In the future we may wave at our smartphones

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USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham thinks the new gesture controlled DJI Spark drone is the wave of the future in computing. Today, we move to the hands. In one of the most jaw-dropping tech demos of the year, drone manufacturer DJI this week showed off a new quadcopter that can be flown with hand gestures. Move your palm left to fly that way, extend your hand to land it. As someone who spends a lot of time flying drones and juggling with video-game like controllers to operate them, this is the holy grail.


Forget iPhone 'wireless' charging. Try a battery pack, instead.

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New iPhones take wireless charging, but they're cumbersome and slow. Jefferson Graham recommends a battery case instead on TalkingTech. LOS ANGELES -- For the first time, consumers will be able to charge their new iPhones wirelessly, via a charging mat that juices their glass-backed iPhone 8 and 8 Plus units. But critics say wireless charging on the new iPhones is slow. And the mats for consumers, now made by Belkin and Mophie and previously only available for Android phones such as Samsung and LG, represent another dongle to drag around.


No, we're not done with the iPhone yet

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Don't be in a rush to dump your old iPhone for the new ones, suggests Jefferson Graham, from the Apple event in Cupertino, on #TalkingTech On Tuesday, the company invited journalists and analysts to its new, sci-fi themed spaceship campus in Cupertino to show off new iPhones and an updated Apple Watch. In the next week, products start hitting store shelves, along with an important software update that brings new features to your older phones and iPads. Apple released three new phones, with the headline grabbing iPhone X getting the most ink. It features a beautiful edge-to-edge OLED screen, eliminating the bezels on the side of the phone, and scraps the physical home button. And it has a controversial new way to unlock the phone--with your eyes, causing all sorts of privacy concerns.


Siri gets another shot at getting it right

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Consumers are still mixed about Siri, but according to an exclusive new poll for USA TODAY, they like her more than other personal assistants. LOS ANGELES -- "Siri, will you finally catch up to Amazon and Google this year? We'd like to believe she might say, "Yes...Jefferson. I'll have more accurate, chattier responses, and good news -- I'll be able to understand you much better, too." Apple, which introduced the world to voice-activated computing in 2011 with the release of Siri, is feeling the heat.