Tech News from Around the Globe

This might be Google's first Chrome OS tablet

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:56pm
If you suspect that Google might have more to show at its October 9th event than the Pixel 3 series and the Home Hub, your theory could be well-founded. About Chromebooks has discovered a Chrome OS tablet keyboard from Brydge that includes an image o...

Alexa is coming to Sony smart TVs - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:53pm
Amazon's new software lets other companies integrate Alexa into their products.

Amazon Alexa location-based Routines turns on your lights when you get home - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:52pm
Set your personalized entrance music to blast as soon as you walk through the door.

Solar observatory closure wasn't a conspiracy, but it was creepy - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:49pm
A search warrant reveals why the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico was mysteriously evacuated.

Veronica Mars reboot headed to Hulu, and Kristen Bell's psyched - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:41pm
The rumors were true. Eight new episodes involving a Spring Break mystery are coming to the streaming service.

Amazon's Echo Auto puts Alexa in any car

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:31pm
A growing number of cars have Alexa built-in, but what if yours doesn't? Amazon has its own solution: Echo Auto. The new peripheral uses your phone's cellular connection (through a Bluetooth link) to provide Alexa voice commands in vehicles where the...

Can't stream PS4 and PS2 games? PlayStation Now adds downloads - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:27pm
PlayStation Now lets you download titles to play offline.

Fire TV Recast offers both DVR and streaming on the go

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:19pm
At Amazon's launch event today in Seattle the company announced its first DVR called the Fire TV Recast. There's no cable TV tuner built-in, so the channels available will be the ones you can access with a connected over-the-air antenna (like ABC, CB...

Amazon's new Echo Show packs a larger display and improved audio

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:14pm
Amazon's seemingly non-stop device announcements now include a revamp of its first smart display. The internet giant has unveiled a second-generation Echo Show that ditches the (frankly boring) look of the original in favor of a minimalist design wit...

Amazon Echo Wall Clock is an old-school clock, with an Alexa twist - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:13pm
The online shopping giant is remaking all manner of home devices, from a microwave to, yes, the boring timepiece on your wall.

The new Ring Stick Up Cam works with Ring Alarm security system

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:09pm
Amazon is rolling out a bunch of new gadgets today, a few of which are focused on home security. Among those is a new Ring Stick Up Cam, which will come in both wired and battery-powered versions. It can be used indoors or outside, comes in black and...

Marvel's Kevin Feige taking over X-Men movie franchise - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:01pm
Will Deadpool join the Avengers? Disney CEO Bob Iger isn't saying yes, but he didn't say no.

Alexa Guard makes your Echo a home security device

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:01pm
Amazon got into the home security game this year, first by buying Ring and then through the launch of full home security packages. As part of its massive Alexa event today, the company is announcing a new security feature that anyone with an Alexa de...

There's even an Alexa-enabled Amazon wall clock

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:58pm
Amazon has grand plans to connect every single device in your home to the Alexa ecosystem. Today it expanded this reach to your walls with the Echo Wall Clock, which looks a lot like a standard analog clock, until you start some timers. The clock tra...

The AmazonBasics Microwave is powered by Alexa

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:45pm
Amazon is continuing its quest to make as many of its own Alexa devices as possible, launching a slew of new gadgets and features at its event in Seattle today. One of the more unusual announcements is the new AmazonBasics microwave, which, predictab...

Amazon's smart plugs put Alexa in every power socket

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:45pm
As if having access to Alexa on your phone and in your speakers or even car weren't enough, Amazon now has a way to put its digital assistant in literally every room of your house. At its press conference in Seattle on Thursday, Amazon unveiled its l...

Amazon's Echo Input offers Alexa for your existing speakers

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:43pm
The latest gadget Amazon is shoehorning Alexa into is an audio dongle called the Echo Input. The $34.99 media bridge has line inputs, Bluetooth and a far-field mic. Think of it like a combo Chromecast Audio and Google Home Mini, but without the speak...

Amazon's Echo Link is its answer to high-end audio

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:42pm
While the Echo Dot's ability to plug into existing speakers is nice, it's not something fans of high-end audio would hook up to their home theatre. If you're the type of person that scoffs at the tiny sound coming out of the company's voice-powered s...

Garmin built a Spider-Man activity tracker for kids

Engadget - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 6:00am
Spider-Man is seemingly everywhere this year. The web slinger jumped off cinema screens in Avengers: Infinity War and on to his first console game in years, the universally-acclaimed Marvel's Spider-Man for PS4. Just in time to cash in on the craze,...