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Google Home starts letting users transfer streams between speakers and displays

Maybe you've taken smartening up your home seriously to the point where you have a smart speaker, display, TV, or a combination of any of them in every room of your house. With all that space and all the people you share it with, you may have wanted to start listening to music or watching a show on one device, then move it over to another. It's previously been a small ordeal to have to do that, but with late changes to the Google Home app and Google Assistant, you'll be able to make it happen at the voice of your whim.

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[Update: Niantic response] Xiaomi users allege they are being banned from Pokémon Go

Banning problematic users from online games and services is nothing new. Accounts are often banned for violating terms of service, community guidelines, or outright cheating. A group of Pokémon Go players believe that they have been banned for a less conventional reason—using a Xiaomi phone.

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Teardown reveals the Galaxy Fold's improvements aren't only skin-deep

 

In general, phones are becoming more expensive, fragile, and difficult to repair. No device is more emblematic of these trends than the Galaxy Fold. After a months-long delay, the Galaxy Fold has once again gone on sale in the US. The repair experts over at iFixit have already managed to tear one of these redesigned units down to determine what has been changed during the extended delay.

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OnePlus 7T review: Almost the perfect budget flagship

The OnePlus 7T sounds like my perfect phone on paper, packing a nice high-end chipset, a bright 1,000 nit 90Hz screen, and the latest Android 10 software. While flagships are pushing the market into fatigue at over a thousand dollars, this phone champions affordability at "just" $600. In fact, I loved almost everything about the OnePlus 7T, though folks like me who are picky when it comes to screens may be disappointed.

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Sony X900F 4K Android TVs are on sale for up to $800 off

With temperatures dipping into autumn territory, now's the perfect time to cozy up in front of a brand new television and binge on your favorite content, be it shows, movies, games, or Play Store apps. In addition to the TV deal we posted yesterday, today's bargain offers a new Sony X900F series Android TV for up to $800 off.

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Amazon's Echo Connect lets you link your landline to your Alexa speaker for $18 (50% off)

Landlines are becoming less common nowadays, but they remain reliable nonetheless. If you're looking for a convenient way to link one to your existing Echo speaker, Amazon's Echo connect lets you do just that, and is currently down to $18, which is 50% off its initial price.

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Samsung drops security updates for three devices, demotes others to quarterly updates

The Android security update situation is confusing and messy despite Google's best efforts, such as mandating companies to provide at least two years of security fixes. Samsung, the largest Android device maker in the world, has just modified the list of devices it supports with security updates, and there's been some shuffling around with a few phones getting kicked off.

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Google mandates Digital Wellbeing for all Android devices going forward

Smartphone addiction, like nicotine addiction, is real and it has several negative consequences, such as adversely affecting your social life, your ability to work or study, and even messing with how your brain functions. In response, some companies have created apps to help you find a good balance, like Google's Digital Wellbeing. Starting from September 3rd, 2019, Digital Wellbeing will no longer be an optional phone feature but a requirement for all Android manufacturers to implement into their devices.

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Google to make mobile gaming more predictable and performant with Gaming Device Certification

The mobile gaming industry is big and projected to generate about $90 billion by 2021. With 2.4 billion people expected to play mobile games in 2019 alone, many companies have been releasing devices branded as "gaming" phones, such as Asus, Razer, Xiaomi, and more. Going along with this rising trend, Google has started a new program called Gaming Device Certification that will ensure future gaming phones perform smoothly, predictably, and support the latest gaming APIs.

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