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[Deal Alert] Runtastic Road Bike Pro is free on the Play Store (down from $4.99)

Some deals are just too good not to highlight on their own instead of being grouped with the list of freebies and discounts on the Play Store. And this one is definitely one of them. Runtastic Road Bike Pro has dropped from $4.99 to free, $0, nada, zilch, zero. This is Runtastic's dedicated app for tracking bike rides, with maps, charts, history, all manners of stats, and weather data.

While most cyclists I know are on Strava, that didn't stop Runtastic from still garnering enough users for its own app: between 100K and 500K downloads on the Play Store for the paid Pro version and a rating of 4.4 with more than 15000 reviews will attest to that.

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[Deal Alert] Costco offering cash cards, charging kits, and more for Galaxy S8/S8+ activations

Costco is hosting a slew of cash card deals on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ when you activate with a carrier. There are cash cards to be had for new and existing customers that vary by carrier. T-Mobile will toss in a Gear VR controller. Only AT&T limits the cash card offer to new lines, but they will give existing customers a free Gear 360 camera.

Regardless of your carrier, your activation will also get you a TYLT Power Essentials Kit. The kit contains a dual-port 4.8A wall charger, dual-port 4.8A car charger, 5200mAh battery, 3' braided USB-C cable, 3' USB cable, and a carrying case.

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[Update: Instructions] Android Wear 2.0 is finally rolling out to the Huawei Watch

Android Wear 2.0 has been sort of available for a few months, although almost no watches were running it. Your best bet if you wanted AW2.0 was to buy one of the new LG watches from Google. Now, one of the most popular Android Wear devices of yesteryear is getting Wear 2.0. If you've got a Huawei Watch, you might want to charge it up for the (hopefully) impending update. If you are on the preview, it's probably already downloading.

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Opera Max 3.0 brings new UI with data-saving tips and Facebook tools

The Opera Max VPN is a pretty popular app, and yesterday it was updated with a few snazzy new tools. In addition to basic VPN abilities, version 3 introduces a fancy new design and will offer users new tips to maximize their data savings. The app also has a new data-saving tool specifically for Facebook, in the form of its own built-in Facebook web app.

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Pluto TV 3.2.1 adds in video on demand with a design and navigation refresh

Pluto TV is a free television streaming service that broadcasts over 100 live news, sports, and other channels. The one thing that might irritate some people is that you can't just watch the stuff you want — you only get what's on. Regardless, it's an interesting value proposition.

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After several years of service, the Google Play Top Developer program is being put to rest

The Top Developers program launched several years ago as a method of drawing attention to devs who put out great apps. We all started seeing the little blue arrow badge next to some of the developers' names, but it got easy to grow accustomed and eventually jaded to it. 

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Android Pay v1.22 prepares Visual ID facial recognition based on Hands Free and reveals testing for Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, and Canada [APK Teardown]

Android Pay may not have had a massive launch, or has been as aggressively rolled out as Samsung Pay, but it is steadily setting up shop in more countries around the globe. If you don't happen to find yourself in one of the dozen countries that have either already seen a launch or at least have an official promise of one coming soon, you might be interested to know that Google has at least set its sights on a few other countries. Text in the latest update of the Android Pay app hints at four previously unannounced markets. There are also obvious signs Google is merging the recently closed Hands Free experiment into Android Pay and expanding it significantly.

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PayPal is adding Venmo as a payment option

PayPal has revealed today that it will be adding Venmo as an option during checkout. For now, it will be opt-in for users of Venmo and will manifest itself with the same convenience as PayPal. During the checkout process, users will be able to select Venmo with no changes required by sellers. There is no additional cost to the customer or retailer to use Venmo over PayPal.

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Amazon's new touchscreen Echo device has been leaked

Although the Alexa voice assistant is a popular choice for smart speakers like Amazon's own Echo line, we've seen plenty of devices with screens running it too. For example, the Huawei Mate 9 was updated to include Alexa not too long ago. According to AFTVnews and Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), Amazon is working on a touchscreen Echo device.

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Report: Moto Z2 Play will be thinner with a much smaller battery

The Moto Z Play was probably the best of Motorola's first round of modular Z phones. It wasn't the fastest, but it was reasonably priced and got amazing battery life. It was a bit on the chunky side compared to its brethren, but Motorola is reportedly looking to rectify that. However, that means it won't have the same amazing longevity.

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