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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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JBL's T450BT Bluetooth headphones are $30 ($20 off) right now

If you recently upgraded to a headphone jack-less phone and you don't want to spend much on Bluetooth headphones, today might be your lucky day. Right now, JBL's T450BT on-ear Bluetooth headphones can be purchased for $29.95 — a $20 drop from the usual price.

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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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Google Playground and its AR Playmoji come to Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, new Travel pack lands [APK Download]

When the Pixel 3 debuted two months back, Google made sure its new flagship lineup was adorned with all the latest bells and whistles, introducing us to a whole bunch of new features in the process. From the get-go, we were curious to learn which of these might also make their way to older Pixel phones, and when. Over the past few weeks more and more have been expanding to new devices, and the latest to spread the love is Playground and its Playmoji packs, now formally available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.

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Lenovo is rolling out Smart Display R5 update with improvements for lights, home tiles, and more

The Lenovo Smart Display was our first taste of Assistant's screen-first experience, but the Home Hub came out more recently with new features. The other smart displays aren't dead, though. Lenovo is rolling out the "R5" update today that adds some refinements and new features to the display.

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Gboard adds support for more than new 50 language varieties

Every few months, Google adds some new language variants to Gboard. This time around, a whopping 50+ language varieties have been added, most of which you probably haven't heard of. Unfortunately, Google hasn't divulged every single addition, though there are some that are name-dropped.

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You can now donate to charity from the Play Store on your phone

Google is rolling out a new feature to the Play Store, but this one isn't aimed at getting you to install more apps or give Google more money. Check out the new donation hub in the Play Store, and you can give money directly to charities doing good things in the world. Google says that 100% of your donation goes right to the organizations you choose.

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The Oppo R17 Pro and OnePlus 6T are twins separated at birth - but why?

OnePlus is something of a Cinderella story in the smartphone world. It seemed to appear out of nowhere, releasing a phone with numbers that matched the best the likes of Samsung and HTC had to offer - and did it at half the price. The OnePlus One went viral in a way few products do, and the rest is history (well, as much as four years can be “history”). OnePlus just keeps improving on that formula, most recently with the excellent OnePlus 6T, which I’ve had a chance to use for the last few weeks. And it really is a great phone - we even gave it our ‘Phone of the Year’ award.

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NVIDIA SHIELD upgrade 7.2 adds Amazon Music, customizable Quick Settings, and more

We just got done telling you that the SHIELD Android TV is still a great device three years after release in part because it keeps getting updates. NVIDIA isn't stopping the updates, either. A new upgrade to the SHIELD is rolling out today with Amazon Music integration, NAS improvements, customizable Quick Settings, and more.

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