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Wyze Band to combine activity tracking and smart home control, app teardown reveals

Wyze detailed the timeline of its upcoming smart home products last week, including the Wyze Band—a wearable that functions as a fitness tracker as well as allowing you to control your Wyze products from your wrist in the form-factor of the Fitbit Charge 3. Now, additional details have come to light thanks to some information in the public beta app.

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TouchStadia hack brings Stadia the touchscreen controls you never wantedThere just aren't enough thumbs in the world to make touchscreen controls a good idea for Stadia

With mobile devices sporting big, beautiful touchscreen displays, it only seemed natural to expect that Google's Stadia gaming platform would one day support this input method as a way to play. Although Google hasn't made any official announcement about such a feature, Redditor SmashShock was able to hack together a working version of mobile touch controls for Stadia that they're calling TouchStadia.

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Sony unveils 5G flagship Xperia 1 II and mid-range Xperia 10 II (Update: Pricing)The company’s flagship has a headphone jack again

Sony's smartphone design language has long stagnated, but last year, the company stepped up its game with the Xperia 1 and 10, coming with 21:9 displays and slightly more rounded corners than Xperia devices of old. Today, the company has released the follow-ups for these two phones, the Xperia 1 II and 10 II (speak: Xperia 1 mark 2), stepping up both handsets' cameras and resurrecting the headphone jack on the high-end device. It's also Sony's first to come with 5G.

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Dragon Quest of the Stars is available for download a day early, but you can't play it yetPre-download today, play tomorrow

Square Enix has revealed this morning that its mobile RPG Dragon Quest of the Stars is officially available on the Google Play Store for pre-download. We last heard about Dragon Quest of the Stars back in January when Square announced that the title was available for pre-registration and that it would be officially released on February 25th. Well, clearly today isn't the 25th, but you can indeed install Dragon Quest of the Stars a day early if you'd like to prepare for tomorrow's release.

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17 new Android games from the week of February 17, 2020: Summer Catchers, The House of Da Vinci 2, and Pachoink!

Welcome to the roundup of the newest Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a gorgeous 2D auto-runner from Noodlecake Studios, the long-awaited sequel to the escape room game The House of Da Vinci, and an enjoyable arcade game that mixes Pachinko with a brick breaker. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released during the week of February 17th, 2020.

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18 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including Firefox Private Network VPN, Socratic by Google, and PotatoNotes (2/08/20 - 2/22/20)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a new VPN from Firefox, Google's release of the homework-helper Socratic, and an early-access note app that offers a design similar to Keep. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android apps released in the last two weeks.

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Nexus 6P class-action settlements now being paid outCheck your inbox.

The last generation of Google Nexus devices went out with a bang. The Nexus 5X was infamous for its bootloop issue, while the 6P was best known for its random shutdown problems. A class-action lawsuit against Google and Huawei for the 6P's hardware woes was filed in 2017, and last year, it looked like a settlement was on the horizon. At long last, payments are starting to go out to claimants.

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All the games on Google Stadia (Update: Spitlings)Now in a handy dandy searchable table!

Google's cloud gaming service, Stadia, begins trialing on November 19 — you'll need to buy a $130 Founder's Edition kit to get access — and is expected to expand to the general audience sometime in 2020. So far, 30 games have been announced for the early roster and we expect more of them to pop up as we go along this year. It can be a little hard to keep track of things, so we've got you covered with a handy list of all the titles that have been announced for Stadia.

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Hidden Android 11 feature adds double-tap gesture to the back of Pixel phonesSo cool, it'll make you want to slap your phone

Before face unlocking technology became the security metric of choice for OEMs, Pixel phones boasted a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor that also supported swipe gestures. When the Pixel 4 opted to remove that sensor, rear-mounted gesture support went with it. Luckily, the Android team has a new way to make the back of your phone great again with a double-tap gesture in Android 11 Developer Preview 1.

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Quibi is a new streaming service with short films that can be viewed in portrait or landscape (Update: App listing)Launching on April 6 for $5-8/month

Most of the professionally produced video you watch is filmed for a TV or movie screen—it's landscape. That makes sense, of course, because most screens don't rotate to portrait mode, that new Samsung spinning TV notwithstanding. However, your phone does rotate, and a new streaming service called Quibi wants to take advantage of that. Quibi will offer premium video content that you can watch in either portrait or landscape, and you can switch back and forth whenever you want.

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