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Google Cloud releases Dialogflow Enterprise Edition for building chat apps

Building conversational interfaces is a hot new area for developers. Chatbots can be a way to reduce friction in websites and apps and to give customers quick answers to commonly asked questions in a conversational framework. Today, Google announced it was making Dialogflow Enterprise Edition …

Chatbots

28 iOS 11 tips and tricks to help you navigate Apple’s latest update with ease

Apple’s iOS 11 mobile operating system introduces a ton of new features, with far more custom options to tailor the experience to your needs. But …

Apple Pay

Ogling Apple's Product RED iPhone 8 Plus

Continuing a tradition that began with a special edition iPod Nano in 2006, Apple is gearing up to sell Product RED versions of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in stores tomorrow. To commemorate the occasion, we've taken possession of a new iPhone 8 Plus to ogle and, erm, yeah: it's red. A really nice, …

IPhone 8

Android Is Still Failing Where Apple's iOS Is Winning

Google isn’t to blame for the specific problem of out-of-date Android installs, the device manufacturers are, but that doesn’t stop it being a blight on the OS. Numbers released by Statista show that 25% of Android devices currently in use are running a massively outdated version of the OS from …

Android Phones

Why 2018 will be the year apps go to the edge

If you’re running a software company today, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that most or all of your apps will run in the cloud. Likely Amazon or Google’s. It’s hard to imagine that this wasn’t always the case, but there are still some late adopters migrating their own physical data centers into …

Machine Learning

Here’s how to maximize battery life on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

After months of anticipation, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are now available. Samsung’s newest flagships boast some of the most powerful specs …

Samsung Galaxy S9

Google Voice opens up testing for data-only VoIP calls

Google Voice has long been helpful for receiving phone calls regardless of the device you're using. That's assuming you <i>want</i> a conventional call, though -- it can be a pain if you're traveling and face roaming charges, or in those moments when you want to start a call away from your phone. Relief is …

Google Voice

HP's convertible ZBook x360 features a six-core Xeon CPU

HP's ZBook computers have always been targeted at power-hungry professionals, but with last year's X2 detachable hybrid, the company started exploring new form factors. Now HP is adding a convertible PC to its pro family, the ZBook Studio x360 G5. Just like its other x360 machines, it has a hinge …

Intel Corporation

The new Toyota Corolla will have Apple CarPlay and Amazon’s Alexa

Still no word on Android Auto, though<p>The 2019 Toyota Corolla is making its global debut at the New York International Auto Show this week, and it has a few surprises hidden inside its tiny hatchback — most notably Apple’s CarPlay and Amazon’s Alexa.<p>Toyota first added CarPlay earlier this year in …

Android Auto

The only guide you need to get started with Google’s Wear OS

Your new Wear OS smartwatch has been unboxed, charged, and strapped to your wrist. So, what next? Setting up and using Wear OS (formerly known as …

Apps

4 things you can do in Apple Maps that you can't in Google Maps

Flyover and more.<p>After its rocky start years ago, Apple Maps may have been banished to an out-of-the-way folder on your iPhone -- or deleted altogether -- while Google Maps occupies a coveted spot on your home screen. Google Maps remains my iPhone navigation app of choice, but Apple Maps isn't …

Maps

FCC's new 5G rules favor fast setup over federal reviews

Small cell 5G gear will no longer need federal environmental and historical reviews. The change is meant to lower costs and speed deployment of next-gen networks.<p>The Federal Communications Commission is altering regulations so wireless carriers can deploy 5G faster.<p>In a 3-2, party-line vote …

Telecoms

The best Wear OS apps

Some of the best smartwatches around run Wear OS (formerly known as Android Wear), and there are loads of apps that add all sorts of handy …

Apps

Carrot Weather updated with push notifications, new content, and more

The popular and snarky app Carrot Weather has today been updated to version 4.6, bringing support for push notifications and a slew of new content options…<p>Carrot Weather has supported push notifications in the past, but with a few drawbacks. In order to receive notifications from the app, you …

Weather

Google Assistant now has the power to send and request money

Google is making it easy to pay Bob and Kate for last weekend's barbecue by connecting its voice assistant to its mobile payment platform. You can now ask Assistant to pay your contacts -- or to ask for payment from that one friend who keeps avoiding your calls -- by saying "Hey Google, request $10 …

