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T-Mobile Is Sending Out Samsung Pay-Related Updates To The Galaxy S6 Family And Note 5 Ahead Of Launch

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Report: Verizon's DROID Turbo 2 Will Be Customizable With Moto Maker, Specs And Release Date Mentioned

We've already heard a good bit about the DROID Turbo 2, the latest Motorola phone customized for Verizon's US exclusive line. We've even been given a peek at the device, which seems to be very similar to the latest iterations of the Moto X series. New details have been reported by Phandroid, and while we can't confirm them, they seem like natural extensions of Motorola's current market direction. Notably, the DROID Turbo 2 will reportedly get at least some of the same Moto Maker customization options that have been slowly expanding from the Moto X to other devices.

The exact nature of the Moto Maker customizations aren't mentioned, though if the design is very similar to the Moto X you can probably expect a lot of the same choices.

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[Deal Alert] Get 2 Years Of VPN Service From Highly-Regarded Private Internet Access For Just $60, Native Android App And 5 Simultaneous Connections Included

A major aspect of using VPN services for privacy or security is that you must trust your provider. If the service is actually willing to cooperate with spies or hackers, they could compromise all of your browsing activity. In this environment that requires trust, Private Internet Access is among the industry's most highly esteemed services. For just a few days, you can get 2 years of their fully functional subscription for only $60, a $20 savings over their regular pricing that already blew competitors out of the water.

Private Internet Access allows you to use servers in 20 different countries, not to mention multiple locations within the US, UK, and Canada.

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Google Security Engineer Visits XDA Forums To Explain Why Android Pay Doesn't Support Rooted Devices

Android Pay has turned out to be much more than a simple rebranding of Google Wallet. Google is working with banks to support cards natively and doing away with those virtual MasterCards altogether. However, the lack of support for rooted or ROM'd devices has irked power users. A Google engineer popped up on XDA to explain the reasoning and calm the mob.

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Adidas Snapshot App Can Tell How Hard And Fast You Kick A Soccer Ball Using Your Android Camera

How hard am I kicking a soccer ball? Not hard at all. I don't play soccer, or football as you folks living in most other countries call it. But if I did kick soccer balls—and by kick, I mean apply enough force to quickly send them in a straight direction, rather than nudge them awkwardly and accidentally off to the side—the Adidas Snapshot app might just pique my interest.

Snapshot takes footage of you kicking a soccer ball and determines from those frames just how fast you sent the thing flying. The app defaults to kilometers per hour, because only those of us who call the sport soccer have any interest in seeing miles per hour instead.

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Vague FTC Anti-Trust Probe Targets Android, Probably Because The FTC Has No Idea How Android Works

In the beginning, there was Android. Android was an open-source, largely hardware-agnostic operating system designed to work on a variety of devices and form-factors, and then Google bought the company that made it (also called Android, founded by Andy Rubin). Then, there was Google's Android. Google's Android was still open source, but now it came with stuff you'd actually want to use. Like an app store. And Google Maps. And Gmail. And Google Search. And did I mention Android itself was and is still open source? Because it was and is, and will continue to be likely for many, many, many years into the future.

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[Deal Alert] HooToo's New TripMate Travel Router Packs A 10,400mAh Battery, On Sale For $49.99 With $10 Coupon Code

We've written about HooToo's travel routers in the past because they're very good at what they do. What do they do? They make it possible to share an internet connection on the go with your various devices. The powerful TripMate Titan is a fairly new entry in HooToo's lineup, and it's on sale today for $10 off.

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[Deal Alert] Icefox F1 Portable 12,000mAh Charger $14.87 On Amazon After $9 Coupon

Are you in the market for an external battery pack? No? About to be tempted anyway? I thought so.

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Vodafone UK Wi-Fi Calling On Android Will Start With The Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge Sometime This Fall

Vodafone UK announced its own Wi-Fi Calling service earlier this month, but support remains extremely limited. As of right now, the only devices listed are the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Fortunately that's about to change, though not by much. Android compatibility is coming in the form of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

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JBL Xtreme And Flip 3 Review: Competition, Destroyed

When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, there are a few brands that I find to be consistently awesome. After spending a few weeks with the Xtreme ($299) and Flip 3 ($99), I think JBL may have made itself a mainstay on that shortlist of manufacturers that make great speakers, because these are two of the most impressive pieces of Bluetooth audio equipment I’ve ever laid, um, ears on.

Seriously — I was not expecting either of these speakers to be as awesome as they are. Let's start with the big one.

Xtreme

I like to put BT speakers into a few categories: ultra-portable, portable, boombox, and bookshelf (or non-portable).

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