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Put Alexa and a JBL speaker in your ceiling with this clever LED downlight

By | Alexa, Amazon, amazon alexa, Amazon Echo, Artificial Intelligence, Bing, CES 2019, computing, Gadgets, Google, lighting, Online Music Stores, Publishing, residential, smart speakers, Software

This light makes the smart home even more accessible. Installed as any other ceiling downlight, the June AI downlight features Amazon Alexa through integrated JBL speakers. There’s a light in there, too. The idea is great: make the smart home invisible. Instead of having an Amazon Echo sitting on a table, this device sits in […]

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Google Assistant will soon be able to translate conversations on-the-fly with ‘Interpreter Mode’

By | CES 2019, Gadgets, Google, TC

Google Assistant has long been able to do quick, one-off translations — just say something like “Hey Google, how do I say ‘birthday’ in French?” That doesn’t help much with actual conversations between people who speak different languages. For that, Google is building what they call “Interpreter Mode.” If you speak English and want to […]

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Hackers hijack thousands of Chromecasts to warn of latest security bug

By | Amazon, chromecast, computing, echo, Gadgets, Google, Hack, Hardware, iPad, media streamer, Security, smart devices, smart home devices, spokesperson, Technology, wi-fi

Hackers have hijacked thousands of exposed Chromecast streaming devices to warn users of the latest security flaw to affect the device. But other security researchers say that the bug — if left unfixed — could be used for more disruptive attacks. The culprits, known as Hacker Giraffe and J3ws3r, have become the latest person to figure […]

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FCC greenlights Soli, Google’s radar-based gesture tech

By | computing, FCC, Gadgets, Google, Hardware, smartphone, smartphones, smartwatch, Speaker, Technology, touchscreen, wearable devices, world wide web

Google has won U.S. regulatory approval to go ahead with a radar-based motion sensor that could make touchscreens look obsolete in the coming years. Known as the Soli Project, the initiative began in 2015 inside Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects unit, a group responsible for turning the giant’s cutting-edge ideas into products. We’ve seen a […]

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Here’s Google’s new Street View Trekker backpack

By | Gadgets, Google, Google Street View, Maps, TC

Years ago, Google’s Street View program expanded from streets to virtually everywhere, thanks to Google’s Trekker program that put 360-degree Street View cameras into a single backpack. Today, Google announced its upgraded Trekker backpack, which is significantly smaller and lighter than before. The old one weighed in at about 44 pounds. It’s not just a […]

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Amazon is officially stocking Google Chromecasts yet again

By | Amazon, chromecast, cord cutting, e-commerce, eCommerce, Gadgets, Google, Hardware, Media, streaming

There’s been a break in the multi-year feud between Google and Amazon, apparently, as Amazon is now — once again — selling Google Chromecast devices on its site. The devices were banned from Amazon back in 2015, when the retailer then decided that only devices supporting Prime Video would be allowed. A year ago, it […]

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Google is closing its Schaft robotics unit after failing to find a buyer

By | Alphabet, andy rubin, boston dynamics, Gadgets, Google, humanoid robot, robot, Robotics, schaft, Shaft, Softbank, SoftBank Group, university of tokyo, X

Sad news for anyone into giant robots: Google parent Alphabet is closing down Schaft, its secretive unit that develops bipedal robots aimed at helping out in disaster efforts and generally looking badass. The news was first reported by Nikkei, but Alphabet confirmed to TechCrunch that the business will be shuttered. It said it is helping staff find […]

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