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Set your away message to 'RIP' because AIM is officially dead today

Anyone who grew up on the internet prior to the smartphone era has probably spent a lot of time on AOL Instant Messenger, or AIM in the common vernacular. AIM made sense in that world, but not anymore. True to its previous announcement, AIM has gone offline today.

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[Update: Official changelog posted] Gboard v6.8 adds a handwriting keyboard and enlarges emoji, hints at new theme engine, Motion Stills integration, and more [APK Teardown]

As Cyber Monday was wearing down, Google was already winding up some app updates. A new version of Gboard began rolling out late in the afternoon, and with it comes the long-anticipated handwriting support, meaning we can finally uninstall the separate handwriting keyboard. There are also some tweaks to the emoji picker. As we look to the teardown, there are signs of a new theme system with a few new options for more visual control, a new autospace feature, integration with the Motion Stills app, and more.

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[Deal Alert] Misfit Vapor is available now on Amazon for $140 ($60 off)

Misfit's Vapor smartwatch has been the butt of many jokes since it was announced. The delays combined with the product's name almost too aptly, with many crying "vaporware!" each time it made it into the news. Turns out we'll all have to eat a generous portion of humble pie, as Misfit's latest Android Wear-powered smartwatch is now listed as in stock on Amazon, and you can grab one now for just $140.

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[Update: More details] New Google Home Mini update 1.29 restores top tap functionality with long-press on the side

The Google Home Mini is a super-affordable way to get Google Assistant in your life, but Google was forced to hobble the device shortly after launch because a sticky touch sensor caused Artem's Mini to record everything he said. Part of that functionality is now coming back with a small tweak. Instead of tapping the top of the device, you'll be able to long-press the side.

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Chase Freedom cardmembers can get 5% cash back on mobile wallet purchases, including Android Pay, in Q1 2018

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Get all the Star Wars: The Last Jedi wallpapers from the special edition OnePlus 5T [Download]

OnePlus has a neat Star Wars version of its latest phone, but only in India. That's a bummer for the rest of us, but you can get the cool exclusive wallpapers from that phone right here. They're not the highest resolution, but 'tis the season for Star Wars.

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Tor Browser's security slider now available on Orfox for Android

The desktop Tor Browser is designed to make accessing sites as safe and anonymous as possible, sometimes at the cost of usability (JavaScript is disabled by default) and speed. It remains a popular tool for privacy-conscious users, but the mobile browser always lacked a major feature - Tor's security slider. This allows the user to change how intrusive they want Tor Browser to be, from simply acting as a proxy to locking down features like JavaScript and web fonts.

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[Bonus Round] Brutal Brutalness, Hidden Folks, First Strike, Box Boss!, Like A Boss, and Legends Reborn

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our weekly game roundup, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a heavy metal-themed platformer, a unique hidden object game, a free and ad-supported version of First Strike, an adorable box rolling action game, a twist on the classic action RPG, and an interesting hero collection game from Bandai Namco.

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Samsung's Bixby-powered smart speaker reportedly arriving in first half of 2018

Bixby is Samsung's home-grown virtual assistant that debuted on the Galaxy S8. It's still far behind Google Assistant in terms of functionality and language support, but Samsung has mostly continued to stick with it (they finally allowed users to disable the button a few months ago). According to a new report from Bloomberg, Samsung is working on a Bixby-powered smart speaker, and it's coming in the first half of next year.

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[Update: Winner] International Giveaway: Win a Pixel 2 and a free copy of PowerDirector 16 from CyberLink and Android Police

The new Pixel 2 is Google's latest and greatest flagship, packing together excellent performance, a truly incredible camera, and some of the best software out there. Now, thanks to CyberLink and Android Police, our readers have a chance to snag one for free. That's right, we're finally giving away a Pixel 2. Even better, the winner will also get a copy of Cyberlink's PowerDirector 16.

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