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[Deal Alert] JBL's colorful Pulse 3 speaker is $180 at various retailers ($20 off)

JBL is a strong name in the Bluetooth speaker market, especially when you consider that you can go to Walmart or Target and grab one to suit your budget and needs. One of the most eye-catching models is the colorful Pulse 3 and right now, you can grab one for $179.99 from Best Buy, B&H, Crutchfield, JBL, and Amazon (third-party seller). That's $20 in savings.

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AirPods can activate Google Assistant on your Android device with this app

There are only a handful of truely wireless earbuds on the market that are actually worth using, and perhaps the most popular at the moment is Apple's AirPods. But unlike most Apple products, they actually work pretty well with non-Apple devices, including Android phones. If you're looking for tighter integration between AirPods and your Android phone, DotArrow's latest app will come in handy.

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[Update: Moment corrected a bug] Deal Alert: Save some money on the Moment Pixel 2 photo case, lens pen, and other goodies with coupon codes ($10 or $40 off)

The Pixel 2 has the Android world abuzz right now. If you pre-ordered Google's latest phone(s), then you might be in the market for a case. While there are plenty of great options out there, few have drawn as much attention as the Moment photo case. Not only do you get a protective shell for your shiny new toy, but it also supports attaching Moment's wide-angle lens. Right now, the company has two sales going on to help you save some money on some of its products.

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Outlook for Android is adding highly requested calendar features, including better event management and shared calendar syncing

Microsoft's Outlook team has been hard at work going through user requests recently, and upcoming updates to the Android app will add some of the most in-demand features. Using the feedback and votes collated on Outlook UserVoice, the team is bringing a number of enhancements to the calendar so that it now functions more like its desktop counterpart.

The most notable addition is the ability to sync shared calendars in the Android app. It will be possible to sync Office 365 and Outlook.com calendars that have been shared with you so you can edit and view them on the go.

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Essential releases kernel source code for the PH-1, factory images coming soon

Essential, the tech startup by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, released its first phone back in August. There has been exactly zero ROM development for the PH-1, but part of that is because Essential had yet to release the phone's kernel source code. Just over a month since it started shipping to customers, the PH-1's kernel source is now available to download.

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[Deal Alert] ZTE Quartz has dropped to $96 ($96 off) at T-Mobile

ZTE announced its 'Quartz' smartwatch back in April, and it was the company's first Android Wear watch. It had 3G and was priced pretty competitively, but was exclusive to T-Mobile. That exclusivity hasn't changed, but the price has - it's now half off.

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Microsoft's Cortana assistant is coming to your chats in Skype for Android

In-chat assistance is not a new concept. If you've ever used Google's Allo app, you'll know what it's all about. While in a conversation with a friend, you can call upon the Google Assistant to answer a question, bring up directions, or perform a host of other helpful tasks, all without leaving the conversation. Skype will soon be getting similar functionality, as Microsoft is bringing its Cortana assistant to the messaging app.

As well as being able to bring up web results, you'll be able to utilize Cortana's full range of abilities. These include creating reminders and scheduling calendar events. Cortana will automatically detect when you're talking about something it can help with, and contextual options will be offered just above the chat box next to the blue ring.

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Netgear announces Arlo Pro 2 camera with 1080p video, wired and wireless modes, and more

Netgear has long been known for its networking and storage products, but the Arlo camera division is becoming a force to be reckoned with in its own right. The company saw good results from the release of Arlo Pro last year, and it's following that up with a second generation. The Arlo Pro 2 is going on sale now, and it's a bit more expensive than the previous Arlo Pro. The added cost gets you a resolution bump to 1080p, support for extra wired capabilities, and more.

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New Android Wear 2.0 features can now be delivered through the Play Store, no OTA required

Android Wear is entering a potentially critical time. Wear 2.0 hasn't been received nearly as well as might have been expected, with many observers understandably worrying for its future. Watches were conspicuously absent from Google's big hardware event last week, and the Google Store site refresh has removed all non-Google products, including LG's recently released Android Wear watches.

Wear fans could use some more good news to add to the recent announcement of the Oreo beta program for the LG Watch Sport, and it looks as though we have exactly that. Googler Hoi Lam took to Google+ yesterday to share some new information about future updates to Android Wear 2.0.

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Samsung Internet browser will get 'Smart Go Next' for better form navigation, also coming to Chrome

If you have an Android phone made by Samsung, there's a good chance you use the company's own web browser. Unlike many bundled browsers, Samsung Internet is built using the Chromium open source project, so it's pretty close in functionality to Google's Chrome, but better integrated with Samsung's wider ecosystem of apps. The developers of Samsung's browser are pretty quick to add new features, and the latest of these is a feature to help when filling out a form.

'Smart Go Next' is a relatively simple change, but one that could be very useful and save a lot of frustration.

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