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That white Essential Phone is now available to buy, ships next week
That white Essential Phone is now available to buy, ships next week By Elyse Betters

No, Essential didn't forget about the white model of its phone.In fact, the company finally plans to start shipping the white model next week. It's begun sending emails out to people who preordered it, saying that the phone is ready and "will start shipping... Read more

Google finally begins integrating Duo video calling into Android
Google finally begins integrating Duo video calling into Android By Elyse Betters

Remember Duo?Last year, Google launched the video calling app, and now, it's integrating Duo directly into Android. According to a Google blog post, the company wants to roll out simpler video calling to Android users, so, going forward, they'll bein... Read more

Huawei Mate 10 Pro render and specs leak out, will run Android 8.0 Oreo
Huawei Mate 10 Pro render and specs leak out, will run Android 8.0 Oreo By Elyse Betters

Believe it or not, there are more flagship phones in store for 2017.Huawei is preparing to launch its annual Mate flagship. And, thanks to VentureBeat's Evan Blass, we have a leaked render showing one model, codenamed Blanc. The current Mate lineup,... Read more

Apple's CEO thinks the tech for quality AR glasses 'doesn’t exist' yet
Apple's CEO thinks the tech for quality AR glasses 'doesn’t exist' yet By Elyse Betters

Apple's CEO wants you to fawn over ARKit, not its rumoured AR device.Tim Cook is a huge fan of augmented reality. He talks about it a lot. So much so that Apple has been rumoured to be developing a dedicated AR device. However, in an interview with The... Read more

Razer teases 1 November event, likely for a new smartphone
Razer teases 1 November event, likely for a new smartphone By Elyse Betters

Razer is finally doing something with Nextbit.When Razer, a company well-known for making gaming products and accessories, bought the maker of the Robin smartphone earlier this year, we were told that Nextbit had plans to continue doing "cool stuff in... Read more

How to create Amazon Alexa voice profiles so it can recognise you
How to create Amazon Alexa voice profiles so it can recognise you By Elyse Betters

Amazon's Alexa platform is catching up to Google Assistant, with the ability to recognise individual voices.Google Home can personlise Google Assistant responses to a specific person in your household. So, if your husband asks it for a calendar briefing,... Read more

Oculus Connect 4: What happened and how to re-watch the keynote
Oculus Connect 4: What happened and how to re-watch the keynote By Elyse Betters

Oculus VR's annual developers conference has kicked offThe event's keynote usually features notable Oculus figureheads, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. However, Oculus itself has faced a tough year, as its founder, Palmer Luckey, was pushed out... Read more

Oculus shows off new Santa Cruz standalone headset and controllers
Oculus shows off new Santa Cruz standalone headset and controllers By Elyse Betters

While at its Connect conference in San Jose, California, Oculus VR revealed a new Santa Cruz prototype headset design.The headset was first unveiled last year at Connect, and was described as a way to experience VR without having to be tethered to a PC... Read more

You can now pre-order the new Sonos One with Alexa - get it here
You can now pre-order the new Sonos One with Alexa - get it here By Elyse Betters

If you've ever wanted one smart speaker to rule them all, you really should consider the Sonos One.Announced last week, the new Sonos One is a smart speaker with far-field microphones and the ability to work with multiple digital assistants - starting... Read more

Twitter reveals a 'save for later' feature so you can bookmark tweets
Twitter reveals a 'save for later' feature so you can bookmark tweets By Elyse Betters

Twitter is developing a “save for later” feature.The new tool will arrive at some point in the future, as reported by BuzzFeed. Keith Coleman, the company’s head of product, announced it in a tweet, noting users are often request a way to bookmark... Read more

Amazon is making a smart doorbell so delivery drivers can access homes
Amazon is making a smart doorbell so delivery drivers can access homes By Elyse Betters

Amazon is obsessed with last-mile deliveryFor instance, it is making delivery drones that will drop stuff on your front door step, and it's exploring towers to house them. But more recently, it's interested in ensuring deliveries actually arrive at their... Read more

What is Tamagotchi, how has it changed, and why is it back?
What is Tamagotchi, how has it changed, and why is it back? By Elyse Betters

Ah, the 90s.It's the decade of chokers, Game Boy, beepers, and Tamagotchi. Sure, we forgot to feed them occasionally, but there was no digital pet better than these, which were first released by Bandai in Japan in 1996. Within six months, they became... Read more

Watch the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer right here
Watch the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer right here By Elyse Betters

