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[Deal Alert] Get an Xperia X for $449.99 with a 128GB microSD at BuyDig ($100 off)

Let's be honest: the Xperia X was kind of a ripoff at its MSRP of $549.99. It's a solid mid-ranger, but that much dough for a non-flagship? Come on. A few months back, this Sony smartphone got a price drop of $50 to $499.99. Now, numerous official retailers have dropped their prices to an even more palatable $449.99, and BuyDig is also throwing in a Lexar Class 10 128GB microSD card.

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Parrot announces two new drones, the Parrot Swing and Parrot Mambo

Are you in the market for some new drones? Even if you're not, Parrot's new releases are still worth taking a look at. Parrot, maker of various wireless products and drones, has released two new models - the Parrot Swing and Parrot Mambo.

The Parrot Mambo is close to your typical quadcopter drone, but with a few extra goodies. You can attach a cannon to the top of the Mambo to take down your friends' drones, try to aim the balls into a goal, or continuously fire the balls at the back of your friend's head.

If firing tiny balls isn't your thing, you can also attach a grabber arm to the bottom of the Mambo.

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JifiCal is Samsung's attempt to make a voice control calendar app

Does a calendar app need a voice control function? Samsung seems to think that it does. That's the premise behind JifiCal, the company's latest published app in the Play Store. It's essentially a voice control add-on for a phone's built-in calendar. So what makes it better than, say, Google Now's voice control system (especially since the actual voice recognition in JifiCal is using Google's own servers)? According to the app description, the special sauce here is the natural language processing.

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Samsung opens a Play Store beta program for the S Note app

S Note is the included app for Samsung's Note series that enables, well, notation. It's designed to be used with the S Pen stylus for a variety of quick notes and drawings. It features most of the things that you'd expect from a notation tool, but since it's such a signature part of the differentiating hardware, Samsung seems interested in making a beta version of the app available to its users. The beta app is up on the Play Store now - head to this address to opt-in to the program, then this address to download it.

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Hotlap Heroes brings top-down local racing with up to 8 players to Android TV

It's not often that we see an Android game released just for Android TV, aside from the various exclusives that NVIDIA has acquired for its SHIELD set-top box. Hotlap Heroes eschews smartphones and tablets and insists that players experience its old-fashioned racing action on a full-sized television. The 3D racing game, a rookie effort on the Play Store from developer Team Pea, is $3.99 with no in-app purchases.

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[Update: rewards through PayPal] Google Opinion Rewards now available in France

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Verizon releases Galaxy Note5 and S6 edge+ updates, adds Barcode Beaming Service support and other fixes

Hot on the heels of a recent update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, Verizon has released one for the Galaxy Note5 and S6 edge+. Like the S7/S7 edge update, this adds support for a barcode scanning app called Barcode Beaming Service. Unfortunately, Note5 and S6 edge+ owners will not receive the FM radio capability that S7 and S7 edge owners just did. Fixes for Verizon's Advanced Calling are included as well.

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OnePlus updates the OxygenOS Community Build for the OnePlus 3 to 3.5.1

After releasing an OxygenOS 3.5 Community Build for the OnePlus 3 a little over a week ago, OnePlus has already issued an update that fixes a few complaints. For such a small version bump (3.5.0 to 3.5.1), this update actually packs quite a few improvements.

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[Update: no modular phone in the works] Project ARA founder now working for Nexpaq, designing modular phone

Following the death of Google's Project ARA, it has been revealed that Dan Makoski, founder of Project ARA and former head of design at Google ATAP, has now officially been confirmed to be working at Nexpaq. In case you don't know what Nexpaq is, it's a startup that campaigned on Kickstarter to create modular phone cases for popular phones like the iPhone 6, Galaxy S6 edge, and Galaxy S5.

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Samsung offering exchange program for Note7 owners in the US

By now, you've probably already heard about several Note7s exploding due to battery issues. Due to this, Samsung issued a recall for all Galaxy Note7s, halted sales, and stopped shipments. As part of this global recall, Samsung has created a product exchange program for Note7 owners in the United States.

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