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Electronics Amazon announces Echo Spot smart alarm clock
Author: 0 Amazon announces Echo Spot smart alarm clock

Amazon is holding an Alexa-themed hardware launch event at their headquarters today and has announced a number of new products. Previous Echo devices can connect with smart-home gadgets, but only if you install the appropriate skill or app first.

Electronics The Amazon Echo Spot looks awesome - here's why
Author: 0 The Amazon Echo Spot looks awesome - here's why

The new device has what Amazon calls, "enhanced 360-degree omni-directional audio", and smart home setup is handled through Alexa voice commands instead of an app. The company is already working with Ford for Alexa integration in the U.S. Echo ConnectAmazon also introduced an Alexa accessory that turns an Echo device into a hand-free speakerphone for a home phone line.

Electronics Toyota and Mazda join forces to develop electric vehicles
Author: 0 Toyota and Mazda join forces to develop electric vehicles

Neither Toyota nor Mazda manufactures an all-electric vehicle, although Toyota dominates the global market for hybrid-electric vehicles. Many companies in this market are gearing up for the future of the automotive industry. Even so, it has said it plans to launch EVs in 2020. Thus far the thrust of Toyota's zero emissions vehicle plans have been hydrogen fuel cell cars, with the Mirai being its first commercially available product, albeit only in a limited number of markets.

Electronics Ikea acquires TaskRabbit for handyman services
Author: 0 Ikea acquires TaskRabbit for handyman services

The deal has TaskRabbit starting off helping USA and United Kingdom -based customers, but Ikea said that it could eventually add TaskRabbit support in some of the other 27 countries where the home goods giant operates. As such, TaskRabbit will continue to partner with other retailers and commercial partners in this capacity. But a purchase of TaskRabbit will get Ikea even more deeply into technology, although it has not been without some tech innovation.

Electronics FCC Chairman wants Apple to enable FM in iPhones for emergencies
Author: 0 FCC Chairman wants Apple to enable FM in iPhones for emergencies

Virtually every major-brand smartphone on the market is capable of picking up signals broadcast on the FM radio band, but only Apple locks its device's FM chip such that users can not listen to over-the-air radio on their phones. "Broadcasters are providing information on how to evacuate quickly, where flood waters are raging, how to get out of harm's way if there's a tornado or a hurricane", spokesman Dennis Wharton told Bloomberg (via MacRumors ).

Electronics Apple Reportedly Expresses Interest In Buying Advanced LCD From Japan Display
Author: 0 Apple Reportedly Expresses Interest In Buying Advanced LCD From Japan Display

Apple's next "mid-range" iPhones that use LCD displays could have the same bezel-less design as the iPhone X in 2018, according to the Wall Street Journal . The OLED panels that will be used on the iPhone X are now sourced from Samsung Display, a unit of Apple's biggest smartphone rival Samsung. But the advanced LCD displays are said help produce near bezel-less phones, so Apple's potential uses of LCD over OLED screens could be down to it aiming to product an iPhone that has a bezel-less ...

Electronics GoPro Unveils Hero6, Launches Fusion Spherical Camera
Author: 0 GoPro Unveils Hero6, Launches Fusion Spherical Camera

The new Fusion virtual reality camera has two lenses: one on the front and another on the back; it captures immersive, 5.2K spherical video and 18MP spherical photos. GoPro's CEO took to the small stage today to unveil the long-anticipated but already completely leaked Hero6 Black action camera, the successor to its top-of-the-line Hero5 Black which is just over a year old.

Electronics ZTE Axon M rumored to be the first truly foldable phone
Author: 0 ZTE Axon M rumored to be the first truly foldable phone

Samsung plans to launch their foldable smartphone some time in 2018. The company is working on a device called the Axon M , which, according to a report from Android Authority , may be the world's first true foldable smartphone. Modularity splashed onto the screen in 2015, but aside from Motorola, it has failed to take off, while bendable displays have been talked about for years but are yet to hit the mainstream.

Electronics Next-Gen Sony Phones To Feature Completely New Design
Author: 0 Next-Gen Sony Phones To Feature Completely New Design

Today, we got more details on this at Amazon. Originally unveiled at the IFA trade fair, Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is one of the few small-screen Android smartphones , which come with flagship level specifications. It's also worth noting that while the US variant of the Xperia XZ1's fingerprint sensor is not enabled, Kiletrading's device comes from Hong Kong, while Swifttronics doesn't show its location, but states the sensor is enabled.

Electronics LG V30 Arrives in the US Next Week
Author: 0 LG V30 Arrives in the US Next Week

The power of the AT&T network lets you do even more with your LG V30 . The LG V30 is finally coming to USA shores, starting on October 5 at Verizon and October 13 at T-Mobile. I'm still using a non-final sample of the LG V30 so won't be posting a full review until I get a chance to use a retail unit in the next couple of weeks.

