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[Update: Yearly subscriptions] Google simplifies Nest Aware plans, start from $6 with up to 60-day event history

Google hasn't only presented new hardware during the Made by Google event this year. It also took the stage to announce substantial changes to Nest subscriptions. There are two tiers now: 'Nest Aware' and 'Nest Aware Plus' going for $6 and $12 respectively, available early 2020.

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Google announces Pixelbook Go, available for pre-order today starting at $649

Like so many other would-be surprises today, we saw this coming: following a number of pretty comprehensive leaks, at its New York hardware event, Google has formally announced the Pixelbook Go, the newest in its line of high-end Chromebooks. The Pixelbook Go sports a more traditional laptop form factor than the Pixel Slate and Pixelbook that preceded it, and it's available for pre-order today.

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Watch today’s Made by Google 2019 event livestream here

Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that Google has scheduled an event today to unveil all its new hardware gear. The Pixel 4, Pixelbook Go, Nest Mini, and Nest Wifi are expected to debut there. If all the leaks haven't tempered your excitement and you still want to catch every bit of the livestream, you can watch it with us below.

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Pixel 4 and 4 XL already up for pre-order at B&H: $799 starting price and shipping October 22

Google's Pixel event is scheduled to start in about an hour and leaks are still pouring in. Following Best Buy Canada and the UK's Carphone Warehouse pre-order pages, B&H has already listed the device for pre-order in the US. This time though, it's not a simple landing page: It's a full listing with prices and availability.

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Chrome Beta on Android receives password leak detection

You've been able to save passwords in Google Chrome for a long time and you could use an extension or Google's checkup website to see if any of these credentials have ever been leaked. A native option for Chrome on Android has been lacking so far, but as we've discovered before, it's already in the works, and we can report that there's progress. The beta version now lets you go ahead and activate the feature.

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Google Blogger gets surprise Material Design update on Android after years of neglect [APK Download]

Blogger used to be the go-to platform for anyone who wanted to share their words and opinions with the internet, but it has long been surpassed by social media on the consumer side and WordPress and Medium on the more professional side. We assumed that Google would just let the service die slowly by not providing updates to it anymore, but today, a new Android app version has been released on the Play Store after two years of stagnation. The update replaces the Holo interface of old with a modern Material redesign, bringing the product in line with Google's other offers.

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Google Photos adds document cropping extension

Google Photos can do a lot of smart things with your pics. It suggests archiving bills and other paperwork, it applies color pop effects on some of your portrait snaps, and not very long ago, we were told it'd start recommending cropping pics of documents. While the latter is still not very reliable — you never really know when the suggestion will pop up and when it won't — there's now a manual document cropping extension in Photos.

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Google's Stadia controller won't support USB-C headphones at launch

During the first Stadia AMA on Reddit, we learned that support for Bluetooth audio through the controller would be coming but not available at launch in November. The Stadia FAQ page has just been updated to highlight that the same is true of audio over USB-C.

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Pixel 4 product page appears on Carphone Warehouse a day ahead of schedule

There are certain online retailers that don't keep secrets well. Best Buy Canada already slipped up by posting its Pixel 4 pre-order page several days ahead of the official announcement, but then took the page down shortly after. Not to be left out of the fun, Carphone Warehouse, is unintentionally serving the product page for the Pixel 4.

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Google Assistant hotword bug could keep your screen awake indefinitely

Google Assistant is superb when it works the way it's supposed to, and 98% of the time, it does. Unfortunately, no bit of software is perfect, and if you own more than one device with "Hey, Google" hotword detection enabled, this useful tool can go awry in unwarranted ways.

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