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Alexa Guard and Ring Stick Up Cam headline Amazon‘s security offerings

We figured that at least part of Amazon‘s presentation today would focus on home security, and we weren‘t disappointed. Today, Amazon announced a new Ring camera and new Alexa functionality that has some pretty interesting applications when it comes to keeping your house safe. The new Alexa features are collectively called Alexa Guard, and they‘ll use the microphones and internet Continue reading

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Amazon Fire TV Recast is the new DVR to beat

Today Amazon tapped into the DVR business with Amazon Fire TV Recast. This is a device that connects to an antenna on one end and broadcasts TV networks through Amazon Fire TV devices on the other. It‘s simple, and it‘s about to do some real damage to companies like TiVo and Dish, quite likely. The Fire TV Recast is a Continue reading

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Amazon Echo Show 2018 has a 10 HD display and better audio

Joining its newly announced Echo audio products, third-generation Dot, and Smart Plug comes another major Amazon product: the new Echo Show. This updated Echo device, as with the original, features a display for video content, but builds upon it to offer improved features and a better experience. Buyers can expect an advanced microphone array, a compact design, and more. Unlike Continue reading

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Amazon Echo Auto gives your car an Alexa copilot

Amazon has revealed its first Alexa product for the car, with the Echo Auto set to add the voice assistant to your dashboard. The new gadget may be tiny - smaller than a smartphone, in fact, or a radar detector - but it still manages to fit in the eight microphone array from the new second-generation Echo Show. That, Amazon Continue reading

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Amazon announces the Echo Wall Clock because honestly why not

Apparently Amazon wasn‘t kidding when it said it had a lot of new products to show off today. Unquestionably one of the quirkiest reveals of the day is the Echo Wall Clock. While it may not function as a standalone Echo speaker, it‘ll interact with your IoT setup in ways that no traditional wall clock can, that‘s for sure. Given Continue reading

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Amazon Basics Microwave with Alexa would be ridiculous if it wasn‘t so cheap

Amazon is adding Alexa support to one of its most popular microwaves, with the new Amazon Basics Microwave with Alexa now capable of responding to voice commands. It‘s another sign of Alexa‘s spread into the kitchen, which Amazon says is one of the most common locations for the virtual assistant to be found. The new microwave relies on the Alexa Continue reading

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Amazon Smart Plug: Smart Home Power

Supposing you‘d like to include your elderly lamp in your smart home setup, what would you do? As Amazon sees it, you should buy an Amazon Smart Plug, a device that plugs in to a wall outlet, then acts as a middleman between that power and the power it transfers to a 3rd-party device. This is all controlled by Alexa, Continue reading

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Amazon Echo Link Amp, Echo Link, Echo Sub are speaker add-ons for your Alexa setup

Amazon is currently hosting an Alexa event in Seattle, and it‘s been revealing new products at a breakneck pace. Three of these new products were introduced as add-ons for your existing Alexa set-up: the Echo Link, Echo Link Amp, and the Echo Sub. These will all enhance your array of Echo speakers in one way or another, but they could Continue reading

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Amazon Echo Plus 2018 release detailed: Now with temperature

This week the folks at Amazon responsible for Alexa hardware dropped a massive number of devices on our heads, all at once. One of these was the 2018 edition of the Amazon Echo Plus. This device is an Echo with a smart home hub built in. Echo Plus 2018 has more powerful bass than before, according to Amazon, and there‘s Continue reading

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Amazon Echo Input brings Alexa to non-smart speakers

Amazon has launched its first speaker-less Echo, the new Echo Input, offering a way to pipe music and the virtual assistant to third-party speakers. Smaller and cheaper than an Echo Dot, the new gadget looks more like a hockey puck than anything else. It inherits much of its functionality and hardware from the Echo Dot, unsurprisingly. The Echo Input has Continue reading

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Echo Dot 3rd-gen revealed and detailed for release

A new Echo Dot was revealed at an Amazon hardware event this week, complete with a new look and bumped-up specs. This new version of the Echo Dot is no longer just a plastic hockey puck-like device, now it‘s coming in a variety of colors with a fabric-covered exterior. This version of the Echo Dot (generation 3, let‘s call it), Continue reading

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Amazon Alexa is learning how to whisper and more

Amazon Alexa is getting more personable and more conversational, with 50,000 skills now available, and new features that will make the assistant more flexible and interactive being rolled out. Announced as part of Amazon‘s annual Echo event in Seattle, WA today, the assistant is getting a number of updates which should make using Alexa more natural. It‘s been four years Continue reading

