260,000 AmazonBasics power banks recalled for fire risk

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Amazon is recalling six models of power banks in its AmazonBasics line, totaling about 260,000 units, due to 53 reports of overheating in the US. One of these reports caused chemical burns, and four caused property damage.

The official hazard listed by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is “The power bank’s battery can overheat and ignite, posing fire and burn hazards.” The six models in total that are being recalled, all of which were produced by Guoguang Electric Company Limited, are as follows:

  • 16,100mAh
  • 10,000mAh
  • 5,600mAh
  • 3,000mAh
  • 3,000mAh w/ microUSB cable
  • 2,000mAh w/ microUSB cable

Amazon has pulled all listings from its site, and if you click on the page via Google, you’ll be greeted with a large “Sorry we couldn’t find that page” and a picture of a dog.

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Zoolz Cloud Storage nets you 2TB of cloud backup for life—and it’s on sale for less than $50 [Sponsored Deal]

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When you think of cloud storage, Dropbox and OneDrive are probably the first of a host of services that come to mind. Next, are the exorbitant rates these solutions charge to handle your information, while not giving you much flexibility with the space you’re given. That said, it’s no wonder why many prefer hard storage options off the cloud or just stick to the free cloud plans that give out a few gigabytes here and there but can’t possibly back up all of our sensitive files.

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Stampede Games’ minimal puzzler ‘.projekt’ just landed on the Play Store

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Stampede Games may sound familiar thanks to their previous release Evo Explores, which happens to look and play a lot like Monument Valley. Well, it would appear that the developer has released an all-new puzzle game for Android called .projekt, and I have to say it’s quite striking. But even if you ignore the well-thought-out art direction, the puzzle-based gameplay holds its own while offering up a solid challenge worth the asking price.

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The Facebook Watch video section could get news starting this summer

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Rumors from inside Facebook suggest the social network is looking to roll out news content to its video section this summer. The previously announced Facebook Watch platform features video content created for Facebook. The news videos will apparently come from traditional publishers, as well as online-focused ones. This leak also includes some details on what that content will look like.

According to unnamed sources in the company, Facebook is working with around 10 publications as launch partners.

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Firefox 59 adds home button assist functionality, HLS playback, and more [APK Download]

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The last overhaul of Firefox was just a few months ago, with the release of Firefox 57 ‘Quantum.’ Mozilla today released version 59 of the beloved web browser, across all platforms. While the desktop version speeds up page load times, improves the built-in screenshot tool, and tweaks the Top Sites page, the mobile changelog isn’t quite as exciting.

Starting with v59, Firefox for Android is now an Assist App. This means you can start a web search by holding down the home button on your device, if you set Firefox as your default assistant.

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Android Messages v3.0 drops KitKat support, prepares notification improvements, more on purchases and enhanced chat features [APK Teardown]

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Android Messages just hit version 3.0. While hitting a new major version number might be an occasion for big things in some apps, this one appears to be a simple incremental step up from version 2.9. While there aren’t any immediately obvious changes on the surface of this update, there are some things happening under the hood. It looks like support for KitKat has been dropped with this update, leaving behind about 12% of previously supported Android devices.

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T-Mobile will roll out support for RCS Universal Profile in Q2

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Messaging can be confusing or downright aggravating these days. Google can’t seem to figure out what it wants to do, and there are tons of alternatives all with their own insular user bases. You might just end up sending a text message, but thankfully text messages will get better thanks to RCS. T-Mobile was quick to deploy RCS messaging on its network back in 2015, and many Tmo subscribers are already using it without realizing.

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Google Station spreads its public Wi-Fi love to Mexico

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It’s really easy to take internet connectivity for granted: between increasingly capable cellular networks, and high-speed private Wi-Fi access points in our homes and workplaces, staying connected 24/7 is more effortless than it’s ever been. At least, that may be the case for some of us, but wireless infrastructure varies wildly around the globe, and there are millions of fellow users out there who would no doubt love to see their local internet access seriously overhauled.

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Downloading Motion Photos via Google’s Backup and Sync is broken for some

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For many people, especially those of us here at Android Police, Google’s various backup tools are an integral part of our daily workflow. Frankly, I’d have to entirely restructure how I do things without the convenience of Google Photos and Google Drive/Backup and Sync. For some, the combination of those two services isn’t working as expected when it comes to Motion Photos, and backup synchronization to a desktop fails for those MVIMG-labeled images. 

This isn’t the first time Motion Photos have introduced problems with Google Drive.

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Google Assistant shortcut app now installs on Lollipop, tablets

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The Google Assistant listing on the Play Store might only be a glorified shortcut, but it’s still one avenue for accessing the Assistant on supported devices. And, as of a few days ago, it was officially updated to support devices running Lollipop 5.0. Explicit Android tablet support was also added, which brings parity to today’s announcement that the Google Assistant is now supported on the iPad, too. 

Lollipop support might not seem like a big deal, but almost 25% of Android devices are still running Android 5.0/5.1 according to February’s platform distribution numbers.

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