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[Update: Confirmed] Samsung Pay may be preparing for a UK launch, according to the Play Store listing

Samsung Pay's slow advance continues. Last month new markets in Sweden and the UAE were given support for the platform, and today it looks like the UK is up next. We have yet to see a confirmed report or press release from Samsung — as they have done for their other market roll-outs. However, their Google Play listing for the application has been localized for the UK.

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[Update: RUU] AT&T's HTC One M9 is being updated to Android 7.0 Nougat

AT&T customers holding onto HTC's 2015 flagship should be happy to hear that the carrier's page for the phone has been changed with the details of an update to Android 7.0 Nougat, including instructions on how to pull down the OTA (version 4.27.502.7). Although we haven't seen any first-hand reports for the update on any devices yet, the mention of the OTA on the page would seem to imply that it should appear soon.

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Developer Preview 4 of Android Things OS is now available

Google officially released Android Things OS last year as a developer preview. If you're not familiar with it, the OS is a lightweight version of Android that maintains support for popular Android developer tools and APIs, like Android Studio and Google Play Services. The developer preview has received a few updates since then, with the last one adding support for the Google Assistant SDK.

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Verizon axes LG Watch Sport, offers $100 credit for other watches to pre-orderers

When the LG Watch Sport was announced, Verizon was on the list of carriers that would sell it. However, it's been three months since then, and Verizon still hasn't made it available for sale, with nothing being shipped to pre-orderers. It turns out that the chunky device has been completely canceled for Big Red.

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TeamSnap makes managing your sports teams, leagues, and any other kinds of groups easier than ever and AP readers can get an exclusive 3-month trial [Sponsored Post]

If you've ever been a part of or led a sports team or any kind of club—whether it's a youth league, a school-affiliated team, or a group of adults—you know that communication is one of the most irritating parts of the experience. Maybe everything is communicated by the person in charge at practices, games, or meetings. Hope you or your child remembers what was said!

Perhaps it's via a big group text message, a solution that is far from reliable or convenient. And you can get some things done with emails or handouts, but we all know it can be easy to miss important details and those materials will become outdated after the first rainout or change of plans.

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[Update, G+ Post] Francisco Franco makes his productivity timer 5217 free to try

5217, a productivity app made by well-known developer Francisco Franco, has been updated with a new Freemium payment model. Anyone that might be interested in trying new methods for boosting productivity can install the app and give it a try for 10 free work cycles. In addition to the new payment model, 5217 has been updated to include a host of new notification options, Android Wear support, and stats for users.

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Ecobee4 with integrated Alexa available for purchase for $249

Earlier this month, we told you that ecobee4 pre-orders had begun. Now, the wait is over and Ecobee has announced that its Alexa-enabled thermostat is in stock.

Like the ecobee3, the ecobee4 incorporates room sensors you can place throughout your home that will report temperature and occupancy information to fine tune the efficiency of your HVAC system. The Ecobee app is still a fully functional remote interface for the thermostat allowing you to control it from anywhere in the world. However, the star of the ecobee4 is its Alexa voice service integration. This isn't just a stripped-down version of Alexa that only accepts heating and cooling requests.

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[Very Real] ZeniMax sets its VR litigating sights on Samsung

The tale of ZeniMax vs. The World of VR is developing into a modern-day saga of Homeric proportions with each new filing. Although Oculus/Facebook was found innocent of ZeniMax's previous accusations, it did end up having to cough up around $500 million as a result of NDA violations, copyright infringements, and for lying about a few things. Even so, it seemed as if the general dance was winding down and all the monsters short of the inevitable appeals had been slain. But the Hydra's heads are many, and ZeniMax is back with a new target: Samsung.

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Alexa will support notifications in an upcoming update

One of my main problems with 'smart' assistants is that they aren't great at delivering information. Yes, you can ask "will there be storms," but having your Echo or Google Home proactively inform you about dangerous weather would be far more useful.

Amazon today announced that it is working on notification support for Alexa, which will allow skills to send notifications to the user (if allowed).

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Instagram introduces face filters, new camera features, and hashtag stickers

Instagram is getting some new features to appeal to your creative side. If you've been dying for some face filters for your posts or Direct messages, you can now have them. More features are also being added, like video rewind and hashtags right on the Stories that you post. Sounds... engaging.

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