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Bixby calorie counting feature could make the AI worth using

Bixby calorie counting feature could make the AI worth using

It's no secret that many Galaxy owners are less than fond of Samsung's personal assistant, Bixby. The company included a physical button on its most recent flagship phones for summoning Bixby, but that backfired. Complaints prompted the company to finally add a way to fully disable the service, but users may find a use for it after all: the company is teaching its AI to count the calories in food.

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Dish Network DVR Google Assistant support will bring Hands-Free TV

Dish Network DVR Google Assistant support will bring Hands-Free TV

Dish Network customers who have the company's Wally, Hopper, or Joey DVR will soon have access to Hands-Free TV via Google Assistant support. The company announced the new integration today, though it isn't yet available; Dish expects the feature to be available "in the coming months." Once it does arrive, customers with a supported DVR will be able to control the device using voice commands as an alternative to the remote.

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Noise pollution is stressing birds and the health effects are serious

Noise pollution is stressing birds and the health effects are serious

Researchers warn that noise pollution is causing chronic stress in birds and that it negatively impacts their health. The study, which was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looked at western bluebirds and the impact that oil and gas operations noise has on them. According to the findings, this constant noise pollution has resulted in stunted growth in chicks, less eggs hatching, and more.

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Philips SmartSleep system uses audio to trigger deep sleep

Philips SmartSleep system uses audio to trigger deep sleep

Philips has taken the wraps off a new wearable device called SmartSleep, a solution for individuals who have trouble falling asleep. According to the company, its SmartSleep is the first wearable of its kind, one that is also clinically proven as effective for its intended purpose. Key to the device's effectiveness, Philips says, are advanced sleep analysis algorithms alongside "customized audio tones."

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Sennheiser GSP 600 gaming headset: better bass and ultra-deep memory foam

Sennheiser GSP 600 gaming headset: better bass and ultra-deep memory foam

Sennheiser has a new gaming headset called the GSP 600. This model builds upon its GAME ZERO model, offering gamers improved audio and a better microphone experience, as well as enhanced durability and better comfort. The model features a modest design, at least as far as gaming headsets go, with an all-black scheme featuring red trim and somewhat angular components.

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Graphene-based wearable may revolutionize infant health monitoring

Graphene-based wearable may revolutionize infant health monitoring

Monitoring infant health metrics, such as pulse and breathing rate, is tricky and existing devices are cumbersome. A newly developed technology could change that, though, using conducting liquid emulsions. The liquid has been detailed in paper published today in the Nanoscale journal from the Royal Society of Chemistry; inspiration for it came from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's plea for cheap wearable tech that can track babies' health.

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Mercedes-Benz MBUX infotainment system a ‘revolution’ with AI, natural language, and more

Mercedes-Benz MBUX infotainment system a ‘revolution’ with AI, natural language, and more

Mercedes has unveiled the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX), its completely new infotainment platform, at CES 2018, where we got an in-depth look at the technology. The MBUX system will be included as standard equipment in the maker's upcoming A-Class, it announced. Among other things, MBUX offers an intuitive OS and advanced features made possible via artificial intelligence.

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Jabra Elite Active 65t are an AirPods alternative for athletes

Jabra Elite Active 65t are an AirPods alternative for athletes

At CES 2018, audio company Jabra announced a new product line called Elite, which is currently comprised of three earbuds models: the Elite 45e, Elite 65t, and Elite Active 65t. The first of the bunch, the 45e, feature a typical wired connection between the two otherwise wireless ear pieces, but the other two models are different: they're 'truly wireless,' meaning there aren't any wires connecting the bits together.

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Beoplay H8i, H9i headphones unveiled: ANC, 18+ hour playback, luxury designs

Beoplay H8i, H9i headphones unveiled: ANC, 18+ hour playback, luxury designs

Bang & Olufsen has announced an expansion of its product portfolio, including the new H8i and H9i, as well as Special Edition Collection versions of the E8, namely the addition of all-black and all-white limited color options. The company has also announced the addition of Google Assistant to some of its TV audio products and speakers, allowing them to be controlled via Google Home or Google Home Mini devices. B&O is also adding AirPlay 2 support to many of its products.

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Facebook Portal video chat device tipped to take on Amazon Echo

Facebook Portal video chat device tipped to take on Amazon Echo

Facebook is about to launch a hardware product called Portal, according to a new report, to take on Amazon and its Echo devices. Portal, at least unofficially, is a video chat device for homes that makes video chatting a simple task. Facebook's hardware won't be announced at CES 2018, the sources say, instead being slated for an early May unveiling with a launch date later on this year.

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Swann Video Doorbell with night vision supports Alexa, Google Assistant

Swann Video Doorbell with night vision supports Alexa, Google Assistant

Swann, the company best known for its video surveillance products, has announced the Swann Video Doorbell, a connected lock for your home or office. As with other connected smart locks, the Swann Video Doorbell allows users to view and talk to their visitors anywhere in the world, as long as there's a decent Internet connection. The Video Doorbell boasts multiple features, including night vision.

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2018 Sony A8F OLED and X900F 4K HDR TVs pack X1 Extreme processor

2018 Sony A8F OLED and X900F 4K HDR TVs pack X1 Extreme processor

Sony has announced new Ultra HD televisions for CES 2018, chief among them being the new A8F Series OLED TVs with the maker's 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme and Acoustic Surface. If that's not enough to get you excited, Sony has also announced larger X900F series TVs, a 4K HDR product lineup that also has the X1 Extreme processor plus sizes ranging from 49-inches up to 85-inches. As well, Sony says its 2018 Android TVs will have built-in Google Assistant for smart home control.

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