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You can now rebrand your T-Mobile OnePlus 6T without unlocking the bootloader

One the best phones of last year, the OnePlus 6T marked a new chapter for the Chinese company. Part of the progress involved a deal with T-Mobile, which came with its pros and cons. Since it's a different SKU from the international dual-SIM variant (such as you'd buy straight from OnePlus), the Tmo version is excluded from things like the Open Beta program. But some savvy people over in the XDA forums figured out a way to rebrand the Tmo 6T to the international version without unlocking the bootloader.

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Philips Hue bulbs are getting more power-on options, new sleep and wake functionality with Google Assistant

Last month, Hue bulbs were updated with the option to use their most recent settings when powering on, rather than coming on at full brightness. Hue has now announced that users will soon be able to choose what setting lights power on with — full brightness, the last used setting, or a user-defined custom setting. The bulbs are also getting new sleep and wake functionality with Google Assistant, meant to replicate sunset and sunrise.

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Checking for Android system updates is now officially one of the circles of hell

Android's check for update button must be one of the most loved and hated interface elements on the platform. When it works correctly, it brings you a new update with better security and some/many new features (some bugs too, possibly). But more often than not, it doesn't. Google seems to have fixed it now, but just in case you're stuck checking for an update for the umpteenth time, crossing your fingers and hoping for the best, you may see a new animation.

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26 temporarily free and 42 on-sale apps and games to kick off the weekend

It's finally Friday! Another week is wrapping up and boy what a busy one it was. CES, though not as a big of an event for us at AP as MWC, is still a deluge of news. And since it's Friday, that means it's time for another round of app sales to get the weekend started right. It's a much smaller list today, which is expected considering the time of year. So take a look at what we have today and enjoy your weekend.

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YouTube starts showing community posts on the web home page

YouTube's community features began showing up around a couple of years ago but it took a year for the feature to reach more channels and start popping up in users' home feeds on mobile. However, on the web, these posts were not as easily accessible: you had to go to each channel's page to see if it had any community updates. That won't be the case for long though, as posts are starting to show up on the home page for a few users.

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Ikea's Fyrtur smart window shades are coming to the US in April

Famed Scandinavian home goods purveyor Ikea is expanding its stateside smart home selection this spring. Starting in April, stores in the US will carry the company's Fyrtur smart window shades, which can be operated using an included remote or via your choice of virtual assistant.

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[Update: Server-side fix rolling out] Chrome's pop-up blocker is going haywire if you're using certain extensions

If you've noticed today that Chrome for desktop is blocking new tabs as if they were pop-up ads, you aren't alone. It seems Google may have rolled out a server-side experiment that, when combined with a handful of different extensions, results in the anomalous, over-aggressive behavior on the part of the browser. Reports are widespread, and for now, the only workarounds are to disable the extensions that can trigger the issue, or pass an additional parameter to disable the experiment when launching Chrome. However, Google has determined the cause so a fix could be coming soon.

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Scosche's MagicGrip Charge wireless charging mount literally grabs your phone from you

Scosche already announced a nifty wireless charging in-car mount, the MagicMount Charge3, at CES yesterday, but the new MagicGrip Charge is pretty interesting as well. This Qi-powered mount actually grabs your phone from you with motorized arms — something I've never seen on a car mount before.

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Play Books is the latest Google app to switch to the updated Material Theme

Google's been slowly but surely updating its apps to match its new Material Theme look (sometimes called "Material Design 2," much to Google's chagrin). In some cases we've seen substantial changes, sometimes the differences are minor. Play Books is the latest first-party app to get a new coat of paint, and in this case, the tweaks are pretty small.

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IMDb Freedive is Amazon's new ad-supported streaming service

There have been rumors for years that Amazon is planning a free version of its Prime Video streaming service, funded by advertisements. Today, the company did announce an ad-supported streaming platform, but it's not what you were expecting — it's 'IMDb Freedive.'

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