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Intel and Amazon are making it easier for anyone to build an Alexa-enabled speaker

Just what you wanted<p>Amazon wants Alexa in as many products as possible, so it’s partnering with Intel to make it easier for manufacturers to incorporate the voice assistant into their devices. The two companies announced plans yesterday to release reference designs for a connected speaker within …

Smart Homes

The Fujifilm X-A10 is the cheapest X-series mirrorless camera yet

Fujifilm has announced the X-A10, a new X-series camera that hits the lowest price point yet for the company's well-received range of mirrorless models. It's $499.95 with a 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, and will be available in January.<p>The X-A10 design is similar to the X-A3 from earlier this year, …

Cameras

The LG UltraFine 4K is a great MacBook monitor

No Apple product was more overdue an update than the Thunderbolt Display. First sold in 2011, its unlaminated, un-Retina screen was beautiful in its day, but Apple gave it so little attention that it even chose to throw an adapter in the box rather than update its charging cable with the 2012 …

Gear & Gadgets

DirecTV Now plagued by launch week errors

DirecTV Now got off to a rocky start this week, with many customers experiencing errors that made it difficult or impossible to use the newly launched internet TV service.<p>Customers have been tweeting at DirecTV’s support account over the past two days about errors preventing them from logging in, …

Televisions

Can this giant E Ink tablet make paper obsolete?

Probably not<p>As a material, paper has a lot of benefits. It's been around for thousands of years, it’s a universally understood medium, and it's cheap. But there are also downsides: paper can rip and tear, it’s heavy, and can take up a lot of space. reMarkable is a company that thinks it's time for …

eReaders

Google is testing a Material Design refresh of its desktop home and search pages

Announced two years ago, Material Design has yet to make its way to the most visited site on the web. There was an A/B test of Google Search back in June, but nothing came of it. The latest iteration seen by a few individuals is subtle, but noticeably different.<p>On the Google homepage, this design …

WhatsApp is dropping support for older smartphones

WhatsApp is dropping support for older smartphones that aren’t compatible with its latest features. At least one generation of iPhone, alongside older versions of Android and Windows Phone, will no longer be able to use the service at the end of the year.<p>Over the past 12 months, WhatsApp has …

Finally you can say ‘OK Google’ to command Android Auto in your car

Took long enough<p>“OK Google,” the voice command that can be used with everything from Google Home to the Pixel smartphone, is finally coming to Android Auto — albeit very slowly. As reported by <i>Engadget</i>, the search giant is in the process of rolling out the hands-free, hot word-based command for its …

Android Auto

Motorola wants to release four Moto Z Mods per quarter next year

After the LG G5‘s lackluster reception and Google scrapping Project Ara, Motorola’s Moto Z line seems to be the last hope for modular phones. Of course, that won’t work if you don’t have any mods to use, but Motorola says it’s hoping to deliver a relative onslaught of them next year.<p>According to …

Android phone maker Blu pledges to replace Chinese software that stole user data

With Google-approved tools<p>Blu, the Florida-based maker of budget Android phones, says it’s swapping out the Chinese update software that stole user data for Google-approved software, according to a report in <i>PCMag</i>. The issue, first unveiled last month by security firm Kryptowire, was a …

Android Phones

New leaked photos show a forthcoming Moto phone, perhaps a 2017 Moto Z

Earlier this month we saw some images come out of techdroider.com purporting to show a forthcoming 2017 Moto phone. We were hesitant to share those because they were the first we had seen of a 2017 Moto phone. Now it appears that they are at least likely to be an early prototype of <i>some kind of …

Android News

Facebook could fight fake news with curated articles

The proliferation of fake news on its network has haunted Facebook since the presidential election. Initially downplaying its impact, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has come around to start speaking on the social platform's action plan, including cutting off ad money. But now they have a new plan to ensure …

Why Fitbit buying Pebble makes sense — at least, in the short term

Buying up the competition<p>Late yesterday it was reported by <i>The Information</i> that Fitbit is close to buying wearable startup Pebble, news that has since been independently confirmed by <i>The Verge</i>. Fitbit and Pebble have been in the final stages of the deal since before the Thanksgiving holiday; the …

Wearable Tech

Korg stuffed all the features of its Wavestation synth into an app

The Wavestation synth was released in 1990 for around $2,000. It’s a classic device, but one that was never exactly affordable. Now Korg, the company behind Wavestation, is packing everything the synth offers into an iOS app called iWavestation. That app costs only $19.99, so yeah, it’s way more …

