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What is Amazon Echo Connect and how does it make calls?
What is Amazon Echo Connect and how does it make calls? By Elyse Betters

Amazon has a new Echo accessory that turns your Echo speaker into a voice-controlled speakerphone: the Echo Connect.Before it came along, you could only make calls from one Echo speaker to another Echo speaker, like an intercom system. Now, with Connect,... Read more

Barack and Michelle Obama land a multi-year Netflix production deal
Barack and Michelle Obama land a multi-year Netflix production deal By Elyse Betters

Former US President Barack Obama and Former First Lady Michelle Obama are coming to Netflix.In a tweet on 21 May, Netflix formally announced a multi-year production deal with the former president and the former first lady. The agreement includes "films... Read more

10 best ARKit-enabled apps: The best augmented reality apps for iOS
10 best ARKit-enabled apps: The best augmented reality apps for iOS By Elyse Betters

Apple has its own an augmented reality (AR) platform. Known as ARKit, the company announced it last June, and now, there are a bunch of ARKit-enabled apps you can use on your iOS device.Augmented reality isn't a new technology, but Apple decided it should... Read more

7 most ridiculous royal wedding-themed merchandise
7 most ridiculous royal wedding-themed merchandise By Elyse Betters

If you haven't heard, there's this British prince named Harry who's marrying an American this weekend.People across the world absolutely can't wait to watch two rich individuals legally bind themselves to each other on television. And some are going all-out... Read more

Google might be making a HoloLens-like AR headset called A65
Google might be making a HoloLens-like AR headset called A65 By Elyse Betters

Google is developing a standalone HoloLens-like headset.The company is reportedly making a new headset that will use Qualcomm chips, and it will be built by Taiwanese computer maker Quanta, according to WinFuture. The project, which is internally called... Read more

Finally! Massive No Man’s Sky update will add online multiplayer in July
Finally! Massive No Man’s Sky update will add online multiplayer in July By Elyse Betters

No Man's Sky, the planetary exploration game that launched in 2016, is getting a massive update.The game's next update, called Next, will bring a much-requested feature: online multiplayer. Developer Hello Games described it as the biggest update to the... Read more

Fortnite is coming to Android phones this summer, says Epic Games
Fortnite is coming to Android phones this summer, says Epic Games By Elyse Betters

Epic Games has announced that its hugely popular battle royale game is coming to Android.In a developer blog post, it confirmed the game, Fornite, would arrive for Android phones sometime this summer. The company also detailed several new features that... Read more

What is Garmin Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it?
What is Garmin Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it? By Elyse Betters

First, there was Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay. Then, there was Fitbit Pay. Now, we have Garmin Pay. All these mobile payment systems work with contactless payment readers so that you can check out at a store, right from your wrist, without... Read more

What is Nissan Energy Solar, how much is it, and where is it available?
What is Nissan Energy Solar, how much is it, and where is it available? By Elyse Betters

Nissan has entered the solar panel market with Nissan Energy Solar.More than just some solar panels to fix on your roof, Energy Solar is a complete energy management system that includes a storage system that lets you decide when to use any stored power... Read more

RED Hydrogen One will come to US carriers this summer despite delays
RED Hydrogen One will come to US carriers this summer despite delays By Elyse Betters

RED is making a smartphone, called Hydrogen One, which is reportedly coming to Verizon and AT&T sometime this summer.But, before you get all excited, RED confusingly announced in early May that it's delaying the smartphone. Plus, despite the most recent... Read more

Latest HTC U12+ leak shows transparent design, full phone specs
Latest HTC U12+ leak shows transparent design, full phone specs By Elyse Betters

HTC is mere days from announcing its next flagship, but, naturally, that doesn't mean the leaks will stop.Enter: Evan Blass, a reliable source of mobile phone leaks. His latest scoop is on HTC's upcoming phone, the HTC U12+, which is expected to be unveiled... Read more

Best Google Assistant headphones: Smart sounds from Bose, Sony, and more
Best Google Assistant headphones: Smart sounds from Bose, Sony, and more By Elyse Betters

Google and its partners have announced that support for Google Assistant is coming to many wireless headphones.Before now, the only stand-out headphones optimised for Google Assistant were the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Google's own Pixel Buds. Now,... Read more

Sick of Alexa's voice? Amazon now allows skills to use different voices
Sick of Alexa's voice? Amazon now allows skills to use different voices By Elyse Betters

