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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is official with dual cameras, Snapdragon 845, wireless charging, and other improvements

After a lot of rumors, leaks, and speculation, Xiaomi has finally made the Mi Mix 2S official. A follow-up the to not-so-old Mi Mix 2, the 2S features a few upgrades such as a Snapdragon 845, dual cameras, Qi wireless charging, and more AI. It kept the global LTE band support and the nostril camera placement along the bottom bezel, as well as the same LCD as its predecessor.

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Google+ adds 'Highlights' notification option for communities and collections

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Foxconn announces purchase of Belkin, Wemo, and Linksys

For years, Taiwan-based Foxconn has been best-known for manufacturing Apple products, but it also builds countless other consumer electronics. Today, one of the company's subsidiaries (Foxconn Interconnect Technology) announced it is purchasing US-based Belkin for $866 million in cash. Belkin owns a number of major brands, including Linksys and Wemo.

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Microsoft Edge now available for Android tablets

In October of last year, Microsoft announced it was bringing its Edge web browser to iOS and Android. The browser is primarily targeted at people already using Edge on Windows 10, as it syncs all data across your devices (much like Chrome and Chrome for Android/iOS). The Android version was released later that month, and Microsoft has continued to update it since then.

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Moto G6 appears on TENAA website, confirming earlier leaks

It's not clear which of Motorola's (many) product lines will see an update in 2018, among engineering team layoffs and the X5's cancellation. We do know the Moto G6 is still on track to be released, because it just passed through the TENAA, China's telecommunications authority.

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Google app v7.24 beta prepares floating sports scores, Doodles in the search box, Project Valyrian, home automation, and much more [APK Teardown]

A beta update to the Google app has been making the rounds. As usual, there's not much new to see after installing this release, but many changes are awaiting Google to flip a switch before going live. Also following the usual pattern, there's a teardown of the APK that provides plenty of hints about what's to come. Version 7.24 reveals plans for a floating bubble with current sports scores that remains visible on top of other apps, an effect for the Google search box, a mysterious new project called Valyrian, assorted follow-ups for the Pixel Buds, home automation, and more.

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Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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Nest x Yale Lock makes its way to the Google Store

Nest made both its Nest Hello smart doorbell and its Nest x Yale Lock available earlier this month. The Nest Hello went up for sale on the Google Store about a week ago, and now it's the Nest x Yale Lock's turn. The keyless lock can now be purchased for $279 from Google's storefront.

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Start the week with 30 temporarily free and 43 on-sale apps

Welcome to the first round of app sales for the week. March is rapidly coming to an end, and with it the first quarter of 2018. The list today is nothing special, though it has a few goodies. Enjoy and I will see you all on Wednesday.

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HQ Trivia reaches $250,000 prize Wednesday via new sponsors, surprise $100K game tonight

HQ Trivia's debut on Android wasn't too long ago. Four months on and it has lined up some high-profile sponsorships for future trivia games. HQ Trivia has announced a deal with Warner Bros. to promote three films, starting later this Wednesday with "Ready Player One," which will include the biggest prize pool yet for the live trivia app: $250,000. Can't wait? Allegedly there's a surprise game planned for tonight that will be sponsored by Nike, with a $100,000 jackpot. 

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Dutch case against Samsung for lack of updates finally heads to court

Early in 2016, it was revealed that Samsung was being sued in the Netherlands for failing to update its phones. The Consumentenbond—a Dutch non-profit promoting consumer protection—was taking Samsung to court for, among other things, not adequately providing two years of updates from the time of purchase. According to Telecompaper, the case is now being heard. 

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