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A month after spyware story, BLU resumes sales of its $50 smartphone on Amazon

Almost a month ago to the day, it was revealed by The New York Times that BLU - a smartphone manufacturer that largely sells rebranded handsets from Southeast Asia in the US - was among a group of smartphone OEMs with software on their devices sending private user data like text messages back to a company in China. The offending software's behavior was quickly patched with an OTA update to the phone, but the damage, it seemed, was done. BLU and the company who created the software both claim the data theft was entirely accidental, and that all user data the company in China received was promptly deleted.

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[Deal Alert] Star Wars Pinball 4, Mind Games Pro, and more all $0.10 on the Play Store

If you're looking for new games or applications to try out this weekend, you're in luck. A number of popular applications are on sale for $0.10 (or the local equivalent) on the Play Store. First up is Star Wars Pinball 4, from developer Zen Studios. Not only is the base game $0.10, but all the in-app purchases for additional tables are 50% off as well.

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BlackBerry signs deal making TCL (owner of Alcatel brand) its exclusive global hardware manufacturer

BlackBerry made big news when it finally decided to embrace Android and released the Priv. However, that would end up being the only Android phone Blackberry itself would ever make. It has sold two others since then, both re-branded Alcatel phones manufactured by TCL. Now, BlackBerry has decided to make TCL its exclusive manufacturing partner across most of the globe.

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[Deal Alert] Get the Sphero BB-8 and Force Band bundle for $140 on Amazon just in time for Rogue One ($60 off)

It's finally Star Wars day! I hope to be seeing Rogue One in the next few days, but until then, Amazon has a good deal for people like me. The Sphero BB-8 remote controlled droid with the Force Band bundle is $140 on Amazon, a respectable savings of $60.

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Snapseed 2.14 update brings new presets to the Face filter and target folder options, horizontal and vertical Perspective tool returns [APK Download]

Snapseed, the amazingly handy photo editor, received an update to v2.14 which brings along a few improvements. Both the Android and iOS versions now have the ability to center text horizontally and vertically in the Text tool. They also have access to some new Face filter presets for those fast enhancements.

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[Deal Alert] Grab a Moto G4 Play unlocked for $100 on B&H ($50 off)

The deals just keep coming in. This one is for the unlocked Moto G4 Play, a respectable little device. Usually clocking in at $150, B&H has it for $100 which is a nice 30% off. This covers both the black and white colors, but the latter is currently listed as "More Coming Soon."

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[Update: Developer clarifies how the setup works] AmpMe update now syncs multiple Bluetooth speakers from different manufacturers together to really irritate your neighbors

In my home, we have neighbors that love to be loud. People over almost every night, lots of banging, and music so loud that I can feel the bass in my chest. So along comes the latest update to AmpMe, an app that lets you sync together multiple Bluetooth devices. The app itself is not new, but the company behind it announced today that it now supports connecting speakers from different manufacturers into one sound system.

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[Deal Alert] Grab a refurbished Samsung Gear S2 Classic for $130 ($220 off) on eBay, T-Mobile version only

Smartwatch fans, we have a deal for you today courtesy of eBay. You can grab a refurbished Gear S2 Classic for $129.99, a whopping $220 off! It is worth noting that this is only for the black T-Mobile version, but it is still a fantastic price for the watch.

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Evernote backtracks on new privacy policy, makes machine learning opt-in

In a not-so-shocking turn of events, Evernote has reversed its privacy policy stance that I wrote about earlier. The company is not going to implement it and will instead make machine learning and human review opt-in — you know, the way it should have been from the get-go.

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Oceanhorn, a Zelda-inspired premium action adventure game, sets sail for the Play Store

The Legend of Zelda has inspired a lot of games over the years, and why not: it's the quintessential fantasy action-adventure. Nintendo literally sells millions of dollars worth of hardware each time they release a new one. And while a full Android release for the storied franchise is but a pipedream at the moment (especially with the way Nintendo seems to be cuddling up to Apple as of late), indie developer Cornfox & Bros. is more than willing to pick up the slack with Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas.

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