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Some Pixel and Pixel XL owners experiencing failing microphones, Google recommends warranty replacements

When the customer threads over on the Google Support Forum start to get hundreds of replies deep, you know there's a serious problem afoot. This one is affecting the Pixel and Pixel XL, and apparently occurring to a large enough subset of owners that Google is taking its response more seriously than the usual bug. Owners are reporting complete failure of one or more of their microphones, sometimes causing a total audio input block, sometimes occasionally working with the camera app while recording video.

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Nest finally adds two-factor authentication

Nest recently announced that two-factor authentication is here, finally adding in the often asked for option of secondary security. There does appear to be one caveat in regard to this new security measure, but isn't there always?

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[Deal Alert] Grab a Wink Hub 2 for $80 when you order it through Alexa ($20 off)

We have an interesting deal for you today, courtesy of Wink and Amazon. You can get the Wink Hub 2 for $80, a savings of $20, if you order through Alexa. This sale is good starting today and goes through 9:00 AM PST next Wednesday (3/15). You will need Amazon Prime and an Alexa-enabled device to take advantage of this. To get going, just say "Alexa, order a Wink Hub."

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ML Manager makes extracting APKs from your device easy

There are plenty of reasons why you would want to extract APKs from your device. Maybe you want to back up an app or game that was taken off the Play Store, or you want to upload the latest Google app updates to APKMirror. There are about as many APK saving/extracting tools on the Play Store as malware-ridden flashlight apps, but ML Manager is probably the easiest one to use.

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Bloomberg says that Nest is working on a cheaper thermostat and some new home security products

If you've had your eye on a Nest thermostat, but couldn't pull the trigger because of the price, then this Bloomberg report might be of interest to you. Supposedly, a cheaper, sub-$200 thermostat is in the works and it could launch next year. Bloomberg's source also indicates some other new products, like a home alarm system, a digital doorbell, and an update to the Nest Cam, are in development, too.

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Time Warner will offer classic cartoon addicts an ad-free Boomerang subscription for $5 a month this spring

If were lucky enough to have cable TV back in the 90s (and you were around the right age and/or state of mind) you probably remember countless hours of Cartoon Network. The fledgling channel was nothing less than a classical education in the golden age of Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera shows. Eventually Cartoon Network filled up with its own original programming, but the classic shorts and Saturday morning cartoons moved over to a sister channel, Boomerang, which is still showing off the good stuff. Cord cutters don't get access to Boomerang, but that's about to change.

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[AP Exclusive Deal Alert] Get an LG V20 and a free LG 360 CAM for just $499.99 ($500 off) from B&H

These days, it's not too hard to find a good deal on a smartphone. Whether you purchase a new device from a carrier or retailer or a secondhand one off of eBay or Craigslist, there's usually a decent chunk of change that can be saved with just a few clicks around the web.

That being said, truly amazing deals are still pretty rare on occasions other than Black Friday or the like. We've got one here for you, though; B&H has exclusively partnered with Android Police to offer the unlocked LG V20, plus a free LG 360 CAM, for just $499.99 - a $500 savings over MSRP.

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ASUS ZenFone 3 ZE520KL and ZE552KL get their Nougat OTA updates

We're finally getting to the point where Nougat software updates are coming at a steady clip from manufacturers. ASUS is getting in a few for its midrange phone hardware - just last week we saw the ZenFone 3 Deluxe get its software update (that really should have come out in December at the latest). Now it's the non-deluxe model's turn, specifically the ZE520KL and ZE552KL variants. Those are the 5.2- and 5.5-inch versions of the unlocked GSM phone, if you haven't memorized the alphabet soup of those model numbers.

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Google brings Material Design to the Chrome extensions page

Google has been slowly adding some Material Design flair to various aspects of Chrome over the last few months. The latest to get the redesign is the extensions page, which transitions from a boring list to a nicer-looking series of cards.

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LG Watch Style second take: This will not save Android Wear

Android Wear has been in a holding pattern since last year when Google announced that it was delaying the release of Wear 2.0. After months of re-working the software, Google unveiled Wear 2.0 alongside the LG Watch Style and Watch Sport. The smaller of the two was the one I had pinned my hopes on, and I'm sure many of you did too. However, the announcement showed we were off to a bad start with the lack of features like NFC and a very small battery.

We've already reviewed the Watch Style once, but I've been using the device for a while and have some thoughts on it as well.

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