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Nintendo Opens Registration For Its Miitomo Game-App-Thing Before A March Launch

Nintendo's first mobile game won't really be a game - Miitomo is an extension of the Mii system that the company has been building ever since the launch of the original Wii. In anticipation of launching the app next month, Nintendo has already opened up a Miitomo website that allows users to pre-register for the app. In addition to drumming up a little press (guilty), this gives users the opportunity to reserve their preferred username.

It's all part of the new "Nintendo Account" system, which unifies the somewhat haphazard collection of logins that Nintendo had before. You can create a new Nintendo account (even if you don't own any new Nintendo hardware) on its own or link it with Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.

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[Update: APK Download] Google Adds Gmail-Like Features To Non-Gmail Accounts With Gmailify

Google started allowing non-Gmail email accounts in the Gmail app about a year ago, but you would lose all of the cool Googley features that come with Gmail. Now, you can get some of the Google magic in your email without migrating to a Gmail address. All you have to do is "Gmailify" it.

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Archos Announces New 7, 8, And 10-inch Oxygen Tablets Before MWC, All Running Android 6.0 And All Under $175 USD

Archos has kind of fallen off the radar in terms of tablet sales. Maybe it's different in Europe (Archos is a French company), but these days you won't see any of its products on American shelves. And considering the relative paucity of Android tablets in general as of late, that's a shame. Especially when you hear that Archos is making three new tablets at a variety of sizes and, miracle of miracles, they're all running the latest version of Android at launch.

So it is with the new Oxygen series of tablets: the 70, 80, and 101b at 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inches, respectively.

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[Deal Alert] Spotify Is Giving Away A Free Chromecast If You Buy 3 Months Of Premium (Plus Latest Update Fixes Marshmallow MicroSD Card Download Bug)

For the next week and a half, Spotify is giving people in the US and the UK who have never tried Premium a chance to get a free Chromecast if they sign up for three months, which comes out to $29.97 or £29.97. The company clearly hopes you will enjoy the experience enough to, at the very least, not notice that you forgot to cancel your subscription when the time is up. The deal ends February 28th. Spotify will send out an email within 7 days of your accepting the offer.

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[Update: Device Renders Replaced] For $4 You Can Get India's New Low-End Smartphone: Freedom 251

For $4, you can get an average cup of coffee, or two bottles of water, or maybe a decent sandwich. If you live in India, that same $4 can get you a brand new smartphone from handset maker Ringing Bells. Sorry, I meant $3.67 at the current exchange rate. Excuse me while my mind gets blown into teeny tiny pieces. WHAAAAAAAAAA?!

OK, I'm back. So we were talking about that new $4 $3.67 smartphone. It's called the Freedom 251 because it costs Rs. 251.

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Google Is Giving Up On Selling Android Tablets To Schools Under Google Play For Education, Will Focus On Chromebooks Instead

Google is winding down its Google Play for Education program. The company has confirmed to a news outlet or two that it will stop selling licenses to partner tablet vendors on March 14th.

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CyanogenMod 13 Nightlies Come To T-Mobile LG G4 While LG V10 Gets Its First 12.1 Nightly

We've recently covered some odd releases for CyanogenMod on Android, where the custom ROM was resurrecting some forgotten devices from the dead with updates that their original manufacturers wouldn't dare release for them. This isn't the case with these additions / upgrades to the CM lineup.

First, the T-Mobile LG G4 (h811) started getting its first CM13 nightlies a couple of days ago. Given that Marshmallow is just now heading to the Tmo G4 officially, Cyanogen is keeping up with LG on this one — albeit with a probably less stable release.

Second, the T-Mobile LG V10 (h901) got its first nightly yesterday, but this time it's for CyanogenMod 12.1 which is based on Android 5.1.

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[Update: Live] T-Mobile HTC One M9 To Receive Android Marshmallow Update On February 16th

Good news for HTC One M9 owners on T-Mobile! Your Android 6.0 cravings should soon be satiated. HTC VP of Product Management Mo Versi has announced on Twitter that an OTA is set to go out on Tuesday, February 16th.

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Samsung's BBC micro:bit Android App Helps You Flash Code To The System Via Bluetooth

BBC's micro:bit is an ARM-based embedded system with an accelerometer, magnetometer, Bluetooth, USB, 25 LED lights, and 2 programmable buttons, that is part of a BBC initiative to enhance computer education in the UK. The small board should be given for free to all year 7 students in the country to help them write software and build new computer things. It has a dedicated website to get started and desktop applications to connect to computers.

But now students will also be able to try their code on-the-go and wirelessly from their phones thanks to the new Android app. Developed by Samsung (which has partnered with the BBC as part of its Corporate Citizenship program), the app has four main sections to discover others' code on the micro:bit website, write your own code, connect to your micro:bit, and flash new code to see it execute.

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[Update: Changelog, New Languages, Android M Permissions] WhatsApp 2.12.441 Goes Live In The Play Store With AllTheEmojis

It's almost Valentine's and what more of a perfect gift could WhatsApp give its users than dozens upon dozens of brand new emojis they can use to express all of their emotions and deep feelings? Those cool drawings had been donning the WhatsApp beta for over two months but they're now ready to deck the emoji panel of every WhatsApp user through an update to the stable Play Store release of the app.

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