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Do I really need Alexa or Google Home or Siri?

Do I really need Alexa or Google Home or Siri?

In the future, artificial intelligence and machine learning will allow us to be happy. We'll have everything we need before we need it, and all of our favorite products will be shipped without having to head to the store - or even leave the house at all. That's the future Amazon is trying to sell - Google and Apple, too, in different ways. Do we have a choice in this future - do we even want to choose?

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iPhone X keyboard gap: There’s a reason for that

iPhone X keyboard gap: There’s a reason for that

The iPhone X launched last week, and it represents a big change from what iPhone users are used to in a handset. Some of these differences are much more obvious than others - the edge-to-edge OLED display and the missing home button will be the two differences that are immediately noticeable for many. However, there are plenty of smaller changes to be found within the iPhone X, and one that has been getting some attention is the new look of the iOS keyboard.

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iOS predictive text bug is frustrating, but Apple has a workaround

iOS predictive text bug is frustrating, but Apple has a workaround

It appears that iOS users are grappling with a new bug that is small in nature yet very frustrating at the same time. The bug centers around the iOS predictive keyboard, with a lot of users seeing predictive text autocorrecting "I" inputs to "A[?]." This, as you can probably imagine, is problematic for pretty much anyone who uses their keyboard on a regular basis.

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Pokemon GO Halloween has one more surprise today

Pokemon GO Halloween has one more surprise today

Pokemon GO has one more Halloween event surprise coming to users around the globe this morning. That is the release of the third and final Shiny Pokemon in the new Gen 3 Ghost and Dark type collection. The third Shiny monster in this set is Shuppet, a Pokemon that basically looks like a butterscotch candy covered with a wrapper and a spike in its head.

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AR View for Amazon isn’t like Apple’s ARKit or Google’s ARCore

AR View for Amazon isn’t like Apple’s ARKit or Google’s ARCore

The big difference between Amazon's AR experience and that of either Google or Apple is in their approach. While Apple and Google take a developers-first sort of run at augmented reality, Amazon is, as always, concerned first with the end consumer. Not the end user, mind you - the end consumer. AR View isn't a toolkit for developers to make Amazon-friendly AR apps - it's a feature in their own app with which Amazon can sell products.

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Super Mario Run was huge, but Nintendo isn’t happy

Super Mario Run was huge, but Nintendo isn’t happy

With all of the buzz surrounding the Switch and Super Mario Odyssey lately, it's been easy to forget about Nintendo's mobile efforts. We've got Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp to look forward to in the months to come, but how are Nintendo's existing mobile games doing? It would seem that Super Mario Run is doing really well, at least from a downloads perspective.

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iOS 11.1 released: Bumper emoji crop and more

iOS 11.1 released: Bumper emoji crop and more

iOS 11.1 has been released, and if you're an emoji fan then you may well be delighted with the bumper crop Apple has added - among other things - to your iPhone. The update, pushed out today, also addresses some lingering issues with blurry photos and adds back one of the most popular 3D Touch gestures. However, it's the 70+ new emoji that are likely to get the most attention.

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Rylo is a new kind of camera by ex- Apple and Instagram devs

Rylo is a new kind of camera by ex- Apple and Instagram devs

Rylo might be the only non-phone-based camera in the world worth considering using by the average video-capturing person today. The device has two cameras, one on either side, and it captures spherical video for flat editing. That is, while it captures the entire world around the user, it allows magical things to happen with the final product - a standard video with smart focus and plenty of other smart software tricks.

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Alpine iLX-107 CarPlay review: Siri goes wireless

Alpine iLX-107 CarPlay review: Siri goes wireless

CarPlay isn’t new. Introduced in 2014, it was Apple’s first foray into the automotive space. It might be the precursor to Titan, or a standalone product meant as a stopgap for the time we’re in, where Apple’s own automated vehicle platform is still just a beta project. Either way, it’s here. It’s a tangible, working product. And for the first time, you don’t need to wire your iPhone to the car to experience it. To test that, we took the Alpine iLX-107 for a spin. Literally.

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Stranger Things Season 2 Minecraft crossover LIVE

Stranger Things Season 2 Minecraft crossover LIVE

This morning you can watch the entirety of the Stranger Things Season 2 trailer in Minecraft form. In addition, the whole Stranger Things crew is available as a skin pack in Minecraft. And it's entirely terrifying and fun and super spooky. Sadly there is not yet a Minecraft-based Stranger Things World - but we can cross our fingers and hope! Imagine the Nether turned into the Upside-Down - what a wasted opportunity!

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iPhone X preorders: Are you buying?

iPhone X preorders: Are you buying?

If you want an iPhone X, you have to do your homework. Apple's flagship smartphone for 2017 isn't just expensive, it's undoubtedly going to be in short supply, and that means conceding that you're not going to get much sleep tonight. That said, with the potential for very limited devices, Apple's promise of in-store stock next week, and lingering skepticism about just how willing people are to put up with "the notch," the big question is how many will actually preorder the iPhone X?

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This Instagram Superzoom feature update is bonkers

This Instagram Superzoom feature update is bonkers

OMG there's a new feature in Instagram that is completely hilarious and you need it immediately. This new feature comes with a collection of Halloween-themed bits and pieces, the whole lot of which is available in one download. The rest of the features available in the newest version of Instagram come in the form of stickers and face filters - they're all pretty much the most spooky features you'll ever see.

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