Google Lens rolls out to Assistant on Pixel and Pixel 2

Google Lens rolls out to Assistant on Pixel and Pixel 2

A useful new tool is rolling out to both the original Pixel and newer Pixel 2 smartphones: users have found that Google Lens, the visual search feature that relies on the device's camera, has started arriving in Google Assistant. It's a gradual rollout, unfortunately, so not every Pixel owner has it just yet, but it a good step towards making Lens more accessible and easier to summon.

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Germany issues ban on children’s smartwatches, urges parents to destroy them

Germany issues ban on children’s smartwatches, urges parents to destroy them

The sale of kids' smartwatches have just been banned in Germany, as the country's telecommunications regulator has labelled them as essentially "spying devices." While the wearables, designed for kids aged 5 to 12, often look like toys, they're designed to allow parents to remotely listen in on the child's environment via the watches' microphone, all without notice, in turn offering the same functionality as a wiretap.

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Skyrim on Nintendo Switch supports video capture feature

Skyrim on Nintendo Switch supports video capture feature

As a console/handheld hybrid, the Nintendo Switch is definitely lacking in terms of hardware power when compared to the PS4 and Xbox One. However, that didn't stop Nintendo from giving the system the ability to record gameplay footage with a software update that was released last month. Unfortunately it seems support for the feature is on a game-by-game basis, as only Nintendo's first-party titles have taken advantage of it.

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Budget-friendly Nokia 2 comes to the US

Budget-friendly Nokia 2 comes to the US

This year has seen a number of interesting smartphones from Nokia, with parent company HMD Global releasing devices that cover a number of price-points in the Android market. Unfortunately only a few of these models have made their way to the US, including the mid-range Nokia 6 and the retro-inspired, non-smart Nokia 3310. It appears that's about to change, as the super cheap Nokia 2 will soon be on sale here.

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Taco Bell employees can get a $4K discount on a Chevy Corvette

Taco Bell employees can get a $4K discount on a Chevy Corvette

When it comes to buying a new car, there isn't a person alive who doesn't want to save money on the sticker price, whether it's haggling with the dealership or qualifying for some discount program. Well, if you're in the market for a new Chevy Corvette and are hunting for a deal, you might want to consider a career change. Due to an odd arrangement between Taco Bell and GM, employees of the fast food chain are eligible for a $4,385 discount on a new Corvette Grand Sport.

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Overwatch free weekend is live until Monday night

Overwatch free weekend is live until Monday night

It has been more than a year since Overwatch was released, but it remains a favorite for many players, and Blizzard is hoping you'll join them. As of today and running through Monday, Overwatch is completely free for everyone to play even if you haven't purchased the game. The free weekend is for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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Republic Wireless Anywhere HQ is the carrier’s own smart speaker

Republic Wireless Anywhere HQ is the carrier’s own smart speaker

The wireless carrier Republic Wireless, which offers atypical service targeted at those who want as low of a bill as possible, is getting into the hardware game with the unveiling of its own smart speaker. Called Anywhere HQ, this speaker recently popped up on the carrier's website, though not many details are available at this time.

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Tesla Powerbank is a portable battery for your smartphone

Tesla Powerbank is a portable battery for your smartphone

Can't afford one of Tesla's big home batteries? It has a new alternative for you, and it'll fit in your pocket: the Tesla Powerbank. As you'd expect from a powerbank, this model is designed to charge your smartphone, earbuds, or any other USB gadget, and it is small enough to fit in your pocket. The Tesla Powerbank is available now from the company's own website.

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PSN issues are causing some PlayStation 4 owners grief

PSN issues are causing some PlayStation 4 owners grief

Sony's PlayStation Network is experiencing some issues, making it difficult for PlayStation 4 owners to launch their games and some other online features. The company says it is aware of the problem and has tasked its engineers with finding a solution. When that solution may arrive isn't clear. The disruption isn't affecting all aspects of the online PlayStation experience, though.

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NASA Earth time lapse shows 20 years of seasonal changes in 2.5 minutes

NASA Earth time lapse shows 20 years of seasonal changes in 2.5 minutes

A new NASA time lapse shows 20 years of seasonal landscape changes around the globe, condensing the years down to a mere 2.5 minutes. Though NASA is known primarily for its space missions, the agency focuses extensively on Earth science, too, training a variety of satellites down toward our own planet. The content presented in this new video was gathered by NASA satellites every year since 1997.

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Razer Hammerhead earbuds get USB-C just in time for Razer Phone

Razer Hammerhead earbuds get USB-C just in time for Razer Phone

It's been a big week for Razer. Just a couple of days ago, it finally launched its long-rumored Razer Phone in the US, stepping into the ring with the other big Android manufactures. Now Razer has announced a new version of its Hammerhead earbuds, making them compatible with the Razer Phone in this release.

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METI space messages invite aliens to communicate with Earth

METI space messages invite aliens to communicate with Earth

Researchers have undertaken a controversial plan to get aliens to contact humans: sending an invitation out into space. The efforts come from METI, which stands for Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and it involved sending messages toward a star system located about 12 light-years from our own. Assuming the messages are received and a reply is sent, we should get it about 25 years from now.

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