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Google's Fitbit acquisition faces a new setback from the outback

Google's Fitbit acquisition faces a new setback from the outback

Google received good news from the European Commission earlier this week, as its acquisition of health tracking wearable company Fitbit was approved conditionally. But just because the $2 billion dollar deal has gained the thumbs-up from one regulatory body doesn't mean it's completely in the clear — Australia has threatened Google with a $400 million fine if the merger moves forward without approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

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OnePlus CEO confirms the company's first smartwatch is coming early next year

OnePlus CEO confirms the company's first smartwatch is coming early next year

OnePlus has released plenty of phones over the years, but one product it has never tried to revolutionize (yet) is the smartwatch. We thought that might change when a listing for the OnePlus Watch was spotted this past summer, but then things got delayed and the status of the watch was unknown. We now know that it's coming — and we won't have long to wait.

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This $700 4K Android TV from Hisense is almost as big as Michael Jordan ($300 off)

This $700 4K Android TV from Hisense is almost as big as Michael Jordan ($300 off)

Mounting former pro basketball player Michael Jordan in your living room doesn't seem like a great idea, but mounting a 4K Android TV on the wall that's about the same size as Michael Jordan sounds a lot better. Right now, there's a 75" set from Hisense that's on sale at Best Buy for just $699.99 — a full $300 in savings.

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OxygenOS Open Beta 5 arrives for OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro

OxygenOS Open Beta 5 arrives for OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro

While the Android 11 update for last year’s OnePlus 7 and 7T series has been delayed, OnePlus continues to work on subsequent beta releases for the 8 and 8 Pro. The two 2020 flagships have now reached their fifth beta round, which brings a ton of fixes, most of which are pretty minor, and bumps the phones to the most recent security level.

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Google embraces Nickelback to promote Photos, and you'll either love or hate it

Google embraces Nickelback to promote Photos, and you'll either love or hate it

We can't quite tell if Google is trying to embrace the now-classic meme or not, but the company just published a new video to YouTube, promoting Google Photos to the slightly tweaked tunes of popularly-hated corporate rock darling Nickelback's "Photograph." It's a little cringey, and I legitimately hate the song, but even I have to admit that comparing Chad Kroeger's hair to instant ramen while pointing out Google Photos' rare image misclassifications is a little funny.

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Google invests millions in Indian unicorn Glance and Dailyhunt

Google invests millions in Indian unicorn Glance and Dailyhunt

Earlier this year, Google committed a corpus of $10 billion for driving digital growth in India, of which a large portion went to Reliance Jio. Of the remaining fund, the search giant has now started investing in its own ambitious projects and various other local startups that align with its vision of digital inclusion. The services to get Google's backing include two major local news ports, Glance and Dailyhunt, alongside their sister short-video services.

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Nest Thermostat (2020) review, one month later: The smart home gateway

Nest Thermostat (2020) review, one month later: The smart home gateway

Nest kicked off the era of smart thermostats in 2011, and since then, there have been improved thermostats, new products, and a Google acquisition. Through all that, Nest's thermostats have remained at the premium end of the market. The company's previous "budget" thermostat was still $180 at launch. The new Nest Thermostat, however, is undeniably a budget device. There's the price, of course, at a mere $130. The hardware also looks much cheaper in real life, but that's not totally unsurprising given the price.

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Google Assistant is glitching out on some users

Google Assistant is glitching out on some users

Google Assistant is no J.A.R.V.I.S., but it's come a long way since it was announced in 2016. Not only can it control tens of thousands of smart home devices, but it can also hold calls for you. The sheer utility it offers has made it a part of the lives of users worldwide. Unfortunately, for some of them, it has been unavailable across all devices — including Android/iOS phones and even smart displays/speakers.

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ProtonCalendar is now available on Android (APK Download)

ProtonCalendar is now available on Android (APK Download)

ProtonMail is well known for its encrypted email service that is built around protecting online privacy. Around this time last year, the company expanded its portfolio to offer a calendar service that boasted of the same end-to-end encryption promise. ProtonCalendar, which was previously only accessible via the web, is now available on Android.

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YouTube Kids for Android TV passes 10 million installs

YouTube Kids for Android TV passes 10 million installs

Almost exactly two years ago, the YouTube app crossed 5 billion downloads on the Play Store. Earlier this year, we also saw a much smaller 50 million milestone hit by the Android TV version of the YouTube app. Both apps have the advantage of coming pre-installed on most suitable devices, which means these accomplishments are owed partially to the success of the OS. However, the latest streaming app to hit a new threshold is YouTube Kids for Android TV, which now boasts 10 million downloads, and none of them were pre-installed.

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