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Hasbro's controller app for the best R2-D2 toy ever is here (even though the toy isn't)

As someone who's kind of exhausted by the amount of Star Wars promotional material that's being vomited into our culture at the moment, I have to admit that the remote control BB-8 from Sphero is pretty awesome. Because even toys need sequels now, this year we're getting the original adorable droid in remote control form: R2-D2. Hasbro is planning on releasing a similar toy, complete with all the smartphone connection goodies. Here's the official app for it.

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Google is rebranding 'Google for Work' to 'Google Cloud,' for some reason

Google for Work, also commonly known as Google Apps, is a service available to businesses on a subscription model from Google. As you might figure out from the name, it allows companies to create and manage accounts that can use Gmail, Google Calendar, Hangouts, Google Drive, and other related services. As a matter of fact, everyone at Android Police has a Google for Work account.

The Information reports that Google is discontinuing the use of the 'Google for Work' brand, and replacing it with 'Google Cloud.' One of their sources, someone who was briefed on the change, said "The name change is Google’s way of saying, ‘We have the best cloud platform, period.'" The Information believes they will formally announce the name on September 29.

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[Update: Winners] Humble Mobile Bundle 20 adds NO THING and Circa Infinity, and we've got 10 free codes to give away

Humble Bundle's latest bundle, Humble Mobile Bundle 20, debuted a little under two weeks ago with eight games; now, two more have been added to the average price tier. In addition, we've got 10 codes to give away to you guys.

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Video: 5 things the iPhone 7 'borrows' from Android devices

Apple's generational iPhone refreshes always showcase a considerable helping of hardware changes - but often, those changes seem a bit... familiar to those of us who are longtime Android users. The iPhone 7 was no exception: for every major new hardware feature Apple seemed to introduce, it was shockingly easy to recall a handful (at least) of Android devices that had offered them in the past. Now, that's not to say Apple did a bad job here, just that their "innovation" model tends to, from an outsider's perspective, look at what works in the market in existing devices, and then adopt it when the time seems right.

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Sony's selfie-centric Xperia C4 and C4 Dual smartphones receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Sony isn't known for getting Android updates out especially quickly, and the fact that Android 6.0 Marshmallow is only arriving now (a month after Nougat's official release) for the Xperia C4 and Xperia C4 Dual is proof of that. Then again, this is a last-generation, mid-range phone with an unconventional MediaTek chipset, so we'll cut Sony some slack for this one.

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[Deal Alert] Get $20 off any $200+ phone on eBay with a promo code

Here at Android Police, we tell you readers about deals all the time, but we don't often showcase deals that can be applied to an item of your choice. Today, though, is different; eBay will give any buyer $20 off a smartphone purchase, provided that the phone in question is sold for more than $200, with a promo code.

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[Deal Alert] Get a gold Moto 360 (2nd Gen) in 42mm guise for just $228 on Amazon (40% off)

The second generation Moto 360 just celebrated its one-year birthday two days ago, but it's still one of the most capable smartwatches out. Now, for a limited time, you can pick one up in the Men's 42mm size from Amazon for just $228 in a gold-on-gold color scheme.

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LG launches Sprint and Boost Mobile's first MediaTek-equipped device, the X power

In the US, an extraordinarily small amount of phones utilize MediaTek chipsets. However, with the introduction of the LG X power to Sprint and Boost Mobile, that small amount is growing by one. The X power, which was just revealed today for the aforementioned CDMA carriers, sports a MediaTek MTK6755M (more commonly known as the helio P10) clocked at 1.8GHz. MediaTek is calling this its "first premium chipset offered in a device on a major U.S. carrier network."

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Noti is a free and open-source Pushbullet client for Mac

Pushbullet, despite some unpopular pricing changes, still remains one of my favorite Android applications. I use it every day on multiple devices, but Mac owners haven't been lucky enough to receive an official client. Your only choices until recently have been to use the Chrome extension (which requires Chrome to always run in the background) or a paid third-party client called PushPal.

There's still not an official client for macOS, but Noti was released recently. Noti is a free and open-source Pushbullet client, designed specifically for macOS. You can respond and take action on notifications, just like with the Chrome extension, but Noti uses the macOS Notification Center instead of the ugly Chrome notifications.

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[Video] President of Samsung US apologizes for Note7 recall

The Galaxy Note7 recall, despite Samsung's best efforts, has severely hurt the company's public image. I do give Samsung credit for not only acknowledging that they messed up, but working as hard as possible to address the issue. Tim Baxter, President & COO of Samsung Electronics America, recently made a public statement on behalf of the company to address the Note7 recall.

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