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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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Facebook Portal needs more. At least it just added YouTube

By | Amazon, Amazon Echo Show, Apps, Facebook, Facebook Portal, Gadgets, Google, Google Assistant, Google Home Hub, Hardware, Media, Social, TC, YouTube

To offset the creepiness of having Facebook’s camera and microphone in your house, its new Portal video chat gadget needs best-in-class software.  Its hardware is remarkably well done, plus Messenger and the photo frame feature work great. But its third-party app platform was pretty skimpy when the device launched this week. Facebook is increasingly relying […]

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Sonos delays Google Assistant integration until 2019, private beta to launch in 2018

By | Amazon, amazon alexa, Artificial Intelligence, computing, Gadgets, Google, smart speakers, software platform, Sonos, sonos one, Speaker, Technology

Sonos today announced that Google Assistant will not be available on its products until at least 2019. The service was supposed to launch in 2018 but the company said in a blog posting it needs a bit more time. Additional information about timing will be released in early 2019, Sonos says. Eager customers can sign […]

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Google’s Home Hub can be bricked with one line of code

By | america, Android, Assistant, chicago, computing, ethernet, Gadgets, Google, google home, home hub, http, Intel, jerry gamblin, json, TC, United States, wi-fi, wireless, wireless networking, xml

Security advocate Jerry Gamblin has posted a set of instructions — essentially basic lines of XML — that can easily pull important information off the Google Home Hub and, in some cases, temporarily brick the device. The Home Hub, which is essentially an Android tablet attached to a speaker, is designed to act as an […]

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Apple ditches the headphone jack on latest iPad Pro models

By | AirPods, Apple, Apple earbuds, Apple Fall Event 2018, apple inc, computing, Gadgets, Google, iOS, iPad, iPhone, lightning, mobile device, tablet computers, Technology

The headphone jack is missing from the latest versions of the iPad Pro. It’s gone. Dead. Worse yet, the headphones that come with the iPhone will not work either. Apple ditched Lightning for USB-C. Instead, Apple is selling a USB-C to 3.5mm dongle for $9. The latest iPad Pro models follows the trend lines set […]

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Mobvoi launches new $200 smartwatch and $130 AirPods alternative

By | Android, Apple, Artificial Intelligence, Asia, Assistant, China, computing, Gadgets, Google, indiegogo, Kickstarter, mobvoi, Qualcomm, smartwatches, TC, voice assistant, wearable devices

Chinese AI company Mobvoi has consistently been one of the best also-rans in the smartwatch game, which remains dominated by Apple. Today, it launched a sequel to its 2016 TicWatch, which was a viral hit raising over $2 million on Kickstarter, and it unveiled a cheaper take on Apple’s AirPods. The new TicWatch C2 was outed at a […]

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Smart home makers hoard your data, but won’t say if the police come for it

By | Amazon, Apple, computer security, Facebook, Gadgets, Google, Government, Hardware, Internet of Things, law enforcement, national security, privacy, Security, smart home devices, television, transparency report

A decade ago, it was almost inconceivable that nearly every household item could be hooked up to the internet. These days, it’s near impossible to avoid a non-smart home gadget, and they’re vacuuming up a ton of new data that we’d never normally think about. Thermostats know the temperature of your house, and smart cameras […]

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Google’s smart home sell looks cluttered and incoherent

By | Amazon, Artificial Intelligence, ChromeOS, Facebook, Gadgets, Google, Google Hardware Event 2018, Hardware, Home Automation, Internet of Things, Made by Google, PIXEL, pixel 3, smart home, smart speaker, smartphone, smartphones, Speaker, tablet computer, Technology

If any aliens or technology ingenues were trying to understand what on earth a ‘smart home’ is yesterday, via Google’s latest own-brand hardware launch event, they’d have come away with a pretty confused and incoherent picture. The company’s presenters attempted to sketch a vision of gadget-enabled domestic bliss but the effect was rather closer to […]

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