Because someone had to make the first Cortana smart speaker

Because someone had to make the first Cortana smart speaker People often stop after Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant when rattling off the list of smart assistants. Cortana really gets no love at all, outside of stories about Windows 10. The oversight can be chalked up, at least in part, to the fact that AI has been mostly desktop-bound. It’s true that Microsoft has launched Android and iOS apps for the assistant, but while all of the excitement in the space is happening on mobile and smart speakers, no one’s…

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Gadgets 

Jaybird’s Run totally wireless earbuds are wire-free wonders for everyone

Jaybird’s Run totally wireless earbuds are wire-free wonders for everyone The market for totally wireless earbuds is really maturing fast, with many entries from both new and established companies. Jaybird recently joined the crowd, with its own Run earbuds. The Logitech-owned company has long been a really solid competitor when it comes to Bluetooth headphones, and its Freedom and X-line, and in fact made some of the very first wireless sport earbuds that proved you could also get good sound with Bluetooth. Now, the Run proves that Jaybird can play…

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Social Networks 

You can now PayPal friends in Messenger and get help via chat

You can now PayPal friends in Messenger and get help via chat PayPal users in the U.S. will now be able to send and receive person-to-person payments over Facebook Messenger, the company announced this morning. The deeper integration with Messenger’s platform, which will also include PayPal’s first customer service bot for handling customer questions and requests for help, follows a series of tie-ups between the two companies. Last year, Facebook and PayPal announced a deepened relationship that allowed customers in the U.S. to shop from online merchants using their Messenger…

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iPhone 

Apple reportedly isn’t producing enough iPhone X units for first weekend sales

Apple reportedly isn’t producing enough iPhone X units for first weekend sales According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is still facing supply chain constraints for the upcoming iPhone X. The company will have around 2 to 3 million units before the launch on November 3rd, which shouldn’t be enough to meet demand. While Apple didn’t disclose exact numbers for first-weekend sales last year, the company sold 13 million iPhone 6s units during the first weekend, 10 million iPhone 6 units and 9 million iPhone…

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Andriod 

BlackBerry’s KEYone ‘Black Edition’ offers more than just good looks

BlackBerry’s KEYone ‘Black Edition’ offers more than just good looks BlackBerry’s most interesting phone in years – if not an entire decade – is the KEYone, an Android device with a classic BlackBerry hardware keyboard that finally answers the needs of truly dedicated thumb typists with a modern mobile OS. Now, the KEYone ‘Black Edition’ has arrived, and it’s more than just a fresh coat of paint on an older gadget. In fact, the ‘Black Edition’ doubles the internal storage of the KEYone, from 32GB up to 64GB (and it…

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Tech News 

Tech firms to remove extremist posts within hours

Tech firms to remove extremist posts within hours Tech giants Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and Google have agreed to do more to remove extremist content within hours of it being posted. The accord was decided at a two-day meeting between the G7 nations and the tech firms, hosted on the Italian island of Ischia. The aim, according to officials, is to remove jihadist content from the internet within two hours. In a tweet, Twitter said the talks had been “important and productive”. Twitter and Google declined to give further comment. Italy’s…

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Tech News 

Mobile companies overcharging customers after contracts end

Mobile companies overcharging customers after contracts end Vodafone, EE and Three are continuing to charge customers for the mobile phones they buy as part of a contract, even after the cost of the handset has been paid off, research suggests. Citizens Advice found that customers who do not take out a new contract are paying an average extra £22 a month. The government said the mobile firms needed to inform customers when they had paid for their handsets. The operators said that their billing systems were fair. Digital skills minister…

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Gaming 

Xbox One X games: 20 promising 4K HDR games for the new Xbox One X

Xbox One X games: 20 promising 4K HDR games for the new Xbox One X Xbox One X Games: 20 games that will use the power of the 4K console When the Xbox One X was unveiled at E3 2017, Xbox also revealed some of the upcoming new games that will play in true 4K on the console, which include Assassin’s Creed Origins, Sea of Thieves and Middle Earth: Shadow of War. Now there are 130 enhanced games confirmed for the new console, but not all of them are created…

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Microsoft 

Microsoft appeals to power users with the Surface Precision Mouse

Microsoft appeals to power users with the Surface Precision Mouse Once upon a time, Microsoft had a whole line of gaming hardware under the Sidewinder brand, and while they never really put much of a dent in Razer or Logitech, they put out some decent mice (the X3 “might serve as a good introduction to multiple DPI settings for your mom or dad,” I wrote in 2010). I’m glad to see they’re returning to that advanced-mousing heritage with the Surface Precision Mouse. Of course, you can never know if a…

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Gadgets 

Amazon’s original Echo gets a much-needed upgrade

Amazon’s original Echo gets a much-needed upgrade With a good software-driven product, the hardware is almost inconsequential. After the unboxing and the setup, it just sort of fades into the scenery. That was always the case with Amazon’s original Echo, but even as Alexa continues to do all of the hard work, the grandaddy of smart speakers was in dire need of an update. It’s been nearly two full years since the first Echo was made available to Amazon Prime subscribers. In that time, the company added six new members…

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