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Facebook Dating is here, but it‘s not for you (yet)

Back in May, Facebook made an interesting announcement that wasn‘t entirely unexpected: it wanted to break into the dating space. Today, a few months after that first reveal, Facebook Dating is rolling out to a select number of users as part of an early test. Assuming this test goes well, it may not be long before Facebook Dating goes live Continue reading

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Verizon GizmoWatch is an Apple Watch for kids, sort of

The latest in kid-oriented smartwatch hardware comes from Verizon, and it‘s called GizmoWatch. This is the latest in a line of similar products sold exclusively by Verizon, all in the Verizon GizmoKids product line. This watch will replace the most recent smartwatch made by Verizon, the GizmoGadget. This device holds the distinction of being the first 4G LTE kid‘s watch Continue reading

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This is how the new Apple Watch‘s mesmerizing motion faces were made

The Apple Watch Series 4 may have made headlines with its ECG sensor and much larger display, but it‘s the new motion faces that arguably show just how much attention to detail the Cupertino company will go to. Added as part of the fourth generation watch, the new fire, water, liquid metal, and vapor faces aren‘t, as you might have Continue reading

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PS Vita production ends in Japan next year

If it wasn‘t before, it‘s clear now that the PS Vita is on the way out. Sony has revealed plans to wind down production in Japan soon, essentially condemning the handheld to death. There‘s no precise date for this halt to production yet, but the PS Vita‘s days are certainly numbered regardless. Sony Interactive Entertainment senior vice president Hiroyuki Oda Continue reading

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GoPro HERO7 revealed: Three models, all simple, social

Three GoPro HERO7 cameras were revealed this morning by the go-anywhere action camera brand. There‘s the GoPro HERO7 Black, Silver, and White to choose from, each of these coming with their own set of specifications, features, and price levels. GoPro upgraded the lot, but their emphasis this round or releases is on simplicity. They‘re trying to do what works and Continue reading

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iPhone Xs teardown shows new battery, expanded waterproofing

The iPhone Xs and Xs Max launch tomorrow, and while we expect a flood of teardown videos to land once the phones are finally out on shelves, the first one was actually published today. This new teardown video gives us an up-close look at the internals of the iPhone Xs, which is likely the model most people will be buying Continue reading

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The 2019 Bentley Bentayga V8 does the unthinkable

Eyebrows were raised when Bentley announced it was making an SUV, but the Bentayga proved the skeptics wrong. Weaving together performance, luxury, and unmistakable curb presence, the only thing it lacked was subtlety. Now, with the arrival of the 2019 Bentayga V8, it‘s getting a little brother - one who may just overshadow the original altogether. Since the Bentayga‘s debut, Continue reading

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ESA‘s Gaia finds the Milky Way is still recovering from near collision

Gaia is a star mapping mission that the ESA is conducting, and it recently discovered something very interesting. Gaia has found that the Milky Way galaxy is still facing the effects of a near collision that set millions of stars to rippling like water in a lake. ESA scientists believe that the near collision happened in the past 300-900 million Continue reading

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Surprise Amazon event today will be an Alexa-fest

Amazon is holding a surprise event in Seattle today, with a host of Alexa-based devices expected to break cover in advance of Google‘s big Pixel event next month. It‘s the latest salvo in Amazon‘s smart assistant line-up, which leaks have suggested will expand into connected appliances as well as more capable multimedia devices. It‘s a key time for Amazon, and Continue reading

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Rocketbook Everlast Review: Tomorrow‘s Paper Today

A paper notebook review on a site about gadgets and living the digital lifestyle? Even with the prevalence of smartphones, the Internet, and computers in general, there is a growing ‘counter-culture‘ that advocates the benefits of paper or, at the very least, writing things by hand. Rather than take one side to the detriment of the other, the folks at Continue reading

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Peugeot e-Legend Concept is a 504 coupe throwback

Peugeot has been making cars for a long time and like any automaker that has been around for decades, it has some legendary cars that fans love. One of those legendary cars is the 504 coupe and a new concept has the style that retro fans will like. The new car is the e-Legend and it will debut at the Continue reading

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Google Pixelbook tablet ‘Nocturne‘ leaked by Brydge

Who needs secret insider sources when you‘ve got accessory makers who seem to be too excited to stay silent. That is often true for smartphones but it seems Chrome OS now has a similar problem. Brydge, who makes Bluetooth keyboards for iPads, has just ‘accidentally‘ put up images of its upcoming keyboard for the upcoming new Google Pixelbook Chromebook. But Continue reading

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