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Asus Lyra mesh WiFi system is available today for $399.99

Remember the days when you would just have one router? How did we ever survive? Today's home WiFi systems come with mutliple access points connected in a mesh network for better coverage and throughput. Google has Google Wifi, Linksys has Velop, and there are many more. Today, Asus' new Lyra mesh networking system is available for purchase. It's a bit more spendy than some of the competition, though.

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Build, code, and play with the LEGO Boost companion app for Android

LEGO must be one of the most ubiquitous toys in the world. It's hard to imagine growing up without it. Somehow, the company has managed to remain relevant all these years, finding new ways to engage with kids as the world around them changes. One of the most highly anticipated LEGO releases for some time is the Boost Creative Toolbox, which tasks you with building a robot named Vernie, among others, and programming them to perform certain actions using "drag-n'-drop coding." It's due to ship from August 1st, and in preparation, the Android app has just been made available.

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Assistant's Actions on Google could soon work in French, German, Japanese, and yes, Italian

Google doesn't make things very easy for us to explain or for users to understand. For example, while Google Assistant can speak English, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish in Allo, it can only speak US English on Android phones but it can talk in different English dialects plus German on Pixel devices. Oh and it supports English, French, and German on Google HomeTo make matters even worse, the third-party developer branch of Assistant, Actions on Google, only works in US English now but Google is implementing more languages and we already know British English will be supported next.

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Nokia 3, 5, and 6 are now available in Australia

 

As the revival of the Nokia brand by Finnish company HMD Global continues to gather pace, its latest products are now available to buy in Australia. The Nokia 3, 5, and 6 were announced earlier in the year, much to the joy of our long-time Nokia enthusiast, Rita. The intriguing flagship Nokia 8 is on the horizon and the Nokia 6 was recently released in the US. Now, the company is extending the global availability of its low to mid-range devices.

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Tor-based "Briar" messaging app enters public beta

There are plenty of messenger applications with support for end-to-end-encryption, so only you and the person you're talking to can read the conversation. But Briar is a bit different - it uses the Tor network to send and receive messages. The app has now entered beta, and you can download it from the Play Store.

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There's a hack that might save your bootlooping Nexus 6P or 5X

The last generation of Nexuses (Nexus? Nexsi?) were unfortunately plagued with hardware problems. The Nexus 6P suffered from early shutdowns due to a faulty battery sensors, and the 5X had the famous bootloop bug (which my own 5X eventually fell victim to). The 6P suffered from bootloops as well, to an extent, but now there's a possible fix for the problem on both phones.

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ZeroLemon releases battery cases for the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and LG G6

Battery life is an ever-present concern for smartphone owners, with many modern devices struggling to make it through an entire day for some people, especially after a few months of heavy use. That's where ZeroLemon comes in, a company that has made a name for itself with its almost comically large battery cases. Cumbersome they may be, but the cases are also really useful, providing precious extra juice at the same time as offering great protection. If you own a Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ or an LG G6 and are in the market for such a case, ZeroLemon has just released its latest products for those phones.

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OnePlus Launcher shows up again on the Play Store

Many manufacturers have uploaded their system apps to the Play Store, in order to send out updates without the need for a full system update. Earlier this month, OnePlus published its custom launcher to the Play Store, and users could even sign up for a beta program to try out new features first. For some reason, the listing was removed shortly after it went live.

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Huawei releases kernel source code for Honor 6X

The Honor 6X began receiving the Nougat-based EMUI 5.0 update back in early May. It's been nearly three months since then, and Huawei has finally released this budget smartphone's kernel source code. You can now expect to see more development for the 6X in the near future.

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Telegram 4.2 brings self-destructing media, profile bios, and more

I think by now that all of you should know how much I like Telegram and respect it as a platform. It's my messaging service of choice (though there are a few stragglers in my contacts list that still use SMS or Hangouts). Today brings the app to v4.2, which has a few new features worth noting.

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