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Google Maps getting cleaner look for maps with highlighted areas of interest

Google is in the process or rolling out cleaner maps to Google Maps in an attempt to show more relevant information to users without overcrowding. You'll notice certain elements going away, but there is one new thing coming to your maps—areas of interest. If Google thinks there's some cool stuff in a particular area, you'll see it highlighted on the map.

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[Deal Alert] Google Store joins in $100 off Nexus 6P deal, adds $30 off select Chromebooks, $5 off Chromecasts, and more

There's another Nexus 6P sale at retailers like B&H and Newegg, and as usual, Google is catching up with a sale on the Google Store. The 6P is $100 off, but there are some other goodies too. You can get deals on Chromecasts, the Huawei Watch, and more.

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Google adds Emergency Location Service to Android, rolling out first in the UK and Estonia

You may be wary of making your location available to apps and services on Android, but that uneasiness goes away in an emergency situation. If you call emergency services, you want them to know exactly where you are, and now Android has the tools to make that happen. Well, if you live in the UK or Estonia. Those are the first two countries with support for the new Emergency Location Service.

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The OnePlus 3 in 'soft gold' color launches on July 26

The OnePlus 3 is a good phone, but it only comes in one color—graphite. Also known as the normal color of aluminum. Tomorrow, you'll be able to buy the OnePlus 3 in a snazzy soft gold color. It is indeed a very pretty phone.

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Google Camera v4.1 from Nougat dev preview 5 has a twist gesture to switch between front and back cameras

Google Camera v4.1, which has shipped with Android N (Nougat is still a little tough to say) dev preview 5, has been a treasure trove of new features. It introduced UI tweaks and new animations with plenty of little changes, then we also discovered that it has the much requested feature to pause video recording. But now we're finding another very hidden option of the camera: a twist gesture.

When you've got your viewfinder up, you can twist your phone away from you and then back on its vertical axis for a couple of times — think twist gesture on Moto devices — and that will switch between the front and back camera.

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OnePlus 3 receives first CyanogenMod 13 nightly builds

The OnePlus 3 runs OxygenOS, a custom version of Android that is similar-to-but-not-quite what you get on a Nexus. You get a few more options, but you're still ultimately dependent on a company for updates.

Phone tweakers and open source types like having more freedom, and that can come from flashing a custom ROM. OnePlus 3 owners now have the option to install the most popular community-supported ROM, CyanogenMod.

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[Deal Alert] Grab an unlocked Xperia X Performance for $579.99 on eBay

When Ryan looked at the Xperia X Performance last month, his verdict was that it had a nice display, decent specs, but deal breakers like the lack of a fingerprint scanner and the poor camera left a sour taste in his mouth. That was nothing though compared to the shock of the price of the phone. $700. There are many, many better phones selling for that much and even less, so Sony's value proposition just seems ridiculous.

At a discounted price though, you could make a case for the X Performance. It does have a nice display after all, a solid build, a Snapdragon 820, IP68 water resistance (a bit of a rare feat still), 3GB of RAM, and if the camera's software is tweaked, it could yield good photos.

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Google celebrates the Chromecast's third birthday

Has it already been three years since the original Chromecast came out? My, how the time flies when you're streaming video. Google marked the occasion on the Google Store's Plus page with the nifty animation below, but there aren't any promotional deals. Not that you really need them - it's $35, for cryin' out loud.

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[Deal Alert] The Galaxy S7 Duos is on sale for just $490 on eBay ($210 off retail)

If there's one thing the last few months have taught us, it's that savvy consumers need never pay full price for a Samsung flagship. Hardly a week goes by when we don't see some new low on the Galaxy S7 or its Edgy brother, and this week's deal is courtesy of eBay. That's where you can find a Galaxy S7 Duos (that's the dual-SIM version popular outside the US) for just $489.99, the lowest price we've seen yet on any new dual-SIM S7 variant.

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[Deal Alert] DailySteals has the 2nd-gen Moto 360 for $150 (42mm) and $165 (46mm)

Motorola's latest cell phone efforts have been less than stellar, but their watches remain some of the best Android Wear devices around... if you can get over the flat tire look. Today DailySteals is offering the second-generation Moto 360 for as little as $149.99, an impressive half off the list price for the cheapest model. There are a couple of caveats, however: one, they're refurbished. Two, you can have any color you want, so long as you want black.

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