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YouTube AR makeup ads now in alpha for iOS as Google pushes 3D web ads

Linear, two-dimensional advertising remains the norm today, but it soon may give way to more immersive, three-dimensional experiences that incorporate augmented reality and interactive elements. Google has just announced some new tools for brands to take advantage of to up their engagement game both in web ads and on YouTube — we think you should be aware of them.

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OnePlus shares more about always-on display, ultra-wide video recording for 7 Pro, plus other OxygenOS improvements

In addition to providing fast and frequent updates, OnePlus is becoming one of the most communicative Android phone manufacturers: It's actually hearing and responding to requests for new features. Back in May, the company spoke out about reported issues and a handful of community requests for the 7 Pro — things like wide-angle video support, and an always-on display — and today it's providing further updates about those requests, as well as others.

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Galaxy Note 10 tipped for Unpacked event on August 7

Samsung, as with anything or anyone else, has its ups and downs, but the swings and roundabouts this year have been vast: the bread-and-butter Galaxy S10 series has been selling at a decent clip, but the bleeding-edge Galaxy Fold was kept out of market due to engineering concerns. The company may be pinning its hopes on another upswing with the release of the Galaxy Note 10 and we now have a good idea of when that will happen.

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Dish Network reportedly wants to buy spectrum being sold by T-Mobile for merger approval

The main argument against T-Mobile and Sprint's proposed merger has been the possibility of reduced competition; after all, Canada only has three major carriers, and that hasn't worked out great for the country. The U.S. Justice Department will reportedly only approve the merger if the combined company will sell off enough wireless spectrum for a new independent carrier to function, and the latest company to show interest is Dish Network.

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Nest.com makes a new home for itself on the Google Store

Google and Nest products have been integrated for many years now, but changes we've seen in the past few months show that the two brands are becoming closer than ever. The latest indicator of this is the virtual deprecation of the Nest.com site, with the landing page asking people to visit the Google Store instead.

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[Update: 8 more banks] Google Pay adds 57 US banks and credit unions to its already enormous support list

Even though Google Pay is already supported by around 2,000 banks, Google somehow keeps finding new banks and credit unions to add. 14 more banks and credit unions in the US have been added with this update, though we fully expect to see even more in the coming weeks.

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[Update: Google statement] Google allegedly used stolen Genius lyrics, caught through Morse code trick

Google's knowledge graph is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it's great for us users and offers us information at a glance before we ever need to enter a website. On the other hand, publishers are losing a lot of impressions because people don't click through to them anymore. This is particularly evident for lyrics providers; ever since Google started to offer song texts in search, traffic has naturally dropped for them. Now, one of the biggest players, Genius, has accused the search engine of illegally lifting lyrics from their platform and has provided evidence in the form of clever apostrophe use.

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The Android Police Q&A Show is live!

You might already know about our weekly live podcast, but did you know we have a second show every Tuesday? We answer your questions and discuss technology news — Android or not from the past week. It's a lot more off-the-hook than the podcast, so tune in below.

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Grab two TP-Link smart light bulbs for $28, the usual price for one bulb

We just reviewed GE's new C-Life Multicolor smart bulbs, and while they're an excellent way to get into the wonderful world of smart lights, they only work with Google Assistant. If you want something that's compatible with both Assistant and Alexa (and IFTTT, and Cortana), you can now get two TP-Link bulbs for $27.99 from B&H — the current price for just one of the bulbs on Amazon.

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OxygenOS 9.5.8 update rolling out to OnePlus 7 Pro: More touchscreen tweaks, May security patches, and other fixes

OnePlus is pushing out updates for its latest flagship basically every week, and today brings us yet another new version of OxygenOS for the 7 Pro. The update to v9.5.8 includes May's security patches, further touch sensitivity improvements, better call audio quality, better compatibility with third-party USB Type-C headphones, and other fixes.

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