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Federal court ruling ends random searches of phones (and other devices) at U.S. airports and borders

Random searches of phones, laptops, and other electronic devices at airports (and other ports of entry) in the Unites States have increased over the past few years. In fact, the practice is so commonplace that some people choose to wipe their phones before traveling. Thankfully, a district court has decided that random searches of devices at ports of entry is unconstitutional, making the searches illegal.

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Verizon launches its own Android TV set-top box, called Stream TV

Today, Verizon introduced its rumored Android TV-powered set-top box. The Verizon Stream TV is available to order directly from the company's site. Other than the signature red checkmark on top, the product is unbranded, and we haven't confirmed the manufacturer yet (though one source tells us it's very similar to Xiaomi's Mi Box).

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To the shock of no one, research paper shows 5G is vulnerable to all sorts of attacks

Although 5G is often touted for being newer, faster, and more secure than 4G, a team of security researchers from the University of Iowa and Purdue University has flipped the last bit of that marketing message on its head by discovering almost a dozen new 5G vulnerabilities. As a result of these breaches, they were able to carry out some nasty attacks like location tracking, broadcasting of false emergency alerts, and severing the 5G connection of a phone entirely from the network.

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Firefox Lite 2.0 for Android is out now [APK Download]

Mozilla Taiwan's Firefox Lite — previously Firefox Rocket, then Lite, then Rocket again — is pleasingly snappy to use, with a focus on light browsing and privacy. The Chromium-based app blocks ads and trackers by default, allowing for lightning-fast browsing under the decreased bandwidth. After having its name changed four times, Firefox Lite has been updated to version 2.0.

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The Android Police Q&A Show is live!

You might already know about our weekly live podcast, but did you know we have a second show every Tuesday? We answer your questions and discuss technology news — Android or not from the past week. It's a lot more off-the-hook than the podcast, so tune in below.

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Google Maps adds local business pins to navigation just in time for the holidays

Next to Search, Maps is one of Google's most useful services. It can check real-time traffic, view local speed limits, and now it can help you locate businesses along your route, even if you weren't looking for them. Starting this week, Google Maps will show tiny location pins for nearby stores and restaurants while in navigation mode.

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Save up to $100 on Nest Thermostat and Google Home bundles with this coupon

Nest has been a powerhouse in smart home technology since the launch of their Learning Thermostat in 2011. With their acquisition by Google in 2014, they've continued to reign supreme over temperature variances in homes across the world . If you're looking to gift a Nest to a loved one, or would like to get cozy in your own home, this might be the perfect time to buy in.

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Facebook Pay unifies payments across its family of apps

Not long after revealing its new, inclusive, and color-shifting corporate logo, Facebook is taking another step toward unifying its various social media applications through Facebook Pay, a payment system like Venmo that will work across Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram apps. With Facebook Pay, the company says the payment process will become easier for its users to buy and sell things online, and it will help businesses to grow.

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Get a eufyCam E with HomeBase for $130, a new low ($100 off)

Creating a home security system can be a daunting task to undertake, but Anker's eufyCam lineup seeks to make it just a bit simpler. We've previously seen this camera at a low of $160, but today's deal undercuts that price by $30. You can grab the camera kit at this new low of $130 using the code EUFY86CM at Amazon.

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Chromebooks will soon show in settings when you'll stop getting updates

Chromebooks are unique among their laptop peers in that they come with a built-in expiration date. More specifically, once a particular Chromebook model reaches end-of-life status, typically several years after its initial release, these devices will no longer receive OS updates. Just last week, Google extended the EOL timeframe for over one hundred Chromebook models. Now, Google is looking to improve transparency by making this information available directly through the settings app on Chrome OS devices.

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