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Sonos to bring Google Assistant to its smart speakers next week Sonos to bring Google Assistant to its smart speakers next week
- May 12, 2019

The Sonos One and Beam speakers already work with Amazon Alexa for voice control. Now we're almost two years after that launch, and the Google Assistant is finally going to be available. This quarter we would like to highlight the much-anticipated launch of the Google Assistant on Sonos . Sonos hasn't detailed whether it has made any changes to the Google Assistant implementation on its smart speakers , although sadly it's likely. (more...)
Smartphone market in North America drops 18% in first quarter Smartphone market in North America drops 18% in first quarter
- May 12, 2019

Smartphone shipments in North America plummeted to a five-year low of 36.4 million units, down from a record high of 44.4 million units shipped in Q1 2018. Apple still is the leader of its domestic market with 14,6 million shipments and 40% of market share. With 4.5 million shipments the iPhone XR is the leader though, accounting for 13% of all sales in Q1 2019. (more...)
Google's Sundar Pichai highlights some of efforts to improve user data privacy Google's Sundar Pichai highlights some of efforts to improve user data privacy
- May 12, 2019

The Pixel 3A , for example, costs $399 while the Pixel 3 has a $799 starting price. My Pixel 3a came in a 64GB internal storage variant, with Google backing this up with unlimited storage on Google Photos. Google's offers are aggressive enough that even if non iPhone customers were to buy an iPhone SE, which are now being sold by Target for around $125, they would still still receive a net of $125 off on a new Pixel, reports CNET . (more...)
Google Maps is getting Incognito Mode and AR walking navigation Google Maps is getting Incognito Mode and AR walking navigation
- May 12, 2019

Making privacy advocates and sneaky people alike rejoice, Google Maps Incognito Mode is a feature that lets users hide their location and motions from Google . Instead of reading about the solar system, Google Search can just show you how it works. Lens is a visual search and vision tool that can identify plants, animals, text, celebrities and more than a billion retail items. (more...)
Monster Hunter World Iceborne Release Date And Price Revealed Monster Hunter World Iceborne Release Date And Price Revealed
- May 11, 2019

We first heard of the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion a year ago. There's ice. There's monsters. Releasing on September 6 for the PS4 and Xbox One, with the PC release coming later this winter, you'll be able to explore the new region of Hoarfrost Reach, revealing new challenges and gear to craft. (more...)
All Apple's app stores are partially down All Apple's app stores are partially down
- May 10, 2019

Apple is a regular before the competition commission of the EU. The Spotify complaint is that Apple takes a 30% "Apple Tax" from subscriptions via the App Store. The 30 percent fee is apparently forcing competitors to increase their prices, well above what Apple is charging its users for Apple Music. Apple's counter-argument is basically that the Swedish audio streaming app can appear on App Store and other Apple platforms under their conditions, thus Spotify cannot expect to keep all ... (more...)
Windows 10 Insider Build 18894 Enhances Search in File Explorer Windows 10 Insider Build 18894 Enhances Search in File Explorer
- May 10, 2019

Windows Phone operating system was launched in October 2010 and then succeeded by Windows 10 mobile in 2015. They added: "While the app may initially continue to work, you'll likely start encountering major bugs as WhatsApp continues to make changes on its end and Windows phone grows stale". (more...)
Motorola One Vision renders appear Motorola One Vision renders appear
- May 10, 2019

The punch-hole camera design is further confirmed with the new images as well as the rear-mounted fingerprint reader and the dual-camera setup on the back. As a reminder the handset will come with a 5.45 inch display that will have a HD+ resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. The Motorola One Vision is expected to be sold in China under the name Motorola P40. (more...)
Tetris 99 adds paid offline DLC Tetris 99 adds paid offline DLC
- May 10, 2019

Information about additional upcoming game modes will be revealed at a later date. Nintendo also announced more details on the next Maximum Cup online event for Tetris 99 . Like the last Maximus Cup, this free event awards various points for each match played during the event period, even if they don't come in first place. (more...)
OnePlus 7 Pro has an improved vibration motor OnePlus 7 Pro has an improved vibration motor
- May 10, 2019

