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Google Clips camera launch nears, drops by FCC

Google Clips camera launch nears, drops by FCC

There have been a lot of Google and Android related product announcements and launches in the past months, it’s almost too easy to forget that at least one new, and odd, device hasn’t yet. The Google Clips “wireless smart camera” has yet to hit the market, but that day might be approaching really soon. Spotted at the FCC as the G015A, Google’s somewhat controversial camera might be due any day now. Presuming people will be willing to invest $250 in this simple yet strange box.

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Land Rover Defender Works V8 Celebrates Seven Decades of Rover

Land Rover Defender Works V8 Celebrates Seven Decades of Rover

Land Rover has announced a very cool off-roader that will get fans of the brand hot and bothered. The new vehicle marks the launch of a special limited-edition Land Rover Defender packing a 5.0L naturally aspirated V8 engine under the hood. The V8 makes 405PS and 515Nm of torque.

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Nomad Wireless Hub charges five at the same time

Nomad Wireless Hub charges five at the same time

Our homes have become a jungle of cables, and not just because of the ones that sprout off your desktop computer. It isn’t uncommon for one household to have a small army of mobile devices and other contraptions that need to be recharged as well. Wireless charging can only do so much and not all devices support it. Nomad’s solution? Its new Wireless Charging Hub that can charge up to five devices simultaneously, one of them wirelessly even.

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Android One launcher with Google Now panel: get it here

Android One launcher with Google Now panel: get it here

One of the Android platform’s biggest strengths is its customizability. Although not all parts are immediately exposed to users, some, especially app launchers, are no sweat to change. That said, getting access to those launchers, especially those from specific manufacturers, is not always easy. Even Google has somewhat withheld its Pixel, and now Android One, launchers from the rest of the world. Thankfully, there are hard-working developers like AmirZ, a.k.a. Amir Zaidi, who make things like a rootless Android One launcher available for all.

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Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 puts AI in your mouth

Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 puts AI in your mouth

AI is everywhere but, in almost all cases, they are located outside or at least on your body. Smart speakers are left inside rooms and smartwatches stay on your wrist. But a new smart device that’s available exclusively in Apple Stores applies AI inside your body. Don’t worry, it’s not invasive, at least not in the “skin-piercing” sense. This new Colgate smart toothbrush uses a bit of artificial intelligence and crowdsourcing to analyze your mouth and your brushing method and tell you how to brush your teeth better.

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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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YouTube cracks down on Tide laundry pod challenge videos

YouTube cracks down on Tide laundry pod challenge videos

Many laundry detergent companies are offering their product in "pod" form: a small dissolvable sachet containing a single load's worth of detergent. There have been regrettable reports of very young kids and adults with dementia eating these pods by mistake, but a worrisome trend has surfaced among teens, and it is known as the "Tide Laundry Pods Challenge." The "challenge," in this case, is biting into the pods and then posting a video of it online.

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Drunk drone operators face jail and a fine in New Jersey

Drunk drone operators face jail and a fine in New Jersey

New Jersey has signed into a law a new bill that makes it illegal for drone owners to operate their UAVs while drunk. Assuming a drone owner is caught flying a drone with too much alcohol in their system, they face a $1,000 fine and up to half a year in jail. The law aims at protecting public safety, as drone operators may be less inclined to follow the rules or may recklessly operate the aerial vehicle.

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