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3DMark gets a huge v2.0 update with new interface, Vulkan API support, and more

How good is your phone when it comes to gaming? There are a few ways to find out, but 3DMark is probably the best. That's the only benchmarking it does, after all. The app has been pretty clunky for a while, but it just got a major update with a cleaner UI, more tests, new charts, and a ton more.

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Android Studio's Emulator reaches stable channel with Quick Boot for 6-second startup times, Play Store support, and an assortment of other improvements

Back in October, Android Studio 3.0 was set loose to the stable channel with improved support for the Kotlin language, platform technologies like Android Things, and many other new and improved features. At the same time, a major upgrade to the Android Emulator also went out to developers on Android Studio's canary channel. It came with quite a few enhancements, but the the headliner was Quick Boot, which can reportedly achieve startup times of less than 6 seconds. Today, this version of the emulator reaches the stable channel and the Android Tools team posted about many of the other valuable improvements this update brings.

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Nokia 5 gets the JerryRigEverything treatment, fares better than most

Nokia hasn't been a player in smartphones for years, but it's back with the help of manufacturer HMD. There have been various Android-powered Nokia phones this year, and the latest is the mid-range Nokia 5. The Nokia phones of old have a reputation for being durable, but what about this new one? The JerryRigEverything YouTube channel seeks to find out. Spoiler: things went pretty well for the Nokia 5.

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12 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last week (12/12/17 - 12/18/17)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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Amazon's Echo Connect smart speakerphone is now available for $34.99

Amazon has so many Echo things now that it can be hard to keep track. There's the Echo Show, Plus, Spot, Dot, and Squiggle. Okay, I made that last one up, but you never know what Amazon is going to do next. Today, it's releasing the previously announced Echo Connect, which links your home phone to Alexa devices. You can order yours today for $34.99.

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Start the week with 21 temporarily free and 25 on-sale apps, including Nova Launcher Prime

It's the week before Christmas, which is both crazy and exciting. For some, these next several days will pass with agonizing slowness; others like me will start (or have started) panicking because they haven't finished wrapping presents yet. All of that aside, we're due for the first round of app sales. Spoiler: it's not a great list today, but feel free to peruse. But pay special attention to Nova Launcher Prime, which is on sale for just $0.99.

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[Deal Alert] August Smart Lock on sale for $139.99 ($90 off)

Making your home smarter might involve swapping in a connected thermostat that can save energy or adding a few cameras to keep an eye on things. But what about getting into the house? Smart locks are weirdly expensive, but the August smart lock is on sale today at a few retailers. It's $90 cheaper than usual, and you can get it in time for Christmas.

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Facebook announces Snooze feature to give you a break from certain people

Facebook may have saved many a friendship when it first introduced the "unfollow" feature, wherein a user can tune someone out completely without the drastic step of unfriending them. But there may be times when you just need a break from someone in your network, but you don't necessarily want to ignore them forever. Facebook hopes to address this need with its newly announced feature, Snooze, coming within the next few days.

Snooze will appear as an option from the top-right drop-down menu of someone's post, and when activated, the user will temporarily unfollow the person for 30 days. Over that time, the user will see neither hide nor hair of the snoozed account.

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LastPass updates Android app to support Microsoft's Edge browser [APK Download]

As Microsoft's abandonment of Windows phone continued apace this year, the company moved to release more of its core apps on Android, and that included its Edge browser. It's been pretty successful, with more than one million installs, probably due to the "continuous browsing experience" it offers Windows 10 users. Now, there's even more good news for fans of the app.

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[Deal Alert] Sennheiser HD1 wireless headphones with active noise cancellation down to $349.95 ($150 off) on Amazon, $349.98 ($149.97 off) at Best Buy

The writing on the wall is larger than ever before for headphone jacks in smartphones, so it's no surprise that web searches for "bluetooth headphones" have hit an all-time high this holiday season. Sure, you could tentatively dip your toe in the water and save yourself some cash by trying out a pair of cheaper Bluetooth earbuds. But if you're feeling in the mood to be generous to yourself or a loved one, maybe it's time to spring for a pair of premium over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones — a pair like the Sennheiser HD1, which retails for $499.95 but is currently being sold for $349.95 on Amazon, the lowest they've gone for there.

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