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Alexa starts issuing “Answer Update” alerts for old queries

Alexa starts issuing “Answer Update” alerts for old queries

Ask Alexa enough questions and you'll eventually find one she can't answer. The personal assistant apologizes for its lack of a proper response, and now it has started issuing alerts when it finally learns the answer. The new ability is called "Answer Update," and it's exactly what it sounds like: a new answer to an old question. The user will need to enable the feature to use it, though.

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Windows 10 Creators Update reached end of service in October

Windows 10 Creators Update reached end of service in October

Microsoft’s adoptions of a “Windows as a Service” strategy has so far been a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it has ensured that Windows 10 users won’t need to wait too long for new features and, more importantly, critical bug fixes. On the other hand, Microsoft has been criticized for aggressively pushing users to update, often at inconvenient times. Those two sides will come crashing again in a few months as Microsoft starts reminding users to update their Windows 10 PCs or risk remaining unprotected in the scary world of connected computers.

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Microsoft Your Phone app begins its test run for Android, iOS

Microsoft Your Phone app begins its test run for Android, iOS

Microsoft tried, and tried hard it did, to corner both PC and mobile markets. It failed and is now practically left renting on its rivals smartphone platforms. That doesn’t mean, however, that it will have to settle for a less than ideal experience. Back its BUILD conference in May, Microsoft revealed its plans to seamlessly connect your Windows 10 PC and your phone with a “Your Phone” app. And now with its latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build (17728), it’s finally getting the ball rolling.

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Neato Botvac D7 Connected update adds multi-floor mapping, boost charge

Neato Botvac D7 Connected update adds multi-floor mapping, boost charge

Neato has released a software update for its Botvac D7 Connected smart vacuum, adding a pair of major new features. The vacuum itself is already available to purchase for $799 USD; existing owners will soon see an update notification from the mobile app. After updating, the Botvac D7 Connected will be able to learn the layout of more than one floor in the owner's home, as well as intelligently boost its charge to finish a job.

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Windows’ biggest troll just got squashed

Windows’ biggest troll just got squashed

Ask any Windows user about their biggest Windows complaint and it'll likely be this: the operating system tends to reboot at the worst possible time. Users have complained about reboots that interfere with work, delay school projects, ruin game night, and more. Microsoft is attempting to address these problematic update reboots using machine learning, enabling the system to better determine the right time to restart.

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Firefox blocks noisy autoplaying videos in latest Nightly build

Firefox blocks noisy autoplaying videos in latest Nightly build

Firefox is the latest browser to address autoplaying videos with sound, one of the most annoying parts of visiting certain websites. Chrome already makes it possible to block these autoplaying, noisy videos, and now Firefox will do the same. The feature has arrived in the latest Firefox Nightly build and it'll soon be available to all users.

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Wyze Cam and Cam Pan security cameras get Alexa support

Wyze Cam and Cam Pan security cameras get Alexa support

Wyze, the company that offers inexpensive home security cameras, has announced new Alexa support for its Cam and Cam Pan models. The support went live for users earlier this week, enabling them to control their Wyze security cameras via voice. As with other similarly supported security cameras, Wyze users will need to have an Alexa device featuring a screen, such as a Fire TV or Echo Show.

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Report: Fuchsia replacing Android is still Google’s plan

Report: Fuchsia replacing Android is still Google’s plan

A report released today revealed new inner workings of one of Google's not-so-public projects: Fuchsia. This software development project is available for public viewing in SOME sense, and has been for some time, but the way Google's using it remains largely a mystery. Today we're to understand that Fuchsia's reaching a crossroads, and that Google will soon need to decide whether to hang on and bust through, or drop the project altogether.

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OnePlus 6 camera boost promised in OxygenOS 5.1.9 release

OnePlus 6 camera boost promised in OxygenOS 5.1.9 release

OnePlus is slowly rolling out OxygenOS 5.1.9 to OnePlus 6 phones, bringing a variety of bug fixes, improvements and new features. This latest update promises better camera performance for the OnePlus 6, including new Google Lens integration for faster access to the service. OnePlus is rolling the update out incrementally over-the-air with the promise of a broader rollout soon.

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Google Assistant update grabs NOW’s predictive cards

Google Assistant update grabs NOW’s predictive cards

Predictive cards previously used in Google Now have just this week been moved to Google Assistant in Android. This system allows for Google Assistant to be the more ready-to-go part of the Android ecosystem when it comes to appointments, travel times, and recent store orders - and stock prices too, because of course.

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Skype 8.0 arrives to replace Classic: update before September 1

Skype 8.0 arrives to replace Classic: update before September 1

Microsoft has launched Skype 8.0, the latest desktop version set to replace Skype 7.0, also known as "Classic." The company is encouraging users to update to the newest version, warning that they have only until September 1 to make the transition. Once that date arrives, Skype Classic will stop working, forcing any remaining users to install version 8.0. The update is worth the effort, though, thanks to the numerous new features the latest version offers.

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DirecTV adds Alexa support for satellite TV customers

DirecTV adds Alexa support for satellite TV customers

Following its promise earlier this year, DirecTV has officially launched Amazon Alexa support for its satellite television customers. The company first revealed plans to offer support for the assistant back in March, something that would bring voice control as an optional alternative for the ordinary remote control. That new functionality is now live...but you can only use it if you have the right hardware.

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