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Google is rolling out a new feature called 'Instant Tethering' in Play Services 10.2 [Update: More details]

The mobile hotspot on your phone can be super-useful, but it's also a little tedious to get it set up when you need it. There's a new feature rolling out as part of Google Play Services 10.2 that makes it much easier. It's essentially automatic with a feature called Instant Tethering. Not everyone will have it right away, though.

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Cryptomator takes a stab at securing your cloud files with transparent, client-side encryption

Encryption is probably always going to be a hot topic. Whether it's fear of your government or just personal paranoia, there are quite a few options out there for securing your stuff. Local files and drives are all well and good, but how do you guarantee the security of the things you have stored in the cloud? The developers of Cryptomator, an open-source multi-platform cloud encryption solution, think that they have an answer to that.

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Yi Dome Camera review: A cool gimmick that still needs some work

You don't have to look far to find a home security camera with big names like Logitech, Google, and Netgear all offering up systems for keeping an eye on things. There are also some newer players with cameras you might want to consider. For example, the Xiaomi-funded Yi Technology. This Chinese firm has released a few home cameras, but the new version of its Dome Camera stands out from the crowd. Unlike other cameras, this one can actually rotate to get a full 360 degree view of a room, and it has built-in motion tracking. Unlike the old Dome Camera, this one also shoots 1080p video.

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Meitu claims it's collecting user data because it's in China and needs to do ad tracking

The anime-styling selfie app Meitu has exploded in popularity recently, then someone got to wondering why it was asking for so many permissions. It turns out the app is grabbing your IMEI and MAC address and sending them to a server in China. People were understandably concerned, and now Meitu has issued a statement meant to assuage our fears. It kind of doesn't, though.

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ZeroLemon's massive 10,000 mAh battery case for LG V20 is now available for $60

The LG V20 has a 3200 mAh, replaceable battery. For a lot of people, that will get you through the day. But what if you need more? Well, you could buy an extra battery or two and just swap them out as you go along. Or, if you'd prefer to improve your forearm strength while you operate your phone, you can buy ZeroLemon's monstrous battery case for the V20 that more than triples its battery life.

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Avocado, the messaging app for couples, is closing its doors

It's a sad time when couples decide to split - the end of an era. It's even sadder when an app that was specifically meant for couples announces its shutting down. And yet that's exactly what's happening to Avocado, the messaging app aimed at two humans who have a close relationship.

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OneDrive adds a 'free up space' option for photo storage to its beta app

The Google Photos 'free up space' option is a great addition to the photos app, especially for phones with low amounts of storage space. Microsoft obviously thought this too, as the OneDrive team announced on Google+ that its app would be getting a similar option.

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[Update: Started on January 10] Google will start ranking pages with intrusive ads lower on search results

Trying to browse the internet quickly, even on the fastest smartphones, has become much harder in recent years. Advertisements take up valuable screen real estate, and can cause your phone's browser to slow to a crawl. Even worse, some sites *coughWikiacough* have taken to using full-screen advertisements and other popups.

As Jean-Luc Picard once said, "The line must be drawn here! This far, no further!" Google has taken the offensive in the battle against intrusive mobile ads, using their influence as the most popular search engine as leverage.

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[Update: Full ROMs available] OxygenOS 4.0.2 (Nougat) begins rolling out to OnePlus 3T

You may remember that right at the end of December, OnePlus started rolling out OxygenOS 4.0, essentially Android 7.0 Nougat, for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. And you'd be completely correct. However, this was halted after 4.0 was found to be buggy and unstable for the OnePlus 3T. Now, 4.0.2 is rolling out, fixing the bugs and stabilizing the update.

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[Update: Xperia Z3+, Z4 Tablet] Sony begins rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat OTA to the Xperia Z5 family

The Xperia Z5 series (Z5, Z5 Compact, and Z5 Premium) was on the list of devices that Sony promised to bring Android 7.0 Nougat to. After releasing the update to the more recent X Performance and XZ, then the X and X Compact, Sony is now ready to bring Nougat 7.0 to the Z5.

The OTA has started rolling out to some Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium users and will probably expand to the Z5 Compact soon. It's a large download at more than 1.2GB, and it should up your phone's software to version 32.3.A.0.372.

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