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OnePlus touts improvements to OnePlus 5 audio recording in loud environments

OnePlus is one of those companies that likes to slowly tease their products before releasing them. When you think about it, it's pretty clever; fans get more information, and OnePlus gets more coverage. The latest tidbit that OnePlus has 'leaked' about its upcoming iPhone 7 Plus clone is regarding its audio recording quality, specifically in noisy environments. However, it doesn't seem as impressive as the company is trying to make it seem.

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[Update: Now public] SHIELD TV update v5.2 adds Plex Live TV, direct NAS write capability, and more

As a companion to Plex's announcement of Live TV for Pass subscribers today, Nvidia is pushing out the 5.2 update to the SHIELD TV. Yesterday, we saw the Tablet and Tablet K1 receive a version with the same number that addressed a few issues and bugs. Thankfully, TV owners have something much nicer to look forward to than just optimizations and fixes.

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Verizon updates its Galaxy Tab S2 to Android 7.0 Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat is still trickling out to various Samsung phones and tablets. T-Mobile updated its version of the Galaxy Tab S2 to Nougat just a few days ago, and now the Verizon model is getting the same treatment.

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[Deal Alert] Three HP Chromebooks are heavily discounted at Woot, including the 8GB RAM 13-G1 for $499 ($300 off)

Chromebooks are so hot right now. If you've been waiting for a good price drop to grab one, you're in luck. The HP 13-G1, 11-G5, and 11-G4 Chromebooks are heavily discounted at Woot, with a few models being several hundred dollars less than the normal price.

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Twitter 7.0 beta users are seeing a new, more rounded UI via a server-side update

Twitter goes through UI changes pretty frequently, but this transition to rounding everything is arguably the most major one in a while. We first saw this late last month in the alpha app, but it's now going out server-side to beta users on Twitter 7.0 through a server-side change.

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[Deal Alert] Get an open-box Samsung Gear S3 frontier for just $249.99 ($100 off) on eBay

The Android Wear market isn't doing too well these days, with most offerings either being too expensive or too ugly. However, it's important to remember that there's a second major player in the smartwatch game for Android users - Tizen. If you're looking for a handsome, capable smartwatch on the cheap, the Samsung Gear S3 frontier may be worth a look into. And now, you can get an open-box model for just $249.99 on eBay.

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Skype's big v8.0 app update is live in the Play Store

Skype has been around for a long time and has gone through some big changes over the years. The new v8.0 update might be the biggest one yet, though. It brings some Snapchat-like features including "add-in" services and "Highlights," which are basically Stories. This feels a bit like one giant "fellow kids" meme.

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Android O feature spotlight: Pixel Launcher gets a new teardrop icon shape

Among a few of the other changes that appeared in yesterday's third Android O Developer Preview, a new icon shape has appeared. Joining its squircle, rounded square, square, and circular brethren, Pixel Launcher users have the option to make their icons teardrop-shaped.

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ADT updates its Pulse security app to lock out rooted or otherwise modified devices

There are plenty of home automation and security platforms these days, but some consumers like to stick to what they know, and ADT has been doing home security for a long time. It offers its own camera and sensor systems, all controlled via the Pulse app with support for third-party devices like Nest. People pay monthly for ADT services, and now some of them are feeling rather ripped off after an update to Pulse blocked access on rooted or modified devices.

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[Deal Alert] Finish off the week with 19 temporarily free and 18 on-sale apps, including 5 Noodlecake Studios games

Welcome to Friday! I am back after taking a short, but much needed, vacation. I'd like to give a huge shoutout to our very own Matt for holding down the fort while I was away — he did a great job. Moving along, today brings us a decent selection of apps for you to check out, including a few in here that I personally recommend (which will be bolded). And if you're itching for more, be sure to go check out Matt's post from Wednesday.

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