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Amazon releases Fire TV Stick Basic Edition for $50

If your TV is tragically not smart enough—or otherwise lacks a way to play Amazon Prime Video—Amazon has been heavily pushing their line of Fire TV devices since 2014. While the 3rd generation Fire TV started shipping last month, Amazon just announced the new Fire TV Stick Basic Edition. Problem is, there's absolutely nothing new about this at all.

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[Update: Pixel 2 too, mostly] Pixel 2 XL November security update adds promised saturated color mode

People made a pretty big fuss about the Pixel 2 XL's display for several reasons, one of which was that its colors were too muted. To alleviate this issue, Google said that it would add a mode that would enable more saturated colors via an update in the coming weeks. Well, it's been a few weeks since that statement, and lo and behold, the November security patch adds that saturated color mode.

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Google's November update lowers Pixel 2 XL maximum brightness, adds fading navigation buttons from 8.1 DP1 to both Pixel 2s

The numerous worries about the Pixel 2 XL's display were addressed by Google in late October, and the company is taking action now. The November update not only adds the promised saturated color mode to the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, but also a number of other minor tweaks, including a slightly lower maximum brightness for the Pixel 2 XL and fading soft keys for both the Pixel 2 and 2 XL.

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Samsung's latest ad makes direct jabs at multiple generations of the iPhone, and it's pretty funny

Samsung seems to be angling towards a different type of ad campaign: one that makes fun of competitors' devices. We first saw this (indirectly) with Samsung's 'Screen Reviews' commercial, but this latest 'Growing Up' takes the roasts to a whole other level. Several generations of the iPhone are highlighted here, and it's really very well done.

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[Update: False alarm] Xiaomi may be working on a phone with edge controls, according to hidden MIUI setting

When the HTC U11 arrived earlier this year, the squeezable frame ('Edge Sense') that performed actions seemed like a gimmick. But it ended up being a neat feature, and we've seen it on a few phones since then. The HTC U11 Plus and Life both have it, as well as the 2017 Pixel phones. Now it looks like Xiaomi could be working on the technology for an upcoming phone.

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[Deal Alert] Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra is $299 ($100 off) at Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, and others

The XA1 and XA1 Ultra were revealed back in February as a pair of 'super mid-range' phones. The XA1 Ultra finally arrived in the United States in July, for a rather-high price tag of $399. Now you can grab one for $100 off at just about everywhere the phone is sold.

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OnePlus Camera 2.4 adds a new mode-switching screen [APK Download]

News surrounding OnePlus is starting to heat up, since the mostly fan-favorite Chinese manufacturer has decided to repeat its two flagship strategy from last year. Opinions on that aside, we saw an update to the Camera app a few days ago, bringing the version to 2.4.17. Not a huge update, but it has a slight UI change.

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Sliding 'People also view' card showing up when scrolling in Google app search result

Google's constantly adding little server-side updates to its app in an aim to make things just a little bit easier. The latest addition a reader has spotted is a card entitled 'People also view' that shows up while you're reading through a webpage that you've clicked on from the Google app.

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Google's November system images and OTA files for Nexus and Pixel devices are (mostly) live [Update: Pixel 2 XL OTA rolling out]

The month is getting underway, and that means it's time for Google to issue its monthly raft of Pixel and Nexus updates. The updates will filter down to phones in the next day or so, but the system images and OTA files for most devices are available now if you want to sideload. There's not a ton new here, but as this is a November patch level, you should have protection from the KRACK vulnerability.

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