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Ring announces new security cameras and lights, promises Ring Alarm system will ship soon

Ring is on hand at CES to talk about some new products, as well as offer some updates on previously announced devices. The company has a raft of new cameras and lights, including some products that resulted from its acquisition of smart lighting firm Mr. Beams. There's also news on the delayed security system. Ring Alarm (yes, that's a different name) will ship soon.

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Google allegedly testing Russian support for Assistant

Google Assistant currently supports English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. As you may have noticed, Russian is one of the many languages missing. The 150+ million native speakers represent a huge potential market for Google, and now it looks like the company is Russian (heh) to add support for the language to Assistant.

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[Update: rolling out to G Suite customers] Google Calendar on the web finally moves to Material Design

Google unveiled Material Design all the way back in 2014 (has it really been that long?). At the time, the company promised that it would use that design language across all its products, on mobile and desktop. It has taken a while for Google to deliver on that claim, at least for its desktop apps and websites.

One of the major holdouts was the Google Calendar web app, which has changed very little over the past few years. Back in May, Google announced during a G Suite presentation that Calendar would receive a redesign in Q4 2017. Then in August, the interface began a limited rollout, but it was never fully released.

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Asus ZenFone Max Plus coming to North America with 4,130mAh battery and 'full-view display'

Asus sure does like its superlatives. Case in point, the 'ZenFone Max' wasn't good enough, so now there's a ZenFone Max Plus. The "Plus" means it's better, but better how? This one pairs a big battery with an 18:9 screen for a more modern look. It's coming to North America soon for a very competitive price.

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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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