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Third Oreo beta update now rolling out to Galaxy S8 and S8+

Samsung announced an Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ a few weeks ago and has been updating it pretty regularly since. A second beta was released a little over a week ago, and now a third one is out. There's only one truly new feature, but a lot of fixes are present.

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[Deal Alert] US unlocked Galaxy Note8 is $780 ($170 off), S8+ is $675 ($150 off), S8 is $575 ($150 off), Gear 360 (2017) is $163 ($67 off)

Samsung flagships aren't cheap, so some of you might have been waiting for Black Friday to score a deal on one of them. We're seeing discounts of $150 and up on the Galaxy Note8, S8+, and S8, as well as a healthy $67 discount on the Gear 360 (2017 Edition) at multiple retailers.

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Google Home can now directly control washers, dryers, vacuums, and dishwashers; also adds scene support

About a week ago, the smart home devices support page of Google Home was updated to add a host of new features that we hadn't heard about until then. We reached out to Google to get some information and we finally have a few answers to share with you.

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[Sweet Deal Alert] Samsung 64GB USB-C 3.1 flash drive is only $12.99 at Amazon and Best Buy

Some deals don't require you break your piggy jar or dig into the couch cushions for all the pennies you have lost. Take for example this Samsung flash drive. In September, we were happy when it was down to $23.99, and earlier this month we found it an awesome deal when it dropped further to $19.99. But now? Now it's just $12.99. How 'bout that?

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[Deal Alert] Get $50 off Samsung's Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro

Smartwatches are not as popular as they used to be, but of what's available right now, Samsung definitely has the best offerings. The recently-announced Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro have already seen a discount at various retailers, including Samsung's online store. You can get the proper watch for $249.99 and the Fit for $149.99, meaning that you can save $50 off either or both.

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VentureBeat: Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be shown off at CES 2018 in January

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ really don't seem that old, but the duo's about four months away from replacement. But according to VentureBeat's Evan Blass, the S9 and S9+ will be shown off at CES 2018 in January, which is only about two months away. They'll reportedly only sport minor revisions over the S8 family.

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Samsung Pay launches in Mexico

Our neighbor up north, Canada, has had Samsung Pay for some time now, though the service has only just begun to expand there. Now it's our southern neighbor's turn; the MST-based mobile payment service has just hit Mexico.

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Gear S3 Value Pack update brings UX changes, improved fitness tracking, and much more

Considered to be one of the better smartwatches available, and my personal favorite, the Samsung Gear S3 received a substantial update today. Dubbed "Value Pack," it brings both the Classic and the Frontier to Tizen 3.0.0.1, as well as a bunch of new stuff.

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[Deal Alert] Get $350 off Sprint and Verizon Galaxy Note8, S8, and S8+ over 24 months at Best Buy

Samsung's three flagship phones, the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note8, are fantastic phones. Unfortunately, they're also pricey, with some variants of the Note8 going over the scary thousand-dollar mark with taxes. If you're on Sprint or Verizon and you're in search of a new phone, Best Buy's latest $350 discount (over 24 months) on these devices may just be what you need.

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[Update: Details on lock codes] SmartThings app adds Scenes, fingerprint authentication, visitor lock codes, and more

One of the most requested features in the SmartThings app has been scene support. I'm new to the system, so I'm sure there were some enterprising solutions to the lack of scenes, but there wasn't any native and easy way to do it. That changes with the latest update to version 2.10 of the SmartThings app.

Scenes reside inside the My Home tab, next to Things and Rooms, and allow you to change multiple lights, switches, and devices to different presets to suit a certain mood. So if you're working, you can have the lights go all the way up but if you're watching a movie, they can be dimmed down.

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