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Every Awesome and Ridiculous Thing Amazon Unveiled Today

Amazon upgraded old Echo devices, unveiled new ones, teased new features for Alexa, and introduced a few odds and ends that might be your next …

Audiophile

Remove yourself from people search sites and erase your online presence

Here is a step-by-step guide to reducing your digital footprint online, whether you want to lock down data or vanish entirely.<p>There is now a very …

Social Media

New technology aims to combat increased robocalls

Emerging Technology

Your Face Will Be Your Passport at Delta Air Check Points

Delta Air Lines Inc.is deploying facial-recognition technology to replace passports and tickets at Atlanta’s airport in a test that could lead to …

Airports

Everything Is an Alexa Device Now

On Thursday, Amazon introduced nearly a dozen new Alexa-powered products to the world. Some, like this year’s Echo Dot, were standard upgrades to …

Gear & Gadgets

Amazon unveils revamped Echo lineup, multi-room audio, new Ring cam, much more

This afternoon, Amazon took the stage at its Seattle headquarters to unveil a host of new hardware. Amazon is utilizing its new Spheres location for the first time in this regard. Today’s event includes a refreshed lineup of Echo speakers along with new auto accessories and more. Head below for …

Smart Homes

Amazon is about to announce new hardware at a surprise event

Remember when Amazon held a “surprise” event last September and introduced a bunch of new Echo devices? Well, it’s doing it again this year in what looks to become an annual hardware event. The announcements will kick off today at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, and while the company says it won’t be streaming …

Smart Homes

Echo Auto brings Alexa to cars

As Amazon noted at today’s event, the company has already been working with a number of car companies to bring Alexa to vehicles. There are already a number of high-profile partners, including Toyota, Ford, Lexus, BMW and Audi. Today, it announced its plan to bring the assistant to the rest of the …

Technology

Apple Watch Series 4 Unboxing Videos Reveal New Packaging for Aluminum and Stainless Steel Models

A few days after unboxing videos for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max were shared online, some of the same YouTubers have now provided a glimpse into the unboxing experience of the Apple Watch Series 4. Unlike this year's new iPhones, the Apple Watch Series 4's packaging is noticeably different from …

Apple Watch

Volta XL fast charging USB-C cable brings MagSafe-like magnetic connector back to MacBook

Volta XL is a new fast charging USB-C cable that includes a built-in magnetic connector much like the MagSafe connector Apple removed from its MacBooks in the transition to USB-C for power.<p>You can preorder the Volta XL today for $35 (22% off retail pricing).<p>All cables aren’t created equal when it …

Technology

The 2017 MacBook Pro (yes, with the Touch Bar) is $400 off — that's the best price we've *ever* seen

This is a big month for Team Apple, y'all.<p>The new iPhones were announced as well as the Apple Watch Series 4 — but if you were hoping for a new …

MacBook Pro

Home Affairs makes changes to encryption Bill without addressing main concerns

Services providers now have a defence to use if they are required to violate the law of another nation, and the public revenue protection clause has …

Technology (Australia)

Samsung introduces its first phone with a triple-camera setup

Samsung has officially entered the three-camera array fray. The company announced its Galaxy A7 phone today for Europe and Asia: a midrange device that features a unique three-camera setup on the back. It includes a 24-megapixel sensor with autofocus, a 5-megapixel “depth lens” that’s used for a …

Technology

Amazon's Alexa knows what you forgot and can guess what you're thinking

Amazon says its AI voice assistant Alexa can now guess what you might be thinking of – or what you’ve forgotten.<p>At an event in Seattle on Thursday, the technology company unveiled a new feature called Alexa Hunches that aims to replicate human curiosity and insight using artificial …

Smart Homes

Amazon shows off a new $180 Ring ‘Stick Up Cam’

Among the slew of devices Amazon announced this morning is a new Ring Stick Up Cam – stick up, because it’s designed to go anywhere. (And is not, apparently, a reference to being robbed at gunpoint?) The camera comes in two versions – one that’s battery powered and could be more easily used …

