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YouTube's 'miniplayer-bar' test lets you keep watching your video as you read comments

We only just wrote about YouTube's new picture-in-picture test on the web, but it's common knowledge by now that Google loves running limited tests. The world's largest video sharing site is now testing a feature it calls 'miniplayer-bar' in its code, and it's something that really should have been implemented a long time ago.

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[Deal Alert] Unlocked HTC U11 down to $344.95 ($305 off) on eBay

The HTC U11 is a phone that can't be found discounted very often. Sure, HTC has run sales on it from time to time, but the best deal we've ever seen for it was $599 with a free set of JBL Reflect Aware C headphones back on Black Friday. This latest deal takes the price down a lot further to an impressively-low $344.95.

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The Galaxy Note9 may get an in-display fingerprint sensor after all

In-display fingerprint sensors, along with notches and bezels, are all the rage these days. We've been hearing a lot of stories about when Samsung will implement this long-awaited technology on its phones lately, but according to The Korea Herald, the company's very next flagship, the Galaxy Note9, will sport one.

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[Update: S9 now $674.99, S9+ $784.99] Deal alert: Dual-SIM Galaxy S9 $709.99, S9+ $819.99 on eBay

Many people swear by the Exynos versions of Samsung's Galaxy flagships, as performance is often better and there's more development. Others require a phone with the ability to use two SIM cards at once. If you belong to either (or both) of those parties, you may want to have a look at these deals for the dual-SIM Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on eBay.

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[Update: No more security updates either] Confirmed: The Nexus Player will not be updated to Android P

When the Android P Developer Preview was announced, there were several Google devices that didn't have any images available for download: the Nexus 5X, the Nexus 6P, the Pixel C, and the Nexus Player. Google confirmed that the first three in that list would not get Android P, but nothing was said about the Nexus Player then. The company has now confirmed to us that the Nexus Player will not receive Android P.

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Telegram hits solid 200 million monthly active users milestone, shares 4.8.5 update [APK Download]

How many different options do you have for sending messages with your phone? Even setting aside the obvious ones like SMS and email, we're looking at dozens upon dozens of apps that either exist purely as messaging solutions, or incorporate messaging into a broader app. The companies behind these apps know you have your pick of which to choose, and do what they can to stand out with new features, slick interfaces, and powerful security tools. Today messaging-app Telegram's sharing a page from its own success story with news that it's racked up an impressive 200 million monthly users, while also telling us a little about the new Telegram 4.8.5 release.

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Project Fi v2.5 prepares to filter spammy callers, add notifications for data usage spikes, enable easier override of Bill Protection, and more [APK Teardown]

An interesting new version of the Project Fi app began rolling out yesterday. There's a big change to the version number, but otherwise, nothing special to see in the app. However, a teardown of the resources reveals some important changes are scheduled to arrive. The biggest addition will be spam filtering, which should remove all of the disturbances caused by annoying telemarketers and scammers. Also in line are notifications when your data usage suddenly skyrockets, and an in-app feature to turn off Bill Protection once your data is throttled.

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Google is warning developers to include prominent crash reporting disclosures in apps or face removal

There's been an uptick among Android developers receiving warnings from the Google Play team. The issue appears to be crash reporting, which is a common feature developers build into apps. Google now seems to be of the opinion that most crash reports count as sensitive data, and developers have to include a "Prominent Disclosure." Affected developers are getting 30 days to implement a fix and resubmit, but as usual, Google's violation email is light on details.

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YouTube Gaming subscriptions start synchronizing with YouTube proper

There's absolutely no shortage of gaming content on YouTube, but for users who crave nothing less than laser-focused dedication to their gaming needs, we've got YouTube Gaming, launched three years back in what was seen as a direct response to the rise of Twitch. While the service has its own app, and own presence on the web, there's understandably a lot of crossover between Gaming and regular YouTube. That connection's only becoming more pronounced this week, as we learn about efforts to synchronize channel subscriptions between the two.

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[Deal Alert] Today only, 20%+ off a bunch of Alexa-enabled devices and bundles (including a Philips bulb)

To celebrate having been voted number 1 in Harris Poll's annual corporate reputation survey for its third year straight, Amazon is discounting several Alexa-enabled devices and bundles by 20% or more off their original price. The number of items that are on discount is pretty significant, so we've copied them all below.

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