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Instagram adds the ability to share stories with friends via Direct

Instagram took to its Tumblr blog of all places to announce that stories can now be shared with your friends via Direct. That's cool... I think. And when the story disappears from the original account, it will also vanish from your inbox. Some magical stuff right there.

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Google Home will soon lower volume of videos and music you're casting to devices when you're using Assistant

Google Assistant is the main selling point behind the Google Home, but Assistant can't really help you if there's audio blasting in the background and it can't hear you. To alleviate this, Google Home will now automatically lower the volume of any music or video playing on speakers or TVs that it's casting to when a user is speaking to Assistant.

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Opinion: The iPhone X will overshadow the new Pixels, and Google needs a battle plan

Today, Apple announced the iPhone X to the fanfare of hundreds of members of the media, investors, and its own employees at a large event in the company's new purpose-built Steve Jobs Theater, housed within its brand-new mega-campus. Next month, Google will announce the second generation of its Pixel smartphones, alongside a handful of other new products, at what will likely be a comparatively small affair attended almost exclusively by technology journalists. It will probably be in a nice - but decidedly rented - event space in San Francisco.

Apple will ship millions of iPhone Xs before the year is out, assuming supply is not an issue.

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The iPhone X and Apple Day: Thoughts from five Android Police team members

The iPhone X is, undoubtedly, the most radical rethink of the iPhone to date. Not just for what it adds, but also what it eliminates: no home button, no fingerprint scanner, and no real bezels to speak of. While the design of Apple's new phone isn't exactly unfamiliar, it's still fairly stunning in its own right, and pretty much seals the deal on low-bezel phones being the future.

There's no doubt in my mind that the iPhone X will create an attention vacuum for all other smartphones. Certainly, other phones will still be announced and get coverage, but it will be far more limited in terms of staying power and general interest to the smartphone-buying public.

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20 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week (9/7/17 - 9/12/17)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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Fenix 2 for Twitter is out of beta and available for $1.99

The original Fenix was one of the most popular Twitter clients on Android, but the developer ran into issues with Twitter's token limit. That was fixed eventually, but the developer had moved on to a complete rewrite of the app. Fenix 2 launched as a preview app back in May, and now it's finished. You can buy the new Fenix right now for $1.99 in the Play Store.

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[Update: More info, and a fix inbound] Mystery: Some Nexus Players on Android 8.0 Oreo are uploading hundreds of gigabytes of data and crashing your network

If you've migrated your Nexus Player onto Android O, and you've noticed networking problems or sudden data cap issues, you're not alone. Some people, including our own Artem, have found that their Nexus Players are going a bit crazy, uploading hundreds of gigabytes of data for no apparent reason.

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Android platform distribution updated for September 2017 with another small gain for Nougat and no sign of Oreo

There's an Apple event happening at this moment, during which the company will probably brag about how unified its iOS user base it. Google chose right now to update the platform versions in the developer dashboard. Android is, well, not entirely unified, but that's nothing new. Nougat is still gaining this month, Marshmallow is on the decline, and there's no sign of Oreo yet.

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[Deal Alert] Logitech Harmony Elite + Google Home for $279.99 ($99 off) at Best Buy

If you're neck-deep in smart home devices, trying to control all of them from one place can be difficult. A smart speaker, like an Amazon Echo or Google Home, is one option. Another is to buy a Logitech Harmony remote, which can interact with both entertainment systems and smart home stuff. Or you can buy one of each, and get $100 off compared to the usual prices ($129 for a Home, about $250 for the remote).

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[Deal Alert] Get up to 20% off Anker chargers, cables, and Bluetooth audio products with our exclusive codes

Need a battery for an upcoming trip? Did your dog chew up your charging cable? Not to worry - we've got exclusive discount codes for a few Anker products that might come in handy. Plus, there are even more batteries, cables, chargers, and Bluetooth audio products that you can grab on the cheap.

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