Amazon has gaming laptops with Nvidia RTX graphics on sale today

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Whether you’re hoping to gift a capable gaming laptop to a loved one for the holidays or you just want to get one for yourself, Amazon has some great deals today. Of this batch of sales, the one that sticks out the most is the model equipped with the Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics chip that dips just below the $1,000 mark.

If you want to check that one out, it’s the $979.99 Asus TUF (15.6-inch IPS FHD display, quad-core AMD Ryzen 7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of PCIe SSD storage, and, of course, the RTX 2060). Unlike the others in this post, this machine lacks a fast refreshing display. So while it’s powerful, you won’t see above 60 frames per second displayed on-screen.

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Google is bringing spam detection and verified business messaging to Messages

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Today, Google announced that it’s rolling out two features for its Messages app on Android that are designed to help you weed out annoyances and know that you’re texting with a real person.

One of those features is spam detection for US users, which first launched in select countries in January. If the Messages app detects a suspected spam message, Google says it will show you a warning where you can confirm if the text is spam or not. The feature will be turned on automatically, but you’ll get a notification once it rolls out to you. You’ll also be able to report spam at any time, and you can block the conversation if the spam messages don’t stop coming.

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