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LG partners with former Nokia property HERE for autonomous vehicle information systems

LG Electronics announced a partnership today with HERE Technologies to create a new platform for self-driving cars' navigation systems and onboard sensors. The two companies plan to offer a "next-generation telematics solution for autonomous vehicles," combining the considerable digital mapping and navigation expertise of HERE with LG's communications technologies.

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Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to the LG V30 in Korea

One month ago, LG began a public beta test of Android 8.0 Oreo for the V30 in South Korea. The beta OTA was 1.2GB in size, and unfortunately did not include support for Project Treble. LG has announced that the final build is now rolling out to V30 owners.

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Google Home and Assistant still have some fun Christmas Easter eggs for you

Christmas is over, but if you're anything like us then the holiday spirit is still with you and you refuse to let it go this easily. If that's the case and you're still huddled indoors with family and kids, you might want to wish a Merry Christmas to your Google Home or to Assistant on your phone. The response, as is often the case with Google, will be a little, uhm, Easter egg.

There are a couple of so-so answers like wishing you had a Merry Christmas too and triggering the Santa tracker (screenshots below), but the more interesting ones are more elaborate than that.

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Android 8.0 Oreo in beta testing for Xiaomi Mi A1, enables fast charging support

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is undoubtedly one of the best budget phones you can buy right now, as long as you live somewhere where it is sold. It's Xiaomi's first Android One device, meaning it runs completely stock Android with no modifications. Xiaomi promised that it would receive Oreo by the end of 2017, and while the final update still isn't ready, some owners have been invited to a private beta test.

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'Smiles of 2017' video collage rolling out in Google Photos

The holidays give us a lot of reasons to smile. With Google Photos, you can even make sure that every one of those happy moments is saved and backed up online. And now you can enjoy looking back at all those happy moments over the last year in a new "Smiles of 2017" movie. 

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The OnePlus 5T's face unlock feature is coming to the OnePlus 5

One of the new features on the OnePlus 5T is face unlock, which works in a similar manner to the iPhone X's face unlock (though OP's implementation is less secure). OnePlus 5 owners already received an early Christmas present in the form of an Android Oreo update, but there is another addition in the works - face unlock support.

Carl Pei, Co-founder of OnePlus, tweeted the surprise announcement earlier today:

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Some apps like Words With Friends 2 can break the Pixel 2's 'Now Playing' music recognition

The Pixel 2 has been in and out of the news here for issues both major and minor, and today we have a somewhat humorous one. Apparently, it is possible for installed apps, like Words With Friends 2, to interfere with the "Now Playing" music recognition feature. Google is aware of the issue, though, and thankfully it's not that big a problem. 

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Video: The Galaxy Note8's OIS destroys the competition when it comes to vibrations

The Galaxy Note8 is undeniably one of the best smartphones on the market right now (though very expensive). It has Samsung's fantastic 'Infinity' AMOLED display, great battery life, and just about every feature you can cram into a smartphone. But there's one aspect of the Note8 that absolutely blows away the competition, which didn't receive much attention - its optical image stabilization.

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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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[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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