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Amazon purchases smart security camera company Blink

Home security company 'Blink' was founded in 2014, and currently sells a small connected security camera and a connected doorbell. We reviewed the camera a year ago, and while its ability to be powered with only AA batteries and low price made it an interesting proposition, the poor camera quality and lack of night vision hurt its usability.

In a surprise announcement, especially considering many companies are off for the holidays, Blink announced that it is being acquired by Amazon.

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Chrome 64 makes it easier to find the flags you changed

Chrome has a hidden 'flags' page, located at chrome://flags, where you can toggle various features and settings on and off. The page was redesigned not too long ago, but there's another helpful change now available in Chrome Beta, Dev, and Canary - the flags you manually enable or disable are now pushed to the top of the page.

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Meet the new guy: Jason Hahn

Season’s greetings. I’ve been hanging around for the past two months, so it seems time for a proper introduction: My name is Jason, obviously. I currently work in a corporate communications role during the week and enjoy the privilege of writing for this site Saturday and Sunday mornings. Some of my earliest memories of technology involve an IBM PS/2 and a Robie Junior. What brings me here is my fondness for the world of Android, which began when I soft-bricked my Nexus 5 in January 2014.

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[Deal Alert] Newegg is offering a second-generation Amazon Echo for $80 ($20 off), plus a $10 gift card

After the holidays are over, we're bound to see the deals swarm us once again. For now, though, you can take a breather and enjoy a few goodies. Newegg has the second-gen Amazon Echo for $79.99, a nice $20 off the MSRP. While this sale is not unheard of, the retailer is also offering an additional $10 gift card with your order, gratis. That's pretty good, all things considered.

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Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to Moto X4 Android One edition

The Moto X4 was released a few months ago, and there are two different versions of the phone (at least in the United States). The first is an Android One Edition with completely stock Android, and the second has Motorola's standard software changes. The former is now receiving an update to Android 8.0 Oreo, as many owners have confirmed.

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Nokia 2's metal design fares well in JerryRigEverything's durability tests

Watching Zack from JerryRigEverything break every new (major) phone that comes out has become something of a tradition. This time around, Zach dug into the Nokia 2, the new low-end Nokia smartphone from HMD Global. Being just $100 in the United States, you would expect the phone to be mostly plastic and easily broken, but that wasn't the case.

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Chrome Dev and Canary have a new video player, with YouTube's double-tap media controls

The video player on Chrome for Android has always closely mirrored (or looked identical to) the desktop Chrome video player. There's a play/pause button, a timeline, and whatever other controls the site has enabled (full-screen, volume, download, etc.). A brand new video player has appeared in Chrome Dev and Canary, with the same double-tap to fast-forward/rewind that the YouTube app added earlier this year.

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Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to Verizon Moto Z2 Force

Ever since Motorola was purchased by Lenovo, the company's quick updates have become a relic of the past. Motorola announced which phones would receive Android 8.0 Oreo back in August, and now it looks like the Verizon Moto Z2 Force is first to get Oreo.

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What We Use, 2017 Edition: The stuff Ryan can't live without

I spend my days writing about technology, and I spend much of my remaining time playing with it for fun. Consequently, I have a lot of nerdy stuff that's become integral to my life, and maybe you're interested in what it all is. It's been almost two years since I did a "what we use" post, and a lot has changed. My preferred phones are different, of course, but I've fallen deep down the mechanical keyboard rabbit hole, too. Events have also conspired against me to require that I build a new desktop computer. Here are all the things (mostly keyboards) that I can't live without.

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Switching to the iPhone, part three: Everything I hate about the iPhone X

I look at my phone. It vibrates. It asks for my password.

This is the single most annoying experience I have on a regular basis with the iPhone X. Face ID is at once pretty good and absolutely infuriating. The iPhone X is, as a result, the most frustrating smartphone I have used in recent memory. The iPhone X is also pretty great, but when it rubs me the wrong way, it really rubs me the wrong way.

Switching to the iPhone hasn't been without annoyances and sacrifices. In fact, it's come with quite a few, if I'm going to be honest with you about it.

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