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Samsung shows off 2018 Family Hub fridge with Bixby and SmartThings, and 146-inch 'The Wall' TV at CES

Samsung unveiled its first Family Hub fridge back in 2016, and the concept of a 'smart refrigerator' hasn't become any less ridiculous since then. Still, the company made a sequel last year, so people must be buying them. The third-generation model was unveiled at CES, along with an insane 146-inch TV that Samsung calls 'The Wall.'

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Insteon products will now work with the Google Assistant

There's a familiar refrain from the readers here at AP every time another smart home solution gets Assistant integration: what about Insteon? Though it might not be quite so well-known as other smart home hubs, Insteon's products have a loyal following. And now that last final complaint has been addressed, as the company has added Google Assistant support to its Insteon Hub.

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Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra feature Snapdragon 630, rear fingerprint sensors, Android 8.0 Oreo, and more; L2 also announced

Sony seems serious about improving its smartphone game. The Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra, despite having interesting camera setups and not-terrible pricing, were let down by the lacks of a Snapdragon processor and a fingerprint sensor. The XA2 and XA2 Ultra, which were leaked a few days ago, fix that with a Snapdragon 630 and a rear-mounted scanner. Also announced was the budget-oriented Xperia L2, which sports a rear fingerprint sensor as well.

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iHome makes a suspiciously familiar Google Assistant-powered smart bedside speaker

iHome still, in fact, exists, and just today at CES the company announced a new Google Assistant powered speaker. With a built-in clock and alarm, it's meant to be a smart bedside companion. Although it won a CES 2018 Innovation Award, the new iGV1 pretty much just looks like a sawn-off Google Home with a clock on the front.

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Google unifies its payment platforms under the new 'Google Pay' branding

Google offers various ways to pay for things on devices and the web, and all these transactions fall into one of several products buckets. It's a bit confusing, but Google is streamlining its payment branding today with the launch of Google Pay. Android Pay, Google Wallet, and even Chrome autofill payment info will be unified under this brand. As for when—this is happening right now. Some people already see hints of Google Pay on their devices.

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Asus announces Chromebox 3 at CES, with 8th gen Intel Core chip and USB Type-C

While they might be less attractive than a full-fledged Chromebook, desktop computers running Chrome OS have their uses. The Asus Chromebox has been among the best in that form factor, and the company took to CES 2018 to announce a third generation of the device, alongside some other small form factor computing solutions.

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Gourmia cooks up the kitchen of the future with five new Assistant-compatible appliances

2018 is shaping up to be the year of the voice assistant, and Gourmia wants to bring that magic to all the dumb appliances in your kitchen. The company has five new products it's Google-ified, covering a broad range including the nebulously titled "Kitchen Machine" down to more pedestrian coffee maker and sous vide. Whether it's your kitchen fantasy or gustatory dystopia, Gourmia is bringing one vision of the future to meal-prep. 

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[Update: Winners, but the sale goes until 1/10] We're giving away 30 CHOETECH USB-C to HDMI video cables (a $20 value each) and offering a 50% discount to everyone else [All countries]

The magic of USB-C is its versatility, meaning it can be simple to use your phone or computer's USB-C port for more than just charging and the occasional data transfer. Of course, sometimes the device you want to connect to doesn't have a USB-C port. This weekend's giveaway allows you to use a host device with USB-C to stream video up to 4K and 60Hz refresh rate over HDMI.

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[Update: More titles] Razer publishes an official list of 120Hz-optimized Android games

One of the aspects David heavily praised about the Razer Phone when he tried it is the 120Hz display. But what good is a high refresh rate when you can't take advantage of it to the max? After all, gaming is the one major aspect Razer built this display for and it'd be good to know how it can best be utilized.

That's why Razer has published a list of all the 120Hz-optimized games on its site so you can check those out to see the full benefits of the display in action. You can check the list out at the source link below, or for convenience's sake, I've also included it here.

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Canary announces $99 Canary View security camera, plus new Package Detection feature and Alexa integration

Smart home security cameras are very much in vogue these days. From Amazon's Cloud Cam to Nest's assorted cameras, it's a popular and growing market. Canary might not be quite so big as its competitors, but it offers affordable alternatives in the wake of its crowdfunding campaign back in 2013. The newest home security camera in the Canary lineup is the $99 Canary View. In addition to this new hardware, Canary has also announced an AI-based Package Detection feature and skill integration with Amazon's Alexa. 

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