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OnePlus 5 now available in Soft Gold for a limited time

If you're the sort that strives for that extra bit of tasteful ostentation, OnePlus' two original colors might not have made the cut. Gray and black are a bit bland, after all. As of today, those that match their metals (or those who intentionally don't) have another choice when it comes to the OnePlus 5. It can now be purchased in Soft Gold with a white face. 

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T-Mobile's new ONE Unlimited 55+ plan allows people over 55 years of age to get two lines for only $60

In the past few years, T-Mobile has been going after younger customers with offers like (480p) videos not counting towards data caps, free things every week with T-Mobile Tuesdays, and so on. But now, the magenta-themed company is going after older people, specifically those over 55 years of age, with its new ONE Unlimited 55+ plan. Surprisingly, it's a pretty good deal.

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Samsung's Galaxy S8 Active announced for AT&T, pre-order availability tomorrow

After the last few weeks of leaks, it has finally been announced. Samsung's new Galaxy S8 Active will be available for pre-order tomorrow, August 8th, as a limited-time exclusive for AT&T. In-store availability for AT&T will start this upcoming Friday, August 11th. If you are interested, try to keep your current phone dry until then. The Galaxy S8 Active will run you $28.34 a month for 30 months via AT&T Next®. 

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Chrome now asks users in Russia to choose a search engine

Anyone who's been following technology news for long enough will remember Microsoft's infamous browser ballot screen in Europe, which was a result of antitrust action against the company for pushing Internet Explorer. Google is facing a lot of regulatory pressures in Russia right now, so it's doing something similar. When opening Chrome for Android in Russia, users are being asked to choose a default search engine.

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[Update: Winners] Giveaway: 28 readers will win 4 BrexLink 6.6-foot braided USB-C cables ($22 value) [US]

More and more of us are getting devices that use USB-C cables for charging and data transfer every day. That means your stash of microUSB cables compiled over the years will do you no good when it comes to the various "charging stations" you might have set up at home and work.

If you can relate, this giveaway is for you. Each of the 28 winners will get 4 (!) 6-foot long, braided cables from Brexlink.

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Reminder tip: Disable Wi-Fi during sleep to dramatically increase idle battery life on tablets and devices you don't often use

Many of us have a tablet or an extra phone (or more) that we keep lying around the house or office for media use, for reading or browsing, for testing, or maybe even as remote controls for smart home appliances. Thing is, 8 times out of 10, when you pick up this tablet or phone to use it, you discover the battery is completely drained because you forgot to put it on the charger and you haven't used it in a while so you didn't notice the low battery level.

The issue is multi-fold and hard to diagnose: sometimes there's a sleep bug in the processor, sometimes your Wi-Fi network is jammed and exacerbates the battery drain, and sometimes you have so many things syncing in the background that the device is constantly working and never really idle.

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[Update: Now $188.99] Deal Alert: Get a Google Home and Philips Hue Color Starter Kit for $228.99 ($100 off) at Best Buy

 

Just getting started on your project to make your home smarter? If so, Best Buy may have just the thing for you. You can now purchase a Google Home and a third-generation Philips Hue Color A19 Starter Kit for just $228.99 - a savings of about $100 if you were to buy them separately.

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Sam Ruston's new app Hurry is a beautiful countdown timer for events

Fans of Android developer Sam Ruston's applications, such as myself, will be excited to hear that he has just released one more. The app, called Hurry, is a countdown timer that uses notifications and widgets to help you keep track of upcoming events. It is a simple concept but executed with the developer's usual insane attention to detail, especially in relation to material design and animations. 

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[Deal Alert] Google Store back to school sale kicks off with Pixel, Home, OnHub, and other discounts

Summer is about halfway done, and since time immemorial that's meant at least one thing: back to school sales have begun. The Google Store is no different from other retailers in that regard, and starting today you can pick up a Pixel with a free Daydream View starting at $524 (up to $200 off, a crazy value), a Google Home for $109 ($20 off), either OnHub router for $99 ($30 off), the LG Watch Style for $199 ($50 off), and a free Chromecast Audio with a Google Wifi 3-pack. It's at least possible that little Johnny's grades will be improved by your new phone, right?

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After a short hiatus, BLU phones are back on Amazon

Earlier this week Amazon took some of the low-budget manufacturer BLU's phones off the retailer's digital shelves, following allegations that BLU had included spyware in its products. It seems to have been a false alarm, though, as today BLU has announced in a tweet that Amazon is back to stocking its phones. Customers looking to pick up a cheap and capable phone can again purchase them at the US' biggest online merchant. 

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