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[Deal Alert] New members can get a year of Audible for $99.99 ($50 off)

Sometimes you just want to sit down with a good book, but you've got places to be. That's where Audible comes in. This Amazon-owned service is the largest source of audio books online, and you can buy a 1-year membership right now at a steep discount. $100 gets you a year of Audible with 12 credits.

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Android 7.1.1 rolls out to the Xperia X and X Compact

Until recently, it almost seemed like most phone manufacturers were skipping Android 7.1 in favor of the upcoming Android O release. Thankfully, we've seen several manufacturers start to push 7.1 updates to at least some of their devices, and Sony's Xperia X and X Compact phones are up next.

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[Hands-on] Carmageddon: Crashers, a very repetitive game of chicken

Hot off the heels of last year's console and PC release of Carmageddon: Max Damage, Android is receiving its very own new game in the Carmageddon franchise titled Carmageddon: Crashers. This time around Carmageddon is heavily borrowing from NaturalMotionGames's popular CSR Racing and tweaks it into a twisted game of chicken where you purposefully crash into your opponent.

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The flip phone is still alive: Samsung's Galaxy Folder 2 is coming to South korea

It makes sense that mainstream flip phones, at least in the United States, have gone the way of the dodo. Smartphones have become incredibly cheap over the past few years, and usually offer more functionality than a comparable flip/candy bar phone. Samsung still releases them in its home base of South Korea, but they usually run Android.

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Facebook is testing a new Profile Picture Guard in India

Facebook, for better or for worse, remains one of the primary ways people communicate with each other online. So it should come as no surprise that India, with somewhere around 450 million internet users, is one of Facebook's primary markets. Today the company announced that a test pilot program has begun in India, focusing on increased control over user profile pictures.

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Nova Launcher's Google Now integration works on Lollipop too

One of the main downsides to using a custom launcher was that you couldn't have an easily-accessible Google Now pane. While your feed is just a swipe away on the Google Now and Pixel Launchers, other applications were barred from using it due to API restrictions. That is, until the developer of Nova Launcher found a way around it by creating the 'Nova Google Companion.'

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TWRP adds support for LeEco Le Pro 3, Android One 4th Gen, Xiaomi Mi 6, and more

As great as LineageOS and other ROMs are, they wouldn't be possible without a custom recovery available for the device. TWRP is usually pretty quick to support new devices, with older phones and tablets being added to the list frequently too. Since our last post, TWRP has added support for 17 more devices, including the LeEco Le Pro 3 and Xiaomi Mi 6.

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Google Play Music v7.9 adds search history and notification channels for Android O [APK Download + Teardown]

There's a new version of Google Play Music rolling out to users this afternoon, but the changes aren't terribly noticeable if you aren't looking for them. Hidden away in the Settings screen is a shortcut to view your music search history, and buried away in the system settings is a set of new notification channels so you can customize just how much Play Music interrupts you. A teardown also suggests audiophiles can look forward to some even more precise sounds coming from some tracks in the future.

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Periscope adds 'Super Hearts' that can be obtained only via in-app purchase

How do you tell a Periscope streamer you like what they've got? Hearts. How do you tell them you really like what they've got? Super Hearts. The latter is a new item in the Periscope app, and it'll cost you. Twitter has added in-app purchases for Super hearts to its live streaming app to squeeze some revenue out of the previously free service.

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Mobile Passport now works at LAX, adds Fastport Passport renewal service

It's easy enough to use your phone as a boarding pass, but did you know it can also double as your passport? Well, with Mobile Passport it can. And, it has just been updated on the Google Play Store to work in one more major US airport. Now users flying through LAX can also make use of the convenience.

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