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[Update x2: 8GB model available] Asus Chromebook Flip C434, long-awaited successor to the C302, is now available

After months of mediocre low-end Chromebooks, Asus finally announced a successor to its wildly-popular Chromebook Flip C302 earlier this year. The C434 is an upgrade in almost every respect, and now you can finally buy it directly from Asus, anyway.

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Mozilla outlines plan to replace Firefox for Android with 'Fenix'

Firefox for Android hasn't received much attention lately from Mozilla — but for good reason. The company has been working on a new 'Fenix' browser designed to eventually replace the current Android Firefox browser. As part of an effort to shift all resources to the new browser, Firefox for Android will start to wind down in the coming months.

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Action Launcher v40 adds improved device and web search functionality, plus a colorful new icon

The latest update to the ever-popular Action Launcher includes a new search feature that's been a year in the making. Version 40.0 includes Action Search, a powerful new tool that serves results from the web, your apps and contacts, your in-app search history, and your settings (from both your phone and Action Launcher itself). Also included is a snazzy new app icon.

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[Update: New 'purple' render] Leaked Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL renders confirm what we already knew

In just a few weeks, during its I/O developer conference, Google will announce the long-awaited cheaper Pixel phones. In typical Google fashion, the 3a and 3a XL have already been the subject of full in-the-flesh leaks (more than once) so by this point we know exactly what to expect from them. As if further confirmation were needed, we're now seeing official-looking renders for the first time.

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Sony’s smartphone shipments dropped 50% last year

It's no secret that Sony's mobile division has been struggling for years. Every quarter, the financials consistently show losses under the Mobile Communications section, and the Q4 2018 and FY2018 results are no different. That said, the mobile division is an outlier, as Sony as a whole is still profitable.

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Chrome 74 adds dark mode, accessibility improvements, new Translate shortcut, and more [APK Download]

In this crazy world we live in, it's comforting to know that some things will never change the sky is blue, the sun rises in the east, and Google releases a new version of Chrome (roughly) every six weeks. Chrome v74 is now available on desktop and mobile platforms, and while it doesn't include a massive number of noticeable changes, there is still plenty to talk about.

Dark mode

Slowly but surely, Google is adding a dark mode to all of its applications in preparation for Android Q. Chrome's dark mode first made an appearance early last month, and has finally trickled down to the stable channel with Chrome v74.

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[Update: Down to $30] Blossom 7 Smart Watering Controller at all-time low of $35 ($40 off) on Amazon

It's springtime in North America and that means your garden is about to come alive once again. If you happen to have a plot large enough to need an irrigation system and are using an older water controller, you might want to smarten it up — it's 2019, after all. Luckily, Amazon is selling the Blossom 7 Smart Watering Controller at its lowest price.

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B&H has the Asus Zenfone 5Z for $400 ($100 off)

While we wait and get excited for 2019's smartphone selection, it's a great time to pick up last year's offerings for cheap. Take this deal for example, where B&H is asking $399 for Asus' excellent Zenfone 5Z. That's $100 off the MSRP.

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[Update: It works again!] Google weather applet breaks with latest search beta

Why does Google have to break all the little things we like to use? For one, the company still hasn't re-enabled the ability for desktop-based Google users to set reminders — it hasn't even acknowledged the problem up to this point. And now, the mobile weather applet is on the fritz with the latest beta of the Google app.

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Google Fi app dips its toes into a dark theme with new widget behavior

A black pall is being cast on many an app these days. But for many users, dark theming brings power savings on OLED displays and an eye-friendly nighttime aesthetic. So, for Google Fi subscribers who interface with its corresponding app, the latest update might give them a bit of a dark theme to look forward to — specifically found in the widget.

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