Those of you who really want Alexa to have different voices will be happy with this latest development.Amazon has released a new developer preview that essentially lets Alexa skill developers add a new voice to their skills. They can pick from a handful... Read more

Watch the OnePlus 6 launch event if you missed it
Watch the OnePlus 6 launch event if you missed it By Elyse Betters

OnePlus has revealed its next all-powerful flagship at a London event.The London-based event kicked off at 5PM BST local time (6pm CET/12pm Eastern Time/9am Pacific Time). The company sold 1,000 tickets to fans ahead of the launch, just as it did for... Read more

Microsoft might launch cheaper $400 Surface tablets later this year
Microsoft might launch cheaper $400 Surface tablets later this year By Elyse Betters

Microsoft wants to make a much cheaper line of Surface tablets.The company apparently wants to better compete with Apple's more budget-friendly iPad models, so it is completely rethinking Surface devices and plans to redesign them with 10-inch screens,... Read more

Google updates Pixel Buds with support for new gestures
Google updates Pixel Buds with support for new gestures By Elyse Betters

Google just updated its Pixel Buds so that they respond to more gestures.When you use Pixel Buds with your Pixel phone, or any other Android device with the Assistant, you can touch and hold the right earbud to ask for your favourite playlist, make a... Read more

If you own Samsung’s Galaxy S9, you can now play with ARCore apps
If you own Samsung’s Galaxy S9, you can now play with ARCore apps By Elyse Betters

Google's augmented reality platform now supports one of the most popular Android devices available: the Galaxy S9.Previously, ARCore was limited to Pixel devices, Nexus devices, and a few other Android handsets from the likes of Asus, Huawei, LG, Moto,... Read more

Do you hear yanny or laurel? This crazy audio clip is just like that dress
Do you hear yanny or laurel? This crazy audio clip is just like that dress By Elyse Betters

Remember the dress that was blue and black or gold and white? Well, the internet has just surfaced a similar mind-bending stumper.Enter: the "Yanny"" or "Laurel" audio clip. Those two words clearly sound nothing alike when pronounced aloud, and yet, if... Read more

Peak blockchain: HTC's Exodus phone is all about cryptocurrency
Peak blockchain: HTC's Exodus phone is all about cryptocurrency By Elyse Betters

HTC is making a blockchain-powered phone.For those of you scratching your head, watch this John Oliver video on cryptocurrency and read our guide on Bitcoin, a popular type of cryptocurrency. It's an abstract concept, but essentially, cryptocurrency is... Read more

Latest OnePlus 6 leak shows off phone, pricing, and shipping date
Latest OnePlus 6 leak shows off phone, pricing, and shipping date By Elyse Betters

OnePlus is mere days away from launching its next phone, but that hasn't stopped the leaks, including one that includes pricing details.WinFuture noticed OnePlus 6 renders on Amazon (Germany) that show off the upcoming flagship's "Mirror Black" colour.... Read more

What is Google Drive, how does it work, and is Google One cheaper?
What is Google Drive, how does it work, and is Google One cheaper? By Elyse Betters

Google has reduced the cost of Google Drive and is promising to add some really neat features to the online storage service.Drive has been around for years now but has changed relatively little since launch; it lets you upload files, create files, share... Read more

What is Facebook's Clear History tool and how does it work?
What is Facebook's Clear History tool and how does it work? By Elyse Betters

Don't you wish you could just 'clear' your Facebook history?With the recent Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, many people became aware of how much data Facebook tracks and keeps on them, as well as how that data can be easily monetised (and weaponised)... Read more

Which of these was taken on a OnePlus 6? You decide
Which of these was taken on a OnePlus 6? You decide By Elyse Betters

OnePlus is regularly teasing its upcoming smartphone, and the latest example is actually quite interesting.The so-called flagship killer is hellbent on releasing phones with flagship-level specs and affordable prices. But just how good are these phones?... Read more

Want to buy SpotMini? Boston Dynamics will sell its robot hellhound
Want to buy SpotMini? Boston Dynamics will sell its robot hellhound By Elyse Betters

Boston Dynamics is reportedly planning to sell its SpotMini robot.Yes, that means you, and the rest of the public, will be able to purchase this nightmare-inducing bot starting next year, according to TechCrunch. The Massachusetts-based company said... Read more

Apple just made its Carpool Karaoke show free to watch via TV app
Apple just made its Carpool Karaoke show free to watch via TV app By Elyse Betters

Apple has a new TV show, called Carpool Karaoke: The Series, that you can now watch - absolutely for free.The television show is accessible via Apple's TV app, according to a new trailer the company shared on its YouTube channel. Free episodes of the... Read more

