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Latest Humble Bundle celebrates 9 Made in France Android games

Pour ceux qui valorisent l'esprit national et veulent essayer quelques jeux développés en France à prix réduit et tout en faisant un don pour des organisations de charité (Americaines ou Anglaises seulement, malheureusement), le dernier paquet humble est fait juste pour vous.

Oops, I didn't see you there, non-French speaking readers. Sorry. Let me catch you up. The latest Humble Mobile Bundle is all about games developed in France by renowned names like DotEmu, Playdigious, Mi-Clos, and more. It features 9 Android titles in the usual tier-pricing scheme.

If you pay more than $1, you get arcade games Mechanic Escape ($2.99) and Pang Adventures ($3.99) plus typography puzzler unWorded ($2.99).

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[Freebie Alert] Runtastic Mountain Bike Pro down from $4.99 to $0

Every now and then, Runtastic throws a bone to active and sporty people by discounting its Pro apps to zero. That's zilch. No pennies, no dimes, no dollars. It's happened with Sit Ups ProPedometer Pro, Road Bike Pro, and now is the time for Mountain Bike Pro.

For mountain bikers, Runtastic's app provides MTB tour tracking and thousands of bike routes, voice coaching so you don't have to get your eyes off the road and risk an injury, live tracking, offline maps for those out-of-reach areas, music controls, and plenty of stats and graphs to satisfy your inner nerd or your thirst for improvement.

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Xiaomi Mi A1 announced: Android One with great specs, affordable price, wide availability, and a promise of Oreo in 2017

We haven't heard a lot from Android One lately, but it seems that the program is catching on in several countries like Japan and Turkey. You can add India to that list, as well as several dozens other countries thanks to the announcement of the new Xiaomi Mi A1.

Xiaomi had teased a new "flagship dual camera" on Twitter a few days ago, and just like the rumors predicted, this is the Mi A1, the latest Android One (A1, geddit?) phone. And I have to say, Xiaomi pulled all the stops there. It's an impressive device for an impressive little price.

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[Deal Alert] ZeroLemon's Ultra Power battery case for Pixel down to $27.99 ($13 off), Pixel XL case is $41.99 ($16 off)

Phone batteries keep getting smaller and smaller, but if you need a little more juice in day-to-day usage, an extended battery case is one option. ZeroLemon is known for making great battery cases, and the company's Pixel and Pixel XL cases are at an all-time low on Amazon. The Pixel case is now $27.99, and the Pixel XL case is $41.99 (once you factor in the 30% coupon for each). That's a $13 and $16 reduction in price respectively from the usual cost.

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Nokia 3, 5, 6, and 8 will get Android 8.0 Oreo

The recent Nokia-branded phones from HMD Global have been pretty popular. The goal of a near-stock Android ROM with quick updates has also caused Android enthusiasts to take notice, especially as many budget phones don't receive major updates at all.

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YouTube, your volume controls are bad and you should feel bad

Many of you have probably seen yesterday's XKCD comic about the laughably terrible state of volume controls on mobile devices. The issue is particularly bad in Android apps, and developers really need to do something about it. Quite honestly, it's embarrassing that this is still a problem in 2017.

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Harman Kardon and DTS announce new Alexa-powered speakers

There is no shortage of Alexa-powered smart speakers at this point. Even though the first third-party Google Assistant smart speakers were the stars of IFA in Berlin this past week (at least as far as audio products go), Amazon hasn't been resting on its laurels. A few more Alexa speakers were revealed at the event, including ones from big-name companies like DTS and Harman (parent company of JBL).

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Acer Chromebook 15 hands-on: One big Chromebook

Chromebooks are mostly clustered toward the bottom of the market, and that often means the materials are unimpressive, features are lacking, and the build quality is mediocre. Acer has announced an updated version of its 15-inch Chromebook at IFA 2017 and it's none of that. This device has been slimmed down compared to the last Acer CB15, it has better battery life (up to 12 hours), and it's gained an aluminum frame. You're still not going to get the best hardware out there, but this Chromebook could be just what some people want.

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Galaxy Note8 and Xperia XZ1 are Netflix HDR capable

In the past few months, Netflix has added HDR streaming support on a few devices including the Xperia XZ Premium and LG V30, and now two new phones announced in the past weeks have joined the fold: the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and the Sony Xperia XZ1.

The Note8 is the first Samsung device to be officially Netflix HDR compatible. The Galaxy S8 and S8+, despite having the required HDR displays, still haven't been officially green-lighted by Netflix to the dismay of many a user. The same can be said of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3. It's good that those who put down almost $1k for the Note8 won't have to wait or wonder whether their shiny new phone will have it, but it'd be even better if those previous devices would get the official support soon.

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Optoma NuForce BE2 review: The best Bluetooth earphones in this price range

I am very cynical about Bluetooth audio these days. Even if the sound is good, the battery life sucks, the buds themselves aren't comfortable, and so on. However, I think I finally found a product that actually meets a lot of the criteria that make a good pair of Bluetooth earphones. Optoma's NuForce BE2 is made for athletes; it packs an IPX5 rating, decent sound, and a nice 10-hour battery life span all for $50.

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