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[Deal Alert] Get the Sphero remote-controlled BB-8 with Force Band for $122 ($78 off) on Amazon

What's better than a remote control BB-8 toy, you ask? A remote control BB-8 toy on sale. Perhaps a day early for May the 4th (as in "May the Force be with you"), Sphero has discounted the popular toy to just $122 on Amazon.

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Gameloft launches Blitz Brigade sequel 'Rival Tactics' on Android

The current state of mobile gaming isn't to everyone's liking, and if you're one of those people you should move along now. The new Blitz Brigade: Rival Tactics from Gameloft has all the makings of a modern mobile game from the in-app purchases to the screaming guy app icon. This is, of course, a followup to the original Blitz Brigade, but it's a very different kind of game.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Verizon/GSM unlocked Galaxy S8+ for $825 on eBay ($15 off, no sales tax)

The Galaxy S8/S8+ are the best phones of 2017 so far with the top-of-the-line SoC, gorgeous display, and an improved software experience. Either costs a pretty penny, so any sort of savings is worth it, right? Today we have the Verizon/GSM unlocked Galaxy S8+ for $824.99, which is only $15 off the price straight from Big Red. This one, however, is free of taxes and shipping costs. Makes it more interesting.

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SoundCloud introduces a new way to discover music with The Upload

Some of us actively look forward to Monday for one reason: Spotify's Discover Weekly playlist. Every week on that day I get a new playlist tuned to my preferences based on what I've been listening to (you can check out this week's glory here). The rush of Monday news is that much easier with adequate tunes. Now SoundCloud is getting in on the action with their own personalized playlists.

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Rovio launches Battle Bay, a game about boats instead of birds

Rovio is most well-known for Angry Birds, even though the company has released a few games over the years not part of that franchise. None of those really took off, though. Rovio is giving non-bird games another shot today with Battle Bay. This game has been in geo-restricted testing for a while, but now it's available to all.

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LG G6 already down to $500 at T-Mobile, plus free Google Home and G Pad X tablet

Just the other day we noticed that LG's G6 was $600 at B&H, and now the month-old flagship is down to $500 at T-Mobile. The model T-Mobile is selling might not be the same version you can get from B&H, but, for those of you on the magenta carrier, it is $100 less and comes with a free G Pad X. You can even use it to take advantage of LG's current promo and pick up a Google Home. $500 for a phone, tablet, and Google Home is a pretty sweet deal if the $800 GS8 and its curvy screen doesn't appeal to you.

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Google expected to discontinue YouTube Accelerator to focus on deploying WiFi networks

Google announced an interesting product last year called YouTube Accelerator that aimed to do away with buffering by caching YouTube videos on local networks. Accelerator initially launched in a handful of locations in the Philippines, but now Google is rumored to be dropping Accelerator. Instead, it's just going to work on rolling out faster WiFi in public spaces as part of the Google Station program.

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The Sprint Magic Box will improve your coverage and increase download speeds

This is Sprint's Magic Box, the world's first all-wireless small cell, which promises to improve LTE data coverage and download speeds indoors. The plug-and-play unit is aimed at both small businesses and regular customers and offered at no extra cost, with availability subject to qualifying locations.

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Android Pay's gift card limitations: You can only add 10 cards total and 5 per merchant within 30 days

File this one in the "Did you know?" category of weird limitations placed on Google and Android services. If you have many gift cards that you want to add to your Android Pay account, you might hit an arbitrary and unforeseen limit at some point. Tipster Ananya Gupta encountered the issue while adding several gift cards to his account: the above pop-up showed up and he couldn't add any more cards. So he contacted a Google support rep who explained the limits:

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NVIDIA launches SHIELD Preview Program to let you test new software before it's released

NVIDIA already does a lot of things right by its users from providing timely Android version updates to keeping the software as clean as possible and even staying at the forefront of streaming services and options. Now, it's taking one more step toward conquering your heart as one of the best Android OEMs by launching a new SHIELD Preview Program where you can test upcoming features of the SHIELD Experience Upgrade software before they roll out to the public.

The company already provides SHIELD Developer OS Images (where beta versions used to be available) and was running a SHIELD Experience Preview program that was closed last year, so it's not the first time it has done something like this.

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