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[Deal Alert] Xperia XZ1 Compact is down to $449 on eBay with coupon code, or $499.99 with a $50 gift card at Best Buy ($150 off)

Remember when we all thought the Galaxy Nexus's 4.65" display was enormous? Those days are long gone, but thankfully, Sony will still sell you a flagship with a screen about that large. The Xperia XZ1 Compact, originally priced at $599.99, has dropped to just $449 on eBay with a coupon code. Alternatively, you can grab one from Best Buy for $499.99 and get a free $50 gift card included.

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Fossil Q Control smartwatch now on sale for $275

Fossil unveiled two new smartwatches back in September, the Q Venture and Q Explorist. Unlike the company's previous watches, they had a fully round display (no 'flat tire,' like the Moto 360). Now Fossil has released another model aimed at sports use, called the 'Q Control.'

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Sprint's unlimited plan now includes Hulu

Instead of reducing prices, carriers have decided that bundling streaming services is the best way to sell unlimited data plans. T-Mobile recently started offering free Netflix access to ONE customers with two or more lines, and now Sprint has followed suit by adding Hulu access to its unlimited plan.

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Amazon reportedly drops plans for TV streaming service

Earlier this week, rumors about an an ad-supported video service from Amazon began to circulate. Amazon selectively denied that rumor, but a new report from Reuters claims that Amazon was working on a YouTube TV-like service until very recently.

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Vudu gains HDR video and Assistant capabilities on SHIELD

Vudu might not be the most popular video streaming service, but it's more useful on the SHIELD starting today. The app now has support for Google Assistant commands, and the SHIELD can output HDR video from Vudu. Of course, you'll need to own some HDR content on Vudu first.

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Google Assistant gets 'trending' and 'new' sections, additional subcategories, and more

Finding Assistant services can be a pain. Unless you're constantly scrolling through all the available options, you're going to miss things. Google is rolling out a number of changes to Assistant that will make it easier to find apps and services. Developers will also have a few new tools at their disposal to build Assistant apps. 

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[Update x3: Qualcomm responds] OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access

Just a month ago, OnePlus was caught collecting personally identifiable data from phone owners through incredibly detailed analytics. While the company eventually reversed course on the data collection, another discovery has been made in the software of OnePlus phones. One developer found an application intended for factory testing, and through some investigation and reverse-engineering, was able to obtain root access using it.

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Bootloader unlocking appears to be disabled on some Pixel 2 phones purchased from Google

Many people, like myself, look at Google's phones for one specific reason: they have an easily unlocked bootloader. That means when software support runs dry, or you get the itch to root/ROM, you can modify things without having to compound any potential security concerns with additional issues like exploits or undocumented software. If that's your motivation, too, this news could be a small concern. Some Pixel 2s purchased directly from Google seem to have locked-down bootloaders. 

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Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is now live worldwide on the Google Play Store

Sega's Sonic Forces: Speed Battle has officially released worldwide as of today. Luckily this release is nothing like the poorly received PC and console version of Sonic Forces as this is an entirely different game focused on multiplayer PvP gameplay. Sadly it is a competitive free-to-play auto-runner filled with loot boxes, multiple currencies, wait timers, a long grind to unlock any new heroes, plenty of advertisements, and of course a whole range of in-app purchases that go as high as $99.99 per item.

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The Pixel 2 uses "Fused Video Stabilization," and the technology behind it is incredible

With its new Pixel 2 phones, Google introduced something called Fused Video Stabilization which fixes the so-called "terminator effect" the original Pixels suffered. It's a proprietary combination of optical image stabilization, electronic image stabilization, and the company's fancy machine learning tech. Its results are stellar, giving Google's Pixel 2 phones one of the best, if not the best, video capturing results out there. Since we know that it works well, now the burning question is: how does it work?

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