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HTC U11 Alexa hands-on: What works and what needs work

HTC U11 Alexa hands-on: What works and what needs work

This past week we've had some time with the HTC U11's newest feature boost: HTC Alexa onboard. That's Amazon's Alexa personal assistant, but placed on the HTC U11 in a way that's unique to this device. While Alexa is available in its app form for other smartphones, here Amazon and HTC have worked together to allow Alexa to act as similar to an Echo or Echo Dot as any smartphone has been before.

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This Moto Z2 Play Moto Mod seemed absurd at first, now it’s my favorite

This Moto Z2 Play Moto Mod seemed absurd at first, now it’s my favorite

The JBL SoundBoost 2 Moto Mod makes the Moto Z2 Play downright thick. I'd laid hands on a few Moto Mods before and I'd even used the Moto Z for a while when it was first revealed. But until now, I'd not been convinced that Motorola's implementation of a modular smartphone accessory system was worth the effort. With the release of the second wave of Moto Mods with the Moto Z2 and the Moto Z2 Play, I've seen the light. And it comes from the speaker masters at JBL.

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Cozmo Code Lab makes robot programming easy as dragging blocks

Cozmo Code Lab makes robot programming easy as dragging blocks

Anki's Cozmo may have looked like a toy by way of Wall-E when it launched last year, but the personality-filled robot has bigger ambitions than mere entertainment. Launching today is Cozmo Code Lab, an incredibly simple way to unlock the many talents of the robot, even if you can't string together a single line of code.

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OnePlus 5 took these photos : Zoom, Low-Light, Bokeh, Speed

OnePlus 5 took these photos : Zoom, Low-Light, Bokeh, Speed

This afternoon I took the OnePlus 5 on a walk to take a set of photos. I walked the dog with the phone, took a few photos of birds, then came back home to take some photos of oddities around the house. What you're about to see is a set of photos I captured this afternoon, resized but not edited at all in any other way. This is the first part of our camera judgement, part of our OnePlus 5 review, extended through this week.

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Is the OnePlus 5 price worth the risk?

Is the OnePlus 5 price worth the risk?

This week prospective OnePlus 5 users considered the new price for the device that's traditionally been a low-cost feature-full smartphone. Before now it was clear that the OnePlus 3, 2, and 1 were significantly cheaper than the competition while retaining many of the features of the higher-priced competitors. With the OnePlus 5, the company takes a risk in one way while consumers take a risk in another. Are both parties ready to move out of the low price zone?

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Apple’s HomePod sounds terrific – but the Siri Speaker has a big issue

Apple’s HomePod sounds terrific – but the Siri Speaker has a big issue

Surprise: the HomePod may be Apple's physical embodiment of Siri, but there Cupertino firm would really rather you think of the smart speaker as a music system first and foremost. Described as a blend of Sonos and Amazon Echo during the WWDC 2017 keynote, here Siri is really the gateway rather than the main event.

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iPad Pro 10.5-inch hands-on: iOS 11’s big cheerleader

iPad Pro 10.5-inch hands-on: iOS 11’s big cheerleader

"In every generation there is a chosen one," and in the case of iOS 11 it's the new iPad Pro 10.5-inch that is the unofficial cheerleader for Apple's big new mobile update. Both revealed at WWDC 2017 today, the new iPad Pro and the new iOS version go hand-in-hand. Indeed, Apple pointed out, iOS 11 will be the biggest iOS update for iPad ever.

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The iMac Pro is the gorgeous Darth Vader of Apple products

The iMac Pro is the gorgeous Darth Vader of Apple products

The iMac Pro is classic Apple. Although the flagship all-in-one desktop isn't set to reach Apple Store shelves until December this year, and while it will carry an eye-watering price tag when it does, there's something about the Mac-maker's combination of style, hyperbole, and pure performance that is bound to give desktop computer upgraders pause if they're poised over buying another workstation. Here at WWDC 2017, where the wraps have just been taken off the Space Gray iMac Pro, it's hard to resist its charms.

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Elgato Eve Degree Review: A simple temperature & humidity HomeKit sensor

Elgato Eve Degree Review: A simple temperature & humidity HomeKit sensor

Apple's HomeKit may have had a quiet start, but third-party accessories for an iOS smart home are gradually picking up pace. Latest to store shelves is Elgato's Eve Degree, a compact temperature, humidity, and air pressure sensor, wrapped up in a simple and handsome design, and promising to be the smart trigger your connected home has been asking for.

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Nest Cam IQ intros lossless zoom and facial recognition: Hands-on

Nest Cam IQ intros lossless zoom and facial recognition: Hands-on

Nest has a new home security camera, the Nest Cam IQ, and it's promising to be the smartest, sleekest, and yes, most expensive model in the Alphabet company's range. While it may look a lot like the Nest Cam Outdoor, it's actually the first camera to use the company's all-new platform. Two years in development, it'll be the basis of a new, more intelligent take on home security.

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Qualcomm’s smart router plan puts mesh, IoT, and Alexa-style agents in one

Qualcomm’s smart router plan puts mesh, IoT, and Alexa-style agents in one

Routers may not be sexy but they can definitely be ambitious, with Qualcomm looking to replace your Echo, router, and smart home bridges with a single unit. The company unveiled its Mesh Networking Platform and Reference Design at Computex 2017 this week, an all-in-one that combines mesh networking, self-healing and -organizing configuration, voice agents like Alexa and Google Assistant, and all the radios to talk to your connected lights, locks, speakers, and more, in a single box.

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Occipital Bridge hands-on: The room-mapping AR rival to Google WorldSense

Occipital Bridge hands-on: The room-mapping AR rival to Google WorldSense

Where are you in the bold new world of virtual and augmented reality? I don't mean that metaphorically, either: the question of where a user in a virtual world is physically, and how they're interacting with the real world around them, is arguably the key to making the next generation of headsets. It's something not only big names like Google and Apple are working on, but VR/AR specialists like Occipital.

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