LG WK9 Google Assistant touch screen speaker completes the trio

LG WK9 Google Assistant touch screen speaker completes the trio

Like any CES, there is a wide variety of technologies and products that flooded the Las Vegas Convention Center. But if there’s one thing that binds most of them, it would be AI assistant. Product after product advertising support for Amazon Alexa and/or Google Assistant have been announced, heating up the rivalry between the two. Drumming it up even more, Google and its OEM partners announced touch screen speakers to rival the Amazon Echo Show. Following the JBL Link View and the Lenovo Smart Display, LG is also revealing its new ThinQ WK9 speaker with Google Assistant inside.

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Scientists on the hunt for source of powerful fast radio bursts of extraterrestrial origin

Scientists on the hunt for source of powerful fast radio bursts of extraterrestrial origin

Some scientists search the heavens for signs of life in space with optical telescopes and others search the skies with radio telescopes. The former gives us incredible images to look at and the latter looks for radio signals from all sorts of objects in space including potentially intelligent life. Scientists are currently searching for the source of a set of Fast Radio Bursts or FRB that happened in 2016.

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Ford unveils Edge ST Performance SUV

Ford unveils Edge ST Performance SUV

Ford has announced that a new version of the Edge SUV will be rolling into dealerships and this flavor is the first ST SUV Ford has offered. The Edge ST promises improved handling and braking with an ST-tuned suspension.

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Google Camera Mod brings Portrait/Lens Blur, 4K recording to some devices

Google Camera Mod brings Portrait/Lens Blur, 4K recording to some devices

There’s no doubt about it, Google’s camera software on its Pixel smartphones, specifically the Pixel 2 is topnotch. It is a huge part of the reason, with hardware only secondary, why the Pixel 2 is at the top of DxOMark’s list. Unfortunately, Google isn’t exactly sharing its Camera app with others, even its own Nexus phones, even if some phones are capable of supporting those features. Fortunately, Android has a very passionate community of developers and modders who have picked the app apart and put it back together to bring the Google Camera mod to more smartphones.

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LG Pay US launch date confirmed

LG Pay US launch date confirmed

On the heels of Google merging Android Pay and Google Wallet into one Google Pay to rule them all, another mobile payment system looms over the horizon. While CES was ongoing half a world away, over at Korea LG revealed its plans to bring its existing LG Pay system to the US by the middle of 2018 but with a confusing name change. If and when it does, it will be directly competing with Samsung Pay in features.

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Anker Zolo Model Zero Google Assistant speaker has an odd design

Anker Zolo Model Zero Google Assistant speaker has an odd design

If you thought Anker was done flooding CES with all sorts of devices, whether they were directly related to its core charging business, better think again. It still has one last hurrah to give and it’s a head-turner. Its ZOLO smart audio brand has announced a new smart speaker with a very unique design that you’ll want to show off in your home. Inside the Zolo Model Zero, however, lies not just power but also intelligence, thanks to Google Assistant at your bekc and call.

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JVC KENWOOD Wireless Android Auto receivers coming

JVC KENWOOD Wireless Android Auto receivers coming

Google Assistant is everywhere at CES 2018, including inside cars. Google has announced that its AI-powered personal assistant is now available on the automobile incarnation of Android. This has encouraged partners, particularly multimedia receiver makers like JVC KENWOOD to wholeheartedly embrace Android Auto in their lineup this year. Especially since Android Auto now also supports a much awaited feature: wireless connection with smartphones.

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LG G7 release details confirmed

LG G7 release details confirmed

With CES 2018 winding down, it’s time to look forward to the next big thing in tech and beyond. Specifically mobile technology. DJ Koh has reportedly confirmed that the Galaxy S9 would be announced at MWC 2018, practically before it starts, leaving the question open for other OEMs’ announcements. Just like last year, it seems that LG will be avoiding the expected Samsung monopoly of media channels but, this time, it will be launching the LG G7 later, not earlier, than Samsung.

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macOS High Sierra unlocks App Store Preferences with any password

macOS High Sierra unlocks App Store Preferences with any password

Some might say that Apple is getting sloppy with its software updates. It hasn’t even been two months since a severe security-related bug was discovered on macOS High Sierra, another one comes along. Fortunately, it’s not as severe but still worrying. It turns out, you can get access to the App Store’s preferences just by using any password. Fortunately, there is one caveat to this process and Apple already has a fix ready for later this month.

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Marvel Black Widow movie gets writer in latest move toward greenlight

Marvel Black Widow movie gets writer in latest move toward greenlight

Fans have been calling for Marvel to make a standalone Black Widow movie, and though the studio still hasn't officially announced one, sources say the company has taken a step in that direction. Marvel has reportedly brought in a writer to pen a script for the potential movie, which sources caution still hasn't been given the greenlight to proceed. The movie is said to be in its very early development stage.

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Super black birds of paradise feathers absorb 99.95% of light

Super black birds of paradise feathers absorb 99.95% of light

Researchers around the world have worked to create super black substances that absorb the majority of light, and a new study details a type of bird feather that is comparable to them. These super black birds of paradise feathers are so black, they absorb up to 99.95% of light, depending on where the light is coming from, resulting in a super black plumage. This, it turns out, helps the birds win over a potential mate.

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Dell Mobile Connect mirrors smartphone display on PC for easy access

Dell Mobile Connect mirrors smartphone display on PC for easy access

Dell has a new productivity tool that will help PC owners streamline their daily work: Dell Mobile Connect. With this, Android and iOS users can mirror their phone's display onto their computer display, enabling them to see and interact with their phone without actually touching the handset. Even better, the software is available for anyone to download now. The downside? You must have one of a select number of Dell computers to use it.

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