Technology

Google Keep is now Google Keep Notes, because Google

• The latest version of Google Keep on APKMirror features a name change to Google Keep Notes.<br>• The app is otherwise mostly the same, so the reasoning behind the name change is unclear.<br>• The app and browser-based version are still called Google Keep as of publishing this article.<p>If you head over to …

Technology

Prime members can still get a 4K Fire TV for the price of a Fire TV Stick

If you’re an Amazon Prime member you undoubtedly love all the benefits that entails. You get free two-day shipping on millions of items, free movie …

4K Ultra HD

Amazon announces $25 smart plug that lets you control appliances with Alexa

Amazon is announcing another small new Alexa device today: a smart plug, which lets you control whatever is plugged into it with Alexa. The plug itself doesn’t have microphones built into it, so you’ll need an Echo device somewhere else in your house to control it by voice. But once it’s set up, …

Smart Homes

NY court overturns $115 million patent judgment against Samsung

(Reuters) - The New York State Court of Appeals on Thursday overturned a $115 million judgment against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) over television patents.<p>Visitors in front of a Samsung logo during the preview day of the IFA trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, in …

New York State

Python 3.7 beginner's cheat sheet

The Python programming language is known for its large community and diverse extension menu, but much is packed into the language itself. This cheat …

Software Development

John Hancock will require fitness tracking for life insurance

The company is completely doing away with traditional policies.<p>Life insurance company John Hancock will stop offering traditional policies, according to <i>Venture Beat</i>. Instead, the company, which is one of the oldest and largest life insurance underwriters in the US, will only sell policies that …

Fitness Technology

Huawei's new earbuds will come with this ingenious feature, report claims

Huawei's upcoming Mate 20 smartphone, in combination with the company's upcoming wireless earbuds, the FreeBuds 2 Pro, will have a clever feature …

Technology

Amazon’s blockbuster Alexa event made zero mention of privacy concerns — and that may say more about us than about them

Alexa, how secure is my data?<p>A top Amazon executive spent more than 80 minutes at a press event on Thursday unveiling a dizzying array of new voice-powered products, including everything from an Alexa-powered microwave to a portable Alexa gadget to use in your car.<p>But while Amazon seemingly …

Technology

Adobe Plans to Buy Marketo for $4.75 Billion

Adobe plans to bulk up on it digital marketing muscle by acquiring Marketo for $4.75 billion.<p>The deal, announced Thursday, underscores Adobe’s …

Tech Industry

Amazon’s new Echo Dot comes with more style than before

Amazon has just announced an update to its most popular Echo speaker, the Echo Dot. The new Echo Dot, which follows the version released in fall 2016, has an updated design with softer edges and fabric covers. It doesn’t look hugely different from the <i>other</i> hockey-puck-sized smart speaker, Google’s …

Smart Homes

Amazon introduces APL, a new design language for building Alexa skills for devices with screens

Along with the launch of the all-new Echo Show, the Alexa-powered device with a screen, Amazon also introduced a new design language for developers who want to build voice skills that include multimedia experiences.<p>Called Alexa Presentation Language, or APL, developers will be able to build …

Technology

Walmart buys 17,000 Oculus Go VR headsets to train a million employees

Thanks to the affordability of Oculus Go standalone virtual reality headsets, Walmart announced today that it will use Go hardware and STRIVR software to train over one million of its U.S. employees. The retailer says it will provide every associate-level employee with VR access to the same …

Technology

Save a ridiculous $850 on one of Sony's best 4K TVs from 2017 thanks to Amazon

When looking for a new 4K TV, you can't do much better right now than Sony. And while that means you're getting premium quality, you'll also be …

Android TV

Putting Android in Cars Is a ‘Real Threat,’ Satnav Boss Says

TomTom NV’s head has warned carmakers about the risks of partnering up with Silicon Valley tech companies, after shares in the Dutch mapping company …

Automotive Industry

Former Employee Accuses Google Of “Manipulating Human Nature”

Has the tech giant spiraled out of all control?<p>One of Google’s former managers has accused the tech giant of “manipulating human nature” reports <i>The</i> …

Technology