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Everything Amazon just announced: Echo, Alexa, Fire TV, and more

Everything Amazon just announced: Echo, Alexa, Fire TV, and more

Amazon took a blunderbuss approach to their device event this morning, so we're going to attempt to nutshell the lot. Revealed today were a whole bunch of Amazon Echo devices, a DVR called Fire TV Recast, and a set of improvements for Alexa across all Alexa-friendly devices. "The Alexa service is always getting smarter, whether you’re using the Echo you bought three years ago or an Echo Show you buy tomorrow" said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa, "Soon customers will be able to manage their email, easily secure their home, watch the shows they love on Echo Show, and make their daily routines more productive—all just by asking Alexa."

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I cooked a potato with my voice, and it might be the IoT’s tipping point

I cooked a potato with my voice, and it might be the IoT’s tipping point

Never has the humble potato been so smart - or so readily cooked - as inside the Amazon Basics Microwave. Now blessed with Alexa support, what's probably the strangest product from Amazon's massive gush of connected gadgets today might seem, on the face of it, a gimmick. In reality, though, it's arguably the most important of them all.

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Pocophone F1 first impressions: We go macro

Pocophone F1 first impressions: We go macro

The Pocophone F1 (aka POCO F1) from Poco by Xiaomi is a lightning bolt that's shook the lower-end smartphone market worldwide. This device was launched to do battle with brands like OnePlus in India, but with the specifications and price this device is paired with, it's not difficult to see why it's made headlines. Today we're taking a look in the box of the International Edition of the Xiaomi Pocophone F1.

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iPhone XR hands-on: A matter of balance

iPhone XR hands-on: A matter of balance

Could the third new smartphone in Apple's big unveil today be the most exciting? It's certainly one possibility, with the new iPhone XR - odd name aside - targeting a curiously crossover crowd. Demanding the style and slender bezels of the iPhone Xs, but with a budget for a less expensive device, it slots in as the entry-level option in Apple's 2018 range.

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Apple Watch Series 4 hands-on: Simply mesmerizing

Apple Watch Series 4 hands-on: Simply mesmerizing

With the Apple Watch Series 4, it's a little like Apple took a sizable slice of OLED screen and then allowed it to melt, gently slumping, across the curved coverglass of its fourth-generation wearable. Little prepares you for just how beautifully integrated the new, 30-percent larger screen of the updated smartwatch is.

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iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xs hands-on

iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xs hands-on

Apple's new flagship smartphones are here, and before you get too hung up on the name, there's plenty to like about the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. First things first: Apple would really rather you call them "iPhone Ten Ess" rather than "Ex Ess."

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Montblanc Summit 2 promises more smartwatch luxe in October

Montblanc Summit 2 promises more smartwatch luxe in October

Montblanc has revealed its newest smartwatch, the Summit 2, powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset. Announced in San Francisco, CA today, the Summit 2 follows the original Summit luxury smartwatch, launched back in early 2017.

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iRobot’s self-emptying Roomba i7+ fixes robot vacuums’ big headache

iRobot’s self-emptying Roomba i7+ fixes robot vacuums’ big headache

iRobot has answered one of the biggest frustrations about robot vacuum cleaners, with the new Roomba i7+ offering automatic emptying so it can be left to its own devices for more of the time. Replacing the Roomba 960, the new vacuum also increases its onboard intelligence, with a new mapping system that can remember customizable floor plans for more intelligent cleaning.

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Lenovo’s Smart Home Essentials are an IoT starter for Smart Displays

Lenovo’s Smart Home Essentials are an IoT starter for Smart Displays

Lenovo's Smart Display works with any connected home tech the Google Assistant supports, but now it's getting into the action with a range of Smart Home Essentials. The new line-up of accessories kicks off with three products, all of which will work with the Lenovo Smart Display as a hub.

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Lenovo Yoga C930 hands-on: This flagship sounds incredible

Lenovo Yoga C930 hands-on: This flagship sounds incredible

Lenovo has a new flagship, and the Yoga C930 wants to do for consumer 2-in-1 notebooks what ThinkPads have done for business laptops: give the category a new benchmark. Revealed today at IFA 2018, not only does the Yoga C930 look distinct - courtesy of Lenovo's new hinge design - it also addresses a number of common criticisms around pen-enabled notebooks.

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Star Wars: Jedi Challenges adds Dark Side games and Kylo Ren lightsaber

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges adds Dark Side games and Kylo Ren lightsaber

Lenovo promised regular updates for the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges augmented reality game, and it's been delivering, with the latest being a Dark Side Expansion and a new lightsaber option. The AR game uses a smartphone slotted into Lenovo's Mirage headset, and wirelessly-connected weapons modeled after those in the hit movies.

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Lenovo Yoga Book C930 hands-on: Dual E Ink and LCD delight

Lenovo Yoga Book C930 hands-on: Dual E Ink and LCD delight

A good idea can turn into a great one if you stick with it, and happily Lenovo has done just that with the new Yoga Book C930. Building on the innovative but flawed idea of the original Yoga Book in 2016, this second-generation model addresses the most common complaints, throwing in a second, E Ink display, upgrading the processor, and generally making for a much more flexible - and thus useful - ultraportable.

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