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Google Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL appear in new renders

Rumors about a possible budget Pixel phone have been circulating for months, but last month was the first time pictures of one leaked. The 'Pixel 3 Lite,' as it has been referred to, combines the design aesthetic of the Pixels with a midrange Snapdragon 670 processor. Renders of the phone have now been released, and we're getting our first look at a larger variant.

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26 best new Android games released this week including Hydropuzzle, Marching Order, and Age of Civilizations II

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. This week I have an odd puzzler that takes advantage of a unique design, a puzzle game about an anthropomorphic marching band, and the sequel to Age of Civilizations. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released in the last week.

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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Winter 2018)

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AI will soon decide what you hear in Google Assistant news briefings

The news reports you get from Google Assistant are about to get a whole lot smarter, or so says Google. The same artificial intelligence that powers the Google News app is coming to Assistant. Google pitches the new system as a way to get quick, personalized news in audio form throughout the day.

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Allo, is anybody out there? A brief history of Google's ill-fated messenger [Updated]

Back in April, it was revealed that development for Allo was temporarily suspended while Google redoubled its efforts at spreading the gospel of RCS. At the time, the company reassured consumers that it was still committed to supporting Allo, but the recent news of it's expected shutdown, paired with a total absence of updates for the last ten months, casts those earlier statements into severe doubt.

While Allo's fate hangs in limbo, let's take a look back at the service since its announcement, and speculate a bit on how it got here. 

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[Update: Now $80] Anki Overdrive is $86 ($64 off) on Amazon, Fast & Furious Edition is $93 ($76 off)

Anki's 'Overdrive' is a lineup of smartphone-controlled racing cars that can drive on a customizable track. We reviewed the Fast & Furious Edition last year, and it offered plenty of fun for the original price of $170. Now you can get the Fast & Furious version for far less than that, and the non-themed version is also on sale.

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[Update: May be fixed with December patch] Some Pixel 3 XL owners are complaining of buzzing/distorted speakers

Pixel season wouldn't be complete without a bunch of complaints from early adopters of possible hardware and software faults. Last year, the main controversy surrounded the terrible LG OLED panels used for the Pixel 2 XL. This year, there are a few early contenders, including what we may be calling 'buzzgate.'

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Unlimited power: ASUS ROG Phone charges when plugged into itself, solves world's battery problems

Battery technology has been slow to evolve, which limits how much processing power we can pack into pocket-sized devices. If only there was some magical new technology that could solve the world's battery woes. Graphene? Lithium-air? No, the answer, friends, is the ASUS ROG Phone. This modern marvel of mobile technology has two USB-C ports, so obviously, it can charge itself.

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[Bonus Round] Moshpit - Heavy Metal is war, the Sequence 2, Absolute Drift, Twinfold, 7Days - Decide your story, Morels, and Slint

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got an awesome heavy metal mosh pit game, a challenging logic-base puzzler, a minimal and relaxing drift racing game, a procedurally generated tile merging puzzler, a delightful choose your own adventure, a card game all about mushrooms, and a gorgeous point and click adventure game.

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Nokia 8.1 launches as global edition of China's Nokia X7, sporting a Snapdragon 710 for €399

Nokia announced the X7 for the Chinese market in October. At a hardware event in Dubai today, the company revealed its identity for the rest of the world: the Nokia 8.1. It's the same phone as was announced a few weeks ago — dual rear cameras, Snapdragon 710, and a competitive price tag — just with a new name.

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