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[I thought it was 2017?] BLU updates its Life One X to Android 6.0 Marshmallow

In a surprising (and overlooked) turn of events, a couple weeks ago hardware-maker BLU updated its Life One X away from Lollipop. Unfortunately for users, although it is nice for a 2015 $99 entry-level device to see new software, it's only been taken as far as Android 6.0 Marshmallow. That's right, it's mid-2017, and BLU is only now updating a phone that came out in 2015 to an operating system from 2015. 

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Galaxy Note Fan Edition features Bixby and 3200mAh battery, will be released on July 7th in South Korea

Aside from its tendency to catch fire, the Galaxy Note7 was a good phone - so good, in fact, that some decided to keep theirs even after the final recall, using the reasoning that the chances of the phone burning itself and other things away was minimal. Thankfully, those of you who loved your Note7s don't have to do that anymore - a revised Galaxy Note Fan Edition has been released with the same hardware, as leaks have suggested. Well, aside from the battery, of course.

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PSA: WhatsApp has made it easier to find emojis and apply text fonts

We're used to covering the big and the small WhatsApp features here, but there are two changes that we haven't mentioned yet that we keep getting tips about so we thought we'd let you know about them, in case you hadn't noticed them before. One is relatively old, the other is fairly new but has been on WhatsApp Web for a while, but both are equally handy improvements. Without further ado, let's check them out.

First are the text selection toolbar actions for changing the font. If you might recall, last year WhatsApp introduced bold, italic, and strikethrough fonts then it added a fixedsys monospace font as well.

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Google's updated Drive client for Windows and Mac delayed

Three weeks ago, Google unveiled an updated version of the Google Drive sync application for Windows and Mac, simply called "Backup & Sync." We actually first saw it back in March, when an unfinished version was accidentally pushed to Windows users. Not only is it better-looking (and hopefully less buggy), it also features some level of integration with the Google Photos desktop uploader.

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Samsung isn't honoring its Galaxy S8 $200 trade-in discount for many, leaving customers frustrated

Samsung runs promotions on its phones pretty often. For the Galaxy S8 alone, we've already seen quite a few - a free Gear VR / an optional $99 bundle for pre-orders, a free "Entertainment Kit," and currently, a free $200 Visa card. However, while customers were recently guaranteed a $200 discount on the S8 in exchange for almost any phone in good condition that they sent Samsung's way as a trade-in, the company is having a hard time delivering on its promises to some.

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[Update: July 11th for the ZW3, later for ZW2] Android Wear 2.0 delayed again for the ZenWatch 2 & 3, release date unknown

When Google listed all of the watches that would receive Android 2.0, I was surprised. I only expected a handful of wearables to make the jump, but nearly all of them (besides the earliest models) were marked as compatible. Unfortunately, it's taking a while to deliver on that promise; fast forward five months later, and a few models are still waiting on an update.

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[Deal Alert] Dual SIM Galaxy S8 (G950FD) and S8+ (G955FD) on sale for $599.99 and $689.99 on eBay

The prices on the dual-SIM variants of both the Samsung S8 and the S8+ have been steadily dropping over the past few weeks on eBay, first to $670 and $770 and then to $640 and $728, respectively. Now, the same seller has brought down the price on either model by another $40, putting the S8 at a penny under 600 bucks, and the S8+ at just $689.99 — representing a total savings of around $150 compared to what you would find if you tried to buy the same phones elsewhere.

This seller has a pretty solid track record, with a 99.7% positive feedback rating and a top rated certificate from eBay, so there shouldn't be much reason to be concerned about where you're buying from.

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Yet another 72 US banks get support for Android Pay


If it feels like it was only last week that Google added Android Pay support to a boatload of US banks, that's because it was. After the 60 banks from just a few days back, another 72 banks are now compatible with Android Pay, possibly making this the single largest expansion to date.

The full list includes Seamen's Bank (not that type of seamen), as well as 71 others:

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[Deal Alert] Get $70+ off unlocked LG phones: G6 for $499.95, V20 for $379.99, and G5 for $249.99

In the market for a new smartphone? Good, because we've got three US unlocked LG phones for you at varying price points. Regardless of your budget, you're sure to find a decent phone here, especially for the prices they're on sale at. The new G6 is just $499.95, the gargantuan V20 is only $379.99, and the G5 is going for $249.99.

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TWRP adds support for the international LG G6, Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 LTE, and Marshall London

When we last looked at TWRP, the project had added support for a whopping 17 new devices. Granted, most of those were variations of three Samsung devices, but it's still impressive. Since then, three more devices have been added to the official builds - including the LG G6.

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