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Samsung built a smartphone that doesn't connect to the internet

Most of a smartphone's "smarts" come from its data connection. Without access to the internet—and, therefore, access to things like third-party apps—a smartphone is really just a dumbphone with a touchscreen. By all appearances, that's exactly what Samsung's built with its new Galaxy J2 Pro: a smartphone that supports calls and texts, but with no data connectivity. 

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Huawei reportedly working on foldable phone, wants to beat Samsung to the punch

Much like cars, most smartphones follow the same basic design elements. It has been a long time since we've seen a radical departure from the black rectangle, like the Xperia Play or LG G Flex. Samsung has been working on a foldable smartphone for a while now, with the device expected to ship in December of this year. According to a report from Korea's ETNews, Huawei wants to beat Samsung to the punch.

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Google shares some colorful warm-weather wallpapers on Instagram

Weeks after its official end, it feels like winter is finally relenting, and Google seems to be getting into the vernal spirit: the company shared a number of spring-themed wallpapers on its Instagram Story yesterday, featuring its trademark color scheme in a variety of warm-weather scenes with the message "Happy Spring Screening." One of the screens in particular, featuring Google-colored ice pops, looks like it could be a tease for the full name of the upcoming Android P—but it almost certainly isn't.

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12 temporarily free and 36 on-sale apps to start the weekend, including some Forever Entertainment games

It's finally Friday! The weekend is so close, which means that I'm back around for the last roundup of app sales for the week. Today's list is short-ish, but like Wednesday's, it has some good options to choose from. Enjoy your weekend, and I'll see you all on Monday.

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'Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle' is the perfect game to play today

You may not have noticed in the rush of your weekday routine, but today is Friday the 13th. So what better day is there for the creators of the popular serial killer puzzle game Slayaway Camp to release their latest horror-filled puzzler Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle? Surprisingly the studio somehow gained permission from New Line Cinema Productions to use the Friday the 13th license, which means you can expect to stalk and slay human prey as you take on the role of the infamous Jason Voorhees.

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Xiaomi's Black Shark gaming phone ships in China on April 20th

Look at you, playing games on a phone that was not specifically designed for gamers. How can you expect to compete in PUBG or the upcoming Fortnite when your phone doesn't have any sick green accents or liquid cooling? Well, Xiaomi is here with a phone to improve your gaming skills. The previously rumored Black Shark gaming phone is official, and it's coming to China on April 20th.

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Russia will block access to Telegram over continued refusal to let authorities read messages

A Russian court has ruled today that access to Telegram will be blocked in the country, Reuters reports. The messaging service has been facing trouble in Russia over refusing to share its encryption keys with state authorities, even after losing multiple legal cases.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Gear IconX drop to $140, their lowest price yet

With the most recent update, Samsung's Gear IconX became more useful thanks to wireless music transfer, an equalizer, and a few levels of ambient noise transparency to listen to your surroundings. If that sounds worth checking out or if you've been teetering on the edge wanting to grab a pair of fully wireless Bluetooth earbuds but unable to take a plunge, today's deal might be just the thing for you: Amazon is discounting the black IconX to $140.

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[Update: New, clearer screenshots] Gmail is getting a new web UI with snooze, smart replies, and more in Early Adopter Program

According to an email being sent to G Suite administrators, an Early Adopter Program will be available to Gmail users "in the coming weeks" that introduces a "fresh, clean look" for the service's web interface. The program is also set to bring new features like the ability to "snooze" emails to reappear in your inbox later, the way you can in Gmail's more experimental email client, Inbox.

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Android Auto Wireless is now enabled for Nexus and Pixel devices

Android Auto's Wireless mode was rumored for months before we got official confirmation of it. JVC and Kenwood introduced a total of 7 Auto head units with Wi-Fi connectivity as an option at this year's CES, but until now even if you just got one of these new units, you couldn't use the mode as your phone wasn't ready for that. Now Google has flipped the switch: wireless mode for Android Auto is enabled on Nexus and Pixel devices.

According to Cody's teardowns, version 3.0 of Auto was nearly ready for the Wireless mode, but it's v3.1 that's required (APK Mirror link) to get things properly working.

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