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The HTC Wildfire returns, at least in name, with four new phones rumored for release

If you've placed bets on when HTC will release its last smartphone (at least under its own name) and have marked that date prior to June of this year, you've lost your money. The financially-languishing Taiwanese phone maker still has some gusto left and it may look to continue getting its name out there one way or another. The latest news in its attempts to do so comes from Russia, where regulatory documents have indicated that the company will promote several new smartphones in the near future using a familiar name for longtime HTC fans.

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[Update: The final hours] Prime Day 2019 Mega-list: All the best tech, smart home, and phone deals (Updated continuously)

Prime "Day" and its 48 hours of sales are now upon us. Deals are coming and going almost faster than they can be mentioned, but we'll do our best to keep this list up to date over the next two days. We're still in the process of adding items to this list — we have a lot to go through and piles of coupons to test — but in the meantime here are many of the current Prime Day promotions.

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The best Prime Day deals on tech under $20

Prime Day 2019 is winding down. Haven't bought anything? Not to worry! Here's some impulse-buy cheap deals you can scoop up without feeling too guilty. Heck, grab a few.

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I wish Google's Smart Displays were the kitchen companions they promised to be

When Google first announced its Smart Display platform, one of the focal points was the kitchen. The Google Assistant would be able to find you recipes, put items into a shopping list, convert units, set timers, and answer simple cooking questions to keep your hands free for the actual task of preparing and cooking a meal. At least, that was the experience in theory. In practice, I've found my smart display to be little more than a glorified timer and music streaming box, with my smartphone continuing to be the invaluable research and display tool I rely on when cooking from a recipe or learning a technique for the first time.

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The Android Police Q&A Show is live!

You might already know about our weekly live podcast, but did you know we have a second show every Tuesday? We answer your questions and discuss technology news — Android or not from the past week. It's a lot more off-the-hook than the podcast, so tune in below.

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Blink XT-2 smart camera bundles are up to 44% off on sale, offer subscription-free cloud storage

Most smart security cameras need a wired connection to receive power, which can be a pain when setting up cameras outdoors. The Blink XT2 is amongst the few battery-operated security cameras, lasting up to 2 years on a pair of standard AA cells. For Prime Day, Amazon-owned Blink is having a massive sale on the recently launched Blink XT2, with prices dropping to as low as $50 a pop.

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Plants vs. Zombies 3 is out in pre-alpha for Android, but for a limited number of players

This came out of nowhere, but apparently, Electronic Arts is testing an open pre-alpha build for Plants vs. Zombies 3 on Android. If you'd like to get in, simply navigate to the new Play Store listing and then install the game. At first, I had trouble getting past the splash screen, but eventually, I was able to jump into the title's first stage. So if you'd like to check out what EA has up its sleeve for the next iteration of Plants vs. Zombies, now's your chance.

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Get up to half off eero Pro mesh Wi-Fi bundles ($99 up) for Prime Day

Prime Day is coming into the homestretch, but we would be remiss not to point out some awesome deals on some products from a company that Amazon only recently acquired. Eero has been making mesh Wi-Fi routers and beacons for years now, but today may be the best time to spruce up that old local area network of yours — various Eero Pro router and beacon packages are half-off for the remainder of today.

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Prime Day deal on New 2DS XL steals Nintendo Switch promo's thunder

Going into Prime Day, the rumored Nintendo Switch deal tantalized us the most. Details weren't known, but with discounts on Nintendo's latest console being so few and far between, almost any price cut would have been welcomed. In the end, Amazon elected to sell the Switch for its usual $300 price but with a $35 eShop Gift Card, which is alright, but the current promo on the "New" 2DS XL seriously steals that deal's thunder.

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The excellent Jabra Elite 85h noise-canceling headphones are down to $237 ($63 off) for Prime Day

Even though Bose and Sony lead the noise-canceling headphone market, there are a bunch of great options out there you can consider. One of them is Jabra's Elite 85h bluetooth headset, which features active noise cancelation, USB-C connectivity, and a 3.5mm port. The device was released back in January for $300, but is now available for just $237 for Prime Day.

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