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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Winter 2018)

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Sony Xperia XA2 is $220 ($30 off), XA2 Ultra is $280 ($120 off) at B&H

If you're in the market for an affordable phone that's guaranteed to get some sweet Android 9 Pie action, have we got a pair of deals for you. Both the Sony Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra are on sale at B&H, and both are scheduled to get an update to the newest version of Android this spring.

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Anki's friendly Vector robot is getting Alexa support December 17

Anki's Vector robot launched in October. The little guy is certainly cute, and it's always had a useful trick or two; it can tell you the temperature outside or set timers, for example. But starting next week in the US and Canada, Vector is getting a whole lot more practical with the addition of Alexa functionality.

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Google Maps now features Lime bike and scooter transit in 13 cities

The shareable scooters and bikes from Lime have taken over dozens of cities around the world. You've probably seen them yourself, sometimes being ridden and other times discarded like trash. Now, Google Maps will help you find Lime bikes that haven't been dumped in a lake. Lime is now a Google Maps transit option in 13 cities.

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Get a Samsung Gear S3 Frontier for $200 ($100 off) from B&H

As far as smartwatches go, Samsung is still one of the best options to go with. Though the Galaxy Watch is new kid on the block, its predecessor the Gear S3 is still a very competent, and downright good, wearable. And you can pick up the Frontier version for just $199.99 over on B&H, a nice $100 off.

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Google Family Link arrives for all Chromebooks, brings a suite of parental control options

With technology ingrained in every facet of our lives, or so it seems, parenting has come with a new set of challenges on top of the ones that were already there. Managing your children's screen time is one of them, and Google is here to help you with that — Family Link is rolling out to Chromebooks on the stable channel (i.e. most of them).

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Honor View10 is down to $380 ($120 off) on Amazon and B&H

The Honor View10 is one of Huawei's best phones from this year. It's priced like a mid-range phone, but it has a flagship-level Kirin 970 processor and other high-end hardware. The phone has once again gone on sale, this time for $379.99 ($120 off).

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Google Wallpapers passes 100 million Play Store downloads

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Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Pro review: Putting OnePlus on notice

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is a jack of all trades. It makes a variety of connected gadgets, including TVs, toothbrushes, scooters, and even kettles. Yet, we know it mostly as a smartphone maker, and it’s now the fourth-largest in the world. It’s reached those lofty heights thanks to a simple promise: quality hardware at rock-bottom prices, and its flagship Mi 8 lineup is a prime example of that.

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Google testing new Cast UI for Chrome, with new icons and a source toggle

The original function of the Chromecast was to mirror a Chrome tab to your TV. Even though it's hardly ever used for that purpose anymore, now that most media services support native casting, the feature has always left room for improvement. Google is now testing a new Cast interface for Chrome, with updated device icons and a source toggle.

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Chrome for Android is getting a shortcut to close all tabs

If you rack up a bunch of tabs in Chrome's Android app, closing them is — well, it's not hard, but it's mildly less convenient than it could be. But not for long! Chrome Story has spotted evidence that the browser's tab overview screen will soon have a button to close all your open tabs.

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