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Plants vs. Zombies 3 is out in pre-alpha for Android, but for a limited number of players

This came out of nowhere, but apparently, Electronic Arts is testing an open pre-alpha build for Plants vs. Zombies 3 on Android. If you'd like to get in, simply navigate to the new Play Store listing and then install the game. At first, I had trouble getting past the splash screen, but eventually, I was able to jump into the title's first stage. So if you'd like to check out what EA has up its sleeve for the next iteration of Plants vs. Zombies, now's your chance.

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Get up to half off eero Pro mesh Wi-Fi bundles ($99 up) for Prime Day

Prime Day is coming into the homestretch, but we would be remiss not to point out some awesome deals on some products from a company that Amazon only recently acquired. Eero has been making mesh Wi-Fi routers and beacons for years now, but today may be the best time to spruce up that old local area network of yours — various Eero Pro router and beacon packages are half-off for the remainder of today.

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Prime Day deal on New 2DS XL steals Nintendo Switch promo's thunder

Going into Prime Day, the rumored Nintendo Switch deal tantalized us the most. Details weren't known, but with discounts on Nintendo's latest console being so few and far between, almost any price cut would have been welcomed. In the end, Amazon elected to sell the Switch for its usual $300 price but with a $35 eShop Gift Card, which is alright, but the current promo on the "New" 2DS XL seriously steals that deal's thunder.

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The excellent Jabra Elite 85h noise-canceling headphones are down to $237 ($63 off) for Prime Day

Even though Bose and Sony lead the noise-canceling headphone market, there are a bunch of great options out there you can consider. One of them is Jabra's Elite 85h bluetooth headset, which features active noise cancelation, USB-C connectivity, and a 3.5mm port. The device was released back in January for $300, but is now available for just $237 for Prime Day.

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AirTV Mini is an $80 4K Android TV stick with Sling on-board

Dish-owned AirTV came out in 2017 with a 4K HDR Android TV streaming box that can plug into an antenna for local over-the-air broadcasts — thus combining local TV with over-the-top services ranging from Netflix to YouTube to Sling (another Dish property) in one input. But what if you have other TV sets you'd like to hook up? Surely you'd want to avoid the hassle of getting another AirTV box, right? Well, the company has come out with a new stick that acts as an OTT streamer on its own, but can also relay OTA with the help of an existing AirTV unit.

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Forget gaming: The Red Magic 3 is the most powerful phone under $500 in the US right now

I’ll just come right out and say it: gaming phones are a gimmick. You can get 99% of the same gaming experience using a flagship without sacrificing other core functionality like camera performance. And don’t get me wrong—shoulder buttons, blinking lights, and other gaming-specific features are certainly nice to have, but hardcore gaming on phones isn’t a big enough market (at least yet). In reality, too few mobile games are designed to take full advantage of extra controls or 90Hz displays.

Before you reach for your pitchforks, though, there’s one area where gaming phones have been leading the pack lately, and that’s value—at least on paper.

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[Updated] Amazon UK Prime Day roundup — Deals on Amazon devices, smart home tech, phones, and more

Remember when you had to wait until Black Friday and Cyber Monday to stock up on cheap tech? Nah, me neither, and that's largely thanks to Amazon and the advent of Prime Day. Not only does Amazon discount its own hardware and tons of other stuff on its site, other retailers have had no choice but to join in. This means that Prime Day (confusingly, a two-day event) is a great time to find deals on the latest tech each summer — today and tomorrow, to be precise.

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Get a Netgear Orbi RBK33 mesh Wi-Fi 3-Pack for just $195 ($65 off) on Amazon


We're in day two of Prime "Day" and the deals keep coming — here's a particularly interesting one on a mesh router. Netgear's Orbi line of Wi-Fi routers are known for their reliability and range and are arguably the best mesh Wi-Fi system on the market. Two variants, RKB23 and RKB33, are on sale right now for under $200, with the price dropping another $10 if you use today's “Buy More, Get More” promotion.

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PUBG Mobile 0.13.5 update includes redesigned season system, new submachine gun, and plenty more

In June we received the 0.13.0 patch for PUBG Mobile, and now that a month has rolled by, it's time again for yet another update. The version number will be bumped to 0.13.5, and while the update does not appear to be live in the US just yet, it should land on the Play Store by the end of the day. This version update also signals the start Season 8, which should begin in the next day or two, though if you're interested in the majority of changes that come with the .5 version bump, make sure to click the read more button to check out these details in full.

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Android Auto phone interface gone for many on Android Q Beta 5

Quite a while ago, along announcing the new Android Auto experience, Google also said that it would deprecate the interface for phones completely. It encourages its customers to use Assistant Driving Mode instead, which is poised to come out "this summer." Android Q is apparently already preparing for this, as some users on the latest beta report that the Android Auto app icon is disappearing for them, with no option to start the app from their phones anymore.

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