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Google Assistant Continued Conversations: protect your privacy

Talking with smart assistants doesn‘t always feel like you talking to someone smart, which probably can be a bit forgiven considering we‘re really talking with bots. The experience of dealing with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple Siri, among others, almost feels like talking to someone over a walkie-talkie. Google‘s new Continued Conversations feature does make it feel more natural Continue reading

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Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 will have face unlock feature

Xiaomi is perhaps best known for its very affordable smartphones that have never officially reached US shores. What is less known, however, is that it is one of the few remaining makers of Android tablets, which have never officially reached US shores either. It would seem, however, that Xiaomi will be stirring up the tablet market a bit with its Continue reading

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YouTube Merchandise, Membership tries to recoup YouTubers‘ losses

YouTube has made many changes of late in response to the scandals that its stars and content filters have brought about. But while many of these changes were made to appease authorities and sponsors, YouTube has also alienated quite a number of its own creators, making it harder for them to monetize their hard work. At VidCon 2018, the video Continue reading

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Cheza Chromebook with Snapdragon 845 to rival always-on PCs

From Windows S to the new, somewhat disappointing first generation of always-on Windows 10 on ARM PCs, it is clear that Microsoft is worried. Its once unchallenged kingdom in the education and enterprise markets have been chipped away first by Apple and now by Google and its Chromebooks. The Windows maker is fighting back by trying to combine Windows 10 Continue reading

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Apple seeks to invalidate Qualcomm patents it may have infringed on

When you are slapped with a patent lawsuit, one of the best ways to turn the tables is to have those patents invalidated. It is definitely easier and perhaps cheaper than arguing in court that you didn‘t infringe on them anyway. Apple is no stranger to that tactic and is now pulling the same strategy on Qualcomm over four of Continue reading

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Nintendo Switch pirates beware: you could be banned for life

The Nintendo Switch is one of the most innovative gaming consoles to launch of late but, like any gaming device, it isn‘t immune to one of the entertainment industry‘s biggest problem: piracy. Many companies have tried different methods of fighting or discouraging piracy, often at the expense of inconveniencing legit users. Nintendo, however, may have come up with a nearly Continue reading

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GarageBand 10.3 adds 1,000 loops, 400 sound effects, and much more

Apple has released an update for GarageBand, its audio recording and editing application. The software is popular amongst both amateur musicians and podcasters, and will no doubt hold its appeal as Apple has made it even better: there are 1,000 new loops, among other things. This update brings the software to version 10.3. GarageBand has been around for years and Continue reading

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YouTube livestreams get support for playing pre-recorded videos

Fresh out of VidCon, YouTube has announced new features specifically for its content creators, not the least of which is the ability to play pre-recorded videos during livestreams. YouTube calls these Premieres, presenting them as a way to offer existing content as live content for ushering in a planned livestreaming event. Until now, YouTube creators could schedule a livestream and Continue reading

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Flip Grip for Nintendo Switch brings vertical mode orientation

A new Nintendo Switch accessory called Flip Grip brings a vertical orientation to the console. The device is intended for games that are best played in vertical orientation, namely some classic titles that are now available for the Switch but with an aspect ratio option designed for old arcade cabinets. The accessory is currently being funded on Kickstarter. Nintendo offers Continue reading

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2019 Chevrolet Blazer revealed as bold tech-savvy crossover

Chevrolet has brought back an old name from the dead, with the 2019 Blazer promising to shake up the midsize crossover SUV segment. Sized to slot in-between Chevy‘s Equinox and Traverse, the 2019 Blazer takes a more fashion-forward approach to styling, something which is likely to prove divisive. In fact, there‘ll be a number of different styles, which Chevrolet expects Continue reading

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Microsoft, Nintendo promote cross-play as Sony remains stubborn

Microsoft and Nintendo are throwing a jab at Sony with a newly launched video that promotes cross-play between the Xbox One and Switch consoles. The issue of cross-play made its way back into public discourse with the launch of a Fortnite on Switch port, specifically the fact that PS4 players can‘t use their Fortnite accounts on other platforms. READ: Fortnite Continue reading

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Bing mobile apps updated with AI-powered visual search tool

Microsoft has updated its Bing mobile apps for iOS and Android with new visual search capabilities. This tool is powered by artificial intelligence, which enables the user to snap an image of an object, then get information about that object through a Bing search. At no point does the user have to input text, helping for those times when you Continue reading

