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OnePlus 5T release date, price, specs: That screen boost

OnePlus 5T release date, price, specs: That screen boost

Today the OnePlus 5T was revealed in two editions. Both of these editions work with a Midnight Black exterior, and both are available in both the United States and Europe. The OnePlus 5T's two main versions, thus far, as the 64GB Midnight Black OnePlus 5T, and the 128GB Midnight Black OnePlus 5T, and both will roll with dual-lane storage based on UFS 2.1 for super speedy read/write and app loads.

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Nexus Player surprisingly gets Google Assistant in November update

Nexus Player surprisingly gets Google Assistant in November update

Google, while generous with its updates, follows a more or less strict timetable for its Nexus devices. Nexus phones and tablets are guaranteed two years’ worth of updates, including major Android version, nothing more but sometimes less. The odd exception seems to be the Nexus Player Android TV puck, which unexpectedly got Android Oreo in September, a year after it reached its end of life. Adding to the pleasant surprise is the addition of Google Assistant, which sneaked into the device via the November security update.

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Google Maps redesign promises to make finding places faster

Google Maps redesign promises to make finding places faster

It’s almost hard to imagine these days how we’ve managed to survive the past decades without Google Maps and related services like Waze. But despite their convenience, finding the right spot when and where you need still isn’t as easy or as fast as we may want it. Pending direct Internet-to-brain interface, Google is initiating some changes in Google Maps to cut down on the time your eyes spend scanning the screen for relevant markers. And it does so by lowering the information density as well as color coding markers.

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Google Assistant will make it easier to discover, use apps

Google Assistant will make it easier to discover, use apps

If you’re still looking for a “Google OS”, you need not look further than Google Assistant. Though not exactly your conventional OS with windows and displays, the voice-controlled AI-powered virtual assistant is the one uniform interface you will find in Google’s products, from Android to Google Home to Google apps. To further improve Google Assistant’s “interface”, the tech giant is providing developers with fresh new set of features that will help users discover, use, and re-engage with their apps.

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Google Docs is down: Here’s when it’ll be back [Update: It’s back!]

Google Docs is down: Here’s when it’ll be back [Update: It’s back!]

Google Docs was knocked out earlier today for some users in multiple regions around the world. This down time was classified by Google as a mid-level issue - a Service Disruption - rather than a full Service Outage. At the time this article is set to be published, most users will be well on their way back to full service, all around the world.

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OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition leaked

OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition leaked

A tip was sent this morning on the appearance of a OnePlus 5T with a special edition on its name. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a month away at this point, and Lucasfilm hasn't been stingy with access to their licensing rights for products of all sorts. OnePlus has been known to release special limited edition versions of their smartphones, too - remember the Colette OnPlus 3T, and the midnight black edition 3T, and the OnePlus 5 JCC+ release earlier this year.

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Google Pixel Buds Review: Lost in Translation

Google Pixel Buds Review: Lost in Translation

The Pixel 2 may not have a headphone jack, but the Google Pixel Buds promise to make you forget all about your legacy port. Taking on Apple's best-selling AirPods, the $159 headphones not only promise hands-free calls and music, but to bring the power of the Google Assistant to your ear, and translate conversations in foreign languages. Sadly, though, the Pixel Buds aren't the AirPods-killers we were hoping for.

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Pixel 2 camera issue causes banding effect around LED light

Pixel 2 camera issue causes banding effect around LED light

Another day, another user report tipping an unwanted effect from some part of the Pixel 2 phone. This time around, the issue is an unusual banding effect that presents on some handsets when the phone's camera is in LED light. On video, this banding effect looks almost like a strobe, and is apparent when the camera is pointed at an LED light source, such as an LED light bulb or LED display.

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Google Home equalizer paves way for the big Max

Google Home equalizer paves way for the big Max

If your demands from a smart speaker focus more on, well, music than how well it answers questions, the latest update to Google Home might be of interest. In a new update, the Google Home and Google Home Mini have gained an equalizer, allowing owners to tweak the audio levels to suit their own particular tastes.

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Amazon Music Chromecast support arrives for Android users

Amazon Music Chromecast support arrives for Android users

If you're an Amazon Prime customer, you have access to one of the company's better services, Amazon Music. This service is available via a mobile app on both Android and iOS, and now one of those two apps (Android) now has support for Google Cast. Thanks to that new support, Android users are able to cast the Amazon Music content to any device that supports Google Cast, including the venerable Chromecast itself.

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Ecobee adds Google Assistant to its long list of smart helpers

Ecobee adds Google Assistant to its long list of smart helpers

Ecobee's line up of smart thermostats already supports a number of IoT platforms, and today that list is getting just a little longer. Today ecobee revealed that Google Assistant is rolling out to its current product portfolio, which means that support is launching on a grand total of three thermostats. That's great news for anyone who was a bit disappointed to see the ecobee4 launch with Alexa support baked in but Google Assistant nowhere in sight.

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HTC Vive standalone Daydream headset for the US canceled

HTC Vive standalone Daydream headset for the US canceled

HTC just made a big splash in China, announcing its much-anticipated standalone Vive VR headset for the market. The company, however, had a few unexpected surprises. It announced a new "half platform", the Vive Wave, for the new headset, the Vive Focus. That name was expected to be used for the standalone Daydream headset promised at Google I/O a few months back. Apparently, according to TechCrunch, HTC and Google have decided to scrap that plan even before it had a chance to be born.

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