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doubleTwist brings Android Airplay fix for AppleTVs running tvOS10.2

Just at the end of last month Apple broke some things in their 10.2 tvOS update, preventing third-party services from using Airplay on Apple TV. For Android users that might own an Apple TV that could have been a bit of a downer. Fret not, though. Much as doubleTwist was the first to bring AirPlay streaming to Android, they're one of the first to bring it back.

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Google Maps v9.51 beta adds new details about parking, prepares to improve route planning with parking suggestions and traffic charts [APK Teardown + Download]

It's time for another update to Google Maps. Like so many other version bumps, this one includes a couple of great gifts to get users where they want to go. The focus of this release appears to be directed at parking. There are now indicators to show if there is on-site parking and whether it's free or paid. The theme continues into the teardown with a feature that will help drivers plan to find parking near their destination before getting there.

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Google's messaging mess is about money, not making your life easier (opinion)

I have a simple rule in life—if something does not seem to make sense, look for the money. What I mean is that profitability is often the simplest explanation for a decision that might seem to make little or no sense to someone on the outside of a company looking in. How does this rule apply to Google’s messaging mess? Much ink, and possibly much blood, has been spilt over Google’s recent messaging app strategy (or lack thereof). To some, it is a mangled and unfocused mess of half-baked concepts sent out into the world for us to shill to our increasingly impatient friends and family.

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[Deal Alert] Get a $10 Target eGiftCard for $5 (for eligible Groupon members)

This one seems pretty simple. For $5 you can get a $10 Target eGiftCard on Groupon. Whether you're a stingy grandparent looking for a way to be a bit more modern and avoid writing a $6.72 check for little Suzy's graduation gift, or if you're just hoping to double your cash somewhere you already spend money, it's not a difficult deal to understand. There's one big exception for all of this, though. It's one of Groupon's "invitation only" deals, which means you'll likely need to already have a Groupon account in order to take advantage of it.

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Google Play Music is Samsung's new default music app on the Galaxy S8, complete with exclusive features

Like most Android device makers, Samsung has always had a custom music player on its phones. However, that's changing with the Galaxy S8. Google and Samsung have teamed up to make Play Music the default player on all Samsung devices going forward. As part of the deal, owners of the GS8 (or future devices) get some special perks not available to others.

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[Deal Alert] Pixel 32GB (international version) is $50 off on eBay

It's no secret that Google has had some serious supply issues with its flagship Pixel phone. That goes for pretty much any combination of size, color, or storage. Rumors even began to surface alleging that Google had stopped production of the devices altogether. That wasn't the case, but nonetheless, you will still struggle to actually find the Pixel if you wish to buy it. A 32GB Pixel (international version) on eBay for $50 off the list price could be the answer to that problem.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus officially launch today

Today is the big day for Samsung—the Galaxy S8 is officially launching after being leaked and speculated about for months. The Galaxy S8 and S8 plus are available at all major carriers and from various electronics retailers. They'll set you back a pretty penny, though.

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[Deal Alert] Get the brand-new Sony Xperia XZs for $658 ($41 off) on Amazon

Back in February, Sony announced a minor refresh of 2016's Xperia XZ, called the Xperia XZs. It showed up for sale on Amazon earlier this month for a whopping $700, but now the price has gone down a bit. Now you can buy it for $40.59 off the introductory price.

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Chrome 58 improves Custom Tabs and Progressive Web Apps, breaks sites using certain HTTPS certificates, and more [APK Download]

Chrome 58 was just released on the desktop a few days ago, and in speedier fashion than usual, Chrome 58 for Android is now available. This update focuses on improvements to Chrome Custom Tabs and Progressive Web Apps, includes dozens of minor improvements, and blocks HTTPS/SSL certificates from certain certificate providers.

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Peugeot adds Android Auto to 9 vehicles, luxury brand DS to follow

Android Auto is on a roll this month when it comes to manufacturer partnerships. Yesterday we brought news that Citroen had added support for the platform on 6 of its vehicles. Not to be outdone by its fellow French carmaker, Peugeot has also announced compatibility for 9 of its 2017 models. The good news doesn't stop there either, as luxury brand DS is also going to follow suit with 2 of its cars.

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