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Jackery's Power Station Explorer 160 battery is now $93 on Amazon ($17 off)

Jackery is best known for its line of giant portable batteries, most of which are capable of charging small appliances or computers, in addition to USB-powered devices. One of the company's smaller units, the Portable Power Station 160, is now on sale for $93.49 on Amazon. That's a discount of $16.50 from the usual price.

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Nintendo 3DS emulator Citra now available for Android

Emulation is key to preserving the history of video games and making them more accessible, so it's always exciting to see emulators make their way to Android. Citra, an emulator for the Nintendo 3DS, has been available on desktop platforms for years, and now the Citra team has finally released an official Android port.

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Galaxy Watch Active2 can now monitor heart rhythms, but only in Korea

Samsung released the Galaxy Watch Active2 late last year, but not all of the wearable's hardware features have been activated yet. The Watch Active2 includes an electrocardiography (ECG) sensor for measuring the rhythm of the heart, and now the feature has been approved to go live — though only in South Korea, for now.

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Weekend poll: What did you do with your last phone when you upgraded?

Buying a new phone is a big decision, especially with the prices these days. For most of us, dropping several hundred bucks isn't something that can be easily done. You've got to plan for and budget it out well in advance. But once you've made the actual purchasing decision, the credit card's been charged, and you get that delivery notification, there's one more choice you've got to make: If you still have it, what do you do with the old phone?

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The first Android phone wasn't the HTC G1—it was this weird Google prototype, and I used one

The very first Android phone, it has been long established, was the HTC G1/Dream. Or at least that's the conventional wisdom. While the G1 was the first Android smartphone ever sold, it wasn't the first built-for-Android smartphone. That honor goes to a prototype Google developed in house called the Sooner. The Sooner looks more like an old Blackberry—a far cry from even the original G1's touch and keyboard combo, and it doesn't even have a touchscreen. The version of the Android operating system it runs is also pretty radically different from what we eventually came to know as Android, and represents Google's earliest vision for a platform that would later come to dominate the mobile industry, helping put the final nails in the coffins of Blackberry OS, Windows Phone, and WebOS.

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Ten tips and tricks for your Google Nest Hub

Google's Nest Hub smart displays have a lot of self-evident uses: checking the weather, setting timers, or watching a little YouTube. But they can feel a bit underwhelming out of the box, especially if you're not the kind of person to go diving into various settings menus and start tuning and tweaking things to your liking. But there are a handful of things we think are worth knowing about using your smart display that can make it a more personalized and more useful companion, even if may not be the powerful stationary home tablet you might have envisioned.

In this guide, we'll go over some helpful features in Google's line of smart displays in particular: the Nest Hub (formerly named the Home Hub) and Nest Hub Max.

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12 of the best weather widgets available on Android in 2020

Weather is one of those uniquely well-suited use cases for Android's powerful widget system. There are a lot of options out there, though, with various configurations and customizations that might appeal to you (and your aesthetic sense) more than others. We've used many of them over the years, and we think this roundup of 12 of the best ones (in our opinion!) should have something for everybody, from the minimalist to the full-on data geeks.

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Should you buy a WiFi range extender or a mesh router?

With it likely your home Wi-Fi network is dealing with more devices in more places than ever these days, it's not surprising if you've considered making the upgrade to a modern mesh network system, or whether one of those cheap range extenders will get the job done for adding coverage to some rooms of your home. In our experience, this is one area where dropping cold, hard cash really is the only bulletproof solution. While there are situations where a simple range extender can get the job done, they're such an imperfect solution that they may just end up just making you want a mesh system more in the end.

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Switching from MacBook to Chromebook: Is Chrome OS good enough?

Chrome OS often gets maligned as a platform that you can't do "real work" on, and in some cases, that's true. But sometimes, you don't need a computer that does absolutely everything, and that's why I decided to give switching to Chrome OS on my laptop a try. While I've retained my iMac as a proper workstation, my aging MacBook Air was due for an upgrade, and the opportunity to switch platforms presented itself. Could a simpler, cheaper Chromebook replace my MacBook for working on the go? While I found that the answer was decidedly "no" in some situations—and that simply adapting to Chrome OS and its limitations was a huge adjustment—I do think Chrome now has a place in my workflow, albeit one that is rather hit or miss.

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19 new Android games from the week of May 18, 2020

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a fantastic cult visual novel, the release of the 3DS emulator Citra, and an interesting new 2D platformer from Crescent Moon. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of May 18th, 2020.

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