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Facebook videos in the News Feed will now play with sound on, other changes too

Facebook's had video for a while now, and while it doesn't yet rival YouTube for overall views, it's definitely seeing more and more people watching things as they browse. Accordingly, we're all used to scrolling through the Facebook News Feed and flicking a video's sound on. Everyone is going to have to get used to not having to do this anymore, as Facebook has announced sound will be on by default for any video as it's scrolled past.

Videos will play with sound as they're scrolled through in the News Feed, then stop once they've disappeared from view. This change is almost certainly going to be controversial.

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[Deal Alert] Whispering Willows and Aqualert Premium are this week's 10 cent deals (not in the US)

Here we are with another week underway and another duo of an app and a game being discounted on the Play Store. This week's titles are Aqualert Premium and Whispering Willows.

The most interesting of the two is the game, Whispering Willows. It's a hand-drawn 2D adventure game originally funded on Kickstarter. You play as Elena who's on a journey in the Willows Mansion to find her missing father and who does so by solving puzzles using her astral projection.

As for Aqualert, it is a water drinking tracker and reminder app that makes it easy to enter how much water you drank and see how many more cups you need to reach your daily goal.

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Uber took a two-year ride to reach its destination on Android Wear 2.0

That was slow. Uber on Android Wear was promised during I/O 2015, a full 21 months ago. Okay, that's not exactly two years as the title states, but it's pretty darn near. However, in the time since the announcement, there has been no sign of Uber supporting Android Wear beyond the usual notification on your wrist. Requesting a ride? Not possible (without third-party apps). Checking your ride's map and progress? Nope. As a matter of fact, the internet is full of instances of people wondering what happened to that Uber Wear app, like so and so.

Today is the day that promise gets finally fulfilled: Uber is now available on Android Wear 2.0.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat for $79 ($70 off), but hurry

If you're in the market for a "smart" thermostat, but don't want to shell out the cash for a Nest, then this deal might be for you. Home Depot is currently offering the Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat for $79, a savings of $70. But you need to act fast. This sale is the "Online Exclusive Special Buy of the Day," which, as that mouthful of a title might suggest, means that time is limited.

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The stable version of the Signal app is receiving beta support for video calls

If you use the encrypted messenger Signal, you may want to be checking for a new feature that is rolling out to the stable version of the app. Video calls are coming — and yes, this was added to the beta version just a few days ago. To accomplish this, Signal is overhauling its entire calling infrastructure (which should improve voice call quality, too).

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[Deal Alert] Get a 64GB ZTE Axon Pro for just $200 from Newegg with a code ($150 off)

If you're on a budget, chances are that you've debated a purchase between an older flagship and a newer mid-ranger. Do you want a Moto G4, or a Moto X Pure? A Galaxy Note5 or a Galaxy S7? For those of you who prefer buying powerful last-gen hardware, Newegg has got a deal for you: two Benjamins will get you a ZTE Axon Pro with a sizable 64GB of storage.

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Google Assistant in Allo can now share personal data in chat, if you allow it

Google Assistant in Allo isn't quite as feature-packed as Assistant on other platforms, but it's still one of Allo's most compelling features. It can quickly perform a web search, tell a joke, set reminders, and more - all by just tagging it in the middle of conversations. Google has added a new trick to Assistant on Allo - it can share your personal data, if you grant it permission.

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Comcast plans to launch 'Xfinity Stream' app to replace Xfinity TV [Update]

Comcast is the most hated company in America by many estimations. It is unfortunate, then, that Comcast is the only cable company serving wide swaths of America. Actually, that might have a lot to do with how disliked it is. At least Comcast is trying to make its apps better. After spending a few years improving the Xfinity TV app (it isn't bad now), the company has announced the successor—Xfinity Stream.

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Play Movies & TV v3.22 switches to a dark theme and prepares to link with other streaming and cable services [APK Download + Teardown]

The Play Movies & TV app is sporting a new look with the rollout of v3.22, and this one won't blow out any corneas in a dark room. The new look brings a dark theme to the app and makes a few tweaks to the layout to increase density in scrolling lists. Hidden inside the apk are some hints that Google is also preparing to integrate with TV providers and streaming services to give users a better viewing experience.

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Google Daydream hasn't done anything to fix VR's biggest problem - it's just not very good (opinion)

Today, I uninstalled the Daydream app from my Pixel XL, because I hadn't used it in nearly three months. When I reviewed the experience in November last year, I had the sneaking suspicion this is where I'd end up. Not because I felt Daydream was uniquely lacking in some way, or even that the sparse content ecosystem would quickly be depleted through my use. It's because the exact same thing has happened with every Samsung Gear VR I've been sent to evaluate over the years. And Gear VR's Oculus Store has tons of stuff - hundreds of experiences, games, 360-degree videos.

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