16% of the US Population Owns a Smart Speaker

The number of people who have a smart speaker from Amazon or Google in their home has increased by 128% since January 2017 according to a report by NPR and Edison Research. The speakers are not gathering dust on shelves, either. Most of the people sampled (51%) say they use their smart speakers more now […]

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Irish startup SoapBox Labs is building speech recognition tech for kids

Irish startup SoapBox Labs is on a mission to create what it calls “the world’s most accurate and accessible speech technology for children”, tech it plans to offer to third-party hardware and app developers. These span educational apps that support reading and language development, children’s voice-control for IoT devices in the home, smart toys, and AR/VR experiences. […]

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Apple stores are slammed because of the $29 battery replacement offer

Apple retail stores are struggling to handle a surge of customers looking to reinvigorate their iPhones with a special battery replacement procedure. Apple sharply reduced the price for a fresh battery following the revelation that it was purposely slowing performance of iPhones with older batteries. In the weeks since then, a never-ending parade of iPhone-bearing […]

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GM just revealed a fully autonomous electric car that doesn’t have a steering wheel

No driver. No pedals. No steering wheel. Just seats and screens and doors that can close themselves. That’s what riders will see when they get into one of General Motors’ Cruise self-driving electric vehicles, scheduled to hit the road in 2019. On Thursday, the automaker also stressed that the fully autonomous vehicle would emphasize safety […]

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Some iPhone 6s owners could get their battery replaced completely free

Last week, Apple reduced the price of out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacements from $79 to $29, following a wave of controversy over power management features in older iPhones. In a note to customers, Apple said its new policy applied to “anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced”, but failed to specify if this eligibility […]

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Federal Aviation Agency’s Drone Registry Tops a Million

More than a million drones, most of them owned by hobbyists, are now registered with the Federal Aviation Administration. The figure, announced by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao at CES, includes 878,000 hobbyists who receive an identification number covering all the drones they own. Another 122,000 commercial, public, and other drones are individually […]

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This New Virtual Reality Headset Could Finally Get You Into VR

For all of its promise and potential, virtual reality still has its fair share of headaches. Early headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, even at their new lower price points, still cost a considerable amount of money. They’re also time consuming to set up, and must be attached to a powerful (and pricey) […]

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