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Google Assistant on Pixel 2 is not detecting voice input through Bluetooth headphones

Most owners of OG Pixels can attest that Bluetooth on those devices is not the best. We've written a fair few articles about the various issues over the past year, but with the launch of the new Pixels we were hopeful that Google might have improved things somewhat. While Bluetooth performance so far does seem to be more consistent, we've just learned about one particularly annoying bug that Pixel 2 owners have uncovered.

According to the many posters on this Pixel User Community thread, when you connect Bluetooth headphones to a Pixel 2 or 2 XL and activate the Google Assistant, it makes a sound to indicate that it's listening but doesn't detect your voice.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung SmartThings Hub, Kit, and accessories are up to 50% off

A few months ago, I caved in and graduated from the Wink Hub v2 to a SmartThings Hub v2 when the latter's price went down to $49.99. I've been a happy camper since. I managed to move my GoControl door/window sensors and motion detector to SmartThings, I connected my LiFX bulbs, I've hooked it up to IFTTT and Google Home, and I'm looking forward to tinkering with a few user-generated SmartApps to connect my Netatmo cam and Nuki smart lock. The possibilities are a lot more wide with SmartThings and I'm quite pumped to see a few deals on their products now.

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PayPal launches "Money Pools" to collect money from groups of people

PayPal has launched a new crowdfunding-type service called Money Pools, which enables users to set a fundraising goal, and share a page describing the nature of the fundraiser with friends. PayPal suggests using money pools for group gifts, planning trips, special events like baby showers, or collecting money for someone in need. Chances are it will be used predominately for the latter, as almost half of the $2 billion raised on GoFundMe has been for medical expense fundraisers. Pages can be shared through email, social media, or messaging apps.

The payment processing is handled securely, as is to be expected from PayPal.

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[Deal Alert] Sony's Extra Bass XB950B1 and XB950N1 wireless headphones are 50% off

Sony has released a lot of over-ear headphones in the past year, but who are we to judge its product management division? Especially when it benefits us greatly in that relatively new products get really nice discounts because a slightly newer version is on the market. That's the case with the XB950B1 and XB950N1 headphones. Only announced in January at CES, these two headphones geared toward the bass-loving crowd can be controlled with the Headphones Connect app to choose different listening modes, have Bluetooth, NFC, and a 3.5mm input in case the battery dies. They also have 40mm drivers and LDAC support.

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Football Manager Mobile 2018 is now available for Android

The Football Manager series (formally Championship Manager) is one of the most enduring video game franchises around. The management sim is entrenched in football culture (soccer, if you're on the other side of the pond). You can't talk about a promising young footballer in the pub without one of your friends claiming "I knew he was going to be good; I bought him on Football Manager a couple of years ago."

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B&O introduces the compact Beoplay M3 speaker with Chromecast and Airplay, at $299

Bang and Olufsen (B&O) makes some high-end audio products. Some would say overpriced, some would argue that the design, materials, and audio quality justify the premium price tag. B&O's latest venture into streaming speakers is reminiscent of Sonos, but the company is being more open about its connectivity standards. As an example, the newly announced Beoplay M3 speaker supports Chromecast (thus Google Assistant/Home), Airplay, Bluetooth, and Beolink Multiroom, so you can choose whichever protocol works best for you.

The M3 is the most compact speaker in B&O Play's Connected Audio line-up. It follows the design language of the M5 by featuring premium aluminum and fabric with exchangeable front covers.

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[Deal Alert] DJI Mavic Pro is just $899.99 ($100 off), $1144 with Fly More bundle ($155 off) from Amazon

DJI has been a leading name in drones for some time, with a large lineup with entries at various price points. We've actually reviewed the more budget-oriented DJI Spark and found it to be a great product overall. But if you're looking for something a little more upscale, the Mavic Pro is being discounted in anticipation of Black Friday.

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[Update: Swag and discount included, plus ticket sales being donated] $40 will buy you a ticket to the OnePlus 5T launch event in Brooklyn on November 16th (and more)

As enthusiasts, we enjoy watching livestreams to learn about the latest devices as live events are happening. But if you had the opportunity to actually attend such an event, would you pay to go? You might want to ask yourself this question, as OnePlus will be offering tickets to its OnePlus 5T unveiling on November 16th in Brooklyn, New York for $40 a pop.

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[Deal Alert] Bose QC25 noise-canceling headphones are down to $179 ($100 off) at several retailers

Bose's beloved QuietComfort 35 may already have a successor, the QuietComfort 35 II, but the company has still been selling the wired QC25 for quite some time. At $279, it appeals to a slightly different market than the $349 QC35 (II). But for the impending Black Friday deals, the company has dropped prices by $100 to just $179 at quite a few retailers.

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T-Mobile's new app tells you if a phone supports Extended Range LTE and VoLTE

T-Mobile has been moving aggressively to expand its network over the last few years. A major component of that push has been rolling out new LTE bands. How can you know if a phone has support for those bands? There's now an official T-Mobile app to help you figure it out.

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