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T-Mobile is offering AT&T customers a free year of DIRECTV NOW when they switch to T-Mobile ONE

T-Mobile US is well-known for aggressive marketing tactics that incorporate direct shots at main competitors, and its latest offer for new customers doesn't deviate from that trend at all. Starting tomorrow (December 16th), the company will offer a free year of DIRECTV NOW (worth $420) to AT&T customers who switch to T-Mobile ONE.

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New 'Land Lines' Chrome experiment turns gestures into Google Earth imagery

Sometimes Google makes useful apps and services, and sometimes it just shows off. Chrome Experiments are mostly about showing off. They're excuses for Google to demo the cutting edge technologies it is working on behind the scenes. The latest Chrome experiment is Land Lines, which takes your doodles and matches them up with real locations from Google Earth.

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Most Wanted: Android Police's pick for Most-Improved OEM in 2016 is HTC, for the HTC 10

After a fair bit of discussion, we've decided that if there's one manufacturer in 2016 that stepped up its game across the board, it's HTC. And, of course, we think that step up was embodied in the HTC 10.

HTC has gone through something of a rough patch since its release of the One M7 back in 2013. The M8 and M9 were nowhere near as highly-regarded, and the stale design language of the phones left many fans and critics thinking HTC had lost its way. The One M9, in particular, seemed a low point. It had a mediocre display, subpar camera, middling battery life, and didn't even feature a fingerprint scanner.

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Google just added a ton of new services to Google Home, most of which you won't care about

Google has been rolling out new features to Home since its release a few weeks back, not all of which have been hugely useful. Today, over two dozen new services have been added to Home—not that you'd ever know unless you went digging around in the settings. Most of them are not very impressive.

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[Deal Alert] Moto 360 Sport down to $89.99 ($110 off) for orange model, $99.99 ($100 off) for white model at B&H

The Moto 360 Sport first showed up in stores in January, at the high price of $299.99 USD. Just four months later, it was removed from the Google Store, and the price has continued to drop since then. Now you can grab the Flame orange model for just $89.99 and the White model for $99.99, a massive $110 and $100 drop respectively from the later $199 MSRP.

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[Update: Email/SMS via labels too] Google Contacts 1.6 adds new Suggestions screen, updated icon, pull-to-refresh, and more [APK Download]

The Android application for Google Contacts has mostly been neglected over the years, but back in August, the 1.5 update introduced an updated interface and new abilities. Contacts 1.6 is now available from the Play Store and APKMirror, with a new icon and a few important changes.

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Mint app updated with bill tracking and payment

Mint has been on Android for years, long before it was acquired by Intuit. It's always been able to track your money, but bills are a more tricky matter. The service recently added bill tracking and payment to its list of features, and now the main Android app has been updated to take advantage of it. This is separate from the bills-only app, which hasn't been updated since earlier this year.

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An obscure Chinese smartphone entering Europe presents a sticky problem for "Google's" Android

If you've never heard of Meizu, that's forgivable: it's a largely mainland Chinese smartphone manufacturer that has been producing Android devices for quite some time now. While fairly popular in China, their handsets have seen little traction elsewhere, primarily because Meizu really didn't bother to sell them anywhere else. Well, until recently: Meizu now is attempting to enter the European market with its phones, including the UK (and outside the EU, in Brazil, India, Israel, and New Zealand).

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[Update: Deal is back] Deal Alert: Unlocked Moto Z is only $499 on Amazon ($200 off)

The Moto Z is Motorola's flagship this year, and the company's first attempt at a phone with modular add-ons. Unfortunately, the phone didn't get great reviews (including from us). The small internal battery, lack of a headphone jack, and the expensive Moto Mods all hurt the phone's success. However, the Moto Z's performance, software experience, and thinness are hard to beat. Now Amazon is selling the phone (for the next 11 hours at the time of writing) for $499, a whopping $200 off the normal unlocked price.

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Kickstarter open sources its Android and iOS apps

For the longest time, Kickstarter was only accessible as a website without any official mobile apps. Then came the iOS app and it wasn't until January of 2016 that we saw the first release of the Android app. Since then, this app has been updated, improved, and gained a lot of functionality. But today marks a different milestone in its history: the team at Kickstarter is open sourcing it along with the iOS app.

In a post on Medium, Brandon Williams, one of the members of the Kickstarter Native team, explains how the iOS and Android apps came to be and how their journey lead toward open sourcing the apps for the benefit of the developer community and as part of Kickstarter's new ethos of serving the public good.

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