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Xchime video doorbell promises lag-free security

Xchime video doorbell promises lag-free security

A smart home isn't really very smart if it can't protect itself or its masters. There have been a variety of smart locks in the market already, some simple and other quite sophisticated. Xchime is a new contender that has no qualms about adding yet another choice in the market. It is confident that it has something to offer that has never been offered before. That is, a video doorbell whose usefulness isn't at the mercy of Internet lag.

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ASUS Lyra wants to make Wi-Fi simple again

ASUS Lyra wants to make Wi-Fi simple again

There seems to be a prevalent trend, or collective desire, to go back to some glory days of the past, from gaming, to politics, and, now, to Wi-Fi. Remember the good old days when Wi-Fi was simple? No? Yeah, Wi-Fi has never really been simple. But it doesn't have to be complicated either. At least not if you ask ASUS. Its new Lyra home networking systems aims to take the pain out of covering your entire house's networking needs, without having to resort to overly expensive routers or poor-performing repeaters.

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Chromebook Google Assistant is on the way, OK Google going out

Chromebook Google Assistant is on the way, OK Google going out

Google Assistant is almost in every notable Google product, from the Google Home, Android phones, Android Wear smartwatches, and at least one Android TV. Well, almost. The one remaining holdout is, unsurprisingly, Chrome OS, Google's desktop-like platform. Worry not, Chrome OS fans, you too will soon get your well-deserved AI assistant. And, no, it won't be coming via a still in beta Google Play integration but a feature in its own right, displacing the less used and even unknown "OK Google" hotword.

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MS Paint is not dead (yet), just moving

MS Paint is not dead (yet), just moving

Microsoft was probably touched by the sudden outburst of love and passion coming from the creative community in support for Microsoft Paint, a.k.a. MS Paint, a.k.a. just Paint. A painting program that is both loved and ridiculed, the program has been around for more than 30 years, acting as the default and sometimes only recourse of those who need a quick paint job on newly installed or very pristine Windows computers. Unsurprisingly, there was much outcry when news went out that Microsoft was deprecating Paint in favor of Paint 3D. Now Microsoft has come to out to officially say that they aren't killing MS Paint. You will just have to look for it yourself from the app store.

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OnePlus 5 ads start spamming OnePlus 3, 3T owners

OnePlus 5 ads start spamming OnePlus 3, 3T owners

OnePlus seems to love, nay, thrive in controversy. From its "Never Settle" battle cry, to its exclusive invite system, to its premature retirement of last year's flagship, OnePlus seems to live out the phrase "bad publicity is still publicity". Just when you thought it was over, with a more or less "normal" launch of the OnePlus 5, here comes another one. Apparently, OnePlus has started sending OnePlus owners, most of them on the OnePlus 3 or 3T, ads and promos to upgrade to the latest model. And said owners aren't taking to kindly to the intrusion.

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All-black BlackBerry KEYone might be coming soon

All-black BlackBerry KEYone might be coming soon

Black is the new black again, somewhat. While new colors come and go, the classic look of black never goes out of fashion. Especially when it's very shiny black. When the BlackBerry KEYone came out, some fans were disappointed because black wasn't put on the table. No, black with silver accents doesn't count. There might be still some hope, though, if this bit coming out of China will be true for the rest of the world as well.

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Fairphone 1 no longer supported because parts cost too much

Fairphone 1 no longer supported because parts cost too much

Many have tried to make the modular smarpthone dream come true, but they all did things differently. Project Ara was closest to that image of a modular phone, while both LG and Motorola interpreted the dream more as modular addons. A less known variation was that of the Fairphone, which saw modularity as equivalent to repairability, where individual parts can be replaced when broken. But like Ara and LG, Fairphone is half-conceding defeat, retiring its first smartphone because spare parts are no longer available.

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iPhone 8 will handle bezels, notifications this way

iPhone 8 will handle bezels, notifications this way

The day of the iPhone 8's debut is fast approaching, but there are still some things that seem to be still up for debate about it. Most notable is, of course, the presence or absence of Touch ID. But even some things like the 10th anniversary iPhone's bezels are sometimes still put into question. Forbes and luxury case maker Nodus dug deep into the facts they had to paint a more complete, and also more promising, picture of the iPhone 8.

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Unlocked Galaxy J3, J7 available this week

Unlocked Galaxy J3, J7 available this week

Even as it pushes its Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships hard, Samsung knows too well that not everyone will want or can even afford one. It also knows that there is a subset of such consumers who care not for the chains for carrier contracts. In an attempt to cover all its bases, Samsung is making available its Galaxy J3 and J7, 2017 editions of course, in the US and will be making them available unlocked, making sure that even if you don't aim for the high-end, your next smartphone will at least still be a Galaxy.

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SNES Classic preorders cancelled: heads up if you bought from Walmart

SNES Classic preorders cancelled: heads up if you bought from Walmart

If you preordered the SNES Classic from Walmart, take heed: Walmart is cancelling those preorders, leaving behind ample lamenting and gnashing of teeth. The company recently sold out of the models, as preorders went quickly, and you'd be reasonable in expecting that to be the cause -- that is, the lack of available units. It's not, however, at least not exactly. Walmart says it is cancelling these particular preorders because of a website mistake.

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This giant sunfish species dodged scientists for 300 years

This giant sunfish species dodged scientists for 300 years

It's hard to imagine that such massive fish could spend the better part of three centuries eluding scientists, but that's exactly what happened. Known by some now as the Hoodwinker Sunfish, this giant sunfish species was first detected a decade ago by Japanese researchers, who found genetic evidence of its existence near Australia. With confirmation of its existence, this marks the first time the Mola genus has seen a new species addition in 130 years.

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HTC U11 128GB preorders start in the US tonight (plus deals!)

HTC U11 128GB preorders start in the US tonight (plus deals!)

The HTC U11 has some fervent fans, but not everyone with their eye on the model has picked one up yet. If you're counted among those people, HTC has some good news: you'll be able to preorder the 128GB version of the U11 in the United States starting tomorrow. Not interested? The company is also hoping to bring in some new customers by dangling a few sweet summer deals.

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