ARCHOS Hello Google Assistant Smart Display greets MWC 2018

ARCHOS Hello Google Assistant Smart Display greets MWC 2018

Move over smart speakers. Smart displays are in the house! Rated as one of the fastest growing segments in the tech market these days, smart speakers of all shapes, sizes, and prices have invaded both homes and store shelves. At CES last month, Google took up Amazon on its Echo Show challenge and announced a new subclass of connected devices: smart displays. Better late than never, French manufacturer ARCHOS is joining the fray at MWC with its Hello smart display and speaker in one. Not only that, it also has another trendy device to cater to those still holding out for bitcoins and their kin.

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Smartphone sales decline for the first time since 2004

Smartphone sales decline for the first time since 2004

Cue the prophets of doom and gloom. According to Gartner, the vibrant and aggressive smartphone market has experienced its first-ever dip in sales ever since the market analyst started tracking smartphone sales more than a decade ago. It’s not a huge loss, mind, but one that could still get some people thinking if the market has indeed finally reached its peak. But while the smartphone market as a whole might count it as a loss, things seems to be looking up for Huawei and Xiaomi, in spite of mounting controversy around Chinese brands.

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Google ARCore 1.0 stable launching at MWC, APK available

Google ARCore 1.0 stable launching at MWC, APK available

Like Apple, Google tends to sit out the crowded annual tech events and holds its own. This year at MWC 2018, however, it is stirring things up a bit. It has already teased how it’s going to make a big splash with the first Android Go phones next week. Now it seems it will be doing more than just that. Sources report that Google will finally be making its big AR play by releasing its ARCore framework for all. something half a year in the making.

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Land Rover Explore Outdoor Phone is as rugged as an SUV

Land Rover Explore Outdoor Phone is as rugged as an SUV

There is no shortage of car makers who lend their names and their aesthetics to smartphones. Many of those, however, are not only expensive but are sometimes just as fragile. In that regard, the Land Rover Explore is a class apart. Made by the Bullitt Group together with Land Rover, the Land Rover Explore phone is built for the great outdoors and has both the design and the features to match your off-road SUV. Preferably a Land Rover, of course.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro AI controls self-driving car, avoids dogs

Huawei Mate 10 Pro AI controls self-driving car, avoids dogs

Huawei has been touting the AI capabilities of its new Kirin 970, first seen in the Huawei Mate 10 series. With a built-in neural processing unit, the Mate 10’s AI feature was designed to identify objects and scenes to automatically adjust camera settings. But in order to prove just how accurate that AI is, Huawei has taken things to the extreme. It hooked up a Mate 10 Pro to a modified Porsche Panamera not only to identify objects on the road but to also steer the makeshift self-driving car to avoid them.

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Watch Bill Gates guess how much groceries cost

Watch Bill Gates guess how much groceries cost

Shopping for groceries isn't something most people look forward to. It takes time, there are crowds to deal with, you have to lug the items out to the car and then bring them inside from the car. It's no surprise that more convenient options like Amazon Fresh have launched to address the issue, but for some fortunate people, grocery shopping is something they never have to do. To absolutely no one's surprise, Bill Gates is one of them.

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Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update returns starting in Germany

Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update returns starting in Germany

Samsung has just relaunched the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. The company had previously launched the latest software for Galaxy owners, but pulled it soon after due to an issue. Users have expressed frustration at the lack of an update, but Samsung has apparently been working hard and now it is pushing out the corrected version of its firmware.

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FDA starts recalling and destroying certain kratom products

FDA starts recalling and destroying certain kratom products

The FDA has announced a crackdown against certain kratom products in the US, saying it will be recalling and destroying kratom-containing products from a company called Divinity Products Distribution located in Grain Valley, Missouri. The news follows an announcement from the CDC saying it has linked a recent salmonella outbreak to kratom; more than two dozen illnesses have been reported.

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HTC phone and VR divisions merge, layoffs in the mix

HTC phone and VR divisions merge, layoffs in the mix

This afternoon HTC announced that some employees would be leaving the company as both HTC smartphone and VR divisions merge together. This is an interesting move from the company as it was acquired by Google at the tail end of 2017. It wasn't clear how much of HTC Google'd acquired - now with a merge of the two main bits of HTC, the path is a bit more clear. Or is it?

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Galaxy S9 price leak tips some unwanted iPhone X influence

Galaxy S9 price leak tips some unwanted iPhone X influence

We're days away from the official Galaxy S9 debut, and leaks have left little to the imagination. We've seen both the S9 and the S9+ leak in various forms, including press shots; we've seen cases and other accessories. Now another leak has surfaced, this one presenting a new vital piece of information: how much you're going to spend for one of Samsung's latest flagship smartphones.

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Happy Suit auto-adjusts environment to keep astronauts sane

Happy Suit auto-adjusts environment to keep astronauts sane

Researchers with Florida Polytechnic University are developing a "happy suit" that will help address astronaut depression and declining mental health while in space. Mental wellbeing is an important part of future space travel plans, but depression is a big challenge to that. Many factors contribute to depression, but new technology will help address that by automatically adjusting the space traveler's environment.

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Sling TV adds NBA League Pass option, Team Pass coming soon

Sling TV adds NBA League Pass option, Team Pass coming soon

Sling TV has just announced the addition of NBA League Pass to its list of optional subscriptions, giving its customers a way to watch their favorite NBA content on the Sling TV platform. The pass is available on Sling Orange and Sling Blue plans, as well as its international and Spanish language services. This option will soon be joined by Team Pass, as well.

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