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Amazon Alexa just raised the stakes ahead of HomePod

Amazon‘s war on the Google Assistant - and pre-emptive assault on Apple‘s HomePod - continues today, streamlining the ways for Alexa to spread to third-party hardware. The retail behemoth has been pushing Alexa as a simple way for device-makers to add AI smarts to their products without going to the time-consuming hassle and expense of developing their own virtual agent. Continue reading

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PS4 update 5.0 features officially detailed: VR, friends, broadcasting and more

Following a recent leak, Sony has officially detailed the features PlayStation 4 owners can expect to get in the upcoming system update 5.0. The firmware is currently in beta testing, and it brings a wide variety of changes, not the least of which is a redesigned master and sub-account system that makes it easier for families to manage their accounts. Continue reading

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Google‘s app just hit the remix button

Today users are finding the Google App completely re-done in Google‘s latest image of what a system app should be. This app is accessed on Pixel phones by swiping all the way to the left on one‘s own home screen. This app is also known simply as Google in the Google Play app store. This lovely revamp of the Google Continue reading

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Peanut allergy treatment milestone eliminates condition for years

A new study published in the journal The Lancet details a treatment breakthrough that successfully eliminated peanut allergies in some afflicted individuals for up to four years. The treatment involved a combination of peanut oral immunotherapy (PPOIT) and probiotics, and though it isn‘t a proper cure for the allergy, it did produce a tolerance in afflicted individuals that allowed them Continue reading

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JBL Boombox speaker is a Bluetooth behemoth

While some Bluetooth speakers try to pack the best sound quality into as small a package as possible, the new JBL Boombox is taking the opposite approach. Definitely a boombox for the current decade (and century), the Boombox is one of the largest Bluetooth speakers we‘ve ever seen. That increased size comes with some attractive benefits, though, such as a Continue reading

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Xfinity Mobile goes nationwide this week

After launching on a limited scale back in May, Comcast is ready to roll out its Xfinity Mobile service nationwide. Today Comcast announced that Xfinity Mobile is available in all of Comcast‘s service areas, bringing it online in rather large swathes across the country. Xfinity Mobile, as some of you already know, is a service billed as a less expensive Continue reading

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These 2 SnapChat tips just fixed my phone

I just made to TINY changes to SnapChat and fixed two relatively giant issues with my phone. The app requests a bundle of permissions when it‘s first downloaded on a smartphone - that can be an issue. But it‘s not unfixable. As a couple of Reddit-based smartphone users made plain to me over the past 24 hours: SnapChat causes some Continue reading

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BMW Concept Z4 teases 2018 rear-wheel drive droptop

The car world may be going all-wheel drive, but BMW still has rear-wheel drive ambitions: welcome, then, the BMW Concept Z4. Previewing, as the name suggests, the third-generation Z4 that will replace the seven year old second-gen car, the droptop two-seater is being shown off for the first time at the Pebble Beach Concours d‘Elegance 2017 this week. It‘s a Continue reading

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Skype Preview hits non-Win10 and Mac starting now

The next generation in Skype functionality is coming to Apple and non-Windows 10 computers. Yes, you read that correctly, non-Windows 10, as in every version of Windows before Windows 10 version 1511 (OS Build 10586). For everyone who has the newest version of Windows 10, there‘s also good news to be had. Skype Preview is a desktop-based version of Skype Continue reading

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Splatoon 2 Switch bundle is first for US (but good luck getting one)

Today Nintendo revealed the first Switch console bundle heading to the US. This isn‘t the first Switch bundle the world has seen, of course, as the US missed out on those excellent-looking Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundles earlier in the year. The focus of this bundle will likely get prospective Switch owners just as excited though, as Nintendo will be Continue reading

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This iPhone 8 just went full Android

Now that the Internet has a pretty good idea of what the iPhone 8 is going to look like, pictures like these are coming in quick. What we‘ve got here is a series of images which use the iPhone 8‘s body - also a concept based on leaks as a base. This series of images makes a user interface that‘s Continue reading

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ASUS ZenFone 4 series is too many phones, too obsessed with selfies

