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Google says a fix has been identified for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL random reboots, will be rolling out 'in the coming weeks'

Quite a few people have been experiencing random reboots on their Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, and they've all been left to helplessly wait for the problem to be resolved. However, Google is saying that it's now identified a fix, though specifics weren't discussed.

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New Samsung battery tech could lead to 45% increased capacity and 5x faster charging

If there's one major technological limitation that's slowing progress in a number of areas, including smartphones, it's probably batteries. More efficient power delivery in smaller cells would no doubt lead to some interesting advancements, and there are plenty of academics and companies around the world working towards better battery tech. You hear about potential new breakthroughs all the time (taking most with a pinch of salt), but Samsung believes it may have come up with a promising new battery material.

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NVIDIA rolls out SHIELD Tablet upgrade 5.3 with KRACK fix

You have to hand it to NVIDIA—it's kept the SHIELD Tablet updated for more than three years now. That's about three years longer than most Android tablets. Today, the SHIELD Tablet is getting the 5.3 upgrade, which includes a few little bug fixes along with one big fix for the KRACK vulnerability.

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Lens in Google Assistant is rolling out widely on Pixel phones today

Google announced a few weeks ago that Lens was coming to Google Assistant, but the deployment would take some time. It's showed up sporadically for users since then, but it appears to be rolling out widely on Pixel phones today (in select markets). Open Assistant, and you may very well have the Lens button down at the bottom.

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[Update: New three-camera kit deal, some others still available] Deal alert: First-gen Arlo Pro with one camera is $50 off ($199), two camera kit is $70 off ($349)

We've covered Netgear's Arlo products on the site for a while. Back in January, Ryan reviewed the original Arlo Pro, and he came away mostly impressed. Now you can get the Arlo Pro with one camera for $50 off, and the Pro with two cameras for $70 off.

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[Update: X Performance joins the list] Android 8.0 Oreo now rolling out to Sony Xperia XZ and XZs

Sony's phones don't have a working fingerprint sensor in the US, have confusing names, and are almost always expensive. But software updates is where Sony really shines, and now the company is updating two more phones to Oreo.

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Burgundy Red Galaxy S8 is now available in Korea, will come to other markets soon

Samsung is no stranger to rolling out new colors for its phones even months after release. Most recently, the Note8 got an exclusive 'Deepsea Blue' color just for Best Buy. Now the older S8 is getting a unique color of its own: Burgundy Red.

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[Update: OTAs going out] Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 is now available for Pixel and Nexus devices

Google dropped the first developer preview for Android 8.1 last month, and now it's time for an update. The second dev preview build is now available for download via system images on the developer site. This is your chance to be on the bleeding edge of Android, but as usual, running beta software comes with some risks.

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[Deal Alert] Roku Ultra (2017) is just $84.99 ($15 off) on Amazon

Roku recently refreshed its entire hardware lineup, which obviously includes the Ultra. It's only been two months since the release, but for Cyber Monday, Amazon has slashed the price of the 2017 Ultra from $99.99 to $84.99. If you were looking to purchase a streaming device with Ethernet and microSD support, here's your in.

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uBreakiFix is Google's exclusive after-sales support partner for Pixelbooks in US and Canada

The Pixelbook is a good-looking laptop, but it's also an expensive one - not just for a Chromebook, but for a laptop in general. With prices maxing out at $1649, it'd really suck to have to try and find a repair outlet for this niche device. But just as it did for the Pixel and Pixel 2, Google has teamed up with repair chain uBreakiFix to offer exclusive after-sales support in the US and Canada.

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