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HTC Vive's VR Headset Gets A Phone Companion App For Notifications And Reminders

HTC has been amping up its Vive virtual reality headset for months and the launch date is finally upon us. For the not-so-low price of $799, you can grab a Vive unit to connect to your powerful computer and enjoy all those great videos and games that were developed just for the platform. But as early reviewers and adopters have said, the experience could be so good and immersive that you might forget your real world surroundings.

That's why HTC has built a Vive companion app for Android phones to keep you updated on the most important notifications and save you from completely missing that time-sensitive call from your boss or crucial text from your wife.

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Marshmallow Update Now Rolling Out To Sony Smartwatch 3, The Last Watch To Get The OTA

Google's developer advocate, Wayne Piekarski has announced that an Android Wear update is rolling out, and not just any Android Wear update. This is the fabled Marshmallow update for the Sony Smartwatch 3. The first wave of watches are getting the OTA now, and all of them should be updated inside of a week.

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WSJ: Huawei Will Launch A Flagship Smartphone In The US Later This Year

We already know that Huawei is announcing the much-anticipated P9 in London tomorrow, but what about the US? The P9 is likely not destined for North America yet again, but the Wall Street Journal says Huawei is going to get serious about the American market soon.

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[Deal Alert] Kmashi's 20Ah External Battery With Quick Charge 2.0 Is Only $19.99 After $13 Off Coupon Code

Portable chargers are nice. They don't quite make up for phones with crappy battery life, but they come close. Plus they bring the peace of mind that comes from knowing you won't be tethered to a wall if your phone decides it won't make it through the evening.

You can grab one at full price, but the reason you're reading this is so that you don't have to. So let's cut straight to the chase.

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Twitter Adds A Message Button To Tweets, Wants Users To Share Tweets In DMs

For quite a while, Twitter has been trying to make Direct Messages a thing, and today the latest improvement has arrived: a direct message button in tweets. Whether this will make anyone actually share a specific tweet in a private message, who knows, but it's there anyway. Keep in mind this button is only being added to Twitter's mobile apps; no word if it'll be added to the web app, or anywhere else for that matter.

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Left: previously. Right: latest version.

For a while, Twitter has had 'share in Direct Message' as an option under the share menu in the Android app, but this move prominently displays the icon on the far right of a tweet, next to the 'Like' button that was added (replacing the favorite star) late last year.

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BlackBerry Drops The Price Of The Android-Powered Priv By $50 ($650) - Price Also Dropped In The UK And Europe

The BlackBerry Priv is nice. It really is! As the company's first full Android device it's impressive, and it's a downright godsend for all those users who've been starved for a high-end phone with a physical keyboard since the DROID 4 came out four freakin' years ago. But it's also expensive. At $700 in the US, it's among the priciest phones on the market... and BlackBerry's falling star in the smartphone world means that they can't afford to play at the same level as Samsung and Apple, at least not yet.

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Huawei Watch For Women Pops Up On The Google Store, Listed As Coming Soon

At this year's CES, Huawei announced a version of its Android Wear watch intended for women. Last week, we saw some of the options appear in renders on Huawei's Chinese website. Now the watch has appeared on the Google Store.

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April Platform Distribution Numbers Updated—Marshmallow Doubles Again To 4.6%, Lollipop Holds Steady

Google has shared this month's look at how many users are accessing the Play Store using which versions of Android. The numbers probably won't surprise you. Marshmallow still sits at a low 4.6%. Lollipop's numbers have barely budged in either direction.

Except, as small a slice as Marshmallow may have, it's twice as large as it was last month. This is also the largest jump since Android 6.0 first launched.

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OPPO Announces The F1 Plus, A Super-Slim Phone With A 16MP Front Camera That Doesn't Look Anything Like An iPhone, No Sir It Doesn't

Look, Chinese phone manufacturers, we need to have a talk. I know trademarks, copyrights, patents, and all manner of intellectual property are played kind of fast and loose over there. But when even your legitimate companies follow Apple like a bunch of multi-million-dollar ducklings, it's not poking any holes in the old "iPhone clone" argument. Case in point: OPPO's shiny new F1 Plus, a phone that has some fantastic design and hardware and could certainly stand on its own merits... that just happens to look like someone took an iPhone 6 Plus and put it through a photocopier a few dozen times.

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WhatsApp's End-To-End Encryption Is Now Appearing For Users Everywhere

Staying private online is easier said than done, but a few services are popping up that promise to shield your conversations from prying eyes. The Signal messaging app, previously known as TextSecure, comes to mind. But the WhatsApp team has been working on securing its messages using some of the same code, and now, after testing things out last month, the service is ready to roll out end-to-end encryption to all users.

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