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Google testing new Cast UI for Chrome, with new icons and a source toggle

The original function of the Chromecast was to mirror a Chrome tab to your TV. Even though it's hardly ever used for that purpose anymore, now that most media services support native casting, the feature has always left room for improvement. Google is now testing a new Cast interface for Chrome, with updated device icons and a source toggle.

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Chrome for Android is getting a shortcut to close all tabs

If you rack up a bunch of tabs in Chrome's Android app, closing them is — well, it's not hard, but it's mildly less convenient than it could be. But not for long! Chrome Story has spotted evidence that the browser's tab overview screen will soon have a button to close all your open tabs.

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Google Assistant classes up its voice selection with British and Australian accents

Back at Google I/O, we saw Assistant debut a bunch of new voice options, giving users a total of eight to choose between. That was a huge step forward in terms of variety, but Google isn't done there. Today we learn of the latest addition to Assistant's library of voice models, with a new British and Australian option arriving for US users.

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Tip: Google Assistant's Broadcast replies are live

Every few weeks, Google announces (and sometimes re-announces) a bunch of new Assistant features, so it's getting a little difficult to keep track of all of them. Among those was an option to reply to broadcasts, and now it's live.

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[Update: Many more countries] Google One's storage plans start rolling out in the UK and Canada

After tentatively launching in the US in May, Google One, aka Google's new unified storage plans and service, has been shyly expanding. It didn't become available to "everyone" in the US until August, and even then, there were plenty of exceptions that meant not all users were able to migrate to the new plans. After that, it was announced for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, and Mexico as well as India. Now, users in two more countries are getting emails notifying them of an upgrade to Google One.

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Google Home v2.8 adds Routines button to home screen, deep linking to Nest app [APK Download]

The Google Home app only gets an update around once a month, but that generally means that more changes are implemented each time. With version 2.8, a Routines button has been added to the home screen, and there's now a deep link to the Nest app in the Thermostat and Camera sections.

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Lenovo fixes Smart Display low-volume bug, update coming soon

Over the past month or so, a strange bug has been affecting the Lenovo Smart Display. In some cases, voice responses from Google Assistant would start at 0% volume, then slowly raise to the actual volume after a few words. Multiple owners have reported the bug, including our own Artem (#artemsluck), but Lenovo says the glitch has finally been fixed.

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Lenovo's 8-inch Smart Display has dropped to $100 again

One of this year's hot Black Friday items, at least in the Google tech circle, was Lenovo's 8-inch Smart Display for $100. Google's own Home Hub was the same price, but Lenovo's model has better speakers and a camera for Duo video calls. If you missed out on the original sale, the display has once again dropped to $99.99.

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Amazon finally starts selling Chromecasts, one year after it promised to stock them

Amazon pulled the Chromecast from its online store in 2015, after it instated a new rule that only streaming devices that supported Prime Video could be sold. Of course, Amazon itself dictates if Prime Video is available for a given platform, so many saw that as a thinly-veiled attempt to boost sales of Fire TV products. Three years after they were pulled, and a year after Amazon said they would re-appear, Chromecasts are finally back on Amazon.com.

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[Update: Now $1,234] The high-end Google Pixelbook (Core i7/512GB) is just $1,275 ($374 off) on Amazon, extra 10% discount for Prime Student members

The vast majority of Pixelbook buyers out there won't need a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage, but if you're one of the few who do, you're in luck. Amazon is currently offering the highest-end Pixelbook for just $1,275, a discount of $374 from the $1,649 MSRP.

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