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OPPO attempts to grow beyond smartphone boundaries with 5G, AR, and IoT

OPPO attempts to grow beyond smartphone boundaries with 5G, AR, and IoT

OPPO is a brand that is best known for its smartphones and it's going to be known for that for quite a while. That, however, isn't where the company sees itself in the next few years, or at least not the only things it wants to be known for. Just like any successful company, OPPO has big ambitions to grow its business beyond the very competitive and very congested smartphone market. It has a broader vision in mind and, like many new technologies, it will be enabled and empowered by 5G.

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My go-to sous-vide is getting a big upgrade

My go-to sous-vide is getting a big upgrade

The Mellow sous-vide is getting a second-generation version, with Mellow Duo adding a dual-vat option to the all-in-one cooking system. Launched back in 2014, in the early days of domestic sous-vide, the first-gen Mellow promised smarter meals with added convenience features like refrigeration. Now, it's getting an update.

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Google Assistant wants to lend a hand during the hectic holidays

Google Assistant wants to lend a hand during the hectic holidays

The holiday season is a busy one for a lot of folks, and today, Google is positioning Google Assistant as something that can help with that. Google detailed five ways in which the Assistant can help during the madness of the holidays, launching some new features in the process. Chief among these features is new functionality with apps like Google Keep, Any.do, AnyList, or Bring!.

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Ring maker gave police maps of where video doorbells are installed [UPDATED]

Ring maker gave police maps of where video doorbells are installed [UPDATED]

Smart home products and connected appliances can make lives more convenient and at times even safer but consumers should be aware of what they're letting inside their homes. Unlike our phones, which are mobile can and can be easily replaced, putting connected devices in houses pins them down on a map. In the case of video doorbell Ring, there is apparently a very literal digital map that does exactly that and investigations reveal that the Amazon-owned company was only too happy to share that data with law enforcement, contrary to their claims.

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Wyze launches new smart lock and teases future wireless keypad

Wyze launches new smart lock and teases future wireless keypad

Wyze, the company best known for its relatively inexpensive smart home and security products, has launched its own new smart lock. With the Wyze Lock, users can secure their home behind a wireless lock that features built-in sensors and remote control support. The Wyze Lock will soon be joined by a separate (but compatible) wireless lock keypad that can be used to manually enter access codes.

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Coway Airmega 200M Air Purifier Review: Breathing easy

Coway Airmega 200M Air Purifier Review: Breathing easy

It only takes a few smoky days for the idea of an air purifier like the Coway Airmega 200M to seem like a mighty sensible one. With California once again ablaze in parts, air pollution has gone from being an annoyance to a real health hazard in places, and bringing it under control - without breaking the bank in the process - is a legitimate concern.

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Amazon Alexa gets new emotions and it’s a little creepy

Amazon Alexa gets new emotions and it’s a little creepy

One thing Amazon has been trying to do with Alexa ever since it launched the AI assistant is make it sound more conversational. Today the company took a big step in that direction, rolling out emotions and new speaking styles for Alexa. These new features are launching for developers today, so we should see them added to various skills soon.

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Wyze Cam is about to lose Person Detection, but it’ll return soon

Wyze Cam is about to lose Person Detection, but it’ll return soon

Wyze, the company behind a growing line of inexpensive home security products, has revealed that its Wyze Cam security cameras will soon lose access to the 'Person Detection' feature. The change will take place in an upcoming firmware update and will ultimately be temporary, according to the company. Users have a couple of more months to use the feature before it disappears.

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Alexa can now remind you to take medication and refill prescriptions

Alexa can now remind you to take medication and refill prescriptions

Amazon today announced that Alexa is getting some new medication management features. These features not only include reminders to take your medicine - something that was already doable with Alexa's capabilities - but also the ability to request refills for your medication. The launch of these features is starting out on a small scale, but we should see it expand in the near future.

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Pirelli Cyber Tire uses 5G to tell nearby cars about poor roads

Pirelli Cyber Tire uses 5G to tell nearby cars about poor roads

When people hear about the Internet of Things, they mostly imagine smart homes and smart appliances talking silently with one another. Car makers, however, are just as excited about IoT, especially when factoring in high-speed 5G networks. These two technologies, after all, enable cars and car parts to connect to the Internet and send data to the company and to other cars as well. That is exactly what Italian tire (or tyre) maker Pirelli is trying to achieve with a 5G-connected sensing Cyber Tire that can communicate not only with the driver but also with other cars nearby as well.

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Traeger WiFi pellet grills now have Alexa and Google Assistant remote control

Traeger WiFi pellet grills now have Alexa and Google Assistant remote control

Smoking meat might seem like a simple matter of combining, well, meat and smoke, but Traeger's range of connected grills are now adding Alexa support for more straightforward remote control. Owners of Traeger WiFIRE-enabled models will be able to use Amazon's assistant both to control their pellet grill and to remotely check its current status.

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Researchers create new power-saving chip for waking up small wireless devices

Researchers create new power-saving chip for waking up small wireless devices

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have created a new power-saving chip that could significantly reduce or eliminate the need to replace batteries in IoT devices and wearables. The chip is called the wake-up receiver, and it is designed to wake up a device only when it needs to communicate and perform its function. The rest of the time, the device stays dormant to reduce power needs.

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