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Assistant voice command lets you take a screenshot and instantly gets it ready for sharing

Assistant's history with screenshots is long and fraught with complications. First, Now on Tap added a screenshot option, then it was removed and re-added when it was renamed to Screen Search, and when the Assistant came, the screenshot option was nowhere to be found but it was added again through Assistant's What's on my screen feature. But it looks like Google has made it even easier to take a screenshot and it no longer requires special know-how.

Simply say or type, "take a screenshot," in Google Assistant, and the nice lady will reply with, "OK, taking a screenshot, touch to continue." The screenshot will appear in the background and the sharing menu will automatically show on top of it.

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This home robot integrates with Amazon's Alexa and costs $2800

Robots are cool and, when designed and executed properly, robots can be quite endearing and awesome. But at $2800 a pop with very little added benefits, this one is definitely straddling the line to absurd territory.

Announced at IFA by QIHAN Technology (apparently a company specialized in AI and robotics), the Sanbot Nano is a 2.7 feet tall (848mm) robot that tries hard to look like a little kid. It has rotating head and arms, and is decked with sensors (IR, PIR, obstacle detection, touch sensor), 7 microphones, 250 lights, 2 tweeters and a subwoofer, a 3D camera, and a 10.1" touchscreen display.

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[Updated] IFTTT adds channels for MyQ garage door opener, Neato robot vacuums, and WD's new My Cloud Home NAS

IFTTT is a godsend solution for people who use different services and platforms and wish they could make them work better together. The idea of tying triggers from one device to actions on another is especially practical in the smart home, and even more so when you can use Google Home to control all those devices through IFTTT even if they don't have direct Assistant integration - yet.

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Nest announces the Thermostat E with a cleaner design and lower price

Nest has long had the lead in smart thermostats, and it's looking to continue its dominance by enticing a different set of consumers to pick up a Nest thermostat. It's doing that with the Nest Thermostat E, which drops the full LCD display on the front, but keeps most of the features that have made the Nest so successful. It's also cheaper, which is what most people will care about.

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LG officially unveils the V30, with 6-inch FullVision P-OLED display, dual cameras, and a Snapdragon 835

Today at IFA 2017 in Berlin, LG announced the V30, its latest flagship phone. In the looks department, it follows closely in the footsteps of the G6, the company’s other premium offering from earlier in the year, and very much adheres to the current trend for minimal bezels and a large screen. Gone is the niche secondary display of its predecessor. This is a phone that clearly wants to be taken more seriously by mainstream consumers.

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LG V30 first impressions: A bigger and very noticeably better G6

I'll cut to the chase: if your primary concern with the LG G6 was that it simply didn't seem like a proper flagship phone, I can safely assure you that the new V30 is. Its 6" QHD+ OLED display finally brings LG smartphones into the OLED era, though I do have my concerns with this screen even having only used the phone for under a day. The Snapdragon 835 processor is the best chipset Qualcomm has on offer, so that's an easy sell, and LG's included its Quad DAC in all models of the V30 for maximum audiophile authority (I, for one, am pleased the V30 has a headphone jack at all).

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Amazon Prime Video returns to the US Play Store

For a while now, the Android app for Amazon's Prime Video streaming service was unavailable to download in the United States. At least from the Play Store, that is - the only official means of downloading it was through the Amazon Underground app. But now it seems the app has returned to the Play Store.

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Rounded Chrome Home interface rolling out to some Chrome Dev/Canary users

Google's experimental 'Chrome Home' interface first appeared nearly a year ago, but at the time, the feature only moved Chrome's address bar to the bottom of the screen. It became a full revamp of Chrome's UI in March, by changing the New Tab Page and adding a bottom navigation bar. Earlier this month, the 'Modern layout for Chrome Home' flag showed up, which made the Chrome Home interface more round.

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[Update x2: Even more models] Chromebooks from ASUS, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, and others get the Play Store

It's taking a while, but Google is delivering on its promise to add the Play Store to all Chromebooks made in 2017 and beyond. Over a dozen models received Android app support this summer, but only in the Chrome OS Beta Channel. Three more models now have the Play Store in Chrome OS Stable, meaning owners don't have to switch to a less-stable version of Chrome OS to use Android apps.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished 32GB Google Pixel XL for $409.99 at Daily Steals with our exclusive $40 off coupon

I know, I know. Usually, we don't do deals on refurbished phones. But this is a really excellent one. Right now you can grab a 32GB refurb Pixel XL for just $409.99 over at Daily Steals thanks to our exclusive $40-off coupon. That's a savings of $359 compared to a new unit from Google, an insane 46% off. Even better, for every phone bought, Daily Steals will donate a dollar (up to 10K) to help those struggling in Texas in the wake of the recent disaster. 

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