[Deal] Access Google Play Music and YouTube Red for free with 4 month trial

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Thanksgiving is the first big occasion of the 2016 festive period, and we all know what that entails; Grandma complaining because someone drank her prune juice, Uncle Bob making inappropriate comments, and usually at least two family members squabbling in a corner over a wooly jumper. It’s hectic and noisy, but one way you can escape it is to drown out the mayhem with some soothing tunes by way of Google Play Music. And, if you haven’t previously subscribed to Google’s music streaming service, you can sign up and get four months subscription to it, and YouTube Red, without paying a penny.

Get 3 months of HBO Now with every Chromecast purchase until December 24th

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Buying presents for family and loved ones can be a tricky affair, with budgets being stretched as everyone wants the latest gadgets, which usually means that compromises have to be made. Maybe not so much this year, though, because Google is getting into the festive spirit by including 3 months subscription to HBO Now, free of charge, with every Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra purchase until December 24th.

Gone is Google Cast branding, awkward “Chromecast built-in” replaces it

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There’s never a moment when Google lets consumers get comfortable with its home entertainment branding, and now the company is changing the (official) way we all view the technology once referred to as Google Cast. The technology at the core of streaming sticks, set-top boxes, speakers, and televisions has been changed to center around another device that’s popular around the world. It’s an odd move, but Google clearly wants to associate the technology with terminology more familiar with the masses.

Please re-welcome “Chromecast built-in” to your living room.

New OnePlus 3T video shows off just how fast Dash Charge is

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When OnePlus announced its brand new OnePlus 3T, one of the highlighting features is their proprietary Dash Charge technology, which promises “a day’s power in half an hour.” While these claims will certainly require independent testing, OnePlus has released a new video comparing the charging time between the OnePlus 3T and the Google Pixel XL. And the results are impressive.

Join us after the break for more.

Google Allo updated with Smart Smiley emoji suggestions and chat themes

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Google may be having a hard time getting enough users to switch over from their messaging app of choice, but that isn’t stopping the Mountain View company from continuing to add new features to its Google Assistant-powered chat app Allo. Today, they are announcing an update to Allo that brings in contextual emoji and sticker suggestions, a brand new Fantastic Beasts sticker pack, and new chat themes.

Join us after the break for the details.

How-to video shows that setting up Google WiFi is child’s play

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Besides launching the Pixel handsets, the Chromecast Ultra, and Google Home back in October, Google also announced its solution to network coverage in the home, simply called Google WiFi. Ahead of it becoming available to purchase, Google has quietly published a video on how to set up the Google WiFi router. Join us after the break to check it out.

Nougat debuts with 0.3% on November’s Android Platform Ditribution chart

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Over the course of Android’s history, nay-sayers have screamed that this most versatile of mobile operating systems would implode because of fragmentation. Yet, somehow, Android is still here and has evolved into the most popular mobile OS. About that fragmentation, though, just how many of us are running Android 7.0 Nougat on our devices? And is Froyo still a thing? Join us after the break to find out.