• 17
    Oct

    Amazon’s Echo gets a decent-sounding refresh

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    Amazon seemingly didn’t realize what it had on its hands with the original Echo. Released five and a half years back for a select number of Amazon Prime users, the first Alexa device ushered in a consumer electronics revolution. According to numbers from Canalys, 26.1 million smart speakers were shipped in Q2 2019. That’s a hefty 55.4% growth from the year ...
  • 17
    Oct

    Zoho launches Catalyst, a new developer platform with a focus on microservices

    Zoho  may be one of the most underrated tech companies. The 23-year-old company, which at this point offers more than 45 products, has never taken outside funding and has no ambition to go public, yet it’s highly profitable and runs its own data centers around the world. And today, it’s launching Catalyst, a cloud-based developer platform with a focus on microservices ...
  • 16
    Oct

    Google Nest Mini hands-on

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    Two years after the release of the Home Mini, Google’s back with the sequel. Well, “sequel” might be a bit strong. The Nest Mini is more like one of those 1.5 movies they release on home video with a little extra footage than the theatrical release. That’s not a compliant, exactly. The truth is there are some improvements here, but ...
  • 16
    Oct

    Amazon Pay users in India can now pay their utility, mobile and cable bills with ...

    Amazon Pay users in India can now use voice command with Alexa to pay their utility, internet, mobile, and satellite cable TV bills, the e-commerce giant said on Wednesday. This is the first time, the company said, it is pairing these functionalities with Amazon Pay in any market. The e-commerce giant, which competes with Walmart’s Flipkart in India, said any ...
  • 16
    Oct

    Here’s everything Google just announced at the Made By Google 2019 event

    Google  held its annual “Made By Google” hardware event this morning in New York City, where they launched all sorts of new gear back to back to back. Didn’t have time to watch the whole stream, but still want to know the bullet points of what’s new? We’ve got you covered. Stadia launch Stadia, Google’s cloud video game streaming service, will launch ...
  • 15
    Oct

    Germany says it won’t ban Huawei or any 5G supplier up front

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    Germany is resisting US pressure to shut out Chinese tech giant Huawei from its 5G networks — saying it will not ban any supplier for the next-gen mobile networks on an up front basis, per Reuters. “Essentially our approach is as follows: We are not taking a pre-emptive decision to ban any actor, or any company,” government spokesman, Steffen Seibert, told a ...
  • 10
    Oct

    European risk report flags 5G security challenges

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    European Union Member States have published a joint risk assessment report into 5G technology which highlights increased security risks that will require a new approach to securing telecoms infrastructure. The EU has so far resisted pressure from the U.S. to boycott Chinese tech giant Huawei as a 5G supplier on national security grounds, with individual Member States such as the UK also taking ...
  • 9
    Oct

    Uber’s newest feature alerts drivers that pets will be joining the ride

    Uber  is piloting a new feature that lets U.S. riders alert drivers that a pet will be coming along, the latest effort from the company to appeal to a broader audience and become to the one-stop shop for transportation, meals and other services. The feature called Uber Pet will be available beginning October 16 in Austin, Denver, Nashville, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Philadelphia, Phoenix,  and ...
  • 8
    Oct

    Mars Curiosity Rover finds evidence of an ancient oasis on Mars

    On its latest trek through the Gale Crater on Mars,  the Curiosity Rover has discovered evidence that’s leading . scientists to believe that there was an oasis at the base of that 150-kilometer-wide crater. Curiosity scientists described the scene in an article in “Nature Geoscience” published earlier this week. Researchers analyzing data from the Rover are extrapolating from the data that rocks ...
  • 4
    Oct

    Facebook is being leaned on by US, UK, Australia to ditch its end-to-end encryption expansion ...

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    Here we go again. Western governments are once again dialing up their attack on end-to-end encryption — calling for either no e2e encryption or backdoored e2e encryption so platforms can be commanded to serve state agents with messaging data in “a readable and usable format.” U.S. Attorney General William Barr, acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, U.K. Home Secretary Priti ...