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Samsung has not sold 1 million Galaxy Folds after all

Samsung has clarified that it has not, in fact, sold 1 million Galaxy Folds, in a statement given to Korea's Yonhap News Agency. Samsung declined to comment on the actual number of units sold, only to say it was not over a million.

Samsung would not even state if estimates of 500,000 units were closer to an accurate figure, perhaps suggesting the real number could even be below analyst expectations.

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Get two Amazon Echo Flex smart speakers for just $35 ($5 off) at Amazon for a limited time

Amazon's tiny Echo Flex smart speakers are great because they can fit into areas where even the compact Echo Dot can't. That's because the Echo Flex simply plugs into any open wall outlets without blocking the other. After dropping the price from $25 to $20, Amazon is further sweetening the deal by selling two Echo Flex speakers for just $35 ($5 off) with a limited-use coupon.

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Android 10 beta Galaxy S9 and Note9 iris scanners now support Google's new Biometric API

Samsung may have removed the iris scanner from its recent flagship devices like the Galaxy S10 and Note10, but it hasn't forgotten about it on earlier hardware. According to some Galaxy S9 and Note9 users in the Android 10 One UI 2.0 beta program, the company has updated the iris scanner in those phones to be compatible with Google's new Biometric API, a one-stop-shop for in-app user authentication.

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FCC proposes 988 as a new national number for suicide prevention hotline

One of the most vital services the government offers is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It runs around the clock every day of the year and is intended to help ease people from the critical distress they may be facing in a moment of need. But if you weren't able to use its web-based chat line, would you be able to dial its number (1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-273-TALK) by memory if you ever needed it? Chances being what they are, maybe not. That's part of why the FCC is proposing to use a new number, 988, as a redirect to the lifeline.

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Pixel lockscreen PIN bug is making phones unusable (Update: OnePlus, Sony devices affected)

Dozens of Pixel owners are reporting that they can't authenticate into their devices because every time they put their PIN in, the phone loops them back to the lock screen. The issue, which was first reported on the Pixel Phone Help forum nearly a month ago, seems to be affecting Pixel XLs the most, though there have been mentions of other Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 series devices. So far, product experts have been encouraging affected users to escalate the issue with Google directly or reset their device from recovery.

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Microsoft's Your Phone gains voice call support in latest Insider build (Update: Fully available)

It's been about a week since the last release and another new build of Windows 10 Insider has surfaced, bringing along more goodies for Android and Windows PC users. The newest build — version 18999 — updates the Your Phone desktop app with a new "Calls" feature that allows Android users to make and receive phone calls right from the PC.

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Google Search improves top stories results by adding more carousels grouped by topics

Google may work on hundreds of different projects these days, but its core product remains Search. The company keeps improving this vital part of its enterprise with small changes all the time, though every once in a while, it has bigger news to share. As such, the company has announced that it's redesigning results for timely topics like news, which will be intelligently grouped in multiple carousels, divided into highlights and more specific subjects.

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Jump start your kid's love for coding and have some fun too with the Sphero BOLT for $105 ($45 off)

If you have an inquisitive and curious-minded kid who spends more time indoors than out, then gifting a fun yet educational robotic toy like the Sphero BOLT will be a good way to get his or her brain juices flowing. Being a STEM toy, it's designed to prepare kids for a successful career later in life by developing their science, technology, engineering, and math skills. This smart toy usually sells for $150 but Amazon has it for $105 ($45 off) right now.

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SanDisk 128GB microSD cards are just $15 ($11 off) today only

MicroSD cards are still a popular storage medium — all the manufacturers include full SD-size adapters anyways, so they make for easy gifts to anyone who has a camera that's not a phone. In any case, we may have passed the commodity event horizon where these cards cost so little on their own, but would be better bought in bulk on sale. Luckily enough, Best Buy has the best price on SanDisk Ultra Plus 128GB cards today only.

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One UI 2.0 Android 10 beta rolling out for Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9 (Update: Now in the US)

It looks like Samsung is firing on all cylinders when it comes to updating its recent devices to Android 10. After pumping out seven Android 10 One UI 2.0 beta updates for the Galaxy S10 series within a time span of six weeks, Samsung has now rolled out Android 10 beta for the Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9 users in South Korea and India. Besides getting Android 10, Samsung's older flagships also received an early Christmas present from the company: Night mode photography that works on more than just the primary camera.

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