Electronics New Google Home 'Max' With Stereo Speakers Rumored To Be In Development
Author: 0 New Google Home 'Max' With Stereo Speakers Rumored To Be In Development

These include Echo-to-Echo (or Alexa app) calling and messaging between friends, hands-free speakerphone capabilities and more extensive, more conversational smart home skills. The sources also state that the device in question also appeared in a focus group organised by Google. Having already set up my house with several Google Homes I'd be conflicted if a higher fidelity version was released.

Electronics Aston Martin unveils limited-edition submarine
Author: 0 Aston Martin unveils limited-edition submarine

Project Neptune is based on an existing three-person submarine platform from Triton's lineup, so that's another win in terms of production viability. "From our first interaction, it was apparent that Triton and Aston Martin were natural partners and our complementary values will be realised in this truly exciting project".

Electronics Microsoft provides in-depth look at Surface development in hour-long video
Author: 0 Microsoft provides in-depth look at Surface development in hour-long video

With the Ignite sessions having taken place recently, a spokesperson for the company had announced that the new Surface Pro would be available for purchase starting December 1. We can add this nugget of information to what has already been leaked by United Kingdom retailer Misco . Surface quickly turned into a billion-dollar business for Microsoft and what started out as an attempt at a proof-of-concept for how to do 2-in-1s right, and a showcase of the flexibility offered by Windows 8, ...

Electronics Volition suffers major layoffs after Agents of Mayhem flops
Author: 0 Volition suffers major layoffs after Agents of Mayhem flops

According to Jason Schreier's news post, three sources have confirmed that the studio is laying off staff with general manager, Dan Cermak one of those affected. Deep Silver has yet to disclose sales figures of the release. According to the report, publisher and parent company Deep Silver was unhappy with the performance and reception of Agents of Mayhem .

Electronics Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL leak suggests Dual Front Speakers
Author: 0 Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL leak suggests Dual Front Speakers

The smaller variant, of course, should have plenty of room above and below its conventional display to accommodate dual front-firing speakers, whereas the extra-large model is said to sport a killer screen-to-body ratio of between 80 and 85 percent, making us wonder where the premium sound system could fit.

Electronics Mark Zuckerberg: I regret ridiculing fears over Facebook's effect on election
Author: 0 Mark Zuckerberg: I regret ridiculing fears over Facebook's effect on election

That's 1000x more than any problematic ads we've found . The hearings come as both panels have been scrutinizing the ways that the social media platforms and online ads were used by Russians to influence the election. "Both sides are upset about ideas and content they don't like". The other says "After the election, I made a comment that I thought the idea misinformation on Facebook changed the outcome of the election was a insane idea".

Electronics North Korea v Donald Trump war of words: a most risky game
Author: 0 North Korea v Donald Trump war of words: a most risky game

General Joe Dunford, chairman of the United States joint chiefs of staff, testified before lawmakers on Tuesday that for the time being the confrontation with North Korea was more political than military. South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Kim Jong Un to resume military talks and reunions of families split by the 1950-53 Korean War to ease tension.

Electronics Twitter trying out 280-character limit
Author: 0 Twitter trying out 280-character limit

Just like that - you've got 280-character tweets! "Interestingly, this isn't a problem everywhere people Tweet. And at the same time maintaining our brevity, speed, and essence!" Twitter was known for its brevity since it was founded and people started using it.

Electronics Skyrim Special Edition - Survival Mode is now available in beta form
Author: 0 Skyrim Special Edition - Survival Mode is now available in beta form

Skyrim is the closest game to living the Game of Thrones lifestyle that you dream. For those unfamiliar with it, think of it is as the hardest possible way to experience Skyrim . Furthermore, and in order to level up, players will have to sleep in a bed. Carry weight has been "significantly reduced" which, to be honest, sounds like torture to me.

Electronics Will Tim Cook's iPhone X vs iPhone 8 gamble pay off?
Author: 0 Will Tim Cook's iPhone X vs iPhone 8 gamble pay off?

Kuo also points out that the Face ID technology has a hefty appeal, saying, "TrueDepth camera (3D sensing) creates a far stronger user experience than those of Apple's rivals". This suggests that it is likely to be an issue with the software, rather than the hardware. GADGET lovers who forked out £699 for the iPhone 8 have been complaining of a very irritating problem when making calls.

