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Multiple Nest devices are steeply discounted on the Google Store today

Google is in the process of folding Nest into its hardware group, and that includes rebranding several "Google" devices as "Nest." Some of the traditional Nest smart home products are on sale on the Google Store today—not any of the fancy smart displays. You can, however, get solid discounts on Nest Secure, thermostats, and more.

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Google's struggling Pixel sales invite comparison with Microsoft's smartphone failures

Alphabet — Google's parent company — had its Q1 earnings call yesterday amid its slowest growth in 3 years. A 17% year-on-year revenue increase has some investors concerned and Google CEO Sundar Pichai had to answer some tough questions about the company's hardware prospects. One analyst even went as far as to compare the Pixel phones with Microsoft's unsuccessful smartphone lineup.

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First-gen Pixel XL (128GB) on sale for $250 today on Woot

Google launched the first Pixel phones in 2016, and these are still pretty capable phones to this day. You can use them to test Android Q, and the camera experience is still best-in-class. You can pick up a new Pixel XL for $250 right now on Woot.

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Refurbished JBL Link 10 portable Assistant speaker on sale for $50 ($30 off)

Most Assistant speakers are tied to a power outlet, but the JBL Link 10 can go where you go. It debuted at a rather hefty $150, but the price has since dropped to around $80. Now, you can get a Link 10 for even less cash, as long as you're cool with a refurb. The speaker is on eBay for $49.99.

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Amazon UK spring sale: Great deals on Echo, Fire TV, Kindle, Ring, and tons of other tech

You might usually leave all your cut-price tech shopping until the Black Friday weekend later in the year, but there are some decent deals to be had right now. Amazon.co.uk is hosting a huge spring sale at the moment that runs until April 15, with sizable reductions on its own hardware such as Echos, Kindles, Fire tablets/TV, and Ring cameras, plus plenty of discounts for third-party products as well.

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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 as low as $400 from Best Buy, down to $500 at various retailers

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is now relegated to the shadows of the newer S10, but it still has enough going for it to be a strong consideration for anyone looking to purchase a well-spec'ed smartphone without spending ludicrous amounts of money. The S9 is currently available for $400 from Best Buy with an activation at purchase or for $500 without any activation requirement from that retailer and others. The larger S9+ is also available for $500 from Best Buy with activation or for as little as $574 without any activation from various retailers.

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Jaybird Run true wireless earbuds drop to $120 ($60 off)

No one wants wires on their Bluetooth earbuds anymore, but that adds substantially to the cost. Don't fret, though. The Jaybird Run earbuds are on sale today, and they offer some great features for just $119.99.

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B&H will begin charging sales tax in California starting April 1

Taxes are one of life's indelible elements, that and death. But the internet brought with it a means by which most of us online consumers could skirt states sales tax and B&H has long been a favorite online retailer because, other than New York and New Jersey, it didn't charge sales tax.

We saw the end of that era begin in December with the company collecting taxes from 22 states (including NY and NJ), but now California will no longer be exempt starting April 1.

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Philips Hue bulbs on sale as low as $10 at Amazon

Philips makes some of the most popular smart lights on the market, but going with Hue can be spendy. It might be a good time to stock up today as several popular Hue bulbs are discounted to as low as $10.  There are plain white, multi-color, and even fancy candle-style options on sale.

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[Update: Now $525] The dual-SIM Galaxy S9+ is on sale for $550 via eBay

Samsung is preparing to announce the Galaxy S10, so it's a good time to buy last year's phone at a steep discount if you don't need the latest and greatest. The unlocked dual-SIM Galaxy S9+ is down to a mere $549.99 on eBay today. That's lower than we've seen before, and there are a few fun color choices.

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