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Garmin Speak lets you bring Alexa along in the car

Amazon and Garmin have teamed up to bring the wisdom and subservient attitude of Alexa to a car near you.<p>The Garmin Speak is an Echo Dot-like device that sits in the dash of your car and brings the full range of Alexa skills into the car. What’s more, the Garmin Speak integrates Alexa services …


Google Calendar on the web gets a fresh new look

After a few years of sticking with essentially the same design, Google Calendar on the web is getting a makeover today. That means a fresh new color palette and a design in line with Google’s Material Design scheme, but also — and more importantly — a responsive layout that smartly adjusts your …


Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs strikes deal to turn 800 acres of Toronto into an ‘internet city’

Google spinoff will bring Wi-Fi hubs and other smart city innovations to the shores of Lake Ontario<p>Sidewalk Labs, the smart city subsidiary of Alphabet with the stated goal of “reimagining cities from the Internet up,” now has a very big sandbox in which to conduct its high-tech experiments. The …


Facebook Live now has a built-in screen-sharing function

No more third-party software<p>Today, Facebook added the ability to directly share your screen on Facebook Live, as spotted by <i>The Next Web</i>. Previously, third-party software was needed to do the same thing.<p>As shown in the below tweet, the option now appears on the right-hand side under “FaceTime …


Sonos One review: Alexa has never sounded better

It really needs Spotify, though<p>The Sonos One is what I’d call an inevitable product. Sonos has always made speakers that sound excellent, and if you own more than one, the company’s multi-room wireless audio system can fill your entire home or apartment with that top-notch sound. Sonos’ reputation …


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Google will start selling products at its pop-up stores this week

This is a first<p>Google doesn't have any dedicated hardware stores like Apple or Microsoft, but it has previously experimented with pop-up demo experiences where users can test products before buying them online through the Google Store. That's changing today... sort of.<p>The company confirmed to <i>The</i> …


Google Home speakers now let you control YouTube TV with your voice

Thanks to more Chromecast support<p>Google continues to add more media and smart speaker integrations across its growing number of hardware and software products, and today YouTube TV support has arrived. Now, if you have a Google Home speaker — that includes the new Home Mini and Home Max that were …

YouTube TV

Sonos is offering a $25 off coupon for Echo Dots to all its customers

Sonos is offering a $25 discount on an Amazon Echo Dot to its customers starting this week, to better help them take advantage of the newly added Alexa integration that’s now in public beta.<p>The deal is pretty simple: if you’re a Sonos customer, you should be getting a unique code sometime this week …


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Project Wing tests real-world drone deliveries in Australia


Android's 'instant' apps are now leaner and faster

Right now, Google's instant Android apps don't <i>quite</i> live up to their billing. Google has to load support for every possible device, which can slow down access to the app and chew up valuable space. That shouldn't be an issue going forward. Google has updated its instant app programming kit to let …

Android Oreo

Baidu plans to start mass-producing autonomous vehicles around 2019

Like its US counterparts, Chinese internet titan Baidu has been working on autonomous vehicle research for years. After a failed partnership with BMW, Baidu opened itself up to teaming up with other companies, notably bringing on NVIDIA to power its Apollo self-driving car program. The internet …


Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak launches his own online tech education platform

Start taking classes at Woz U<p>Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs, is launching a new online tech education platform he’s calling Woz U, which is designed to promote technology jobs and the skills required to enter the industry. Over time, Wozniak hopes to expand the initiative to …

Steve Wozniak

Wireless convenience is driving us to spend more on headphones

Apple and Google are doing their bit to nudge this trend along too<p>The average price of a pair of headphones has inched past the $40 mark this year, according to new data released this week by Futuresource Consulting. We now pay an average of $42.70, which is a 14 percent rise year-on-year and …


Your Next Therapist Might Be A Chatbot

If our tough soldiers will confide more in a virtual psychologist, could the same be true for you?<p>In 1966, an MIT professor named Joseph Weizenbaum coded what was meant to be a landmark scientific joke. Called ELIZA, it was the world’s first chatbot. Linguistically simple, it was designed to probe …


