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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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Google Crowdsource app gets gamified leaderboards and new 'Smart Camera' feature [APK Download]

Earlier this year, Google rolled out a fresh coat of paint for its 2016-era Crowdsource app, which lets volunteers like you and me help assemble data sets for Google products to improve their machine learning chops. Now a new update is rolling out to further gamify the process, bringing a leaderboard for different categories of submissions, plus a whole new "Smart Camera" feature for improving real-life object recognition.

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Sonos speakers will support Spotify Free accounts, starting today

Spotify Free joins a list of over 100 streaming services already available through Sonos, just in time for the holiday season. Sonos and Spotify have rolled out an update today that enables you to access Spotify Free through their Sonos devices, so you can spice up your office holiday party straight from your desk at no extra cost.

You can stream Spotify's entire catalog on shuffle by launching the streaming service through the Sonos app or directly from Spotify. Spotify Free includes access to personalized playlists, like Discover Weekly and Release Radar, as well as classic playlists based on your likes, such as RapCaviar and Viva Latino.

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There just aren't enough good reasons to upgrade to the Pixel 4

The Google Pixel 4 has been out for a few weeks now, and even though I have a review unit in my hand, I'm in no rush to swap out my SIM from my Pixel 3. I will eventually switch phones "for science," as we often say, to justify our choices working in this industry. But it's hard for me to recommend that anyone else do the same. The Pixel 4 may boast some new features, but nothing screams, "run out and upgrade now!"

If you were to ask me if the Pixel 4 is worth the upgrade, I'd say it isn't.

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Minecraft Earth is finally available in the US as an early access release

Over the last few months, Minecraft Earth has entered into early access in many regions, with the UK joining in last week. Well, today, fans in the US can finally see what all the fuss is about. That's right, Minecraft Earth is officially available in early access in the US, and it's now clear that the game is free-to-play, and it includes in-app purchases that range up to $79.99 per item. So if you were hoping for a premium game, think again.

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(Update: It's back) Today only, pick up a 512GB SanDisk microSD card for a new low of $80

Terabyte microSD cards, incredible though they are, are still wildly expensive. For us mere mortals, the next best thing — 512 gigabytes — is much more attainable. That's especially true today: you can snap up a 512-gig card for just 80 bucks from Amazon or B&H.

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