Amazon wants Echo’s Alexa Voice Service on third-party hardware

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As promised, Amazon is taking steps to let anyone incorporate the voice assistant software used by the Amazon Echo into third-party hardware. This could let computers, TV boxes, smart speakers, or pretty much any device with a microphone, speaker, and internet connection respond to voice commands by using Amazon’s technology. Amazon has launched a developer […]

Turing Phone oddball, secure smartphone reservations now open

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The Turing Phone is an unusual smartphone that emphasizes security, unique materials, and odd design choices. It’s tough to make a phone that stands out these days, but the Turing Phone certainly manages to do so. What’s less certain is whether the phone’s worth the $610 or more that Turing Robotic Industries is asking for the […]

Phablet leaks: Meet the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Sony xperia C5

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It’s open season on big smartphone leaks. Samsung’s expected to unveil its next-generation Galaxy Note soon, but Evan Blass has posted some pictures and specs that give us a good idea of what to expect. Sony, meanwhile, hasn’t yet officially acknowledged the existence of the upcoming Xperia C5 smartphone with super-slim side bezels. But we already […]

Windows 10: How to choose default apps

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Microsoft has introduced a few changes to the way Windows handles default applications. Want Windows 10 to treat VLC as your default media player and Firefox as your default web browser? You can do that — but you might have to jump through a few hoops. If you’re upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 […]

Samsung’s next smartwatch: Round display, rotating bezel

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Samsung launched more than half a dozen smartwatches in 2014, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen a new model from the company. So what does Samsung have in store for the second half of 2015? A smartwatch with a circular display and a bezel that rotates, allowing you to perform certain actions without […]

Goodbye live tiles: Give Windows 10 a classic start menu

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Windows 10 marks the return of the Start Menu. Microsoft did away with this classic Windows feature with the launch of Windows 8, when the company introduced a Start Screen that covers your entire display. It looked great on tablets, but some folks found it to be a bit much for notebooks and desktops. Now […]

Deals of the Day (7-31-2015)

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Looking for a really cheap laptop? Groupon is selling refurbished HP Stream 11 notebooks for as little as $120. Don’t want to buy a refurbished model? Best Buy is selling a brand new Asus EeeBook X205TA for $30 more. Want a convertible? There are some good deals on those today too… as well as a […]

YotaPhone 2 US launch cancelled

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The makers of the YotaPhone 2 raised nearly $300 thousand through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to bring their dual-screen smartphone to the United States. But now it looks like the company is cancelling that effort. A number of backers of the campaign have reported that Yota Devices has sent out email messages letting them know that […]

NVIDIA Shield tablet recalled over battery issues

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NVIDIA has released a software update for its SHIELD tablet, designed to update the system to Android 5.1.1, offer performance improvements, and fix some bugs affecting audio and other features. Oh yeah… NVIDIA also wants you to know that the battery in the tablet can overheat and pose a fire hazard. So the company has […]

Don’t like Windows 10? You can roll back (within 30 days)

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So you’ve taken up Microsoft on its offer to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. How’s that working out for you? For the most part Windows 10 should be able to run on just about any hardware that could run Windows 7 or later. But if you’re running into problems, Microsoft included an escape chute: […]

Facebook’s solar airplane beams internet from above

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It’s raining internet. For the past few years Google has been testing technology that can deliver internet access to remote locations through hot air balloons. Now Facebook has built a solar-powered airplane that can do the same thing. Facebook calls the its plane Aquila, and claims it can stay in the air for up to […]

Report: Businesses testing new Google Glass hardware

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The death of Google Glass may have been exaggerated. While Google is no longer selling its wearable computer that puts a screen above your eye directly to consumers, The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is providing a new version of Google Glass to some business users. The new hardware is aimed at workers […]

Verizon’s next Motorola Droid: A metal Moto X?

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Motorola may not have any plans to sell the Moto X Play or Moto X Style smartphones through US carriers, instead offering the Moto X Pure Edition directly to consumers for $400. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to buy a new Motorola phone from a US wireless carrier this year. HellomotoHK has posted […]

Deals of the Day (7-30-2015)

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Windows 10 is here. It runs on all sorts of hardware, including cheap tablets and powerful desktops… or something in between like the latest Microsoft Surface tablets. Don’t want to spend $499 or more for a Surface? How about $390? That’s how much GravityBuys is selling 1st-gen models for at the moment. While they’re a […]

Toshiba Encore 10 tablets coming soon for $299 and up

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Toshiba is launching a new line of 10.1 inch tablets with full HD displays, Intel Atom x5 Cherry Trail processors, and Windows 10 software. The Toshiba Encore 10 and Encore 10K will be available in September for $299 and $479, respectively. What’s the difference between the two tablets? The Toshiba Encore 10K comes with a keyboard […]