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Serial Box brings its episodic storytelling to Android

Serial Box offers stories in digestible, serialized (get it? Serial Box?) chunks, with episodes available in both text and audio formats. The app has seen success on iOS, garnering an average user review of 4.6 stars — and the unique service is now available on Android.

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25 best new (and 1 WTF) Android games released this week including Thumper: Pocket Edition, Calm Cards - Spider, and Shikhondo - Soul Eater

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. This week I have the official release of Drool's psychedelic rhythm game Thumper, a relaxing Spider solitaire game, and a beautiful shoot 'em up styled after ancient Asian art. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released this week.

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Oppo's 10x optical zoom camera is ready for smartphones, and we used it

At a presentation ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Oppo announced that its new 10x optical zoom smartphone camera system was ready for integration into commercial products. The company allowed a group of journalists to go hands-on with prototype phones utilizing the system in a series of min-dioramas, though the photos weren't made available for off-device viewing, making any kind of rigorous analysis basically impossible at this point.

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[Update: Now live] Pokémon GO gains AR-based snapshot mode that lets you pose with Pikachu

It's been 20 years since Pokémon Snap, the N64 game in which players roamed the Pokémon Island taking pictures of its inhabitants. Two decades later, humans now roam the Earth taking pictures for the Gram. With the similarly-named GO Snapshot feature, a much-requested photo mode for Pokémon GO, Niantic seems to hark back to the past.

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Why Samsung using ultrasonic tech for the Galaxy S10's in-screen fingerprint scanner matters

Samsung has just announced its latest super-duper flagship phone, and among the new features it boasts is the world's first commercial ultrasonic fingerprint sensor under a display. We've seen other in-display scanners on phones from the likes of OnePlus and Huawei, but they use optical technology instead. This new ultrasonic method is supposed to be better in more ways than one — let's take a look at why.

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Thumper: Pocket Edition is a gorgeous rhythm game that's finally available on the Play Store

Drool's action rhythm game Thumper was initially released on PC and consoles back in 2016. At the start of 2018, a mobile port was released on iOS under the new moniker Thumper: Pocket Edition. Well, it would appear that this mobile iOS port has finally made its way to Android with today's official release of Thumper: Pocket Edition on the Google Play Store.

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Moto Mods: How a modular hardware platform locked Motorola into a cycle of failure

We all wish our phones could do more from time to time, but you can't just add new features without buying a new device, right? Oh, you're forgetting about Moto Mods. You can add new hardware capabilities to your phone like a speaker, a zoom camera, or projector. It changed everything... actually, that's wrong. Smartphones are largely the same as they were in 2016, but Motorola is still at least going through the motions to pretend Mods are a good idea. The evidence is unavoidable at this point: they're not.

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Samsung's official Galaxy S10 wallpapers all try really hard to hide the display cutout

Some people aren't thrilled with the placement of the Galaxy S10 series' hole-punch cutout, and Samsung seems to be very aware of that. All of the S10's wallpapers conveniently fade to black at their top right corners, which is an interesting tactic. The six new wallpapers are now available for your viewing and downloading pleasure.

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Samsung unveils health-focused Galaxy Watch Active with blood-pressure monitoring, will cost $200

Health tracking has never been a top focus for Samsung's smartwatches, but that changes today. Samsung unveiled a slew of new wearable products today, including a sleeker version of last year's Galaxy Watch — the fittingly-named Galaxy Watch Active.

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Samsung introduces the Galaxy S10 with in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, ultra-wide camera, and wireless power sharing

MWC 2019 may still be a few days away, but Samsung is not about to let its latest flagship offerings get lost in the crowd. Instead, the company's hosting its latest Unpacked event today, where it just pulled the curtain back on the new Galaxy S10 family, running the gamut from the value-positioned Galaxy S10e to the powerhouse Galaxy S10 5G for the high-speed networks of tomorrow.

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