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Razer Phone hands-on: 120Hz displays on phones need to happen immediately

When Razer purchased Nextbit last year, fans were understandably concerned that the company might be gobbled up by the gaming-focused brand for its intellectual property and engineering talent, without explicit intent to produce another smartphone. Well, those concerns can (obviously) be laid to rest: Razer built a phone. And by Razer, I mean the former Nextbit team working inside Razer. It's called the Razer Phone. Creative, I know.

One look at the Razer Phone will have you saying "Nextbit Robin 2.0." The styling is clearly derivative of Nextbit's, down to the sharply squared-off edges and large bezels. But gone is the Robin's two-tone paint scheme, instead replaced with a black rubberized finish designed to resist fingerprints and add grip.

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The Razer Phone is official—120Hz 'Ultramotion' display, Snapdragon 835, 8GB RAM, $699

Today Razer has announced its new Android device: the aptly named Razer Phone. It has the world's first 120Hz "Ultramotion" display, the first use of Qualcomm's QuickCharge 4+, and a great set of specs like 8GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (further expandable via microSD), and a 4,000 mAh battery. It will cost $699 and pre-orders will be live as soon as today, with general availability for North America and Europe on November 17th.

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Plan your next boating trip with Garmin's new ActiveCaptain app

Yesterday Garmin introduced its new ActiveCaptain app for Android. ActiveCaptain interfaces with your boat's Garmin chartplotter, providing you with a 2nd screen companion that gives you access to all your charts and maps, as well as feeding things like notifications back the other way. With the new app, you can plan your next trip on your phone and sync it over to your boat's chartplotter later. 

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Google Daydream View (2017) is now available from Google Store in France, Italy, and Spain for €109

The new Daydream View VR headset went on sale here in 'Murica around two weeks ago. But products like these tend to have a little delay in availability in overseas countries, as evidenced by the Pixel 2 XL only having gone on sale in Italy and Spain three days ago. Now, the 2017 model of the Daydream View is up for grabs in those two countries, as well as France, for €109.

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Google Clock v5.2 adds online city search, tweaks the icon, and prepares Routines integration [APK Teardown]

Google's clock app doesn't get a lot of functional changes these days. It really doesn't need to since it only does a few things and it does them well. However, today's update goes beyond cosmetic changes and bug fixes, it has upgraded the city selection screen to hit an online database to get even more locations and accurate time zone data. There is also a small change to the icon to discuss, and a teardown reveals that the Clock app is the first to offer direct integration with Google's upcoming feature Routines.

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TeamViewer 13 adds support for connecting to iOS devices and an improved UI

TeamViewer, the popular remote desktop solution, has recently pushed a set of updates to its service. The new v13, which appears to be in a semi-beta state depending on your platform, arrives almost a year to the date after v12 and adds enhanced multi-platform support for streaming from iOS devices, as well as a change in UI to provide a more consistent interface across platforms, and GPU hardware acceleration. 

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Bandai Namco's latest action RPG 'Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Voltage' is available for pre-registration

Bandai Namco has recently pushed out Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Voltage for pre-registration on the Play Store. It is billed as a brand new action strategy RPG. It would seem you will be tasked with building an impenetrable fortress where you have to protect your village from other players, all the while venturing forth into the world and attacking any village that is not your own.

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Google launches Poly, a database of 3D objects for app developers

Google already has some tools to make creating VR and AR content easier, but designing 3D models for apps can still be difficult and time-consuming. Google aims to lessen the hassle with its newest initiative. Poly is a searchable database of 3D objects and scenes for developers to use in their apps. It has thousands of models, and supports remixing and editing via Google's design tools. Best of all, it's free.

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Google made a Chromebox for Hangouts video conferences

Back in March, Google split Hangouts into two separate apps - 'Meet' for video conferences, and 'Chat' for Slack-style company messaging. In a new blog post, Google revealed the 'Hangouts Meet hardware kit,' designed to get companies up and running with Hangouts Meet for their boardrooms or other meeting locations.

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Inbox v1.59 reveals Highlights will get a training mode to manually improve results [APK Teardown]

A few weeks ago, Google began rolling out a new Highlights feature for Inbox that promises to bring your most important email to the top of the list. Many people still don't have it, so this may only be available to a small group for initial testing, or perhaps the rollout is just progressing very slowly. A teardown of the latest update to Inbox includes signs that there is a new training tool that will be useful for making Highlights even better.

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