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More detailed Pixel 2 pictures leak, show off all three colors

We saw some Pixel 2 XL pictures from famed leaker @evleaks earlier today, but it turns out he wasn't done. Blass has now released pictures depicting the Pixel 2 in all three color variants, as well as the back of the XL. We're preparing ourselves for some nasty comments about those bezels.

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Wink announces support for more products including SmartThings sensors, motorized blinds, Sengled lights, and more

Wink is a well-known name when it comes to the smart home space, and in a blog post today the company announced support for a bunch of new products. It supports five new lighting solutions, seven new security products/sensors, and three motorized window solutions (fancy words for automated window blinds). Connecting all your smart home devices into one seamless solution has never been easier. 

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Ring announces a DIY home security system called Ring Protect

Apparently, everyone is getting into the home security market lately. Nest announced its Nest Secure system recently, and then earlier today Samsung SmartThings unveiled an ADT-infused security setup. Now it's time for Ring to announce its own suspiciously timed security system. Ring Protect comes with a keypad and some sensors, plus it integrates with Ring's existing camera products.

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[Update: Winners] Giveaway: Win one of 20 BESTEK Surge Protectors with USB ports [US]

There are plenty of ways to protect your phone. You could buy a case, or a screen protector, or duct-tape it to your hand so you never drop it. But one surge of electricity during a storm, and your shiny new device can become a brick. You might already use surge protectors around your home for computers and other large electronics, but what about your portable devices? BESTEK has two fantastic surge protectors with built-in USB ports, and we're giving away 20 of them (10 of each).

This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future.

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17 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last week (9/26/17 - 10/2/17)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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VLC stable sees first major update in a year (v2.5) including an improved UI, search changes, support for Android Auto and PiP

Popular media player VLC just updated the stable branch of its Android app to 2.5, and it's one of the biggest updates in recent memory. This latest update has a dynamic new UI that better fits with Material Design guidelines, PiP mode, Android Auto support, 360-degree video support, and search improvements (including Google search integration), among a ton of other smaller features. As the first major release in over a year, we've been looking forward to it for quite a while. 

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Zizo is one of the fastest growing brands on Amazon - read about their Note8 cases and find out why [Sponsored Post]

As you all know, the Galaxy Note8 is not a cheap phone. $900+ is a sizable chunk of cash for anyone, and it would really suck to damage such a pricey device in a fall because you are using a cheap, crappy case, or - gasp - going naked. Note 8 buyers, don't let this happen to you; get yourself a great case from Zizo. They've got four excellent options to choose from in the BOLT, ION, ATOM, and STATIC. Three of them even come with a tempered glass screen protector designed to fit perfectly with the case.

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Google's October OTAs should fix some Pixel spontaneous reboots

The Oreo update has gone smoothly for most Pixel owners, but it hasn't gone perfectly for everyone. Some Pixel owners have been plagued by reboot issues since that update, and the cause has been difficult to pin down. According to Google, the OTAs rolling out today on Pixel devices will stop the reboots, which have a few distinct causes.

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Messenger loses its custom emoji set, will adopt Facebook's on Android and web

You might not have noticed this, but Facebook and Facebook Messenger had different emoji sets. Note the emphasis on "had," because Facebook has just chosen to ditch Messenger's own emojis for the ones that are found in Facebook itself. It's a real tragedy.

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Google releases Android's October security bulletin, OTAs and factory images available for Nexus/Pixel devices

The month of October has just begun, which means Pumpkin Spice lattes, leaves falling off trees, and marathons of The Nightmare Before Christmas on TV. It also means Google has released another Android security bulletin, just like the company does at the start of every month. As usual, OTA zips and factory images with the fixes are already available for Pixel and Nexus devices.

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