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Ultimate Ears speakers get Siri and Google Now voice integration

Ultimate Ears speakers get Siri and Google Now voice integration

Ultimate Ears has announced that two of its popular Bluetooth portable speakers are getting the ability to be controlled with your voice. Both the Boom 2 and the Megaboom portable speakers now have the ability to be voice controlled using Siri and Google Now voice integration. The speakers have a push-to-talk function to active the voice control.

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Idealens standalone VR headset powered by Samsung Exynos 7420

Idealens standalone VR headset powered by Samsung Exynos 7420

Samsung might not yet be jumping into the standalone VR headset race, preferring to remain on the smartphone-powered route, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its fingers in other cookie jars. A new Chinese company has popped up with its own brand of VR, called the Idealens K2. And deep inside this headset might not be a smartphone but has the beating heart of one. Specifically, the Samsung Exynos 7420, the same chip that powers last year's Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, which, in turn, were the first to power the Korean company's Gear VR headsets.

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Windows’ Your Groove suggests music you might like

Windows’ Your Groove suggests music you might like

If you're not familiar with what on earth Groove, more formally Groove Music, is, you would be in good company. Put it simply, it's the new name of what was once called Xbox Music, since it wasn't available only the Xbox only anyway. If you haven't heard much about it since the renaming almost a year ago, that's because it hasn't exactly been given some major love. Microsoft is now trying to catch up by giving users what is said to be a most requested feature. Your Groove, in a nutshell, is Groove Music's own version of a recommendation system, both for tracks already in your collection as well as new, unexplored ones.

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Sphero SPRK+ robo-ball to get kids rolling with programming

Sphero SPRK+ robo-ball to get kids rolling with programming

Analysts, researchers, and even governments believe that IT jobs will still be en vogue by 2020, but the number of jobs will outnumber the roster of students capable of filling those openings. That's why a lot of companies and programs are trying to start kids young by introducing them to the world of computers and robotics, in the form of games, of course. One of those is Sphero, which is releasing its new and improved SPRK+ robot ball (ro-ball? ballbot?) and updated Lightning Lab app to get kids developing apps at a very early age.

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Android TV now unofficially supports x86 PCs

Android TV now unofficially supports x86 PCs

Ever have a few of them HDMI PC sticks or mini/pico PC boxes lying around and can't think of something new to do with them? Well now you have one more. Geek Till it Hertz, the very same that brought Android TV to the new Raspberry Pi, has now done the same for x86 machines. That practically means that you can now install, unofficially of course, Android TV on any Intel or AMD PC to transform them into specialized multimedia computers, for fun or hacking.

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Microsoft boasts Edge saves battery most, Chrome the worst

Microsoft boasts Edge saves battery most, Chrome the worst

Once upon a time, web browsers competed on the basis of rendering performance and quality. Then they moved on to extensions and add-ons. Now it seems that the next arena will be in power consumption. As users become more battery conscious, thanks to a slowdown in battery tech innovation, they will start looking to programs that eat up more battery than they should. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft boasts that its Edge web browser is the most efficient at power management. And in the same breath, points to Google Chrome as the worst.

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Fitbit Sleep Schedule makes sure you get enough shut-eye

Fitbit Sleep Schedule makes sure you get enough shut-eye

It might sound almost paradoxical that an activity tracker would also track the least active part of our daily routine. However, sleep is perhaps the most underrated aspect of health and usually the first to be sacrificed in the name of productivity. The Fitbit app's new Sleep Schedule feature puts the focus back on the bed (or the couch, if it comes to that) to ensure you get the optimal hours of sleep to actually keep your body fit and healthy.

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Sony Xperia X, X Performance, XA, XA Ultra now on pre-order

Sony Xperia X, X Performance, XA, XA Ultra now on pre-order

Sony's new Xperia X smartphone family is finally ready for the US crowd. Almost. The four smartphones that make up Sony's latest flagship series have just one up for pre-order on both Best Buy and B&H Photo, with prices ranging from $280 to $700. And to make those prices worth it, the two stores are also throwing in free microSD cards to supplement the 16 or 32 GB internal storage for these devices. But although you can already put in an order for one, you won't actually be getting those shiny new Sony mobile devices until sometime in mid to late July, save for the Xperia X.

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HP recalls laptop batteries due to overheating risk

HP recalls laptop batteries due to overheating risk

HP has announced a voluntary recall for some laptop batteries due to an overheating risk. According to HP, the batteries were included with certain Compaq Presario, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, HP, and HP Pavilion laptops; the batteries were also sold as spare batteries and as separate accessories, and may have been given to consumers as replacement batteries via HP’s support.

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Google makes two-step verification easier with new prompt

Google makes two-step verification easier with new prompt

Google has made two-step verification easier with a new prompt that simply requires a tap — tap “Deny” to block an attempted sign-in, or tap “Yes, allow sign-in” to approve it. This is optional -- if you really prefer codes, you can still receive them instead. By enabling it, though, getting into your own account, or keeping someone out, is faster than it has ever been.

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Lightsaber screwdrivers make DIY projects a little more fun

Lightsaber screwdrivers make DIY projects a little more fun

If you’ve been a Star Wars fan for a long while, you probably had a lightsaber toy of some sort as a kid, even if it was just a fancy stick you painted neon green. If you feel that such toy ownership as an adult would be too awkward, ThinkGeek has a grown-up alternative: a trio of screwdrivers with lightsaber hilts. Officially dubbed the Star Wars Lightsaber Tool Kit, the trio feature handles from Luke’s, Vader’s, and Yoda’s lightsabers.

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NOAA coral reef bleaching update: “no signs of stopping”

NOAA coral reef bleaching update: “no signs of stopping”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published an updated look at coral reef bleaching around the world, saying that high water temperatures have persisted into an “unprecedented third year” and will cause an increased number of bleaching events..and that, unfortunately, there’s no signs of this slowing down or stopping.

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