Electronics Terrorists kill BSF jawan in his J&K's Bandipora home, injure four others
Author: 0 Terrorists kill BSF jawan in his J&K's Bandipora home, injure four others

Parray himself was home on vacation from his duty. "Constable Rameez Parrey, a BSF personnel who was on leave, was killed by terrorists in a cowardly manner today", it said. The killing of Parray is somehow similar to the kidnapping and murder of Lt Umar Faiyaz , 22, who was abducted by nearly six terrorists from his relative's house in south Kashmir's Shopian .

Electronics Microsoft Begins to Pitch Windows 10 S for the Enterprise
Author: 0 Microsoft Begins to Pitch Windows 10 S for the Enterprise

Devices from OEMs including Acer, HP, Fujitsu and Lenovo are expected to roll out in the coming weeks starting at $275 each. "And it is fully integrated with OneDrive, empowering Firstline Workers to work from anywhere". Their strategy makes sense for pushing this type of a machine closer to the edge of their environment as the OS is heavily restricted, unlike Windows 10 Enterprise, which means if it is lost or compromised, the potential impact is limited.

Electronics WSJ details 3D sensor delays for iPhone X
Author: 0 WSJ details 3D sensor delays for iPhone X

Sacconaghi said. A series of reports offered somewhat conflicting details on Apple's iPhone X manufacturing process. The iPhone X will store representations of your face in its "secure enclave", a hardware-based enclosure created to be resistant to spying and tampering.

Electronics Google Assistant gets search bar feature in new update
Author: 0 Google Assistant gets search bar feature in new update

Rolling out now via updates users can now control their connected LG smart home appliances using voice commands delivered to their Google Assistant. "At LG, we're making smart simple so consumers can enjoy all the convenience today's connected home can offer without the hassle", says LG Electronics vice president of marketing David VanderWaal in a statement.

Electronics 'Firefox Quantum' challenges Chrome in browser speed
Author: 0 'Firefox Quantum' challenges Chrome in browser speed

It's still not clear whether or not this means that Gecko will eventually reach parity with Servo in performance and security, but Mozilla has at least implied that much of the same benefits should be seen in upcoming versions of Firefox.

Electronics Assassin's Creed: Origins Getting A Free Casual Mode That Removes Combat
Author: 0 Assassin's Creed: Origins Getting A Free Casual Mode That Removes Combat

In terms of what motivated the decision to make this Discovery Tour now, Guesdon said: "Well, having an extra year, for us, really helped [.] We felt that Assassin's Creed Origins was the ideal moment, actually, to really have this statement that we are a franchise that is dedicated to history, history with a big H, and to really put the light, the focus, on the quality of the recreation of the world that we're doing".

Electronics Target Raises Minimum Wage
Author: 0 Target Raises Minimum Wage

The increase will apply to the 100,000 seasonal employees it's hiring for the holidays, but the company declined to say how many of its 323,000 regular employees would see a lift. "I think it's something that needs to be tested out for sure, but I think that considering the raise in prices over the last 20 to 30 years, the rate that our minimum wage has gone up isn't matching that", he said.

Electronics AVATAR Sequels Have Begun Production; Budget Reportedly Around $1 Billion
Author: 0 AVATAR Sequels Have Begun Production; Budget Reportedly Around $1 Billion

Deadline reports , that production has begun today in Manhattan Beach, and the project has a reported budget of over $1 billion. Some of the young actors will play the children of Jake Sully ( Sam Worthington ) and Neytiri ( Zoe Saldana ), and the others will portray kids from another Na'vi clan called the Metkayina, who live on giant oceanic reefs under the rule of a leader named Tonowari ( Cliff Curtis of Fear the Walking Dead ).

Electronics You May Want To Skip Pixel 2 For Pixel 2 XL!
Author: 0 You May Want To Skip Pixel 2 For Pixel 2 XL!

Russakovskii's tweets over the weekend claimed that Google will be relying on software to make this feature possible since both of the new Pixel 2 smartphones are expected to only have a single camera setup on their backs. The next rumored feature for the Pixel 2 smartphones is what's now being called as "Music Recognition". In this particular case the software would always be listening, and could show you the artist and album title on the locked screen.

Electronics Mahesh Babu's Spyder First Day Collection
Author: 0 Mahesh Babu's Spyder First Day Collection

Spyder was declared super hit before the release, and the movie is expected to rock the Indian cinema as well as overseas. Harris Jayaraj composition of music for Spyder movie is a highlight. So the movie is going to get a good success rate in the collections overall. 90 percent occupancy was seen in the morning shows of the Spyder , The movie is expected to collect 20 crores on the Day 1st.

