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Portal WiFi Review

Ignition Design Labs' Portal WiFi is the rare piece of networking gear that combines easy setup with good performance at an inexpensive price.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 16:22

Bixby 2.0 Brings Samsung's Voice Assistant to TVs, Fridges

Bixby's getting a big upgrade. The 2.0 version of Samsung's voice assistant will be on smart TVs and fridges, with a beta in a few weeks.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 16:46

Sonos One Review: The Best-Sounding Alexa Speaker

The Sonos One is the best-sounding Alexa speaker yet, and its integration with Amazon’s assistant is excellent (if not yet complete).

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 13:10

Portal WiFi Review

Ignition Design Labs' Portal WiFi is the rare piece of networking gear that combines easy setup with good performance at an inexpensive price.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 16:22

This is our closest look yet at Apple’s Project Titan car tech

We’ve known for a while that Apple is working intently on self-driving car technology, but we now have our closest ever look at what the company has dubbed Project Titan. 

This is thanks to MacCallister Higgins, the co-founder of another autonomous vehicle venture called Voyage, who tweeted a short video of Apple’s hardware atop a Lexus SUV.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 11:36

Samsung’s Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality headset won’t be sold in the UK

There’s some bad news for those looking to pick up a Windows Mixed Reality headset in the near future, because one of the seemingly best offerings of the current initial crop of products – namely, Samsung’s – won’t be on sale in the UK.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 12:50

Bixby 2.0 is Samsung's attempt to topple Amazon's Alexa

Do you hear an Echo? Because Samsung just announced Bixby 2.0, an update to its intelligent voice assistant, and it's moving in on Amazon Alexa's territory.

Bixby is jumping from phones, like the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8, to Samsung smart TVs and refrigerators, and it's bringing natural language capabilities along the way, according to Samsung.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 12:59

UK looks to take a lead in the 5G rollout

When it comes to Brexit, the UK may be struggling to make an impression in Europe, but in one area at least, the government is looking to make sure it’s ahead of the game – and that’s 5G.

The government has announced a competition whereby businesses can apply to get a slice of £25 million worth of funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which is looking to invest in projects that support the development of 5G in the UK.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 13:07

Qualcomm claims it has just achieved a major milestone in 5G connectivity

The rollout of 5G took a big step forward this week, according to Qualcomm, as the chip company said it had hit Gigabit speeds on a 5G modem chipset.

According to Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, the company achieved the 1Gbps 5G data connection using the Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset running on the 28GHz mmWave spectrum.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 14:00

The old Android menu button is lurking in the Google Pixel 2's interface

Are you an Android user who misses the old menu button – the one that used to be a defining feature of the operating system? You'll be happy to know it's still alive and kicking on the Google Pixel 2

However, it's hidden so well that it's taken a while for anyone to find it. It's the Luke Skywalker of user interface elements.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 14:12

Samsung has a prototype Google Home Mini-esque speaker of its own

Why hasn't Samsung, one of the world's largest audio companies, been pumping out smart speakers like Google and Amazon have? As it turns out, Samsung has been hard at work on one, and it’s called Project Ambience. 

In a demonstration on stage at the Samsung Developers Conference, Samsung CTO Injong Rhee was the first to show off the new smart device by turning a non-IoT speaker into a fully functioning smart speaker, thanks to the help of Bixby.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 14:40

China to blaze connectivity trail with a billion 5G users by 2023

The race is on to be the pacesetter in 5G, with many countries proclaiming technological advances. But when it comes to the weight of sheer numbers, China is at the head of the pack, with a predicted one billion users of 5G come 2023.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 15:00

Deals: 2017 13" MacBook Pro (256GB) for $1,349 ($150 off); 13" Air (256GB) for $1,099 ($100 off); Apple TV 4K (32GB) in stock

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Shoppers this week can save $150 on Apple's current 13" MacBook Pro with 256GB of storage, plus no tax outside NY and NJ. Or enjoy $100 off the 13" Air with 256GB of space. The 32GB Apple TV 4K is also shipping with free expedited delivery, while an iOS 11 development course is just $10 with our exclusive coupon.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 11:19

New video rumored to show close-up of Apple car's updated 'Project Titan' testbed

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A short video clip is said to show updated test hardware for Apple's self-driving car platform, suggesting that the company is making some progress.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 12:20

Adobe splits Lightroom photo workflow software into cloud-based & 'Classic' versions

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Adobe on Wednesday revealed major changes to Lightroom CC, its professional workflow tool for photographers, spinning it off into separate cloud-based and "Classic" versions.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 12:51

