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Midweek deals: $50 off Bose Sleepbuds, plus bargain smart plugs and more

Congratulations on making it halfway through another week. Have some tech deals as a reward. Today, we've got a discount on Bose's Sleepbuds, plus smart plugs, an exclusive discount on Google's first-party USB-C charger, and more.

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FCC chairman Ajit Pai supports Sprint/T-Mobile merger, brings deal to home stretch

After years of back-and-forth boardroom negotiations, handshakes with government officials, a failure along the way, and many doses of hard bargaining, Sprint and T-Mobile are on track to merge and form a wireless carrier with a total of 137 million subscribers. The Department of Justice recently greenlit the deal, all we're waiting for now is the FCC vote. Today, the countdown has begun as commission chairman Ajit Pai announced his support for the combination.

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Google Maps adds Lime rides to walking and biking directions

Since December, Google Maps started displaying Lime scooters and bikes when looking for public transit directions. The feature has then been extended to 80 cities in March, making it easier for locals and tourists alike to see what option is faster to get to their destination. Google and Lime have partnered to integrate the company's rides more deeply with Maps, as the latter is now shown in the walking and cycling tabs, in addition to the transit one.

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Chessplode modernizes chess for mobile with exploding pieces, and it's surprisingly fun

Juanma Altamirano's quirky board game Chessplode recently arrived on the Play Store, and if you're a fan of chess, I wholeheartedly recommend giving this game a go. Unlike a regular round of chess, there's an explosion mechanic in Chessplode that completely changes how the game is played, while still remaining familiar. You can choose to play solo, or against friends online, and there's even a level editor for those that wish to create and share their own challenges.

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Nokia promises an extra year of quarterly security updates for its first Android phones

Nokia's first salvo of Android phones debuted at MWC all the way back in 2017, with the company initially committing to two years of updates for its new devices. Well, it's been a bit over two years since those phones were released, and Nokia has decided it doesn't want to give up on them so easily. The Nokia 3, 5, 6, and 8 will continue to get quarterly security updates for an extra year, into 2020.

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Last day to enter: Win one of 12 Tribit Xfree Tune wireless headphones, or get them for 10% off [Worldwide]

If you've been looking for a good pair of wireless headphones, Tribit has you covered with the XFree Tune. We've partnered with Tribit to give away 12 pairs of the headphones, and we also have an exclusive coupon code that will take 15% off the usual price. This contest isn't just for US readers, either!

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Adobe Lightroom CC 4.4 update brings video import, image recovery, and more

If you capture, edit, and share RAW images from your smartphone, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better solution than Lightroom. While the Android version doesn't have feature parity with its PC and macOS counterparts, the August 2019 update adds a few interesting features to close the gap.

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Sony now sells the Xperia 1 with Amazon apps for $850

Sony released its super-tall Xperia 1 last month, but the $950 price tag is a lot to ask, especially when many of the phone's standout features (like the 4K screen) don't add much to the experience. However, if you don't mind a few extra pre-installed apps, an Alexa version of the Xperia 1 is now available at a lower price.

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PUBG Mobile 0.14.0 update adds a new Infection mode and map, playable zombies, and a new pirate theme

It's been almost a month since the 0.13.5 update for PUBG Mobile dropped on the Play Store, and today it would appear that the 0.14.0 update is here. PUBG Mobile's Play Store listing was recently updated with a new changelog that stipulates a few of the more important additions coming with today's update. The highlight is, of course, the new Infection mode and map that brings along playable zombies, but you can also expect to find a new pirate theme in the menu, as well as some improvements to the character and mission systems.

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[Update: New combined Single Surface UI] Chrome tab switcher gets 'Explore' tab in new UI experiment

Google's recommended articles already exist in the Google app, the far left page of most app launchers, the New Tab page in Chrome for Android, and on the mobile google.com homepage. In case you need yet another place to find your favorite clickbait articles or mildly-relevant news, you might soon see them in Chrome for Android's tab switcher.

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