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Google's advertising team craves your tears

Google's advertising team craves your tears

C'mon Google, you know the traditional way to collect tears from middle-aged fathers is just to play some Harry Chaplin. You didn't have to sit some video editor down and force them to make a minute-long piece of fictional yet relatable one-sided conversations between a dad and his teenage son. But here we are: happy Father's Day, I guess.

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The 100 best Prime Day deals we've found

The 100 best Prime Day deals we've found

It's almost here: Amazon Prime Day kicks off tomorrow, June 21. But you don't have to wait for deals! Pre-Prime Day sales abound, and there are actually some good discounts available today, on this Prime Day Eve. There aren't many smartphone or tablet deals just yet, though, and we anticipate we'll see a bunch more discounts on Amazon-branded hardware starting tomorrow. But in the meantime, here are a hundred (or so) of the best deals we've spotted this weekend.

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Weekend poll: What email service do you use?

Weekend poll: What email service do you use?

Following the expansion of Google's "Workspace" branding to encompass personal Gmail accounts, I've been thinking about the subject of email. Specifically, Gmail's almost total dominance in the personal email provider market. These days it's even a little weird to see someone with a personal Yahoo or iCloud address; Gmail is so prevalent. While I know our readers are likely to slant to the Googly-end of most product spectrums, I'm curious to know how many of our readers use other email services and which.

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Amazon is kicking everyone's butt in the streaming wars

Amazon is kicking everyone's butt in the streaming wars

When the Chromecast debuted back in 2013, it was a legitimate revolution: an incredibly cheap, incredibly simple gadget that let you send all the streaming video on your phone straight to your TV. But in the years since, Google has steadily lost ground in the set-top box market in pretty much every metric. The big winner at the moment is, indisputably, Amazon.

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Some of ANNKE’s most popular security cameras are 30% off through Prime Day

Some of ANNKE’s most popular security cameras are 30% off through Prime Day

Prime Day is almost here (it’s tomorrow, for anyone keeping score), and the deals are already flying left and right. Not to be outdone, ANNKE has released a list of 30%-off discounts for some of its 4K security cameras, color night vision security cameras, and more, available now through Wednesday, June 23. Read on for complete details.

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Google may have installed a COVID contact tracer app without permission, and people are pissed

Google may have installed a COVID contact tracer app without permission, and people are pissed

As an unfathomably large and powerful international corporation, it makes sense that people are generally wary of Google, in the same way that space truckers are wary of any boss that tells them to land on an alien planet and inspect unknown life signs. Some Massachusetts residents are feeling that way right now, after noticing that the state's official COVID contract tracing app was installed on their phones, allegedly without any alert or permission.

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Is the Samsung Galaxy A51 still a good buy in 2021?

Is the Samsung Galaxy A51 still a good buy in 2021?

When you're setting out to buy a phone, you've got two options: get a newly-released phone and pay the full price or get an older phone, probably with a better feature set, for the same price or lower. The Samsung Galaxy A51, like most Samsung phones, is more affordable than it cost last year — going as low as $230 — and this definitely begs the question of whether it's still worth buying in 2021.

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12 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (6/14/21 - 6/20/21)

12 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (6/14/21 - 6/20/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you're covered. This week I have the long-awaited arrival of Crypt of the NecroDancer, a fresh new solo card game from CD Projekt Red, and the official launch for the popular MMO RuneScape Mobile. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.

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Why the hell are Google's Nest cameras so expensive?

Why the hell are Google's Nest cameras so expensive?

By all appearances, I'm Google's perfect smart home customer. I'm already deeply invested in the Assistant ecosystem, I've got tons of smart displays and speakers, and as the new owner of a house, I'm constantly in the market for little ways to update and automate things. But as I'm currently shopping for a set of smart security cameras, Google's first-party Nest hardware is at the very bottom of my list — the prices are simply ridiculous.

In the wake of Wyze's success, and with a new Nest Cam lineup apparently planned, it's time for Google to rethink its smart security camera prices.

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9 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including Microsoft Edge Beta, Opera GX, and Expensify.cash (6/5/21 - 6/19/21)

9 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including Microsoft Edge Beta, Opera GX, and Expensify.cash (6/5/21 - 6/19/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. Today I have the arrival of Microsoft's beta version of the Edge browser, a new release from Opera designed for gamers, and a social money app from Expensify. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last two weeks.

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