Electronics GJM chief Bimal Gurung withdraws strike in Darjeeling hills
Author: 0 GJM chief Bimal Gurung withdraws strike in Darjeeling hills

Although, the strike was officially on in the Hills but for the past one week most of the shops and markets were open defying the diktats by GJM leadership. "My question is what took the central government so long and that too when the situation in the hills has already normalised", he added. With the faction led by Tamang entering into talks with the CM, the state government chose to formed a constitutional body comprising of nine-members, and replacing it with the Gorkhaland Territorial ...

Electronics 10 most popular cities for global travelers in 2017
Author: 0 10 most popular cities for global travelers in 2017

Most visitors here were from China, with 2.3 million visiting a year ago, compared with 712,000 in 2009. In addition to being the most popular destination in 2016, Bangkok is forecast to become the most visited city in the world by year's end for global travel.

Electronics Teaser pic hints at new classy look for 2018 Mercedes Sprinter
Author: 0 Teaser pic hints at new classy look for 2018 Mercedes Sprinter

There hasn't been an official unveiling yet - just this rendering, which gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect. Like Porsche 's foray into SUVs, the tall commercial van sometimes seems to be an awkward fit for the iconic Mercedes-Benz badge, but you can't argue with the success of the Sprinter .

Author: 0 Apple's iOS 11.0.1 update addresses Exchange e-mail server issue

There are other complaints people have had about iOS 11 that you should not expect to be addressed here, though. Apple today unleashed iOS 11.0.1, one week after pushing iOS 11 to the public . iOS 11 is loaded with new features like drag-and-drop between apps, a new split screen multitasking view, and augmented reality support. Still, that's not to say everything is rosy in iOS land, as Apple's newest release has been plagued with bugs since its release a week ago .

Electronics Twitter testing out doubling character limit to 280
Author: 0 Twitter testing out doubling character limit to 280

Twitter's founders, including Chief Executive Jack Dorsey , wanted a limit just below the SMS cap of 160 characters. The company shared data that indicated 9% of all English language tweets ran right up to that 140-character limit, while only 0.4% of Japanese tweets hit that wall.

Electronics Vimeo launches live streaming platform
Author: 0 Vimeo launches live streaming platform

The service is named Vimeo Live and will integrate Livestream's technology into the Vimeo platform. Vimeo announced this morning it's acquiring live video specialist Livestream for an undisclosed amount. With Vimeo Live, creators can broadcast live events in full 1080p with built-in cloud transcoding and adaptive streaming. If publishers wish, they will have the option to replace their automatically archived live streams with 4K versions.

Electronics Sorry, Microsoft: Now, Even Bill Gates Uses Android
Author: 0 Sorry, Microsoft: Now, Even Bill Gates Uses Android

It's great that Apple's continuing to do good work. The same reasoning is used by Gates to describe his reasoning for the change, remarking with a sheepish smile that he now uses "an Android phone with a lot of Microsoft software". Bill Gates appreciates Apple's efforts towards app ecosystem development but prefers Android with MS apps. He doesn't say what phone he switched from, though it's probably a Windows Phone or Windows Mobile device.

Electronics Epic's Fortnite Battle Royale is now available to everyone
Author: 0 Epic's Fortnite Battle Royale is now available to everyone

Bluehole Studios , the developer and publisher of PUBG , since went on record stating that "concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known for". Speaking with PCGamer, Bluehole's C.H. Kim said right off the bat that this fallout isn't necessarily about the Battle Royale mode itself, as there are plenty of other BR-style games on Steam .

Electronics Microsoft & Facebook Lay Highest Capacity Transatlantic Cable
Author: 0 Microsoft & Facebook Lay Highest Capacity Transatlantic Cable

The subsea cable stretches over 4,000 miles from the U.S. east coast at Virginia Beach, to Spain's north coast at Bilbao. It is expected to go online early in 2018, a schedule which the partners say is three times faster than normal. Kumar also said the cable's new "open" design would allow it to grow with technology, as the need to meet the demand for internet and cloud service has increased around the world.

Electronics Red Hat, Given
Author: 0 Red Hat, Given "Buy" Recommendation from Drexel Hamilton

Analysts expect Red Hat , Inc. Net Income: GAAP net income for the quarter was $97 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, compared with $59 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gagnon Securities Llc, which manages about $353.18 million and $360.48M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Instructure Inc by 167,354 shares to 186,814 shares, valued at $5.51 million in 2017Q2, according to the filing.

Electronics North Korea minister: 'This means war'
Author: 0 North Korea minister: 'This means war'

They view the remark by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and a recent propaganda video simulating such an attack as tit-for-tat responses to fiery rhetoric by U.S. He then tweeted on Friday that Kim was "obviously a madman" who would be "tested like never before". Ratcheting up the rhetoric further, the North's top diplomat also argued Monday that Trump's comment gives it the right to shoot down US warplanes in global airspace.