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Google Maps now lets you contribute accessibility details

Google Maps began showing data on a location's wheelchair accessibility late last year, and now it's going a step further. Users are invited to help Google build a more robust database of accessibility details in Maps by adding their own observations. You even get contributor points for it.

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Three years after release, T-Mobile updates the LG G3 with bug fixes and newer security patches

The LG G3 was a pretty good phone when it was released in 2014. It had a Snapdragon 801 processor, a 5.5" 1440p display, 3GB of RAM, and a 3,000mAh removable battery. I expect the number of people still using the G3 in 2017 is pretty small, but if you're still hanging in there (and you're on T-Mobile), you have an update waiting for you.

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[Deal Alert] Choetech USB-C cables, chargers, and more on sale for up to 43% off at Amazon w/coupon

It seems like every manufacturer is gearing up for Prime Day, and Choetech is no exception. Right now over at Amazon, you can pick up a variety of USB-C cables (one reviewed by Benson), a 5 port 90W QC 3.0 charger, and even a pair of waterproof phone bags. These deals are set to expire on the 10th (Amazon Prime Day), so you only have a few days left. 

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Motorola announces #hellomotoworld event for July 25th

Motorola has been a very leaky ship lately with photos and renders of upcoming phones popping up online. At least some secrets will be revealed in just a few weeks on July 25th at the #hellomotoworld event in New York City. Yeah, Motorola loves hashtags.

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HMD Global partners with Zeiss to give Nokia phones better cameras

HMD Global, maker of the new Android-based Nokia phones, is trying its best to recreate the classic Nokia phone formula. The Nokia 6 is very durable (especially for a phone in its price range), much like some Nokia phones of old. Now, HMD is partnering with Zeiss to improve the cameras on future Nokia phones.

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RED (yes, that RED) announces a $1200 smartphone, unclear if battery is included in price

Would you pony up $1200 for a smartphone that doesn't ship until Q1 2018, has no published specifications, and is manufactured by a company that has never built a phone before? Probably not. But, if you are so bold, RED has announced the Hydrogen today, and they will happily take between 1200 and 1600 of your dollars for the privilege of owning one [if it ever comes to exist].

What processor does the Hydrogen have? We don't know. What version of Android does it run? Unclear. How big is the battery? Unknown. Is a battery included? Legitimately good question. (If this reference is not familiar to you, I highly recommend this video.)

What we do know is that the Hydrogen runs Android, has a 5.7" holographic display (get excited, it's 2011 all over again), and is modular in a very Moto Z-looking sort of way.

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Spotify is testing a new driving mode that focuses on voice dictation and commands

Boring car drives can be made more interesting by having something like music or a podcast playing in the background. However, they can also get more dangerous if you take your eyes off the road to fiddle with the screen. For that reason, Spotify is internally testing a new driving mode that aims to make listening to music on the go a little safer.

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CNN app update reintroduces widgets and adds Chromecast streaming for live TV

The CNN app has gone through many updates, redesigns, and revampings. Along the way, it lost widget support, but today's update rights that tremendous wrong. In addition, there is now an option to Chromecast your live TV feed inside the CNN app to another screen.

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OnePlus 5 updates continue to come thick and fast as OxygenOS 4.5.5 begins rolling out

It's been little more than a week since the OnePlus 5 received versions 4.5.2 and 4.5.3 of its OxygenOS software in quick succession. OnePlus isn't resting on its laurels, though, and has announced that the 4.5.5 update is already available, including yet more optimizations and bug fixes.

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European Parliament wants smartphones and other tech to last longer and be easier to repair

In a plenary session at the European Parliament yesterday, there was an interesting conversation about consumer electronics that could lead to some very positive legislation for smartphone buyers in Europe. MEPs discussed how to ensure that goods and software are easier to repair and update. Essentially, they want to tackle the industry propensity towards planned obsolescence and regular upgrades.

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