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Google Explicitly Bans Ad Blockers From The Play Store, Except All Those Ad-Blocking Web Browsers, Apparently

Google has a brand-new website for content policy on the Play Store that it unveiled today, and that's nice, but nestled away in that news was a far more interesting story regarding ad blockers. Google has long enforced a de facto ban on ad blockers on the Play Store, citing section 4.4 of the Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement, going all the way back to 2013.

This involved a rather convoluted interpretation of a vague policy forbidding apps from interfering with third-party apps or services, but it's the official justification Google has used to date. Now, a new update to the Play Store Developer Policy Center (formerly Google Play Developer Program Policies) makes it clear via an example interpretation of said policy: no ad blockers.

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[Deal Alert] The $80 200GB SanDisk MicroSD Card Is Back On Amazon, Along With Other Sizes

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge feature the triumphant return of expandable storage to Samsung's flagship phone line (without Android 6.0's adoptable storage function, unfortunately). So while you're waiting for your new phone to ship, you need to track down a high-capacity MicroSD card to stick inside it. If you head over to Amazon, you can find a positively massive 200GB SanDisk Ultra card for just $79.99. That matches the lowest price we've seen on this particular card, and it qualifies for free shipping even if you don't subscribe to Amazon Prime.

Other capacities of the same card are also on sale: the 128GB version is $50, the 64GB version is just $23, and a 32GB card can be yours for $12.54.

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Huawei P9 Leaks With Dual Cameras, USB Type-C, And Aluminum Chassis

Huawei didn't announce the upcoming P9 flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress last week, but VentureBeat has some new images and information on the device. The phone has a distinctly Huawei vibe, but around back is something we're seeing more lately—dual cameras. You may also notice a bit of a Nexus 6P vibe.

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[Deal Alert] Grab This 20k mAh Slim Portable Dual USB Charger For $19 After $16 Off Coupon

Portable battery packs are nice. When they're slim, they're even nicer. Taking up less space goes hand in hand with the whole being portable thing.

iMarku makes a 20,000mAh external battery pack that is only 12mm thick.

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Sony's 2016 Android TV-Powered 4K TVs Are Starting To Pop Up For Sale At Best Buy

The most cost-effective way to experience Android TV is to buy a set-top box, but if you don't want something else taking up space near your TV, getting the software baked in does just that. Sony's latest line of 4K TVs run Android TV, and after going on pre-sale in the middle of February, they're starting to become actually available.

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AT&T And DirecTV Will Offer Streaming Video Subscriptions, Including Mobile-Only Options For All Carriers, Later This Year

The writing isn't quite on the wall for traditional cable and satellite television - not so long as companies like Comcast can manipulate the market with artificial monopolies and data caps, anyway - but things are definitely looking up for cord-cutters. The latest fruit of the union between American telecom AT&T and satellite TV giant DirecTV is a series of TV packages that don't require, well, TV packages. These data-only streaming options will become available some time in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to an AT&T press release.

Said packages will come in three flavors. First, DirecTV Now, an all-digital streaming TV service that will offer "much of what is available from DirecTV today," including on-demand programming and premium networks.

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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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