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Amazon Alexa skills just got a whole lot smarter

Amazon Alexa skills just got a whole lot smarter

Amazon's Echo may allow you to order from the retailer's virtual shelves and play its audiobooks, but it's third-party features that make Alexa smartest and they're getting a makeover today. A year after Amazon threw open the Alexa Skills Kit and Alexa Voice Service for others to tap into, there are now 1,400 extra abilities for the speech-controlled virtual assistant.

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Huawei MateBook Review: Two big deal-breakers for this iPad Pro rival

Huawei MateBook Review: Two big deal-breakers for this iPad Pro rival

For years, Apple has cornered the market in stylish tablets, but Huawei's MateBook has arrived to steal the iPad's crown. Announced to no shortage of fanfare at Mobile World Congress in February, the MateBook pieces together the style of an iPad Pro, the connectivity of a MacBook, and the flexibility of full Windows 10. Question is, does Huawei's math add up, or is the MateBook too ambitious for its own good?

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There are 50 new Amazon Dash buttons and it’s getting ridiculous

There are 50 new Amazon Dash buttons and it’s getting ridiculous

This week the folks at Amazon have added 50 new Dash Buttons to their collection, bringing the full set up to over 150. This set of buttons works for Amazon Prime members, allowing them to press said button once to see products delivered to their home soon thereafter. What's more, this newest set includes such baffling buttons as NERF and PLAY-DOH, making certain you're fully stocked on soft arrow and doh for forming fake cookies.

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Top Gear USA cancelled by History Channel, Rutledge Wood reveals

Top Gear USA cancelled by History Channel, Rutledge Wood reveals

Sad news for fans of Top Gear's American series - co-host Rutledge Wood has revealed that tonight's show will be the final episode to air on History Channel. It would seem the network has decided to pull the plug on Top Gear USA, ending the show's nearly six year run rather suddenly. Wood took his Facebook page to express his disappointment in the decision and to thank fans for watching throughout the years.

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VW dieselgate settlement: What you need to know

VW dieselgate settlement: What you need to know

Volkswagen has agreed a nearly $15bn fund to cover the majority of dieselgate complaints in the US, offering to buy back or repair emissions-cheating cars, plus throw in a cash bonus. It's been a complicated path to this point, and it's not all settled yet - today's settlement only covers the 2.0-liter TDI engine, which is not the only powerplant in VW's line-up accused of misleading in emissions tests - but it's big news for almost half a million US owners.

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iOS 10 Beta offers up prioritized app downloads

iOS 10 Beta offers up prioritized app downloads

iOS 10 is bringing with it a number of new features, including the ability to remove stock apps from your homescreen and add stickers to your text messages, but today we're getting word of a particularly exciting feature that offers up a lot of utility. A Reddit user by the name of nite_ has discovered that iOS 10 Beta 1 allows users to prioritize app downloads by utilizing the 3D touch capabilities of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, a feature that's sure to make a lot of iPhone users happy.

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With Kindle PageFlip, Amazon brings skimming to ebooks

With Kindle PageFlip, Amazon brings skimming to ebooks

Ebooks have made it easier to carry a library's worth of novels and textbooks, and now Amazon's new Page Flip feature for Kindle adds a virtual finger to temporarily hold your place. If you've ever wanted to flip between two points in an ebook without losing your place in the process, the update - coming to Kindle ereaders, Fire tablets, and the Kindle apps - might do the trick.

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Devialet’s Gold Phantom packs 4,500W of French ear-melting power

Devialet’s Gold Phantom packs 4,500W of French ear-melting power

If you thought Devialet's oddball Phantom speaker was extreme, get ready to slap on some ear protection for the new Gold Phantom. Squeezing more power into the same curvaceous body, Gold Phantom is the French company's most potent standalone speaker to-date, but it promises more than just potential hearing damage.

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Android root – the lowdown and pitfalls of the super user

Android root – the lowdown and pitfalls of the super user

Our smartphones and tablets today have become powerful computers, almost matching the cheapest "netbook" grade laptops. We feel they can almost do anything and everything. In theory, they can. In reality, however, they are limited by the boundaries that platform makers like Google and Apple impose on them. Some of those limitations are inherent in the platform itself or the hardware it runs on. Others, however, can be unlocked by the process now known as rooting (for Android) or jailbreaking (for iOS). In the past, rooting was not only something for power users to play with but somewhat even recommended for more adventurous ones to squeeze out the best functionality from their smartphones. But does rooting still have that sway today? What do we gain and what do we lose when we set our smartphones free? Read on the find out.

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Google adds LyricFind song lyrics search results

Google adds LyricFind song lyrics search results

Figuring out what the artist is saying in your favorite songs just got easier with a new deal announced by Google and LyricFind. Google and LyricFind have signed a multiple year deal that will display song lyrics in search results at Google. Under the new deal Google users will be able to search for lyrics to a specific song and have most of the lyrics pulled up for the track.

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Huawei Honor 8 details spilled by TENAA

Huawei Honor 8 details spilled by TENAA

The Huawei Honor 8 smartphone has rolled into TENAA to get the certifications needed to go on sale in China. The press event for the smartphone is set for July 15 and all the details will be officially announced then. Ahead of that event roughly two weeks away, TENAA has offered up some images of the smartphone and details on hardware inside.

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Twitch Cheering will sell you Bits you can use for your favorite streams

Twitch Cheering will sell you Bits you can use for your favorite streams

Twitch is the place where many gamers stream their prowess as the frag and narrate their favorite games. Users of Twitch have always been able to chat and comment on streams, but Twitch now has a new way where you can cheer on your favorite streamers and earn badges for yourself in the process. Twitch has always offered subscriptions, one way that streamers can see their support from fans.

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