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Pixel 2 XL undergoes JerryRigEverything testing, fares better than Pixel 2

Google's Pixel 2 and 2 XL have a lot in common, but they aren't just larger and smaller versions of the same hardware like last year. Thus, fans of JerryRigEverything have been calling for a followup test after the Pixel 2 narrowly averted complete failure in the recent stress test. Well, here it is: the Pixel 2 XL has met the blade, the flame, and the bend. It went better this time.

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TicHome Mini review: A worthy portable Google Home Mini alternative, as long as you don’t mind paying double

Google introduced the Assistant SDK back in April, making it possible for third parties to build the digital companion into their devices. Sure enough, at IFA 2017 in Berlin back in August, the first Google Assistant-enabled speakers were announced, due to hit the market this fall. There are now several different options from a range of manufacturers, and they cover various use cases and price points.

Other Google Home alternatives with better speakers have also been announced by the likes of Sony and Panasonic. For those on a tighter budget there’s also the Zolo Mojo from Anker. And before that has even gone on sale, Google itself launched the Google Home Mini.

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System-level dictation is coming to Chrome OS as an accessibility feature

Lately, our dear leader Artem has been preaching the usefulness of Google Docs' dictation feature, which allows you to transform your speech into words. However, to use it, he's had to constantly have a Google Doc open. But according to a code change request, Chrome OS will soon have this functionality built into the system as an accessibility feature. (Too bad Artem doesn't often use a Chromebook.)

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Google makes Pixel battery life estimates more accurate with personalized on-device model

If you own a Pixel and you've noticed that your battery life estimates have gotten more accurate in the past few days, that's not a coincidence. A Google product manager made an announcement yesterday regarding the new, smarter way that your Pixel will calculate your remaining battery life.

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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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Google's Black Friday deals are live, here's a roundup of what's on offer

Thanksgiving is a great time of year to stock up on all kinds of discounted products, but technology is usually where the best deals can be found. Thanks to Amazon's keen price reducing policies around this time of year, Google has no choice but to follow suit, and the competition is great for us consumers. Offers on Google products are available at various retailers, so let's round them up.

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[Deal Alert] Get 20% off Ticwatch E and S Android Wear watches, 40% off Assistant-enabled TicHome Mini speaker

Sales, sales, sales everywhere. For 1 to 2 weeks every year, the entire world becomes a huge bargain bin where some sales are a little more enticing than the others. I think this one falls in the former category: Mobvoi is having some discounts on its Android Wear smartwatches and TicHome Mini speakers.

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Here are Google Play's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals

The discount madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is almost upon us, so it's probably a good time to take a look at what Google Play is offering. There are offers in every category on the Play Store, including movies, apps, games, music, TV, and books. These deals will be available through the end of Monday 27th November in most territories.

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[Deal Alert] Get up to $150 off JBL gear, including $40-50 off new Link Assistant speakers

Tis the season for deals and today there's more to be thankful about if you love great sound and even better features. One of our favorite audio brands, JBL, is having a big discount on many of its speakers. This includes small and more significant discounts on long-time Bluetooth favorites like the Clip 2 ($30 off), Charge 3 (a neat $60 off), Flip 4 ($20 off), and Xtreme ($150 off, half-price), but also really cool discounts on the newly announced streaming speaker range.

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[Deal Alert] You can net a Google Home Mini for $4 with the Google Express $25 Walmart promo

Some deals are nice, some are great, and some like this one can be a little too good. Remember that promotion Google Express had with Walmart, where if you buy a Google Home or Home Mini through the retailer you can get $25 off your next purchase on Walmart via Google Express? Well, that promo is still live and works with the already discounted $29 Home Mini and $79 Home.

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