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AT&T Offering Device Insurance Open Enrollment Now Through April 30th

Device insurance is a contentious issue—it's expensive, and you probably won't ever need it. However, if you do destroy or lose a phone, you'd probably much rather pay an insurance deductible than buy a new device. If you like to play it safe, AT&T has open enrollment for insurance now through April 30th.

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[Update: Back Again, $179.99] Deal Alert: Get The LG Watch Urbane For $199.99 From BuyDig Via eBay

The holiday season is behind us, but maybe you didn't get that LG Watch Urbane you were hoping for. Hey, it's understandable. Not everyone wants to shill out several hundred dollars for a gift. Fortunately you're a working adult, and you can afford to buy your own expensive wrist accessories.

Amazon offered the LG Watch Urbane for $199.69 as part of a lightning deal last month, but now that price has risen back up to $259. You may prefer the former price, and so do we. That's why it's worth checking eBay.

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[Update: Beta Has Arrived] Remix OS 2.0 Graduates To Beta March 1st With 32-Bit Support, OTA, Dual Boot, And Still No Google Services


Jide Technology is focused on making Android more desktop-like. The company first kickstarted a Microsoft Surface-like tablet, then followed it with a small puck to turn any display into an Android desktop, the Remix Mini. When Michael reviewed the latter, he found the software interesting, but the hardware lacking. The third aspect of Jide's strategy was to release its Remix OS for free for anyone to install and use. Michael also reviewed it and called it promising while still pointing out its current limitations.

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Pebble Drops Price Of The Pebble Time To $149.99, Time Round To $199.99

It's time to drop some pebbles! I prefer to toss them into the nearest stream, but—

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I've been informed that we're talking about prices. Pebble prices. Capital P.

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SoundHound's Natural Voice Search App 'Hound' Is Now Out Of Beta And Available For All

Google's various flavors of voice control are neat, not to mention extremely useful thanks to deep integration with Android. But Mountain View doesn't have a monopoly on speech interpretation: Microsoft has made a pretty compelling case for its cross-platform Cortana system, to say nothing of the similar entries from Apple and Amazon. SoundHound threw its hat in the ring last year with the semi-proprietary Hound app, though you had to be part of the beta to check it out. Today Hound gets a public launch, and everyone can play with it with no prerequisites.

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Sony Republishes Driveclub Companion App Over A Year After The PlayStation 4 Game's Launch

Sometimes things don't go as planned. Sony released Driveclub for the PlayStation 4 in October of 2014. At the time, a companion came out for Android, but Sony quickly pulled the app after less than a day on the site. The servers struggled to handle the load of everyone trying to play, so Sony delayed the PlayStation Plus Edition and mobile companion app in order to reduce the strain.

Now it's March 2016, and version 1.0 of the Driveclub companion app has returned to Google Play.

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YouTube App Starts Introducing A New Record And Upload Screen And Updated Camcorder FAB For Some Users

Have you compared YouTube on your phone to YouTube on a friend's phone lately? There are better than average chances that the two are at least slightly different. The video consumption app is a bit like a snowflake, at least in the sense that it's not the same experience for any two people. The latest experiment for some users is introducing a new icon for the floating action button (FAB) and an entirely new screen for uploading content to YouTube.

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Left: older look. Right: new look.

There's not much of a change to the FAB itself, just a new icon. The somewhat generic upload icon has been replaced by a camcorder.

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Android 6.0 Update Rolling Out To 2nd Gen Moto G In The US

The 2nd gen Moto G never really seemed like a priority for Motorola in the US. After all, they never even released an LTE variant around here. That hasn't stopped Moto from pushing a Marshmallow update to the device. We've confirmed the update is available immediately via the update menu, but you might already have the notification.

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[Deal Alert] Official Niantic Labs-Licensed Cheero Ingress Power Cube With 12,000mAh Capacity Drops Below $30 On Amazon

Ingress players are a special breed. They're willing to take their phones out in public and walk around staring at their phones. Okay, maybe they're not all that different from other Android gamers after all. Nonetheless, their game of choice requires they go out and explore, and that means running the risk of a dead battery.

Cheero made a battery specifically for Ingress players, and it has been officially licensed by the game's creator, Niantic Labs.

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[Update: Winners] We Have 25 Codes For Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance For SHIELD Android TV To Give Away Courtesy of NVIDIA

When it comes to iconic video games, there are few that stand out more than the Metal Gear series. I was instantly hooked when I first played Metal Gear Solid, and have been a huge fan of the franchise since. While Solid Snake is basically the character who makes the whole thing, I learned to appreciate and even like Raiden in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (after my initial irritation that the game wasn't playable as Snake). It took me a while to get there, but I finally did.

I was happy to see him get his own game as a cyborg ninja in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, though I never actually got around to playing that title on a traditional console.

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