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Allo is rolling out Web Stickers and group chat mentions, v20 prepares to add more advanced group management and more [APK Teardown]

A new version of Allo hit this morning, but that's not nearly as important as the features that were remotely activated by Google in the last day or two. Two features we've been expecting have gone live: Web Stickers and @mentions in group chats. But just as those teardown topics make the transition into live features, the latest update does bring some new things to look out for in the future, including group management and permanent bans, plus a new way to record selfies.

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[Update: Stay away] Deal alert: Unlocked T-Mobile LG G5 (H830T) is just $199.99 on eBay

When it was announced, the LG G5 got a lot of hate for its - let's face it - ugly design and poor build quality. But those things, which are easily alleviated by a case, overshadowed a lot of the G5's good qualities. While its exterior downfalls made its $600-700 MSRP a little ambitious, the story changes when the phone is just a fraction of that price. And with this T-Mobile/unlocked model's $199.99 sale price, the G5 is definitely worth a look.

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Google adds 'About' and 'Store' links to top left of homepage

These days, we don't see the actual 'Google.com' as much as we used to, thanks to the search functionality built into the URL bars of pretty much every browser. But after its October 4th event where the Pixel 2, Home Mini, Home Max, and many more were announced, the homepage got two new links added to the top left: About and Store.

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[Deal Alert] Polk MagniFi Mini is only $179.99 ($120 off) on Adorama with coupon code

You might recall the Polk MagniFi Mini from Rita's recent review of it, in which she ranted and raved about it and its lack of any real flaws. At its $299 MSRP, this little soundbar is already a pretty decent deal, but Adorama has decided to go ahead and take a whopping $120 off, making the MagniFi Mini just $179.99 with a code. That's crazy.

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Nokia 8 excels in JerryRigEverything's durability tests, despite using same aluminum as bend-prone iPhone 6 Plus

The Nokia 8 might not be officially sold here in the US, but in other parts of the world, it'll get into a lot of hands. Because of this, YouTuber/phone destroyer JerryRigEverything decided to buy a brand new unit for the sole purpose of scratching, burning, and bending it. Oh, and also for carving the Twitter logo into the back.

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PlayRaven and CCP Games are working on a free-to-play 'Eve Online' title for mobile

It was just announced that PlayRaven and CCP Games are working on a brand new free-to-play mobile game that is set in the EVE Online universe. Right now it is known as Project Aurora, and it's planned to be a game where player cooperation is a must. You will work together with your teammates in order to rule the galaxy and become the most influential corporation in the universe.

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Here are all the new Home and Assistant-related features that Google announced at its October 4th event

Google revealed a lot of products at its San Francisco event on October 4th, namely the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL, the Home Mini, and the Home Max. There were also software features announced for Google Assistant and Home products, but there were so many that they're hard to keep track of. So if you ever need to dig up that one specific Assistant feature from the event, you can find it here.

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Nixon Mission now comes with stainless steel band in three colors for an extra $25/£50/€21

For such a small platform, there are a surprising number of different Android Wear watches on the market. Traditionally non-techy brands like Michael Kors, Diesel, and Tag Heuer all sell smartwatches powered by Google's wearable OS. Nixon is one of those brands, and now offers its Mission watch with stainless steel bands.

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[Update: Bluetooth 4.2, AAC] Google Pixel Buds charge over USB-C, can use Assistant and do real-time translation for $159

Now that Google's phones are ditching the headphone jack, it only makes sense that the company wants to sell you some expensive Bluetooth earbuds. At the press event today, Google announced the 'Pixel Buds', a pair of earbuds with Assistant built-in.

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[Late to the Party] Verizon and T-Mobile update Samsung Galaxy Tab E to Android Nougat 7.0

Manufacturers are gearing up to bring Android 8.0 Oreo to devices, but we frequently forget that there are plenty of them still being sold right now that haven't had a taste of Android 7.0 Nougat. Up until just recently, Verizon and T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Tab E were among the devices stuck on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. But now those of you with carrier-branded units can enjoy all the features Nougat brings. This applies to Verizon 9.6" or 8" models, as well as the T-Mobile 8" model.

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