Apple reveals secret sauce behind 'Hey Siri' detection in latest research paper

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Apple's latest contribution to its machine learning blog is a dive into how the software behind the "Hey Siri" command works, and how the company uses a neural network to convert the acoustic pattern of a voice to filter it out from the background.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 13:20

How to sync music and playlists to Apple Watch with watchOS 4 & iOS 11

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If you exercise with an Apple Watch, you'll want to load some music onto it. Thankfully with watchOS 4, Apple now lets you load multiple playlists and albums onto the wrist-worn device. AppleInsider explains how to do it.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 13:33

Hands-on: LandingZone's Docking Station grants plethora of USB ports to MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

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LandingZone's new USB 3.1 type-C Docking Station for the 13- or 15-inch 2016 or 2017 MacBook Pro doesn't cut corners and gives multiple USB ports and a SD card reader back to the user.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 14:19

Apple Pay may be coming to Poland and the Netherlands later this year

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Apple may be preparing a large European expansion for Apple Pay later this year, as new rumors point to Poland and the Netherlands joining a list of rollouts.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 15:23

How to personalize Siri's voice response settings in iOS 11

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There's a good chance that if you own an iPhone or an iPad, you've probably still using Siri's default voice settings -- but as AppleInsider can show, there are a few ways to personalize Siri's sound and functions in iOS 11 [now with video].

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 15:40

OnePlus 5 "more popular" than OnePlus assumed it would be - that's why you can no longer buy it


Last week, OnePlus stopped selling the OnePlus 5 in the US and various other markets, prompting us
to believe that a OnePlus 5T (or maybe a OnePlus 6) would be announced in the
near future.

 

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 10:55

Water-resistant Motorola Moto X4 launches as an Amazon Prime phone for just $329


Motorola's newest mid-range smartphone, the Moto X4, is launching
in the US
as an Amazon Prime phone. Thus, Prime members can get the device for $329.99
instead of the regular $399.99 price, though this means the X4 will have Amazon
offers and ads on its lock screen. The

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 12:14

Motorola Moto Mod with Alexa speaker will arrive in November, priced at $149.99

If you've been waiting patiently for the Moto Mod Speaker with Amazon Alexa to go on sale, Motorola today revealed that the accessory will be launched some time next month at locations where the Amazon Echo is sold, priced at $149.99. Alexa delivers the latest news, weather and sports scores.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 12:43

HTC U11+ to pack a large 4000 mAh battery in a compact body


November 2 may bring us a brand new HTC smartphone that
could be quite different from what the company has used us with in recent years.
Allegedly called HTC U11+ (or HTC U11 Plus), the new handset is expected to sport
a 5.99-inch near-bezel-less screen with 1440 x 2880 pixels and an 18:9 aspect
ratio.

 

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 13:15

Microsoft releases a list of handsets that will receive the Windows 10 Fall Creators update

The Windows 10 Mobile Fall Creators Update (Version 1709) is only being released to select Windows 10 Mobile powered handsets. Today, Microsoft disseminated a list of devices that are going to receive the update and conspicuous by absence are the Microsoft Lumia 640 and Microsoft Lumia 640 XL.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 13:52

Report: Samsung is ready to mass produce 8nm FinFET chips

Samsung said today that it is ready to start mass producing chips using the 8nm FinFET  Low Power Plus process. The 8nm LPP node fills a gap between the 10nm process used last year and most of this year, and the 7nm process expected to be employed in 2018. Samsung says that it is ready to increase the production yield to stable levels thanks to the lessons it learned with the production of 10nm chips.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 15:30

Microsoft updates Outlook for iOS, here is what's new

After delivering a major Outlook update last week on both Android and iOS platforms, Microsoft is now bringing a couple of new feature to iPhone users.

Unlike the previous update that added many improvements to shared calendars feature, the new version of Outlook for iOS is more related to the Groups feature.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 16:35

TerraMaster F2-220 NAS

TerraMaster is a brand of Noontec, a company that primarily sells headphones. However, in the electronics game diversification is key, and with TerraMaster the company has plunged into the personal and small business NAS market with both feet.

The F2-220 is one of twelve NAS products the firm makes ranging from single drive devices to the four-drive units meant for small business users.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 15:00

WhatsApp lets users share their real-time locations

This week, messaging app WhatsApp announced a new feature that allows users to share their real-time location with family and friends. The feature is encrypted end to end to ensure users' privacy and security, and it allows you to control who can see...

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 11:02

Snapchat will offer European users exclusive Olympics content

Snap is clearly hungry for original and exclusive web content for Snapchat's Discover platform. Yesterday, the company announced it was forming a studio in partnership with NBCUniversal. Then, this morning, Snap revealed that it's partnering with Eur...

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 11:21

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