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WWII-themed shooter Bandit Six comes to Google Daydream

There are now a handful of Google Daydream-compatible phones, but apps are still just trickling out. There's one today that might be of interest, though. Bandit Six, which was previously available on Cardboard, has come to Daydream. It's a shooter that places you in the tailgunner pod of WWII bomber.

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Meizu unveils the M5s in China with an octa-core processor and 3GB RAM for under $120

Meizu is one of those Chinese smartphone manufacturers attempting to make a name for itself in an increasingly busy, crowded market. While not as big as giants such as Huawei, it's still got some recognition, and will hope to increase that with the announcement of the latest device in the M-series, the M5s.

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Best Buy brings back the Visa Checkout deal, get $25 off $100 or more plus free shipping

As many of you will recall, around Black Friday/Christmas last year, Best Buy ran a really sweet deal for Visa Checkout users. On any purchase of $100 or more, you would get $25 off. That is now back and with the same conditions.

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Dutch town Bodegraven runs a traffic light trial for "zombie" smartphone users

We're all probably guilty of it at some point. We're looking at our phones and we get so engrossed with what's on the screen that we forget the world around us. What we may not all be guilty of though, but that many people still do, is looking at phones while walking on the street, and even worse, while crossing the street. That "zombie" behavior not only endangers the pedestrian doing it, but also the incoming drivers, other pedestrians, and everyone on the road.

Dutch town Bodegraven is starting a trial for a new traffic light that wants to solve that issue by providing more visual feedback for smartphone users in an angle that makes sense to them: down on the floor.

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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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