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How to get a free Stadia Premiere Edition bundle ($100 value) if you have YouTube Premium

How to get a free Stadia Premiere Edition bundle ($100 value) if you have YouTube Premium

Google likes bundling freebies with its products and services. In the past few months, Pixel 5 and 4a 5G buyers got a bunch of service subscriptions for free with their purchase, Chromebook owners were able to redeem three months of YouTube Premium, Google One subscribers got three months of Stadia Pro, and some YouTube Premium users received a free channel membership and/or a Nest Mini. Another promo is joining the fray today, also for YouTube Premium subscribers but only in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain (for now), letting them redeem a Stadia Premiere Edition bundle for free instead of its original $100 / £90 / €100 price.

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Pixel 4a 5G now available for pre-order in the UK, France, Germany, Australia, and other countries

Pixel 4a 5G now available for pre-order in the UK, France, Germany, Australia, and other countries

The Pixel 4a 5G finally became available for pre-order in the US a week ago, and now other countries are following suit. Though Japan got it first on October 15th, it's now available for pre-order in France, Germany, the UK, Ireland, Australia, and Taiwan, filling out the list of available countries announced at the Launch Night In.

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Google killing off free voice calls from smart speakers and displays in the UK

Google killing off free voice calls from smart speakers and displays in the UK

One little-known but neat piece of infrastructure Google provides for its Assistant speakers and displays is the ability to make free calls to most any U.S. and Canadian, or U.K. number. But Britons won't be able to take advantage of that feature for much longer.

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UK regulator to ban carriers from selling locked phones

UK regulator to ban carriers from selling locked phones

When a mobile network sells you a phone with a costly contract, it makes sure that switching providers won't be easy. Handsets have traditionally been locked to the carrier who sold it, and you have to jump through hoops to get it unlocked. From December next year, this practice will no longer be permitted in the UK as regulator Ofcom is banning the sale of locked phones by network operators.

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Vivo is the latest Chinese smartphone maker to bring its products to Europe

Vivo is the latest Chinese smartphone maker to bring its products to Europe

With OnePlus, Oppo, and Realme all having successfully launched products in European markets, fellow BBK sub-brand Vivo must have been feeling left out. Not to be outdone by its siblings, the company has just announced its expansion into Europe with a range of handsets and audio products.

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OnePlus brings new Gray Ash color to the Nord

OnePlus brings new Gray Ash color to the Nord

Even when the limelight is meant to be on the OnePlus 8T today, the company has found a way to keep its mid-ranger Nord phone exciting — by giving it a new color. In addition to the glossy Gray Onyx and Blue Marble looks, we now have a darker, edgier Gray Ash matte finish coming to current Nord markets as soon as tomorrow.

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Google is giving out special Pixel 4a unboxing experiences to people in the UK

Google is giving out special Pixel 4a unboxing experiences to people in the UK

The Google Pixel 4a made waves as a budget champ with its remarkable camera and reasonable launch price in the US. But those waves haven’t quite hit the international shores as yet since the phone doesn’t ship until October in many parts of the world. In the UK, Google is using this intervening time to hype up its latest mid-ranger by handing out free gifts containing the Pixel 4a and more.

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Xiaomi announces Poco X3 NFC, the first phone with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 732G gaming chip

Xiaomi announces Poco X3 NFC, the first phone with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 732G gaming chip

During a livestreamed launch event today, Xiaomi unveiled the latest in its affordable range of Poco phones. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, the Poco X3 NFC is a mid-ranger that features an Adreno 618 Elite Gaming GPU with liquid cooling for the mobile gamers out there. An impressive spec sheet is coupled with a remarkably low price as the base model costs just €229 (£199).

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Pixel Buds 2 now available in all colors at Google Store

Pixel Buds 2 now available in all colors at Google Store

It's taken months for all the colors to fall into place — almost four months, in fact — but the Google Store is now shipping the second-generation Pixel Buds in Just White, Oh So Orange, Quite Mint, and Almost Black to customers in the United States.

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NHS COVID-19 app with Apple and Google's API begins testing in the UK

NHS COVID-19 app with Apple and Google's API begins testing in the UK

The U.K. wanted to make an app to trace coronavirus infections and had been testing on out on the Isle of Wight this spring. But going on its own, the government admitted that it would take way too long to publish and opted instead to adopt tracking APIs created jointly by Apple and Google. Now, the rewound NHS COVID-19 app is out for trials.

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