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Xiaomi's Mi Notebook Pro takes notes from Apple's MacBook Pro - CNET

Xiaomi last year entered the laptop game with the Mi Notebook Air, an obvious attempt to cut the MacBook Air's grass. Well, MacBook Pro beware, the Chinese company on Monday unveiled the 15.6-inch Mi Notebook Pro.<p>The most expensive model in the line will pack Intel's new 8th generation i7 …

Xiaomi unveils second bezel-less Mi Mix smartphone and new Mi Note phablet

It’s the day before iPhone launch and Xiaomi is back at it again with the unveiling of the follow-up to last year’s highly-acclaimed and near-bezel-less Mi Mix smartphone.<p>The Mi Mix 2 keeps the previous design aesthetic — developed by a team led by designer Philippe Starck — but with a slightly …

iPhone X goes on sale: How to buy and everything you need to know

Apple's £1,000 iPhone X, the company's most expensive phone to date, goes on sale on Friday, finally launching the highly-anticipated flagship smartphone.<p>The iPhone X comes with an edge-to-edge OLED display, wireless charging and facial recognition security. It joins the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus …

Mobile Technology

Logitech Circle 2 camera firmware update brings HomeKit support

Logitech has today announced that HomeKit support for its Circle 2 security cameras is now available. The Circle 2 follows D-Link in being the only other HomeKit-compatible security camera on the market.<p>By integrating with HomeKit, Logitech brings their security camera directly into Apple’s smart …

Home Automation

Amazon is building a $5 billion secondary North American HQ and wants local governments to submit proposals

Amazon has announced plans to open a second headquarters in North America and today launched a request for proposal (RFP) from local and state governments as it looks to pin down a site for the project.<p>The new facility, announced as “Amazon HQ2,” will receive more than $5 billion for construction …

Staten Island

Hong Kong regulator ‘concerned’ by ICO funding boom

One day after China’s decision to ban ICOs pending an investigation, Hong Kong — the country that is a special administrative region of China — has voiced concern at the growth of ICO fundraising.<p>ICOs, which involve the sale of newly issued crypto coins to raise money, are said to have brought in …

Garmin debuts three new wearables and a mobile payment solution

Garmin has three new wearable devices it’s debuting at IFA 2017, including the vivosport GPS-enabled activity tracker, the vivomove HR hybrid touchscreen smartwatch and the vivoactive 3, a smartwatch with Garmin Pay, which supports Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards to enable mobile …

This 3D-printed robotic arm is built for sign language

While we usually see robotics applied to industrial or research applications, there are plenty of ways they could help in everyday life as well: an autonomous guide for blind people, for instance, or a kitchen bot that helps disabled folks cook. Or — and this one is real — a robot arm that can …

Google will pay $3 billion to remain top search provider on iOS

Google could pay Apple as much as $3 billion this year in order to remain the default search engine on iOS devices, a new report claims.<p>The claim comes from Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi Jr. If true, it would represent a sizable increase from the $1 billion that Apple was paid by Google for the …

Apple Pay

Facebook secretly launched a mobile app in China

Facebook has largely been shut out of China since 2009, but that isn't stopping it from getting involved in the country... albeit in very roundabout ways. The <i>New York Times</i> has learned that Facebook released a photo sharing app in China, Colorful Balloons, that behaves almost exactly like the …

OpenAI’s bot beats top Dota 2 player so badly that he quits

An artificial intelligence has beaten one of the world’s top Dota 2 players in single combat today. Danil Ishutin, better known by his gaming handle “Dendi,” threw in the towel in the middle of a second game against a bot that OpenAI created, one that had been beating him handily.<p>The two squared …

Artificial Intelligence

Kaspersky and Microsoft reach truce over antivirus software

Microsoft and Kaspersky Lab appear to have reached a truce over their ongoing antivirus (AV) software battle. The Moscow-based cyber security firm has agreed to withdraw antitrust complaints following Microsoft's announcement that it would change the way it delivers security updates to users.<p>The …

FaceApp forced to pull 'racist' filters that allow 'digital blackface'

AI-powered program allowed users to edit selfies to fit into ‘Caucasian, Asian, Indian or Black’ categories causing outrage and immediate U-turn<p>Popular AI-powered selfie program FaceApp was forced to pull new filters that allowed users to modify their pictures to look like different races, just …

