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Discogs adds in-app purchasing to its latest beta

If you're big into vinyl (records), then you probably recognize the name Discogs. If you aren't, it's a music marketplace for cataloging your collection and buying new albums. And, today, Discogs has released a beta that allows you to make purchases from inside the Android app itself. 

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Taking a page from Kindle, Amazon’s Alexa is everywhere—can Google's Assistant catch up?

When Amazon upended the publishing industry with the advent of the Kindle, it also paved the way for an approach to luring consumers into a larger sphere of influence, a strategy that is now being successfully adapted for the new age of smart speakers and digital assistants. Both the Kindle and the Echo provide consumers with valuable services, encouraging them to shop and receive content within Amazon's ecosystem. Most of the experiences of its Kindle and Echo hardware also come in the form of apps or services that appear on other manufacturers' devices without additional charge to the consumer, making that connection even stronger.

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World of Warships Blitz has officially launched on the Play Store

World of Warships Blitz is billed as a free-to-play mobile action MMO. It is from Wargaming World, the publisher of the hit mobile World War 2 military tank shooter World of Tanks Blitz. The Blitz line of Android games are of course smaller scale mobile-friendly versions of Wargaming's range of free-to-play PC games.

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Page speed will affect mobile search rankings starting this summer

Slow websites are lame, and Google knows it. Starting in July 2018, Google will use a page's speed in the ranking algorithm for mobile searches. That means slow websites will be penalized, moving faster ones up closer to the top.

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[Update: More photos] Moto G6 family, Moto X5, Moto Z3, and Moto Z3 Play renders and specs leak, revealing larger screens with 18:9 aspect ratios

We just saw a leaked photo of the Moto E5 yesterday, but apparently that wasn't all there is to leak. Droid Life has posted renders and details on six phones: the Moto G6, the Moto G6 Plus, the Moto G6 Play, the Moto X5, the Moto Z3, and the Moto Z3 Play. All of them follow the trend of a higher screen-to-body ratio with an 18:9 display.

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'Bill Protection' is Project Fi's answer to unlimited data plans

Project Fi was a great deal when it was first introduced, minus the fact that the only compatible phone was the Nexus 6. Now that carriers are re-introducing 'unlimited' plans, Project Fi's $10/GB pricing tier isn't quite as appealing as it once was. Fi has now introduced its own version of an unlimited plan, called 'Bill Protection.'

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The Sandstone White OnePlus 5T is gone from OP's US site after selling out in 2 hours

If you were hoping the Sandstone White OnePlus 5T might come back in stock after it sold out in less than two hours, then I've got some bad news for you. As a OnePlus spokesperson confirmed to us, the Sandstone White version is "completely sold out in North America," and has been removed from OnePlus's website entirely. In fact, it looks like the phone is sold out everywhere except for OnePlus's home country of China, which is probably a sign that the limited edition of the phone isn't coming back.

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Google raises the bar for monetizing videos on YouTube [Update]

It's no easy feat to keep YouTube respectable enough for big advertisers when it relies entirely on user-created content from legions of video makers. Advertisers have complained to Google with increasing regularity when their ads show up alongside content that's inappropriate or just plain creepy. Google's solution is a change to the YouTube Partners Program (YPP) that will make it harder for small channels to monetize videos.

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[Deal Alert] Save a few bucks on select Google Home and Chromecast Ultra combos, I guess ($10-$30 off)

Google is offering discounts on particular combinations of its Google Home and Chromecast hardware, but the deals are just kind of okay, and frankly a bit of a letdown with all the big price slashes from the holidays still fresh in our memories.

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[Deal Alert] Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 with USB-C PD is $79.99 ($20 off) on Amazon

If there's one thing that annoys me about modern smartphones, it's their abysmal battery life. Remember those old Nokia bricks that had batteries that lasted for days on end? Now you're lucky if your phone's battery lasts past dinnertime with anything more than moderate usage. Fortunately, there are ways to get around these modern inconveniences, and a 20100mAh portable charger with USB-C Power Delivery is certainly one of them.

Anker is one of a few companies that makes reliable portable chargers (fair disclaimer: I own an Anker PowerCore and really like mine), and right now, their PowerCore Speed 20000 PD model has dropped its price to $79.99 ($20 off) on Amazon, no coupon required.

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