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Weekend poll: Are you interested in buying a first-generation 5G phone?

Mobile World Congress is just around the corner, and with it will come a slew of new smartphone launches. Among those new phones will be the world's very first 5G handsets (and phones with 5G enabled via big plastic bricks slapped on the back), and we know a few things about them. Namely: they're going to be expensive, and for a good long while you might struggle to even find a place to utilize any of that 5G capability. Oh, and they're also probably going to be covered in super tacky branding.

That all said, the phones will come, and we know Samsung, LG, OnePlus, and Motorola are all on-board.

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Google revises proposed Chrome ad blocker changes after public outcry and legal threats

Google is currently in the process of updating the API used by Chrome extensions. This isn't something that typical users would have cared much about, until extension developers pointed out that one of the proposed changes could prevent many content blockers (including uBlock Origin) from functioning. While Google hasn't completely backtracked from its plans, it has made concessions amidst public outcry and legal threats.

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17 best new Android games released this week including Rebel Inc, RWBY Deckbuilding Game, and Linn: Path of Orchards

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. This week I have the spiritual successor to the popular strategy game Plague Inc, an RWBY-themed card game from Rooster Teeth, and a gorgeous 2D puzzler published by Crescent Moon. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released this week.

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Grab an Altec Lansing Baby Boom speaker for just $10 ($20 off) at Best Buy

Sunday mornings are for pancakes from scratch, washing the car, and evaluating your Bluetooth speaker needs. I can help with that last one — this Altec Lansing Baby Boom speaker went on sale last night for $10, and with decent specs and good reviews, its a tempting buy.

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Sprint's LG V50 ThinQ reminds you about its 5G capabilities with an unsightly yellow logo on the back

LG's last few V-series phones have been pretty similar to each other, but it looks like the upcoming V50 is going to have something special up its sleeve: 5G. A leaked photo of the Sprint V50 from Evan Blass reveals that the phone will have 5G capabilities, and given the giant yellow logo on the back, it isn't shy about it.

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Soma smart shades review: Retrofitting your blinds for Google Assistant requires many compromises

Automating the light in your home is easy if you only consider getting some smart bulbs or switches or plugs. But once it comes to natural light, the equation gets a bit more complicated. Smart shades/blinds/curtains aren't as ubiquitous, and the current solutions aren't ideal. You either have to replace your entire shades (Ikea, Lutron), the motor (Neo Smart Blinds), or if you're not feeling particularly adventurous, you can try to retrofit your existing window coverings.

The solution for that is both a little genius and ridiculous: there's a cord to control your shades, so how about adding a motor that just pulls on that cord instead of you?

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6 of our favorite tech deals this week: Pixel and Moto phones, dirt-cheap 4K movies, and more

It's understandable for mobile tech enthusiasts to be suffering from a bit of an attention-span issue right now. After all, we're just a little over a week away from the start of Mobile World Congress 2019, one of the biggest new-product expos of the year. With all those fresh hot devices waiting in the wings, how are we to focus on anything else? Somehow, though, we're managing to keep at least some attention on the present, and over the past week we've covered a lot of tempting deals — here are some of the best that are still active:

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The JBL Xtreme 2 rugged Bluetooth speaker is down to $200 ($100 off) on Amazon

If you're looking for a big, bad Bluetooth speaker, they don't come much bigger or badder than the JBL Xtreme 2. The sucker weighs nearly seven pounds and comes with a strap to carry it over your shoulder. It's also IPX7 certified for all your outdoor adventuring. Right now, Amazon has it for $199.95, $100 off its MSRP.

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[Update: AT&T too] Tizen 4.0 rolling out to Verizon's Samsung Gear S3 Classic and Frontier

Verizon is pushing an update to the LTE variants of the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier that brings Tizen version 4 as well as some cool new features. This update aligns the smartwatches with the non-LTE counterparts that got the update last week. The OTA packages for the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier carry the version numbers R775VVRU1CRL8 and R765VVRU1CRL8, respectively.

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Grab a Lenovo Smart Display for as low as $85 ($115 off)

Lenovo was the first to hit Android Things smart display scene with the aptly-named Lenovo Smart Display. The eight- or 10-inch device isn't an awkward freshman attempt, either; the company kind of hit it out of the park. We've seen it on sale a lot lately, but this deal here is the best one yet. You can get the smaller version for just $85, or the larger for $127, with a coupon code on Rakuten.

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