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Actions on Google (third-party services for Assistant) will come to languages other than US English... one day

If you bought a Google Home in the UK, you may be wondering why your new gadget feels less powerful than what you had expected. Sure, you can ask it questions and play music, but the services supported aren't as numerous as what you originally thought. Where's Logitech for example? And Todoist? And all those fancy names you keep reading about? Well, they should be under Services in the Assistant settings of your Google Home, but they're not. That's for one reason: the Actions on Google platform, which was opened to devs last December, is only available in US English.

Add this to the list of inconsistencies with Assistant.

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[Deal Alert] Get up to 20% off electronics on eBay with a coupon code (max of $50 off)

In the market for some new tech to play with, but don't want to waste too much of your hard-earned cash? Well, eBay has just the thing for you. For a limited time, the online marketplace is offering up to 20% off on tech items from select sellers on items over $25, with your maximum discount capped at $50.

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[OMG Rainbows!] Snapchat adds new 3D World Lenses

I'm tired of telling you how much I don't get Snapchat, so I'll get right down to business and cut the unnecessary preamble. The service is adding new 3D World Lenses, an expansion of the existing lenses that were announced last November.

It's an interactive way to bring more fun and glam to your photos and videos, and from the couple of examples that Snapchat has demoed in its video, it looks like you'll be in for a lot of colorful sparkles. I'd call it the Spring/Summer 2017 World Lenses collection.

The new lenses should be live in the app today, so check them out when you use the back camera.

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33 new countries now offer the Spotify Premium for Students discount

Spotify offers a great 50% off discount on its Premium plan if you're a student, making it a more attractive option for young adults who can't afford to pay the full price of a monthly subscription. However, until now, this was only available in three countries: US, UK, and Germany. Today, the offer is expanding to 33 other countries.

Spotify is using SheerID to authenticate and validate the eligibility of registered university students. And the lucky countries in question are:

  • Austria
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Latvia
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey

If you live in any of these countries and want to get started with your Premium for Students subscription, head over to spotify.com/student and verify that you're eligible for the discount.

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[Update: $80 refurb, $120 with Force Band] Deal Alert: Grab the Sphero Star Wars BB-8 for $88.81 on Amazon ($150 MSRP)

I don't have kids, I've never seen Star Wars (I keep saying I'll watch them to rectify my nerd cred score, but two full-time jobs, a new apartment, and wedding preparations sorta leave me with no free time), and yet I still want this Sphero Star Wars BB-8 robot. I mean it's cute, it's a robot, it does things, and it does them with Android. What's not to like?

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Instagram's offline mode for Android is official

We've known about Instagram's plans to add offline capabilities to its app for a couple of months, and yesterday the news was made official at the Facebook Developer Conference (F8). Instagram is testing offline mode in regions with limited bandwidth to make the app more approachable and adapted to the demands of users there. According to the company, 80% of its community is outside of the US and many of these users are on lesser optimized networks, so making sure the app works when there's slow or no connectivity became a crucial feature to implement.

The way this works is when you're offline, you can still view the preloaded content and several of the app's sections (feed, explore, personal profile, previously visited profiles, etc) and you can interact with them.

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The Xiaomi Mi 6 is official with a 5.15" display, 3350mAh battery, Snapdragon 835, and dual rear cameras

After a lot of speculation, leaks, and plenty of teasing, Xiaomi has officially unveiled its latest flagship, the Mi 6. The Chinese company packed in some top-tier specs into a small-bodied, glass sandwich phone, with an attractive price to boot. 

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Sprint expands international roaming to 165 countries with free 'basic' data, free texts, and $0.20/min calls, revamps high-speed data

Free or cheap international service is something many US carriers have been doing lately. Not having to buy a separate SIM card when you travel abroad is a very nice convenience, even if some aspects of your plan suffer a bit. Today, Sprint has announced that it's ramping up its international service to 165 countries, as well as some other new tidbits.

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[No Words] Motorola's new commercial is all kinds of bizarre and confusing

I could write a long post mocking this new Moto commercial or explaining everything that's weird and inappropriate about it. I could lament the poor sense of humor, the slightly offensive misuse of the accent, the horrendous stylistic execution, the failed avant-gardiste vibe, or, and I'm just spitballing here, the lack of a clear story and the super confusing message at the end. But instead, I will just leave this here:

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Microsoft adds Groups collaboration tool to the Android Outlook app

Fans of Microsoft's Outlook will be pleased to hear that last year's most useful new feature is now coming to the Android app. Outlook Groups has had its own distinct app for a while, but after introducing the smart collaboration tool to the desktop email client it was just a matter of time before it was included in the Android Outlook app proper. That time is now.

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