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Why Amazon’s Echo is better to talk to than Siri

Why Amazon’s Echo is better to talk to than Siri

By about 11 hours ago.

Artificial intelligence and voice-based computing are likely two of the main components of the smart devices of the future, and Amazon’s surprisingly popular Echo is certainly one device to beat. The home assistant can offer fast responses to some of your immediate needs, like playing music, or giving you the information you require the most, including weather, traffic, sports scores, to name just a few.

To many people, the Alexa assistant that powers Echo is about as robust as Siri. Apple’s voice-assistant that resides inside the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and iPod touch, can easily do the same things. But Alexa does things better and faster than Siri not because Amazon is better than Apple at processing voice requests, but because the devices offer vastly different experiences.

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Best Smart Home Hub 2016

The hottest smart home controller ever installs anywhere there’s a light switch

The hottest smart home controller ever installs anywhere there’s a light switch

By about 12 hours ago.

Every once in a blue moon you come across a device and you instantly know that the company just got it right. The hardware design is great, the software design is great, and the user experience is simple yet powerful and versatile. It’s rare to begin with, but it’s even more rare when you’re talking about smart home controllers and hubs, because the market is all over the place right now. It can all be quite confusing, but there’s nothing confusing about this statement: The NuBryte Touchpoint All-in-One Smart Home Console With Security, Lighting Automation, Wireless Intercom is one of the best in the business, and it won’t be long before you agree. More →

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Hit List

Samsung Galaxy X Foldable Smartphone

Watch Samsung’s rollable OLED smartphone display unfold before your eyes

Watch Samsung’s rollable OLED smartphone display unfold before your eyes

By on May 25, 2016 at 2:40 PM.

For years, Samsung  has teased fans with flexible and foldable smartphones and tablets, but the company is yet to released any commercial product that people can prod and poke and buy. Sure, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S6 both have “edge” versions with curved displays, and they’re gorgeous screens, but the curve isn’t a must-have feature in a smartphone. However, Samsung is working on a different type of foldable display, and that’s something to be excited about.

Rumors claim that a Galaxy X flagship smartphone will join the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines next year, sporting a flexible display. The technology is apparently already there, and Samsung demoed a rollable OLED screen in San Francisco at the SID 2016 event.

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Game Changers

Xbox One 4K Console Rumors

Report: Upgraded Xbox One with 4K, Oculus Rift support will launch in 2017

Report: Upgraded Xbox One with 4K, Oculus Rift support will launch in 2017

By on May 25, 2016 at 1:55 PM.

With less than a month to go until E3 2016, the rumor mill has begun to kick into high gear. On Wednesday, Kotaku published a report claiming that Microsoft will release a cheaper, smaller Xbox One before the end of the year while an upgraded Xbox One console with upgraded specs will launch in 2017. More →

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Apple Car

An Apple vs Tesla showdown looks increasingly likely

An Apple vs Tesla showdown looks increasingly likely

By on May 25, 2016 at 1:40 PM.

The evidence pointing to Apple’s interest in developing an electric car is immense. As we’ve covered over the past year or so, Apple has hired a large team of engineers and executives in recent months, with expertise across all facets of the car development and manufacturing process. The most recent tidbit signaling Apple’s increased interest in an electric car comes via a Retuers report which claims that the company has begun investigating electric car charging technologies.

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TV
LG Super UHD TVs

LG’s new Super UHD TVs aren’t as expensive as you might think

LG’s new Super UHD TVs aren’t as expensive as you might think

By on May 25, 2016 at 1:20 PM.

Once upon a time, new television technology was completely unattainable for several years after it debuted. Prices for TVs with cool new tech would be sky-high at launch, and then they would fall over time until you could finally afford them once all sorts of even newer and better features were introduced. Well, those days are over. Sure there are still ultra-premium televisions with ridiculous price tags — check this one out, for example — but brand new TVs that feature the latest and greatest technology are far more affordable than they used to be.

Don’t believe us? Check out LG’s new Super UHD TVs — there are nine different 2016 models on sale right now on Amazon, and they start at under $1,200 for a nice big 55-inch model. More →

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Virtual Reality Companies

Welcome to the future of holographic computing

Welcome to the future of holographic computing

By on May 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM.

Ask Sebastien Motte and John Howard about the post-smartphone future of computing innovation, and the two Seattle-area technology industry veterans will happily talk at length about mixed reality and holographic interfaces.

Indeed, these ex-Microsoft employees — Motte, the former head of Xbox first-party business development, and Howard, a former Microsoft HoloLens creative director — are such big believers in mixed reality computing they left Microsoft to strike out on their own in the space. The result is their launch of Loook, a Seattle-based holographic mixed reality design and development studio. More →

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Galaxy Note 6 7 Release Date

There won’t be a Galaxy Note 6, because Samsung’s numbering system is dumb

There won’t be a Galaxy Note 6, because Samsung’s numbering system is dumb

By on May 25, 2016 at 12:40 PM.

Remember the feeling when you found out that Windows 8 won’t be followed by a logical Windows 9 update, but by an unexpected Windows 10 release? Well, Samsung is reportedly pulling the same kind of marketing trick for its Galaxy Note line. More →

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Preacher Episode 1 Streaming Free

Watch AMC’s ‘Preacher’ pilot free on YouTube

Watch AMC’s ‘Preacher’ pilot free on YouTube

By on May 25, 2016 at 12:15 PM.

The summer TV lineup has become increasingly watchable over the past few years. Even with Game of Thrones ending in a few weeks, there will still be plenty of worthwhile television to keep up with, perhaps most notably AMC’s new supernatural drama, Preacher — a violent show with heart and a sense of humor.

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Xiaomi Mi Drone Price Specs

Xiaomi’s new drone is insanely cheap

Xiaomi’s new drone is insanely cheap

By on May 25, 2016 at 11:52 AM.

A couple years ago, DJI made quadcopter drones easy to fly, and just about affordable — its top-end models have always hovered around $1200.

Xiaomi is a Chinese electronics manufacturer best known for its cheap-and-cheerful Android smartphones, which offer top-end features for about half the price. With a $500 drone that looks to rival DJI’s flagship model, it looks like Xiamoi is trying to do for drones what it did for handsets.

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Best Free iPhone Apps

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

By on May 25, 2016 at 11:27 AM.

Tuesday’s collection of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was great, but that doesn’t mean we get a free pass on Wednesday. We’re back with a fresh new back of apps that are all normally paid downloads but are on sale for free right now. You can still check back in yesterday’s post if you want though, and you’ll find that more than half of the apps listed in there are still  free. More →

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Microsoft Windows 10 Upgrade Trick

Microsoft just turned Windows 10 into malware

Microsoft just turned Windows 10 into malware

By on May 25, 2016 at 10:58 AM.

For months now, Microsoft has done everything in its power to shove Windows 10 down your throat. The free update is mandatory at this point, and we’ve heard from many Windows users who discovered their computers updated to the newest version automatically, without their knowledge or explicit permission. Microsoft kept offering excuses for these annoying occurrences, and even said it will stop pushing upgrades to Windows users refuse to hope aboard the Windows 10 train.

Now, the company has come up with its most evil trick yet to get you to update your PC to Windows 10, and it’s based on the same methodology hackers use to trick people into installing malware.

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