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[Update: winner selected] Giveaway: win a set of V-Moda Crossfade Wireless headphones with custom shields and more (US only)

This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future. Congratulations!

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I reviewed the V-Moda Crossfade wireless headphones last week and found them to be one of the best looking and sounding set of cans I've tested to date. They are built with top-shelf materials that justify their premium price tag of $300.

That's not a trifling amount to spend on a set of headphones, and lucky for you guys, one of you won't have to pay a single cent to get their hands on a pair.

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[Deal Alert] Ring video doorbell on sale for $169.99 ($30 off) via Amazon

If you're anything like me, you don't take kindly to unexpected visitors. The doorbell is a sign that something has gone terribly wrong, and I may soon be forced to interact with other people. Shhh, just be quiet and they'll probably go away. Okay, maybe you're not exactly like me, but perhaps you want to know who's at the door before you get up. The Ring WiFi doorbell can do that, and it's on sale for $169.99 right now on Amazon.

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Firefox Beta hits v50 with merged recent and history panels

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Motorola releases Moto Z Droid kernel source code

Certain Android manufacturers do a good job of regularly supplying kernel source code, and Motorola is one of them. Nearly two months after the Moto Z Droid became available from Verizon, Motorola is now posting those files online.

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The UMi Plus has 4GB RAM and a 4000 mAh battery for just $179 and the 'Extreme' edition with 6GB RAM is coming soon [Sponsored Post]

If you like both form and function along with a low price tag, UMi has something for you. The new UMi Plus, building on the success of the UMi Super, has eye-popping specifications to go with just as striking looks at the discounted price of $179 for a limited time.

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[Deal Alert] Big discounts on unlocked phones from Amazon including Nextbit Robin, Moto G4 Plus, and more [Update]

There's nothing quite like the sense of freedom you get from using an unlocked phone. If you don't like your carrier, you can just walk away. Of course, you'll pay more for the phone upfront than if you'd financed it through a carrier. You can save some cash on the phone if you buy it on Amazon in the next 2 days. The retailer is running a huge unlocked phone promotion that includes phones like the Nextbit Robin and Moto G4 Plus.

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YouTube Gaming v1.7 rolls out with improvements to chat and Android Nougat support, new easter egg [APK Download]

The YouTube Gaming app received an update yesterday, taking it to v1.7. Google has already posted the changelog and this release appears to be mostly about fixing up the chat experience. There are improvements to both the chat interface and the underlying code that drives it. There are supposed to be changes to better support Android 7.0 Nougat, although it's unclear what they are, and the typical assortment of bug fixes and performance improvements. Of course, with each new version comes a new easter egg.

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Chatting with Google: The many ways Assistant replaces or augments OK Google, Google Now, and Now on Tap

Hi Google, it's me Rita. I believe we've met before. Somewhere between Gmail, Google Photos, and Chrome, you must know a lot about me. Things I might not want others to discover, so hushhhh. (There are thousands of people reading us, let's not tell them about my love for Winnie The Pooh.) But our relationship doesn't feel equal; I barely have any information about you. Your new guy, this Assistant you've sent here to talk to me, I'd like to get to know him better. He looks a lot like the other guys you've sent before, Now and On Tap, but he seems special.

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Google+ is now a core service on Google for Work (or Google Cloud)

For months, we have seen Hangouts shift from Google's primary messaging service to being focused on business use. The official Google for Work (which is in the process of becoming Google Cloud) blog has announced that Google+ is moving to the same purpose, and is now a core feature for businesses to use.

Starting immediately, Google+ will have "the same technical support and service level commitments as any other core service, like Gmail or Google Drive," according to the blog post. This shows that Google is serious about the future of Google+, perhaps not with a focus on the average user, but no doubt both parties will benefit from continued support from Google.

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Pixel Launcher and Android 7.1 Sneak Peek Part 2: The return of Launcher Shortcuts [APK Teardown]

Part 1 of this teardown broached the subject of a new set of circular launcher icons Google is creating for use on the homescreen, possibly just for the Pixel Launcher. It likely speaks to future plans for the look and feel of Android, but there's no denying that new icons are cosmetic – they don't actually do anything. Part 2 of this teardown switches over to the functional side as evidence shows Launcher Shortcuts will return with Android 7.1.

The Launcher Shortcuts API was introduced with the second Android N Developer Preview and quickly gained attention as a spiritual copy of the Home Screen Quick Actions introduced with iOS 9, and inspired many theories that pressure-sensitive screens would become a standard in Android.

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