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HTC will announce its flagship 'U' on May 16th, complete with squeezable frame

HTC has lost its way, and we all hoped the HTC 10 would see it back on the path to prosperity. That didn't work out, and this year's U Ultra wasn't a good enough phone to lead HTC anyplace it wants to go. That leaves this leaky new flagship phone, previously known only as the HTC Ocean. Now it's being teased as (probably) the HTC U. It doesn't have the ticker display of the U Ultra, but the U has a trick of its own—it's a more huggable smartphone.

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WSJ: Google planning to block bad ads in Chrome on desktop and mobile

Advertising is very much a balancing act for websites these days. You want to make enough money from an ad-supported site to cover costs, but you don't want to annoy users to the point they block all your ads. Some websites don't seem to care how much they annoy you, though. Google is reportedly getting ready to take a stand against the worst ads on the web with a built-in ad-blocker for Chrome.

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Google PhotoScan 1.4 makes glare removal optional, adds photo sharing [APK Download]

If you've been using PhotoScan by Google Photos to digitize all your pre-stick selfies then this latest bit of news might come in handy. Google has updated the app to 1.4, adding the ability to share photos from directly inside the app using intents, and a new toggle to disable glare removal. Easy sharing can save you time with social media, and the latter could come in handy if you have noticed it messing with light areas in high-contrast images.

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[Update: Now available] From the Cut the Rope devs, CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars is up for pre-registration

It feels as though it has been a while since we have seen a new release from the Cut the Rope developer ZeptoLab. Well, today there is some movement on the Play Store with a pre-registration going live for their newest game CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars.

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Customize your navigation bar on Nougat without waiting for Android O with... Custom Navigation Bar

Can't wait for Android O? Neither can we, but you can at least make use of one feature a little early if you've got a mostly stock Nougat phone. The good people at XDA found that navigation bar customization was present in Nougat, and you can even use it without root. One enterprising developer has already pushed an app called Custom Navigation Bar that can make the necessary modifications.

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[Deal Alert] 23 temporarily free, 2 cheap, and 5 on-sale apps for your Wednesday

Wednesday is here and it's time for some more app deals. The list today is, mercifully, shorter than Monday's — that was quite the doozy. And in case anyone is wondering, we designate "cheap" as $0.20 or less with "on-sale" being anything higher than that.

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Office Space: Idle Profits asks what you would do with a million dollars

Hot off of the heels of Beavis and Butt-Head's success, writer and director Mike Judge created a little film you might have heard of called Office Space. It was written to lampoon the Silicon Valley lifestyle Judge had experienced working there in the 80's. Office Space is of course now considered a cult classic, and is one of the most quotable movies in existence. Today I will be taking a quick look at an effort by FoxNext Games and Kongregate to recreate some of this film's magic with their release of an idle tapping game titled Office Space: Idle Profits.

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Chromecast HDMI CEC support is broken for some users, Google working on a fix

Back in 2015, Google updated the Chromecast to support HDMI CEC, which allows users to control their devices connected via HDMI with just one remote. Instead of pulling out your phone or tablet for every minor action, some controls (like playing/pausing) can be done through your TV's remote.

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Sharp takes the wraps off of the Aquos R for Japan, Snapdragon 835, 5.3" QHD display, and more in tow


Over in Japan, Sharp has taken the wraps off of its newest flagship. Dubbed the Aquos R, it features some top-tier specs with a lot of hype around the display technology and included artificial intelligence. The choice of the letter 'R' has a four-fold meaning around which the phone's marketing will be unified: Reality, Response, Reliability, and Robotics.

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Wikipedia Beta revamps the reading list and adds minor UI changes [APK Download]

The Wikipedia mobile app is a great way to access the site's massive wealth of information. The beta program for the Android app, as well as the separate Wikipedia Beta app, has just received a new update that drastically changes the reading list functionality.

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