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Google Now is dead: Latest beta of Search app erases references to Google Now

Version 6.5.26 of the beta Google Search app rolled out last night, and while at first the changes seemed minimal, we're seeing one thing this morning that is of particular interest: all references to Google Now have been removed. Google Now cards have been renamed to "Feed," and Now On Tap (as some of you told us) is now referred to as "Screen search." Given Google assistant's forthcoming launch, this isn't exactly surprising.

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Samsung Pay updated to v2.3 with iris scanning and cloud sync

Samsung Pay is getting an update today with several new features. Although, one of them will only work if you've got a Note7. You know, that phone Samsung says you should not use until you've had it swapped out. You should do that so you can enjoy iris scanning in Samsung Pay. All Samsung devices will also be able to take advantage of cloud syncing in Pay.

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44 new Android Pay banks in the US, plus TSB in the UK

The Android Pay team is seemingly on a roll at the moment, adding many new banks over the past few months, including Chase in the US and Natwest, Santander, and Royal Bank of Scotland (among others) in the UK. Today 44 new US banks are being added, and another big UK bank works as well after being announced as 'coming soon' a week ago.

As far as I can tell, there are no major banks included in this round of additions. We've noted the full list below, so take a look if you're waiting on a particular bank to be added.

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Comcast planning to launch wireless service as Verizon MVNO next year

You know how everyone absolutely loves Comcast and never complains about its cable service? Soon, you'll be able to do even more business with Comcast as the company launches an MVNO using a combination Verizon LTE and WiFi. In seriousness, I don't know who in their right mind wants this. Comcast's CEO has confirmed it's happening, though.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Verizon unlocked LG V10 for just $299.99 ($430 off) at Best Buy

The V10 is a massively underrated phone; it excels in a number of arenas where other phones fall flat on their faces. Spec-wise, it's not as nice as the recently announced V20, but have fun trying to get one of those for under $300 in the near future. If you're looking for an affordable flagship, the Verizon LG V10 will be waiting for you at Best Buy for a price of $299.99.

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[Deal Alert] Get a refurbished, US unlocked Galaxy S7 for $369.99 ($330 off) and an S7 edge for $429.99 ($370 off) at Best Buy

The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge may not be the hottest phones on the block anymore (that title goes to the Note7, both literally and figuratively), but they're still excellent smartphones. They've been highly rated by almost everyone who's touched them, including David (which, if you know David, is pretty rare). Now, you can pick up the desirable US unlocked (SM-G93xU) Galaxy S7 and S7 edge for just $369.99 and $429.99, respectively, from Best Buy.

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WhatsApp adds user mentions for group conversations

One of the features we've been expecting WhatsApp to add is the support for mentions in group conversations. That way, not only you would be able to quote someone or some specific message, you'd also be able to directly address a contact inside a group to get their attention. This feature is now live in the latest WhatsApp beta v2.16.272.

When you're in a group chat, try typing the symbol @ and you'll get a list of all the participants in that chat. You can tap any of them or just type the first letters of anyone's name and it'll narrow down to them.

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HTC announces the Desire 10 Pro and Lifestyle

The end of the year is always important for consumer electronics, since people buy their loved ones an expensive new phone or tablet for the holidays. Therefore, HTC has released some new mid-range phones that it thinks will make people say "Can you buy me one of those new HTCs?"

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[Deal Alert] Get a refurbished Moto G4 for $140 ($60 off) and a G4 Plus for $180 ($70 off) from Best Buy

The Moto G4 and G4 Plus haven't been out for long, but you can already pick them up in less-than-new conditions at pretty steep discounts. Currently, Best Buy is offering up refurbished 16GB Moto G4s for $139.99 and 16GB G4 Pluses for $179.99.

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'Messenger' by Luke Klinker is an SMS app that syncs across all your devices and the web

Text messaging applications are a dime a dozen. Luke Klinker, the developer behind Talon for Twitter and EvolveSMS, is working on another SMS app. Simply entitled 'Messenger' while in testing (the final release will have another name), this app allows you to use SMS on your phone, tablet, Android TV, through a web app, and even with a Chrome extension. As far as device compatibility goes, this is pretty impressive.

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