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Huawei launches Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro without Google apps, first integrated 5G SoC, 40MP cameras

Today, Huawei announced the Mate 30 Pro and the Mate 30 during its keynote in Munich, Germany. The phones haven't leaked as badly as the Pixel 4, but we've known quite a bit about them before the launch. The Mate 30 series focuses on photography and comes with the Kirin 990 chip, the first SoC with an integrated 5G modem. They're also the first Huawei devices that have to launch without Google apps, which might make it harder to sell them outside of China.

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Buy a Pixel 3 for $500 at Best Buy, get a Nest Hub for free

There have been a lot of great deals on both the Pixel 3 and the Nest Hub lately, as an improved version of one is on the way and has already arrived of the other. Now, we've got a sweet deal on both at once: if you pick up a $500 Pixel 3 at Best Buy, the retailer will toss in a Nest Hub for free.

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Family Link lets parent set up per-app time limits and add bonus time before bed

Google Family Link allows parents to administer their children's devices, granularly controlling which apps they can install, how much time they can spend on their phones, and when it's time to put their tech down before bed. In an update to the service, Google has introduced new options, now letting parents set up per-app time limits and add bonus time before the nightly shutdown.

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Nokia 7.2 comes to the US on September 30, up for pre-order now

Nokia is well-regarded for clean, bloat-free software coming with fast, reliable updates. We can assume that the same is true for the company's new mid-range phone, the 7.2, launched during IFA in Berlin. The company has announced that it's coming to the US starting September 30, and you can already pre-order it now.

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Chrome Canary tests 'Top sites' recommendations on new tab page

Google Chrome sees a constant stream of new, sometimes redundant features implemented by its developers, but not all of them end up in the stable version of the browser. The new tab page, in particular, is always changing and some experimental features in Chrome's developer version Canary give us a glimpse of what Google might have in mind for it going forward. A new experiment in the form of a 'Top sites' shortcut has surfaced, linking to an overview of some recommended websites seemingly based on location and interest.

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[Update: It's live] Watch the Huawei Mate 30 reveal livestream starting from 5 a.m. PDT

Chinese tech company Huawei has been in too many headlines for a smartphone maker. It is at risk of losing all of its U.S. goods suppliers as questions hang in the air about what corporate crimes it may or may not have committed. But today, the firm is making news of its own agency in introducing the Huawei Mate 30 and the Huawei Watch GT 2 to market — and we have the link for you to see that happen live.

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Android 10 no longer uses Chrome app to render in-app web content

The component of Android responsible for rendering web pages inside apps (login screens, simple browsers, etc.) is the WebView. It became a separately-updated component with Android 5 Lollipop, and then Chrome started to handle WebView entirely in Android 7 Nougat. Starting with Android 10, Chrome no longer serves as the system WebView... sort of.

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Google expands Play Points program with promo codes, but you probably still can't use it

Ever heard of Google Play Points? Unless you live in Japan or South Korea, the only two countries that the rewards program is currently offered in, we're guessing you probably haven't. Anyway, Google has just added promo codes to the Play Points program portfolio.

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[Update: Ten more] Google Pay growth continues unchecked with these 50 new US banks

It's been several weeks since we last checked in to see the progress Google was making towards its apparent goal of signing every single financial institution in America up for Google Pay support. Unsurprisingly, Google's been very busy throughout this period, and today we're looking at all the new banks ready to work with the service.

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Google Maps Incognito Mode sent to preview group for testing

It's been a long time coming — 4 months, actually, for those of you remembering back to Google I/O — but we're finally getting our first real look at Incognito Mode for Google Maps. Ironically, the pictures we have are courtesy of some members of the Google Maps Preview test group who wish to remain anonymous.

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