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

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All tech products on eBay are 10% off, everything else is 15% off (today only)

Between the recent Google Express 15% off sale and eBay's repeated site-wide coupons, there have been some great deals this holiday season. If you're not done shopping yet, eBay just released another coupon. 'PICKUPSALE' takes 10% off all tech products, and 15% off everything else.

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Dell's Inspiron Chromebook 14 has dropped to $450 ($150 off) at Best Buy

Our review of Dell's latest Chromebook, the Inspiron 14 2-in-1, was published earlier today. The regular price of $599 is a little steep for the specifications you get, but it has just gone on sale. Now you can get the Inspiron Chromebook for $449.99 at Best Buy — a $150 discount from the MSRP.

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ASUS ROG Phone review: A few stumbles can't stop this gaming-phone heavyweight

Smartphones have achieved the ridiculous level of market penetration they have thanks in no small part to their universal utility: While in the not-too-distant past you might have carried around a separate MP3 player, game console, PDA, flashlight, and any number of other accessories in addition to your cell phone, having all this functionality baked into one device is what helps make the general-purpose smartphone so appealing. But lately we've been seeing the emergence of more specialized phones, and easily the most visible segment there has been hardware targeted at gamers. Today we're looking at just how successful one of those efforts has been, as we review the ASUS ROG Phone.

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30 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including Hummingbird, Cover, and Radeon ReLive for VR (12/1/18 - 12/15/18)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. This week I have an AI curated news feed app from Microsoft, a secure gallery app, and a new virtual reality game streaming app from AMD that works with standalone Daydream devices. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last two weeks.

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Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 (7486) review: Finally, a big Chromebook with good hardware

For reasons unknown to me, most Chromebooks larger than 13 inches usually have extremely low-end hardware. The 14-inch Asus Chromebook C423 has a dreadful Intel Celeron N3350 processor, and the Acer Chromebook 15 has a slightly better Pentium N4200 CPU. If you've been waiting for a big Chromebook with decent hardware, Dell might have the laptop for you.

The 'Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1' is pricier than most other large Chrome OS laptops, with an MSRP of $599, but it also has the hardware to justify that price — a latest-gen Intel Core i3 processor, a 14-inch 1080p IPS screen, 4GB of memory, and a backlit keyboard.

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How to hide, favorite, and share photos from your Google Home Hub (and other Smart Displays)

One of the best uses of the Google Home Hub, or any another Smart Display (Lenovo's or the JBL Link View), is as a smart digital photo album. I've already shared with you the steps to set this up plus tips to make the most of Live Albums, but there are a few new hidden capabilities that make it easier to interact with the photos once they're showing on your Smart Display. In this post, I'll explain how you can ask where and when a photo was taken, add it to your favorites, hide it, and share it directly with one of your contacts.

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Android Messages can now send calendar files, in case you ever want to do that

I don't think anyone anywhere has ever said the phrase, "Let me text you that calendar file." Perhaps it was commonplace practice before the era of Google Calendar and other cloud-synced tools, but it's hard to see a case for texting calendars in 2018. Still, someone at Google must have thought that functionality would be useful, because it just arrived in Android Messages.

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Google Play Games v5.14 enables Dark Theme for all, prepares Minesweeper, and... ┴┬┴┤( ͡° ͜ʖ├┬┴┬ a pointless side project? [APK Teardown]

Google Play Games is officially going dark. Well, the latest update is making its dark theme accessible to everyone. But that's not the only thing this update brings, there are now app shortcuts and a new sorting feature for achievements coming soon. A teardown also shows the team is preparing to add Minesweeper to the built-in games repertoire. Oh, and we're heard from the dev team, and we've got a hunch they're having a good time.

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Google Home Hub with two Home Minis is $129 from the Google Store ($118 off)

We saw quite a few discounts on Google Home products during Black Friday week, but if you missed those, the Google Store is running a deal that you might be interested in. This time around, it's offering the Home Hub with two Home Minis for just $129 — a savings of $118 off MSRP.

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[Update: $99 at Focus Camera] 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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