inch touchscreen display and a QWERTY keyboard. The device should take advantage of a Snapdragon 625 chipset in combination with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

Well now we can tell you a bit about the Mercury’s cameras. According to our leakster, the phone will take advantage of the same 12MP Sony IMX378 sensor (capable of 4K shooting) that is found in the Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

It remains to be seen how BlackBerry and TCL tweak the phone’s camera software, but in theory we should see the device deliver Pixel-quality images.

Furthermore, we’re told the Mercury will take advantage of a Samsung S5K4H8 or Omnivision OV8856 8MP camera sensor for selfie snapping.

Previous rumours also claimed the phone will launch with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and a 3,400 mAh juice box. Excited about the upcoming phone? Let us know in the comments below.


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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: realMyst, Pixabay

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven’t appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1. Pokémon Duel

Pokemon Duel

App info: Pokémon Duel is a strategy board game that uses Pokémon figures. Build a deck with your favorite figures and then leap into a League Match! Compete with players from around the world for a chance to enter the top League rankings in League Matches.


2. Wallpapers with Filters

Wallpapers with Filters

App info: Make your screen look great with exclusive background and customize with awesome FILTERS. This is the ONLY wallpapers app you’ll ever need! Download now for FREE and prepare to explore and apply filters on your wallpapers!


3. Pixabay


App info: Over one million royalty free photos, illustrations and vector graphics – and thousands of free video clips. All images and footage on Pixabay are released under Creative Commons CC0: Free for commercial use, no attribution required.


4. realMyst


App info: realMyst is all-things Myst, but amazingly more real. You can explore anywhere, unfettered, and in realtime! Pick your own path through the forest on Myst Island. Look lazily upward into the Channelwood Age trees.


5. FitzyTV


App info: Log in with your cable provider and watch your favorite live channels on the go, or on your TV with Chromecast support! We are in beta so please send any bug reports to


Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks.

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Google Pixel 2 Will Reportedly Come with Waterproofing

Google’s Pixel phones have been fully embraced by the Android community. Today, if you want to order a Pixel you need to be prepared to wait, as Pixels are in extremely high demand. For example, it’s quite hard to get a hold of a 128GB Pixel XL, as the device is marked as “Out of Stock” in the Google Store.

Anyway, while Google and HTC are trying to appease customers’ thirst for the Pixels, a new rumour related to the next-gen Pixel has surfaced this week.

9to5Google’s Stephan Hall tweeted something quite interesting. According to him, future Pixels will definitely have waterproofing.

He goes on to explain that the exclusion of waterproofing from current models involved a mélange of time constraint and an “internal conflict between hardware (namely the camera) and/or waterproofing vs. price point.

While we’re still quite far away from the Pixel 2 being unveil, it’s nice to consider the possibilities. If you ask us, we’d like to see a next-gen Pixel arrive with an improved speaker (interestingly enough HTC’s BoomSound wasn’t part of the deal) and a more futuristic edge-to-edge display.

Surely lots of Android fans out there would love to see a cheaper Pixel this year, but as more features get added (like waterproofing) it’s likely the pricing will increase.


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Some Johto region (Gen 2) Pokémon will start to appear in Pokémon GO very soon

The rapid success of Pokemon GO was one for the history books. Immediately following release, it not only became the dominant game on both iOS and Android, it was a sensation that seemingly everyone played. But, like almost every smartphone game, it lost most of its steam after a month or two.

Pokémon GO's audience has diminished, but still retains a following with dedicated fans. It was previously announced in December that some Pokémon from the Johto region (the region that Pokémon Gold and Silver take place in) would become available through eggs.

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20+ Apps that use and augment Android Nougat's Quick Settings Tiles

The Quick Settings Tile API was added as part of Android 7.0 Nougat to allow developers and third-party apps to make use of the drop-down toggles, which are one of the easiest and most user-facing ways of quickly changing settings on Android. Over the many months since it's been available, the API has been used extensively to add many options and shortcuts to the Quick Settings, some we have expected and others are a little more eccentric.

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LG Watch Style leak offers clear images of the Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch

The LG G6 has been leaking quite a lot lately, but it’s not the only major new device that LG is cooking up. Rumors say that the company is also prepping a couple of new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches with Google, and now some clear images of one watch have leaked out.

The device you’re looking at below is the LG Watch Style. The images, which come to us from Evan Blass, so a round-faced Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch with a digital crown on the side of the case. This crown can be used to navigate through the Watch Style’s software.

Rumored specs for the LG Watch Style include a 1.2-inch 360×360 display, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, IP67 water resistance, and a 240mAh battery. Android Wear 2.0 is expected to be running on the LG Watch Style, along with the Google Assistant.

If you’re not quite feeling the LG Watch Style, remember that Google and LG are also said to be cooking up a larger device called the LG Watch Sport. This higher-end model is rumored to include a 1.38-inch 480×480 touchscreen, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, IP68 water and dust resistance, a 430mAh battery, LTE connectivity, GPS, and NFC for Android Pay.

Both watches are expected to be officially announced on February 9 and then launch in the US on February 10.

