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Behold Samsung's Shoddy Crooked Galaxy Note 3 Home Button - Did Anyone QC This Thing?

Yesterday, I picked up my new baby - a brand spanking new Galaxy Note 3 that replaced my aging Note 2. (Update: I'd like to clarify this since a lot of people have misconstrued the "aging" comment for something it's not. My Note 2 has a screen crack and shows significant wear and tear. You may not consider the Note 2 or INSERT_DEVICE_HERE aging, but that's not what this line was about - it was about a very specific phone I was upgrading from and nothing else.) It's a great device on many fronts, as David pointed out in our extensive review, but it appears putting out solidly built products was not on Samsung's roadmap yet again.

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bRight Switch Is An Android-Powered Light Switch With Full Touchscreen, Automation, Remote Control, And A Lot More

In the movie Demolition Man, Simon Phoenix (played by Wesley Snipes) reprograms the lights (which are controlled by voice) to turn on with the hotword "illuminate" and turn off with "deluminate." When I saw that movie as a kid, I wanted this in my future. Not necessarily exactly like that, but that sort of automation in general. Now, we're finally edging slowly towards that kind of life.

Enter the new Indiegogo campaign for the bRight Switch, an Android-powered light switch and base switching/outlet system that is basically everything one could possibly hope for in home lighting automation and convenience.

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[Deal Alert] Sprint's Galaxy Note 3 $299 For Upgrades From Wirefly ($50 Off)

If you're dedicated to The Now Network and plan on renewing the two-year grip it has on your wallet with the Galaxy Note 3, you're in for a bit of a shocker: the on-contract price is $350. New customers can use the $100 port-in credit to get it for just $250. Ouch.

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Thankfully, Wirefly is here to make the upgrade cost a little easier to swallow by knocking a fifty spot off of Sprint's offering, so you can nab this gargantuan for $300.

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AT&T Is The Next Carrier Rolling Out The Big Moto X Update With Improvements To The Camera, Touchless Control, And More

The online-only T-Mobile variant of the Moto X was the first to get the surprise update, followed quickly by Sprint. Now AT&T is next out of the gate, leaving Verizon trailing behind. We probably could have pre-written this, and maybe we did. You'll never know.

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GAMEVIL Buys Com2Us, Pay $.99 Or 5 Gold Coins To Read The Rest Of This Headline

Gamevil (or GAMEVIL, if you're reading the press release) is a South Korean mobile developer and publisher best known for the Zenonia series of action RPGs, among many others. Com2us (or Com2uS, likewise) is another South Korean mobile developer and publisher best known for the Homerun Battle series of sports games, among many others. Today Gamevil bought Com2us. Hooray for the happy couple.

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These companies are so similar that it's barely surprising that they're tying the knot.

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Software Engineer Romain Guy Moves On From The Android Team, Will Stay With Google

Another long-time member of the Android team at Google is moving on. After six years of effort, having first worked on Android since before it was even publically announced, Romain Guy has decided to try something new. But unlike the last Android developer to depart, Jean-Baptiste Queru, Guy isn't leaving the company as a whole. He has chosen to remain at Google and will apply his talents in other ways.

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Samsung ChatON Updated To Version 3 With An Updated User Interface And More Social Options

Samsung claims that it has 100 million users of its proprietary ChatON messaging service. With that many eyeballs on your software, it makes sense to give it a little spit and polish, right? To that end they've release the 3.0 version of ChatON to the Play Store, complete with a fresh Holo interface and a few more options. Those of you with Samsung devices are probably getting the update anyway, but the cross-platform chat service is available to most Android devices.

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Ads Are Beginning To Appear In The Gmail App Promotions Folder As Predicted

When we dug into the updated Gmail app in the APK Teardown a few days ago, there was clear evidence of a system for displaying ads in the Promotions folder much like desktop Gmail. It didn't take Google long to start implementing them either – the first users are seeing ads right now.

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Samsung Releases Kernel Source Files For AT&T, Sprint, And SK Telecom Galaxy Note 3

Samsung's new stylus-packing smartphone is still rolling out across the US, but you can get a taste of the Galaxy Note 3 with the kernel source files just posted to Samsung's open source site. After dropping the code for eight variants of the Note 3 earlier this week, we've now got the Jelly Bean bits for the Sprint, AT&T, and SK Telecom versions.

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Sprint's Day One MI5 OTA Update For The Galaxy Note 3 May Remove Controversial Benchmark Boosts [Update: Nope]

Update: We've heard back from Sprint on the "Restriction to benchmark sites removed" line. Here's what a representative told us:

During the development phase of this device, we had blocked benchmarking sites/apps. Now that it is released to our customers this fix will allow users to download benchmarking apps on their note 3. Hope that answers your question.

So presumably any favorable treatment that the Galaxy Note 3 demonstrated in review units, as shown by the Ars Technica report below, is still in effect.

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