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Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-orders top previous S7 record by 30%

After the fallout from the total recall of the defective Samsung Galaxy Note7, many observers worried that the company's reputation could be permanently damaged, leading to a lack of confidence in future devices and ultimately to lower sales. That appears not to be the case. In a statement, Samsung has proudly pointed out that US pre-orders of its latest flagship Android phones, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, have topped their predecessors by a remarkable 30%. Let the ritual self-back-patting commence.

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[Last day to enter] Giveaway: Win one of three NCAA football helmet shaped Bluetooth speakers from Nima Athletics - total value $700

If you love your team, you know that there's no such thing as too many logos around your house or tailgate. That's why I know you are going to love this giveaway if you're a big college football fan. Nima Athletics and Android Police are giving away 3 of Nima's awesome football helmet Bluetooth speakers. And even if you're not big on college football, a high-quality Bluetooth speaker comes in handy all the time.

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You can still remap the Galaxy S8's Bixby button, but it's a messy hack

Samsung announced the Bixby assistant several weeks ahead of the Galaxy S8 launch. We were told at the time this feature would let you control apps by voice and get contextual information. It doesn't do any of that at launch, though. Naturally, people want to remap the Bixby button, and that's still possible despite Samsung's attempts to block it. However, the remapping apps are pretty hacky.

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I went to a protest that had its own app

Technology has become part of our culture and how we organize. We make use of Google Calendar or Outlook to coordinate schedules, send invitations to events via Facebook and Google+, and we settle bar tabs on Venmo, Circle, Dwolla, Google Wallet, Paypal, and Messenger (barring the launch of any new apps while I was listing them). It's no huge surprise, then, that yet another function has been brought into the contemporary era of app convenience. The art and science of social and cultural unrest known as protest has made one more step into the future: your next one might come with an app.

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Try your hand at Card Thief, a stealthy new solitaire game from the creator of Card Crawl

Card Thief is a new solitaire game from the creator of Card Crawl. Unlike Card Crawl's dungeon crawling themed gameplay, Card Thief is focused more on a stealthy risk/reward mechanic. You will be sneaking around in the shadows and thieving treasure, all while avoiding enemies and traps. This is done in order to compete for the high score in each of the game's four heists.

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Google Fit v1.64 for Wear 2.0 can now identify strength training exercises and automatically count reps [APK Download]

Google Fit stands as one of Google's only flagship apps on Android Wear, and may be the only one of its apps that matters more on a watch than it does on a phone. There's a new version of the app available on the Play Store for both watches and phones, but this update is all about adding a big feature for Wear. There's a new mode for recording strength training and similar activities that involve counting reps.

This update is for Wear 2.0 only, so quite a few people will have to wait until the rollout is complete before testing this out, but it works on the last developer preview as well as any watch that already has the official 2.0 firmware.

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[Update: Manual flashing] Android 7.0 Nougat update incoming for the T-Mobile Galaxy Note5

T-Mobile customers may have seen the recent news that Galaxy Note5 owners on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon were starting to get the Android 7.0 Nougat update, and worried that they were being overlooked. But fear not! It appears that nougaty goodness is just around the corner for you.

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[Deal Alert] Ring Video Doorbell Pro down 20% to $199.99 on Amazon

The market for camera-equipped doorbells is taken by three brands these days: Ring, Skybell, and August. Of the three, Ring has an interesting proposition thanks to a fleet of other products (stick-up camera and floodlight camera) that you can outfit your house with to stay within the same ecosystem. It also integrates with Samsung's SmartThings and the Wink hub.

If that's something you're interested in and you don't mind manually installing the doorbell and connecting it to your existing chime through electrical wires (there are tutorials for that), then you might want to check out the Ring Pro on Amazon today. It usually retails for $249 but is now being discounted to $199.99.

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[Dick Jokes] Samsung burns another customer, this time with an emoji

I'm not sure if I should file this in the inappropriate and/or sleazy category or if it's just careless enough that it might slide on the right side of awful but funny. The story goes like this: @SamsungMobileUS asked users on Twitter to show the first pic they took with a Galaxy S8. @savEdward replied with "It was a dick pic." Not to be fazed by that answer, Samsung just sent in reply one emoji: a microscope.

Ouch... Can you feel the burn? Alright, alright, it's a little juvenile and quite clichéd, but seeing this answer come from an official account for a company as large as Samsung is reason for us to pause.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium to be released in June in Bronze Pink

This isn't the first time we've been through this rodeo: Sony announces a new device in 2 or 3 colors, then a couple of months later tries to grab back some headlines by launching it in a new color. This time we're looking at the high-end Xperia XZ Premium which made its debut in February at MWC with a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 5.5" massive 4K display, IP68 water and dust resistance, and a 19MP camera on the back that can shoot videos in up to a mind-boggling 960fps. And the new color in question is Bronze Pink.

The color is nice, but Sony's press release obviously contains a lot of graphical superlatives from Xperia Colour Designer (that's a job title, apparently) Satoshi Aoyagi.

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