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Google Pixel 3a hands-on (with XL in tow)

Google Pixel 3a hands-on (with XL in tow)

Our first impressions of the Google Pixel 3a are going to be short - there's not a lot to say about this phone that's not already been said about the Google Pixel 3 proper. Both the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL are very, very similar to their predecessors. They're made by the same people, they run the same software, and they have exactly the same backside camera setup.

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Google Pixel 3a revealed: The fine print on Google’s $400 phone

Google Pixel 3a revealed: The fine print on Google’s $400 phone

Today we're looking at the Google Pixel 3a, a slightly lesser version of the Pixel 3 and 3XL Google launched last year. This devices have 5.6-inch or 6-inch displays (regular or XL), 64GB internal data storage, and the same camera as the Pixel 3. It's cheaper than the Pixel 3, too - imagine that!

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Google Nest Home Hub 10″ smart display adds camera: Pricing and release

Google Nest Home Hub 10″ smart display adds camera: Pricing and release

Google has a new smart display, the Nest Hub Max, a bigger, camera-enabled sibling to the renamed Google Home Hub, which is now the Nest Hub. The new Nest Hub Max has a 10-inch touchscreen now, focused on multi-user households, as well as the option of face recognition so that individual people see the information that's most relevant to them.

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Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4 analysis: The Last of the Starks

Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4 analysis: The Last of the Starks

This short, final season of Game of Thrones is quickly approaching its finale, and there are a lot of loose ends to tie up in a fairly short amount of time. Now that the Long Night has come and gone, our attention turns back to the conflict of men, with the question of who will rule Westeros still up in the air. It’s Daenerys vs. Cersei with the North acting a little bit tired of this whole thing, so who knows how this will all play out?

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Fitter, happier, more productive: 3 ways Microsoft is fighting digital overload

Fitter, happier, more productive: 3 ways Microsoft is fighting digital overload

Less stress, more focus. Sitting in front of a computer - or pulling out your smartphone to check a notification - is rarely a route to low blood pressure, but Microsoft is previewing three ways artificial intelligence and software improvements could address digital health and boost efficiency at Build 2019 today.

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9 games that deserve a spot in the World Video Game Hall of Fame

9 games that deserve a spot in the World Video Game Hall of Fame

Yesterday, The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York announced its four inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame for 2019. Those four games are Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, Microsoft Solitaire, and Colossal Cave Adventure. Those games managed to beat out some serious competition in the round of 12 finalists, including Candy Crush Saga and Half-Life, which got us thinking about other games that deserve a spot in the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 4MATIC review: Small sedan, huge surprise

2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 4MATIC review: Small sedan, huge surprise

Entry-level luxury cars like the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 4MATIC have a fine line to walk. On the one hand, they're the gateway to an aspirational brand. At the same time, though, Mercedes' margins get healthier the further up the range you shop: it's in Stuttgart's best interest to get you hooked on the three-pointed star and then rapidly coax you into larger, more expensive models.

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Samsung’s Galaxy mishaps may halt wild new features: But that’s a good thing

Samsung’s Galaxy mishaps may halt wild new features: But that’s a good thing

We've got some insight on the future of the Galaxy smartphone line, today, and the news is good. If you're a fan of owning devices that last long and are as reliable as possible, you may want to keep your eye on Samsung. Or just keep safe the Samsung smartphone already in your hand. We've reached a plateau, and that's a good thing for users like you and I.

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Yoshi’s Crafted World review: A charming (but easy) adventure

Yoshi’s Crafted World review: A charming (but easy) adventure

Even though Yoshi is one of the best things about the Mario franchise, our green dinosaur friend is often times relegated to the role of sidekick. Every once in a while, though, Yoshi gets to star in a game of his (its?) own, starting with Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island way back in the days of the SNES. Since then, a variety of games starring Yoshi have been launched for various Nintendo platforms, most recently with Yoshi's Crafted World on the Nintendo Switch.

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Can a $399 Pixel 3a rescue Google?

Can a $399 Pixel 3a rescue Google?

Google has a problem: Pixel 3 sales just aren't cutting it right now. The search giant's third-generation of pure-Android Pixel phones may have been its best yet, but underwhelming sales haven't reflected that. Question is, can the upcoming Pixel 3a turn things around?

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OPPO Avengers Endgame phone unboxing: You can’t have it!

OPPO Avengers Endgame phone unboxing: You can’t have it!

This is the OPPO F11 Pro Avengers Limited Edition (released for Avengers: Endgame). Over the past decade, we've unboxed and reviewed just a few special limited edition versions of gadgets like these. This device, like the rest, aim to capitalize on the hype generated by the cross-branded property - in this case, Avengers: Endgame, the film that now has the most successful global movie opening in the history of movies.

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Android Automotive OS hands on: Polestar 2 spills its secrets

Android Automotive OS hands on: Polestar 2 spills its secrets

A dashboard revolution is coming, and it's an upstart electric car-maker few drivers have heard of - yet - looking to upend the industry, with a judicious sprinkling of Android along for the ride. Polestar may not be a household name today, but it's riding the bleeding edge of Android Automotive OS. The Polestar 2 isn't expected to hit roads until 2020, but I had a chance for some early time with the Google-powered EV.

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