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Sony 360 Reality Audio plans to give dynamic spatial awareness to your favorite music

The music industry has been a major point of interest for tech companies for decades. Where iTunes gave the world its first mainstream online music store, modern streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and TIDAL made it possible for listeners to enjoy as many tracks as their ears could handle through the power of the cloud. Hoping to make the next mark in the music streaming revolution, Sony has announced a new immersive, spatial technology it's calling 360 Reality Audio.

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Google Home app now has seamless setup for more smart lights

Configuring smart home devices can be a royal pain, and adding them to Google Assistant can be yet another hurdle. Google streamlined the process with the C by GE smart bulbs, and now that same setup process appears to be live for more smart bulbs, including Philips Hue and Sylvania Smart+. It won't work for all the bulbs sold under those brands, though.

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The OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro are now on sale in Europe

While US buyers bemoan the lack of choice they've been given with recent OnePlus releases, it's a different story in Europe where both the 7T and 7T Pro are now on general sale. Here's where you can buy the latest "flagship killers."

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[Update: It launched] Volvo XC40 will be one of the first cars to run Android Automotive

Google has been working on the native version of Android for cars, Android Automotive, for years. After Volvo offered us a first look at the operating system on its all-electric Polestar 2 back in May, the car manufacturer is now ready to deploy Automotive to another upcoming EV. The company has announced that the XC40 will run Android, too.

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Google's Stadia Controller will require wired connection with phones and PCs at launch

The first-party controller for Google's upcoming Stadia game streaming service isn't like other wireless controllers for PCs and consoles. Instead of connecting via Bluetooth, it matches up directly with Google's Stadia servers over Wi-Fi and sends the signal back to whichever device the game content is being streamed from. Details included in an official informational video has confirmed that the Stadia Controller's wireless capabilities are reserved only for the Chromecast Ultra, at least at first.

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LG begins Android 10 beta program for G8 ThinQ

LG may not be the most celebrated Android OEM on the planet, but that hasn't stopped it from pursuing success on the heels of its expanding G series smartphones. For customers who have stuck with the South Korean manufacturer, we have a bit of exciting news for you. Just one month after Google released Android 10 into the wild, LG is ready to let G8 ThinQ take it for a spin.

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Samsung phones will soon function as payment terminals for retail stores worldwide

Samsung has big ambitions when it comes to mobile phone-based payments. After successfully launching the Samsung Pay digital wallet app in 2015 and continually improving it with new features like Samsung Pay Cash and Money Transfer, it now has its sight set on the mobile point of sale (mPOS) market with its new "Samsung Point of Sale" system — or Samsung POS, for short.

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Google is fleecing previous Pixel owners on trade-ins

Trade-in offers aren't always the best value, though sometimes companies are willing to subsidize the discount you get just to put you in their ecosystem or reward you for sticking around. Based on the trade-in values that Google is offering for previous Pixels, though, it seems the company couldn't care less about brand loyalty. Right now, a mint condition 128GB Pixel 3 XL gets you just $295 in value toward a Pixel 4 pre-order. For folks that paid $1,000 last year, that stings.

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Datally, Google's data-saving app, has been unceremoniously axed from the Play Store

Google has a ton of first-party applications hanging out in the Play Store, from the more popular superstars like Google Search, Assistant, and Maps, to the less prominent Authenticator, Playground, or Opinion Rewards. Google has also killed off plenty of beloved applications over the years, and now the crew at Mountain View has seemingly struck again, this time tossing Datally into the pit of oblivion.

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New Amazon Echo and Echo Dot with clock smart speakers are available for purchase

A couple of weeks ago, Amazon unveiled a bunch of new smart speakers, including the all-new Echo, as well as a refreshed Echo Dot that features a built-in LED clock. Both devices are now available on the retailer's site, selling for $100 and $60, respectively.

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