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Twitch announces Pulse, a feed for keeping up with streamers and friends

One of the problems content creators face is keeping their followers/subscribers informed. YouTube solved this with the Community tab, allowing some channels to create text posts that show up on the main subscriptions feed. Now Twitch has unveiled Pulse, allowing streamers to better interact with their followers, and vice-versa.

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[Deal Alert] Get $5 off on any book over $5 on Google Play

Today is the fifth anniversary of the Google Play Store. That's right, it has been five years since we saw the last of the Android Market - unless you had a very old device that never received the redesigned store app. To celebrate, Google is taking $5 off any book on Google Play Books - as long as it costs more than $5 to begin with.

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Samsung Pay now available in India

As you may know, Samsung has been working on its own NFC payments platform for a while now, fittingly called Samsung Pay. While it shares much in common with Android Pay, Samsung's platform is notable for supporting Magnetic Secure Transmission, which allows payments on terminals without NFC.

Now Samsung has officially made Samsung Pay available in the country of India, with several banks already signed on to support it.

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Daydream VR games on sale for 50% off: Gunjack 2, Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes, and Need for Speed No Limits

Gaming is one of the primary use cases for virtual reality, but man, those VR games are expensive. Spending $10-20 for a mobile VR game is a tough sell, but there's a sale on three of the top Daydream games today to make VR gaming a little more palatable. Gunjack 2, Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes, and Need for Speed No Limits are all 50% off.

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Blue Ella review: Incredible planar headphones that can go anywhere

Blue is a company famous for its studio microphones, but their more recent foray into headphones has not disappointed me. 2015's Lolas were my favorite to date, though I also quite liked the powered Mo-Fis. But what I have here are easily Blue's most ambitious headphones yet: Ella, and she has me absolutely head over heels - this is pure planar magnetic bliss.

If you're not familiar with the term, planar magnetic headphones are a subtype of over-ear monitors that vibrate a series of membranes and strata in a conceptually similar way a traditional dynamic driver does a "voice coil" - using electricity and magnets to drive a moving element attached to a diaphragm that then produces sound.

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[Deal Alert] T-Mobile Galaxy S7 Edge on sale for $430 ($250 off) with a free 128GB MicroSD card

The Galaxy S8 announcement is right around the corner... which means it's a great time to snag a clearance deal on the still-pretty-great S7 models. Samsung's official online store is selling the T-Mobile variants of the Galaxy S7 Edge at a significant discounts, a full $250 off the new phone. That makes the S7 Edge $429.99, much cheaper than T-Mobile's full price as well ($672). Samsung is also throwing in a 128GB MicroSD card for free!

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Fitbit's new Alta HR is the 'world's slimmest' fitness tracker with a continuous heart rate sensor

Smartwatches don't seem to be gaining the cultural cachet that Google was hoping they would, but cheaper and more basic fitness monitors continue to do well even among the non-techy crowd. Just ask Fitbit, which is apparently flush enough to buy Pebble lock, stock, and barrel. The company's latest minimalist fitness tracker is the Alta HR, announced today and heading to retailers in April for $149.95. The Alta HR is an upgraded version of the current Alta, which adds a full-time heart rate sensor to the basic design.

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Pixel and Nexus March 2017 factory images and OTAs are live, plus new security bulletin

Factory images for the March 2017 security update for most supported Pixel and Nexus devices are now up on Google's developer sites here and here. That includes the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C, Nexus 9 (+LTE), and Nexus 6. Builds for the Pixels are NOF27B for all variants except devices on Rogers, which should use build NOF27C.

The Nexus Player appears to be left out of the March updates at this point.

You can find the accompanying security bulletin here, which as usual lists a significant number of security threats that have now been eliminated.

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LineageOS 14.1 now supports the Galaxy S7/S7 edge, Galaxy Note 8 tablet, and more

LineageOS, the successor to the ill-fated CyanogenMod project, has already achieved hundreds of thousands of active installs. Many former CM developers have moved to the new project, and just like CyanogenMod, LineageOS is rapidly expanding to more devices. Several new devices are now supported by LineageOS 14.1, including the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, Galaxy Note 8 tablet, and more.

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Adobe Lightroom v2.3 adds RAW HDR capture to select devices

Adobe added native photo capture to the Lightroom app a while back, and you can get some pretty good results with support for RAW photo capture on many devices. In the latest update, Adobe has taken photo captures a step further with support for RAW HDR capture. Only a few phones are supported right now, but the update is live in the Play Store.

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