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Ultrasound-Based Proximity Software Could Replace One Of Those Unsightly Black Circles At The Top Of Your Phone

When you make a phone call, there's a reason your ear doesn't press all the on-screen buttons. The optical sensor near the earpiece is that reason. Thing is, the sensor needs an opening to see if anything is close. It's a small blemish, sure, but it's one manufacturers would love to do away with as they come up with increasingly sexy hardware (soon TVs won't be able to show these devices in commercials without covering them with black bars).

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Verizon's 'FreeBee Data' Allows Partners To Deliver Content By The Gigabyte Without Eating Into Customer Data Plans

Let's say that you're an advertiser, and you just paid six figures for a professionally developed mobile game. We'll call it "Flappy Curd," on the assumption that you are being contracted by a dairy consortium. Your game is a smash hit, winning rave reviews and racking up millions of downloads. But one crucial segment of the market is under-exposed: Verizon Wireless customers. That's because people on Verizon are spending so much money on data plans that if they download Flappy Curd (a 1.2GB game), they can't look at photos on Facebook for the rest of the month. What's a dedicated advertising manager to do?

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Saygus Phone Switches Manufacturers Again, Company Undams Lake Of Word Vomit On Twitter To Justify Actions

Remember Saygus... again? Well, everyone's favorite homegrown smartphone train wreck took to Twitter yesterday to unleash a torrential downpour of excuses for what essentially amounts to additional delays. Surprised? No, I do not believe anyone is at this point.

The short of it (I am condensing because there are 15 separate tweets and 18 replies) is that Saygus dropped their manufacturer in China again because their ODM partner had a "vast difference in biz [sic] policy," which is business-speak for something involving money. What sort of issue it was, exactly, was not elaborated on. That they said "ODM" is also quite revealing, confirming what I had long assumed about Saygus: the core design of the phone was being outsourced to another company.

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Facebook Is Adding Tor Support To The Android App

Say what you will about Facebook's commitment to privacy, the company does offer a Tor address for secure, anonymous connections. That's cool, but you need to use a Tor-enabled browser. That will change in the coming days as Facebook rolls out support for Tor in the Android app.

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[Deal Alert] Choetech Has Sales On USB Type-C Cables, A Type-C Wall Charger, And A Solar Charger Via Amazon

Smartphone batteries are getting bigger, but you still need to juice them up from time to time. The change to USB Type-C means you suddenly have many fewer compatible cables, but Choetech is selling some for cheap, and yes, they're Benson-approved. There's also a USB solar panel on sale, because why not?

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Samsung Gets Sued For Lack Of Updates In The Netherlands, Says Stagefright Is 'A Theoretical Problem'

People are upset at phone manufacturers for taking their sweet time sending out software updates. That's understandable. It's why commenters laughed at Sony for releasing Android 5.1 to some of its phones several months after Marshmallow was available. It's why customers are pissed that Motorola isn't standing by some of its cheaper handsets. And apparently it's why a consumer advocacy group is suing Samsung in the Netherlands.

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[Deal Alert] Google Play Music Giving Away Three Free Albums And Offering 19 More For $0.99 (Y'all Know This Is Probably USA Only)

Freeee Stuff!!! Hooray!

Google has three more free albums on Google Play Music and also has discounted a ton of other ones to just 99 cents. Time to pad that music collection my fellow cheapskates, this is a great way to spend all those Google Opinion Reward credits you've been hoarding (they expire after a year BTW, so best use 'em before you lose 'em).

Here are the free albums

And here are the ones you have to pay for, but only $0.99.

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Appfour Releases A PDF And Google Drive Viewer For Android Wear (Magnifying Glass Not Included)

Have you ever wanted to view a document on your smartwatch? Don't lie. What, you have? Oh, well, um, now you can, all thanks to developer appfour.

To lay your eyes on 1.3 inches of barely readable fuzziness, open the Documents app on your smartwatch. The app will pull the list of recently used documents from your phone. You can tap on any of them to get a fullscreen view (which ultimately doesn't amount to much) of the paper, slideshow, or spreadsheet.

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Apple Wins Injunction Preventing Samsung From Selling Several Ancient Phones In The US

While the legal battle between Samsung and Apple has mostly winded down, there are still some legal loose ends that need to be tied up. US District Judge Lucy Koh on Monday ordered a sales ban of several Samsung phones in the US, stemming from a 2014 ruling that found Samsung did infringe on several Apple patented features. You can probably put down your pitchforks, though. The phones included in the ban are ancient and aren't even sold anymore.

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[Deal Alert] iOrange-E Again Has Coupon Codes For Its Braided USB Type-C Cables, Except This Time There's C-To-C

Readers who follow our deal alerts already know that we have a thing for iOrange-E's braided USB Type C cables. We've highlighted them a few times now and have pointed out how Googler Benson Leung says they won't inadvertently damage your USB Type C devices. Thing is, we've only shared USB C to A cables in the past, as in cords with USB Type C on one end and a regular-sized, fat USB plug on the other.

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