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[Deal Alert] Get a refurbished Echo speaker for $89.99 ($75 off) on Amazon

Amazon's Prime Day is almost upon us, but the company has been rolling out a few early deals over the past week or so. Some of Amazon's services were discounted, and a refurbished Echo Dot showed up for $29.99. In a similar vein, you can now buy a refurbished Echo speaker for $89.99. That's $75 off the usual price for refurb units, and $90 off the price of a new Echo.

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Essential misses its promised 30-day shipping period for the Essential phone

Android co-founder Andy Rubin finally revealed the Essential phone at the end of May, after months of rumors and teasers. The main selling point is the near-bezeless display, but it also has all the other features you would expect from a 2017 flagship. There's a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a 3,040mAh battery. It also supports modular accessories (much like Moto Mods), starting with a tiny 360-degree camera.

When the phone was unveiled, Andy Rubin stated that the phone would ship within 30 days.

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Latest T-Mobile Galaxy S8 and S8+ update allows nav bar to be hidden, loses black fill option

One of the Galaxy S8's highlights is its extremely long 18.5:9 AMOLED display. It allows for more content while reading, as well as easier multitasking. However, the software keys on the bottom can cannibalize a bit of that screen real estate. Samsung's solution? Add a little button on the side of the screen that allows users to hide them at the touch of a button. Unfortunately, this feature addition also takes something that I never thought of as a feature: the black nav bar.

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New Chromecast Ultra firmware update adds "video smoothness" feature, turns it on by default

Resolution is important on displays, but for now, there's not really much point obsessing about it given that most consumer TVs and many monitors now have 4K screens onboard. However, frame rate is just as crucial, if not more so; I'd much rather have a slightly lower-res stream with a more stable fps count. Google seems to have had the same thought process, given its latest "video smoothness" feature addition to the 4K-capable Chromecast Ultra with firmware version 90308.

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[Deal Alert] Unlocked T-Mobile LG G5 (H830T) is $224.99 on eBay

The LG G5 wasn't quite the success LG hoped it would be. The phone's modular functionality, the primary selling point, never really took off. It didn't help that the phone was fairly expensive when it launched, hovering around $600-700 in the United States. The T-Mobile G5 (H830T) is now just $224.99 on eBay, which is $30-80 off what other stores are charging for the unlocked US model.

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[Update: And it's gone] OnePlus Launcher is now on the Play Store in a (currently full) limited beta

It looks like OnePlus might be looking for a faster and easier way to update its launcher instead of waiting on OTAs to deliver updates. As of today, the OnePlus Launcher is appearing on Google Play. Unfortunately for anyone clamoring to check it out, it's currently in limited beta, and all the test slots are full.

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Sony Music beta adds support for Android Auto [APK Download]

The latest beta for Sony's Music app just added support for Android Auto. Now you can control playback and view album art from the app while in Android Auto, as you can with other apps like Spotify or Google Play Music. Unfortunately, the beta requires being part of a closed community. But, fortunately, we have an APK, if you are interested in trying it out. 

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Former CEO Jia Yueting resigns as chairman of LeEco's public unit

Just after his assets were frozen, and two months after resigning as CEO, LeEco chairman Jia Yueting has resigned from his position at the financially troubled and publicly traded half of the company. This latest news is almost assuredly connected to LeEco's ongoing financial problems. There is no word yet on how this might affect the privately owned phone manufacturing arm of the company.

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Ultimate Lightning McQueen by Sphero review: Not nearly enough ka-chow for $300

The original Cars movie came out in March 2006. That may not seem like all that long ago to some of you, but keep this in mind: it wasn't until September 2008 that the first-ever Android phone, the HTC Dream, made its consumer debut. Back in '06, I was just a kid who was much more interested in toy cars than technology. You can imagine, then, how excited I was to see a Pixar movie with animated talking cars.

It's been eleven years since then, and I now spend my time on actual cars far more than little models of them.

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Moto G5S Plus will feature a 5.5" 1080p display, a metal build, and dual rear cameras

The Moto G5 Plus is already a good budget phone - so good, in fact, that we declared it "the king of budget phones" in our review. However, Lenovorola isn't stopping there; famed leaker Evan Blass of VentureBeat has looked at marketing materials for the G5S Plus, which state that the upcoming smartphone will be larger, better-built, and have superior cameras when compared to the current G5 Plus.

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