Google Assistant

The best laptops

If you’re looking to buy a laptop right now, the answer is Dell’s XPS 13. It’s light, portable, powerful, beautiful, and reasonably affordable — …

Computer Hardware

Fitbit's $200 Versa is a friendlier fitness smartwatch for the masses

Fitbit's first true smartwatch, the Ionic, was an impressive attempt that lacked the polish needed to make it great. That's often how it goes for first attempts, but Fitbit has learned a few key lessons and is trying to crack the smartwatch market once more. Its weapon of choice? The thoroughly …

HeartMonitor Apple Watch app lets you continuously track heart rate without workouts

Developer Zach Simone has today unveiled a new iPhone and Apple Watch app that tracks heart rate without activating a traditional Workout. The app, called HeartMonitor, allows you to continuously track your heart rate during so-called “sessions” of activity, while the accompanying iPhone app makes …

Apple will unveil the next generation of iOS and macOS on June 4th

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be held in June this year. Apple is planning to return to San Jose again in 2018, between June 4th and June 8th this time around. Developers can apply for tickets now through March 22 at 10AM PT / 1PM ET through Apple’s WWDC site, and tickets will …

Apps

How I made $200,000 when I was 16 years old

MacBook.About three years ago, I published a story about how the Twitter app I built in high school, Follow, reached 150,000 downloads in two years. …

Santa Monica

Halide update adds 'blazing fast portrait mode,' depth maps and more to the iOS app

Halide—the feature-rich third-party camera app for the iPhone—just released version 1.7 which adds support for the dual-camera setups of the iPhones …

Android P developer preview is now available — here’s what’s new

But don’t install it on your main phone<p>As it has for the last couple years, Google is releasing a developer preview of the next version of Android in March. Before you ask, no, we don’t know the name beyond “Android P.” Another thing we don’t know is just how big the user-facing changes will be …

Android News

Pro Tip: How to add blank spaces to your iPhone home screen grid

Some of the most creative iPhone home screen designs we’ve ever seen use blank gaps to separate icons into groups or to create interesting stepped patterns. But how is that even possible? After all, if you delete a home screen icon, the others close ranks to fill in the space.<p>The answer is to add …

Graphics

How to stop annoying robocalls on your iPhone or Android phone

Fight back against the constant, annoying scam calls<p>Mobile spam calls have been a nuisance for years, but over the last few months, it’s felt to me like there’s been a surge of them. I get between four and six calls daily, and a quick survey of friends shows that I’m not alone. Every waking day …

Identity Theft

Galaxy S9 Experience app lets you feel what the phone's like

Still on the fence about switching to the Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus? This app may help you make a decision.<p>Now that Samsung has announced and began taking preorders for its Galaxy S9 ($719.99 at Amazon.com) and S9 Plus phones, those ready for an upgrade or tempted by the device are forced to make a …

Phones

Otter's free app brings voice transcripts into the AI age

Otter's artificial intelligence absorbs recorded conversations and churns out transcripts that identify speakers, suggest keywords and offer text search.<p>If you don't hate transcribing, it's probably just because you don't have to do it very much.<p>Otter, a new, free mobile app from a team of vets …

Artificial Intelligence

Google’s Flutter app development framework is now in beta

It’s 2018, how should you make an app? Here’s the short answer: nobody knows. But maybe that’s a good thing.<p>Yesterday, Google announced the official beta release of its Flutter app development framework (as seen on <i>9to5Google</i>). It’s one way to make an app, and it’s especially well-suited to fancy …

Apps

Fitbit’s next smartwatch will probably look like this

It sure seemed like Fitbit was all in on the Ionic. The company’s first true smartwatch was the result of multiple acquisitions and CEO James Park was talking up the device as a sort of lifeline for the struggling company. But the product stumbled for both hardware and software reasons, and the …

Wearable Tech

The best touchscreen laptops

When we talk about touchscreens, they’re usually in reference to phones, tablets, 2-in-1s, convertibles, and all-in-one PCs. After all, that’s where …

Computer Hardware