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Amazing: NASA engineer uses four Android phones and a glitter bomb to thwart package thieves

Have you ever had a package stolen from the front porch? To the annoyance of many, local law enforcement doesn't always give that the priority one may hope for, which can be quite frustrating. Here's what happens when a vigilante rises from the masses.

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LG V35 ThinQ Prime Exclusive falls to $530 ($370 off) on Amazon

During the week leading up to Black Friday, Amazon discounted several of its Prime Exclusive phones, including the LG V35 ThinQ. We thought that the discount of $350 to $549.99 was pretty solid, but Amazon has bested that price less than a month later. The V35 ThinQ Prime Exclusive is currently $529.99 ($370 off) at Amazon.

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LG Watch W7 drops to $220 ($230 off), quite possibly the biggest smartwatch flop of 2018

LG's announcement of the Watch W7 was met with jeers and derision. That was not only because mechanical hands on a smartwatch are a bit silly, but LG wanted a whopping $450 for the device. That was a tough sell in a world where Android smartwatches have yet to prove their utility, but that price didn't last long. After dropping almost immediately to $250, the Lg Watch Wy is now down another $30.

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[Update: Back on sale] LG G7 ThinQ can be snapped up for just $530 at B&H right now ($220 off)

It may have a stupid name, like all of LG's recent phones, but the G7 ThinQ isn't a bad little device. LG may not be in the position it was a few years ago, but its flagship G-series is still worth looking at, especially if you can get a really good deal on it.

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Beware when buying third-party Google Assistant speakers and Smart Displays, updates and features are not equal

Another year, another category of Google-compatible products has flooded the market. A few years ago, it was the Chromecast, then it was the Google Home and Home Mini, and now it's the Google Home Hub. With every first-party release comes a slew of third-party alternatives, boasting the same features, same integrations, same functions, but with different designs and prices. On paper, they should be equal to Google's, but time and time again, we've learned that they're not.

Never though have the lines blurred as much as with the Home Hub and its Lenovo and JBL brethren. They look almost the same, both on the outside and in their interface, and Google pushed them earlier than its Home Hub, advertising them and talking about them as if they were its own.

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LG reshuffling puts home entertainment president Brian Kwon in charge of mobile division

It's getting on toward the end of the year, and you know what that means. Yes, it's time for LG's semi-annual executive shakeup. As usual, LG's management isn't happy with how the mobile division has done over the last year, so it's putting someone new in charge. That person is Brian Kwon, the current head of LG's home entertainment group.

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LineageOS drops support for 30 devices, including the Redmi Note 3 and Moto G4

The LineageOS custom ROM used to support just about every phone imaginable, but lately the project has been going for quality over quantity. Oreo (15.1) builds have to fulfill stricter requirements to receive official status, and now Lineage is dropping support for 30 unmaintained phones and tablets.

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LG's new ThinQ View Smart Display features stereo 20W speakers, priced at $200 ($100 off)

LG is joining the Smart Display game, becoming the fourth company to do so after Lenovo, JBL, and Google itself. The Smart Display, formally dubbed "XBOOM AI ThinQ View WK9" (who comes up with these names?), puts a focus on audio with its dual 20W speakers. LG first announced this all the way back in January at CES, but we hadn't heard anything else until now. It's available now at an introductory price of $199.99, $100 off its MSRP.

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Verizon releases LG V40 ThinQ update with new camera features, Android security updates

Verizon's latest update for the LG V40 ThinQ is all about making users look good, by way of creating digital avatars and fine-tuning their selfies to transport them to another place.

The patch includes a handful of new camera-centric features, including the introduction of "My Avatar" and Augmented Selfie capabilities, both of which look like they're meant for a lot of time-wasting (read: fun) applications.

Using My Avatar, you can create a cartoon avatar to be used in Messaging and other apps that feature an on-screen keyboard. The avatar is created from several photos of your own face, and can then be customized with different clothing and accessories.

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LG released its Wear OS watch with physical hands, and it's already $200 off

LG has been making Wear OS watches since day one, but the company unveiled something a little different last month — a smartwatch with physical watch hands above the LCD screen. The Watch W7 was released on October 14 for $450 (yes, you read that right), and now it's $200 off at multiple retailers.

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