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Tetris Blitz: 2016 Edition falls onto the Play Store for some beastly combos

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EA has announced the company has released Tetris Blitz: 2016 Edition to the Play Store. This latest update brings a bunch of improvements and new features. Should you be a fan of the classic title, you'll really dig EA's take on the formula with Blitz. The developer has packed in a bunch of extras that bring something new to the table and spice up gameplay.

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Google is making it easier to view your data and set ad preferences

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Google is working to make it easier for those who rely on its services and platforms to control what adverts are displayed on PCs, smartphones and other connected hardware. The search giant will also provide a tool that will allow for certain ads to be blocked from being displayed on search results. This will save you some time by not having to manually fire off special requests per ad on each device.

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1 day ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 edge now picking up June security patch

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T-Mobile's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are now picking up the June security update. The update comes in at 250MB, and brings new firmware to both phones in addition to the latest security patch.

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1 day ago

Samsung is giving new Galaxy smartphone owners a $20 voucher for using Samsung Pay

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Samsung is rolling out a promotion where it is offering a $20 voucher — redeemable on Samsung's website — to those those making their first purchase using Samsung Pay. Those that have bought the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, S6 active, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S7 active or the Galaxy Note 5 on or before June 22 are eligible for the promotion.

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1 day ago

Evernote hikes up prices, limits free users to two devices

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Evernote has announced that it will increase the prices for its Plus and Premium tiers, while limiting the sync functionality for Basic users to two devices. Under the new pricing plan, Plus users have to shell out $3.99 per month (up from $2.99) or $34.99 yearly, and Premium users will have to pay $7.99 per month (from $5.99) or $69.99 annually.

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1 day ago

Oakter brings home automation to India

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Oakter gives you the ability to control your appliances from your phone.

Home automation hasn't taken off in India quite the same way it has in Western countries, but a local startup called Oakter is about to change that. The Noida-based startup has developed a smart home kit that lets you control your appliances — air conditioners, geysers, or coffee makers — through your phone.

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2 days ago

OnePlus details sketches of the circular smartwatch that never was

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OnePlus was working on a circular smartwatch along the lines of the Moto 360 last year, but the product never saw the light of day. The company's co-founder Carl Pei took to Twitter to share sketches of the smartwatch, which would've featured a removable component that allows users to easily swap out bands.

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2 days ago

U.S. carriers enable free calls to Turkey following Istanbul terror attacks

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Following the devastating terror attacks at Istanbul's Atatürk airport, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have announced that their customers can call and text friends and family in Turkey for free.

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2 days ago

The Snapdragon 820 is now optimized for Google's Tango platform

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With the PHAB 2 Pro, Lenovo announced the first consumer-ready phone with support for Google's augmented reality Tango platform. The PHAB 2 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 652 SoC, which features software-level optimizations to be fully compatible with Tango. Qualcomm has announced at MWC Shanghai that it is expanding Tango support to its flagship Snapdragon 820 SoC, as well as future SoCs in the Snapdragon 800 and 600 tiers.

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2 days ago

How often do you purchase a new phone?

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There comes a time in the life cycle of every phone, where you start to wonder if it's time to upgrade. No matter how awesome your phone is right now, eventually you'll need to trade it in for a newer model. Whether you are always on the lookout for your next phone, or you wait as long as possible, it's inevitable.

Which brings us to this week's poll. We want to know how often you purchase a new phone. We've got five options for you to choose from this week: "Once a year", "Once every other year", "When a new phone comes out that gets my attention", "When I break or destroy my phone and need a new one", or "when my phone becomes seriously out of date".

How often do you purchase a new phone?

Do you like to hang on to your phone for as long as possible? Do you prefer to regularly upgrade your phone? Be sure to head into the comments and let us know how often you purchase a new phone!

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2 days ago

Slack brings replies to your wrist with Android Wear support

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Work chat app Slack has been updated for Android, bring along support for Android Wear and more.

