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August 22 2018

Paper app makers FiftyThree now belongs to WeTransfer
Android 9 Pie for Nexus 6, Nexus 5X arrives unofficially
Steam Play beta lets Linux gamers play some Windows-only titles
Galaxy Note 9 teardown shows no water or carbon inside
Verizon throttled California fire department’s unlimited data during wildfire
Facebook reveals new state-sponsored accounts meddling in politics

August 21 2018

Google Shortwave podcast discovery app revealed by trademark doc
Arctic permafrost may be thawing faster than expected, fueling climate change
Deadpool Blu-ray DVD Digital Super Duper Cut Review
Google Assistant now offers positive news stories upon request

Win a Galaxy Note 9, Dome Glass 2 pack, and Clear Case! [U.S. Only]

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has just been unpacked, and the phone officially goes on sale in two weeks, but we wanted to give you a chance to WIN one along with some cool accessories from Whitestone to keep it safe.

Whitestone's Dome Glass, which is already a top seller and is touted as one of the best-tempered glass protectors by the largest cellular provider in Japan, has the maximum strength and scratch resistance rating of 9H (hardness measurement), provides full touch and total edge to edge coverage without any gaps or bubbles, and does not fade or fog with extended use.

Created from Samsung's original blueprints, the Whitestone Levitation case exhibits precise cutouts that align perfectly with your Note 9. This durable, shock absorbing clear case provides the ultimate protection for the best smartphone. And with only 1 mm between you and your phone, this clear case is light and not bulky; it'll feel like your device is completely bare. You will definitely want to check out these products to protect your new Note 9!

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Enter to win a Galaxy Note 9 and more!

THE PRIZE: One Android Central reader will receive Galaxy Note 9, a 2 pack of Dome Glass, and a Clear Case. An additional 10 runners-up will receive a Dome Glass 2 pack and a Clear Case.

THE GIVEAWAY: Use the widget at the bottom of this page. There are multiple ways to enter, each with varying point values. Complete all of the tasks for maximum entries and your best shot at winning! Keep in mind that all winning entries are verified and if the task was not completed or cannot be verified, a new winner will be chosen. Please note that this giveaway is available in the U.S. only.

The giveaway is open through August 22, 2018, and the winner will be announced right here shortly after the closing date. Good luck!

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This tempered glass screen protector for the Note 9 is worth it

Under the Dome, is Life.

It is time, the wait is over. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has just been unpacked, but if you missed the live stream in New York you don't need to be left out. The phone officially goes on sale in two weeks, so once you get yours, you need to decide what protection is best for you. Well, Whitestone has the answer, and it is DOME GLASS. Whitestone Dome Glass is a specialized brand for the entire high-end market of cellular bezel-less devices, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

In today's world, everyone wants smartphones that are thinner and lighter, but still want to watch videos and play games on the biggest possible screens. Therefore, edge phones and bezel-less phones are leading the way. They make use of limited screen size and maximize it to its fullest extent. The Note 9 is no different. It has increased the screen size to 6.4 inches (up from 6.3") and slimmed the screen bezel.

With the larger screen and slimmer bezel, it is that much more important to protect every inch. Whitestone provides the first true "full-screen adhesive" tempered glass screen protector for curved bezel-less phones. They do this by using their patented LOCA technology which stands for 'Liquid Optical Clear Adhesive'. LOCA is a liquid glass which evenly disperses over the entire screen, including repairing existing scratches and scuffs and sets to create a watertight edge to edge protection. Their revolutionary liquid glass adhesive forms around the curved screen to create a single, solid layer of anti-shatter glass. Thus, giving you (and your new Note 9) complete security.

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Now, Whitestone Dome Glass is not cheap, but nor should it be. It was created for high-end model smartphones. Whitestone is the only tempered glass screen protector recognized by SMAPP (Samsung Mobile Accessory Partnership Program) and as such is the best option for your Note 9. The other plastic or urethane protectors have no true protection, are vulnerable to scratches, and even can reduce transparency. Also, most other well-known brands of tempered glass protectors only cover the flat side of your device and falsely advertises themselves as a full-cover tempered glass. They attempt to trick you by using a black cover adhesive along the side to hide lifts, or they cover the areas between glass and screen with dots which makes the device prone to touchscreen errors. But that's not the case with Dome Glass. Get your Note 9 the security it deserves. Why invest in the top of the line phone and settle for second-rate protection?

Why invest in the top of the line phone and settle for second-rate protection? Get your Note 9 the security it deserves.

