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Google is getting in the mood for a spooky Halloween

Google is getting in the mood for a spooky Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner, and even if many of us won't celebrate the festivities the way we usually do, Google is trying to do its part to make the best of the situation with features that will help you have a socially distant Halloween. Like every year, the company has hidden a plethora of spooky surprises in its search engine and other products.

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Get the Lenovo Smart Display 7 for just $60 ($40 off)

Get the Lenovo Smart Display 7 for just $60 ($40 off)

Lenovo was the first company to release a smart display powered by Google Assistant, even before Google itself came out with the Home Hub (later renamed to the Nest Hub). Lenovo followed it up with a new 7-inch model in 2019, which you can now buy for $40 off the original price.

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Lenovo Smart Clock and Smart Clock Essential deals will rouse you out of bed for about half off

Lenovo Smart Clock and Smart Clock Essential deals will rouse you out of bed for about half off

If you're looking for an inexpensive smart device, you should consider Lenovo's Smart Clock and Smart Clock Essential. Both offer a handful of convenient features, and are currently down to just $25 and $35, respectively, instead of launch prices as high as $50 and $80, making them very affordable.

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Acer wants you to party like it's 1999 with its new Google Assistant-powered smart speaker

Acer wants you to party like it's 1999 with its new Google Assistant-powered smart speaker

As part of its annual GPC event, Acer has announced a whole slew of new products, including laptops, desktops, beamers, displays, concept devices, and much more. The Chrome OS expert has also presented a new Chromebook and Chromebox, the Spin 513 and the CXI4. They're joined by a Google Assistant-equipped smart speaker with a low-res LED display and RGB lighting, making for some crazy Nest-Audio-meets-gamer-hardware aesthetics.

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Google is rolling out a huge update to smart displays, and it includes a dark mode

Google is rolling out a huge update to smart displays, and it includes a dark mode

Google has been making smart displays with Assistant for over two years now, but they've functioned more or less the same that entire time. Some models have upgraded features, like the wide-angle lens on the Nest Hub Max, but the core software experience hasn't changed. That's no longer the case, as Google is finally rolling out the upgraded UI that was first spotted in September.

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Google Assistant Driving Mode starts showing up, one year after its announcement

Google Assistant Driving Mode starts showing up, one year after its announcement

You've always been able to run the Android Auto app on your phone to get a better/safer interface while driving, but Google doesn't widely advertise that functionality (the Auto app is mainly used for connecting to car entertainment systems), and it doesn't always work correctly. Google announced a replacement over a year ago at Google I/O, and it's finally showing up on phones.

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Google confirms Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 Assistant integration coming this winter, talks functionality

Google confirms Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 Assistant integration coming this winter, talks functionality

Confirming an earlier teardown and statements from Fitbit around launch time, Google is continuing to assure us that Assistant is coming to recent Fitbit wearables "this winter." Fitbit's latest Sense and Versa 3 will be both be supported, bringing the convenience of Google's hands-free smart digital assistant to your wrist without the overhead of Wear OS.

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Google Assistant now supports advanced in-app actions on all Android phones

Google Assistant now supports advanced in-app actions on all Android phones

Last year, Google debuted a new Assistant experience with the Pixel 4 that's deeply integrated with the phone. While other handsets (except for the Pixel 4a and 5 lines) still haven't received this redesign, a capability previously only available in it is finding its way to everyone, albeit in a limited fashion: In-app actions that help you quickly get to specific parts in your applications. There's also something new for everyone, regardless of whether or not you have the Pixel 4 or newer: You can assign custom voice commands to these actions.

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Google shares new privacy-focused features, including a guest mode for Assistant

Google shares new privacy-focused features, including a guest mode for Assistant

Google has been under fire for some time now due to user privacy concerns, especially in Europe. This summer, the company set stricter default privacy restrictions for new accounts. Today it's announcing several more steps that may help to alleviate some people's concerns about the data Google collects — including a brand-new guest mode for Google Assistant.
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Wyze just launched a $50 smart thermostat, undercutting virtually all of its competitors

Wyze just launched a $50 smart thermostat, undercutting virtually all of its competitors

Wyze only recently announced its first pair of over-ear headphones and a $30 video doorbell, and the company is continuing its foray into new product categories. It has just unveiled the Wyze Thermostat, a $50 smart thermostat that can be automated via the Wyze app and controlled with voice assistants. It's available for pre-order and will ship in December.

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