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Protect your new Galaxy S10 with Totallee's ultra-thin cases [Sponsored Post]

The Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup is finally here, and if you plan on buying one of the new models, you'll need a case to go with it. A sleek-looking phone deserves a sleek-looking case, and Totallee just released its new super thin cases for the S10, S10 Plus, and S10e.

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[Update: New renders and rumors] Nokia 9 PureView and another device might be announced at MWC

As we're closing in on MWC, manufacturers are starting to tease us on what to expect. Nokia is also joining the party and hinting about announcements in Barcelona on February 24th, which aligns with the date and location of Mobile World Congress. What appear to be two promotional images also corroborate this, showing off what may be the N9 PureView and another phone.

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Moto Mods: How a modular hardware platform locked Motorola into a cycle of failure

We all wish our phones could do more from time to time, but you can't just add new features without buying a new device, right? Oh, you're forgetting about Moto Mods. You can add new hardware capabilities to your phone like a speaker, a zoom camera, or projector. It changed everything... actually, that's wrong. Smartphones are largely the same as they were in 2016, but Motorola is still at least going through the motions to pretend Mods are a good idea. The evidence is unavoidable at this point: they're not.

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Samsung's official Galaxy S10 wallpapers all try really hard to hide the display cutout

Some people aren't thrilled with the placement of the Galaxy S10 series' hole-punch cutout, and Samsung seems to be very aware of that. All of the S10's wallpapers conveniently fade to black at their top right corners, which is an interesting tactic. The six new wallpapers are now available for your viewing and downloading pleasure.

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dbrand's new Swarm material is its most textured, tactile, and dynamic yet - get it at 20% off right now [Sponsored Post]

Electronics skins from dbrand. Why do you need one on your phone, laptop, console, or other devices? Well, they add grip, and a layer of protection against wear and tear, dings and scratches. Let's be honest though, you could accomplish that with some duct tape and a exact-o-knife if you wanted to get crafty. The things that set dbrand's skins apart are that they are perfectly cut to fit your device and –most importantly– they look freaking awesome. 

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Motorola releases Pie kernel code for the P30 Note and G6 Plus

Slowly but surely, Android 9 Pie is rolling out to Motorola's lineup of phones. That also means new kernel source packages, which can be used by developers to create custom Pie-based ROMs and recoveries. Motorola has now released two new source packages for two (or possibly three) devices.

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Rejoice: The Galaxy S10's Bixby button can be remapped out of the box

Anyone who's familiar with Samsung phones will know of the company's long-standing fight against third-party developers and their Bixby button-remapping apps. These remapping apps first surfaced shortly after the Galaxy S8 launched, with Samsung quickly taking action to disable them. This back-and-forth continued over the coming months, but it looks like Samsung has finally obliged its Bixby haters by offering a remapping option out of the box with the brand-new Galaxy S10.

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Nike's self-lacing kicks turn to bricks when updated over Android

Nike recently launched the futuristic self-lacing Adapt BB sneakers, with the Android app going live just last week. Our comments section was full of people discussing dystopian futures with rebellious footwear, and they didn't have to wait long — the shoes seem to be bricking during the initial software update itself.

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Chromebooks pick up offline Google Drive folder support in Beta Channel and later

In what will surely be a boon to Chromebook-related productivity, you can now make individual folders and files in your Google Drive available offline on Chrome OS, but only on V73 and later. That's Beta Channel and forward, at the time of writing.

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Grab a factory refurbished UE Boom 2 for $57 ($30 off) from Woot

Bluetooth speakers are extremely commonplace these days, but one of the more popular brands is Ultimate Ears, aka UE. The cross-shaped volume buttons have become somewhat iconic, as well as instantly recognizable. Though a few years old, UE's Boom 2 is still a solid choice for some portable beats and you can pick up a factory refurbished one up for yourself on Woot for $59.99.

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