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ZeroLemon's Pixel 3 and 3 XL 4700mAh battery cases are 30% less ugly, still 100% chunky

ZeroLemon is best known for producing smartphone battery cases, and most of them are absolutely massive. Not only do they significantly improve the battery life of your phone, but they also double as a battering ram in the event of an emergency. The company just released its first cases for the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL, which are fairly chunky but still small compared to other ZeroLemon cases.

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Palm Phone review: A tiny tragedy

Unlike most phones we review, the Palm Phone does not claim to be the equal of another device. It doesn't even necessarily claim to be good. The Verizon-exclusive Palm Phone is billed as a companion to the phone you actually like using. A phone that's minimalist and limited by design can't be "good" in the traditional sense, but can it be bad in a way that you still might want one? Sadly, no.

The TCL-made Palm Phone is fascinating because of how odd it is. So many phones these days are predictable and boring, but this one is at least interesting.

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Certified refurbished Philips Hue products are up to 38 percent off today on Amazon

Hue lights can be pricey, but buying refurbished is a good way to save some cash, especially when additional discounts are available. And wouldn't you know it, additional discounts are available today! Amazon has a number of Hue bulbs and package deals on sale for up to 38 percent off.

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[Update: Out of beta] Cortana v3.0 has a sleek new design and improved conversational experiences

Cortana's been on version 2 for quite a while, so users are no doubt excited to see what the next big iteration has in store. Thankfully, they don't have to wait any longer. The app's latest beta reveals version 3.0, which comes along with a major UI refresh and several feature additions, including improved conversational requests.

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Google Maps will soon let you directly message businesses inside the app

Long a staple of popular business directories like Yelp and Facebook, communicating directly with a business has been a curious omission from Google Maps for years now. While an attempt to integrate such functionality via the ill-fated Allo chat platform began last year, that obviously didn't pan out, and prior to that Google only allowed rudimentary messaging via business profiles on Google+ (which is also dying). Now, direct messaging support is coming inside the Google Maps app, which is really the only place it should have been to begin with, if you ask us.

Announced on Google's blog today, the functionality will be limited select regions for the time being, and businesses must opt in to messaging via their business profile settings in order for the feature to be exposed to customers.

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Samsung's Pie update will place a 14-day limit on free system themes

Samsung added a theme store to its Galaxy devices a few years ago, and the popularity of Samsung phones has led many developers to create content for the store. A lot of the themes are free, but Samsung is making some changes to how those themes work. A new popup in the theme store reveals that Samsung plans to limit free themes to 14 days of usage with the Pie update.

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Samsung's Black Friday deals are here: Solid Galaxy S9, Chromebook, and TV discounts

Pre-Black Friday sales continue to trickle out a full week ahead of the day itself, and Samsung is the latest to publish its own preview for upcoming discounts. The variety covers everything from wearables to TVs and even smart home gadgets(and we're happy to tell you about them, too), but the promotions that have us most excited are for the company's latest Note and Galaxy-series phones. Starting on the 18th you can get a Note 9 for $800 unlocked, and a Galaxy S9 and S9+ for $520 and $640, respectively.

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[Update: Now available in US] Samsung One UI with Android 9 Pie beta now rolling out to Galaxy S9/S9+

After months of rumors, leaks, and even a good look at the interface to come, Samsung's TouchWiz One UI has now launched with the Android 9 Pie beta program. It appears to be live only in the company's home country, South Korea, for now, with Germany and the US still having to wait a little longer.

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Kyocera's new Verizon-exclusive phone sports a rugged design and a sapphire screen

Rugged phones aren't generally very exciting. They're all big, boxy things, with plastic shells meant to absorb force from drops. Kyocera's new Verizon-exclusive rugged phone, though, is... well, it's a big, boxy thing with a plastic shell. But it also has a sapphire screen and an action camera.

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[Bonus Round] Brain Marmelade, Kolumno, Qbik, Shuyan Saga, Cosmic Top Secret, Lovecraft Quest, and Harmony: Music Notes

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got two Lovecraftian games, a minimal puzzler, a fantastic twist on Sokoban, a graphic novel that mixes in kung-fu action, an odd papercraft game with an enthralling story, and a new brain teaser form Infinity Games.

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