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Online shopping prices likely to rise after new sales tax ruling

A surprise Supreme Court ruling could make your next online shopping spree more expensive, after deciding that states can impose sales tax on internet purchases made from out-of-state retailers. The issue had been pushed to the fore by South Dakota, which had argued that its recent law insisting on applying tax even to purchases made online beyond the state‘s borders Continue reading

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Facebook Messenger Spanish translations arrive: how to use this feature

Facebook‘s previously announced language translation AI has finally brought direct Spanish translations to the company‘s Messenger app. With this, users can see direct translations to and from Spanish/English without using a secondary translation tool. This is the latest step in AI-powered translations helping remove the language barrier. Facebook revealed the feature back in April, though it has been limited to Continue reading

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World of Warcraft is free for lapsed players this weekend

It may seem hard to believe, but World and Warcraft has a long and storied history that nearly goes back 14 years. In that time, plenty of people have played the game and later dropped their subscriptions, and now Blizzard is trying to tempt those lapsed players back. If you played World of Warcraft at one point in the past Continue reading

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MoviePass will start charging a fee to see high-demand movies

Brace yourselves, MoviePass customers. The company is about to introduce a big change to the way it works, one that will no doubt upset some subscribers. Starting in July, MoviePass will charge a small fee to see movies that it deems as high-demand, a sort of surge pricing apparently intended to help reduce demand during peak times. The fees will Continue reading

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Galaxy S10 and beyond: No front camera at all!

Samsung‘s plans for the future with the Galaxy S10 are coming on quick - even before the Galaxy Note 9 is fully revealed. What we‘re looking at today is a set of plans for a Galaxy smartphone with the potential for more than one display. And before you say it - no, this isn‘t the Galaxy X with a folding Continue reading

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Moto Z3 Play pre-orders open up ahead of next week‘s release

Here‘s some exciting news for Motorola fans: the Moto Z3 Play, which was revealed at the beginning of the month, has gone up for pre-order. As you‘d expect, the phone is available to order directly through Motorola, but you might also want to have a look as Amazon. The massive online retailer has revealed that the Moto Z3 Play, along Continue reading

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AT&T WatchTV low-cost live television streaming service revealed

ATT has announced the upcoming launch of WatchTV, its new live television streaming service. The platform, which offers more than 30 livestreaming TV channels, will be included with a pair of unlimited plans set to roll out next week. Called Unlimited More and Unlimited More Premium, both include unlimited high-speed data with extra perks tossed in. WatchTV is, Continue reading

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Steam Summer Sale 2018 on now with 1000s of deals on games

Just as the rumors foretold, the Steam Summer Sale has launched at last. Like every other annual sale Valve holds, this one offers deep discounts on many of the games in Steam‘s catalog. Steam veterans might not find a ton of exciting deals after years and years of sales like this, but for anyone who might be a relatively new Continue reading

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Galaxy Note 9: Why fans are obsessed

Today we‘re exploring the latest leak of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, but we‘re also having a chat about why this phone inspires such ravenous behavior in info-seekers and fans. Today we‘re seeing confirmation of a double-block of elements on the back of the Galaxy Note 9, that bringing on perhaps the largest change between generations - acknowledgement of the Continue reading

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Nintendo Switch eShop weekly update: Tennis balls and building blocks

It‘s Thursday again (funny how this seems to happen so frequently), which means that it‘s time for another update to the Switch eShop. While some eShop updates throughout the first half of the year have been relatively quiet, this one most certainly is not. This, of course, is the week that Mario Tennis Aces arrives on the Switch, but it‘s Continue reading

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Volvo promises self-driving tech you can snooze while using in 2021

Volvo plans to sell an autonomous car in 2021, with the Level 4-capable SUV promising to chauffeur snoozing riders at least some of the way to their destination. Highway Assist, as the technology is expected to be branded, will allow a considerable portion of the typical commute to be automated, though it won‘t be a cheap option. Currently Volvo offers Continue reading

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Fire TV Cube available today: Here‘s how its Alexa compares

At the beginning of the month, Amazon unveiled a new streaming device we already knew was in the works: the Fire TV Cube. Among Amazon‘s streaming lineup, the Fire TV Cube is the generalist device, as it‘s capable of doing quite a bit. It‘s available beginning today too, so if you have the cash for it, you can order one Continue reading

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