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Nexus and Pixel factory images and OTAs for May 2017 are now available

It's the first day of May, and Google is wasting no time releasing the May 2017 factory images and OTAs for Nexus and Pixel devices. Just like last month, the security update has reached the Pixel/Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, and Nexus 9.

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[Deal Alert] Xperia X 32GB (F5121) $250 at Amazon and B&H

I've seen that there are two general camps when it comes to phones these days: those who want something big, and those who don't. For the latter, Sony has become a bit of a savior by continuing to make decent phones in a small form-factor. If you're part of that camp and you've been waiting for a deal on a recent Sony phone, that time has arrived. B&H and Amazon have the Xperia X for $250. That'll get you a nice 5" display and decent specs for a reasonable price.

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Neon Chrome from developer 10tons is an infinitely replayable top-down shooter

Developer 10tons brought us the hugely entertaining Crimsonland a few years ago, and now it's back with another top-down shooter called Neon Chrome. This game uses procedurally generated levels and an upgrade system to create endless gameplay that doesn't get stale. There are no in-app purchases, but like Crimsonland, it comes with a hefty upfront price.

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WhatsApp lets you pin 3 chats to the top

Those of us who use WhatsApp a lot know that the conversation list can get pretty crowded very fast with groups, plenty of family and friends, and random individual chats. That leads the important chats, the ones you come back to many times during the day, to always change their order in the list and jump up and down depending on when the most recent message was sent. So you're left skimming the list with your eyes, and sometimes scrolling down, to find that conversation you need. (Or you add a chat shortcut to your homescreen.)

WhatsApp beta 2.17.162 (and now 163) solves that by adding one very handy little feature: pinned chats.

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Weekend poll: Screen protector or no?

In seven years of smartphone ownership, I can't say I've ever bought a screen protector for any of my handsets. They feel weird, they put a layer between you and the screen, and I really just don't like the way they look. But, there's no denying that a proper tempered glass sheet can save your phone from catastrophe along with reducing the signs of general wear and tear, and a plastic one can at least do the latter.

As smartphones start to adopt curved screens, though, screen protectors have become less practical, and manufacturers are more and more touting the inherent toughness of their devices when it comes to resisting impacts (if not so much scratches).

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Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate review: A great step in the right direction

I have a love-hate relationship with Bluetooth, especially headsets. As a regular gym-goer, I like the convenience that they offer, which by-and-large outpaces wired earbuds. However, most are not as reliable, lose connection, and don't have the best sound quality. Despite all of this, I see more Bluetooth sound devices these days than wired ones. The neckband style especially (think Powerbeats) is gaining in popularity — they're all over the gyms, hiking/mountain biking trails, and sidewalks.

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ZTE Axon 7 updated to support Night Mode and 256GB microSD cards

The ZTE Axon 7 was updated to Android 7.1.1 last month, becoming one of the few non-Google devices to officially receive it. A new software update, referred to as 'B25' by ZTE, is now rolling out to the Axon 7 A2017U with a few minor new features and bug fixes.

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UE Wonderboom review: A super adorable waterproof speaker that sounds great

This little guy is the UE Wonderboom, the newest speaker in UE's product line. It's half as tall, and almost twice as fat as its more expensive and elegant big brother, the UE Boom 2. At $50 less, it's nearly as loud and sounds almost as good. The catch? It's missing a few of the features of its older siblings. However, if the missing features are ones you don't care about, it's a better bargain.

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Samsung's EVO Select microSD cards are crazy fast and crazy cheap

Back when I used a Surface Pro 2 as my primary computer, I was quickly running out of space and needed more room. A 128GB microSD card set me back well over $100, and just a few short years later, the same capacity with faster read/write speeds is less than half the price.

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Team17's 2D arena game 'Penarium' is now available on the Play Store for $1.99

Team17, perhaps best known for its long-running Worms series, released 'Penarium' on Steam back in 2015. The game is centered around a sadistic arena-like circus show, where you take on the role of Willy as he tries to survive the death traps. Now the game has been released on the Play Store.

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