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Alexa Rolls Out Notifications and Per-User Voice Recognition to More Alexa Developers

Amazon's voice-powered virtual assistant, Alexa, has been making strides lately. It could already tell you about your commute, make shopping lists, play music, give you the news, control your smart home, and lots more. But one of the features it lacked was notifications. Luckily, Amazon's on the case: Earlier this year, the retailer announced a developer...

Microsoft is Working on a Smartphone Companion App for Windows Photos

ARM compatibility. Tabbed multitasking. A timeline-based workflow. The Microsoft's Insider program is the proving ground for experimental Windows features, and the new and improved Photos application is no exception. According to Italian blog Aggiornamenti Lumia, which spotted it on Tuesday, a yet-to-be-announced companion app for iOS and Android devices will let users quickly transfer pics...

Honor’s Smartphone Shipments Doubled in India in 2017

Honor's relentless release cycle shows no sign of slowing down. Earlier this year, the Huawei sub-brand took the wraps off the Honor 6X and a couple of high-end devices, most recently the Honor 7X in China. On Tuesday, it made the Honor V10, its newest flagship phone, official. And the effort's paying off -- the company...

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Leaked on TENAA Ahead of December 7 Launch

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus was leaked by the Chinese regulatory body TENAA on Wednesday. What's more, Xiaomi officially confirmed via its Weibo account that it will announce the Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus on December 7. To recap, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 was announced earlier this year, and rumors of its successors have been churning out...

Take an Extra 70% off this Ethical Hacking Training

It takes only a quick glance at a newspaper to see how much cyber attacks have become a major part of our daily lives. Government agencies, businesses, and NGOs are getting hacked on an almost daily basis, and individuals are just as likely to be targeted for credit card information and other sensitive material. While it...

Samsung Begins Mass Production of Second-Gen 10nm FinFET Chips

Samsung. Intel. TMSC. They're members of the exclusive club that fabricate the system-on-chips (SoC) in hundreds of millions of devices, and over the last few years, they've constantly been trying to outdo each other. The latest to make a move is Samsung, which this week announced it was ready to start mass-producing second-generation 10nm FinFET chips...

Report: Samsung Likely to Source Fingerprint Sensors from Egistec for the Galaxy S9

These days, it's hard to find a phone without a fingerprint sensor. But not all fingerprint sensors are created equal. Take Samsung, for example, which shipped the Galaxy S5 with a swipe-based fingerprint sensor that didn't always work reliably. The Seoul, South Korea-based company switched to a much better touch-based sensor for the Galaxy S6,...

Andy Rubin Takes Leave of Absence from Essential as Google Investigation of “Inappropriate” Relationship Emerges

Essential Products, the startup founded by Android co-creator Andy Rubin, launched its first product -- the Essential Phone -- to great fanfare earlier this year. But the company's in hot water over a Google investigation that alleges Mr. Rubin, who took a leave of absence for "personal reasons" on Wednesday, carried on an "inappropriate relationship" with...

New Snapchat Redesign Separates the Social from the Media

If Snapchat was getting a bit too cluttered for your liking, you aren't the only one. Snap Inc., the company behind the popular social network, announced a redesign on Wednesday that streamlines the user experience (UI) by splitting it in two. Now, friends and third-party content inhabit distinct, separate sections of the application. "Separating social from...

eBay Introduces a Personalized Shopping Experience for the Google Assistant

As useful as they are, Google Home and Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers are ultimately just another way to Google. But that's not necessarily a bad thing -- especially when it comes to shopping. (Who doesn't like to shop hands-free, after all?) That's why companies like Walmart are getting in on the trend, and why eBay announced a...

Google Lens is Now Widely Rolling-out in Assistant on Pixel and Pixel 2

Google Lens, which was announced in Google I/O 2017 as the spiritual successor to Google Goggles, is a next-gen computer vision platform that classifies real-world objects. With nothing more than a smartphone's rear camera and a machine learning algorithm, Lens recognizes objects, landmarks, and even text in real time. It's exclusive to Google's first-generation and second-generation...

Google Project Detects When Someone is Stealing Glances at Your Phone

Google's researchers are constantly experimenting. Some of their projects, like Gmail, are almost destined to become full-scale products. Others never see the light of day. But we're hoping that one -- an artificially intelligent (AI) camera app that recognizes when more than one person is looking at a phone's screen -- is in the former...