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Get a free copy of Assassin's Creed Odyssey for PC via Google's Project Stream [US only]

If you didn't have a chance to finish Assassin's Creed Odyssey playing it on Google's Project Stream, Ubisoft has decided not to let a little thing like ownership interfere with your experience. Anyone who plays the game on Google's game streaming service for at least an hour between now and January 15th (the end of the test), will get a free PC copy via Ubisoft's Uplay service, plus 1,000 helix credits for all Project Stream participants.

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Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Pro review: Putting OnePlus on notice

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is a jack of all trades. It makes a variety of connected gadgets, including TVs, toothbrushes, scooters, and even kettles. Yet, we know it mostly as a smartphone maker, and it’s now the fourth-largest in the world. It’s reached those lofty heights thanks to a simple promise: quality hardware at rock-bottom prices, and its flagship Mi 8 lineup is a prime example of that.

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ASUS ROG Phone review: A few stumbles can't stop this gaming-phone heavyweight

Smartphones have achieved the ridiculous level of market penetration they have thanks in no small part to their universal utility: While in the not-too-distant past you might have carried around a separate MP3 player, game console, PDA, flashlight, and any number of other accessories in addition to your cell phone, having all this functionality baked into one device is what helps make the general-purpose smartphone so appealing. But lately we've been seeing the emergence of more specialized phones, and easily the most visible segment there has been hardware targeted at gamers. Today we're looking at just how successful one of those efforts has been, as we review the ASUS ROG Phone.

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Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 (7486) review: Finally, a big Chromebook with good hardware

For reasons unknown to me, most Chromebooks larger than 13 inches usually have extremely low-end hardware. The 14-inch Asus Chromebook C423 has a dreadful Intel Celeron N3350 processor, and the Acer Chromebook 15 has a slightly better Pentium N4200 CPU. If you've been waiting for a big Chromebook with decent hardware, Dell might have the laptop for you.

The 'Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1' is pricier than most other large Chrome OS laptops, with an MSRP of $599, but it also has the hardware to justify that price — a latest-gen Intel Core i3 processor, a 14-inch 1080p IPS screen, 4GB of memory, and a backlit keyboard.

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How to hide, favorite, and share photos from your Google Home Hub (and other Smart Displays)

One of the best uses of the Google Home Hub, or any another Smart Display (Lenovo's or the JBL Link View), is as a smart digital photo album. I've already shared with you the steps to set this up plus tips to make the most of Live Albums, but there are a few new hidden capabilities that make it easier to interact with the photos once they're showing on your Smart Display. In this post, I'll explain how you can ask where and when a photo was taken, add it to your favorites, hide it, and share it directly with one of your contacts.

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Android Messages can now send calendar files, in case you ever want to do that

I don't think anyone anywhere has ever said the phrase, "Let me text you that calendar file." Perhaps it was commonplace practice before the era of Google Calendar and other cloud-synced tools, but it's hard to see a case for texting calendars in 2018. Still, someone at Google must have thought that functionality would be useful, because it just arrived in Android Messages.

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Google Home Hub with two Home Minis is $129 from the Google Store ($118 off)

We saw quite a few discounts on Google Home products during Black Friday week, but if you missed those, the Google Store is running a deal that you might be interested in. This time around, it's offering the Home Hub with two Home Minis for just $129 — a savings of $118 off MSRP.

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U.S. security panel reportedly approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger, as long as the carriers don't use Huawei equipment

While Huawei's Chief Financial Officer faces extradition to the United States over claims that the company avoided U.S. sanctions on Iran, Huawei might be facing another blow. According to Reuters, a U.S. security council is expected to approve the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, on one condition — the combined carrier can't use networking equipment from Huawei.

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Select items on Google Express are 15% off for today only

If the recent side-wide eBay sales aren't impressing you, Google Express is here to save the day. For December 14th only (that's today!), you can get 15% off select items from a multitude of retailers. Items from the Google Store, Best Buy, hhgregg, and more are discounted.

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Chime Pro, and Echo Dot bundle is just $180 ($120 off) at Best Buy

Ring was basically the first entrant in the smart doorbell market, and given that the company was purchased by Amazon for a reported $1 billion earlier in the year, it's clearly pretty good at making them. Ring's flagship smart doorbell, the Video Doorbell Pro, is now available for just $179.99 with a Ring Chime Pro and an Amazon Echo Dot at Best Buy.

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