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[Sweet Revenge] IRS phone scammers get a taste of their own medicine after messing with a programmer

Phone scams are getting more frequent and elaborate with time. Nowadays, one of the schemes involves scammers pretending they're from the IRS and accusing you of fraud then requesting payments to clear up your name and account. You'd have to imagine that a lot of people wouldn't dare questioning the IRS or appearing the least bit resistant or uncooperative with its reps, so these scams are usually very successful.

What the scammers didn't count on in this case, though, is messing with a programmer. When the victim realizes he's being duped, he proceeds to write a script that calls the scammers' phone number 28 times a second and floods their lines completely, rendering their entire operation useless.

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[Deal Alert] Get an Amazon Echo for $130 ($50 off)

Amazon struck gold with the Echo. The speaker/personal assistant has grown significantly since its birth, with only the Google Home to compete with. If you've been itching to get your hands on an Echo, you can get one from either Amazon or Best Buy for $129.99, a savings of $50.

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OnePlus rolls out OxygenOS 4.5.2 OTA to the OnePlus 5 with optimizations for camera, network stability, and more [Update: 4.5.3 rolling out, too]

The OnePlus 5 hasn't technically started shipping yet, but some of those who got in on the early pre-sale already have their phones. And today, they're getting a new update to go with them. OnePlus is pushing OxygenOS 4.5.2 to the OP5, which brings a number of bug fixes and optimizations.

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Rose Pink Galaxy S8+ will launch in Taiwan next month

There are already plenty of color options for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, including Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Maple Gold, and Coral Blue. That's an awful lot of colors to choose from, but if you wanted a pink phone, you were unfortunately out of luck. Samsung has announced a new color of the S8+, named "Rose Pink," but it will only be available in Taiwan (for now).

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Nokia 6 coming to the United States in early July for $229

Earlier this year, HMD Global started production of Android phones with the Nokia brand. The Nokia 6 was revealed in January, and the Nokia 6 and 3 were announced the next month. The phones have been well-received, and HMD seems dedicated to quick updates. Unfortunately, none of them have been (officially) available in the United States.

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[Deal Alert] Seneo 10W fast wireless charging stand $15 at Amazon ($5 off with coupon)

Should the first-party Samsung fast chargers be a bit too rich for your blood, this deal might serve as an alternative. Today over at Amazon you can pick up a Seneo Fast Wireless charger for just a hair shy of $15, via a coupon. Even better, the charger is quite specifically listed as being compatible with Samsung devices, and it can even perform so-called "fast charging" with them. Now your Galaxy S8 can wirelessly suck down 10 watts of juice for just $15. 

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YouTube is rebuilding the Creator Studio and introducing a new way to browse comments

In a blog post yesterday, YouTube made a few announcements to cap off 2017's VidCon US. In the post, they discussed their plans to remake the YouTube Creator Studio — their current channel management system — and simplify the name down to just "YouTube Studio." They also revealed a new system for comments that allows viewers to sort them by selected topics, making it easier to find what you want, and ignore what you don't. 

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Google Chrome adds support for picture-in-picture video on Android O

One of the headline features of Android O is picture-in-picture video support across all devices. The feature has been part of Android TV since Nougat, but starting with O, it works on phones and tablets too. A handful of applications have already added support for the feature, including VLC, Duo, and Play Movies - now it's Chrome's turn.

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Lenovo Tab 4 can now be pre-ordered from Amazon and Newegg, $129 for 8" and $179 for 10.1"

Lenovo is one of the few major Android manufacturers still invested in tablets, and the company's 'Tab 4' lineup has been highly anticipated by fans. Both 10.1-inch and 8-inch models have shown up for pre-order online, with the former costing $129 and the latter costing $179.

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WhatsApp lets you send any file type, bundles shared media, and modifies the call screen

It's quite fitting that the first article I write when I get back from my honeymoon (wipe your tears, ladies and gentlemen, this one's taken) is about WhatsApp. For the past years, I've reported about the app's different interface and functionality changes here on Android Police and while I was sipping cava by the sea or emphatically nodding "Si, si," to everyone in Spain while putting my new husband's feet to the test (not like that, you dirty-minded people, we were walking a lot everywhere), WhatsApp rolled out a couple of new things to its app... that no one in the AP team wanted to write out of veneration for my status as WhatsApp know-it-all guru.

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