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The Lenovo Smart Clock will kick you out of bed for $40 ($50 off)

If you're looking for an inexpensive miniature smart display, the Lenovo Smart Clock is worth considering. It cost $80 at launch, which was too high for what it offered. Thankfully, you can now snatch it for half its original price, as it's dropped to just $40.

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Samsung is working on a new Galaxy Watch, and it just passed through the FCC

Samsung released two fitness-oriented wearables last year, the Galaxy Watch Active and Watch Active2, but the company's only option that looks like a traditional timepiece is the original Galaxy Watch from two years ago. Thankfully, it looks like new models are finally on the way.

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How to prevent apps "sleeping" in the background on Android

There's nothing worse than picking up your phone, turning it on, only to realize the notification it's just received was probably supposed to have reached you 10 minutes (or, you know, hours) ago. Annoyingly, the root cause of this is frequently Android itself, trying to manage your phone's battery life by forcing "low" priority apps to go to sleep, with the end result being those delayed notifications. Fortunately, Android does offer you the ability to configure this behavior on some level, on an app-by-app basis, so that you can be more confident that notifications will be received when they're sent, not when your phone decides you should get them.

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Video game emulation on Android: apps, ROMs, and everything else you'll need

Emulating games isn't exactly a new thing, but emulating on your smartphone has caused the hobby to enter something of a renaissance in recent years. With many of us sitting around at home (and not wanting to break the bank on Hot New Games), there's never been a better time to crack into the mountain of classic (or not-so-classic) games available online. Getting started with emulating video game consoles on Android can be a bit dizzying, so we're going to break down the tools and resources you'll need to get up and running, be it with some old school Mario or a relaxing afternoon of Pokémon in the backyard.

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Switching from Spotify to YouTube Music: Everything you need to know

I've been a loyal Spotify user since what feels like the year the service launched, and a premium subscriber since 2014. Spotify premium has tons of great extra features, and I absolutely think it's worth the money if you're considering a paid music streaming subscription. But as I've been spending a lot more time at home of late, I've started watching a lot more YouTube, and the various pre-roll and mid-roll ads were starting to grate on me. Of course, you can remove those ads—by signing up for YouTube Premium. But that would also give me access to YouTube Music, meaning I'd technically be paying for two music services.

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Weekend poll: When was the last time you bought an app?

Smartphones aren't a new concept anymore, and we have all settled into a specific platform (or two), complete with app purchases to fill out our needs. Plenty of the most essential ones are free these days — though remember what they say, "If you're not the customer, you're the product" — but I'm curious to know, when was the last time you paid for an app?

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Eight of the best new features in Samsung One UI 2.0

While some of the features are relatively easy to locate (like gestures), there are some less obvious ones you might not have even known were included, because they're a bit hidden away in Samsung's notoriously labyrinthine menus. We'll run down eight of our favorites in this post, from a new screen recorder to redesigned incoming call interface options.

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OnePlus pulls update that disabled the 8 Pro's 'X-ray' camera in Oxygen OS after accidental rollout

OnePlus initially claimed that the color filter camera and associated Photochrom color mode for the OnePlus 8 Pro, accused of allowing people to see through clothing, would only be disabled in China pending an undefined fix. However, an Oxygen OS update disabling the feature globally was "inadvertently" rolled out. OnePlus has since pulled the update, according to the folks at Oxygen Updater, and a subsequent OTA will re-enable the feature.

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Is it too late for Wear OS?

Google's smartwatch operating system, then called Android Wear, debuted six years ago on the LG G Watch. Since then, the platform has had ups and downs, just like the full-blown Android OS it was based on. Some hardware manufacturers gave up on Wear OS, while others came in and embraced it.

Today, Wear OS is in an interesting place. It has received very few meaningful software improvements over the past year, while new watches have continued to be released quarter after quarter. That being said, with over a year since Wear OS's last real update (and it was a small one at best), I think it's finally time to ask the question: is it too late for Wear OS?

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Stadia Pro trials are expiring. Here's how to make sure you don't get charged

Google finally opened Stadia to the public back in April, allowing anyone living in supported regions to try Stadia Pro for two months, free of charge. With June quickly approaching, any players who jumped onto the Stadia bandwagon on public launch day will soon be paying $9.99 a month for Google's cloud gaming service, unless they opt out. Here's how to cancel your subscription before your free trial of Stadia Pro expires.

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