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Google Assistant Comes To Bose Premium Headphones

September 22, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Assistant Comes To Bose Premium Headphones

Last month Bose accidentally leaked shots in a newsletter of what appeared to be a new version of its top noise-canceling headphone, the QuietComfort 35. The tip-off was an extra button on the headphones that tech sleuths speculated had something to do with a possible voice assistant. Now Bose has officially announced the not-so-secret QuietComfort 35 II or QC35 II and told us that the new “Action” button on the left ear cup allows you to connect to your Google Assistant without... 

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Amazon Is Developing It’s Own ‘Smart Glasses’

September 21, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon Is Developing It’s Own ‘Smart Glasses’

Amazon.com Inc is busy developing its first wearable device – a pair of ‘smart glasses’, the Financial Times reported earlier this week. The device, designed like a regular pair of spectacles, will allow Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa to be summoned anytime at all places, the report said, citing people familiar with the plans. There would be a bone-conduction audio system in the device to allow the wearer to hear Alexa without inserting headphones into his or her ears, according... 

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FitBit May Have Been Used In Red Sox’s Signs Theft

September 20, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
FitBit May Have Been Used In Red Sox’s Signs Theft

An Apple Watch might not have been the device the Boston Red Sox used to allegedly steal signs from the New York Yankees after all. The Yankees filed a complaint earlier this month with Major League Baseball saying the Red Sox were stealing pitch signs by using the smartwatch during a four-game series last month in Boston, according to The New York Times. The Yankees provided a video showing a Red Sox staffer looking at his wrist wearable and relaying a message to players, possibly tipping off... 

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Japanese Robot Sniffs For Smelly Feet

September 18, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Japanese Robot Sniffs For Smelly Feet

Having foot odors can be a nuisance. But how do you know if your feet are slightly smelly or Hasmat-level awful? It’s not likely you’ll want to ask a co-worker, stranger or even loved one for an honest assessment of your feet’s fumes. That’s where the new Japanese robot dog Hana-chan can be of an assistance. The adorable robot from Next Technology has a built-in odor detection sensor in its nose that can tell whether your feet are fine or pungent. The mini mutt — 6... 

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Drones Aid In The Search For The Missing In London

September 14, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Drones Aid In The Search For The Missing In London

Police in the London borough of Hackney officially became the first in the capital to utilize a drone to search for a missing person. The search was part of an eight-week trial being conducted by London’s Metropolitan Police Force, in which drones are being deployed for a number of reasons, including serious traffic collisions, searches for suspects, weapon sweeps and identification of cannabis factories. In this case, the drone did not help the officers find the missing person. However, it... 

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Deezer Takes On Giants Of Music Streaming

September 12, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Deezer Takes On Giants Of Music Streaming

From Brazilian gospel to Puerto Rican reggaeton and Dutch hip-hop, music streaming company Deezer is making waves all over the globe looking for markets where it can survive and thrive against Spotify and Apple. The French firm has little hope of success going toe-to-toe with its far bigger rivals in the mass-market realms inhabited by the likes of Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. Instead, it is focusing on local music genres in fast-growing, often non-English language markets, areas where it believes... 

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In Yet Another Twist, Western Digital Agrees To Drop Bid For Toshiba

September 6, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
In Yet Another Twist, Western Digital Agrees To Drop Bid For Toshiba

 Western Digital Corp has proposed to end its bid for Toshiba Corp’s lucrative semiconductor unit after their talks stalled, seeking instead a stronger position in the two companies’ chip joint venture, according to two knowledgeable sources. The move may help Toshiba finally seal a deal to sell its prized unit after months of delays, providing it with funds to cover billions of dollars in liabilities linked to its failed U.S. nuclear business Westinghouse. A consortium including Western Digital,... 

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Roku Prepares For Initial Public Offering

September 5, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Roku Prepares For Initial Public Offering

Roku is gearing up to go public. The streaming device maker is seeking $100 million in its initial public offering, according to a filing Friday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The company will be listed on NASDAQ under the ticker ROKU. Roku, which makes popular streaming devices like the Roku Premiere, Roku Express+ and Roku Streaming Stick, said it’s seizing on the cord-cutting trend. “TV streaming’s disruptive content distribution model is shifting billions... 

