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

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[Update: APK Download] Google Fit gets a home screen widget and improved activity tracking in latest update

Google says it has been paying attention to your feature requests since the redesigned Fit app was launched in the summer and it has a new update just in time for the holidays — ready for you to watch the pounds pile on thanks to yet another leftover-turkey sandwich your body didn't ask for.

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Google Keep gets expanded canvas for hand-drawn notes [APK Download]

Google Keep is getting a small update today on both Android and the web, but it's an important one if you use hand-drawing notes a lot. From now on, you won't be constrained to a single screen for your drawing — instead, Keep will add more space at the bottom of the note so you can keep going.

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Liven up conversations with AvatarMoji from CooTek's TouchPal Keyboard [Sponsored Post]

Animated emoji can be a lot of fun, but they usually rely on advanced camera tracking software that is only available on a handful of devices — until now. CooTek just added the ability to create animated emoji (using a picture of your face) to TouchPal Keyboard, and the feature even works on all Android and iOS devices.

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Android 9 Pie arrives on the OnePlus 5 and 5T with Open Beta 20/22

It has taken OnePlus a bit longer than expected to bring Android 9 Pie to the OnePlus 5 and 5T, but the wait is over — if you're willing to use beta releases, anyway. Open Beta 22 for the OnePlus 5 and Beta 20 for the 5T are now available, which are based on Android Pie.

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The new Kindle Paperwhite is $30-40 off ($100-$120) right now

Amazon makes the best e-readers around — mostly because Barnes & Noble hasn't refreshed its Nook lineup in years (excluding the recent LCD tablet) and Google never entered the market. New models of the Kindle Paperwhite arrived a few months ago, and now they're on sale for the first time.

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[Update: Granted bail] Canada arrests Huawei's Chief Financial Officer, China warns 'grave consequences'

Two days ago, Canadian police arrested the chief financial officer of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, following an extradition request by the United States government. Wanzhou was arrested for allegedly covering up Huawei's links to a company that tried to sell equipment to Iran — a country under trade sanctions by the United States.

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V-MODA's Crossfade Wireless headphones are just $115 on Amazon ($50 off)

Less than a month ago, we posted about V-MODA's Crossfade Wireless headphones dropping to $99 in refurbished guise. Today's deal is slightly pricier at $114.99, but I'm sure that many of you would rather pony up an extra $16 to get a brand-new set. I know I would, at least.

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Dead Zebra's Android mini holiday ornaments go on sale December 12 at 11AM ET

The Android faithful will know that Andrew Bell's Dead Zebra has long made various Android vinyl figures. They look like businessmen, skeletons, astronauts, and all kinds of neat stuff. Never before has there been a holiday ornament version, though. Dead Zebra will sell you a special edition Android mini ornament tomorrow (December 12).

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Android Police's 2018 Smartphone of the Year is the OnePlus 6T

Android Police often does picks for our top smartphones of any given year - and you can see those phones right here in our 2018 “Most Wanted” article. But this year, we’ve decided to single out one device for attention in particular. The smartphone we thought did most to change the game. To go above and beyond competitors and offer a unique and compelling experience to buyers. And, crucially, that we felt constituted a reasonable value in doing so (that’s not to say it needed to be inexpensive, but that its price was justifiable).

After the editorial staff cast its votes, a winner emerged: the OnePlus 6T - narrowly beating out the Pixel 3.

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The high-end Google Pixelbook (Core i7/512GB) is just $1,275 ($374 off) on Amazon, extra 10% discount for Prime Student members

The vast majority of Pixelbook buyers out there won't need a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage, but if you're one of the few who do, you're in luck. Amazon is currently offering the highest-end Pixelbook for just $1,275, a discount of $374 from the $1,649 MSRP.

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