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Sony WH-1000XM3 refurbs are $200 on eBay ($150 off MSRP)

Sony makes great active-noise cancellation (ANC) headphones, and the WH-1000XM3 is its best pair yet. Once in a while, and for brief periods of time, it's come down in price to about $300. Most of the time, however, it usually sells for $350. The same eBay seller we covered earlier in June is back to selling refurbished units for just $200, a full $150 off full price.

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Permanent Proxy enables Wear OS Google Pay in unlisted countries

Although everyone here at Android Police is passionate about Google's goodies, it is no secret how we feel about Wear OS —  fundamentally flawed, embarrassing, and persistently lagging behind the competition. Not surprisingly, Wear OS makes up less than 12% of smartwatch sales in the US. One of the most glaring misses by Google is the distressingly low number of countries that support Google Pay on Wear OS watches — compared to Samsung's 24 and Apple's 57, Google Pay is only accepted in 11 countries. Thanks to an app called Permanent Proxy by XDA forum member Jolan Rensen, however, you can now activate and use Google Pay in an unlisted country.

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Facebook still struggling with account lock-out attacks, fixes reinstatement glitch

Some Facebook and Instagram users are being locked out of their accounts for reporting impostors posing as relatives (in some cases, dead relatives). The social media platforms have been requiring locked-out users to submit a picture of photo identification through an API, but many have said the API is not functioning. A source at Facebook has told Android Police the company is investigating how the code got published. The company has also pulled the API.

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YouTube Music finally gets gapless playback through server-side rollout

If you regularly use YouTube Music to experience songs, either through just the audio or with the accompanying music video, you might have lamented on its inability to properly playback songs with seamless transitions. That sucks if you're trying to sink into a full, continuous LP like Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon." But some users are now reporting that the app is starting to do so in what appears to be a server-side feature rollout.

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Factory image for OnePlus 7 Pro's Android 10 update now available

Although OnePlus did right by its users by quickly rolling out Android 10 for the OnePlus 7 Pro just 18 days after Google's own rollout of Android 10 to its Pixel devices, it was a messy and bug-ridden update that was clearly rushed. Fortunately, the company made amends by releasing a second update almost a month later that addressed many of the issues. OnePlus seems to feel confident about its update because now, the latest build of Oxygen OS is finally available for direct download from the company's website.

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Google adds Pixel 2 as a Stadia-compatible device

At the recent Made by Google event, Google shared a bit more information about its Stadia gaming platform. One of the most burning questions people had in their minds was exactly which phone models would be supported on November 19th, the service's official launch date. So far Google has only talked about Stadia supporting Pixel 3 and 3a devices. We might have assumed that would extend to the new Pixel 4, and now Google has confirmed not only that much, but that Stadia will also be compatible with Pixel 2 phones.

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[Update: Live] Google Maps rolling out detailed voice guidance for walking directions

For the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, today is World Sight Day — a time to think about how we can prevent avoidable vision diseases and reducing external impacts for people living with visual impairment or blindness. Navigation in unfamiliar places remains one of the biggest challenges for those people, so the Google Maps team has decided to take the opportunity to roll out detailed voice guidance for walking directions.

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Arlo announces video doorbell with a 180-degree 'vertical view' and direct-to-mobile video calls

Arlo is expanding its lineup of smart home products today with the release of the Arlo Video Doorbell. Its existence was leaked earlier this year, and it's finally happening. Arlo may have been a little late to the video doorbell party, but it arrives carrying lots of features, some of which aren't found elsewhere.

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Pixel Slate's Brydge G-Type keyboard is 50% off at Amazon ($80 off)

If you're a Pixel Slate owner who still hasn't picked up a keyboard for it, or you're tired of using the terrible fabric keyboard from Google, you might want to heed this deal. The Brydge G-Type keyboard, which normally sells for $160, is 50% off on Amazon and selling for a mere $80.

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Galaxy Fold 2 rumors talk ultra-thin glass screen, possible color options

After undergoing some growing pains, the Galaxy Fold was finally released in September following a five-month delay due to a game-stopping screen defect. With the launch in the rearview mirror, Samsung is allegedly preparing a second foldable phone in the first half of 2020. The newest tidbit claims that the next Samsung foldable, which we're tentatively calling the "Fold 2," will utilize a different screen cover technology called ultra-thin glass (UTG) and be released with at least three different color choices.

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