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[Deal Alert] Seller refurbished Samsung Galaxy S8 for $411.84 and S8+ for $483.84 (around $200 off), deals on new dual-SIM models too

The new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ already came out earlier this year, but if you're not overly enticed by Samsung's new flagships or prefer to save a few hundred dollars and get something that's slightly less cutting-edge, you might consider purchasing last year's Galaxy S8 or S8+. If that sounds like you, you'll be pleased to know there are a few deals on eBay that'll net you an unlocked S8 or S8+ (either new or refurbished) starting at just $411.84.

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Acer Chromebox CXI3 now available for pre-order, starts at $298

For a while, it seemed like Chrome OS desktops were a thing of the past. Seemingly out of nowhere, HP, Acer, and ASUS all announced new Chromeboxes at CES earlier this year. Details were scarce about Acer's CXI3 desktop, but now the full specifications are available. You can now pre-order the machine from TigerDirect and NextWarehouse, starting at $297.99.

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Nest app updated with support for temperature sensors, additional Hello options, and more

Nest has launched several new pieces of hardware this year including the Hello and Cam IQ Outdoor. We're still waiting on the promised temperature sensor, though. It shouldn't be long now—Nest has updated its app with support for that device, and it also added some new features for the Nest Hello and Secure.

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Cool, but scary: New Google AI tech can isolate a single voice in a crowd

It's hard enough for us to keep track of who's talking in a loud or crowded party, imagine how difficult it is for automated systems to follow. Speech recognition at a reasonable quality is really only something that's been mastered in the last decade or two, add in conflicting sounds as people talk over each other, and an already tricky problem becomes much harder.

Fortunately (or unfortunately) for us, researchers at Google have been working on isolating sources of audio like speech in videos, and the results they showed off yesterday are kind of incredible and simultaneously terrifying.

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Amazon completes Ring acquisition, drops video doorbell price to $99.99 [Update]

Amazon announced in late February that it was acquiring Ring, the maker of the Ring Video Doorbell and other devices. The deal was reportedly valued at $1 billion, and Amazon says it's already done. To mark this occasion, Amazon has permanently dropped the price of the Ring Video Doorbell to just $99.99.

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Kalypso Media's skyscraper construction sim 'Project Highrise' is out on Android

People have been clamoring for ages for a proper SimTower successor. It would seem that skyscraper construction simulators are a very niche genre. Sure, we have a few mobile releases from Kairosoft and NimbleBit that may scratch that itch, but it's not like they can really compete on the same level. This is why so many fans of the genre were ecstatic when Kalypso Media's Project Highrise hit the scene. It was received very well when it originally released on PC back in 2016, and to my delight, it has been ported to Android and is officially available on the Google Play Store for $3.99.

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Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to the Verizon HTC 10

HTC might not have seen the greatest sales from the HTC 10 when it launched back in 2016, but you have to hand it to the company for maintaining support. The 10 went from Marshmallow, to Nougat, and now to Oreo. The Verizon variant is the latest version to get the update, but it might take some time to hit all devices.

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Xiaomi promises to change its ways and release kernel source code within 3 months of device launches

Chinese OEM Xiaomi has a poor reputation when it comes to OS updates and the timely release of kernel source code. It took a Twitter backlash and criticism from several tech blogs to get the company to finally release the Nougat source code for the Android One-toting Mi A1. A similarly lengthy wait had to be endured before the Oreo code was provided last month. Xiaomi has now stated its intention (again) to release kernel source code within three months of a device's launch.

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30 Android apps with dark themes that are easy on the eyes

Personally, I love dark themes in apps. Oftentimes, one of the first things I do is switch to the Night or Dark Mode in every one that supports it. Since I know that I'm not the only one out there that wants my apps to reflect my soul, I gathered together thirty to help some of you get started on your path to the dark side. 

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IFTTT adds channels for IntuiFace, Atmoph, Hubitat, Yalp, Trygve, and Turn Touch

IFTTT, the internet's best solution so far to connect the disparate online services and smart devices we use to each other, keeps on adding support for new channels. Today we have six new services that are now compatible with it, so you can sign into them on IFTTT and build automations around them either as a trigger or an action.

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