It's here.The new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has just landed, following its worldwide premiere during Monday Night Football's halftime show. The last time we got a glimpse of the upcoming film was during Disney’s D23 Expo in July, and before... Read more

Samsung might embed a fingerprint reader under the Note 9's display
Samsung might embed a fingerprint reader under the Note 9's display By Elyse Betters

Samsung's next Note might have a feature that was once rumoured for Apple's iPhone X: an under-display fingerprint reader.According to a note penned by a well-known analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, Samsung might embed a fingerprint reader under... Read more

Does this OnePlus 5T leak show the phone's 6-inch 18:9 display?
Does this OnePlus 5T leak show the phone's 6-inch 18:9 display? By Elyse Betters

Flagship season isn't done just yet.In the past couple of months we've seen the Galaxy Note 8, Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X, and the Pixel 2 debut, but another high-end smartphone might still be on the horizon: OnePlus’ next T-branded device. According... Read more

Google Assistant has a hidden male voice: Here's how to enable it
Google Assistant has a hidden male voice: Here's how to enable it By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant has a female voice, by default. You can change it.To be fair: Most tech companies give their monolithic voice-activated digital assistants female voices at launch, rather than male ones. And while that makes it seem like they are actively... Read more

Hatchimals are back: They're totally different now and double the fun
Hatchimals are back: They're totally different now and double the fun By Elyse Betters

Last year's "it" toy is back.Remember Hatchimals? Well, Spin Master, the maker behind the toy egg, has shown off a second-generation version that's bigger, heftier, and quite literally double the fun. Called Hatchimals Surprise, it now features two furry... Read more

9 Alexa skills that make use of the Amazon Echo Show's display
9 Alexa skills that make use of the Amazon Echo Show's display By Elyse Betters

So, you own an Amazon Echo Show, and now you want to take full advantage of that cool display. No problem.Well, there is one small problem: Amazon launched the Echo Show in the US months ago, and now you can get it in the UK, but most of the third-party... Read more

What is high-resolution audio and which streaming services offer it?
What is high-resolution audio and which streaming services offer it? By Elyse Betters

If you've ever listened to a CD recording of your favourite album next to a stream from Spotify, you may well notice a difference. That's because the quality of the recording on the CD is significantly greater than the compressed stream you get from Spotify. High-resolution... Read more

If you hate the Essential Phone's camera, grab these updates now
If you hate the Essential Phone's camera, grab these updates now By Elyse Betters

Essential is updating the Essential Phone's camera.In reviews of Essential Phone (PH-1), critics were, um, critical of the phone's camera, but now, the company is hoping to fix that via a new firmware update for the phone as well as an update to the Essential... Read more

Netflix price hike affects 4K viewers in UK and US most
Netflix price hike affects 4K viewers in UK and US most By Elyse Betters

Netflix has raised its prices in the US and UK, charging more for its standard and premium services.The standard service, which allows you to stream shows and movies in HD on up to two screens at once, now costs $10.99 and £9.99 a month respectively,... Read more

BlackBerry Motion touchscreen phone fully revealed in leaked image
BlackBerry Motion touchscreen phone fully revealed in leaked image By Elyse Betters

People still buy BlackBerry phones.It's easy to dismiss the company since Apple and Android completely dominate the mobile space, but BlackBerry still exists, and its chugging along, pumping out new devices every so often. Now, according to leaker Evan... Read more

Apple WatchOS 4.0.1 update brings fix for Wi-Fi bug on Series 3 models
Apple WatchOS 4.0.1 update brings fix for Wi-Fi bug on Series 3 models By Elyse Betters

Apple has released a new software update for the Apple Watch.The software on the smartwatch is upgrading from WatchOS 4 to WatchOS 4.0.1. This update comes one week after Apple first released WatchOS 4 to the public, and it can be downloaded through the... Read more

Google Pixel 2 event: What was announced and how to re-watch
Google Pixel 2 event: What was announced and how to re-watch By Elyse Betters

Google's October 2017 event is done and dusted. Google Pixel XL under £400 today Hot on the heels of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X announcement, Google has announced its own flagship devices, as well as new smart speakers, a new VR headset, a new hands-free... Read more

Google's Daydream View VR headset revealed: Upgraded lenses and more content too
Google's Daydream View VR headset revealed: Upgraded lenses and more content too By Elyse Betters

Google is holding a product launch event and it just officially announced the Daydream View. This virtual reality headset is actually a second-generation version of last year's Daydream View. We previously wrote about the leaks of this device that had... Read more

Google Home Max and Home Mini: Release date, specs and everything you need to know
Google Home Max and Home Mini: Release date, specs and everything you need to know By Elyse Betters