ASUS has kicked off this lovely Thursday by announcing not one, not two, but four new phones in the ZenFone 4 family. Two of these phones - the ZenFone 4 Pro and the standard ZenFone 4 - will likely appeal to mainstream users who want a mid-to-high-end flagship. The other two phones are part of the ZenFone 4 Selfie Series, Continue reading

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Essential Phone ships next week: Here‘s how to get one

After weeks of hearing Essential promising that a release date was just around the corner, we now finally know when the Essential Phone will be available for order. Just one day after shipping notifications started going out to those who reserved an Essential Phone, the company announced that the phone is available today. If you‘re interested in picking one up, Continue reading

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Synology DS416play NAS review: multimedia cloud at your fingertips

Every year, our homes become mini data centers, with the addition of new computers and mobile devices as well as the introduction of smart home and IoT appliances. We not only consume more massive amounts of data and content, we also produce just as much via our smartphones, digital cameras, and software. The measly hard drives confined to our desktops Continue reading

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Samsung Smart TVs can now Shazam what‘s playing on screen

We‘ve all been there. We hear a catchy or familiar tune playing on TV but, for the life of us, can‘t name it. Even if the magic of Google, it‘s not that easy to remember that song, much less discover it for the first time. That is the somewhat niche market that Shazam serves. Now that ability is available on Continue reading

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Ford patent shows autonomous auto future with or without steering wheel

Many automotive enthusiasts are on the fence a bit about the autonomous future. Auto enthusiasts like to drive and some fear the autonomous autos will take that ability from us eventually. At the same time, there are certainly conditions where not having to drive is ideal, you only have to drive through the mountains of Colorado to know being able Continue reading

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ASUS VivoBook W202 laptop joins the Windows 10 S stable

It‘s back to school time, which means that for some students or their parents, it‘s also time to invest in a new, or their first, school laptop. Taking advantage of this unique shopping season, Microsoft and its OEM partners have gotten the ball rolling with a team of Windows 10 S computers. The latest to join the team is ASUS‘ Continue reading

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Genesis app now works with Google Assistant, supports starting with your voice

Depending on where you live in the country, it might be hot in the mornings or it might be cold. Whatever direction the thermostat has taken on any given day for many people much of the year you don‘t want to get into a car without giving it time to get the climate suitable. Genesis owners can now use their Continue reading

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Samsung T5 portable SSD promises crazy speeds thanks to V-NAND

Computers, especially laptops, are getting thinner and thinner. At some point, it might be near impossible to cram more data storage in those already crammed spaces. But even if future technology does make it possible, there will always be a need for external storage you can take with you anywhere. Unfortunately, such portable drives are often limited in capacity, bulky, Continue reading

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Google Search Lite in limited testing in some markets [APK Download]

One of Google‘s key points at its I/O conference last May was making Android more accessible for emerging markets, especially those with phones with very constrained hardware. Part of that ‘Android Go‘ thrust is a suite of apps that are supposed to be smarter in making use of those limited resources while still offering the same core experience as their Continue reading

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Movado Connect is the latest expensive Android Wear smartwatch

It‘s almost ironic how smartphone OEMs have taken a backseat when it comes to smartwatches while fashion and accessory makers have taken the wheel. Then again, it is also makes sense considering how smartwatches are still more watch than smart device in consumers‘ minds. Swiss watch maker Movado has had a couple of smartwatch products for quite some time now Continue reading

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Xperia XZ1 looks almost similar to Xperia XZ from this leak

With IFA just a few weeks away, mobile companies are already preparing to show off their late 2017 lineup. Which also means we‘re bound to get even more leaks and teasers for those products. Case in point is the Xperia XZ1, which has posed for the camera, unofficially of course. The 2017 successor to last year‘s somewhat high-end smartphone looks Continue reading

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Misfit Vapor smartwatch won‘t have built-in GPS

Product is just begging to be called vaporware with the choice of its name and, for some interested buyers, it might as well be. The Misfit Vapor is not only more than half a year in the making, it is also going to arrive with less than what the company promised at the start of this year. According to the Continue reading

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Waze Android app adds roadside assistance from other users

Waze has long allowed its users to help other users by providing them with a way to add alerts about police cars and crashes, and now it is expanding on that functionality. The company has pushed out an update that brings a new roadside assistance request feature. Unlike other roadside assistance apps, though, this one depends on other Waze users Continue reading

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