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Alexa Comes To Toshiba TVs

September 1, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Alexa Comes To Toshiba TVs

“Alexa, rewind.” That’s just one of the commands that you’ll be able give to a new range of Toshiba TVs announced at IFA in Berlin on Thursday. Amazon’s voice assistant will enable hands-free control of the televisions, provided you have an Echo or Echo Dot smart home hub within hollering distance. Ranging in size from 43 to 75 inches, the TVs can be commanded to turn on and off, change channel or input, fast forward and rewind or adjust the volume. The hope is that... 

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Fitbit Commits To Smartwatch Market With Ionic Launch

August 29, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Fitbit Commits To Smartwatch Market With Ionic Launch

Wearable device maker Fitbit Inc has launched its newest device, the Ionic smartwatch, with features ranging from fitness tracking to contactless payment, as it gears up to compete with rivals such as Apple Inc. Once the market leader in wearables, Fitbit has recently struggled due to fierce competition and had earlier blamed a shift among consumers toward feature-rich devices and smartwatches for its revenue decline. Ionic smartwatches will feature GPS, heart rate tracking, water resistance up to... 

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Is HTC Gearing Up To Go On The Auction Block?

August 28, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Is HTC Gearing Up To Go On The Auction Block?

Signs are emerging that HTC may be in trouble. The Taiwanese company is exploring its strategic options, according to a report by Bloomberg. That’s business code for shopping itself around because of financial woes. The options range from selling or spinning off its VR arm into a separate business to actually selling the entire company outright, with Google as a possible suitor. It’s been a long and steady fall for HTC, which was one of the early pioneers of Android phones and a major... 

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Apple TV New Set-top Box Said To Be 4K Capable

August 28, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple TV New Set-top Box Said To Be 4K Capable

Apple is rumored to be planning a renewed push for a place in your entertainment system with an upgraded set-top box that will stream 4K video. The new Apple TV box will feature a faster processor capable of streaming higher-resolution 4K content and highlighting live television content, Bloomberg reported Thursday. The update box is expected to debut at an event in September, along with a new iPhone and Apple Watch models, sources told the news outlet. The move would underscore Apple’s... 

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Walmart’s Vudu Comes To Apple TV

August 23, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Walmart’s Vudu Comes To Apple TV

The Apple TV streaming box might not be as popular as Roku, Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV, but it still has a loyal following, especially among people committed to Apple’s ecosystem of iPhones, iPads, Mac computers, and software. Since its streaming box launched, Apple has maintained a jealous hold on purchases of TV shows and movies made through the device: you can only use iTunes to buy or rent individual episodes, seasons and films. Now for the first time, a big iTunes competitor... 

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HTS Vive Virtuality Reality Headset Price Slashed

August 22, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
HTS Vive Virtuality Reality Headset Price Slashed

HTC is aware that consumers are still iffy regarding virtual reality, so it’s sweetening the deal. As of Monday, an HTC Vive VR headset and controller kit will cost just $600, £600 or AU$1,000. Make no mistake, that’s a huge price cut — a full $200, £160 or AU$400 cheaper than you’d have to pay previously. It’s the first time the Taiwanese electronics company permanently dropped the price of its headset — but it could also be seen as the latest sign consumers... 

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Non-Premium Spotify Users Can Now Stream On Google Home

August 22, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Non-Premium Spotify Users Can Now Stream On Google Home

Spotify unveiled a nice suprise for those who use the music-streaming service for free. Starting now, free users will be able to enjoy and control music through a Google Home device, just as premium subscribers have been able to do since the launch of the home hub, Spotify said Friday. The news could nudge some free Spotify users toward investing in one of Google’s home hubs if they haven’t already. Especially if they’re trying to decide between Google Home and the rival Amazon... 

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