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Google Home will be $99 starting November 23 for a limited time

The Google Home connected speaker has not been out very long, but it looks like it will be on a Black Friday sale regardless. Starting Wednesday, November 23, the Home will be $99 for a limited time. This makes it even more tempting and almost too good to pass up.

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23 new and notable Android games from the last 2 weeks (11/9/16 - 11/21/16)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Chase Pay is now live, but currently only works at Starbucks and Best Buy

We've been hearing about Chase Pay for about a year, which is also when Chase announced it wouldn't support Android Pay until "sometime in 2016." Well, we just got Android Pay a few months ago, and here comes Chase Pay too. It was previously in beta testing, but now it's open to all Chase customers in the US. Do you need another mobile payment platform? Probably not, but Chase is giving it a shot anyway.

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Bioware's classic action RPG Jade Empire comes to Android for $10

Jade Empire started its life on the original Xbox back in 2005, then it came to PC two years later. Both times it got very positive reviews. Now, almost a decade later it's coming to Android. This is a "special edition" remastering with updated controls for mobile and new content—it's the same game you can get on Steam, but it's $5 cheaper on Android.

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Uber wants you to shower your drivers with praise through its new feature, Compliments

Tipping with real money has been something of a sore topic with Uber, so why not just tip your driver with a digital sticker and some kind words? If giving a 5-star rating is never enough, Uber Compliments is just the thing for you. Compliments are essentially glorified, digital thank-you notes.

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Google Cast API updated with 4K capabilities, other changes

The Google Cast API was updated today with some good changes. Most notably is that it now officially supports 4K casting. Also included in the changelog is that the API supports maintaining a state of cast session, where the new class holds the current status of the stream, a fix to the image aspect ratio, ad breaks, and remote control notifications.

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Gingerdead: Google Play Services 10.0.x will be the last version to support Android 2.3

Android 2.3 Gingerbread, according to Google, still runs on approximately 1.3% of devices hitting the Play Store every month. But with Google Play Services 10.0.x, Google is placing an end-marker for the OS's support of the Play Services package going forward, which signals what is essentially the final death of the platform as far as Google is concerned. When Play Services 10.2 arrives, it will leave behind Android's crunchiest iteration.

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The new Humble Mobile Bundle includes 15 games from HandyGames with more on the way

Humble Bundle offers some excellent deals on maybe eight or nine games at a time. The new bundle being offered in cooperation with HandyGames is even more impressive. If you unlock all the tiers, this bundle includes 15 games with more to be added soon.

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Sprint's LG G5 is now receiving its Android 7.0 Nougat update

Got a Sprint LG G5? You may want to check for system updates in settings, as Sprint has begun to push the Android 7.0 Nougat update to LG's primer-covered flagship. Sprint and LG are both notoriously good with updates, so it's not a huge surprise that the Sprint G5 is one of the first flagships to get a taste of Nougat-y goodness.

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Deep dive: A closer look at the Google Pixel's camera

The Pixel phones have been out for several weeks now, and a lot has been said about the camera. I will try to comment on some of the things that I’ve felt have been a bit overlooked, in a deeper dive into the Google Camera 4.2 on the Pixel XL. Most of the issues, if not all, should also apply to the smaller Pixel phone.

A note on pixel size, sensor size, and aperture

Starting with last year’s Nexus phones, Google has been advertising “bigger pixels” in their camera sensors, frequently pointing out their 1.55µm size in marketing materials. Relatively speaking, they’re larger than the ones on most other phones and should lead to lower noise, at least according to common belief.

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