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Chrome 79 rolls out new VR and AR capabilities to everyone, adds password checkup feature, and more

It has been three weeks since the last Chrome release, and right on schedule, Chrome 79 is now rolling out across desktop and mobile platforms. This isn't the largest update we've seen recently, but there are a few changes worth highlighting. Let's jump right in!

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New Google Assistant on Pixel 4 will soon support English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Singapore, and the UK (Update: Arriving)

Google's Assistant newest iteration, which launched with the Pixel 4, has a few tricks up its sleeve, but accessing it has been restricted by some draconian requirements. You need to have a Pixel 4 with gesture navigation, no G Suite account on the same user profile, and everything has to be set to US English. That last limitation will soon be lifted with five new English variants joining in.

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Get two Amazon Echo Flex smart speakers for just $35 ($5 off) at Amazon for a limited time

Amazon's tiny Echo Flex smart speakers are great because they can fit into areas where even the compact Echo Dot can't. That's because the Echo Flex simply plugs into any open wall outlets without blocking the other. After dropping the price from $25 to $20, Amazon is further sweetening the deal by selling two Echo Flex speakers for just $35 ($5 off) with a limited-use coupon.

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Save up to 45% on select Anker Soundcore Bluetooth speakers and headphones, today only on Amazon

Although we're now weeks beyond Black Friday, the holiday shopping season is still very much in full swing, and there are plenty of great deals to be had. To prove it, Anker has unleashed a swath of discounts on its Soundcore Bluetooth speakers, wireless headphones, and more for up to 45% off via Amazon. You'll have to act fast, though, because these deals are only available until the end of the day.

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Android 10 beta Galaxy S9 and Note9 iris scanners now support Google's new Biometric API

Samsung may have removed the iris scanner from its recent flagship devices like the Galaxy S10 and Note10, but it hasn't forgotten about it on earlier hardware. According to some Galaxy S9 and Note9 users in the Android 10 One UI 2.0 beta program, the company has updated the iris scanner in those phones to be compatible with Google's new Biometric API, a one-stop-shop for in-app user authentication.

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Google Podcasts introduces personalized episode recommendations

As far as podcast-listening clients go, Google Podcasts still lacks a fair amount of functionality when compared to the competition. Today, Google's taking a step towards doing something about that by adding a new feature that could encourage users to spend more time listening to and discovering podcast content within the app: personalized recommendations.

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Snag a 50" Sharp 4K Roku TV for $200 at Best Buy ($200 off) and get a free Nest Mini

Anyone in the market for a new TV might want to take a look at this offering from Best Buy. The company is discounting the 50” Sharp 4K Roku TV by $200 and including the highly reviewed Nest Mini for free.

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FCC proposes 988 as a new national number for suicide prevention hotline

One of the most vital services the government offers is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It runs around the clock every day of the year and is intended to help ease people from the critical distress they may be facing in a moment of need. But if you weren't able to use its web-based chat line, would you be able to dial its number (1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-273-TALK) by memory if you ever needed it? Chances being what they are, maybe not. That's part of why the FCC is proposing to use a new number, 988, as a redirect to the lifeline.

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Samsung Internet Browser introduces broader extension support, but only on Galaxy phones

Samsung Internet Browser is one of the few examples of OEM-designed apps that many people want to use over Google's equivalents. Ever since Samsung officially started supporting non-Galaxy phones, the browser has become one of the most popular for Android, thanks to its (minimal) extensions support, excellent dark mode, and fast Chromium-based core. Now the browser is adding support for even more types of extensions, but there are a few catches.

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Hold on to your butts: Samuel L. Jackson's voice coming to Alexa today

Back in September, Amazon announced that Samuel L. Jackson's voice would be coming to an Alexa speaker near you. As of today, that interminable wait is over, and for just $1 you can tell Alexa to answer all sorts of questions with the man himself — though, sadly, he can't help when it comes to lots of things.

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