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Yesterday, Google officially announced its new Pixel 4a smartphone with an attractive $349 price tag and a host of notable features. Early reviews have been very positive and our team at 9to5Google has been all over the announcement news so far. So if you’re interested in the latest smartphone from Google, you might already be pondering about the best Pixel 4a deals. We’ll be updating this hub constantly over the next few weeks ahead of the official August 20th launch date. Hit the jump for all of the top deals we’ve seen so far.
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TCL, a well-known TV manufacturer who makes budget-focused displays, has teamed up with THX Ltd. to offer the “world’s first” THX Certified Game Mode television. Coming on the all-new TCL 6-series 4K TVs, this game mode offers “lightning-fast response time” and “the most optimal viewing experience”, which allows you to enjoy gaming the way the creators intended it to be played. What all does this mean? Keep reading to find out more.
Back when I initially covered Alexa routines, the interface was a little different. I’m very happy with its recent facelift, but one feature that got better even before this was the setup process for routines. Folks with lots of automations are now able to assign a name to each routine, and the list can even be sorted and filtered. This has renewed my enthusiasm for Alexa routines, as it used to be a nightmare to thumb through a huge list of automations that were assigned meaningless, uneditable names. In this Echo Dot Diary, I will share recent additions to my ever-growing list of home automation.
Under Armour has a new collaboration with its ongoing partnership with Jordan Spieth. He has put together kits for each day of golf with an array of fashionable and high-performing outfits. The kits go from Thursday to Sunday and have everything you need from the outfit to the accessories. Jordan Spieth is the face of golf and Under Armour, so when it comes to perfecting your swing, he’s the one to look at. Head below the jump to find out which gear is throughout the kits and be sure to check out our guide to the Steph Curry x Under Armour collection.
Today, Microsoft is rolling out a long-awaited revamp of its Xbox storefront. The all-new Microsoft Store on Xbox arrives first for Insiders and then the larger swath of users as we get closer to the next generation being released. One of the cornerstone improvements is a promised bump in load times, which Microsoft says will be “more than twice as fast as before.” We have full details on all the upcoming changes and improvements down below.
LEGO’s most recent pair of buildable BrickHeadz figures debuted after long last over the weekend, bringing Baby Yoda and the Mandalorian to your collection for the first time. We’ve been waiting on this kit to launch since first being announced back in February. And now that the builds are finally out on store shelves, today we’re taking a hands-on look at the new Mandalorian BrickHeadz to see just how good of a value they are. Spoiler — these are definitely figures you’ll want in your collection. Head below for all of the details.