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[The Android Police Files #12] i am alone now

 

Much has changed since the last installment of the Android Police Files. The 5X and 6P are the latest Nexus devices. We know a great deal about Android N. Google's founders formed a new company and made Google a subsidiary.

But one thing hasn't changed — we still get some hilarious emails. Here's your latest glimpse at some of the more absurd corners of the Android Police inbox.

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BitTorrent Now music and video streaming app launches on Android

The name BitTorrent conjures up the specter of piracy, but BitTorrent the company has been working on a few legitimate ventures based on the same peer-to-peer technology that lets you download the latest Game of Thrones. The newly launched BitTorrent Now is a music and video streaming platform aimed mostly at independent artists you're probably not familiar with.

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[Update: Best Buy and Amazon too] [Deal Alert] Moto X Pure discounted to $319.99 (64GB) and $239.99 (16GB) at B&H today, plus free microSD cards with purchase

Motorola is headed into the summer with the Moto Z at the top of the roster, but the 2015 flagship Moto X Pure is still available too. In fact, you might prefer this phone to the new modular devices Motorola is pushing. With that in mind, B&H is looking to get some Moto X Pure stock off its hands with sizable discounts and some free microSD cards.

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[Deal Alert] Galaxy S7 Edge Duos 32GB unlocked drops lower on eBay, now $600

Look, I'm not going to try to convince you that the Galaxy S7 Edge is a good phone. If you're reading this, then you're already interested in this kick-ass device, which I personally think nears perfection and can easily fill most people's needs in a high-end smartphone.

The S7 Edge also comes in a dual-SIM variant that's usually more expensive, and harder to find if you want it unlocked in the US. But if this is what you're looking for then you should stop and check out this eBay deal. A highly rated seller is offering the unlocked S7 Edge Duos 32GB for $599.99 today.

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[Deal Alert] Jason Mraz's album 'We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.' free on GPM (likely US only)

I'm running out of creative ways to write these articles, but I'm going to try and give this one my bestest. Google is giving away another album for free on Google Play Music; this time it's Jason Mraz's third album, 'We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.'

I read about this earlier today, but I hadn't had the chance to post it yet because I've been spending way too long checking my tongue in the mirror. But, I won't hesitate no more, because I got a tell you about this deal before the cool done run out. In fact, nothing is going to stop me from sharing this free music with you but divine intervention.

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Nextbit makes cryptic claim of vastly improved battery life in Q4 software update

The Nextbit Robin is a solid phone, especially with the new lower price and a recent software update that improved the camera. According to a Nextbit announcement post with the charming title "Damn, Nextbit. At it again," a software update in Q4 of this year will make your battery last significantly longer. How? Nextbit isn't saying.

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[Can you hear me now?] A jaw-dropping 100 million WhatsApp voice calls are made each day

WhatsApp's voice calling doesn't seem like it has changed a lot since it was first tested as an invite-only feature then released to everyone in March of 2015. But the service, from my personal experience, has become more reliable, less spotty, with fewer delays and disconnections. Around me, everyone uses WhatsApp calls, because everyone is on WhatsApp to begin with, but also because local calls still aren't unlimited or cheap on any plan, not to mention the exorbitant prices of international calls. WhatsApp calls have almost completely replaced regular calls for us, and it's not hard to imagine that it must be the same in other countries where WhatsApp is popular too.

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The solution to random reboots on the Pixel C is... an RMA replacement

Some Pixel C owners have had a rough time with Google's flagship tablet. Problems first started appearing last month, when the scheduled over-the-air update for May (plus some Android N preview builds that had already been available) started causing semi-random reboots, usually when the tablet had gone into its low-power mode running on battery. The June update failed to fix the problem, as did the fourth version of the Android N developer preview.

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Google Fiber acquires high-speed ISP Webpass for access to markets in Chicago, Boston, Miami, San Diego, and San Francisco

Google Fiber is slowly, s-l-o-w-l-y making its way into more US markets, and its latest move is intended to make that rollout faster. The Google subsidiary has agreed to purchase Webpass, a high-speed Internet service provider that services residential buildings and businesses in parts of Boston, Chicago, Miami, San Diego, and San Francisco. If you happen to live in one of these cities, you can check your building's access on the main Webpass site.

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T-Mobile summer promotion gives customers free unlimited LTE in Europe, plus an hour of free Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi for everyone this weekend

Free pizza Tuesdays might have been a bust, but T-Mobile is still looking for ways to win customers with outspoken promotions. The latest one is "unleashing summer travel," so long as those travel plans include continental Europe. Anyone who subscribes to a Simple Choice plan will get free, unlimited LTE data when travelling to Europe between July 1st and August 31st. And yes, that includes the United Kingdom, whatever the outcome of today's vote might be.

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