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[Update: Winners] CyanogenMod Users, Get Ready: We Have 50 Codes For CM Downloader Premium

I'm going to be real with you guys: it's been a long while since I've flashed a ROM on any of my devices. Stock Android has gotten so good for me personally that I just haven't really gotten around to experimenting with anything new. That said, I definitely appreciate that the option is there for everyone out there who isn't happy with their device's software. And if I were to flash something right now, there's about a 100 percent chance that it'd be CyanogenMod.

For those of you who are already rocking CM's latest on your device, we have a pretty solid giveaway for you: 50 codes for CM Downloader Premium.

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Android N Feature Spotlight: Settings Will Now Suggest Items For You

We've already covered lots of changes in Android N's settings menu, but one thing we didn't mention is a new Suggestions box that shows up on top of the settings but below the contextual settings (for Battery Saver or Data Saver for example).

When you first launch Android N and if you haven't activated Google Now / OK Google yet, you'll see a suggestion to go to Voice search and actions and enable it. After you start using your device, you'll start seeing other suggestions like changing the wallpaper or setting up a screen lock if you haven't already.

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Left screenshot courtesy of +Francisco Franco

For now, these suggestions seem to be smart and not pester you with settings that you've already modified.

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Leaked Image Shows The HTC 10 In Gold, Gray, And Two Silver Variants

A few leaked images of the HTC 10 took away some of the mystery earlier this month. Now another picture from @evleaks reinforces those earlier findings. In an image posted to Twitter, we see the HTC 10 in four colors.

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Mediocre's Latest Game, DIRAC, Is A Scientific Take On Connect The Dots

Developer Mediocre knows that science makes for great gameplay. The small team has already produced popular titles such as Sprinkle and Smash Hit that utilize physics in ways to give each title its own unique and compelling experience.

DIRAC, Mediocre's latest release, is straightforward about its inspiration. The game's name comes from Paul Dirac, a prominent theoretic physicist who died in 1984, having long before shared the Nobel Prize for Physics with Erwin Schrödinger in 1933.

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Partial AOSP Changelog Posted For Android N Developer Preview

Are you tired of Android N already, or are you itching to get even deeper into the preview release? If you're leaning towards the latter, you may want to check out the changelog generated from a fresh code push to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Don't get too excited, this isn't a complete platform release (confirmed by Bill Yi), so it doesn't include things like the changes to the notification shade. Rather, the changes uploaded yesterday are mostly for the GPL projects used in Android, and there are still plenty of interesting bites of knowledge to take away from those, as well.

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[APK Download] Google Docs Adds Outline Tool To Quickly Navigate Through Your Documents

If you have long documents inside Google Docs, you've probably been annoyed many times by the lack of an easy way to skip through different sections or chapters. You could spend over a minute swiping through a long story for example to reach a chapter toward the end.

Google Docs' new outline feature solves this problem on both the web and Android. On the web, clicking Tools > Document outline triggers a pane to the left of the document that lists clickable headers for all the different sections. Even if headers aren't manually applied, Google will still recognize changes in formatting and detect the logical separations between sections.

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Xperia Labs' Smart Office Doesn't Want You To Get Lost In Your Big Office Anymore

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Android N 24/7 coverage to bring you this important breaking news segment.

Do you work in a big office building of several floors with hundreds of others employees and dozens of different divisions interspersed without any logic? Do you find trouble navigating that office when you have a meeting or lose time looking for the coworkers you need to collaborate with? Then Sony has the solution to your woes.

From Xperia Labs comes Smart Office, an app that requires "Sony mobile's indoor positioning" installation. What that hardware is or how your boss can get their hands on it, I couldn't tell, but the app's developers say you can get in touch if you're interested in installing it in your facilities.

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Android N Feature Spotlight: New Force Close Pop-Up Has "Reset And Restart" And "Mute Until Device Restarts" Options

With Android N being just a preview release meant for developers and users who like to live on the bleeding edge like you and me, apps are likely to misbehave, processes will become unresponsive, and thus you are bound to see the Force Close pop-up much more often than you are used to on more stable Android releases.

However, as users get more and more of these pop-ups, the system seems to recognize responsible apps and offer more options than you are used to seeing in previous versions of Android. First, here are the usual force close options that you'll see on the first few instances of an application crashing.

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Android N Feature Spotlight: Long Tapping The Flashlight In Quick Settings Launches The Camera, Other Icons Go To Their Respective Settings

If there's one thing that keeps changing across different Android versions, it's the notifications and quick settings drop-down. Google can't seem to make up its mind about which way works better and N's latest changes to quick settings are a testament to that. While the new customization options are the most prominent modification, there's another one worth looking at and it affects how you go into the detailed settings of each quick settings item.

You might recall a drop-down arrow in Lollipop 5.1 and Marshmallow for the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons, but that's gone in N. Instead, you can long tap on any icon and you'll be taken to its settings.

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Android N Feature Spotlight: Easily Change Your Device's Display DPI With Screen Zoom

Android N keeps spilling more and more of its secrets, and we're still trying to go through all the new features added in this latest and sweetest preview of Android. One feature that any developer will applaud and many users will love is the ability to manually fake a specific DPI on your phone, making it think it's got a larger screen with smaller and tighter elements or a smaller one with bigger and more interspersed items. That was previously possible with third-party apps when rooted or with adb on non-rooted devices, but it's now a native and easy to switch feature.

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