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Amazon is following up last week’s Note 9 accessory bundle deal with an even better one. The Note 9 with 512GB of internal storage is $50 off on Amazon, and it comes with a Samsung Gear S3 Frontier smartwatch for free with purchase.

This deal won’t do much to convince people who aren’t already looking to buy a new phone, but this seems to be the best time to buy a Note 9. This the most appealing bundle we’ve seen in terms of savings, and Samsung’s trade-in promotion makes it even better. Until November 3rd, new Note 9 owners can upload their proof of purchase through the Shop Samsung Android app to double the value of phones that are eligible for cash back. If you have a slightly newer phone, like the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, or the…

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Last week the October 2018 update for Windows 10 had barely arrived before Microsoft was forced to pause its rollout, as a few users complained of missing files. Now Microsoft says it has identified and fixed the problem, which was related to a featu…

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Amid all the excitement of the news from the Pixel event today, Google has quietly put up the product page for a Mickey Mouse stand for the Google Home Mini. Made in partnership with Disney and OtterBox, the Mini mount is the first product from OtterBox’s Den Series of Google Home accessories. Hopefully this means that more are on the way, especially a Minnie Mouse stand, which would delight pun-aficionados everywhere.

Google’s partnered with Disney before for various interactive games playable on the Google Home. Mickey Mouse Adventure would be a good one for kids to play with this set, as they help Mickey navigate a city and guide him to his magic show by telling him where to go. The Den series Mickey Mouse stand is listed as “coming…

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Microsoft is re-releasing its Windows 10 October 2018 Update today, following the company pulling it offline due to data deletion issues over the weekend. The software giant says there were only a few reports of data loss, at a rate of one one-hundredth of one percent. “We have fully investigated all reports of data loss, identified and fixed all known issues in the update, and conducted internal validation,” says Microsoft’s John Cable, director of program management for Windows Servicing and Delivery.

Microsoft is now re-releasing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update to Windows Insiders, before rolling it out more broadly to consumers. “We will carefully study the results, feedback, and diagnostic data from our Insiders before taking…

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) announced the release date of its gaming-oriented smartphone today. The ROG Phone will be available for pre-order on October 18th for a starting price of $899 for the 128 GB version. The 512 GB model will cost $1,099. Th…

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You no longer have to wonder how Making a Murderer: Part 2 will portray Steven Avery's continuing legal battle. Netflix has released a trailer for the second season of the documentary, and it portrays the quest to overturn Avery's conviction as an a…

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Set on Earth in 11945 AD, the 2017 video game Nier: Automata takes places thousands of years after humanity was forced to escape to the Moon after an alien invasion. Its story follows 2B and 9S, two highly advanced androids sent to Earth by humans to investigate and fight the aliens’ non-sentient combat machines, which have started to exhibit human-like behaviors.

The game’s new novelization, Nier: Automata: Long Story Short, isn’t a substitute for the original game, though it’s about as faithful as a purely textual adaptation could be. That’s not only because of how important interactivity is to the story the game tells — including side quests that offer more context — but the way its multi-ending, perspective-hopping story repeatedly…

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For months, Google has been trying to stay out of the way of the growing tech backlash, but yesterday, the dam finally broke with news of a bug in the rarely used Google+ network that exposed private information for as many as 500,000 users. Google found and fixed the bug back in March, around the same time the Cambridge Analytica story was heating up in earnest. But with the news breaking now, the damage is already spreading. The consumer version of Google+ is shutting down, German privacy regulators in Germany and the US are already looking into possible legal action, and former SEC officials are publicly speculating about what Google may have done wrong.

The vulnerability itself seems to have been relatively small in scope. The heart…

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Tech giants may have vehemently denied Bloomberg's claims that China's Super Micro gave them hardware loaded with spy chips, but that isn't stopping fresh allegations. Bloomberg has obtained documents from security researcher Yossi Appleboum that r…

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Google announced the Home Hub today, a Google Assistant-powered Echo Show competitor that, among its various features, also acts as a visual dashboard for all your smart home devices. In designing the Home View dashboard, Google also went ahead and updated its Google Home app for Android and iOS.

The new Home App now does more than just recommend what movies to play through your Chromecast, or act as a vehicle to set up your Home Mini. The app has been revamped to make it easier to control multiple devices quickly, whether they’re in your own home or your parents’, so you can better play tech support from remote locations.

The app can now display all your devices in one view and organizes them by room. You can access Google Assistant…

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