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Amazon wants to get Alexa into your car

The floor of the sprawling Los Angeles Auto Show is filled with fancy vehicles showing off their ultra-flashy, state-of-the-art infotainment systems, with giant screens that drivers really shouldn't be looking at while driving.

dateNov 30, 2018 in Consumer & Gadgets
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Smart speakers make passive listeners

People explore less when they get recommendations from voice-based platforms such as Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri, making it more likely that they'll hear options chosen by an algorithm than those they might actually prefer.

Patent talk: A 16-lens phone? LG is crazy (like a fox)

A patent was filed to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) titled "Mobile terminal and control method for the mobile terminal" which, if you look beyond the rather lackluster title, proposes an exciting ...

Google's shoe idea teases moonwalks in the VR zone

"Try walking forwards and the magic quickly falls apart—either when you walk into a wall, or are yanked back by the cable attaching your headset to a computer." That is Alistair Charlton in GearBrain. He was—you guessed ...

What is augmented reality, anyway?

Augmented reality systems show virtual objects in the real world – like cat ears and whiskers on a Snapchat selfie, or how well a particular chair might fit in a room. The first big break for AR was the "Pokémon GO" game, ...

Innovative method leads to smaller, cheaper IoT sensors

Researchers from the Green IC research group at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have invented a low-cost, no-battery wake-up timer in the form of an on-chip circuit that significantly reduces power consumption ...

French firm refurbishes earnings via old iPhones

One company in northern France is doing its profitable best to give an environmental makeover to smartphones, whose circuitry, batteries and plastics have become a polluting blight over the past decade.

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