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[Update: 20% off site-wide] Deal alert: Google Wifi 3-pack on sale for $239.99 ($50 off) via Rakuten with coupon code

Having a single WiFi access point in your home is so 2015. You can step into the modern era of WiFi with a mesh router today at a sizable discount. Rakuten has Google Wifi 3-packs on sale for $239.99. That's $50 off the usual price.

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[Update 5: Now $799.99] You can already buy a dual-SIM Note8 on eBay for $899.99

Samsung has a history of releasing Dual-SIM variants of their devices, and the Galaxy Note8 is no exception. Since the phone is so new, availability of the Dual-SIM is limited, and it doesn't seem to be on sale at all in the United States. But if you want one, you can buy one on eBay for a penny shy of $900.

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Acer's Chromebook 15 (CB515-1HT) is now available for $399

In Chromebook land, a lot of the focus is on Google's recently-announced (and expensive) Pixelbook. But for those  of you who cannot stomach the $999 starting point of Google's latest, then you might want to consider what Acer has on offer. The new Chromebook 15, model number CB515-1HT, is now up for sale via Best Buy and Acer's store for $399.

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Here's how to remap the Pixel 2's Active Edge squeeze function [APK Download]

One of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL's highlight features is the Active Edge squeezable frame. By default, the squeezing motion will activate Google Assistant, and Google doesn't allow you to make it trigger anything else. But just as it only took developers a few days to circumvent the issue with the Galaxy S8's Bixby button, we've already got a workaround courtesy of an update to an app called Button Mapper by flar2.

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Chrome 62 revamps the Chrome Home UI, enables new web features, and more [APK Download]

It has been about a month and a half since the last Chrome release, but good things come to those who wait, right? Chrome 62 includes yet another redesign hidden behind a flag, some new APIs developers can use, and several smaller tweaks. So without further ado, let's get into it.

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"Hey Google" hotword now works for some on phones too [Update]

You know how you can say both "OK Google" and "Hey Google" to Google Home and it will respond to the two hotwords without any discrimination? The same isn't true of Assistant on your Android phone: it only answers to "OK Google." Wait, scratch that, it wasn't true as the command is now working on phones too.

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Portrait mode on the Pixel 2 mimics the results of an SLR, and here's how it works

The Portrait mode on the new Pixel 2 phones is impressive. With just a single camera, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are able to mimic a convincing depth of field effect, like that created by much larger hardware. It isn't quite as good as an SLR, but it's a reasonable approximation. And if you were interested in exactly how it works, we've put together an explanation. 

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished Amazon Tap is just $64.99 ($45 off) as part of Amazon's Deal of the Day

More and more Bluetooth speakers are coming out with Amazon Alexa support these days, including Ultimate Ears' new BLAST and MEGABLAST. But if you don't want to shell out $230 on a speaker, Amazon is now offering refurbished units of the Tap for just $64.99 as part of its Deal of the Day.

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The 'Made for Google' site is up with links to recommended accessories

Google is taking accessories more seriously this year with the "Made for Google" program. Devices bearing this label have been designed by a certified Google partner to work with devices like the Pixel phones, Pixelbook, and more. If only there was some handy website that showed you all the accessories in the program. Oh hey, that's a thing now.

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Google raises subscription revenue for providers from 70% to 85%, but only for users retained after 12 months

Last year, there was a rumor that Google was going to follow Apple's footsteps and improve its subscription revenue split with providers by only deducting 15% instead of 30% for distribution and miscellaneous fees. At the timeRecode was optimistic that Google would make the change universal, so that any time a user subscribed to something, the provider would only lose 15% in fees.

We didn't hear anything about this until now, thanks to a bunch of changes published on the Google Developers Blog. There, we learned that subscription revenue sharing with be lowered from 30% to 15%, but unlike last year's hopeful rumor and much like Apple's terms, they will only apply for users retained after 12 months.

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