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[Free Alert] Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, the Pretty Little Liars soundtrack, and more albums are gratis on Google Play Music

If you've been looking for some more music to add to your library, Google Play Music is once again offering free albums. Chances are that not all will be to your tastes, but we've got a wide variety to choose from this time around.

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A future version of Android will have a manual device backup option

Google has offered some rudimentary backup functionality in Android since the 2.0 days, but it improved backup functionality in 6.0 Marshmallow. However, you still have to trust that the Google Drive backups are happening as there are no user-facing controls. That's going to change in a future version of Android, though.

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We're giving away two stylish Urbanears Lotsen speakers with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Cast, and AirPlay support [US and CAN]

We've given away countless Bluetooth speakers over the years, but if you're looking for a truly unique speaker, now's your chance. We've partnered with Urbanears to give away two of the company's 'Lotsen' units, which normally cost $199 a piece.

The Lotsen is the smallest speaker manufactured by Urbanears, but it's still very capable. It can function as a Bluetooth audio device, a Google Cast/Apple AirPlay target, and an AUX speaker. If you have two or more, you can have a multi-room setup. You can also save up to seven internet radio stations and Spotify playlists as presets.

 

The design is definitely the most striking aspect of the Lotsen.

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Google could launch its own Assistant smart display this year

Assistant-powered displays are a thing now, and they may actually be a pretty good thing. However, Google itself hasn't announced any smart display products. That could change later this year, according to a new report.

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OnePlus and T-Mobile reportedly shacking up for launch of OnePlus 6T

OnePlus will partner with T-Mobile to sell its forthcoming OnePlus 6T, according to a report from CNET. The follow-up to the OnePlus 6, released in May, is expected to be available in October. T-Mobile will be OnePlus' first US carrier partner, marking a significant milestone in the company's ongoing efforts to gain market share.

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HTC opens U.S. pre-orders for the Flame Red U12+, ships in September

HTC, despite floundering in the smartphone market, is still trying to keep itself relevant. Hopping on the red device bandwagon, the company just announced that is now accepting pre-orders for the Flame Red variant of its U12+ flagship. Based on the photos, it's quite attractive.

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Google Voice gets a new icon, color, and Contacts tab

The Google Voice Android app received an update this week that not only changes the icon and accent colors to match what you'll find in the new Hangouts and Chat, but it also adds a new Contacts tab for quickly accessing your address book.

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25 temporarily free and 33 on-sale apps and games to finish the week

This week is just about over, so why don't you take some time to look through the apps on offer today? Our list is quite reasonable with some good items to be had. Otherwise, enjoy your weekend.

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Google removes 'Save to Inbox' feature from Android app, but it's still available on the web [Updated]

Even though Inbox by Gmail has always been a testing ground for Google's main email client, many users now prefer it — myself included. It was already dismaying to see the removal of certain snooze options (place and someday) in June, but now it looks like the 'Save to Inbox' sharing option on Android has been axed as well.

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Google is working on native hearing aid support for Android

In partnership with Danish firm GN Hearing, Google is currently developing a protocol to enable native hearing aid support in Android. The open specification will allow users with hearing impairments to connect their aids to their phone for a better user experience.

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