Google has announced two new devices: Home Max and Home Mini.It has expanded its Google Home lineup from one speaker with built-in Google Assistant two three speakers with built-in Google Assistant. The two new models, Home Max and Home Mini, are meant... Read more

Google's hands-free Clips camera uses AI to capture candid moments
Google's hands-free Clips camera uses AI to capture candid moments By Elyse Betters

Google has introduced a surprise new device.Shortly after announcing new Home Max and Home Mini speakers, as well as new Pixel phones and so much more, Google brought out a camera that uses artificial intelligence to capture moments that you might otherwise... Read more

It's official: Google announces smaller, softer Home Mini speaker
It's official: Google announces smaller, softer Home Mini speaker By Elyse Betters

Google is in the middle of holding a product launch event, and it just announced the Google Home Mini.Isabelle Olson, who is lead designer for Home hardware, took the stage in San Francisco to introduce the latest version of Google Home, Google's smart... Read more

Google Home calling: How does it work and where is it available?
Google Home calling: How does it work and where is it available? By Elyse Betters

Google just made Google Home a more compelling rival to Amazon Echo.Earlier this year, Amazon launched an Alexa calling service, giving Echo users the ability to phone other Echo users and users of the Alexa app. And if you have the new Echo Show, you... Read more

HP's new Spectre 13 comes with a fancy paint job and 4K touchscreen
HP's new Spectre 13 comes with a fancy paint job and 4K touchscreen By Elyse Betters

HP's Spectre 13 is a laptop with a truly striking design and high-quality build, and now, HP is updating it.The company has unveiled a second generation of the computer. Called the new Spectre 13, it's still 10.4mm thin, but it's also much narrower and... Read more

New Pixelbook specs have leaked out ahead of Google's 4 October event
New Pixelbook specs have leaked out ahead of Google's 4 October event By Elyse Betters

We're pretty sure Google is going to announce a laptop tomorrow.Google is expected to launch two new Pixel phones at its 4 October event, but according to leaks, the company might also unveil a high-end Chromebook, dubbed Pixelbook. If you had your doubts... Read more

How to add interactive poll stickers to your Instagram story
How to add interactive poll stickers to your Instagram story By Elyse Betters

Instagram has added a new feature: interactive poll stickers.The feature is exclusive to Instagram Stories. With it, you can ask a question in your Instagram story, and your followers and friends will be able to respond by voting. Here's what you need... Read more

Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality event: Samsung Odyssey, headset pre-orders open, and more
Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality event: Samsung Odyssey, headset pre-orders open, and more By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is going all in on mixed reality.The Redmond, Washington-based company invited the media to a Windows Mixed Reality event in San Francisco. In the invite, it promised to discuss "where Microsoft is headed next" in the AR/VR space. Now that the... Read more

Google's 'Made for Google' certification for third-party accessories leaks out
Google's 'Made for Google' certification for third-party accessories leaks out By Elyse Betters

Google might announce a certification initiative at its event this week.9to5Google has claimed that Google is readying a certification program for third-party accessories. It’ll apparently be called “Made for Google.” And that's about all we know.... Read more

Microsoft just killed Groove Music, but it also partnered with Spotify
Microsoft just killed Groove Music, but it also partnered with Spotify By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is ending Groove Music.Two years ago, Microsoft rebranded its Xbox Music streaming service to Groove Music. Now, Microsoft is retiring Groove Music and will stop selling Groove Music passes, which means subscribers will get a pro-rated refund... Read more

Google Pixel 2 XL pictured with a case and without a case in new leak
Google Pixel 2 XL pictured with a case and without a case in new leak By Elyse Betters

Google is holding an event this week to announce new Pixel-branded phones, which have just surfaced online.Thanks to several leaks and rumours, we expect to see the second-generation Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled at Google's event. For instance, the latest... Read more

Ring Protect is way cheaper than Nest's smart home security system
Ring Protect is way cheaper than Nest's smart home security system By Elyse Betters

Ring is going after Nest.You'll see a lot of those headlines today, as Ring is announcing a major new product that not only brings together its existing lineup of security cameras, lights, and doorbells, but also gives Nest, which makes its own line... Read more

Roku announces a 4K streaming stick and more lineup upgrades
Roku announces a 4K streaming stick and more lineup upgrades By Elyse Betters

Roku is a public company now, so that means it needs to keep shareholders happy.It can do so with new products and updates. But the company also tends to refresh things every autumn. So that means we're due for some news from the company. And like clockwork,... Read more

