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Report: Facebook releasing its own smart speakers in July

Facebook is reportedly releasing two smart speakers later this year to compete with the Amazon Echo. The two devices, apparently codenamed “Fiona” and “Aloha,” could be released as early as July.<p>Reports about the speakers first surfaced last year, with <i>Business Insider</i> naming Aloha. <i>Bloomberg</i> later …

Google explains how its Chrome ad filter will work

Tomorrow, Chrome will deploy its built-in ad filter that can keep the most annoying types of ads on the internet out of sight even if you don't use an ad blocker. In a post on the Chromium blog, Google has revealed more details about the filter before it drops, going under the hood to explain how …

Qualcomm's Snapdragon X24 modem will enable 2 Gbps LTE speeds

Even as the race toward real-world 5G picks up steam, LTE technology as it exists will remain crucial for most of us in the next few years. Qualcomm's latest gigabit LTE modem, the X24, can reach speeds of 2 Gbps (where supported by carriers) -- a significant jump from the 1.2 Gbps promised by its …

US intelligence agencies warn buyers to avoid Huawei smartphones

After being rebuffed by carriers AT&T and Verizon, Huawei's push to sell phones in the US isn't getting any easier. Six top US intelligence chiefs, including the heads of the FBI, CIA and NSA, told Americans they wouldn't recommend buying products or services from the Chinese manufacturer, <i>CNBC</i> …

SpaceX Is Launching Its First Internet Satellites This Week

A launch this Saturday will put two test satellites into orbit.<p>Back in 2015, SpaceX announced one of its more ambitious proposals: a constellation of satellites in orbit around the Earth, providing internet access to everyone and everywhere. Their plan involved launching over 4,000 such satellites, …

3.6-million-year-old human skeleton found, shocking scientists

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Researchers in South Africa have unveiled what they call “by far the most complete skeleton of a human ancestor older than 1.5 million years ever found.”<p>The University of the Witwatersrand displayed the virtually complete Australopithecus fossil on Wednesday.<p>The skeleton dates …

South Africa

The Only Cryptocurrency I'd Consider Buying

Hint: It's not bitcoin.<p>As we look back on 2017, it'll likely be remembered by investors as the year of the cryptocurrency.<p>Prior to the advent of …

IBM makes 20 qubit quantum computing machine available as a cloud service

IBM has been offering quantum computing as a cloud service since last year when it came out with a 5 qubit version of the advanced computers. Today, the company announced that it’s releasing 20-qubit quantum computers, quite a leap in just 18 months. A qubit is a single unit of quantum …

Quantum Computing

Samsung just won 36 CES 2018 innovation awards for design and engineering

Samsung makes a lot more than just Galaxy phones and 36 of its latest products are CES 2018 award winners. The awards are for outstanding design and …

Google X's chief business officer thinks the UK has prioritised the illusions of the modern world over happiness

Mo Gawdat, the chief business officer of Google X, thinks people in the UK have prioritised the illusions of the modern world over their happiness.<p>Gawdat, who is currently on a sabbatical from Google's moonshot factory, said the UK is one of the many developed nations where people have forgotten …

Happiness

The robots that invaded our smart homes in 2017

Robotics

Roku quietly buys a whole-home audio startup

Roku seems to be plotting something bigger than its current streaming player and smart TV business. In September, <i>Variety</i> reported that Roku was staffing up on audio engineers and voice interface designers, and now the site has uncovered an acquisition of a whole-home audio startup. <b>Roku disclosed in</b> …

Smart TV

I've fallen in love with XGIMI's CC Aurora portable projector

The one thing that cancels out the joys of watching stuff with a projector has always been the setup: The beamer needs to be far enough away from the wall, connected to a laptop, which in turn has to connect to speakers that are also close to the wall. It sucks – and yeah, I’m sure there’s some …

Instagram is testing a feature that lets you follow hashtags, not just people

Do you find yourself searching for the same Instagram hashtag over and over? If so, the social network is about to make your life a whole lot …

Here’s why your next iPhone’s camera could take stellar low-light pics

Apple recently acquired a sensor company that may dramatically improve the cameras in future iPhone models.<p>The company confirmed Thursday it has …

Meet Jibo, the $899 social robot

Robotics

QardioBase 2

<b>Pros</b><p>Measures weight, BMI, and full body composition. Improved stability over predecessor. Safe for implanted medical devices and pregnant women. …

You Can Charge This Fitness Watch With Your Body Heat

You’re already tracking your calories, steps and heart rate — why not your electrical power?<p>Matrix Industries says its PowerWatch, a cutting-edge new …

Wearable Tech

Mars earbuds are equipped with space-age translation tech

Over the past year or so, earbuds with translation tech have been popping up everywhere, signaling the evolution of an industry. Headphones are now …

Consumer Tech

Millions of college students are so terrified of loans they're turning to 'sugar daddies' for help paying for school

The student debt crisis in the US has gotten so bad, there's a growing group of young women — and some men — who are taking an unconventional approach to paying for college.<p>Through dating websites like SeekingArrangement.com, sugar babies, as they're called, partner up with wealthy, often older, …

College & University

This Swedish startup found the answer to more efficient solar panels… in algae?

Solar panels are quite an inefficient form of renewable energy – only around 20 percent of incoming sunlight is turned into energy. However, with a little help from millions of years of evolution and some algae, solar panels could start to shape up.<p>Founded in 2014, Swedish Algae Factory is an algae …

Xiaomi’s latest laptop targets Apple’s MacBook Pro

Xiaomi entered the laptop market last year with its Mi Notebook Air that was designed to target Apple’s MacBook in both name and design. This year the Chinese company is shifting its focus to Apple’s MacBook Pro, with the launch of its own Mi Notebook Pro. The Mi Notebook Pro includes a 15.6-inch …

Mobile Technology

8 indispensable (and free) Google tools

Google is so much more than just the world’s premier search engine.<p>Google has a bevy of helpful products—many of which are completely free. If you …

AdWords

AirBar adds touchscreen and gesture control to non-touch PCs

In case you were wondering, Apple is still anti-touchscreen, or so it seems. While the Windows PC market seems to embrace the 2-in-1 or convertible, Apple seems hell-bent on the idea of legitimizing the iPad Pro as a PC-competitor. It’s not.<p>It’s cool though, AirBar has you covered — at least if …

Secure Belongings Using a Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Cube

The crowdfunded device turns your phone into a digital key.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying …

Crowd Funding

Audi is teaming up with Nvidia to build a self-driving car by 2020

Move over, Google, Tesla, BMW et al: Nvidia is gearing up to build a self-driving car with Audi, and promises to have an autonomous vehicle on the road by 2020.<p>To that end, the company showed off an Audi Q7 at this year’s CES that’s capable of driving itself with just four days of training, thanks …

Small Business

A laser printer without ink or toner

Lasers that ‘softly’ burn paper could be the next evolution in printing. Former students of the University of Technology in Delft, Netherlands, have developed a technology that can print on any kind of paper without consumables, such as toner or ink.<p>This technique is not unlike burning paper using …

Nemonic is like Post-It notes with IoT smarts

Mangoslab, a company spun out from Samsung’s innovation division back in June 2016, showed off its first product today. Nemonic is a $120 thermal printer that prints on sticky notes from your phone. That’s right – everyone’s favorite tool for passive-aggressively leaving notes on a colleague’s …

Save Me

Check out NASA's asteroid-catching robot arms

NASA is set to launch the robotic portion of its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) in 2021. This will be the first mission to visit and collect a multi-ton sample from a large near-Earth asteroid. The collected sample will be used in a demonstration of enhanced gravity tractor asteroid …

Space Exploration