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[Update: Winners] Friday giveaway: We have 20 codes for Borderlands 2 on NVIDIA Shield Tablet and Android TV

Thanks to the industry-leading hardware on NVIDIA Shield, many of the best games on any platform are available for Android. One of those games you can play on your NVIDIA Shield Tablet and Android TV is Borderlands 2, the instant classic that lets you play as one of four different vault hunters as you deal with Handsome Jack and countless other foes.

Even better is that you can play online co-ops with your friends to make the game perfect for practically endless play.

Remember, Borderlands 2—like many other excellent games on Android—is exclusive to NVIDIA Shield Tablet and Android TV.

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Logitech POP is the button that controls your smart home

A smart home is every geek's dream, so it's great to see the idea becoming more and more of a reality, with Nest, Alexa, Google Assistant (soon), and Apple's HomeKit making our homes smarter and automated. Accessory maker Logitech, which already has the Harmony Remote, is adding to its range with the Logitech POP button and accompanying app.

The POP can control a lot of devices, from Phillips Hue lightbulbs to Sonos speakers, to door locks and blinds, plus of course the Harmony platform. Each button can be programmed with three individual commands which can then do a host of different things to control your home.

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Spotify introduces new Gaming category with playlists and soundtracks from your favorite games

I'm not an avid gamer: puzzles, math games, brain teasers, anything that requires a bit of thinking and doesn't involve plot twists, that's my jam. But I know a lot of people who are taken by games, whether classics or new releases, and I know that many of them are completely fascinated by the music and soundtracks that accompany these games.

That's the category of players that Spotify is catering to with its latest Gaming category addition. Showing up today in Browse on mobile, desktop, and web, Gaming will include plenty of curated playlists like Power GamingRock Gaming, and even Catch 'Em All, as well as guest playlists from other Spotify listeners and avid gamers.

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Aviary Photo Editor adds more fonts, transform tool, and option to clone effects between photos

If I had a dime for every photo editor I come across on Android, I'm sure I'd easily have a couple of thousand bucks by now. But Aviary is slightly different. It was acquired by Adobe in 2014 because of its large selection of filters and effects, and the company has been enhancing it since: Material Design, free and premium features, and so on. The latest updated to version 4.8.0 brings 3 new interesting features and improves on an existing one.

First, there are more font options for text layers in Aviary, courtesy of Adobe Typekit. So expect to see more high quality typographies on photos edited within the app.

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Rootjunky bypasses factory reset protection on Samsung phones... again

About nine months ago, Rootjunky managed to bypass the factory reset protection (FRP) on Samsung devices simply by inserting an OTG drive into the phone and installing an app. Then, two months later, he found a vulnerability on LG phones; this time, he circumvented FRP by using talkback settings to open a browser, downloading an APK that opened settings, adding a new user, switching back to the main account, and then resetting without FRP. However, this new exploit for Samsung phones might be the most ingenious yet.

Factory reset protection was added to Android with 5.1 Lollipop, but since different OEMs use different variations of Android, vulnerabilities can arise.

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Rumored follow-up to the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 seemingly cancelled

 

Around this time in 2014, NVIDIA unveiled the SHIELD Tablet, and then refreshed the device as the Tablet K1 at a lower price point in late 2015. Back in May, we brought you the report that an FCC filing for a possible 2016 follow-up to the Tablet K1 had leaked. Among some possible measurements, we could only tell that the device was codenamed “P2290W,” that it was simply called a “Shield Tablet” in the filing documents, and that it would ship with 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Furthermore, a poster on the NVIDIA forums claimed to have seen a mention of the device in the code for NVIDIA’s Android TV, citing it is as “Hawkeye.” He stated that “Hawkeye” had a Tegra X1 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and 1920x1200 for a screen resolution.

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[Deal Alert] New 32GB Nexus 5X on sale for $229.99 via Groupon after first-time customer coupon

The Nexus 5X will soon pass into obscurity as new and more shiny Nexus phones grace the internet. It's still a fine phone, though, and the price is getting downright tempting. The 32GB version of the 5X is now on sale for a mere $229.99 on Groupon, provided you're a new customer.

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PSA: The new Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One controller works with Android... but not very well

The Xbox 360 controller has been the de facto standard for years (NVIDIA copied it almost exactly for the SHIELD line), and the Xbox One has a refined and streamlined version of that design. So when Microsoft announced that a shiny new revision of the Xbox One controller would not only let you choose your colors and engraving Moto Maker-style, but also include a Bluetooth connection for easy dongle-free pairing with PCs, I couldn't help but get excited. Might Android gamers finally get access to the best controller around without any USB frippery or root-enabled work-arounds?

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One Night in Karazhan, Hearthstone’s latest expansion, is out

While perhaps my own involvement with Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone has waned in recent months, due in no small part to other games that have nabbed my attention, the online card-based arena battle game is no less extremely popular. When Blizzard released the large patch 6.0.0.13921 on August 9, quite a few players began to eagerly await the latest single-player expansion that releases on all platforms today.

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Russia issues measly $6.8 million fine against Google in antitrust case

Russia began investigating Google for antitrust violations last year after the largest search engine in the country, Yandex, complained to authorities. It alleged that Google's promotion of its own services over alternatives (like Yandex) on Android was anti-competitive. Now, the Russian Federation Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has issued a $6.8 million fine against Google. Surely, this will bankrupt the company.

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