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HUDWAY's Cast Kickstarter promises an affordable and universal heads-up display for your car

It's 2017, and we still don't have commercial flying cars, affordable jet-packs, or even automated package delivery. But thanks to HUDWAY, at least one sci-fi mainstay has made its way into the consumer market. Today the company launched a Kickstarter for its newest product, an affordable heads-up display called the HUDWAY Cast.

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11 new and notable Android apps from the last week (8/22/17 - 8/28/17)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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Fitbit announces its first smartwatch, the Ionic, along with new wireless earbuds and a smart scale

Back in December of last year, Fitbit paid $40 million for Pebble. Considering Pebble's entire future product lineup was cancelled as a result of the buyout, many hoped that Fitbit would at least offer a similar product in the future. The company's new smartwatch is finally here - the Ionic - as well as two other new fitness products.

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Local Guides can begin submitting videos to Google Maps

A teardown of Google Maps v.9.58 turned up some signs that video contributions would become a feature in the very near future. If you're registered as a Local Guide, that time has come. Or at least it's coming, this seems to have only just started rolling out to members of the program today. It doesn't seem as though the videos are actually visible from the detail views yet, but that will probably come soon enough.

A post on the Local Guides Connect forum details the basic process as it invites members to begin submitting footage. Videos can be shot from within Google Maps, but they are limited to a length of just 10 seconds.

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Essential Phone is now shipping

Android co-founder Andy Rubin officially unveiled the first smartphone from his new startup, the Essential Phone, back in May of this year. With a near bezel-less design, flagship specifications, and stock Android, the phone certainly seemed like a winner. But the promised 30-day shipping period came and went, with nary a word from Essential.

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30 of the best Android games for kids between the ages of 2-8

I see this question asked quite a lot. While there are plenty of sites out there that have created similar listicles, most of them appear to be pretty old at this point. This is why I have taken it upon myself to try and answer the question in a way that lists first-rate games you may not have seen previously. Simply put, this article is intended to be a fresh take on what the best Android games for kids between the ages of 2-8 are on Android in 2017.

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Developer discovers how to turn on Android 8.0's theme support without root, but it's a bit janky

Big news today over on XDA. It would appear that the OMS support added to AOSP made its way into Android 8.0 Oreo, and the enterprising developers at XDA have figured out how to leverage the nascent theming system. That is to say, support for Substratum themes now exists in stock Android as of Oreo, and the Substratum developers have just found a way to leverage that without relying on root, via a bit of privilege escalation and ADB, resulting in an incoming root-less theme management system for phones on stock Oreo, and it could be released within the next week.

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Nokia 3 comes out mostly victorious in JerryRigEverything's test

Nokia and HMD Global have been pretty good so far with building durable Android phones. The Nokia 6, the first Nokia-branded Android phone, has a very good build quality (especially for the price). JerryRigEverything, the YouTube channel famous for testing the limits of various electronics, has revealed how much of a beating the Nokia 3 can take.

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Konami's 'Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty HD Edition' is available for the Nvidia Shield TV and it's on sale

Konami recently released Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty HD Edition on the Play Store strictly for the Nvidia Shield TV. It is currently on sale for $9.99, which is 50% off its regular price. If you happen to own an Nvidia Shield TV and you are a Metal Gear fan, now would be the best time to pick this title up as it's unknown how long this launch price sale will last.

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tinyCam Monitor PRO updated to v9 and on sale, adds new IFTTT webhooks, Android O changes including PiP, and more

Yesterday the network camera management app tinyCam Monitor PRO was updated to v9, bringing a ton of new features like MP4 recording to FTP servers, 'Webhooks on motion' for motion-detecting automation, and additional support for features in Android 8.0 Oreo such as adaptive icons and PiP, among a tremendous list of changes. To celebrate the occasion, it's even on sale for 50% off at just $1.99. 

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