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Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL review: The best gets (mostly) better

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Verizon Total Mobile Protection drops screen repair deductible to $29, introduces month-long open enrollment for phones less than two years old

Most carriers offer some sort of monthly insurance plan for your phone when you buy a new phone from them, and Verizon is no exception. But to make its Total Mobile Protection plans more appealing, Big Red has made a few changes, including a price reduction for deductibles and a new enrollment period for phones less than two years old.

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[Hands-on] PUSH, a minimal puzzle game that offers a beautiful and relaxing experience

Rainbow Train, the makers of the hardcore minimal "dodge-em-up" oO, has released an all-new minimal puzzle game experience on the Play Store that is simply known as PUSH. A fitting name for a puzzler where the central mechanic has you pushing button after button. What is interesting is that there is no timer, no point system, and no real objective other than to complete one puzzle after another. Essentially you can tackle this release at your own pace, which is excellent for a game marketed as a relaxing experience.

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The Google Play Security Rewards Program will pay security researchers who find vulnerabilities in third-party apps

Google has long maintained various reward programs for its own apps and services like Chrome and Android. However, most independent developers can't afford to run a similar program. Today, Google is stepping in to support Android app security with the Google Play Security Rewards Program. It's like Google's bug bounties, but for third-party apps.

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The new Daydream View can now be purchased for $99 from the Google Store

Google announced a new Daydream View VR headset alongside the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, but it's been a few weeks since then and you still haven't been able to pre-order or even purchase one - until now, that is. The Google Store is now offering up these new Daydream Views for $99.99 a pop.

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F-Droid, the open-source app repository, has been updated to v1.0

If you are a big Android enthusiast, then you're probably familiar with the name F-Droid. If not, it's an extensive repository of open source apps, as well as the name of its accompanying client. Today that client has been updated to v1.0.

If you remember our coverage of v0.103, v1.0 should look pretty familiar. While there have been some significant changes behind the scenes, apart from a general improvement in performance and ease of use, you're not likely to notice much.

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HBO Now support is rolling out in Google Assistant

Who wants to use buttons and apps to start streaming video when you can just yell at your virtual assistant? No one, that's who. Google Assistant added support for starting Netflix streams a while back, but other services have been slow to follow. There's a new one today, though. HBO Now subscribers can plug into Assistant in just a few steps.

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The Pixel 2 and 2 XL are now available on Australian Google Store starting at $1,079

For those of you down under, Google's latest and greatest phones are now available for purchase. I hope you've been saving up, though. The Pixel 2 starts at more than a thousand bucks, and it'll cost you a few hundred more for the XL. Time to smash that piggy bank. Do you guys have those? Or are there like... platypus banks? I hope there are.

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Ultimate Ears' $229.99 BLAST and $299.99 MEGABLAST bring WiFi, Alexa integration, and improved sound

Ultimate Ears' current BOOM line of Bluetooth speakers features some of the most beloved Bluetooth speakers on the market. But if you were holding off on buying a BOOM or MEGABOOM because they don't have Amazon Alexa integration or WiFi and you maybe want some better sound, UE has the solution for you: the new BLAST and MEGABLAST.

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The critically acclaimed point and click adventure 'Love You to Bits' just landed on Android

Alike Studio has finally brought Love You to Bits to Android after an 8-month wait. It is the spiritual successor to the once-popular point and click adventure game Tiny Thief. While Tiny Thief's publisher Rovio has since removed the game from the Play Store, Love You to Bits should not have such an issue thanks to the developers Alike Studio and Pati.io publishing the game themselves.

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[Update: Last day] Giveaway: Win one of eight packs of Clockwork Synergy watchbands

Smartwatches aren't for everyone, but for many (including myself), they can be an incredibly helpful at times. But just because a smartwatch a piece of technology, doesn't mean it can't look nice. Several companies have been selling custom bands for smartwatches over the years, and perhaps the best in the industry is Clockwork Synergy.

This time (pun intended), we have partnered with Clockwork Synergy to give away eight packs of the company's watchbands.

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