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[Deal Alert] Ecobee3 thermostat is now just $176.16 at Amazon ($72 off)

We posted about the price cut the Ecobee3 saw just a week ago over at Amazon, but it looks like things have dropped a bit further since then. Now the Ecobee3 is just $176.16, and that's still shipped and sold by Amazon, not a third-party.

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Google posted more of the 2017 I/O schedule, time to plan your own

More of this year's schedule for Google's I/O developer conference is finally up. At least, more than the last time we talked about it. Not all of the events are on it, as some would likely give away announcements made during the keynote at I/O by their presence on the calendar, but it looks like most of the talks should be there now. If you are planning on attending, as some of us are, then you might want to start figuring out how best to divide up your time.

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[Deal Alert] Get your weekend started with 18 temporarily free and 23 on-sale apps

Friday is here and that means we all survived another week. For me, that means a weekend of homework and studying, but I hope not all of you share the same fate as I do. It being Friday also means it's time for another round of apps that are free or on sale!

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Nougat arrives next week for the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus on T-Mobile [Update]

Android 7.0 Nougat has been out for a few months now, so we're getting to the point when older phones are seeing the update. T-Mobile project manager Des Smith reports that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is next up. This phone's Nougat update is on the way next week.

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Amazon is ending its Underground 'Actually Free' app program [Update]

Amazon's Appstore for Android has always been at a disadvantage compared to the Play Store. It isn't included on devices other than its own Fire tablets, and the Play Store has a lot more content. Amazon has tried to entice users to get apps from the Appstore with various promotions and free apps. Back in 2015, Amazon launched the Actually Free program, which offered paid apps and games at no cost. Today, Amazon has announced it's discontinuing Underground Actually Free.

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BLU's $160 R1 Plus comes equipped with a 5.5" 720p display, a MediaTek chip, a 4000mAh battery, and Marshmallow (in 2017!)

Oh, BLU. You make good phones for the money, but you've shown you just don't care about software time and time again. The brand new R1 Plus features some decent hardware, like 3GB of RAM and a 4000mAh battery, for $159.99... but it has Android 6.0 Marshmallow onboard. It's 2017, guys.

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Along Together is a new puzzle adventure game for Daydream

Slowly but surely new Google Daydream VR titles are trickling out. Along Together is the latest release on the platform. It is a puzzle adventure game where you play the role of a kid's imaginary companion. Your job is to guide them through their journey of finding a lost friend.

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Google Wifi launches in Canada at $179 and $439

Google's Official Canada Blog has just announced that Google Wifi will be available in Canada as of today. Prices range from $179 for a single unit to $439 for a three-pack. It's currently available for purchase from the Google Store, as well as Best Buy Canada, Staples Canada, and Walmart Canada. Although the shape may be familiar to our northern neighbors, I would like to make it clear this is a router.

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[Update: Winners] We are giving two lucky readers a Jabra Speak 710 ($300 value), a portable Bluetooth speaker for your conference calls and your jam sessions

Have you ever tried to hold a conference call with your phone laying on the table? It's generally unpleasant. Some people can't be heard or sound far away, the sound quality is bad, and depending on the phone, it can be hard to hear the people on the other end, too.

You could buy a specialized microphone, but those make for pretty narrowly targeted products. Why not get a gadget that doesn't just knock voice calling features out of the park, but makes for a top notch portable speaker, too? Even better, we're giving away two of them!

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What We Use, 2017 Edition: The stuff Corbin can't live without

You may recall Android Police's long-running 'What We Use' series, where the fantastic people that work here share the tech (and sometimes non-tech) products they use on a frequent basis.

I haven't actually written one of these posts yet - simply because I only joined AP last year. I've had a fascination with technology as long as I can remember, but my arsenal of toys is constantly changing. So without further ado, this is what I use.

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