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Siri daily news podcast feature rolling out to US, UK, Australia

Siri daily news podcast feature rolling out to US, UK, Australia

When you as Siri very early in the morning about the news, perhaps the last thing your still sleepy head wants to hear is an impersonal voice rattling off headlines. Perhaps you’d like to start your day with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and the voices of your favorite news reporters. If you’re that kind of person and you live in the US, the UK, or Australia, then you might be in luck. Tell Siri to “give me the news” and she’ll get out of the way and start playing a podcast instead.

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Samsung Exynos 5 7872 to power 2018 mid-range phones

Samsung Exynos 5 7872 to power 2018 mid-range phones

Last year’s premium specs often become this year’s mid-tier features. That does seem to be the pattern proven by Samsung’s newest Exynos system-on-chip, not for the high-end phones but for those in the middle. The Exynos 5 series 7872 processor is designed to do more for less. That is, less cores and less capabilities. That said, there are some serious limitations to the chip that could hinder its use.

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Sony MWC 2018 event confirmed, CEO still committed to phones

Sony MWC 2018 event confirmed, CEO still committed to phones

There are a few smartphone makers that struggle year after year but refuse to throw in the towel. Sony is perhaps one of the longest-running among those. Many have already prophesied, even called for, the demise of its mobile business but by confirming its MWC 2018 press conference, it is reaffirming its commitment to smartphones. The reason for that commitment that chief executive Kaz Hirai gives, however, might make you scratch your head even more.

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Google Cloud AutoML lets business play with AI without coding

Google Cloud AutoML lets business play with AI without coding

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are the buzzwords of today and everyone and anyone, especially businesses, want in. But while the results of using AI and ML seem magical, getting there is anything but. At the very least, you need to train a computer and build a model for a specific business case, which often requires not just engineers but also time to build up that model. Enter Google’s latest machine learning enterprise, Cloud AutoML, designed to make building such models as easy as dragging and dropping files.

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iPhone battery throttling can be disabled soon, says Tim Cook

iPhone battery throttling can be disabled soon, says Tim Cook

Apple has received a lot of flak over how it silently started to throttle the performance of iPhones with older batteries. While its reasons were technically sound, its communication could have been better. The company has bent over backwards to appease the masses, though not governments, and it apparently isn’t done yet. In an interview with ABC News, CEO Tim Cook reveals that in a future update, users will be able to turn off the performance throttling if they want to, something uncharacteristic of Apple’s user experience philosophy.

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Hasselblad H6D-400c MS camera produces 400MP 2.3GB images

Hasselblad H6D-400c MS camera produces 400MP 2.3GB images

Smartphones have gotten quite good, even great, at capturing moments on the fly, but there will always be room for more professional use cases, from super slow mo to very high resolution images. For those, you’ll need specialized equipment, like the new H6D-400c multi-shot camera from Hasselblad. If you thought 2016’s H6D-100c was already impressive with its 100 megapixel output, you’ll probably be even more impressed with a 400 megapixel 16-bit TIFF image that will take up 2.3 GB of space on your data storage.

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Messages on iOS, macOS crash when receiving this link

Messages on iOS, macOS crash when receiving this link

Gone are the days when instant messaging pranks simply involved clicking on links that would take you to some scary, funny, or shocking image or video. These days, a prank can cause your messaging app or, worse, your phone, to crash and restart, sometimes repeatedly. That has exactly been the case with Apple’s Messages app, for both iOS and macOS, which has, time and again, been vulnerable to such bugs. The latest one, nicknamed “chaiOS” is at least less destructive but still very disruptive.

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Moto Z3, X5, G6 details arrive in massive leak dump

Moto Z3, X5, G6 details arrive in massive leak dump

With CES 2018 far behind us, it’s time to look forward to the next big tech event, one that promises to bring a good serving of new smartphones from almost all brands (save for LG, perhaps). Motorola might have one or two to show off in a month’s time, but not before those new models get leaked to death. Droid Life has managed to secure not one, not even two, but three leaks for a total of six phones. And some look too good to be true.

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Amazon Echo Spot available now in the UK

Amazon Echo Spot available now in the UK

The battle of the AI assistants and their devices is on. At CES 2018, a large portion of consumer electronics revolved around or, at the very least, supported the likes of Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Sometimes even both. As the competition, not to mention the nastiness, between the two heats up, so do the expansion to global markets. Hot on the heels of CES, Amazon is finally making available in the UK one of its latest, and oddest, products, the Echo Spot.

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Xperia XZ Pro details leaked ahead of MWC 2018

Xperia XZ Pro details leaked ahead of MWC 2018

Sony is one of those companies that, despite all odds and sagging mobile business revenues, continue to churn out phone after phone, year after year. In Sony’s case, however, it’s often with very little change from one phone to another. It first “biggest” change came in the Xperia XA2 announced last week, putting the fingerprint sensor on the back and, in the case of the Xperia XA2 Ultra, has two front-facing cameras. The changing trend might continue to the Xperia XZ Pro, believed to debut next month at MWC 2018, though it might be one change too many for Sony.

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OnePlus credit card payments suspended pending investigation

OnePlus credit card payments suspended pending investigation

OnePlus may have survived 2017 largely unscathed, but it has started the new year with a thunderous flop. Users everywhere have reported getting fraudulent credit card transactions after they used that same card to purchase something from OnePlus’ online store. While OnePlus is still investigating the incident, it has temporarily stopped accepting credit card payments to put a halt to the reports. Unfortunately, nothing can be done to save those already affected.

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Galaxy Note 8 PyeongChang 2018 edition connects the Winter Olympics

Galaxy Note 8 PyeongChang 2018 edition connects the Winter Olympics

Once upon a time, smartphones came in black or white colors, and sometimes the greys in between. These days, mobile devices have all sorts of hues, some with kinda funny names (“Kinda Blue”). If you’ve wanted a very white premium phone, like, say, a Galaxy Note 8, you’re pretty much out of luck. That is, unless you’re participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics, where Samsung will be giving out limited edition models of the Galaxy Note 8 to celebrate the PyeonChang 2018 games and, of course, advertise its phone.

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