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Opendoor lets you take private open house tours at your own convenience

Open house tours aren't very schedule-friendly for employees and people who have busy schedules and lives. They always happen during working hours and on a few select days, and more often than not, there are dozens of other potential buyers touring the house at the same time as you, annoying you with their comments and mere presence.

Opendoor aims to solve that issue by streamlining the open house process as much as possible. The team operates in Phoenix and Dallas, pre-inspects every house it lists, makes sure it's repaired, and includes an extended 2-year warranty and 30-day satisfaction guarantee. Listings include all the details of the house so you can filter by criteria to weed out the ones you don't care about, the location to browse on a map and see open houses near you, and plenty of photos to view the house from your phone.

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Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.16 adds Wither boss, Add-Ons, commands, and more

While I personally don't play much Minecraft anymore, it remains one of the most popular games of all time. In fact, it's currently in second place for best-selling game of all time, only bowing to Tetris. Mojang has released yet another Minecraft: Pocket Edition update, titled "The Boss Update."

First up, this update brings official mod support to Pocket Edition in the form of 'Add-ons.' These Add-ons are essentially textures and JSON files, so developing them is extremely easy. You can even share the Add-ons you make with others.

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Google Support Services now on the Play Store, only actually works with Pixel phones

Let's face it, not everyone's first thought when they have a technical problem is to Google it. You might be the designated 'tech person' for your family or friends, making sure granny doesn't get malware on her dusty Windows XP desktop. Some people need an actual person to help them, and that's completely okay - that's where Google Support Services comes in.

One of the Pixel's exclusive features is 24/7 support straight from the Settings app, which even allows support agents to control your device (if you allow them) if needed. Now Google has published the Google Support Services application to the Play Store, to allow updates without new system updates.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished ASUS ZenWatch 2 1.63" down to $79.99 on eBay

Android Wear is in a sort of a lull now. Beside the ZenWatch 3, no new significant watches have been announced in several months (there are the specialist Nixon, Polar, Michael Kors, etc, ones, but they cater to a niche market) and Android Wear 2.0's update has been pushed over to 2017. So now is one of the best times to grab an older watch that's been on the market for a while but that's still pretty decent in terms of specs.

One such deal is an ASUS ZenWatch 2, the larger 1.63" version. This one has the Snapdragon 400, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a speaker.

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[Update: Plum] Huawei's Mate 9 gets leaked in standard and curved screen guises, shamelessly rips off Samsung's edge devices

Chinese products don't have a great reputation for unique design, whether it be with cars, designer items, or electronics. With this leaked picture (courtesy of VentureBeat, the home of serial leaker @evleaks) of two upcoming Mate 9 models, "Manhattan" and "Long Island," Huawei isn't exactly doing that rep any favors.

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[Pipe Dream] Android.com's 404 Page Not Found is a fun and cute pipe game

If you head over to android.com/android-police-rocks*, you'll achieve two things: one, you get to tell Google in no uncertain terms that our site is the absolute best evar™ and two, you will get rewarded with a super cool 404 page and a game.

The error message suggests other pages for you to check then offers, "no thanks, I'd rather Play" as an option. Tap that and you'll load a super fun and cute pipe game where Androids launch pink donuts, blue jelly beans, or white marshmallows into the field and you have to rotate the glass pipes to land the desserts in the correct colored pipe.

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Android 7.1 feature spotlight: Storage now separates System into an entry all of its own

Android's storage management has steadily improved over the last few years, with a storage manager added in Marshmallow and adoptable SD cards as well. The next small, iterative improvement arrives in Android 7.1 Nougat, with System now separated out into its own entry in the storage management screen.

This means that, when viewing the storage that has been used, it will now show System storage and how much has been taken up by the System - on my 6P running 7.1, System takes up 4.57GB. On my Wileyfox Spark, which runs Marshmallow (albeit Cyanogen OS, but still) ... I can't tell because there's no System entry.

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Evernote implements Android 7.1's launcher app shortcuts

Ever since it constrained its free plans, Evernote hasn't been the same darling of note takers that it was before. Some people were driven off to other apps, but for those that decided to stick around, there are interesting goodies lurking in the latest update to v7.9.6.

The app has been quick to implement one of Android 7.1's new highlight features: app shortcuts (previously known as launcher shortcuts). If you tap and hold on the Evernote icon on the homescreen of a supported launcher on a device running Android 7.1, you'll get 4 different shortcuts you can immediately launch: search, new text note, new audio note, and new camera note.

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DeadZebra releases special edition Frank "tech support" Patches collectible Android figurine

DeadZebra's Android figurines are one of the coolest ways you can express your love for Google's operating system. Some people love to collect as many as they can, others buy a couple for their desk or a nice shelf in their room. I have two next to my phone's charger on my nightstand and I like the nerdy effect they provide.

If you're a collector or if you're interested in grabbing a new DeadZebra figurine, there's now one cool, and slightly creepy... well, mostly creepy design to pick from: Frank Patches.

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Mr. Patches wears his name literally with patches on his head and hands, and figuratively being a tech support guy.

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Android 7.1 feature spotlight: Google implements hundreds of new emojis for professions, gender equality, more

Android 7.0 marked the first time that Android had more emojis than iOS and although that gap was closed with the release of iOS 10, Nougat 7.1 is here to take the lead again. We're not talking about a couple of new emojis, but dozens of new ones and hundreds of variations on them and on existing ones. Without further ado, let's see what's new with Android 7.1's emoji situation.

Profession emojis with a focus on women

Several months ago, Google made a proposal to the Unicode's emoji subcommittee (PDF link) to add 13 female professions to the emojis in a bid to encourage gender equality and move beyond the traditional roles that women were depicted in in the existing emoji list (dancer, queen, getting a haircut, and so on).

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