The one major difficulty with this screen protector is because it really works so well, you only get one shot at putting it on, so you need to do it right. It's not hard, but you can't rush through it. Quality is reflected through commitment, so make sure you have enough time and patience to get an undeniably perfect result.

To prevent errors and air bubbles, an install frame and UV curing light are included. If you just want to throw on a screen protector in a minute before you walk out the door, then this is not the one for you. But, if you follow the simple installation steps, you will get the best shielding available. For help with installation, here is a link to some of their reviews and tutorial videos that show you step-by-step how to do a proper installation.

On top of the comprehensive 3D glass curved surface protection and liquid dispersion technology, it also provides protection against Blue Light. As more and more people are so reliant on their cell phone, it has become even more important to identify the harmful side effects. One of the negative effects of smartphones is the emitting of shorter wavelengths called Blue Light. Studies suggest that, over time, exposure to blue light (especially at night), can cause insomnia or even more serious long-term damage to your eyes. Whitestone Dome Glass decreases the strength of blue light by up to 25%, protecting you and your smart device!

Dome Glass, which is already a top seller on Amazon Worldwide and AT&T and is touted as one of the best-tempered glass protectors by NTT Docomo (the largest cellular provider in Japan) has the maximum strength and scratch resistance rating of 9H (hardness measurement) provides full touch and total edge to edge coverage without any gaps or bubbles and does not fade or fog with extended use.

To top it all off, every Whitestone Dome Glass product comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty which means that if your Dome Glass is damaged or worn, you could request a replacement through Whitestone's webpage. Also, for a limited time, our very own Android Central readers can use the code ANDROIDCENTRAL to save 30% off Whitestone Dome Glass for their Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Just click here to order today and for their web page and more information on these screen protectors visit whitestonedome.com. Whitestone Dome Glass protector is #1 in protecting your entire screen and is an essential accessory for any new Note 9 owner. So, with the Samsung Galaxy being unpacked today, it is only right to get it the protection it deserves.

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Every PlayStation 4 title announced at Gamescom 2018

Get ready for all the exciting news

Gamescom is a massive gaming event held in Europe every year since about 2009. It's back now in 2018 and boy do they have quite a few titles waiting for us. If you're just as hype for this as I am, and you're just as much of a PlayStation fan, you probably want to know all the titles that are being announced at Gamescom this year.

Good news. We've got a few hands on deck at the event and this means we can get you information about announced titles as soon as they come out. Make sure you bookmark this page on your phone or computer and keep checking in during the Gamescom event! As soon as we hear something, I'll make sure it's updated here ASAP!

The Exhibitors

There are more than quite a few large names coming to Gamescom this year. If you want to narrow your search down to what games have been announced by just them, no worries. All the titles have been separated by who's making them so you can get right down to your favorites. Here we will list all the big exhibitors we know are going to be there in advance. But, with so many Indie companies going as well we will definitely make sure you are kept in the loop for the PS4 games announced through them as well!


This year it's been confirmed that attendees at Gamescom will be able to get their paws on some Rage 2 gameplay, but what else is going on? Well, The Elder Scrolls: Blades will be debuting in Europe for the first time along with Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset.

When it comes to your PlayStation VR, Bethesda is even bringing some gameplay of Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot! We'll make sure to report back with all our thoughts and juicy details!

As of Tuesday, we haven't heard anything from Bethesda, but make sure to stay tuned!

Epic Games

Epic games have been all the craze in the world lately. This company brought you Fortnite, one of the extremely popular online games circulating right now. With a whole lot of ups and downs with the politics of Epic Games who knows what they're going to be bringing to the table when it comes to Gamescom. Perhaps they'll announce they're working on something new, or that Fortnite is going to finally be cross-compatible with PlayStation 4 (we wish). Who knows, keep your self in the loop by following this post!

As of Tuesday, we haven't heard anything from Epic Games, but make sure to stay tuned!


These are the people who brought your games like Dota 2 and all of the Portal collections. While Valve has been rather quiet about what they're going to be showing off this year at Gamescom, we have a lot of excitement. Could this be the time we're finally told about a new Portal game, a new update for Dota or another Half-Life? Stay tuned and find out!

As of Tuesday, we haven't heard anything from Valve, but make sure to stay tuned!


Mimimi is a studio that has brought you games like Shadow Tactics and The Last Tinker. They're a German based software development company with a home base over there in Munich. One of the biggest things they are known for is the intense story arcs that are put into their games. If you're playing something by Mimimi, there's a pretty good chance you're invested deeply into the story.



