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Fossil Sport 41mm Gen 4 watch now available for just $99

Fossil has been throwing its Gen 4 Sport watches into the deep discount bin the past few days, and today a plethora of 41mm versions joins the others. The watches have just received an update that gives them access to newer battery-saving techniques, so it's a great time to give them a shot.

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Potential Pixel 4a codename leaks create more confusion than ever around the phone

A report from XDA Developers today cites the existence of three codenames potentially related to Google's upcoming affordable smartphones (or phone), and evidence discovered alongside those names paints a more confusing picture of the situation than ever. The long and short of it: there could be two Pixel 4a variants after all, and one of them could support 5G.

According to XDA, the three codenames of note are sunfish, redfin, and bramble. Sunfish is allegedly equipped with a Snapdragon 730, a 4G-only Qualcomm chipset for mid-range phones. This makes sense: the Snapdragon 730 is the logical successor to the Snapdragon 670 found in the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, and probably carries a pretty similar price tag.

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EU to consider mandatory common charger for smartphones, paving the way for USB-C domination

The European Union will soon hold a vote to decide if it will enforce a mandatory, universal charging connector for all smartphones and other similar, small electronic devices. Arguments in favor of the new legislation include a reduction of e-waste and easy, interoperable charging for end-users. The introduction of USB Type-C has energized standardization talks as it incorporates many of the advantages (reversibility of connection, data transmission rates, and charging speeds) used to justify the existence of proprietary charging connectors.

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Samsung might be planning a budget 5G phone for the US

Samsung's lineup of budget phones is incredibly complicated, with many models being simple re-releases of devices from other regions. One of those phones is the Galaxy A71, which was announced at CES, but Samsung didn't seem to have plans for a US release. Now it seems the A71 might come to the United States after all — as a budget 5G phone.

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Vulkan API 1.2 gives developers tools to make Android and Stadia games faster

Vulkan is one of the most popular graphics APIs, with cross-platform support, low-level hardware access, and no royalties. Android has allowed games to use Vulkan for years, and Google's new Stadia platform requires all games to use the API. Khronos Group (not to be confused with the Klingon homeworld), the organization responsible for developing Vulkan, has announced a new version that promises to make games even more efficient.

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OnePlus unveils 120Hz 'Fluid Display' destined for the OnePlus 8

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has announced the display that's likely to feature in at least one of the phones in the OnePlus 8 series. The refresh rate is being upped to 120Hz, which is unsurprising given how popular the 90Hz display on recent OnePlus has been. Lau believes the new Fluid Display "will be the best smartphone display in 2020."

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How to queue up videos to watch on YouTube (web-only)

YouTube is one of the few video services and apps that didn't offer a playback queue until recently. The feature first showed up in testing in August then rolled out to everyone in November, but so far, it's remained limited to the web and may not be very easy to spot. In this tutorial we'll look at how YouTube's new queue system works and discuss some of its advantages and limitations.

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Stadia will soon have 4K on the web, support for additional Android phones, 120 new games, and more

Google launched Stadia late last year for those who bought the Founder's Edition bundle, and not much has changed since then. You still need to buy a spendy Pro bundle to unlock access to the game streaming service, and the feature set is limited. However, Google says it has big plans for Staia in Q1 2020. Many of the promised features will bulk up web support, but you'll also be able to play on more phones.

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Existing Fitbit trackers get blood oxygen monitoring, may soon detect sleep apnea

Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch was the brand's first product to feature an SpO2 sensor, which is used in estimating blood oxygen levels. Several other Fitbit products, namely the Versa, Versa Lite, Versa 2, and Charge 3, came with a similar sensor, but it had stayed dormant until December. After being tested with a few users, the feature appears to be rolling out more widely.

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