The company claims that to power more intense and precise vibrations, the OnePlus 7 Pro needed a larger motor than past models. Immediately following the unveiling, T-Mobile will host a launch event at its NYC Signature Store from 2PM to 10PM Eastern where you'll be able to buy the OnePlus 7 Pro. (more...)
New FF7 Remake gameplay footage shown during State of Play New FF7 Remake gameplay footage shown during State of Play
- May 10, 2019

We get to see some combat as well as some cutscene clips. But given its new teaser trailer released during Sony's State Of Play event, it's clear that the developer hasn't been neglecting the game at all. The remake was officially announced during E3 2015, but Sony has been pretty tight-lipped about the project since then. At the end of the trailer is another tease, stating that more will be revealed in June. (more...)
MediEvil Remake Finally Has an Official Release Date MediEvil Remake Finally Has an Official Release Date
- May 10, 2019

The PlayStation 4 remake of MediEvil is releasing on October 25, 2019 because, well, of course it is. Sony has revealed a limited-edition PlayStation 4 that players can pick up to celebrate the Days of Play. Look, we know MediEvil is going to feature - and it's going to feature prominently. The first MediEvil came out on the PlayStation on October 1, 1998. (more...)
Pick Up the Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker for Under a Quid Pick Up the Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker for Under a Quid
- May 10, 2019

More broadly, though, the competition is much more hard to assess. Google claims the Assistant is now available across over a billion devices, but many of these are smart phones whose owners might never have quieted the Assistant's long term phrase,"OK Google". (more...)
Google Decides Android Beam Has Outlived Its Usefulness Google Decides Android Beam Has Outlived Its Usefulness
- May 10, 2019

What follows next is the subject of much anticipation. They did not give any specific date as to when Android Focus Mode will be available, although they did say this fall. According to American media, the devices will probably have 5.6- and 6-inch screens respectively, as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor with 4 GB of RAM. (more...)
How to use Live transcribe on Android smartphones How to use Live transcribe on Android smartphones
- May 10, 2019

Let's hope they get it right. Privacy is now in the top level of the Settings screen, giving you quick access to location sharing, activity data and ad settings. If you want to help out or know someone who can, you can do so via this link . The process to make this possible is called "Project Mainline" and, essentially, it utilizes 14 different modules deeply rooted in Android's foundation. (more...)
AMD and Cray announce the Frontier supercomputer - CPU AMD and Cray announce the Frontier supercomputer - CPU
- May 10, 2019

The purchase is part of the CORAL-2 procurement by the US Department of Energy (DOE), encompassing a $1.8bn Trump administration effort to build the world's first exascale supercomputer . The machine, upon completion in Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), will be about 10 times faster than the current fastest supercomputer , dubbed Summit , and is expected to be used for performing advanced tasks in areas like artificial intelligence, cancer treatment research, nuclear physics, and ... (more...)
Ubisoft Leaks Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Ubisoft Leaks Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
- May 10, 2019

The titular breakpoint is about a shift from recon to survival for the Ghosts as drones strike and down your chopper en route. Home to tech giant, Skell Technology, Auroa has fallen into the wrong hands and all contact has been lost. You'll have to rely on the tools and tactical options at your fingertips, overcoming injuries and fatigue as you contend with the military might of the Wolves. (more...)
New Sony State of Play Set for This Week New Sony State of Play Set for This Week
- May 10, 2019

As of this writing, the first-ever " State of Play ", now sits at 28 thousand dislikes to 9.4 likes. As for the content of the show, " PlayStation Worldwide Studios will be showing off an extended look at MediEvil , as well as the first look at a new title". (more...)
Dead Cells mobile is coming this summer Dead Cells mobile is coming this summer
- May 09, 2019

Play as a failed alchemic experiment and explore the sprawling, ever-changing castle to find out what happened on this gloomy island...! Additional features for the mobile port will include two new game modes - "Original" and "Auto Hit" along with the ability to customise your controls. (more...)
Apple said to prep upgrades for iPhone apps, Watch, health data Apple said to prep upgrades for iPhone apps, Watch, health data
- May 09, 2019

The report also suggests the company is creating a few more Apple Watch apps to reflect popular services available on your iPhone . The Apple Books app will get a new rewards system to encourage reading. Note that Bloomberg's list of new features may not be complete - it's certainly not officially confirmed by Apple - and that some features' launches may be pushed to later dates. (more...)

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