Moto pushes off smartwatches indefinitely

Don’t expect a new Moto 360 any time soon<p>Lenovo Moto today confirmed that it will not be releasing a new smartwatch for the launch of Android Wear 2.0, due early next year. The company had earlier said it would not be releasing a new smartwatch in 2016, but it is now saying that it doesn’t plan to …

Wearable Tech

Julian Assange thinks he's closer to freedom after UN panel rebuffs Britain over detention ruling

Having initially issued its opinion in favour of Assange in February, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said it was not changing course as the British request "did not meet the threshold of a review... and (was) thus not admissible".<p>Assange, 45, has been at the Ecuadoran embassy in London …

Julian Assange

Black Friday deals gave Google's Pixel a big boost compared to iPhones

Black Friday deals are often good business for tech brands, and this year it’s the Google Pixel that has been one of the major hot sellers. While Apple’s iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S7 ranges were some of the best sellers in terms of raw numbers, the Pixel line-up saw the biggest growth rate out of …

Google Pixel
HTC One

'OK Google' is finally coming to Android Auto

The major selling point of Android Auto is that it brings smartphone-like apps and services to your vehicle. Google Maps, access to music and weather updates are now taken for granted, but it's remained a mystery over why one of Android's most useful hands-free commands -- "OK Google" -- has taken …

Nokia-branded Android smartphones will arrive in the first half of next year

It’s been a rough decade or so for Nokia’s smartphone business. In 2011, then-CEO Stephen Elop famously described the company’s situation as a “burning platform” in a memo to his staff. That same year, the company plunged into the icy waters of a deal to make Windows Phone 7 its primary operating …

Mobile Technology

Apple will need the FAA's blessing if it wants to use drones to improve its maps

It’s not yet legal to fly over busy roads.<p>Apple wants to fly drones to improve Maps by collecting more up-to-date information about road changes and street signs, according to a Bloomberg report.<p>Right now, however, it's illegal to fly drones over busy, populated areas and near airports, although …

Drones

AngelList acquires Product Hunt

The Product Hunt you know and love is changing, at least in terms of ownership. The company announced today that it has been acquired by the investment syndication platform AngelList and said that a “majority” of Product Hunt’s 14 employees will be kept on.<p>Financial terms were not disclosed, but …

Google’s Click-to-Message introduces mobile messaging to businesses

About a month ago, Google announced a new addition to its AdWords platform: the Click-to-Message ad extension. After some regional testing, Google recently rolled this functionality out across the globe. Advertisers can now place a small button below their ad that, once clicked, will trigger an SMS …

Amazon Echo now talks you through 60,000 recipes

Believe it or not, there hasn't really been a comprehensive recipe skill for Amazon Echo speakers. Campbell's skill is focused on the soup brand, IFTTT integration is imperfect and Jamie Oliver's skill won't read cooking instructions aloud. Allrecipes might just save the day, though. It just …

GoPro compensates Karma buyers with free Hero5 cameras

We won't blame you if you're upset that GoPro had to recall your Karma drone over sudden power losses, but at least you're getting compensation for your trouble. GoPro is offering American Karma buyers a free Hero5 Black camera once they return both their drones and the accessories that came with …

Cryonics: frozen girl's father says providers exploit the vulnerable

Those offering to cryogenically freeze people’s bodies are offering false hope to those frightened of dying, he says<p>The father of a 14-year-old girl who was granted her dying wish to have her body cryogenically frozen has accused those who provide the service of taking advantage of vulnerable …

Divorce

LinkedIn thinks campus recruiting hurts tech sphere diversity

Campus recruiting is a staple of hiring for tech companies, but the process feeds into the lack of diversity already plaguing the industry.<p>Elite …

Recruitment

Microsoft says it will tie executive bonuses to diversity hiring goals

After the number of women employees declines<p>Following a year of decline in the number of women that make up its workforce, Microsoft says it will now tie executive bonuses to the company’s diversity efforts, according to a report in <i>Bloomberg</i>. The move is a form of pressure to incentivize top …

Employment

Google plans to remove the 'In the news' section from its desktop search following 'fake news' criticism

Following criticism over fake news on its platform, Google plans to remove its "In the news" section from the top of desktop search results in a matter of weeks, according to a source familiar with the matter.<p>It will be replaced by a carousel of "Top stories" similar to what now exists on mobile. …

Fake News