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YouTube is testing yet another UI modification, this time for collapsed video playback

Spring cleaning of the YouTube Android app is continuing apace. Already this month we've seen tests for seek bar video previews and an iOS style bottom nav bar. Now, some users are seeing a new interface for collapsing the currently selected video, offering more than just a picture-in-picture window. The new UI moves this into a floating bottom bar including a play/pause button, as well as the option to close without having to swipe away.

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The first photo of the HTC U has been leaked

The HTC U Ultra was released earlier this year, and reviews of the device were mixed at best. However, the company's second 2017 flagship, code-named 'Ocean,' is yet to be released. But now we know what it will look like.

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Yahoo Mail for Android updated with support for AOL and Outlook accounts

Much as you've been able to use Gmail on Android to check other services' accounts, Yahoo has responded by adding support for more third-party services in its own app. Yahoo Mail users can now check email on Outlook and AOL accounts, in addition to existing Gmail support.

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Allo has a new sticker pack for the NBA playoffs

I'm told there is some sort of basketball tournament going on right now. To celebrate, Google has released an NBA sticker pack for Allo. You know, that chat app that Google really wants you to try out.

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Fitbit Alta HR review: Compromising features for a slim profile and 7-day battery life

There's little denying that the Fitbit Alta HR is a reiterative product. It looks very similar to the regular Alta and a bit like a smaller Charge 2, but it sits somewhere between the two in terms of features. When it was announced last month, Fitbit called it the slimmest fitness tracker with continuous heart rate monitoring, a distinction that had to be made to justify the same $150 price as the Charge 2 while packing fewer options on paper.

I came to the Alta HR a bit skeptic. The Charge 2 was by far the most convincing Fitbit I'd ever used and even one of the best all-around activity trackers on the market.

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Twitter added support for two-factor authentication apps and forgot to tell anyone

Passwords are not enough to protect your data. That much should be clear after spending any amount of time on the internet. There are constant hacks and leaks of user data, which sometimes lead to cracked passwords floating around in the darker corners of the internet. Two-factor authentication (2FA) can protect your accounts, but not all services make it easy. Until recently, Twitter's 2FA was a pain in the butt, but it added support for authenticator apps a few months ago and didn't tell anyone.

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[Deal Alert] 55 temporarily free and on-sale apps to round out your week

Another Friday is here and we're back with some more deals on apps. There are a bunch to get through, but let's go over some logistical stuff first. There are two sections in today's post: free and on-sale apps.

Next to each one you will find the original price, what it is now, and how long each sale has left before it expires (if available). It is all accurate at the time of this writing.

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Google Assistant's screen search has been moved to a button

Google Now on Tap was introduced alongside Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which used context on your screen to help you find information. Google Assistant replaced Now on Tap (for compatible devices), and carried over most of its functionality. Now Assistant is making it slightly more obvious that it can search your screen and take screenshots.

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Nest app update adds Google Smart Lock, Nest Cam motion alerts, and more

Google-owned smart home company Nest has added yet more helpful new features to its popular app. Easily one of the best looking Android apps out there, Nest manages to introduce thoughtful, incremental improvements with each version bump. This time round we're treated to Google Smart Lock integration and new Nest Cam notifications.

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[Deal Alert] NVIDIA is having a SHIELD gaming spring sale

NVIDIA has recently announced that they are having a spring games sale. You can save up to 66% off the regular pricing of a few select Android and GeForce NOW streaming games. The sale starts today and is on through April 16th.

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