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Rumor: Samsung May Begin Fitting Accessories With ID Chips To Prevent Use Of Unauthorized Covers, Chargers, And More

Let me just start by saying that the source of this rumor has a less than completely stellar track record and that we're dealing with a Korean translation here. The reason we're reporting on this rumor, though, is that it sounds highly plausible. Alright, expectations set? Good.

According to ETNews, Samsung may start locking accessories down with ID chips in order to prevent the usage of unauthorized products with its smartphones and tablets.

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[Deal Alert] 32GB Nexus 10 Drops To Lowest Price Yet On eBay Daily Deals At Just $349.99 ($150 Off)

The Nexus 10 is nearly a year old, but we don't have any solid news on its successor just yet. Even though it's getting long in the tooth, Google's first 10-inch Nexus slate still has a lot of good features. You can grab the 32GB version of this device today on eBay for the low price of $349.99, down from $499.99 in Google Play for this model.

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The Nexus 10 packs a dual-core Exynos 5 ARM chip, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.

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[APK Teardown] Play Store 4.4.21: Google Play Newsstand Adopts Purple Brand Color, Set To Replace Play Magazines

Recently, we tore down an unreleased version of Google's Play Store 4.4 update and discovered that Newsstand, an upcoming Play service we first learned about back in March, had made some progress.

When we first saw Newsstand, it was in the midst of Javascript and CSS in the web Play Store. At the time, it looked like Newsstand would be an addition to the existing apps, books, tv/movies, music, and magazines categories, adopting its own yellow brand color (#FFD700 to be exact).

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Android 4.3 Is Now Rolling Out To The T-Mobile HTC One As Part Of Software Version 3.24.531.3

HTC Americas president Jason Mackenzie announced last week that the T-Mobile Android 4.3 update would arrive on October 21st, and in contrast to last week's delay, today's update has arrived right on schedule. Multiple users have already reported Android 4.3 OTA sightings on their phones. If you're an impatient HTC One owner on T-Mobile, now's the time to start hitting that refresh button and trying your luck.

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The Android 4.3 update is tucked away under a download labeled version 3.24.531.3.

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[Deal Alert] AT&T G2 Down To $99.99 Through Amazon For New Lines And Upgrades

Even with the now thoroughly leaked LG Nexus 5 about to make an appearance, you can still save some cash in the short term by picking up the LG G2 from Amazon. The AT&T variant can be had right now for a mere $99.99 on contract for all new lines and upgrades.

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The LG G2 on Ma Bell is closely related to the standard international edition of the device, unlike the Verizon version which took some liberties with the casing.

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Reports Of Blue/Purple Haze On Some Kindle Fire HDX Screens Leave Users Feeling A Little Blue

New devices almost always have some sort of defect buyers should be on the lookout for, and the new Kindle Fire HDX tablet is no exception. Now that Amazon's newest Android device is getting into people's hands, reports are beginning to surface of a strange purple or blue haze around the edge of the screen.

The issue seems present on all edges of the screen equally, and is particularly evident on white backgrounds.

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[Weekend Poll] Nexus 5, White Or Black?

Another poll about colors? Yep. Our own Liam Spradlin mocked up what a white Nexus 5 might look like after some pretty likely bogus images of such a device appeared on the web late last week. Here's a more realistic representation of what each will probably look like.

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White phones do tend to get a bit dingy and yellowed / grayed over time, but there's something about the N5 whited-out that really appeals to me.

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[Rumor Smash] This Is Absolutely Not An All-White Nexus 5

On the evening of the 18th, Chinese tech site CtechCN began the circulation of an image representing an all-white variant of the Nexus 5, with the accompanying story that, according to a tipster, the white variant could be launched simultaneously with the black version, and presumably the version we've already seen with a white back and black front.

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Tantalizing, right? The first issue with this image is the lighting. The highlights are all toward the bottom.

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[Quick Tip] Experimental 'Accessibility Tab Switcher' In Chrome Beta Makes Tab Switching Compact, Pressure-Free

If you're a Chrome Beta user who was getting bored with their weekend web browsing, we've got a tip for you - Chrome Beta for Android has an experimental "Accessibility Tab Switcher" flag that'll allow you to switch tabs in a compact, pleasing interface, also enabling you to bring back closed tabs with a handy "undo" button. That should take a little pressure out of your tab management experience.

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To turn the Accessibility Tab Switcher on, just open up Chrome Beta and head to chrome://flags.

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