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New Sonos PLAYBASE is a $699 soundbar TV base

Sonos makes some super expensive speakers. The name is the first that comes to mind when thinking about connected speakers, so much so that it's the first brand of speakers any company tries to support when it's entering some adjacent market in the smart home, connected home, or audio software/hardware space. While I doubt that I'd personally buy a Sonos speaker even if I had the money to spend on it, I know that a lot of people swear by their Sonos and would purchase more if they could. For those people, there's a new candidate in town vying for their wallet's wad of cash: the PLAYBASE.

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[Deal Alert] Grab an Amcrest 1080p WiFi IP camera with ONVIF for $64.90 on eBay (40% off MSRP)

Connected cameras are everywhere nowadays. From Dropcam and Nest, to Canary, Logi, Arlo, Blink, Piper, a lot of companies are trying to make a great security camera for indoor and outdoor — and maybe business — use, but they all rely on their own proprietary software and lock you into their ecosystems and apps. Amcrest is part of a different breed of cams that cater more to the DIY crowd.

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Netgear Genie app updated with better looks and worse functionality

Sometimes, app updates don't go as well as intended. Developers may have the best of intentions, but they end up stripping apps of useful features that users relied on or introducing unexpected bugs. Take the new Netgear Genie app for example. The router management app has recently undergone a nice design transition from something that looked straight out of Froyo to something that can potentially fit on a modern smartphone... well if the iOS screenshots are to be believed.

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Tomb Raider, the reboot originally released in 2013, is now available natively on the SHIELD TV

Lara Croft has been raiding tombs, pillaging pyramids, gutting graveyards, burgling burial chambers, robbing resting places, and knocking over necropoli for over twenty years now. If you're feeling nostalgic, you can play the original action-adventure PC game, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, on just about any Android phone. But if you'd like a more recent and fresh take on the series, there's the 2013 reboot-slash-prequel. Originally released on the PC, PS3, and Xbox One, it's the latest full console game that NVIDIA has coaxed into working on its SHIELD TV powerhouse. It's available now on the Play Store for $15. Note that this is a local, native Android game, not a streaming release on GeForce NOW (though the game is also available in that format).

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[Deal Alert] Get an LG Tone Pro Bluetooth headset for $25, refurbished for $20 ($50/$45 off)

While not the prettiest, "neckbuds" are quite useful as far as Bluetooth headsets go. I have only come across a few activities where my LG Tone Ultras are more work than they're worth (*ahem* bench pressing). Consequently, I have worn mine to death, so this deal is right up my alley. Over on DailySteals, you pick up some LG Tone Pros (model number HBS-770) for $25 brand new, or save $5 on some refurbished ones. These normally go for $70, so this deal is insanely good.

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WalletHub is the newest free credit score Android app that brings a lot to the table for debt management

Your credit score is one of those things that's really annoying, but very critical to surviving in our economy (like it or not). Regardless of whether that number is something to be proud or ashamed of, you definitely need to keep an accurate idea of where it sits. That's where WalletHub comes in, the newest kid on the Android block to offer you a free peek at your score. The company has been around for a few years, but its app does so much more with the catch of being completely free.

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28 new and notable Android games from the last 2 weeks (2/22/17 - 3/6/17)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Games

Shadowmatic

Android Police coverage: Shadowmatic is a gorgeous puzzle game of space and silhouettes

Shadowmatic took its sweet, sweet time coming to Android, but the game is so pretty I'm minded to forgive it. It's extremely simple: spin and tilt one or more 3D shapes floating in the air to get the shadow to form the shape desired.

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Belgium is the tenth country to get the Android Pay treatment

Belgium is next up in Google's ongoing, slow-moving initiative to bring Android Pay to more countries. Starting today, Belgians can use the contactless payments service at over 85,000 locations including places like McDonald's, H&M, and Carrefour.

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Google Translate now uses neural machine translation for some languages

Much to my dismay at the time, my high school Spanish teacher could always tell when I used Google Translate. Automatic translation tools often produce results that mostly get the point across, but with strange sentence structures and other quirks. Google is now testing neural machine translations for Google Translate, with the hope of producing more accurate results.

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Google is increasing bug bounties for some security vulnerabilities

Most major tech companies offer 'bug bounties' for major security flaws found in their products. For Google, a company dedicated to cloud services and internet-connected hardware, the bounties ensure its products are as safe as possible. Now Google is increasing the rewards for certain vulnerabilities.

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