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Block out the world with Sony's WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones for just $200

Block out the world with Sony's WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones for just $200

The outside world can be a loud place, full of distractions and noise. If you're trying to get work done, the last thing you need is your neighbors in the apartment above you practicing clogging lessons. Thankfully, noise-canceling headphones make it easy to tune out your surroundings. Sony makes some of the best ANC headphones and earbuds you can get your hands on, and while the WH-1000XM3s aren't the newest kids on the block, today's deal is unbeatable for the value.

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Here's why Google Photos uploads for some aren't counting against account storage

Here's why Google Photos uploads for some aren't counting against account storage

Google's new storage policy came into effect on June 1 and dropped the free unlimited backup plan for Google Photos. However, some users — including a couple of us at AP — have managed to upload several GBs of media without it occupying even an iota of our account storage. What's happening, you ask? We reached out to Google for an explanation and discovered that some Photos users are just luckier than others.

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Android 12's new color-theming feature is nothing without some good wallpapers — get some free ones on us

Android 12's new color-theming feature is nothing without some good wallpapers — get some free ones on us

Android customization is about to receive a huge overhaul thanks to Android 12 and Material You. When the public version finally lands later this year, you'll want a snazzy cache of wallpapers to change up the look and feel of your phone. To help you build up your collection, we're giving away free wallpapers in every edition of the Android Police Newsletter. Here's how and when you can get the next one.

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Reports of the Z Fold2's death turn out to be (slightly) exaggerated

Reports of the Z Fold2's death turn out to be (slightly) exaggerated

Earlier this week, Samsung seemingly ceased selling last year's flagship foldable, the Galaxy Z Fold2. The product listing at Samsung's store was temporarily replaced with a disclaimer that "The Galaxy Fold is no longer available for purchase on Samsung.com," directing customers to other options. While that quickly sparked rumors that Samsung was ending sales in anticipation of its next-gen foldables, the company now assures us that the Fold2 has not been discontinued.

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What's happening to Oxygen OS? OnePlus speaks up

What's happening to Oxygen OS? OnePlus speaks up

Earlier this week, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau finally announced an integration with Oppo, a move that had been rumored since he took over product responsibilities for both companies. Although his initial forum post confirmed the two companies would remain separate entities, a few questions went unanswered. Luckily, we have a confirmation on one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the move.

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Time for a smartphone diet: An ode to Lite phones

Time for a smartphone diet: An ode to Lite phones

The commotion in the smartphone market lately hasn’t been quite like it used to be. We’re seeing some major activity outside the usual launch seasons, non-flagships are creating headlines more often, consumers have started to look for options beyond the upper tier, and companies, too, are making mid-range models that we can actually recommend. All these are signs that the smartphone industry has graduated to a stage where even cheaper phones can make sense for consumers without degrading their overall experience.

Phone makers are busy shifting gears to meet the changing consumer preference, and the results have been positive so far.

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10 temporarily free and 40 on-sale apps and games for Friday

10 temporarily free and 40 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. It's almost the weekend, and I have some great sales to share, including a few standouts. First up is KORG Kaossilator, one of if not the best synthesizers on Android, and it's currently half off. Next, I have Battle Chasers: Nightwar, a console-quality RPG that offers tons of fun. Last but not least is Kenshō, a gorgeous puzzler that also offers a relaxing experience. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold green text in order to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 10 temporarily free and 40 on-sale apps and games for the end of the week.

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Google seems to be working on an alternative to Apple's Find My network

Google seems to be working on an alternative to Apple's Find My network

One of the most salient features of an Apple AirTag is how it utilizes the roughly one billion iPhones out there — via the Find My network —  to ping its location even when it's not in Bluetooth range. Wouldn't it be great if Google could somehow capitalize on the more than 3 billion Android devices around the world to help find your lost phone? Well, this might just happen.

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Google really wants you to use virtual desktops on your Chromebook

Google really wants you to use virtual desktops on your Chromebook

Most of us probably feel overwhelmed by the endless slew of browser tabs and and all the software windows cluttering up our PCs. Thanks to virtual desktops for Chromebooks, managing your tasks is way easier: you can create a workspace for each of your classes, or have a dedicated desk for gaming. Your organization possibilities are virtually endless — yet very few users take full advantage of this feature. It seems Google really wants you to realize how useful it is, as it's experimenting with putting virtual desks front-and-center to the Chrome OS experience.

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OnePlus 8 series update lets you take screenshots of your fancy always-on display

OnePlus 8 series update lets you take screenshots of your fancy always-on display

If you're rocking a OnePlus flagship from 2020 and have been bold enough to be a part of the Open Beta program, there's news for you. OnePlus is rolling out the Open Beta 11 and the Open Beta 6 for the OnePlus 8 series and the OnePlus 8T, respectively.

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