Partnering with THQ Nordic, they're coming to bring you an all-new Desperados! Mimimi representative, Dominik, came on stage to let us know the reason we have been waiting so long for another Desperados is that there was "no market for it." Everyone was so trapped in futuristic games they didn't want to try bringing back old Westerns just yet. But, the bandits are back in town and ready to test your quick thinking skills!

Bandai Namco

Most of you might not recognize the name because most people don't pay attention to title screens when playing, but you'll surely recognize their games. Bandi Namco has worked on some massive titles, including Dark Souls, Pac-Man, the Naruto fighting games and the Dragon Ball fighting games. These are the titles you pop into your PlayStation when you've got a few friends over, share some laughs and see who can make it to the top of your skill tree in 1v1 combat!

One Piece World Seeker


Teaming up with Supermassive, Bandai Namco is working to bring you another One Piece selection that's coming to you sometime in 2018. I don't know about you, but One Piece has always been one of my favorite animes that have always been easy to lose myself in. Not only do you get just enough silly to keep you laughing and entertained, but the story actually does a wonderful job of teaching you real life lessons without you even realizing. I, for one, am very excited to add this title to my gaming collection.

The Dark Pictures - Anthology


Another horror game to add to your collection of you're another one who loves all things spoopy that go bump in the night. The anthology will be a series of games where each will have their own unique story and cast. Think of this as an "American Horror Story" except the game version and they don't have to refilter the same cast over and over again. The first of the series, The Man of Medan, will be coming to us sometime in 2019. The story focuses on a group of divers looking to explore the deep depths of the ocean. Something I'm already terrified of, so I'm more than excited to play this in a game.

Square Enix

Square Enix has been a popular name you've probably been hearing ever since you were younger. They're responsible for bringing you games like Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, the Fullmetal Alchemist game series, Octopath Traveler and so much more. With a waterfall of so many great titles falling from their belt I am beyond stoked they are making their way to Gamescom this year. If they've got something to announce I'm willing to bet it's gonna be good.

Life is Strange 2


Lose yourself in another Life is Strange with this sequel. This time we'll be following a male lead and his little brother who is just trying to survive in the wild. But, what would cause their life to be in such disarray? Seems like the big brother has more than a few secrets he's keeping. Develop your own feelings on him during gameplay when it releases on September 27, 2018.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance


Kingdom Come: Deliverance is getting some new DLC coming soon. The Amorous Adventures of the Bold Sir Hans Capon is coming to you soon, and it proceeds both Band of Bastards and A Woman's Lot. While we haven't been given much on what this DLC is even going to cover, we do know that it will be here in the early fall. So, regardless I guess we're going to find out soon!



This time Square Enix is going to be working with Nine Dots to bring you Outward, a revolutionary roleplaying game for you to jump into. Not only will this game have a multiplayer option, but you can play on a split screen! The launch date is set for February 12, 2019, and I'm more than excited to check it out. Open world roleplay adventures will always have the keys to my heart. Always.

Pathfinder Kingmaker


Our well-loved Pathfinder Kingmaker is coming to both PlayStation 4 and Xbox sometime next year! This is based on a roleplaying system we've all come to know and love in our tabletop games. Well, now you can play the game in some highly immersive gameplay where you can build a kingdom, find love, kill your enemies and take over the world. Are you ready to bring your fantasy to reality?

Shenmue 3


There have always been a thousand words to describe the Shenmue series, and most of them revolve around "gorgeous," "addicting," and "breathtaking." Trust me, it's all for a reason too. This title was first announced to us during E3 in 2015, and we've been waiting with the highest anticipation ever since. Well, here at Gamescom we've finally been given the details we've been looking for. The next of the series is coming to you on August 27, 2019! So, if you haven't started playing this series yet, you absolutely should.


Ubisoft is another one of those massive gaming companies that have brought you huge titles like Far Cry, Assassin's Creed, For Honor, and more. With them making an appearance at Gamescom I'm rather interested to see what kind of news they might have for us regarding future releases of games or even DLC.

The Settlers


Partnering with Blue Byte, they are celebrating 25 years of the game Settlers with this wonderful new piece. The History Collection contains all 7 modernized games and will be available November 15, 2018. So get ready to take a walk through history! This may not be the news we were hoping for when it came to massive Gamescom announcements, but we've still go the rest of the week to go so let's see where it takes us!

What are you most excited for when it comes to Gamescom 2018?

What games are you hoping you get an update for? What games do you hope to get announced? Tell me all about it in the comment section below, or shoot me a Tweet @OriginalSluggo!

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