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Lenovo's K8 Note is official with a 5.5" FHD display, Helio X23, and stock Android

It's easy to forget here in the West that Lenovo still makes its own phones (versus relying solely on Motorola). Despite that, the Chinese company just announced its newest device, the K8 Note. It comes with some decent specs, an attractive price, and stock Android 7.1.1. 

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TAITO has released RAYCRISIS on Android, the final installment in the trilogy

Fans of old school arcade shoot 'em ups would have been thrilled when TAITO started porting the RAY series to Android. It's been a long time coming, 5 years after iOS got in on the action. Now, after releasing the first 2 games in the trilogy earlier this summer, the final installment RAYCRISIS has arrived in the Play Store.

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Play Protect's scanning starts showing up for users in the Play Store

Play Protect, the fancy reincarnation of Verify Apps that promises to make app scanning and malware detection more visible to users, has been promised since Google I/O but it took a while for it to start showing up. First, we noticed that the Verify Apps security setting was changed to Play Protect, but that is a buried menu that few people would often run into. Now, the more user-facing aspect is starting to show up in the Play Store.

If you head over to the My apps & games section in the Play Store, you might see the new Play Protect banner on top of all your available and recent updates.

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NVIDIA is recalling a number of faulty European AC wall adapters that shipped with SHIELD products

Some European AC wall adapters are being recalled by NVIDIA as they risk causing an electrical shock. We've had tips from readers of the GeForce forum, where a post by an employee linked to an official recall page with instructions for identifying and returning the faulty equipment.

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Acer's new rugged Chromebook 11 C771 series has IPS displays and 6th gen Intel processors

It's school season again and every company is either offering deals on existing products or introducing new ones to entice buyers for their back-to-school/college gear. In that vein, Acer has announced a new series of Chromebook 11s, the sexily-named C771.

First off, these are rugged Chromebooks and they've been tested to withstand drops from 48" height (122cm) thanks to corner shields around the keyboard and display, up to 330ml fluid spills on the keyboard, and they're MIL-STD 810G rated. That should help them stay strong in your bag or your kids' backpack, even when under stacks of books, and handle the rough treatment of a classroom environment.

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[Deal Alert] Get 30% more off ZeroLemon's Pixel and Pixel XL battery cases with coupon code

Although ZeroLemon and Amazon would both like you to think that the brand's battery cases cost $100, they almost never sell for that MSRP. In fact, even on release day, the Pixel XL's case was marked down to $59.99 and the regular Pixel's case was at $54.99. They have mostly held their price over the past few months, but the Pixel's case has recently dipped lower to $44.99. However, we wouldn't be here if we were only just pointing you to the Amazon listing, we have an even better deal to share: an additional 30% off with some coupon codes.

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Mediocre's Smash Hit reaches 100 million downloads on the Play Store

It's hard to truly grasp what that "100 million" badge on the Play Store means. Once the figure is condensed into a simple little badge, it loses a lot of its dramatic effect. But take this into account: 100,000,000 is roughly three times Canada's entire population. That's damn impressive.

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Google Maps v9.59 beta adds Q&A section, Picture-in-Picture support, monthly driving stats, and more notification channels [APK Download]

A new update to Google Maps is rolling out to the beta channel members right now, and like so many previous releases, there are a few new features to check out. First, the Q&A feature from the last teardown of Maps is live. Drivers will soon be able to see a monthly report of their behavior right inside the app. If you're running an Android O developer preview, the first thing you can look forward to is the addition of Picture-in-Picture support. Also for Android O are a pair of new notification channels to get better control over navigation-specific information.

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MetroPCS is now offering 2 lines with unlimited 4G LTE for $75

MetroPCS isn't seriously considered by many because of its reputation as a second-tier, prepaid carrier, but it's now offering some pretty enticing deals on its unlimited plans. Two lines with unlimited LTE for $75 is a pretty good deal, and the T-Mobile subsidiary has decent pricing on other plans as well.

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Google Home arrives in Germany for €149

Back at Google I/O, Google promised that the Home smart speaker would arrive in five more countries (it was already available in the US and UK). Since then, it has come to every planned region except Germany and Japan. Now the speaker has showed up for sale on the German Google Store for 149 Euros.

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