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Sharp announces the Aquos S2 with a near bezel-free design and mid-range specs

The year 2017 will go down in history for being the beginning of the end for bezels. Who needs 'em anyway? Samsung, LG, Apple, and others are doing everything possible to get rid of all that unused space on the front of their phones, but Sharp has been tinkering with the bezel-free approach for some time. Remember the Aquos Crystal from a few years ago? Now, Sharp has unveiled the Aquos S2, which bears a striking resemblance to the Essential Phone.

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Mozilla's new 'Photon UI' arrives in Firefox Nightly on Android

If you've been out of the loop, Mozilla is hyping the upcoming Firefox 57 update, scheduled to arrive in November of this year. It will include a new interface (nicknamed 'Photon') across desktop and mobile, as well as the first stages of Project Quantum to improve performance. Firefox 57 will also remove support for legacy (XUL-based) add-ons, a move that isn't popular with all users.

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Hotspot Shield VPN developer in trouble over lockscreen ads and potential privacy concerns

Lock screen adware in the Play Store is nothing new. Last year, Google had a bit of an epidemic on its hands, when once beloved apps such as ES File Explorer started showing unwarranted overlays while phones were charging. We saw a similar thing with the Peel Smart Remote app earlier this year, and the latest offender appears to be Hotspot Shield VPN.

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Nokia 5 and 6 start receiving August security patch on the same day as Nexus/Pixel devices

We at AP usually don't cover security patches for non-Google devices, as those are released for different models constantly, but we found this pretty interesting: Nokia began pushing the August 2017 security patch to the Nokia 5 and 6 yesterday, the very same day that Google did. Impressive work, HMD Global.

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T-Mobile revises JUMP! On Demand to allow device upgrades every 30 days

In the smartphone world, things can change a lot within a short span of time. As a result, those of you who have to have the latest and greatest thing in your pocket might be inclined to keep buying phones and, consequently, take losses on them when you sell them. T-Mobile's JUMP! On Demand plan previously allowed phone junkies to switch devices three times a year, but the policy has now been changed to once every 30 days.

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You can now pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active from AT&T

After a slew of recent leaks, the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8 Active was finally announced as a limited-time AT&T exclusive yesterday. The pre-order pages are now live on the carrier's site, for both the Meteor Gray and Tungsten Gold colorways, and we also get our first official confirmation of many of the specs.

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Samsung may include a case with the Galaxy Note8, but only in some regions

The Galaxy Note8 is shaping up to be a great device, judging from all the leaks we've seen so far. But as bezels on phones shrink, it becomes a bit trickier to hold them without setting off the touchscreen, and the glass back doesn't help matters. Thankfully, it looks like Samsung will throw a free case in the Note8's box.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon has the ad-free gray 32GB Moto G5 Plus for $179.99 ($50 off)

Motorola, despite some strange missteps lately, is still king of the budget phone market in the west. You get some fantastic value with the G and E lines that is very difficult to beat, especially in the U.S. If you've been looking to pick a G5 up, you can grab the 32GB/2GB version for the low, low price of $179.99. That means you can save $50 off of the original MSRP.

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CBS All Access to launch in Canada next year, with more countries to follow

The TV landscape has shifted an enormous amount in the past decade. We've gone from requiring a TV subscription to watch almost any new show, to centralizing everything on services like Netflix, to every major TV network creating their own subscription service. CBS launched its 'All Access' site in 2014, allowing users to stream content the day after it airs, and the company is looking to expand it outside the United States.

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[Deal Alert] Sony Xperia XZ Premium is already $100 off ($699) from Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H

Sony's phones are almost always more expensive than competing devices, and the XZ Premium is no exception. It arrived in the United States for a whopping $799, making it one of the most expensive (mainstream) phones on the market. Here we are, about a month and a half after its release in 'Murica, and the phone has already dropped $100.

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