Android P Dashboard: Here's how it will help curb phone addiction
Android P Dashboard: Here's how it will help curb phone addiction By Elyse Betters

Do you wish you had more control over demands on your attention?Between work, kids, and constant notifications on your phone, it's hard to focus. Some of us even struggle with a slight phone addiction. Think about it. Have you ever caught yourself repeatedly... Read more

Does Amazon want Alexa to become your in-home health aide?
Does Amazon want Alexa to become your in-home health aide? By Elyse Betters

Soon, you might be able to ask, "Alexa, am I sick?", and then possibly share your sensitive health data, such as symptoms, to your doctor.According to CNBC, which looked at a leaked internal document about Amazon's plans, billionaire Jeff Bezos' online... Read more

Watch Boston Dynamics' robots escape the lab
Watch Boston Dynamics' robots escape the lab By Elyse Betters

Atlas and SpotMini are ridiculously cool-looking and fun to watch. Boston Dynamics loves to release new videos of its robots doing creepy things, but it also tries to give us a good look at how far it has come with making its mechanical beasts look and... Read more

Apple might launch an Apple Pay-branded credit card early next year
Apple might launch an Apple Pay-branded credit card early next year By Elyse Betters

Apple could get into the financial business, according to a new report.The Cupertino-based company is reportedly in the process of releasing a credit card. This new initiative would be part of a partnership with investment bank Goldman Sachs, The Wall... Read more

Apple Music vs Spotify: What's the difference?
Apple Music vs Spotify: What's the difference? By Elyse Betters

When Apple Music launched it was with a massive marketing campaign and several celebrities touting how amazing it is, especially when compared to Spotify, another music-streaming service that was getting flak for not paying artists enough.Now that time... Read more

UPS will test these futuristic electric trucks in London this year
UPS will test these futuristic electric trucks in London this year By Elyse Betters

UPS has come with an innovative EV truck design that it'll pilot soon.Last year, the shipping company began testing a delivery van that spits out parcel-carrying drones, which can autonomously finish the delivery route and return to the van without... Read more

Apple could soon let you subscribe to video services via its TV app
Apple could soon let you subscribe to video services via its TV app By Elyse Betters

Apple is expected to add a new capability to its TV app this year.According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple wants to copy Amazon by offering customers the ability to subscribe to video streaming services from its TV app. Currently, customers... Read more

Alexa, unlock door: Schlage deadbolts gain new voice-unlocking skills
Alexa, unlock door: Schlage deadbolts gain new voice-unlocking skills By Elyse Betters

Door hardware maker Schlage is fullly embracing Alexa with new voice-controlled skills.It has announced the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt have expanded support for Amazon's voice assistant in the form of a new voice-unlocking... Read more

ZTE shut down all major operations in aftermath of US ban
ZTE shut down all major operations in aftermath of US ban By Elyse Betters

ZTE announced it has shut down operations and closed its online store following a US ban against it.ZTE is one of China's largest tech companies, and yet, it's ceased all "major operating activities," according to a new public filing. As a result, some... Read more

What is Google Assistant and what can it do?
What is Google Assistant and what can it do? By Elyse Betters

Google is taking on Alexa, Siri and Cortana with its own voice assistant: Google Assistant. It has made incredible progress thus far and it's probably the most advanced of the assistants out there.Google first unveiled Assistant at Google I/O in May... Read more

Google I/O 2018: All the announcements that matter
Google I/O 2018: All the announcements that matter By Elyse Betters

Google's developer conference has kicked off.The keynote speech is where we learn what the company has planned for the next version of Android and Google Assistant. The main idea is that Google can get the developer community up to speed with any new... Read more

Google Duplex enables Assistant to call and book at businesses for you
Google Duplex enables Assistant to call and book at businesses for you By Elyse Betters

Google is at Google I/O 2018, where it just announced Google Duplex.It essentially improves Assistant so that it can book your appointments for you. Through two demos on stage, Assistant was shown calling a hair salon to make an appointment and then getting... Read more

Google Assistant's new Pretty Please mode encourages kids to say 'please'
Google Assistant's new Pretty Please mode encourages kids to say 'please' By Elyse Betters

Google is demoing a bunch of new features at Google I/O 2018, including that it's going to teach your children to use 'the magic word'.A new Pretty Please mode for Google Assistant will help ensure everyone in your household is saying "please" and "thank... Read more

