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[Update: Now live] Google extending mail-in repair service for out-of-warranty Pixels to Europe

Here in the US, Google has had its own mail-in repair center set up for Pixel phones for around eight months. In the rest of the world, though, Google offers nothing of the sort, instead pointing customers to recommended walk-in and mail-in service centers via a support page. These support pages have just been updated, indicating that official mail-in services will soon be offered in a number of European countries.

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Samsung phones are getting an exclusive Secret Menu... for food (what)

When it comes to brand loyalty, Apple has won a special place in people’s hearts. But now Samsung is experimenting with a new initiative that may win a place in consumers’ stomachs.

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Google Pay adds new banks in Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Slovakia, Sweden, UK, and Ukraine

After Google Pay's recent launch in Switzerland, the service is now further expanding its availability in already supported areas by adding new banks. This time, there is quite a variety of different countries, but most of them receive just one new bank.

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UK government adds '12,000 pieces of information' to Google Assistant and Alexa

Smart speakers are great for answering basic questions, like "what's the weather tomorrow" or "what's the population of Brazil" (it's 209.3 million, in case you were wondering). However, since the answers to many of these questions come from Google's ability to scrape the content of webpages, they can sometimes be inaccurate or purposely manipulated. Answers to questions about the UK government should now be fairly accurate, as the country has added "more than 12,000 pieces of information" to both Google Assistant and Alexa.

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Google UK spring sale: Home Mini £29, Hub £99, Max £299, plus deals on Nest cams and thermostats

Not to be outdone by the spring sale from Amazon that we took a look a yesterday, the Google Store is running a promotion in the UK right now that sees many of its Home products heavily discounted. Most of the prices are as good as on Black Friday weekend, but the £100 off the Home Max is even better. It's not just Google's own hardware either, as a selection of Nest cameras and thermostats are also on offer.

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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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[Update: It's back] BBC blocks its content from Google Podcasts

Podcasts are a prime example of the internet doing something right. You aren't forced to use one particular service, but you can freely choose how you'd like to consume your favorite content. Well, if you happen to be a Google Podcasts user and an avid BBC listener, those times are over for now. The British network is blocking all its content from Google's app and Assistant.

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[Update: Offer comes to UK] Spotify Premium for Family account holders can snag a free Google Home Mini starting November 1

Spotify has announced a new promotion for members with family accounts. Starting tomorrow, November 1, the master account holder on any Spotify Premium for Family plan in the United States can get a Google Home Mini for the low low price of zero dollars.

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Guardian report on leaked documents shows the pains Facebook will take to fight privacy laws

According to a recent report by The Guardian based on internal documents leaked from a court case in California, Facebook has been lobbying and pressuring representatives and politicians from over 35 countries in its attempts to fight privacy laws. That much would seem pretty obvious, but the details revealed by these documents imply a greater degree of collaboration than you may expect, and potential quid pro quo actions by politicians.

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The Google Home Max drops to £200 (50% off) in the UK

When Google unveiled the Home Max back in 2017, I was thrilled about its high-quality audio, 4.5" woofers, and Smart Sound features. However, its $400 price tag made me rethink my decision, and I ended up buying a premium cast-enabled Sony speaker together with a Home Mini for less than $300. Since then, the Home Max has been marked down to $350, which still didn't make it affordable — at least to my eyes. If you live in Great Britain, though, you can get the device for half its original price thanks to a rebate on the Google Store, which is one the best deals we've seen so far on a Home Max — together with another one that brought it down to $262 .

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