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Samsung acquires Canadian telecom NewNet to bolster its RCS offerings

Rich Communications Services, more frequently abbreviated to RCS, is something of a hot-button topic in the mobile tech world right now. It's essentially a replacement for SMS that incorporates a lot of the functions of popular new messaging systems like WhatsApp, supplanting the antiquated text messaging standard with something more capable and flexible. The problem is that "RCS" is something of a generic term, and every gigantic international megacorp and their gigantic international mother wants their own standard.

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OnePlus makes the long-rumored OnePlus 3T official with a Snapdragon 821, larger battery, and a higher starting price

OnePlus is all about having the latest and greatest internals without paying a full flagship price. The OnePlus 3 came out a few months ago with a Snapdragon 820, but now there's a Snapdragon 821 in some phones like the Pixel. That just won't do, so OnePlus is releasing a whole new variant of the phone called the OnePlus 3T.

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New eBay app update introduces categories to make finding products easier

The eBay app has improved greatly over the last few years, going from a jumbled, kind-of-holo mess to the much a better, usable app it is now. Today, eBay is announcing a new update that makes it easier to find what you are looking for by introducing new, improved categories.

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Categories are basically what they say on the tin: a lot of items separated into 32 categories that then go down into second-level categories - for example, in 'Video Games & Consoles,' there are categories such as 'Manuals, Inserts & Box Art,' 'Strategy Guides & Cheats,' and 'Coin-Operated Gaming.' Inside the categories are products you would expect to find in them - I looked for some motorsport items, and pretty quickly found what I was looking for.

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TuneIn Radio adds offline listening for podcasts

TuneIn Radio lets you listen to a ton of streaming audio content including news, sports, music, talk radio, and yes—podcasts. There's a cool new feature for podcast listeners in the latest TuneIn Radio update. You can finally download podcasts for offline playback in TuneIn v17.0.1.

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Twitter announces muting keywords, phrases, and conversations in notifications, as well as new reporting functionality

Twitter took to its company blog today to talk about abuse. It's no secret that Twitter has done a less-than-stellar job at preventing abuse on its social network for a while now. In fact, continued harassment on the platform was likely a primary reason companies like Disney neglected to purchase Twitter. Now the company has announced three changes it hopes will more effectively reduce harassment.

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OnePlus 3 long-term review: A true testament to the affordable flagship market

It is no secret here at AP that I love my OnePlus 3. If you go back and read my introduction post, you will see that my history of Android devices is long. Quite a few of them rank as awesome devices (for their time), but the third flagship phone from Chinese manufacturer OnePlus is certainly my favorite. Yet, the point here is not to go all fanboy over this phone — there are plenty of others in the world to do that. Instead, I want to give prospective buyers a look at how well this phone has aged in the last few months, especially with Google's latest on the table.

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Hulu app updated with support for Daydream

Of the several launch partners announced for Google's Daydream VR platform, a few caught the spotlight because of their cinematic promise. So far, we've had YouTube VR launch with limited content and Google Play Movies & TV just hint at upcoming Daydream support, but we were still waiting for the more exciting services: Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and Jaunt. One of these has added support today and it's Hulu.

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[Deal Alert] edjing PRO and Rayman Jungle Run are down to 10 cents in a few countries

Another week, another couple of apps you can grab for next to free from the Play Store and this time we're talking about edjing PRO and Rayman Jungle Run.

edjing PRO is a professional DJ app with plenty of features to create your perfect mix. Use your own media library, SoundCloud, Deezer, or Vimeo to find the tunes, prepare sets, match bpms, queue songs, and more. It usually costs $4.99 and doesn't have any other IAPs.

Rayman Jungle Run is a classic adventure platformer where you jump over obstacles, dodge monsters and traps, and progress through the levels while collecting coins. It's priced at $2.99 with a few $1.99 IAP items.

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WhatsApp video calls are now official, coming this week to all users

WhatsApp video calls started showing up for some users last month, but you either had them enabled on your device or you had to use root to trigger them. Otherwise, you couldn't do anything but wait until the feature went official. And now is the time.

WhatsApp has announced that video calls are going live for users across Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone devices. The rollout might take a couple of days, so be patient if the feature doesn't seem live to you just yet.

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So how do you place a video call? When you tap the call button in any chat or any contact screen, you'll see two options for voice and video calls.

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Early alpha version of TWRP for Pixels released after work done to combat file-based encryption

It's just under a month after the brand new Pixel devices came out, so naturally developers and custom ROM makers have been hard at work building their wares for the new phones. Included in this is TWRP, the most popular custom recovery for Android (RIP ClockworkMod).

TWRP for the Pixel and Pixel XL is still in alpha format, meaning it is still buggy and should not be used if you're not aware of what you're doing. Specifically, restoring data is not working correctly, because of the new file-based encryption (which enables Direct Boot) that the Pixels employ. TWRP's lead developer Ethan Yonker says in a Google+ post that, "If a restore doesn't work correctly, it can trigger an automatic wipe of your data," which doesn't sound like fun at all.

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