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Amazon releases Fire TV Stick Basic Edition for $50

If your TV is tragically not smart enough—or otherwise lacks a way to play Amazon Prime Video—Amazon has been heavily pushing their line of Fire TV devices since 2014. While the 3rd generation Fire TV started shipping last month, Amazon just announced the new Fire TV Stick Basic Edition. Problem is, there's absolutely nothing new about this at all.

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[Update: Pixel 2 too, mostly] Pixel 2 XL November security update adds promised saturated color mode

People made a pretty big fuss about the Pixel 2 XL's display for several reasons, one of which was that its colors were too muted. To alleviate this issue, Google said that it would add a mode that would enable more saturated colors via an update in the coming weeks. Well, it's been a few weeks since that statement, and lo and behold, the November security patch adds that saturated color mode.

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Google's November update lowers Pixel 2 XL maximum brightness, adds fading navigation buttons from 8.1 DP1 to both Pixel 2s

The numerous worries about the Pixel 2 XL's display were addressed by Google in late October, and the company is taking action now. The November update not only adds the promised saturated color mode to the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, but also a number of other minor tweaks, including a slightly lower maximum brightness for the Pixel 2 XL and fading soft keys for both the Pixel 2 and 2 XL.

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Samsung's latest ad makes direct jabs at multiple generations of the iPhone, and it's pretty funny

Samsung seems to be angling towards a different type of ad campaign: one that makes fun of competitors' devices. We first saw this (indirectly) with Samsung's 'Screen Reviews' commercial, but this latest 'Growing Up' takes the roasts to a whole other level. Several generations of the iPhone are highlighted here, and it's really very well done.

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Google Contacts v2.3 may add real-time location sharing [APK Teardown]

Google is starting off the week with an update to the Contacts app. After poking around for quite some time, it looks like there aren't any notable changes on the surface, but changes to the resources suggest that we'll soon be able to turn on real-time location sharing with other people directly from within the Contacts app.

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[Update: False alarm] Xiaomi may be working on a phone with edge controls, according to hidden MIUI setting

When the HTC U11 arrived earlier this year, the squeezable frame ('Edge Sense') that performed actions seemed like a gimmick. But it ended up being a neat feature, and we've seen it on a few phones since then. The HTC U11 Plus and Life both have it, as well as the 2017 Pixel phones. Now it looks like Xiaomi could be working on the technology for an upcoming phone.

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[Deal Alert] Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra is $299 ($100 off) at Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, and others

The XA1 and XA1 Ultra were revealed back in February as a pair of 'super mid-range' phones. The XA1 Ultra finally arrived in the United States in July, for a rather-high price tag of $399. Now you can grab one for $100 off at just about everywhere the phone is sold.

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OnePlus Camera 2.4 adds a new mode-switching screen [APK Download]

News surrounding OnePlus is starting to heat up, since the mostly fan-favorite Chinese manufacturer has decided to repeat its two flagship strategy from last year. Opinions on that aside, we saw an update to the Camera app a few days ago, bringing the version to 2.4.17. Not a huge update, but it has a slight UI change.

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Start the week with 27 temporarily free and 25 on-sale apps

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to the thrice-weekly app sales roundups. I took some time off from doing these to give myself a break, seeing as I was rapidly approaching serious burnout. Thank you to all of you who let me know how much you appreciate these and that you missed them — I'm sorry that you've been left in the dark for two weeks. All of that being said, we have quite the shoddy list to welcome us all back, and yet we trudge onward.

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