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Friday app and game sales: Fenix for Twitter, In Between, WiFi Mouse Pro, and more

Ending a week on a positive is good, and saving money is certainly positive. So too is supporting developers. So, here's a big win—things are on sale in the Play Store. You should buy them.


Mindroid PRO: $1.99 from $2.99

Dock4Droid: $0.99 from $1.99

Fenix for Twitter: $3.49 from $4.99

Fraction Calculator Plus: $1.99 from $2.99

Calculator Plus: $1.99 from $2.99

Maps & Navigation — OsmAnd+: $3.49 from $6.99

Tabata Timer HIIT Training Pro: $1.49 from $2.49

Tweetings for Twitter: $0.99 from $2.49

WiFi Mouse Pro: $1.99 from $3.99


Knock-Knock: $0.99 from $2.25

Goo Saga: $0.10 from $1.99

Talisman: $1.49 from $2.99

Talisman: The Horus Heresy: $0.99 from $5.49

Hero Siege: Pocket Edition: $0.99 from $10.99

In Between: $0.99 from $2.99

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Shazam gets updated with app shortcuts for faster song recognition

Shazam is one of the oldest and most popular song recognition services. Although I personally have long since ditched it for the recognition software built into Google Search, it's still used by hundreds of millions of people each month (well, that's what Shazam says, anyway). The app's latest update adds the app shortcuts that Android Nougat brought support for.


The three app shortcuts are "Shazam Now," "Auto Shazam," and "Visual Shazam." Shazam Now is what people will presumably use most often, as it simply initiates a Shazam music search.

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eBay update adds app shortcuts for quick navigation

eBay is a service with a huge amount of different options and things to do - search, buy, sell, add to watch list, message a seller, etc - so the new update, adding app shortcuts, is very useful indeed.

Very app shortcuts. Much quick.

The four app shortcuts consist of Following, Selling, Watching, and Search, which is presumably what market research told eBay most people do while using the app.

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Virgin Mobile Now Offers the ZTE Axon 7 Mini for $399 Outright

ZTE is an up-and-coming Chinese device maker which is trying to make it into the Western market. The company’s products have been pretty well received in the States, especially the Axon 7 flagship and its spin-offs like the Axon 7 mini.

Well starting this week, the ZTE Axon 7 mini can be purchased in Canada as well. The handset is now available with Virgin Mobile for $399 CAD outright or $0 down on a Gold plan with a 2-year agreement.

The ZTE Axon 7 mini is great smartphone which capable specs at a super affordable price tag. The handset takes advantage of a 5.2-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution and 423ppi.

The phone harvests power from a Snapdragon 617 chipset working in concert with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internals storage. Smartphone photography fans will love the Axon 7 because it comes with a 16MP main camera with EIS (electronic image stabilization) + PDAF (phase detection auto focus), f/1.9 and 1080p video capture at 30fps. The 8MP selfie camera shouldn’t be ignored either.

The Axon 7 mini runs on a non-removable 2,750 mAh battery and has Android 6.0 Marshmallow pre-installed. However, ZTE has recently kicked off a Nougat beta plan for the Axon 7, which means the Axon 7 mini might get Nougat treatment at some point in the future too.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Images Leak, Shows Rear Fingerprint Sensor and More

Serial leakster @evleaks recently posted what appears to be the first live image of the upcoming Galaxy S8 monster, alongside additional information related to the device.

The report confirms a bunch of information we already knew and reinforces some of the older rumours too. So the Galaxy S8 will arrive in 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch variants – both with QHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels).

Processing power will come either from the Snapdragon 835 or a high-end Samsung Exynos SoC (depending on market). We already know Samsung has reserved the initial Snapdragon 835 batch for its Galaxy S8, thus dooming other flagship like the LG G6 to make-do with an older-gen silicone piece.

We’re told the phones will feature a 12MP main camera with f/1.7 and an 8MP selfie shooter. It also looks like the base Galaxy S8 variant will ship out with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (microSD included).

Samsung will include a couple of pretty flimsy batteries, a 3,000 mAh one for the 5.8-inch model and a 3,500 mAh for the 6.2-inch version – which isn’t exactly encouraging. Last but not least, the current report confirms the presence of a 3.5mm headphone jack (also visible in the image), USB Type-C connector and water resistance feature.

It appears that the Galaxy S8 will launch on March 29 and will later become available around April 21.

Previous rumours would have us believe, the Galaxy S8 will have an iris scanner ala Galaxy Note7, a virtual assistant dubbed Bixby and a Continuum-like dock that will enable users to turn the flagship into a desktop computer.

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You can wash the Kyocera rafre with foaming soap

In a world where most of our smartphones look generally similar, unique features stand out. And if you’ve ever had the desire to wash your phone with foaming soap, Kyocera finally has you covered.

Kyocera’s new “rafre” smartphone is a device that will come in three colors: pink, blue, and silver. It has a 5-inch HD display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot to expand that storage, a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and it will launch on the Japanese carrier KDDI in March of this year.

Kyocera rafre colors

With the basics out of the way, here are the real bullet points for the upcoming rafre.

