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Wear OS 2.1 now rolling out, features long-awaited redesign

Earlier this month, Google announced a complete redesign for Wear OS. The update was designed to make everything more accessible - notifications no longer take up an entire screen, swiping left on the main screen takes you to Google Assistant, and swiping right displays health data. The quick settings has also been improved, with new shortcuts to Google Pay and Find My Phone.

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Google Store opens its own mail-in 'Repair Center' for Pixel phones in the US

Prior to today, if you broke something on your Pixel phone and you wanted it fixed through an official channel, you'd have to go to the widely-known uBreakiFix or Puls (a phone repair startup). An in-house mail-in repair service, dubbed 'Repair Center,' has just been added to the Google Store. So if you want Google itself to fix your Pixel, you're now in luck.

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Facebook security flaw hits at least 50 million accounts

Facebook made an announcement today, but it wasn't the fun kind. Guy Rosen, VP of Product Management at Facebook says that at least 50 million user accounts have been compromised by unknown parties. The social network is taking several steps to safeguard affected accounts, as well as other accounts that have questionable involvement.

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Hangouts v27 upgrades to an adaptive icon, teases Mark as Read from notifications [APK Teardown]

Updates to the Hangouts app have been sporadic this year with big gaps in the earlier months, and new ones coming out about every month or two since I/O. Most new versions also seem to be lacking in any tangible changes, though that doesn't preclude bug fixes or other behind the scenes improvements. However, the latest update does show some signs of life.

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Google's Hangouts Chrome app will stop working 'soon'

Almost precisely four years ago, Google rolled out a new Chrome App for Hangouts. Initially named "Ultra Violet" during testing, the app brought a bubbly and fun transparent UI with Facebook-style Chat Heads to Google's instant messaging platform. We hope that you didn't depend on it too much, though. According to a recent update to a support document, the Hangouts Chrome app will stop working "soon." Those of us still using Hangouts on the desktop are urged to migrate to the Head-less Chrome extension

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30 temporarily free and 20 on-sale apps and games to end the week

The final week of September is almost over, which means it's time for our last app sales roundup for the month. Today's list is not bad, so take a look through to see if anything interests you. Enjoy, and I'll see you all in October.

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RED will send out free aluminum Hydrogen Ones to make up for titanium pre-order delay

There aren't many phones made from titanium because it's vastly harder to work with than aluminum, but RED went for it anyway. The Hydrogen One has been teased repeatedly over the past year, but it's still not out. If you pre-ordered the titanium version, the wait is going to be even longer. According to RED, the first run of titanium phones was a failure. It's going to try and make it right with a free phone, though.

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[Update: Winners] We're giving away 20 CHOETECH car mounts with fast wireless charging (a $29.99 value) plus a $17 discount for everyone else [US]

If you don't have a phone mount in your car, you don't know what you're missing out on. Who needs that 4-figure upgrade package on a new car for in-dash navigation when you can run Google Maps in the same place? And if you already have a car mount, you probably wouldn't mind charging your phone while it is mounted. With a wireless charging mount, there's no more fussing with cables every time you want to do that.

20 of our readers are going to get a top-notch car mount with wireless charging thanks to our friends at CHOETECH. The rest of you will get an over 50% discount at Amazon.

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Moto Z3 Play, Galaxy A8 2018, and other devices get official TWRP support

TWRP is by far the best custom recovery for Android devices; it can do everything from flashing ROMs to performing full storage backups. The last time we covered the project, it added official support for the Essential Phone, Nokia 8, and HTC U11 EYEs. More phones have joined the party since then, including the Moto Z3 Play and a handful of budget Samsung devices.

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LG Stylo 4+ and Samsung Galaxy A6 go live at AT&T

Not everyone wants a $1,000 phone. Some people just want a cheaper phone they can get from a carrier store. Well, AT&T has some more of those today. The LG Stylo 4+ and Samsung Galaxy A6 are both available today. They're not bargain basement phones, but they're less than half the price of a Note 9.

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