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LG Pay debuts in US with magstripe reading and cash back rewards program

More than a year after it was reported that LG would be launching a mobile payment service with compatibility for magnetic stripe terminals in the United States, the company has finally announced the arrival of LG Pay for the LG G8 ThinQ. Though we can say that Samsung Pay finally has a one-to-one competitor in its space, it will take a good while before spreading out to other devices.

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Verizon's Nokia 2 V gets Android 9 Pie, five months after unlocked model

In January of this year, HMD Global partnered with Verizon to create the Nokia 2 V. It's more or less a Nokia 2.1 with Verizon branding. The updates are also handled by the carrier, which might explain why Android Pie is rolling out to the phone five months after the regular Nokia 2.1 got it.

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Sony discontinues its 'What's New' and Audio Recorder apps

While Sony has usually stuck pretty close to stock Android on its phones, it still produces many custom applications specifically for Xperia devices. However, even those are starting to go away or have features removed the Sketch app was already set to lose online functionality in September, and two other apps will be discontinued at the same time.

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Pixel 3, 3a owners with Google Fi device protection can now get same-day screen repairs at uBreakiFix

Google Fi subscribers who own a Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, or Pixel 3a XL and have opted into paying a few dollars per month for device protection have gained a nice perk if they so happen to drop their phones and crack their display: the carrier has announced that if customers are approved for a screen repair claim, they may opt to take their phone to a uBreakiFix location for same-day service.

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27 temporarily free and 17 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Yet another week is halfway gone, so here are some app sales for you. Today's list is long for a Wednesday and even features two games I really enjoy, Reed and I Am Reed. Have fun.

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15 tips and tricks for Chrome on Android (2019 edition)

Chrome for Android has plenty of hidden features, either tucked away behind experimental 'flags' or simply not made obvious by Google. Some of them can make switching between tabs quicker, improve your experience on shaky internet connections, or remove unnecessary functionality.

In this post, we'll go over 15 and tips and tricks for making the most out of Chrome on Android.

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Registration now open for Android Dev Summit 2019

If you're an Android developer, and you missed your chance to go to Google I/O (or you're ready for round two), the Android Dev Summit is set for October 23rd and 24th of this year. The event was announced back in April, but now registration is officially open.

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Amazon Echo Connect, which links your landline to your speaker, is down to $20 ($15 off)

Most Alexa devices can already make calls, but wouldn't it be nice to use your landline directly from your Echo speaker? The Echo Connect lets you do just that, and it's just gone on sale for only $20 instead of its original $35 price.

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Google 'temporarily disables' dozens of CooTek apps, including TouchPal Keyboard

You may have not heard of CooTek, but you've probably seen some of the company's applications. The publicly-traded Chinese app developer is best known for the TouchPal Keyboard, but has also created countless other applications for Android and iOS. Google has been cracking down on abusive behavior on the Play Store, and it appears CooTek is the latest company to get the boot.

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Google shows off its new emoji designs that will debut with Android Q

The Unicode Consortium codified 230 new symbols — well, 65 new symbols plus many skin tone, color, and gender variants — as part of its Emoji 12.0 update released back in March. But it does takes a good long while for tech companies to draw up and deploy unique designs for concepts such as "pinching hand," "otter," and "razor." Fortunately for people who use Google products, that particular company has published its final drafts to the public in time for World Emoji Day and they're all ready to be officially rolled out for use in Android Q.

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