What are Amazon Echo Buttons and which games or skills use them?
What are Amazon Echo Buttons and which games or skills use them? By Elyse Betters

Amazon made Echo-branded accessories for its Echo speakers.Amazon said it has a "new collection of connected products that enhance voice interactions with compatible Echo devices". This collection is called Alexa Gadgets. And one of the gadgets is the... Read more

Sphero Mini is a ping pong ball-sized robot you steer with your face
Sphero Mini is a ping pong ball-sized robot you steer with your face By Elyse Betters

Sphero has launched a new Sphero. Dubbed Sphero Mini, it's a lot like the original app-enabled robot toy, only it's even tinier. More specifically, it's about the size of a ping pong ball. You can control it with different modes in the Sphero Mini app,... Read more

GoPro Hero 6 Black event: What happened and how to re-watch
GoPro Hero 6 Black event: What happened and how to re-watch By Elyse Betters

GoPro just held a product unveiling event.The company didn't say ahead of time what it would unveil. However, thanks to several leaks, we had a pretty good idea. Continue reading if you'd like to know more about what actually happened. We'll also provide... Read more

Google Assistant comes to Android TV, starting with Nvidia Shield TV
Google Assistant comes to Android TV, starting with Nvidia Shield TV By Elyse Betters

Google is finally doing what it promised months ago.One day after Amazon launched a whole slew of Alexa-powered, Echo-branded devices, Google is trying to make its own assistant, Google Assistant, relevant again, by announcing it is now available on... Read more

Whoa! Amazon's new Echo Spot is an Echo Dot-sized Echo Show
Whoa! Amazon's new Echo Spot is an Echo Dot-sized Echo Show By Elyse Betters

Amazon is killing it today.The company has announced a bunch of new Alexa-enabled, Echo-branded devices - from an all-new Echo speaker to this weird little thing called Echo Spot. It has a small 2.5-inch screen and can be used for basic tasks, like alarms,... Read more

Amazon Echo Buttons will take your Jeopardy game to the next level
Amazon Echo Buttons will take your Jeopardy game to the next level By Elyse Betters

Amazon is once again expanding its Echo line with crazy devices.While at a surprise press event in Seattle, Amazon not only announced an all-new Echo speaker, Echo Plus, and a Connect box that allows you to place landline calls, but also Echo Buttons.... Read more

All-new Amazon Echo is cheaper, shorter, and multi-coloured
All-new Amazon Echo is cheaper, shorter, and multi-coloured By Elyse Betters

Amazon is in the middle of holding a surprise press event in Seattle, where it has announced an all-new Echo.The company started out its event by talking about how often Amazon's Alexa-enabled devices are used in the kitchen, specifically for timers and... Read more

Garmin Forerunner 30 is a cheap GPS smartwatch made for runners
Garmin Forerunner 30 is a cheap GPS smartwatch made for runners By Elyse Betters

Garmin has announced a new Forerunner-branded watch.Earlier this year, we reviewed the Forerunner 35, a GPS smartwatch that we described as perfect if you're looking for an affordable entry into the world of running watches. Its fitness tracking is faultless,... Read more

Dyson confirms it's making a radical and expensive electric vehicle
Dyson confirms it's making a radical and expensive electric vehicle By Elyse Betters

Let's hope Dyson's new car sucks as well as its vacuums.Dyson, the UK company that makes fancy vacuum cleaners, has announced in a letter sent to employees that is developing an electric car. It should be unveiled in 2020. Dyson also confirmed it has... Read more

Office 2019 is the next version of Microsoft Office, coming next year
Office 2019 is the next version of Microsoft Office, coming next year By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is readying a major update to Office.While at its Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, Microsoft announced the next release of its Office productivity suite. Called Office 2019, it'll arrive in the second half of 2018 and consist of all... Read more

Samsung Windows Mixed Reality headset pictured in huge leak
Samsung Windows Mixed Reality headset pictured in huge leak By Elyse Betters

Samsung plans to dabble in Windows Mixed Reality, it seems.Microsoft is holding an event next week to showcase the future of its Windows Mixed Reality platform, and it'll likely unveil new headsets while it is there - maybe even one from Samsung. Twitter... Read more

Lifx goes after Philips by adding HomeKit support to its smart lights
Lifx goes after Philips by adding HomeKit support to its smart lights By Elyse Betters

"Siri, turn off my Lifx light."When it comes to smart lighting, you probably think of Philips first, but there are other options, such as Lifx. It makes Wi-Fi enabled smart lights, including ones that change colour. And it has finally added support for... Read more