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Amazon's Echo Spot was released today and it's already on backorder

The new Echo Spot was first announced back at the end of September, along with a host of related Echo devices like the Echo Plus, Echo Buttons, and Fire TV 4K. At the time, all you could do was place a pre-order. But today is the official release, and although the Echo Spot is now formally available for $129.99, it's already backordered until well after Christmas. 

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Facebook will use facial recognition technology to alert you when you show up in someone's photo

Everyone has a camera in their pocket now, and they all have places to post those photos on the internet. If you're a little sensitive about how often you show up in pics on the internet, Facebook has a new privacy tool that may interest you. Using facial recognition technology, Facebook can alert you to any photos in which you're visible regardless of whether or not you've been tagged.

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Android 8.0 Oreo beta is now available for Nokia 6

Since its revival by HMD, Nokia has garnered a reputation of clean software and quick updates for itself, and it seems to be holding on to that. About a week after releasing the Oreo beta for the Nokia 5, the Finnish company has done the same for the larger Nokia 6.

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The OnePlus 5T Star Wars edition sports an elaborate Easter egg featuring R2-D2

It's not uncommon to see an Easter egg in a movie, but there aren't nearly as many instances of this in movie-branded products. But the folks over at OnePlus decided to have a little fun with the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition, throwing a pretty elaborate Easter egg into the box of every Star Wars version.

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[Deal Alert] Arlo Pro 2 discounts include $100 off four-cam kit ($700), $30 off two-cam kit ($450), and $20 off single cam ($200)

For anyone looking for extra peace of mind at home, you could do worse than install a home security camera system. It's not a cheap endeavor by any means, but if you can afford to do it, there are genuine benefits to be had. Netgear's range of Arlo Pro cameras are among the best in the business, and right now it's possible to pick up its second-generation hardware at a tidy price.

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Reddit adds mods tools and improved visual experience in major app update

Reddit users have countless options for mobile apps (not literally countless, but so many I didn't bother counting), with all manner of variations for experiencing "the front page of the internet" on a smartphone. Now, Reddit itself is making a stronger play to bring users over to its official client app, announcing a slew of new features for both its Android and iOS apps, addressing the needs of moderators and improving the way users experience visual content.

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Instagram has opened an alpha program for its Android app, and here's how you can enroll in it

If you like seeing lots of pictures of food, puppies, nature, and more on a daily basis, chances are that you know what Instagram is. And since you're reading a tech site, chances are that you're eager to try the latest and greatest features before anyone else. Well, we have good news for you: Instagram has opened an alpha program for its Android app, and here's how to enroll.

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[Deal Alert] Anki's Cozmo and Overdrive are down $50-55 on Amazon (about 30% off)

Did you forget to buy a gift for that one relative's kid? Think, think again. Did you gamble on a different toy that may never get delivered in time for Christmas or did you purchase another gift only to realize that it isn't exactly what it said it would be or what the child wanted? Or maybe did you forget to gift yourself something fun for the holidays? There's still time to save Christmas and save some bucks in one go.

Three of Anki's products are discounted on Amazon by $50 to $55, practically making them a third-off compared to the MSRP.

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[Deal Alert] Bose QuietComfort 25 ANC headphones are $169 on Amazon ($130 off MSRP)

Active noise cancelling headphones are awesome for work, travel, commutes, and zoning out when you're exercising or simply sitting at home and trying to relax. If you don't want to shell out a lot for the wireless kind or you don't like audio over Bluetooth, you can grab a pair of Bose's older wired ANC headphones for their lowest price ever: the Quiet Comfort 25 for Android devices are down to $169 on Amazon now.

These use an AAA battery for noise cancellation and pump your audio over a wired cable, which is compatible with Android in this version. That means the playback controls, volume buttons and mic should work without an issue on Android phones.

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Facebook's Messenger Lite app hits the 100 million installs milestone

Many who've used Facebook's main or messaging apps over the years will be acutely aware of how resource and data-hungry they can be. Messenger Lite was a welcome addition when it was released on the Play Store back in October 2016, as it promised to solve both of those issues. The only problem at the time was that it was only launched in emerging markets.

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