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2 days ago

OnePlus 3 update coming with reworked RAM management, sRGB color mode

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OnePlus 3 RAM management

A small tune-up is on its way to your OnePlus 3 soon.

Now a couple of weeks removed from the launch of its latest phone, OnePlus is working to push out a maintenance update with a handful of tweaks to the OnePlus 3 — and while it doesn't bring any giant changes, there are a couple things of note. We've been testing the latest OTA in pre-release form for about a week, and while OnePlus won't commit to a date for releasing the new software to all customers we can expect this patch to roll out soon.

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2 days ago

How to hide your porn browsing habits on Android

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Nothing on the internet is really private, but you can keep your Android from saving a trail of where you've been.

We all use our phones differently. While some of us are Twittering and buying socks on Amazon when we're online, other folks are looking at other stuff. And they might not want anyone else who could be using their phone to see the things they have looked at. We don't judge (nobody should, really) but we can help.

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2 days ago

On the prospect of a 'Chromebook Pro' ...

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Or, how Google Consumer Surveys probably aren't a product roadmap ...

A story has been making the rounds this week on the idea of a "Chromebook Pro." As we all know, anything that's "Pro" has got to be better than what we already have. Because it's Pro. And so the idea of a Chromebook Pro is intriguing.

Google's second-generation Chromebook Pixel already is as Pro as it currently gets for a Chromebook. Intel Core i7 processor. 16GB of RAM. A couple of USB-C ports. Touchscreen. Glass trackpad. Backlit keyboard. That's pretty damned Pro. And it comes with Pro price tag, at $1,299.

But the prospect of something better? Something even more Pro? That's enough to get any nerd nodding their head.

A Google Chromebook Pro probably isn't a thing just yet.

Here's the thing, however. The idea of the Chromebook Pro comes from a survey that reportedly appeared in the Google Opinion Rewards app, and was passed on via Reddit. The question in question read thusly:

How would you think a Chromebook Pro is different than a Chromebook?

A fine question indeed, and the sort of thing that you might expect to see in Google Opinion Rewards. Or a fan forum. What Google Opinion Rewards is not, however, is a product roadmap.

If you're unfamiliar with Google Opinion Rewards, it's an app that asks you questions about products and businesses. Could be things you bought or are thinking about buying. Could be places you've been, or places you're going. It even throws in a few red herrings, just to keep you honest. In exchange for your time and data (because that's what you're giving it), you get a little bit of credit to spend in the Google Play Store. It's a sweet little system, and a great way to help finance your app habit.

This is a real survey. I know because I made it.

Anyone can submit a survey through Google Consumer Surveys. Click here and give it a shot. You have options to survey the "general population," which is a mix of folks on desktop and mobile, as well as those using the Google Opinion Rewards app. Or you can opt to only survey app users. Or you can get even more specific with "audience panels," wherein you survey specific ethnic groups, or folks on social media, or who use various services.

Unless a specific company outed itself at the start of the survey as the company asking the question (it's doubtful it was Google, and there's nothing in the Reddit thread to suggest that anyway), there's no telling who asked the question. All you need is a credit card and 30 seconds and you can start soliciting responses at 10 cents a pop, too.

Now that doesn't mean the idea of some sort of "Pro" Chromebook isn't a good one. The Pixel, while not inexpensive, has been a fine piece of machinery. And with Android apps coming to Chrome OS later this year (we're currently playing with them on the developer channel on a $250 Chromebook), it's only going to get more interesting. And, yes, Google almost certainly will make another high-end Chromebook at some point.

But an actual Chromebook Pro outed on Google Opinion Rewards? That's highly unlikely.

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2 days ago

Today is the best day to buy a Nest and save $50

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If you're looking to save some money heating and cooling for your home while also making it a bit smarter, Amazon's latest deal on the Nest Learning Thermostat is worth a look.

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