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Venmo heard you like stories, so it added stories to its app to give you more stories

Venmo heard you like stories, so it added stories to its app to give you more stories

In case you haven't heard, everyone likes stories now. Sure, maybe you don't, but judging by how many apps now carry them as a feature, you're on your own. Everyone from Spotify to Pinterest to Twitter has shown interest in stories in the last few months, to say nothing of old standbys like Snapchat and Instagram. Venmo, the PayPal-owned payment platform that pulls double-duty as a mini social network, has decided to get in on the fun, but not really in the way you might expect.

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Sony's 85" Android TV behemoth is back down to its lowest price on Amazon

Sony's 85" Android TV behemoth is back down to its lowest price on Amazon

Buying a new television is cheaper than ever these days. Constant sales make it easy to pick up a set with an excellent display for not a whole lot of money, and most TV makers now include half-decent software to get your favorite shows and movies up and streaming. Sony is one of the few manufacturers to include Android TV as its OS of choice, which bundles dedicated apps from the Play Store alongside casting with your smartphone. If you're looking to buy a massive screen for your living room, Sony's 85" X950H is back to its lowest price at Amazon.

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Get a pair of Sony XM3 earbuds for just $100 or XM4's for $200

Get a pair of Sony XM3 earbuds for just $100 or XM4's for $200

Sony's really been upping its headphone game in the last few years, and now it makes some of the best-regarded sets on the market, in both full around-the-ear and true wireless bud style. Today no less than three of its most popular designs have dramatic discounts available, including the best-in-class WH-1000XM4 noise cancelling set.

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Play Movies & TV app will disappear from Roku and other smart TVs soon

Play Movies & TV app will disappear from Roku and other smart TVs soon

The transition from Google Play Music to YouTube Music has been a rocky and contentious one. But Google isn't finished axing its media apps just yet. According to updated support documentation, the Google Play Movies & TV app on smart televisions is the next one to get the chop. The phone app was replaced with the newer "Google TV" app in October, but the app will disappear from smart TV platforms as well starting in June.

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Google Meet's new power-saving feature means you can't dodge meetings with a low battery

Google Meet's new power-saving feature means you can't dodge meetings with a low battery

That all-hands meeting in the office may have been traded in for a Google Meet call from wherever thanks to the pandemic-driven uptake of remote work, but for some people dialing in from their phones, they may not have enough juice or be able to even plug in to a power source. The good news now? Meet's addressing the need for conservation.

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Act like it's 2005 again with TomTom AmiGO's new Android Auto support

Act like it's 2005 again with TomTom AmiGO's new Android Auto support

Last week, Google finally made it possible to bring third-party navigation apps to Android Auto without requiring a beta version. The company promoted a list of new driving services coming alongside the change, including TomTom AmiGo. If you're looking to switch away from Google Maps or Waze, a new update to AmiGo adds Android Auto support to display on your car's infotainment system.

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Google's best smart speaker is $20 off everywhere

Google's best smart speaker is $20 off everywhere

Home audio these days have to be two things: smart and sound good. Google's Nest Audio speaker looks smart, acts smart, and sounds terrific. And if you pick up one of these puppies today, you can get it for a better price.

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Galaxy A82 breaks cover again in new photos and video

Galaxy A82 breaks cover again in new photos and video

Samsung's mid-range Galaxy A series is deep and wide, much more so than the mainline S series. The latest A phone to break cover is the A82, also referred to as the "Quantum2" in its leaked materials. It's a sequel to the Galaxy A Quantum announced last summer, which was a variant of the excellent Galaxy A71. The leaked specifications describe, as implied by its model number, a phone on the high end of the mid-range.

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Samsung's April update is headed to even more phones and tablets — here's the complete list

Samsung's April update is headed to even more phones and tablets — here's the complete list

Samsung has put a lot of effort into improving its software reputation, and a big aspect of that change has been a renewed focus on issuing regular security updates. Over the last couple years, Samsung has frequently managed to beat Google to the punch, and that continues even now as the Galaxy Note10, Z Fold2, and S21 have all received the April security patch, more recently followed by the Galaxy A52, S20 FE, and the S10 line.

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Google's Oh So Orange Pixel Buds have disappeared

Google's Oh So Orange Pixel Buds have disappeared

Google's Oh So Orange colorway for the newer Pixel Buds may have been discontinued, according to retailer listings. Most storefronts now list the orange-capped earbuds as out of stock.

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