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Chromebook Select-to-speak upgrade adds more human-sounding voices

Chromebook Select-to-speak upgrade adds more human-sounding voices

The majority of today's consumer tech products are unsurprisingly designed for the majority of people that don't have physical or mental handicaps. That's not to say, however, that these are the only people who deserve to have all that power at their fingertips. In fact, they should even be the ones whose lives are made even better by modern devices and software, correcting and augmenting what would normally be huge obstacles to leading functional and productive lives. Chromebooks are often portrayed as devices designed specifically for those purposes, and Google is presenting some features that make its Chrome OS platform more accessible to people with disabilities.

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Luna Display 5.0 transforms iPad into a second screen for Windows PCs

Luna Display 5.0 transforms iPad into a second screen for Windows PCs

Astropad has announced a massive update for its Luna Display product, offering a key feature for customers who own a Windows PC and an iPad. With Luna Display 5.0, Windows users can now utilize the iPad as a second screen for their computer, the same sort of functionality that has been available to Mac owners for years.

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WhatsApp rolls out end-to-end encrypted chat cloud backups

WhatsApp rolls out end-to-end encrypted chat cloud backups

WhatsApp is now rolling out end-to-end encrypted chat cloud backups, enabling users to keep a copy of their messaging history without compromising their privacy. The feature is rolling out to users gradually while the company monitors the experience, ensuring any potential issues can be addressed before everyone has access to the backup option.

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Blender 3D tool now supported by Apple

Blender 3D tool now supported by Apple

If you had any doubt of the long-term value of learning how to sculpt in 3D with Blender, doubt no more. The Blender Foundation just announced that Apple joined their Blender Development Fund as "a Patron Member" to support development of the software for the foreseeable future. This is GOOD news for Blender, no matter how you slice it.

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Google just made one major change for mobile search

Google just made one major change for mobile search

Today Google revealed one of the most major changes to the way they deliver information in search results for mobile users. Instead of the classic "next", or "see more" button or a list of "o" letters in the word GOOGLE for more results, there'll be a never-ending scroll effect. This is the feature Google refers to as "continuous scrolling", and it'll be live and in-effect on your device as early as right this minute.

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Robotic dogs get their own remote-controlled night vision sniper rifle

Robotic dogs get their own remote-controlled night vision sniper rifle

Robotic dogs now have their own sniper rifle, hinting at the future of autonomous and remote-controlled warfare. The weapon comes from SWORD Defense Systems, which says its Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle (SPUR) can be used with various remote-controlled "unmanned platforms." The company recently showcased the rifle mounted on the Ghost Robotics Vision-60 quadruped.

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Facebook Ego4D tracking your When, How, What, and Who

Facebook Ego4D tracking your When, How, What, and Who

When in a few years Facebook releases a new pair of glasses with cameras, microphones, and proximity sensors aboard, remember this article. Today we're taking a peek at some research posted by Facebook AI called "Ego4D". This research worked with "a consortium of 13 universities and labs across nine countries" that together collected "2,200 hours of first person video in the wild, featuring over 700 participants going about their daily lives."

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Nanoleaf Lines Review

Nanoleaf Lines Review

The latest LED light system from Nanoleaf goes by the name Nanoleaf Lines. These are LED light bars that are sort of the opposite of what they've released in past editions. The first several sets of Nanoleaf products were LED light shapes connected in combinations chosen by the consumer. With Lines, Nanoleaf still has a modular system for placement, but the lights shine at the wall instead of outward.

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HTC VIVE Flow price, release date, specs in full

HTC VIVE Flow price, release date, specs in full

The HTC VIVE Flow is a VR headset made to take the virtual reality headset universe in a whole new direction. This device is meant to be carried around with the user during the day, and worn by the user anywhere they like - so long as they're sitting still or standing in an area free from danger.

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LG reveals second-gen Ergo Monitors for comfort and productivity

LG reveals second-gen Ergo Monitors for comfort and productivity

LG has revealed the second generation of its Ergo Monitors designed to allow users to customize their workstations for productivity and comfort. The displays are offered in Ergo Dual and Ergo Single configurations. Ergo Dual is model number 27QP88D, while the Ergo Single is model 32QP880.

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Dell reveals new Latitude rugged notebooks for extreme jobs

Dell reveals new Latitude rugged notebooks for extreme jobs

Dell has expanded its rugged laptop portfolio with the addition of the Latitude 5430 Rugged and the Latitude 7330 Rugged Extreme laptops. Both laptops use similar hardware inside, including 11th generation Intel Core processors with optional vPro capability. The machines also have integrated Wi-Fi 6E and optional 5G connectivity.

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Apple adds a year to the AirPods Pro service program

Apple adds a year to the AirPods Pro service program

Apple products are expensive enough that any issue to prevent something lasting a long time is a big deal for consumers. Unfortunately, some of Apple's high-end AirPods Pro earbuds have had a problem that causes crackling, static, or issues with Active Noise Cancellation requiring some owners to send the earbuds in for service. With no fanfare, Apple has extended that repair program to address any issues with crackling, static, or Active Noise Cancellation for an additional year.

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