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[Deal Alert] Get $350 off Sprint and Verizon Galaxy Note8, S8, and S8+ over 24 months at Best Buy

Samsung's three flagships, the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note8, are fantastic phones. Unfortunately, they're also pricey, with some variants of the Note8 going over the scary thousand-dollar mark with taxes. If you're on Sprint or Verizon and you're in search of a new phone, Best Buy's latest $350 discount (over 24 months) on these devices may just be what you need.

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[Deal Alert] LG Q6 Prime Exclusive is $179.99, standard Q6 is $249.99, G6+ Prime Exclusive is $449.99 ($50 off)

Amazon is offering some good deals on phones, both in standard and Prime Exclusive versions, for the impending Black Friday discount frenzy. LG's Q6 and G6+ are among these phones, with Amazon (and other retailers) taking $50 off their regular prices.

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[Boondoggle] USPS has a VR app about whitewater kayaking for some reason

When you think of the US Postal Service, I doubt that the first thing to spring to your mind is "whitewater kayaking." They're more known for shipping (and losing) mail and packages in the US. Well, for whatever reason, the USPS has an app titled "USPS® VR," and instead of an immersive mail-tracking experience (or even a tech demo for, say, the exciting technology behind mail sorting), you get a kayaking trip.

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[Deal Alert] Get up to a $400 prepaid Visa card with purchase of LG V30 and another LG product (with lots of fine print)

LG's V30 is a decent phone, but it's certainly not cheap. If you were planning on buying a new smartphone along with another electronic product, you might want to consider the 'LG V30 More Promotion,' which will get you a $400 Visa prepaid card with the purchase of a V30 and another eligible LG product. However, there's a ton of fine print.

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Play Catan online and cross-platform with USM's recently released Catan Universe

Catan Universe is United Soft Media's newest version of Catan and not only is it finally a multiplayer focused release on Android, but it can also be played against your friends and family no matter the platform they want to play on. That's right, whether you have purchased the game on PC, macOS, iOS, or Android you can enjoy an online multiplayer round of Catan.

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Google is working on Fuchsia OS support for Apple's Swift programming language

Google's in-development operating system, named 'Fuchsia,' first appeared over a year ago. It's quite different from Android and Chrome OS, as it runs on top of the real-time 'Zircon' kernel instead of Linux. According to recent code commits, Google is working on Fuchsia OS support for the Swift programming language.

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Anker Zolo Liberty completely wireless earbuds are available today for $99.99

Anker is best known for making portable battery packs and other charging accessories, but it's been increasingly dabbling in personal audio. The company ran a Kickstarter for some fancy earbuds a few months ago, but those ones aren't for sale yet. You can, however, get the slightly less fancy version right now. The Zolo Liberty Bluetooth earbuds are on sale today for $99.99.

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[Update: Money transfers & Duo calling are live] Android Messages v2.7 prepares to add new message indicators and RCS support for dual-SIM phones, drops 6 MB in size [APK Teardown]

It's time for a new version of Android Messages. The latest update takes a slightly larger than average jump from v2.5 to v2.7, but no obvious changes to the UI are really popping out. However, the apk did get much smaller with this release, and there are some things visible through the lens of a teardown. We'll keep watching for other changes, but let us know if you see anything.

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[Update: Details on lock codes] SmartThings app adds Scenes, fingerprint authentication, visitor lock codes, and more

One of the most requested features in the SmartThings app has been scene support. I'm new to the system, so I'm sure there were some enterprising solutions to the lack of scenes, but there wasn't any native and easy way to do it. That changes with the latest update to version 2.10 of the SmartThings app.

Scenes reside inside the My Home tab, next to Things and Rooms, and allow you to change multiple lights, switches, and devices to different presets to suit a certain mood. So if you're working, you can have the lights go all the way up but if you're watching a movie, they can be dimmed down.

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Huawei unveils the Honor 7X with a Kirin 659 SoC and a 5.93" FullView display

Following the release of the Mate 10, Huawei is taking some time to introduce the latest mid-range device from its Honor subbrand, the 7X. Honor puts out some great bang-for-your-buck phones, like the 6X earlier this year, so the 7X is likely to follow a similar path.

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