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Developers, take note: Alarm.com's latest update is the best example of app shortcut configuration we've ever seen

If you are into home security as well as technology, Alarm.com is a popular choice to fill that niche. It is a smart home solution that, as you would expect, allows you to control your security system as well as things like cameras, lights, doors, and thermostats. It even supports Google Home and Amazon Alexa. Think home automation with a security slant, and you've basically got what Alarm.com is about. Initially, this post only set out to talk about the new features in the most recent update, but one of the changes was so incredibly well done that we couldn't help but diverge in our discussion of it.

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Never Settle: OnePlus confirms it won't update the OP2 to Android 7.0 Nougat

For having the slogan, "Never settle," the OnePlus 2 has caused owners to settle for less quite often. The phone itself wasn't well-received, due to the lack of NFC connectivity and other problems. And despite initially promising Android 7.0 Nougat for the OP2, there have been no releases or further news, leaving owners annoyed to say the least.

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Sony releases the PlayStation Video for Android TV app to the Play Store

As time moves on, we see more and more streaming and rental services trickle onto Android TV. The latest in this saga is Sony's PlayStation Video, which lets you watch any movies and shows that you've previously purchased via the PS store on your ATV. Now anyone can download this from the Play Store. Yippee.

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Sprint just got three new ZTE devices: the MAX XL, Warp Connect, and Sprint Phone Connect 4

If Sprint is your carrier of choice, you just got three new CDMA-compatible devices to choose from. As of yesterday Sprint now has the ZTE MAX XL, a big but inexpensive phone with a big battery. It isn't new, though it did come out this April. But, it is new to the carrier. There's also the ZTE Warp Connect if a hotspot is more to your liking. Lastly, we have one of the most interesting Android devices in recent memory, the Sprint Phone Connect 4, which gives you a landline over a cellular connection.

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OnePlus touts improvements to OnePlus 5 audio recording in loud environments

OnePlus is one of those companies that likes to slowly tease their products before releasing them. When you think about it, it's pretty clever; fans get more information, and OnePlus gets more coverage. The latest tidbit that OnePlus has 'leaked' about its upcoming iPhone 7 Plus clone is regarding its audio recording quality, specifically in noisy environments. However, it doesn't seem as impressive as the company is trying to make it seem.

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[Update: Now public] SHIELD TV update v5.2 adds Plex Live TV, direct NAS write capability, and more

As a companion to Plex's announcement of Live TV for Pass subscribers today, Nvidia is pushing out the 5.2 update to the SHIELD TV. Yesterday, we saw the Tablet and Tablet K1 receive a version with the same number that addressed a few issues and bugs. Thankfully, TV owners have something much nicer to look forward to than just optimizations and fixes.

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Verizon updates its Galaxy Tab S2 to Android 7.0 Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat is still trickling out to various Samsung phones and tablets. T-Mobile updated its version of the Galaxy Tab S2 to Nougat just a few days ago, and now the Verizon model is getting the same treatment.

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[Deal Alert] Three HP Chromebooks are heavily discounted at Woot, including the 8GB RAM 13-G1 for $499 ($300 off)

Chromebooks are so hot right now. If you've been waiting for a good price drop to grab one, you're in luck. The HP 13-G1, 11-G5, and 11-G4 Chromebooks are heavily discounted at Woot, with a few models being several hundred dollars less than the normal price.

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Twitter 7.0 beta users are seeing a new, more rounded UI via a server-side update

Twitter goes through UI changes pretty frequently, but this transition to rounding everything is arguably the most major one in a while. We first saw this late last month in the alpha app, but it's now going out server-side to beta users on Twitter 7.0 through a server-side change.

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[Deal Alert] Get an open-box Samsung Gear S3 frontier for just $249.99 ($100 off) on eBay

The Android Wear market isn't doing too well these days, with most offerings either being too expensive or too ugly. However, it's important to remember that there's a second major player in the smartwatch game for Android users - Tizen. If you're looking for a handsome, capable smartwatch on the cheap, the Samsung Gear S3 frontier may be worth a look into. And now, you can get an open-box model for just $249.99 on eBay.

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