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DJI's most flexible Osmo Mobile gimbal yet features a swinging elbow joint

If you're a budding filmmaker or just want a way to capture your vacation or kid's soccer game without your jittery hands ruining the shot, smartphone gimbals are the way to go these days. DJI's series of gimbals opened up access to this longtime Hollywood workhorse for smoothing moves out. Now, the company is back with version 3 of its Osmo Mobile — more foldable and more affordable than ever.

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Play Store developers can now tag apps with keywords to help discovery

Publishers want their apps to be found. People want to search for apps. The Play Store has ways of letting the two meet through various promotions, sectioning, categories, and, now, tags: developers are now able to describe their apps with up to five words or phrases.

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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 Docs gets new fonts to improve reading speed, so now everyone can reject your screenplay much faster

Today Google has announced that Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides have access to a small pile of new "Lexend" family of fonts meant to make reading a bit easier. Based on a bit of research which claims that character size, spacing, and stretch can enhance understanding if customized to reading speed, the new fonts come in eight different widths from "Zetta" to "Deca."

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Spotify kills the widget in its Android app, but you can vote to bring it back (maybe)

What's that new gap on your home screen? No, your phone didn't get bigger—Spotify has decided to remove the playback widget from its Android app. The company has posted a message on its community forums about the change, and the response has been predictably negative.

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[Update: PPS required] Charging the Galaxy Note10+ at its fastest speed will require a separate charger

If you're in the position where the biggest phone is the better phone for you, the Galaxy Note10+ will hit that mark for you — it's got a bigger screen with more pixels and it has a bigger battery than the normal Note. But if you really want to take advantage of the fastest rates you can get for your plus-sized phablet, you'll need to ditch the wall wart in the box and buy another one. Don't worry, we'll explain why and help you out.

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[Update: Now on all Assistant speakers and displays] Google Home will finally control your lights without talking to you about it

Controlling smart lights was one of the first useful features of Google Home, but the speakers sure do like to talk about what they're doing. Sometimes the verbal feedback is useful, but not so much when you're just turning off the lights like you do every day. Well, Google has finally recognized this is a problem. Soon, your Assistant speakers won't get so wordy when controlling lights.

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US delays tariffs on smartphones, other electronics until December, thus saving your holiday shopping

The White House has announced that it will split its next round of tariffs on Chinese imports into two parts. The first part, which will mostly affect farming, livestock, and foodstuffs, will come into effect as previously scheduled on September 1. However, in a bid to perhaps offset a major blow to Chinese industry during the holiday season, a number of items — including electronics such as smartphones and laptops — will not have tariffs applied until December 15.

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[Update: Dead] The Philips Hue 2-bulb color starter kit is almost 50% off on Amazon at just $78

Hue bulbs are among the best ones on the market, thanks to their reliability and compatibility with many third-party services such as Alexa, Assistant, IFFT, and many more. Unfortunately, they're also known for their relatively high price, but this deal on the color starter kit with two bulbs is a steal at just $78, almost 50% off their traditional MSRP.

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Snap's newest Spectacles coming this fall with dual cameras for 3D, bigger price tag

It turns out even with a shrunken user base and diminished investor enthusiasm — SNAP shares are down by more than a third since their NYSE debut in March 2017 — that Snap, Inc. still wants to carve a place for itself in the social media ecosystem. It's tried to do so by making actual camera hardware in the form of sunglasses with cameras that stream to users' Snapchat accounts. Today, the company is incorporating two cameras to its third iteration to its Spectacles.

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