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[Update: App is live] New Feedback app to be bundled with upcoming Android Q beta

We here at AP are chomping at the bit waiting for news on Android Q. Those of us who plan to install the beta have our Pixels ready, eagerly anticipating some kind of announcement from Google. Meanwhile, it looks like the company is planning to introduce a dedicated app to submit feedback for those of us who will take the plunge. Appropriately named Android Beta Feedback, this will be the preferred means by which you can report bugs, submit feature requests, and other notes for the Android team.

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[Update x2: Fix rolling out] Sony appears to be blocking Kodi on its recent Android TVs

Kodi (formerly XBMC) has attracted an undeservedly bad rap outside media streaming circles, garnering a piracy-associated reputation that isn't quite merited — at least, in my opinion. Whatever you might believe, it looks like Sony might be taking a critical view of the project, too, as reports indicate that at least some of the company's recent Android TVs are actively blocking the app.

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TicWatch Pro drops to $200 ($50 off) from Amazon and Mobvoi

Smartwatches aren't as popular as I might hope, but there are still some solid options on the market. Obviously, Wear OS isn't quite the powerhouse that Google would like it to be, but it has its strengths. One of the better options in that category, Mobvoi's TicWatch Pro, is currently on sale for $199.99, a respectable $50 off retail pricing.

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Google will now let G Suite admins disable SMS two-factor authentication

One of the hassles that comes with being a G Suite admin is making sure everything is secure, which can sometimes fall outside of your control. Employees are notoriously one of the weakest links in enterprise security, so it's good to have multiple two-factor authentication methods to cover for weak passwords and the like. One of the more common methods for 2FA is SMS, but due to notable failings in its security, Google is offering admins the option to completely disable it for their domains.

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B&H will begin charging sales tax in California starting April 1

Taxes are one of life's indelible elements, that and death. But the internet brought with it a means by which most of us online consumers could skirt states sales tax and B&H has long been a favorite online retailer because, other than New York and New Jersey, it didn't charge sales tax.

We saw the end of that era begin in December with the company collecting taxes from 22 states (including NY and NJ), but now California will no longer be exempt starting April 1.

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Pick up an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note9 with a US warranty for $715 ($285 off) on Amazon

All of the attention in our neck of the woods is on Samsung's latest baby, the Galaxy S10 family. But forget not their cousin from late last year, the esteemed Galaxy Note9. One of our favorite devices from 2018, the 128GB Note9 is currently on sale for $714.96 from Amazon, an impressive $285 off the $1,000 MSRP.

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Android Q will allow more permissions for third-party apps set as defaults

If you're setting an app to be your default browser or email client, you probably trust it with your data. However, you still have to manually grant it permission for everything. Starting with Android Q, apps set as defaults will be automatically granted permissions based on what they are the default for.

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Android Q fixes major oversight in cloud backup implementation

You're no dummy — you know just how fragile this digital life you've built can be — and so you take all manner of steps to protect yourself, using strong passwords, keeping on top of the latest software updates, and making backups of all your important data. And when it comes to Android, that's meant taking advantage of the system's native ability to save settings, apps, and personal info to Google Drive, ready to be restored when you need it. While that's been working just fine, it's taken until this week's release of Android Q Beta 1 to correct one glaring oversight, giving backup a new icon design that finally makes sense.

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Get a Google Wifi three-pack for $219 ($40 off) at Rakuten

Even two years after its release, Google Wifi is still one of the easiest ways to get a mesh network system in your home. While there are now plenty of other options now, like Linksys Velop and AmpliFi Mesh Point, Google Wifi is still a solid product. Now you can get the three-pack for just $219.99 on Rakuten — $40 below the current Google Store price.

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Facebook app gets a new Gaming tab in the navigation bar

Facebook, in a further attempt to compete with the likes of Twitch and YouTube, has added a dedicated Gaming tab to the navigation bar in the main app. In doing so, the company is hoping to help you find games and streamers to watch, whether you want to play something new with your friends or catch up on the last esports match.

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