Google Assistant can now control Chromecasts from your phone

The Google Assistant has always been able to control Chromecasts from a Google Home, but now that ability is expanding to the Google Assistant on Android phones and iPhones, too. <i>Android Police</i> spotted the new feature, which Google has since confirmed to us has rolled out for all users. It appears …


Oculus for Business: Cisco Spark VR

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Bitcoin Passes $5,000

<b>Today’s Stories</b><p>Bitcoin just passed $5,000<br>• DJI’s new interchangeable-lens drone camera takes aim at filmmakers<br>• Citing ‘a few’ malfunctions, Google nukes touch function from Home Mini<br>• Hyperloop One becomes ‘Virgin Hyperloop One’ with Virgin Group investment<p><b>Credits</b><p><b>Written by:</b> Tito Hamze, John Mannes</b> …

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Cult streetwear brand Supreme is now a unicorn

James Jebbia’s streetwear brand Supreme has sold a 50% stake in the business to the private equity firm The Carlyle Group for around $500 million, which would value the brand at around $1 billion. That makes the streetwear company the first to join the ranks of so-called unicorns like Uber, …


Richard Branson just added a “Virgin” to Hyperloop One

Virgin Group’s Richard Branson has invested an undisclosed sum into Hyperloop One, which raised $85 million in new funding from various sources. Now, <b>Hyperloop One is rebranding itself as Virgin Hyperloop One, and Branson is joining the board,</b> making the announcement on CNBC on Thursday morning.<p>The …

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This Adorable Lost Little Panda Is A Perfect Brand Mascot For Tile

The location device aims right for the heartstrings in its first-ever brand campaign.<p>First of all, there are the eyes. Then the sweater vest. And it’s a stuffed panda bear. Even before you know this is the first-ever brand ad for Tile, the tracking service and device brand, you are emotionally …


Here’s what the prototype of Oculus’s new Santa Cruz headset is like

The biggest news at Facebook’s Oculus Connect event yesterday was Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement that he wants a billion virtual reality users, and the unveiling of the stand-alone Oculus Go, which is essentially a mobile-quality VR headset without the need for a phone. But Oculus also showed off …

Virtual Reality

Order from Target nationwide by chatting with Google Assistant

For the past few years, Target has been testing the Google Express service in California and New York City. Now, the service is expanding nationwide. Starting today, you can now use Google's same-day home delivery service at Targets all across the continental US (but not Alaska or Hawaii). You can …


AR mystery startup Magic Leap looking to raise as much as $1B in Series D round

Magic Leap may be raising as much as $1 billion to fund their vision of a future filled with augmented reality glasses.<p>A Delaware filing dated Wednesday was provided to us by CB Insights, confirming that the secretive startup has authorized about $1 billion in new funding. The filing authorizes …

Augmented Reality

Sony's experimental projector that turns surfaces into touchscreens is coming to the US

The time has come for you to turn your doors, walls, and cabinets into touchscreens. Sony unveiled its Xperia Touch projector at Mobile World Congress back in February, and now, it's bringing the device to the US. It's available through Amazon and costs $1,699.99. It'll also be available in select …

Gear & Gadgets

Delta will automatically check in passengers with its mobile app

Automatic check-in is here<p>Delta just did away with the standard, antiquated flight check-in process that’s plagued modern flyers for years. Now, Delta passengers’ boarding passes will automatically be sent out 24 hours prior to a flight, so long as they use Delta’s mobile app. The change was noted …


Lyft says it will use Google Maps as its default navigation tool for drivers

Drivers can op out and use Waze if they want<p>Lyft announced today that it will update its app for drivers to replace its old navigation system with Google Maps, in the hopes of saving drivers the hassle of switching back and forth between apps. Drivers who prefer Waze, though, can opt out of the …