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[Deal Alert] Get An Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 And Onetouch Watch Bundle For $299 ($100 Off)

Alcatel is running a new promotion today for the back-to-school season, and it looks like a good one. For a limited time, you can get an Idol 3 smartphone and a Onetouch Watch for $299. The phone by itself is $250, so you're effectively only paying $50 for the watch.

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Nokia Sells HERE Unit To German Carmaker Trio Of BMW, Audi, And Mercedes-Benz For 2.5 Billion Euros

Nokia has hinted at a sale of its HERE mapping and location unit since April, when it announced its merger with Alcatel-Lucent and a strategic review of HERE. The rumors at the time pegged Uber and unnamed German carmakers to be interested in the acquisition, then were more substantiated last month when Bloomberg revealed that the trio of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz were the most likely candidates.

That information proved out to be true, even down to the suggested sale price: 2.5 Billion Euros (around $2.74 Billion), which is way less than what Nokia paid when it bought HERE's grandparent NAVTEQ for $8.1 Billion in 2008.

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[Deal Alert] Get The JayBird BlueBuds X Bluetooth Headphones For $109.99 From Massdrop

The JayBird BlueBuds X are possibly the best wireless earbuds you can buy without breaking the bank, and you can get a solid deal on a pair from Massdrop right now. They usually sell for $130-160 depending on whether or not you catch them on sale. Be aware, though, Massdrop is a little different than most online retailers.

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[Deal Alert] Grab A New Nexus 9 32GB For $350 On Ebay (27% Off Its Original Price)

Did you miss the HTC Hot Deals sale on the Nexus 9 tablet? Well, we've got the next best thing for you. The 32GB version of the tablet is now being sold on eBay for $349.99, down from its original price of $479. This amounts to a 27% discount, which is a little less drool-worthy than the 40% off that HTC was offering (where the tablet plummeted to $287.40), but still a great deal especially if you compare it to Amazon's $395.

The units are new and sold in their original unopened packaging. The seller says there's a limited quantity available, and there are 32 units already gone, so you may have to make a quick decision on this one.

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Sony Announces The Xperia C5 Ultra With Front/Rear 13MP Cameras And A 6-Inch Edge-To-Edge Screen

The Sony Xperia C5 Ultra is a big phone. I don't mean to make any predictions about its popularity—I mean it's physically very big. The C5 Ultra is a 6-inch device, but the display goes all the way to the edges. Sony is also making a note of the 13MP front-facing camera with flash, but you might struggle to hold onto this monster of a phone while taking a selfie.

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Sony Announces The 'Super Mid-Range' Xperia M5 With 21.5MP Hybrid Autofocus Camera

After leaking last week, Sony has made the Xperia M5 official. This device is the spiritual successor to the Xperia M4 Aqua, but it has a more impressive camera. The 21.5MP sensor is joined by Sony's customary waterproof design and a 5-inch 1080p display.

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Popular File Manager ES File Explorer Gets A Material Design UI Update In Version 4.0

I have files. You have files. Everyone has files. It kind of goes along with the whole computing thing. Occasionally you'll need to manage those files, and to do so you could do a lot worse than ES File Explorer. This reliable little app has been a popular option (over 100 million downloads!) thanks to a very long feature list and commendable stability. Today it looks a little better thanks to an upgrade to version 4.0.

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Reservations For The Ultra-Secure Turing Phone Are Now Open, Starting At $610 - No Billing Just Yet

If you've heard about the Turing phone, you're probably either extremely interested or extremely indifferent. (Is it possible to be indifferent to an extreme degree? Anyway.) The somewhat bombastic company has been showing off a device with a unique design and lofty claims of being "unhackable." It's more than vaporware, though - working prototypes have been shown at trade events, and now Turing is taking phone reservations via its website.

That's a very carefully chosen word, "reservations" - not pre-orders. This is because the Turing isn't actually asking for any money upfront. No, entering your contact information after selecting colors (black and purple, "Beowulf," red and blue, "Pharoh," or white and red, "Cardinal") and storage capacity (16GB for $610, 64GB for $740, or 128GB for $870) is more or less a statement of interest than any commitment to buy the phone on your part.

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Runtastic Adds Leaderboards, Real Voice Coach, And A New Story Run In Version 6.0

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[Weekend Poll] Should App Developers Ignore Bug Reports From Users Running Modified Firmware On Their Device?

A discussion on Google+ started yesterday by Yahooer (and former Nexus device maintainer) JBQ about modified firmware and app bug/crash reports has started something of a debate: should developers actually heed crash and other logs from users with things such as modified frameworks, or even custom ROMs?

On the extreme end of the spectrum, the popular Xposed module allows you to heavily modify the behavior, appearance, and other aspects of the Android OS. It also unabashedly is a source of compatibility issues in some third-party apps, because it can change, add, or remove things that third-party apps simply aren't going to account for.

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