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Spotify's latest shortcut should help streamline casting

Spotify's latest shortcut should help streamline casting

Apple Music might be upping its game on Android, but Spotify is no slouch. From karaoke mode to offline playback for free users, the defacto music streaming service has been experimenting with a lot of new additions recently — and we've spotted another that makes one of Spotify's best features even better.

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Verizon introduces new Unlimited Plus plan for 5G tablets

Verizon introduces new Unlimited Plus plan for 5G tablets

Verizon was in the news earlier this week when the company announced it was buying Tracfone for around $6.25 billion in cash and stocks. Now big red has taken the lid off a few more newsworthy items: the company is adding a new connected device plan and simplifying plan options for smartwatches.

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Google Assistant now works with more than 10,000 smart home devices

Google Assistant now works with more than 10,000 smart home devices

The Google Assistant's bag of smart home tricks is growing at breakneck speed. At the beginning of this year, the Assistant supported 1,500 devices; by May, that figure had ballooned to more than 5,000. Now, with little fanfare, the Google Home support page has been updated to show that more than 10,000 devices from more than 1,000 manufacturers play nice with Google's ecosystem.

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Bluetooth section and NFC toggle in Android P DP4 moved to 'Connection preferences' settings submenu

Bluetooth section and NFC toggle in Android P DP4 moved to 'Connection preferences' settings submenu

One of the more minor additions to the previous Android P DP3 release was a series of Bluetooth changes, including an aptly descriptive "Previously connected devices" section and a reorganization for the Bluetooth toggle into its own Bluetooth section. Now DP4 has further reorganized both that Bluetooth subsection and the NFC toggle into the "Connection preferences" subsection.

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August announces Alarm.com partnership to make its door lock even smarter

August announces Alarm.com partnership to make its door lock even smarter

August's Smart Lock Pro is a popular option for those looking to add a connected front door lock to their smart home setup, and now it's getting even better thanks to a new partnership. Integrating with the Alarm.com platform opens August's lock up to a wide ecosystem of smart home security solutions including DSC, Interlogix, and Nortek.

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Here are some more minor Android P DP3 changes you may have missed

Here are some more minor Android P DP3 changes you may have missed

Since Android P's inception, we've written over 100 feature spotlight posts about various new changes Google has added in. Even in its third developer preview, lots of changes are still being added, but some are so minor they don't really warrant their own posts. However, if you like nitpicking every little thing like many of us, this might be the post for you.

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CES 2018 wrap-up: All of the mildly interesting miscellaneous stuff

CES 2018 wrap-up: All of the mildly interesting miscellaneous stuff

CES 2018 was a busy show, as usual, and so it's understandable that we let a few announcements slip through the cracks. The items in this wrap-up did not fall into the Android TV, Assistant, or Alexa "categories," so they all got lumped into their own miscellaneous one. Some of these are actually pretty neat, even if they are only mildly interesting.

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Bloomberg says that Nest is working on a cheaper thermostat and some new home security products

Bloomberg says that Nest is working on a cheaper thermostat and some new home security products

If you've had your eye on a Nest thermostat, but couldn't pull the trigger because of the price, then this Bloomberg report might be of interest to you. Supposedly, a cheaper, sub-$200 thermostat is in the works and it could launch next year. Bloomberg's source also indicates some other new products, like a home alarm system, a digital doorbell, and an update to the Nest Cam, are in development, too.

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Firefox OS is completely dead, Mozilla lays off connected devices team

Firefox OS is completely dead, Mozilla lays off connected devices team

First announced four years ago as "Boot to Gecko," Firefox OS was an interesting concept. Partially based on Android, it was an open-source operating system entirely powered by web technologies. All of the apps, the interface, the home screen, and many parts of the system were written in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Sound familiar?

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] Formal MIDI Support And Several Other Improvements For Audio Input And Output Are On The Way

[Android M Feature Spotlight] Formal MIDI Support And Several Other Improvements For Audio Input And Output Are On The Way

Under the hood improvements don't always get much love, but there is a segment of Android users that will be thrilled to hear about what Google has done for those working with audio. The headlining change is an API for MIDI, which is the primary interface for communicating music-oriented information between devices. The net result of this will be making it far easier for developers to create apps that interact with hardware for making music or other sorts of sounds. Other changes add to the overall quality of audio that can be worked with on Android and give more options for creating complex tracks.

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