Author Archives: Adam Westlake


Amazon confirms Alexa device sales numbers, and it’s a lot

Amazon confirms Alexa device sales numbers, and it’s a lot

It's been clear for several years now that Amazon has been dominating the smart speaker market with its voice assistant Alexa, with the AI having successfully made the jump from the company's own Echo line of speakers to a wide range of third-party devices. Now Amazon has finally revealed how many products with built-in Alexa it's sold: more than 100 million.

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Louis Vuitton luxury Tambour Horizon smartwatch gets Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip

Louis Vuitton luxury Tambour Horizon smartwatch gets Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip

When it comes to smartwatches, Louis Vuitton isn't the first name that comes to mind, but the luxury designer has produced its Wear OS-powered Tambour Horizon wearable since 2017. Now it's announced that the timepiece is being upgraded for 2019 with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, which was built in collaboration with Google.

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China approves release of new video games after months-long ban, excluding Tencent

China approves release of new video games after months-long ban, excluding Tencent

For almost ten months now government regulators in China have had a ban on the release of any new online video games, requiring all titles to be submitted for review in an indefinite approval process. Last week that ban was finally lifted, with the country's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television approving the release of 80 new games. The list of titles has now been published, and surprising the industry is that the country's largest gaming company, Tencent, has been completely excluded.

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Samsung rumored to debut cheaper Bixby smart speaker alongside Galaxy Home

Samsung rumored to debut cheaper Bixby smart speaker alongside Galaxy Home

Samsung has yet to even release its Galaxy Home, a new smart speaker that combines the Bixby assistant with premium audio features, and we're already hearing rumors about a second model being in development. First announced in August, the Galaxy Home still doesn't have a set price or release date, but it seems like Samsung is working on a cheaper version for when that days does arrive.

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T-Mobile kicks off 2019 with killer Apple Watch Series 4 deal

T-Mobile kicks off 2019 with killer Apple Watch Series 4 deal

2019 is just a couple of days away now, and that makes for one last holiday for mobile carriers to promote specials and discounts. T-Mobile's latest seems aimed at those planning on getting in better shape in the new year, as they'll be launching an amazing deal on smartwatches, including the newest Apple Watch.

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Android debuts Google’s new Spam Protection in Messages feature

Android debuts Google’s new Spam Protection in Messages feature

It used to be that spam was something we only really dealt with in our email, but these days it annoys us in the form of phone calls and text messages as well. Thankfully Android has introduced several features to combat this, and Google seems to be rolling out it latest feature for preventing spam in its Messages app.

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Assassin’s Creed comes to Monster Hunter: World in sneaky new event

Assassin’s Creed comes to Monster Hunter: World in sneaky new event

Following its massively popular release earlier this year, Capcom's Monster Hunter: World closes out 2018 with another crossover event. While these limited-time events are usually announced far in advance, the latest arrived as a quest that was seemingly snuck into the game this week. A fitting debut, as this time around Monster Hunter players are getting to dress up like Assassin’s Creed.

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Samsung Smart TVs will control PCs, tablets with Remote Access in 2019

Samsung Smart TVs will control PCs, tablets with Remote Access in 2019

Samsung seems to be getting an early jump on announcing some of its upcoming tech and features ahead of January's CES 2019 event. This week the company shared that its new smart TV models will include a feature called Remote Access that allows users to not only share the display from PCs, smartphones, and tablets, but actually control those devices as well.

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The Essential Phone is dead as company moves on to ‘next product’

The Essential Phone is dead as company moves on to ‘next product’

Back in 2017, the Essential Phone was poised to shake up the Android market, promising the perfect smartphone experience. While the device was highly praised at release with its impressive features, it eventually failed to live up to its potential, seeing a number of price cuts alongside accessories that failed to catch on. Now Essential, the startup led by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, has confirmed that its flagship PH-1 is sold out and being discontinued.

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Leaked Pixel 3 Lite spotted next to Pixel 3

Leaked Pixel 3 Lite spotted next to Pixel 3

Earlier this year, Google's newest Pixel 3 smartphones were leaked numerous times before their official announcement in October, and it looks like history is already repeating itself with a new mid-range model known as the Pixel 3 Lite. With less powerful specs and an expected cheaper price than the standard Pixel 3 model, the new Pixel 3 Lite was first spotted just over a week ago, with additional details quickly following. We now have another look at the unannounced device in the wild, this time next to its Pixel 3 sibling.

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New Porsche 911 leak reveals all before LA Auto Show debut

New Porsche 911 leak reveals all before LA Auto Show debut

The newest Porsche 911 has anticipated for quite some time, and thanks to the German car maker's barely covered mules being frequently spotted, there's little left to be surprised by. Internally known as the 992, the next Porsche flagship will be revealed in full next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but if you can't wait any longer a handful of official press photo have leaked online, killing any remaining mystery of the car's design.

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Samsung folding Galaxy phone said to be carrier exclusive, costing over $2,000

Samsung folding Galaxy phone said to be carrier exclusive, costing over $2,000

Earlier this month Samsung offered an early look at its upcoming folding Galaxy smartphone, showing both the larger internal screen and smaller display used when the device is closed, along with some general UI mockups. There's still many things we don't know about the unnamed phone, but thanks to an insider report, we have some potentially solid details about its European release and what kind of pricing to expect.

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