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Top 5 smart personal assistant apps for iOS (2017)

Top 5 smart personal assistant apps for iOS (2017)

Siri's great, no doubt, but she's not for everyone. Maybe you're looking for a particular feature Siri doesn't offer, or you're just looking for something different in general. Regardless, iPhone and iPad users have many smart personal assistant apps to choose from, some designed with a particular slant, others offering a wide array of assistance features. Here are five popular options, Siri aside.

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Yahoo will change name to Altaba following Verizon sale [update]

Yahoo will change name to Altaba following Verizon sale [update]

A new legal filing reveals that Yahoo will change its name to Altaba following the Verizon sale. The information comes from a recent document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which also reveals that company CEO Marissa Mayer will be stepping down from the company Board after the core business’s sale.

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Top AI personal assistant apps for Android (2017)

Top AI personal assistant apps for Android (2017)

Thanks to Siri and, more recently, Amazon Alexa, most people are familiar with AI-powered personal assistants, yet few utilize them. That's unfortunate, as AI personal assistants can perform many actions that save you time, including getting quotes for rides, sending messages, checking the weather and your email, making lists, and scheduling tasks. If you'd like to experience this yourself but you don't have an iPhone and aren't in the market for an Echo, try out one (or all) of these AI assistant apps for Android.

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5 Financial apps to ease your tax season headache

5 Financial apps to ease your tax season headache

We've rolled into the new year, and that means tax season is upon us. The deadline to file your taxes won't roll around until April 18, however, getting started early will give you time to spread out the task and keep frustration low. Here to help are a handful of mobile apps designed specifically for finances and tax filing in particular, including the IRS's own under-utilized mobile offering.

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Injustice 2 release date revealed in cryptic tweet

Injustice 2 release date revealed in cryptic tweet

We now know when Injustice 2 will be released: May 16, 2017. That info is based on a tweet fired off by NetherRealm Studios’ Creative Director Ed Boon. Rather than writing anything, Boon simply shared a photo reading “i2.05.16.17.” While it seems likely for Injustice 2, it's also vague. Solidifying the speculation is a brand new tweet from NetherRealm's own Twitter account.

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Grillbot Pro debuts with Bluetooth 4.0 and grill cleaning cartridge

Grillbot Pro debuts with Bluetooth 4.0 and grill cleaning cartridge

There’s a new cleaning robot on the market, and it is called the Grillbot Pro. Building upon the previously launched Grillbot, the Grillbot Pro features Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity for advanced grill-cleaning powers, enabling the robot to connect to your mobile device where you can then utilize certain elements of control. The new Grillbot Pro also features a grill cleaning cartridge said to improve the robot's cleaning abilities.

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Mercedes-Benz and NVIDIA strike partnership to make an AI-powered car

Mercedes-Benz and NVIDIA strike partnership to make an AI-powered car

Mercedes-Benz and NVIDIA have announced a new partnership that will result in the two companies working together to launch an artificial intelligence-powered vehicle. The duo revealed the partnership at CES 2017, though NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said the collaboration between the two started three years ago. “At this point it is very clear that AI is going to be the future of computing,” Jen-Hsun explained. “This is an endeavor that we started three years ago that we will put on the road next year – unbelievable.”

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Riddell Precision-Fit tech uses 3D scanning for custom football helmets

Riddell Precision-Fit tech uses 3D scanning for custom football helmets

The folks at Riddell have introduced Precision-Fit, a new technology that uses 3D scanning to create a custom-fit helmet liner tailored to an individual’s head shape and size. The personalized fit, obviously, results in personalized safety, helping maximize head protection while also enabling the wearer to choose a fit that maximizes visibility around the athlete.

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Audio-Technica unleashes new line of high-res earbuds and headphones

Audio-Technica unleashes new line of high-res earbuds and headphones

Audio-Technica has introduced a new line of high-res audio headphones and earbuds, the new Sound Reality series. This line is composed of the ATH-CKR100IS, the ATH-CKR90IS, and the ATH-CKR70IS earbuds, as well as the over-ear headphones ATH-DSR9BT and ATH-DSR7BT. Both of the latter models are wireless with Pure Digital Drive technology. Finally, there’s the over-ear ATH-SR9 headphones.

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Velocity Micro desktops updated with 7th-gen Intel Core processors

Velocity Micro desktops updated with 7th-gen Intel Core processors

In addition to its new RennSeat Pro gaming station, Velocity Micro has unveiled new desktop computers offering 7th-generation Intel Core processors. The company hawks these desktops as solutions for gamers, as well as being suitable for office and home use, and for use as workstations. Unlike the RennSeat Pro, these new desktops are available to purchase now from Velocity Micro.

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Velocity Micro RennSeat Pro is the ultimate chair for simulation games

Velocity Micro RennSeat Pro is the ultimate chair for simulation games

Velocity Micro has unveiled a new gaming station designed for those who play driving and flight simulators, the RennSeat Pro. According to Velocity Micro, this is a premium-grade driving simulator package that can also be arranged for use as a flight simulator cockpit. The contraption is made from stainless steel with an adjustable frame. The included seat is described as being ‘automotive quality,’ and there’s also a bunch of necessary peripherals, as well as the three-display setup.

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Polar H10 heart rate monitor unveiled with GoPro connectivity

Polar H10 heart rate monitor unveiled with GoPro connectivity

Polar has introduced a new Polar heart rate monitor strap called the Polar H10, a sensor that wraps around your chest to keep track of your heart rate as you move about or exercise. This strap, as with a couple of other Polar models, is compatible with your GoPro devices to overlay heart rate data onto your action camera videos, providing yourself and viewers with an extra layer of data.

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