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Android Studio 3.3 includes official Navigation Editor support and more than 200 bug fixes

If you're a developer of Android apps, there's a good chance you use Google's purpose-built Android Studio environment. The last update to version 3.2 came with one headline feature — App Bundles — plus a few incremental improvements, and now 3.3 has arrived.

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This Google Home and Amazon Echo hack lets you change your voice AI hotword — but it's far from elegant

Google and Amazon are both constantly improving the capabilities of their voice AIs, but there are some issues that tech giants have little incentive to fix. For instance, from a branding standpoint it makes no sense to let people change their assistant hotword from "Okay Google" or "Alexa" to anything else - even if that's what users want (and it definitely, definitely is). It's this consumer desire, along with the issue of user privacy, that prompted designers Bjørn Karmann and Tore Knudsen to create a Google Home/Amazon Echo hack called Project Alias.

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37 temporarily free and 29 on-sale apps and games to start the week

Good evening. Despite it being a bit later than usual, I have the first round of app sales for the week. Today's list has a few notable items and we see the return of the ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ section — I know that some of you are very excited about this.

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[Update: $100 at Amazon] V-MODA's Crossfade Wireless headphones are just $115 on Amazon ($50 off)

Less than a month ago, we posted about V-MODA's Crossfade Wireless headphones dropping to $99 in refurbished guise. Today's deal is slightly pricier at $114.99, but I'm sure that many of you would rather pony up an extra $16 to get a brand-new set. I know I would, at least.

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Google Pay brings new bank options to users in Australia, Italy, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden

Google Pay users in the States have a pretty nice thing going for them, with the service supported by umpteen million financial institutions (give or take a million). But as we travel abroad, the situation's much more hit-and-miss. It's far from a sure thing that Google Pay is available in a country at all, and even where it is, the selection of partner banks can be pretty sparse. So today we're happy to share with you some progress towards remedying that situation, as new banks come online for Google Pay around the globe.

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Yi Lite action camera falls to $51 (with coupon) on Amazon

 

Are you looking for an action camera to document the weekend's not-so-wise decisions? The Yi Lite is currently on sale for $51, a further 15% off its already discounted price of $60. The lowest we've ever seen this drop to is $46 back during last year's Black Friday festivities, and since that offer didn't last too long, this one might be your best bet for getting a deal.

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Sony Xperia XZ3 is down even further to $730 ($170 off)

Sony's phones have been on sale all over the place lately. Last week, we reported that there were price drops on a number of Xperia devices at several retailers. At the time, the premium Xperia XZ3 was $100 off its $900 MSRP. Now, it's fallen even further at B&H, currently going for $730.

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Best Buy has the Blackberry KEYone on clearance sale for $300 ($200 off)

Blackberry has a niche, and it's not giving it up any time soon. If you want a phone with a keyboard, you'll probably buy one of the TCL-built Blackberry devices like the new KEY2. However, that phone is pretty spendy at $650. If you don't mind making a few sacrifices in your quest for a keyboard, Best Buy is having a KEYone fire sale.

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Missing the weather in your At A Glance widget? Latest Google beta (v.9.0) broke it

If you've noticed that the so-called At A Glance widget — a stock part of the Pixel experience that's also available as a standalone widget and built into some third-party launchers — has been missing the weather for the last few days, you aren't alone. It turns out a major version beta update to the Google app is responsible for the loss in functionality — though only those who sideloaded the update or are in the beta testing program should be affected.

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Aukey's multi-port chargers are on sale for as little as $7 with Amazon coupon codes

If the plugs at your house are getting overloaded, it might be time to grab some multi-port chargers. Conveniently, Aukey is offering coupon codes through Amazon that'll allow you to grab a few chargers for home and vehicle without losing too much of your post-holiday bank balance.

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