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Sprint and T-Mobile merger has reportedly been dropped

A possible merger between T-Mobile and Sprint has been a topic of discussion and rumors for years. Last month, it was revealed that the two companies were (again) in talks of a merger, with T-Mobile's parent company Deutsche Telekom having majority ownership of the new carrier.

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Firefox support for web-based Google Earth is in development

After two years in development, the web-based Google Earth 9.0 debuted earlier this year. The new version runs entirely in the web browser, but it only works in Google Chrome. This is because it used Portable Native Client (NaCl), a technology that allows C and C++ code to run in the Chrome browser. Since no other browser bothered implementing NaCl, the Earth web app was exclusive to Chrome.

That is now changing, as the Twitter account for Google Earth revealed that Firefox support is in the works:

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NVIDIA rolls out SHIELD Experience 6.1 with Assistant improvements, KRACK fix, YouTube TV support, and more

The latest update to the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV is rolling out today, and it adds a number of nifty features. The last big update included Assistant support, and this update adds more Assistant commands. You also get various bug fixes, including the recently revealed KRACK vulnerability in WPA2.

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[Deal Alert] Echo Dot 2nd generation is $10 off ($39.99) at Amazon, Best Buy, and other stores

Discounts on Amazon's hardware don't happen very often, especially with the already-cheap Echo Dot. The largest (official) discount was on Prime Day, when the smart speaker went for $34.99. If you missed out on that deal, Amazon is now selling the Echo Dot for $39.99, a $10 drop from the usual price.

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YouTube TV coming to Android TV, Xbox One, Apple TV, and smart TVs

Google's long-rumored live TV service finally arrived earlier this year as 'YouTube TV.' Even from the start, it was a pretty solid offering, and Google has continued to add more channels and expand to more areas. But for a service called 'YouTube TV,' the lack of smart TV/Android TV applications was a major omission. To date, the only way to watch content on the big screen has been with a Chromecast.

That changes today, as YouTube has announced that applications for Android TV and Xbox One will be released within the next few days.

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Xiaomi to start selling devices in Spain

It wasn't too long ago that Xiaomi only sold its products within the confines of China, but over the past few years, the company has extended its reach. It currently sells devices in China, India, Southeast Asia, Mexico, the Middle East, South Korea, Egypt, Poland, Ukraine, and Mexico. Now Xiaomi is looking to enter Western Europe, starting with Spain.

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Samsung Internet v6.2 now available with night mode, tracking blocker, and more

Some of Samsung's apps feel like an afterthought; something it develops simply because there should be a Samsung version of one app or another on Samsung phones. The browser isn't like that. It gets regular updates, and people seem to actually like the app. Even folks with non-Samsung phones use it. Samsung Internet is getting an update today that brings some new features and expands support to more phones than ever.

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ASUS announces the ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4, and ZenFone 4 Max for North America

Asus has announced which devices of the convoluted ZenFone 4 family are coming to North America. The ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4, and ZenFone 4 Max all feature dual-camera systems, front-mounted fingerprint sensors, and Nougat. They'll be heading our way soon with their emphases on strong photography capabilities and value propositions.

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Android 8.1 feature spotlight: You can now restore backed up data after initial setup process

Backing up and restoring data is something that Android hasn't always handled so well, but it's got a lot better in recent versions. Since Marshmallow, automatic app data backups have made switching between phones a whole lot easier, bringing all your apps and settings with you. This means that you can set up a new device and have it look identical to your old one, without having to go through the agony setting everything up again.

What hasn't been possible, though, is restoring data to a device after the initial setup is complete. That appears to have changed with the Android 8.1 Oreo developer preview, and also in 8.0 on the new Pixels, which share a bunch of features with the 8.1 build you'll get on OG Pixels and Nexuses.

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Samsung Gear Sport review: A smartwatch regular people might actually buy

Smartwatches were supposed to be the Next Big ThingTM a few years ago when Samsung launched the original Android-powered Galaxy Gear. That device came with a laundry list of problems, but the company quickly reassessed and got on board with Android Wear while also dabbling with the Tizen wearable OS. When Samsung quietly stepped back from Android Wear, many of us thought it was a mistake. With the release of the Gear Sport, it's looking like Samsung made the right call.

The Gear Sport is a followup to last year's Gear S3. Like that watch, the Sport has a round Super AMOLED display, a rotating bezel, and the Tizen wearable OS.

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