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Microsoft: Xbox Scorpio's power advantage over PS4 Pro 'will be obvious'

Not worried about Sony's one-year head start<p>Albert Penello seems sanguine about Sony's long-awaited unveiling of the PlayStation 4 Pro (formerly known by its in-development codename, "Neo").<p>"I feel pretty good about the decisions we've made," said Penello, who serves as senior director of product …

$35 Pokémon Go Plus accessory will go on sale September 16th

Pokémon Go players will have their choice of accessories soon, since the Pokémon Go Plus accessory will be available September 16th "in most countries." Earlier today the game's makers reported over 500 million downloads and announced a way to play using the Apple Watch. Now, Niantic says this $35 …

Steve Wozniak Bets on an Old Automaker For His Next Electric Car

Makers of electric vehicles and gas-electric hybrids have long enjoyed—and even relied on—early support and endorsements from celebrities to give …

Nintendo will launch Pokémon Go Plus on September 16

Nintendo and Niantic Labs want to keep the Pokémon Go phenomenon going. And they’ll do that with the launch next week of the Pokémon Go Plus device, which lets you capture Pokémon without using your smartphone.<p>John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic Labs, said today at Apple’s press event that Pokémon Go …

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Nest's smart thermostat now comes in a range of colors (updated)

Nest's third-generation Learning Thermostat wasn't exactly a design revolution -- surprise, it's another metal puck with a display -- but the company is doing <i>something</i> to jazz things up. It's introducing versions of the smart temperature controller that come in black, white and an especially …

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Microsoft isn't afraid of Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro

Sony unveiled its next big iteration of the PlayStation 4 last night. Dubbed PlayStation 4 Pro, the new console includes a faster processor, better graphics, and support for 4K resolution. It comes just months after Microsoft surprisingly unveiled its Project Scorpio console, a successor to the …

Amazon finally brings Alexa to the Fire tablet

While Apple and others are struggling a bit to interest new customers in tablets (and existing ones in upgrading the hearty devices), Amazon has been …

Uber's Pandora partnership is the latest way the ride-hailing app wants to win your heart

Uber is doing everything it can to make its experience less awkward for drivers and riders alike.<p>The ride-hailing giant has partnered with Pandora to …

Sony says the 4K PS4 Pro is 'where we think the market wants to go'

SIEA head Shawn Layden on Sony’s big new slate of gaming hardware<p>Yesterday at the PlayStation Theater in New York City, Sony announced two new iterations of the PlayStation 4, both of which are due to launch this year. That makes three hardware launches for the company’s gaming division over the …

Sling TV’s streaming service for cord cutters hits Windows 10

Dish Network’s streaming service for cord cutters, Sling TV, has made its way to Windows 10. The company announced today the launch of its on-demand TV service for Windows 10 PCs and tablets, through a new application live now in the Windows App Store. While Sling TV’s legacy PC software will …

Amazon Echo could soon start talking to you unprompted

The speaker that speaks might soon speak without you speaking to ask it to speak. Amazon’s Echo is set to get push notifications, according to The Information, which would allow it to give you a heads up about activity from its connected services, so it could, for example, tell you when your …