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Runkeeper kills WearOS app, citing 'buggy experience'

2019 has been a sad year for WearOS, as the platform witnessed the death of several apps over the past few months. Runkeeper is the latest company to announce the retirement of its application on WearOS devices, claiming the experience was buggy for most users.

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25 temporarily free and 16 on-sale apps and games to start the weekend

Woohoo, we're at the end of yet another week! To celebrate, we have a small list of app sales today. However, as usual, someone out there might find something they like here. Have a good weekend, everyone.

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Roll for initiative: Google Search simulates more types of dice for your tabletop RPG enjoyment

Ugh, not only did you show up late to the weekly D&D session, you forgot your snazzy dice at home, and now you've got to use the cheap house set — which we all know throws 1s way more often. When was the last time those off-weight bits of plastic confirmed or even landed a crit? Well, if your DM allows it, you might be able to use Google next time. Spotted over the last month or so, Google Search's "roll dice" tool has added support for more types of dice, including those used by tabletop RPGs like D&D or Pathfinder, plus the convenience of in-line bonuses.

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Lenovo's 8" Smart Display with two Smart Plugs is just $90 for today only

The Lenovo Smart Display was the first Google Assistant screen, but with how cheap Google's own Nest Hub has become these days, there haven't been many reasons to go with the Lenovo model. Today, not only has the Lenovo Smart Display dropped to $90, but the company is also throwing in two smart plugs to sweeten the deal.

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[Update: Now at Amazon] Nokia 9 PureView drops again to $499 ($200 off)

The Nokia 9 PureView is definitely one of the most interesting phones of 2019 (so far). Not only is it the first flagship-level phone HMD Global is selling in the United States, but it also has no fewer than five rear cameras. It started out at $699, but it has dropped to $599 a few times, and now you can grab it for just $499.00 — the same price it was on Prime Day.

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Time to save on a Lenovo Smart Clock, now at an all-time low of $50 ($30 off)

How much time do you spend in bed every night with one of your arms up in the air holding a glowing rectangle? Yeah, that ain't good. You probably need something pretty smart on your side table. Well, we know a couple places who want to sell you a Lenovo Smart Clock and they can do it for $30 off today.

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Tip: If you still don't have the new Android Auto, check your app settings

Google started rolling out the new Android Auto earlier this month, and it's an overall improvement. You should have the updated interface already, but we've heard from a number of Android Auto users who haven't seen the update appear automatically. Luckily, there's a quick fix.

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Miss the Spotify widget? You can bring it back with Tasker and KWGT

Earlier this week, Spotify unceremoniously killed its Android widget, taking away home screen-based controls for the streaming service. Odds are that most of you didn't notice — or if you did, you probably didn't care too much since you can still use the ongoing notification's controls during playback — but for those that were upset at the loss, there's a workaround. Using Tasker and KWGT, you can re-create a convincing approximation of Spotify's lost widget.

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Facebook failed to disclose human voice chat transcription program

Ever since the controversy arose surrounding Google training its voice recognition technology using human contractors, barely a week goes by without another company admitting to the same. While the practice doesn't come as a surprise to many familiar with the underlying technology, no company thought of clearly stating what they were doing, which is not a good idea considering rising privacy awareness among customers and regulators. Bloomberg found out that the same is true for Facebook Messenger, affecting users who turned on voice-to-text for audio messages.

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New Motorola One Action's ultra-wide-angle camera is out to kill vertical video

The new Motorola One Action is official as of today, though it's leaked a few times in the last couple months. And even though we've seen specs and other details before, the phone still managed to hold onto one secret: that ultra-wide-angle "Action Cam" has been rotated to let you capture landscape videos/photos while the phone is held in portrait. Prices start at €259 with availability in some markets (read: not the US) beginning today.

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