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Man of Steel, Matrix, The Shining, and more are $5 from Google Play Movies

If you're looking to build up your collection of digital movies, Google Play has a few discounted titles right now. The majority of the on-sale movies are just $5, a $10 reduction from the usual price, while others are $6-11. There's a good mix of old and new titles, so there's something for everyone.

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Google Drive and Docs on the web add support for Burmese and Welsh

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Midweek deals: Save on Philips Hue bulbs, Roku streamers, connected speakers, and more

We like to keep you folks abreast of all the best gadget deals we run across, but we can't devote full posts to all of them. So, in round-ups like these, we share some of the best bargains from the past few days you may have missed. This Wednesday afternoon: discounted smart lights, streaming dongles, and mesh routers to keep them connected.

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Samsung's giving $20 off on orders of $100 or more (and $40 off $200+) for SmartThings

Earlier this month, home improvement store Lowe's announced it was shutting down its ecosystem of 'Iris' smart home devices. In addition to giving some Iris device owners prepaid Visa cards, Lowe's is working with Samsung to ensure the company's SmartThings hub supports as many Iris devices as possible.

If you're a former Iris user looking to replace your unsupported devices, or if you just want to deck your home out in smart stuff, Samsung has a decent promotion right now.

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Squeeeee: Virtual desktops are coming to Chrome OS, video demonstrates initial concept

In what I will adamantly defend as the biggest news of the month, it looks like Google has started work on a feature it is calling "virtual desks" for Chrome OS. Based on a video published together with the Chromium Gerrit commit, the feature is effectively virtual desktops for Chromebooks, which we were previously told the company was working on. (YAY!)

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[Bonus Round] Arithmagic, Smartphone Tycoon, Doggo Dungeon, Boost Buddies, Picky Package, and Evolution : The Video Game

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 a premium learning game that mixes math with RPG mechanics, a business simulation that revolves around designing and selling a successful smartphone, a Zelda-like RPG that stars a dog searching for its owner, a pixel-based arcade game with simple tap controls, a casual package delivery game, and a highly-polished digital adaptation of the Evolution board game.

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Google to bring free Wi-Fi hotspots to the Philippines

Google Station is a program in developing countries, where local partners and Google tie up to bring free Wi-Fi to high traffic locations like railway and bus stations. Piloted in India in 2016, the program then expanded to Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, and Thailand, even rolling out to college campuses and hospitals. It's now coming to a sixth location: the Philippines.

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Report: Google's 2019 hardware plans include Pixel 'Lite,' Home refresh, new Nest cameras, and wearables

Google's first-party hardware options may be set to ramp up this year according to a recent report. Based on the details, we might see new product lines as well as refreshes of existing ones. In addition to the already knownupcomingcheaper Pixel "Lite," Nikkei is reporting that Google plans to release its own wearables (plural), a Google Home refresh, and security cameras this year.

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The Pixel 3 and 3 XL are $150 off right now from Google Fi

The Pixel 3 is a great smartphone, especially now that most of the annoying bugs present at launch have been fixed. Both the small Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are now $150 off from Google Fi, reducing the starting price of the former to $649, and the latter to $749.

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JBL's ludicrous PartyBox 200 and 300 speakers now available in the US

How to have a party, according to JBL: Step one, buy this giant portable Bluetooth speakers (there is no step two). You can now complete step one thanks to the launch of the PartyBox 200 and 300 in the US. For a couple hundred dollars, you can get a mammoth, glowing speaker to haul around and start parties. The promo video makes it look pretty easy.

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