What is Google Family Link and how do its parental controls work?
What is Google Family Link and how do its parental controls work? By Elyse Betters

If you have kids, you probably care about they do on a mobile device.Don't get us wrong. You want them to explore, tinker around, and aspire to be Mark Zuckerberg 2.0, but at the same time, there are some things children shouldn't do on an internet-connected... Read more

Gmail's new Smart Compose tool uses AI to help you write entire emails
Gmail's new Smart Compose tool uses AI to help you write entire emails By Elyse Betters

Google's annual developer conference is underway, with company executives currently on stage announcing new products, including that Gmail is getting another update soon.You see, drafting an email takes time. You need to think about what to say, then... Read more

JBL Link Bar is Google Home and Android TV in one neat soundbar
JBL Link Bar is Google Home and Android TV in one neat soundbar By Elyse Betters

Google has shown off a JBL Link Bar at Google I/O. During the demo, it revealed new Android TV and Assistant features.This new soundbar features built-in Android TV and Google Home capabilities. But, according to Android Police, which saw the unit during... Read more

Microsoft Build 2018: All the announcements that matter
Microsoft Build 2018: All the announcements that matter By Elyse Betters

The biggest tech companies hold annual developer conferences, and Microsoft's is now underway.Every year Microsoft spends a couple days trying to bring developers and software engineers into its fold with a developer conference called Build. While at... Read more

Apple's 2019 iPhone could sport three rear cameras like Huawei P20 Pro
Apple's 2019 iPhone could sport three rear cameras like Huawei P20 Pro By Elyse Betters

There are rumours that a future iPhone will have three rear cameras, and a new report adds more weight to the speculation.To be clear: the rumours are about a 2019 model. And a new research note from the Taipei Times has suggested Apple is likely to... Read more

Elon Musk is 'super serious' about starting a candy company
Elon Musk is 'super serious' about starting a candy company By Elyse Betters

Elon Musk and Trump have something in common: Twitter. The two men use the service to say just about whatever comes to mind. In Musk's case, the latest example is his announcement that he is starting a new company, and it's going to be amazing, he says.... Read more

What is Android Things and when will the first devices arrive?
What is Android Things and when will the first devices arrive? By Elyse Betters

Android Things is finally ready.Google makes a bunch of perating systems: Android powers smartphones and tablets; Wear OS powers wearables like smartwatches; Chrome OS powers laptops and other computers; Android TV powers set-top boxes and televisions... Read more

Flash sale: Buy Razer Phone at Best Buy or Amazon and save $100
Flash sale: Buy Razer Phone at Best Buy or Amazon and save $100 By Elyse Betters

Those of you who want the Razer Phone better hurry.The online retailer is holding a 24-hour flash sale, dropping the price of the Razer Phone by $100 to $599. The deal is only available on 4 May Best Buy, Razer.com, Microsoft Store, and Amazon (US) in... Read more

You can now buy Lenovo's Mirage Solo VR headset and VR camera
You can now buy Lenovo's Mirage Solo VR headset and VR camera By Elyse Betters

Lenovo's Mirage Solo is now available to buy from Lenovo.com.The device, billed as the first standalone Daydream VR headset that doesn't require a smartphone to use, debuted at CES earlier this year. At that time, Lenovo said it was targeting a mid-2018... Read more

Lyft rolled out 30 self-driving cars in Las Vegas and anyone can hail them
Lyft rolled out 30 self-driving cars in Las Vegas and anyone can hail them By Elyse Betters

Next time in you're in Vegas, fire up the Lyft app and you may be able to catch a ride in a self-driving vehicle.Lyft has announced that it's rolling out 30 autonomous vehicles in Sin City. The ride-hailing company has been testing self-driving, ride-sharing... Read more

UK might ban sale of new cars that can't travel 50 miles on electricity from 2040
UK might ban sale of new cars that can't travel 50 miles on electricity from 2040 By Elyse Betters

The UK government could soon impose a new type of car ban in order to encourage the production and sale of purely electric vehicles.According to Autocar, the UK, as part of its Road to Zero plan, will "ban the sale of new cars that can travel less than... Read more

May the 4th be with you: Best gadgets and toys to celebrate Star Wars day
May the 4th be with you: Best gadgets and toys to celebrate Star Wars day By Elyse Betters

Happy holiday, Star Wars fans!May the 4th is here again - a day in which fans of the space opera celebrate the franchise's film series, books, and culture. This is a global holiday, so chances are you will hear someone say "May the Force/fourth be with... Read more