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Audible comes to the Apple Watch

Engadget - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 6:35am
Apple's latest Watch Series 4 has enough power to free you from your phone, but apart from music, there aren't a ton of entertainment options. Now, Audible's audiobook app has come to the watchOS 5, letting you listen to books directly from your wris...

The Morning After: Amazon's Alexa-powered microwave, iOS 12 reviewed

Engadget - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 5:49am
The Alexa-powered Amazon microwave you didn't ask for is here. The company's big hardware splurge encompasses your car, your kitchen and even your walls. There's upgraded Echo devices, too, if that's what you were looking for. Meanwhile, Apple's iOS...

Four 'Star Trek: Discovery' shorts are coming to CBS All Access

Engadget - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 5:15am
CBS All Access is getting a quartet of Star Trek: Discovery preludes to tide you over until the show's return in early 2019. Star Trek: Short Treks is comprised of four standalone episodes, described as "short stories", each focusing on a different c...

Skype chats are coming to Alexa devices

Engadget - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 4:25am
Aside from all of the Alexa-connected hardware, there's one more big development coming for Amazon's technology: integration with Skype. Microsoft and Amazon said that voice and video calls via the service will come to Alexa devices (including Micros...

Facebook could launch its video chat devices this month

Engadget - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 3:05am
Facebook will finally reveal its long-rumored video chat device called "Portal" next week, according to financial website Cheddar. A previous report by the same publication said the company was supposed to unveil the device during its annual F8 confe...

Bing implements Google's fast-loading AMP tech

Engadget - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:57am
If you're in the US and use Bing as your search engine on mobile, you might start coming across AMP's lightning bolt in the results page. While Microsoft already uses AMP in some of its apps, including Bing, it's only now that the search engine has s...

Jordan XXXIII adds lacing tech 'informed' by Nike's HyperAdapt

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:41pm
Tonight Nike's Jordan Brand unveiled the Air Jordan 33, and besides a design that harkens back to the Jordan III shoe from 1988, it includes technology relating to a more recent model. The "FastFit" tightening system that activates by tugging a strap...

Walmart turns to VR and Oculus Go for associates' training

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 9:24pm
Walmart is harnessing the power of virtual reality to train over a million associates across the country. The big-box retailer will deploy 17,000 Oculus Go headsets to almost all of its 5,000 stores in an effort to provide its employees the caliber o...

Amazon's new Echo lineup targets Google, Apple and Sonos

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 8:03pm
It wouldn't be an Amazon event without a slew of new Echo devices, and this time is no different. The company announced not one, not two, but seven new Echo products at an event today in Seattle. Not only are there now new versions of the Echo Do...

Jordan Peele will host CBS All Access’ ‘Twilight Zone’ reboot

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 6:39pm
We knew that CBS was working on a Twilight Zone reboot and that it was being produced by Jordan Peele. Now the company has released a short teaser that reveals Peele will also host and narrate the new series. The Twilight Zone will stream on CBS All...

Blizzard bans third-party 'Overwatch' stats apps

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 5:56pm
Blizzard has declared that players are not allowed to use certain third-party Overwatch stat-tracking apps. The company said running software such as Visor and Pursuit while playing the game violates the End User License Agreement, and those who cont...

Tesla Model 3 receives a perfect safety rating from NHTSA

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 5:28pm
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the Tesla Model 3 five-star ratings in every single category. That includes the overall front, overall side, side barrier, side pole and rollover categories. The vehicle follows in...

Twitch is reportedly blocked in China

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 4:55pm
Last month, Twitch became the third most popular free app on China's App Store as users wanting to watch the Asian Games flocked to the app. But now, Abacus reports, residents in China are finding that Twitch is no longer accessible and that the Twit...

For Amazon, better skills mean bigger ad revenue

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 4:40pm
Amazon is improving its Alexa voice assistant with each new update, enabling more natural conversation patterns and upgrading the system's ability to understand complex or vague questions. All of this is great for people who are sick of screaming, "A...

Amazon's Alexa-powered microwave is pretty unnecessary

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 4:15pm
One of the most surprising announcements from today's Amazon event was a microwave oven, of all things. It's part of the AmazonBasics line of products, and you can use it for reheating food, making popcorn or, you know, using it for whatever a normal...

Here's every Alexa device Amazon announced today

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 4:00pm
Amazon caused a few gasps at its Alexa event Thursday when it revealed it had 70 things to announce. If that sounds like a lot to take in, fret not -- not all of those were hardware announcements. We've rounded up all of the Alexa-infused products Am...

Huawei's new AirPod-like Freepods can wirelessly charge your phone

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 3:55pm
Apple's stumbles with wireless charging could be Huawei's gain. The Chinese tech giant's upcoming Freebuds 2 Pro truly wireless earbuds look an awful lot like Apple's AirPods and in a twist, their battery case can supposedly charge the forthcoming Ma...

10 percent of all Gmails are written by Google robots - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 3:41pm
The Smart Reply feature is apparently catching on.

iPhone XS launch imminent, customers line up at Apple stores across the world - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 3:39pm
The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4 launch in-stores Sept. 21.

Amazon Echo Dot, Basics Microwave, Echo Sub: Everything Amazon just announced - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 3:33pm
A redesigned Echo Dot, a smart microwave and a subwoofer are just some of the new things Amazon unveiled at its September event.