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Motorola releases Moto Z2 Play Oreo kernel source code

Lenovo-owned Motorola has definitely passed its glory years, but the company is still pretty good about releasing the kernel sources for the new updates on its phones. The Moto Z2 Play (albus) is up next, with Lenovorola pushing the device's Oreo kernel sources to GitHub.

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Sprint will announce an Unlimited 55+ plan on May 18 to compete with T-Mobile, but it's more expensive

 

Sprint will soon unveil a plan targeted at people aged 55 years and up, a source familiar with the matter has revealed to Android Police. The plan will rival T-Mobile's recent and identically named Unlimited 55+ plan, which allows individuals who are 55 or older to get two unlimited lines for just $60 — something that would cost $120 on T-Mobile's regular ONE plan. Sprint's offering is better than a regular plan, though it's not quite as good as T-Mobile's pricing: you get one line for $50 a month and two lines for $70.

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Tencent is bringing 'Red Alert Online' to Android, but only in China

Electronic Arts have struck a deal with Tencent and Aiyou Interactive Entertainment to create Red Alert Online for Android and iOS. It will release in China sometime in the near future. There is no word if it will ever see the light of day in the West, but I imagine if it does well, we may actually see a release here. At the very least, this means the franchise isn't dead and forgotten just yet. So maybe if there is a lot of interest, EA will get off its behind and finally give us a new AAA PC game worthy of the license.

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Smartphone addiction is worth talking about, but it probably isn't a social crisis

"Smartphone addiction" is a term that entered our cultural lexicon relatively recently - you could say it's A Thing. And it's a thing increasingly cited by techno-skeptics and self-help authors looking to capitalize on our natural desire to purge "unhealthy" habits from our lives (historically, a very American kind of fad). Not to mention: the ever-popular fear that we're all being spied on. Some people are even switching back to dumphones to avoid all the awfulness smartphones have brought into our lives. In short, the smartphone's ubiquity has made it The Next Big Source of All Your ProblemsTM. And I think, in spite of the best intentions - being more in the moment, having more meaningful interactions, and sleeping better - we've all kind of jumped the gun here.

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Snapchat releases second-gen Spectacles with new features and a higher price tag

The original Snapchar Spectacles were something of a fad when you could only get them from a handful of vending machines. However, the hype died down when they became generally available. Snap ended up losing money on unsold hardware, but it hasn't given up on Spectacles. The second-gen specs are now available. They cost a bit more, but they include several new features.

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Hangouts Meet is entirely replacing Hangouts video calls in May

Since Google decided to split Hangouts into separate apps for chat and calls with a renewed focus on business users, the video conferencing app Meet has coexisted with good old Hangouts video. As of May 21st, that will no longer be the case and Meet will take over all face-to-face communications when a meeting is scheduled in Google Calendar.

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Microsoft releases official HockeyApp client for Android

Microsoft has finally released an official HockeyApp client for Android more than two years after acquiring the service. The app gives testers early access to beta software ahead of its official release, much like TestFlight, a similar platform that was acquired by Apple in 2014.

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[Deal Alert] Logitech Circle 2 combo pack (2 cameras and 1 window mount) for $260 ($90 off)

Logitech has been known for its webcams for a long time, and a while ago it started bringing that expertise into the home security camera market. The Logitech Circle 2 was released earlier this year and our own Ryan Whitwam got a chance to try it out, finding that it was superior to the first generation in almost every way. In fact, one of the only minor quibbles he had over the camera was its relatively high price when compared to other cameras on the market. The upside is that that flaw ceases to exist as soon as a good deal comes along, and that's precisely what has happened.

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Google Maps Local Guides can get $5 off an Atom movie ticket with new perk

There's been a renewed push of late from the Google Maps team to get more people signing up as Local Guides and submitting reviews of restaurants and bars and so on. Earlier this month points given out for user reviews were doubled. Google clearly wants existing guides to be more active too and is offering a new movie ticket perk to sweeten the deal.

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YouTube Kids is getting curated content and more powerful parental controls

After news yesterday that Amazon is launching an Echo Dot Kids Edition and bringing its child-friendly subscription service FreeTime to Alexa, it's Google's now turn for a family-oriented announcement. YouTube Kids has been around for 3 years, and one of the main complaints about it is that it sometimes lets inappropriate content slip through. Google is going to introduce new measures in the coming months to combat this.

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