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Next Nest update requires 2-factor authentication [UPDATE: for non-Google accounts]

Next Nest update requires 2-factor authentication [UPDATE: for non-Google accounts]

Starting this spring, Nest accounts will require 2-factor authentication, courtesy of Google. According to Google Nest, as they're called, all Nest users will be required to enroll in two-factor authentication, rather than just being given the option. Nest asserted that this feature will be required for all users, whether or not they've migrated their account to a Google account.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 release date, prices, press releases leaked

Samsung Galaxy S20 release date, prices, press releases leaked

Just before the big Samsung Unpacked event here on February 11, 2020, the press releases leaked. Before the event itself, before Samsung was able to present to the millions of hopeful Samsung customers around the world, the information they'd present, was leaked in full. First, we're going to take a peek at what the pricing structure looked like here at launch, then the release dates, then the rest. This includes the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G.

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LG V60 ThinQ 5G leaked: Monster battery, headphone jack, 4x mics

LG V60 ThinQ 5G leaked: Monster battery, headphone jack, 4x mics

A leak this week appear to be taking up the mantel of the previous "V" smartphones in the line with top-tier specs. This smartphone's hardware looks to roll with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor under the hood, a set of four cameras on its back, four microphones, and a giant 5000mAh battery inside. But will it come to MWC 2020?

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Our Samsung Unpacked 2020 expectations list: Galaxy S20 5G, $149 AirPods killer Buds+

Our Samsung Unpacked 2020 expectations list: Galaxy S20 5G, $149 AirPods killer Buds+

Samsung announced a February 11, 2020 event in which we were likely set to see the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G for the first time - but a few other things, too. Over the last 24 hours we've seen confirmation in leaks of devices and services about which we've reported tips and rumors from the past several weeks. It would appear that this is all shaping up to be a rather epic event, Galaxy smartphone style.

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Samsung Galaxy Home Mini throws pre-launch shade at Siri

Samsung Galaxy Home Mini throws pre-launch shade at Siri

The Samsung smart speaker called Galaxy Home Mini leaked in a release-ready configuration today tossing a jab at Apple's smart assistant Siri (unofficially, of course). The video comes courtesy of an unnamed source* who would appear to have been at a location where several new Samsung products were being shown. This new smart speaker will apparently allow you, the user to "make it say literally anything you want" - like what we see in the video below: "At least I'm better than Siri."

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Shiny Pokemon GO Sinnoh and Valentine’s: Chansey, Riolu, Happiny, Hippopotas!

Shiny Pokemon GO Sinnoh and Valentine’s: Chansey, Riolu, Happiny, Hippopotas!

Today we're taking a peek at the latest event that'll come to Pokemon GO in the very near future - the Sinnoh Region event, and Valentine's Day! This event takes place at around the same time every year, bringing with it heart-shaped Pokemon or otherwise pink and red Pokemon aplenty. In this case, it means a Shadow Raikou, Team Rocket, and two new Shiny Pokemon!

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YouTube Music library upload heralds Google Play Music retirement

YouTube Music library upload heralds Google Play Music retirement

Messaging platforms and services aren't the only confusing things that Google is offering. It also has more than one music or video service and it can sometimes be a guessing game on which one will survive. Almost two years ago, Google already declared that YouTube Music is the winner but it has so far failed to incorporate features that would make the transition from Google Play Music less painful. Now it seems that the death knell is ringing and that may happen sooner rather than later.

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Automatic Call Screening is now available on all Pixel phones

Automatic Call Screening is now available on all Pixel phones

Spam calls, despite the rather tasty name, have devastating effects on the industry both in terms of dollars lost as well as in people harmed. It is only now, however, that the industry is making a concerted effort to solve the problem but inter-carrier solutions are taking some time to take effect. In the meantime, Google has rolled out its own fix, naturally powered by AI and Google Assistant, and it is now making that available to Pixel phones, including the very first one.

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Google Chrome will start blocking insecure downloads from secure pages

Google Chrome will start blocking insecure downloads from secure pages

Google has been waging a war on insecure web pages and while it has had some positive impact, the benefits of secure pages are thrown out the window when content from those pages is downloaded insecurely. Google calls these non-HTTPS downloads from HTTPS pages as "mixed content downloads" and, starting today, Chrome will warn users about such downloads but, starting June this year, it will also block files little by little in an attempt to get website developers to fix things before they break.

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Pixel 4a leak hints at no 5G for mid-range 2020 Google phone

Pixel 4a leak hints at no 5G for mid-range 2020 Google phone

We are about to get flooded by a few high-end and mid-range phones in the coming weeks leading up to and culminating at MWC 2020 but Android purists might already have had their fill with the Pixel 4 last year. That said, the price point of Google's premium phone has scared off not a few Android faithful. That's where the wallet-friendly "a" variants come in and if the current information we have on the Pixel 4a is accurate, it shouldn't be a surprise that it won't be as capable as many phones coming this year.

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After the launch of GeForce Now, Google Stadia needs to step up its game

After the launch of GeForce Now, Google Stadia needs to step up its game

After spending a long time in beta, NVIDIA's GeForce Now streaming platform officially launched to everyone earlier this week. With that launch, the video game streaming wars heated up significantly. Before the launch of GeForce Now, Google Stadia was more or less the only player officially in the game, but now it has some serious competition.

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Wacom caught tracking user on drawing tablet [UPDATE]

Wacom caught tracking user on drawing tablet [UPDATE]

In early 2020, an intrepid Wacom drawing tablet user by the name of Robert decided to do some investigative work on his beloved drawing tool. To do this, he employed the help of in-between software - that which allows a user to see what data's being sent from a device to a 3rd-party server via the internet (and vice versa). His findings did not please him.

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