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Nokia and Xiaomi join forces with a business cooperation and patent licensing agreement

Nokia and Xiaomi, two widely known and renowned companies, announced today that they were signing a business cooperation and patent licensing agreement. It's not uncommon to see joint ventures between corporations, but these two seem like an unlikely pair at first glance.

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[Update: Only T-Mobile/Project Fi NKG47M builds] July OTA update is failing to install for 5.0" Pixels, Google is looking into it

Google began rolling out the July security updates to the Pixel family and newer Nexus devices earlier today, as is traditional for the beginning of every month. However, owners of the Pixel have found themselves unable to install the OTA, with their phones simply telling them "Couldn't update" and "Installation problem." Not to worry, though - Google is already aware of the issue, and is looking into it.

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Recover from the holiday with 38 temporarily free and 76 on-sale apps, plus both Apps of the Week

Welcome back, everyone! We just wrapped up our Independence Day celebrations here in America. Picking up where we left off last week, I'm here with more app sales! And bonus this time around: the weekly 10-cent app sales are here. In case you need reminding, these are rarely valid in the U.S.

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Google releases Samba client for Android, adds Windows file shares to the Downloads/Files app

If you're not familiar with it, Samba is an open-source implementation of the SMB/CIFS networking protocol. It allows many Unix-based operating systems to connect to Windows file shares and printers, making it easy to transfer files over a network between operating systems. Out of nowhere, Google has released a Samba client for Android.

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Snapchat update adds support for voice filters, links, and more

Snapchat is a thing the millennials are into these days, and it's not just for sexting anymore. At least that's what I hear. A new update to Snapchat adds several features, one of which seems rather rudimentary: you can have links in your Snaps now. Previously, this was only available to brands and ad campaigns. Not enough? You can also make your voice sound weird. You millennials are into that, right?

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Google Assistant thinks Arizona is on the East Coast, Google still working on a fix

Google Assistant is pretty great, as far as virtual assistants go. You can ask it questions, play games with it, and order stuff from Google Express. But it also has a few problems, like it can't set reminders on the Google Home and it doesn't know where Arizona is. Yes, you read that last part correctly.

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[Deal Alert] First-gen Samsung Gear 360 is down to $140 on Amazon

The Samsung Gear 360 was the company's first entry into the 360-degree camera market, released in the United States in August of last year. A new model was unveiled alongside the Galaxy S8, and as we've seen over the past few months, the price of the original version has continued to fall. Now the first Gear 360 is just $140 on Amazon, the lowest we've seen it at.

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Google posts July OTA files and system images for Pixel and Nexus devices

It's that time again—Google is rolling out monthly security patches for Nexus and Pixel devices, but you don't have to wait. The system images and OTA files are now live and ready for your sideloading pleasure. In addition, the monthly security bulletin is available for your perusal if you want to know what's being patched this time around.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished Echo Dot is down to $29.99 ($15 off) on Amazon Prime, early Prime Day deals available for Alexa users

Amazon is preparing for its 'Prime Day, which arrives July 11 with major site-wide discounts in tow. It's like the Steam Summer Sale, except you buy real physical objects instead of games you'll never get around to playing. Amazon has made a few deals live early for Prime users, and dropped the price of the refurbished Echo Dot to just $29.99.

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The BBC Taster VR app shows off new 360 degree content from the makers of Planet Earth II, and more

The BBC is pretty good when it comes to 360-degree content. The British media network even has a dedicated '360 Videos' YouTube playlist with a nice selection, ranging from tours of Italian cities to immersive wildlife experiences. It's now taking this to the logical next step, courtesy of its experimental BBC Taster studio, which has released a new VR app.

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