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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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Realme unveils X2 Pro with SD 855+, 90Hz display, 50W charging, and 64MP camera for €399

At an event in Madrid today, Realme officially introduced three new smartphones that share one particular attribute in common: they all have 4 cameras on the back. The Chinese brand — part of the BBK family along with OnePlus, Oppo, and Vivo — is marking its entry into the European market with the new devices, including the powerhouse X2 Pro.

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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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[Update: Available in US] Galaxy S10 series starts getting Android 10 with One UI 2.0 beta

After a couple of rounds of teasing and delays, Samsung has officially announced the beta release of its Android 10-based One UI 2.0, starting today. It apparently went live in South Korea over the weekend, and today’s development marks its availability outside Samsung’s home country. Only the Galaxy S10e, S10, and the S10+ are eligible for this program while the Galaxy S10 5G is slated to be enrolled separately.

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OnePlus 7T first factory image now available for download

One of the main selling points for all OnePlus phones is the extensive custom ROM community, giving the devices plenty of OS options if the stock OxygenOS software isn't satisfactory. If you've already bought a OnePlus 7T and started experimenting with it, the stock software is now available for download, in the event you mess something up and need to go back to square one.

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