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The Amazon Echo is having its mainstream moment

echo The little talking speaker that could, Amazon’s Echo, is moving into the breakout phase of its success, according to data collected by analysts firm Slice Intelligence. The Echo is coming off a tremendously successful holiday shopping season, which saw not only a high volume of sales, but a key evolution in consumer demographics that’s driving sales from a broader cross-section… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

January 25th

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All Chromebooks launching in 2017 will be compatible with Android apps

chromebook pixel All Chromebooks new in 2017 will support Android apps out of the box. An update will not be required. Owners will be able to take the Chromebook home, open it up and immediately access the Google Play Store. The news comes from a single line of text on Google’s list of Chromebooks compatible with Android apps. “All Chromebooks launching in 2017 and after as well as the… Read More

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Matt Burns

January 23rd

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All Chromebooks launching in 2017 will be compatible with Android apps

chromebook pixel All Chromebooks new in 2017 will support Android apps out of the box. An update will not be required. Owners will be able to take the Chromebook home, open it up and immediately access the Google Play Store. The news comes from a single line of text on Google’s list of Chromebooks compatible with Android apps. “All Chromebooks launching in 2017 and after as well as the… Read More

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Matt Burns

January 23rd

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The Sengled Pulse is a clever but problematic take on whole-home audio

bulb_page_b_sec_1 Sengled is the latest manufacturer to jump into the smart bulb space and their products, while a bit behind the curve, are clever and – most important – cheap. Their smartest smart bulbs are $10 cheaper than the arguably top-of-the-line Philips LIFX bulbs and they also offer the Pulse, a pair of bulbs containing an LED light source and JBL Bluetooth speakers for about $100.… Read More

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John Biggs

January 17th

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LEGO’s new Boost blocks let little kids learn to program

lego LEGO has long offered the Mindstorms platform for big kids (and adults) to make cool robotic projects. Now, however, they’ve launched the Boost platform, a robotics and programming system aimed at 7 year olds. The Boost kit comes with everything you need to make five projects including Vernie and Frankie, a funny robot and robotic cat, respectively. The kit includes a battery-powered… Read More

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John Biggs

January 6th

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LEGO’s new Boost blocks let little kids learn to program

lego LEGO has long offered the Mindstorms platform for big kids (and adults) to make cool robotic projects. Now, however, they’ve launched the Boost platform, a robotics and programming system aimed at 7 year olds. The Boost kit comes with everything you need to make five projects including Vernie and Frankie, a funny robot and robotic cat, respectively. The kit includes a battery-powered… Read More

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John Biggs

January 6th

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LEGO’s new Boost blocks let little kids learn to program

lego LEGO has long offered the Mindstorms platform for big kids (and adults) to make cool robotic projects. Now, however, they’ve launched the Boost platform, a robotics and programming system aimed at 7 year olds. The Boost kit comes with everything you need to make five projects including Vernie and Frankie, a funny robot and robotic cat, respectively. The kit includes a battery-powered… Read More

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John Biggs

January 6th

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Alexa adds DISH support for your DVRing pleasure

dish DISH DVR owners can now connect directly to the Amazon Echo or Dot and tell Alexa to turn on ESPN, find Matt Damon movies, or bring up lots of comedies. The feature will be rolled out in the “first half of the year” according to a DISH press release. “You no longer have to set down your popcorn to change the channel, or spend time searching for what channel the game is on… Read More

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John Biggs

January 3rd

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Toymakers are the early adopters pushing AR into the mainstream

pokemon-go One indicator of how the market is apparently more comfortable with AR than it is with its immersive sibling, VR, is that one of its earliest adopters are toymakers. Read More

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Amir-Esmaeil Bozorgzadeh

December 31st

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An Amazon Echo may be the key to solving a murder case

amazon-echo Internet-connected devices are starting to become tools to help in criminal cases. As first reported in the Information, police in Bentonville, Arkansas have issued a warrant to Amazon, asking the company to hand over data from an Echo device to help prosecute a suspected murderer. James Andrew Bates, the suspect in the case, was charged with first-degree murder in November of 2015 after… Read More

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Sarah Buhr

December 28th

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