First, it’s a phone that you can wash if it gets dirty. And not just with water, either. Kyocera says you can clean up the rafre with foaming soap, too, to really get out those smudges. That includes both hand soap and body soap. The touchscreen can be used when it’s wet, so getting caught out in the rain isn’t something to worry about.

Kyocera rafre cooking app

There is also a cooking app pre-installed on the device which is designed to let folks in the kitchen check out a recipe without actually touching their phone. Despite the fact you can clean it with soap, if you prefer to keep your handset clean while you cook, the app will let users utilize gestures to turn pages, set timers, and even answer calls.

One of the other interesting aspects of the handset is the “Smart Sonic Receiver” technology Kyocera is implementing in the rafre. The handset doesn’t have a traditional earpiece at the top of the handset, so water and dirt can’t slip in. Instead, Kyocera uses the Smart Sonic Receiver tech to send vibrations through the phone’s display to the user’s eardrum to pass sound along.

No word on pricing just yet, but if you’re in Japan and this phone catches your attention, those details should be available through KDDI soon.

What do you think of the Kyocera rafre?

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YouTube v12.03 hints at intelligent auto-download for offline viewing, Picture-in-Picture support for Android TV, and viewer polls [APK Teardown]


YouTube has been racking up a long list of features awaiting release – some discovered in teardowns and others have even been announced. The version that began rolling out late yesterday doesn't appear to have introduced anything like live broadcasts or a wide release of the quick seek button, but it does add to the list of things we know are coming. A teardown of the APK turns up evidence of a new feature to intelligently fill a device with videos for offline enjoyment, online polling for live broadcast viewers, and Picture-in-Picture support on Android TV.

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YouTube v12.03 hints at intelligent auto-download for offline viewing, Picture-in-Picture support for Android TV, and viewer polls [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google Opinion Rewards is now available in Austria and Switzerland

Google Opinion Rewards has been around for a while, allowing Android users to answer various surveys to receive Play Store credit. Now Google has updated the Opinion Rewards app to version '20170119,' opening up the service to Austria and Switzerland.

In addition to the new countries, the update also adds the option to play a sound when a survey notification comes in. Other than that, there are no other changes. You can grab Google Opinion Rewards from the widget below, if you haven't already.

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Google Opinion Rewards is now available in Austria and Switzerland was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Sprint rolls out limited time $50 unlimited plan

Sprint is one of the carriers that offers an unlimited plan, and now it’s hoping to draw in new customers with a limited time promotion.

Sprint has announced that it is currently offering its standard unlimited plan for $50 per month for the first line, which is down from the normal $60 per month the carrier usually charges. The plan includes unlimited talk and text and unlimited optimized data access. That means you’ll be able to stream an unlimited amount of video at up to 480p resolution, streaming games up to 2Mbps, and streaming music up to 500Kbps.

Sprint says customers can get two unlimited plans for $90 per month with the deal, too, while each additional line after that will be $30 per month. It’s also worth noting that customers that sign up for this plan will only get the $50 price through March 31, 2018. After that, the monthly price will go back to the regular $60.

This deal will only be available for the next four days, so if this sounds like something you’d like to take advantage of, be aware of the timeframe.

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Netflix, Discover Mobile

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

 Netflix - Version 4.13.0


What’s new in this version:

  • SD Card support*. New “Download Location” app setting that lets you control where to save downloaded content: Internal Storage or SD Card (new permission requested)
  • Bug fixes


Calculator – Version 7.2.0


What’s new in this version:

  • View your calculator history by swiping down
  • Store and change a value in memory. Touch & hold a value to use MS, M+, M-, and MR buttons


Discover Mobile - Version 8.1.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Use Fingerprint to log in quicker, easier and more securely on compatible Android devices
  • Edit your account password within the app
  • Access and download TAX documents within the app
  • Enjoy an updated Bill Pay experience with streamlined design and layout enhancements
  • Choose and personalize which account Alerts you’d like to receive within the app


Hangouts - Version 16.0.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Easier to find the right contacts quickly
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements


Fitbit - Version 2.4.1


What’s new in this version:

  • Share your Dashboard with friends! You can now personalize and share the dashboard to your favorite social networks.
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements


GIPHY – Version 2.2.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Saving GIFs is now as easy as clicking a button
  • The app is now much faster and consumes lot less data


Google Translate – Version 5.7.0

Google Translate

What’s new in this version:

  • Instant camera translation: English to/from Japanese
  • Facebook Messenger sharing bug fixed.


Maps – Version 9.44.3


What’s new in this version:

  • A new dedicated Amenity photos tab for lodging places
  • See how many reviews and photos other users have added


Swype Keyboard Trial – Version 3.0.1


What’s new in this version:

  • Emoji predictions based on your text content
  • Number Row option
  • Hide Secondaries option
  • Text Engine Improvements
  • Handwriting Improvements
  • Chinese Handwriting Multiple Character Recognition


Periscope – Version 1.8.4


What’s new in this version:

  • INVITE FRIENDS: You can invite friends to join Periscope or a group even if they don’t have the app
  • MULTI-WINDOW (For Android 7+ or N devices): Periscope now supports multi-window mode. You can watch live videos while using other apps and features on your phone.
  • You can turn off notifications for when you are added to a group.


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