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Mafia III: Rivals now available for Android, met with mixed reviews

Mafia III is finally out for PC and various game consoles, but if you're looking for a smartphone port, this isn't it. We covered Mafia III: Rivals when it was initially announced, and it looked like your standard mobile RPG, as opposed to Mafia III's open-world gameplay. In both games, you are a crime boss attempting to rise through the ranks of New Bordeaux's criminal underworld. But that is where the similarities end.

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Google will have a Pixel popup store on October 20th in New York

Are you just dying to get your hands on Google's new Pixel phones? Well, you might be able to do so a little early if you live in New York. Google will have a popup store for its new devices on October 20th in the Big Apple.

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Runtastic and Google Play Music team up to bring you the tunes

While I enjoy working out, I will admit that going without my favorite music makes it much more difficult — especially with cardio. For me, good music equals gains. Equally important, though, is keeping track of progress, but that can often require switching between two or three apps. That is, unless you go old-school and carry a notebook.

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Google's new 18W USB-C charger with USB Power Delivery is now available for $35, ships by Oct. 20th

Google's new charger designed to work with its Pixel smartphones is now available on the US Google Store for $35. That's certainly a pretty penny for a power brick, so what are you actually getting here? Well, this Google-branded charger is designed specifically for use with its Pixel phones, but will work with any compatible USB-C device. It delivers up to 18W of power (up from 15W for last year's Nexuses) with the USB Power Delivery specification, and includes a 1.8m (nearly six feet) USB-C to USB-C cable. The cable itself, it's worth noting, is USB 2.0 specification, not 3.0.

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Sprint's LG V20 launches on October 28th, pre-orders start on October 21st

Sprint is the latest carrier to announce launch details on the LG V20, following both AT&T and T-Mobile. The phone will be available on October 28th, but pre-orders start one week earlier. Pricing isn't clear, but Sprint promises some special trade-in deals and free stuff if you buy a V20.

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Opera Max can now block ad trackers and other privacy risks

Opera Max started out as a VPN capable of reducing data usage, as well as blocking apps from accessing the internet. Now Opera is rolling out a new feature to Max, called 'privacy mode,' that aims to make your device even more secure online.

Privacy mode is based on the S Secure feature Opera created for Samsung for the Galaxy J5 Prime and J7 Prime, which filtered ad trackers and other privacy risks. Opera Max takes it a step further by showing information per app, so you can see what applications on your device are potentially dangerous. Opera uses the EasyPrivacy filter list, a massive database of tracking services, to make this possible.

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[Update: T-Mo and Verizon] AT&T and Sprint are now allowing customers to swap their replacement Galaxy Note7s for any other phone

The Galaxy Note7's tendency to explode and its subsequent recall have been well-publicized, but it appears that the issue wasn't completely fixed. Following the explosion of a revised Galaxy Note7 on a (not yet in the air) Southwest Airlines flight, American carriers AT&T and Sprint are permitting any concerned customers to exchange their 'safe' replacement Galaxy Note7s for any other smartphones they have available.

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Prisma offline mode comes to Android

Prisma came to Android a few months ago with a ton of really impressive photo filters. Whereas some apps with filters try to be subtle, Prisma completely reinterprets the pictures you feed in, turning them into some fancy art. The main drawback; Prisma only worked online. That is finally changing on Android.

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Google is demoting Hangouts to "optional" in the Google Apps package for Android, to be replaced by Duo

In an email sent to Google Mobile Services partners on October 5th, Google outlined a significant change to the core GMS package (AKA gapps) for telephony-enabled Android devices (basically, smartphones). As of December 1st, Google will no longer require Hangouts to be bundled with new hardware. An excerpt of that email follows.

Today, we are announcing that Google Duo will replace Hangouts within the suite of core GMS apps, and Hangouts will become GMS Optional for telephony products. This change will take effect on December 1, 2016.

This does not mean Hangouts, or Hangouts for Android, is dead. It does mean that manufacturers may opt to stop including it on smartphones released in 2017, so you'd have to download it from the Play Store after initial setup.

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Upcoming Pokémon GO update will bring big changes to gym training and capturing rare Pokémon

While the Pokémon GO hysteria has mostly died down, there are still a lot of people playing. Those who have stuck with the summer's hottest mobile game will soon be able to enjoy significant improvements to training Pokémon at gyms and the way rare Pokémon are caught.

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