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Weekend poll: Pixel owners, have you received the January update yet?

Although Google's Pixels are known for their frequency of software updates, many owners have had difficulty pulling them down in recent months, especially in the case of the latest Pixel 4. Following an especially slow rollout for the big December "feature drop" update, Google promised that January would deliver a "joint" update that might fix things. With that update rolling out a week ago, We're curious to know if it's landed on your Pixel yet.

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18 new Android games from the last two weeks: The White Door, 60 Parsecs!, and Table Top Racing: World Tour

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous couple of weeks or so. Today I have an interesting point-and-click adventure game that's played entirely in split-screen, a racer that's gone through many iterations throughout many ports that has returned to Android as a premium release, and en enjoyable outer-space-themed adventure game that plays out a lot like the classroom classic The Oregon Trail. So without further ado, here are the newest Android games released in the last two weeks.

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Onyx's new e-ink phone prototype has Android Pie and multiple screen refresh speeds

The Consumer Electronics Show is always full of surprises, and one of them this year was a pre-production smartphone with a color e-ink screen from Hisense. While Stephen wasn't convinced of the device's usability during a hands-on demo, Hisense doesn't seem to be the only company working on an e-ink phone.

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Weird CES 2020: The wonderful, the wacky, the 'why did someone make this?'

This year's Consumer Electronics Show has finally come to a close, and just like always has managed to introduce us to a nice crop of fresh smartphones, laptops, and wearables from some of our favorite brands. But there is always a lot, lot more to see beyond the obvious stuff, and this year we took the time to poke around a bit and discover some of the unusual, conceptual, or just plain weird products that were exhibited at CES 2020.

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Guest Mode disappears from Google Home speakers, remains available on Chromecasts for now

Guest mode is one of the Chromecast's relatively unknown but very handy features. It uses location proximity and WiFi availability to allow guests to cast content to your speakers or TVs without logging in to your WiFi network, provided they have the specific PIN code for that device. Whether you're throwing a party or have temporary visitors and you don't want to bother with sharing WiFi access, you can simply give them a 4-digit code and let them choose the media that gets played. The feature launched in December of 2014 on Chromecasts and carried over to Google Homes — because they're essentially cast targets.

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The wired Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm is $94 ($25 off) at Rakuten

The Nest Protect smoke detector can do a lot of cool stuff: on top of normal smoke and CO2 detection, it also sends an alert to your phone when it detects a problem and can be configured to light your way if you pass under it in the dark. If its $119 MSRP has been deterring you, you're in luck: you can get one for $94 today on Rakuten.

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Get a giant refurbished JBL PartyBox 300 speaker for $288 ($212 off MSRP) today only

Sure, you might already have some speakers, but do you have a giant speaker with lighting effects that can create noise complaints from neighbors? If not, you can get a refurbished JBL PartyBox 300 for $287.99 today only from Amazon-owned Woot, which is $212 off the current Amazon price for a new model.

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AllCast by Koush can now stream torrents directly to your TV

AllCast was originally released in 2013 as a way to stream photos, videos, and other content to Chromecasts, Apple TV devices, DLNA clients, and more. Developed by Koushik Dutta (koush), likely best known for his work on ClockworkMod and Vysor, the app just received its first feature update in a while.

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Google Pay gets initial student ID support, starting with 15 colleges and universities

Transact's main business is switching schools to NFC-based ID cards for students and faculty, with several major universities enrolled in the program. While ID cards from Transact-partnered schools can already be added to Apple's Wallet app, Google Pay didn't support them — until now.

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All the new Wear OS watches from CES 2020

Smartwatches and other wearables have become regular guests at tech exhibitions. The same is true for CES, where Fossil has taken the stage to launch a ton of variations for its Wear OS lineup. A new competitor, Suunto, has also entered the high-end market during the show. To give you an overview of the introduced designs and devices, we've compiled this article listing all Wear OS watches shown during CES 2020.

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