Iván Panta

iPhone 8 facial recognition will unlock your phone even when it’s lying down

The new iPhone 8 will be capable of unlocking with its face recognition even when it’s lying flat on your desk, a new report suggests.<p>The information is just the latest leak from a treasure trove of Apple code accidentally released just over one week ago. A line in the firmware refers to “Pearl,” …

Mobile Technology

Apple planning a cellular-capable Watch that cuts reliance on iPhone: report

Apple Inc. is planning to release an updated smartwatch later this year that can connect directly to cellular networks, a redesign aimed at reducing …

Corruption

Tesla lowers Model X base price due to improved margins

Tesla has lowered the entry-level price of the Model X SUV, from $82,500 to $79,500. The $3,000 price drop is the result of improved margins for the electric vehicle, which the company achieved thanks to “efficiencies” achieved in the manufacturing process, Reuters reports.<p>Tesla’s Model X and Model …

Google adds Home speakers to its software preview program

Google is giving you a way to get updates for its Home speaker before other people do. All you have to do is volunteer to be part of its Preview Program, which was originally launched for Chromecast in 2016. If you sign up for the initiative, your device will be one of the first to receive the …

Apple to release a revamped iPhone SE early next year

For years, Apple defiantly shied away from releasing larger-screened iPhone models. Even though larger-screened Android devices proved to be quite popular with consumers, Apple executives in the early days of the iPhone routinely lambasted larger-screened devices for being unwieldy. Over time, …

Nextgen

Watch: this robot can spray paint giant murals

Estonian inventor, Mikhel Joala, hasn’t got an artistic bone in his body, he says. But, like many of us, he wanted to make art.<p>Last week, Joala painted a thirty-meter high mural on an industrial chimney—thanks to a robot armed with five cans of spray paint.<p>Joala created the image on a computer, …

Streetwear

More juicy details about iPhone 8 discovered in Apple code

Yet more information about the iPhone 8 has been discovered in Apple’s HomePod firmware. We now know the device will have a split status bar designed to fit its edge-to-edge display and tap to wake functionality like its Android-powered rivals.<p>However, the future of Touch ID still looks bleak.<p>It’s …

Here’s an early look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

We’re just weeks away from Samsung’s next major launch event on August 23, and already we have a full visual of the device it is expected to unveil — the Galaxy Note 8.<p>That’s courtesy of prolific smartphone leaker Evan Blass — who correctly detailed Samsung’s Galaxy S8 before it was announced …

Facebook acquires AI assistant startup Ozlo

Facebook has acquired AI assistant startup Ozlo to help build “compelling experiences within Messenger that are powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning,” a Facebook spokesperson has confirmed to VentureBeat. A brief note on the acquisition and plans to join the Messenger team was …

Artificial Intelligence

HomePod firmware reveals iPhone 8 design and facial recognition

Last week, Apple released the firmware of its upcoming smart speaker, the HomePod. It sounds like it was pushed out a bit earlier than expected as it isn’t supposed to come out until later this year. Steve Troughton-Smith took advantage of that to find out that the next iPhone is going to feature …

Apple removes VPN apps from the App Store in China

The Chinese government’s crackdown on the internet continues with the news that Apple has removed all major VPN apps, which help internet users overcome the country’s censorship system, from the App Store in China.<p>The move was first noted by ExpressVPN, a provider based outside of China, which said …

Sears to sell Kenmore appliances on Amazon

Sears Holdings (SHLD) announced on Thursday that it has begun selling its Kenmore appliances on Amazon.com (AMZN), broadly expanding the exclusive brand’s availability.<p>The retailer also said its line of Kenmore smart appliances are now integrated with Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant.<p>Shares rallied …

Smart Homes

Apple Releases iTunes 12.6.2 With Minor App and Performance Improvements

Alongside the release of macOS Sierra 10.12.6, which came after a two month beta testing period, Apple has introduced a new version of iTunes, iTunes 12.6.2.<p>iTunes 12.6.2 is a minor update, with Apple's release notes saying only that it introduces minor app and performance improvements.<p>Today's …

Twitter is still full of trolls but says it's getting better at dealing with abuse

It's been more than six months since Twitter decided it should finally start taking its troll problem seriously.<p>The good news: Twitter says its many …

Microsoft unveils a Cortana-powered thermostat

The latest addition to the smart thermostat space is a product that includes Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant.<p>We’re all familiar with the rise of the internet-enabled thermostats, thanks to the development of companies like Nest, and now Microsoft is entering the space after it partnered with …