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Bose's new headphones come with Google Assistant

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Google goog, like other big tech companies including Apple aapl and Microsoft msft, has been pushing its digital assistant as a new way for people to interact with their smartphones and other devices like the company's web-connected Google Home speaker. Now, people can use their voices to tell Google Assistant to play music--including a specific song--through the new Bose headphones. People will need to connect their headphones to their iPhones or Android-based smartphones via Bluetooth in order to link to Google's Assistant, Google said in a blog post. In this market, Google faces tough competition from Amazon, which is making similar moves with its Alexa digital assistant.


5 hidden Apple iOS 11 features you need to try

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In that time, I've discovered a bunch of hidden functions and neat tools that aren't so apparent when you're using some of the apps built into Apple's AAPL iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch operating system. Arguably the coolest addition to iOS 11 is the ability to actually make the operating system's Control Center app really, really useful. From the Settings pane, you can choose "Control Center" and decide whether you want to add or remove controls. To do so, you'll need to go into the Settings pane and choose Accessibility.


Apple HomePod faces tough odds against Amazon Echo in connected home market

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Connected speakers are part of a broader white-hot market for connected home devices, which Amazon, and Google hope to control against rival devices planned by number of others like Apple and Microsoft. CIRP estimates that Amazon has sold 15 million Echos, accounting for 75% of the U.S. market, while Google has sold an estimated 5 million Homes, or 24%. While sales of 15 million Amazon Echo units is a big number, as of last year there were about 125 million U.S. households. The HomePod speaker will be heavier than Echo or Google Home, and Kevin Tofel, a gadget enthusiast and blogger, said that means it will offer much better sound.


Amazon wants to give Alexa a pair of smart glasses--Report

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Amazon.com is developing its first wearable product--a pair of "smart glasses" that will allow you to use its digital assistant Alexa wherever you are, according to the Financial Times. The FT noted that Babak Parviz, the founder of Google's ill-fated smart glasses project, and other former Google Glass researchers now work at Amazon's labs. Read: Here's How You Can Buy Snapchat Spectacles Online As the FT points out, a wearable and always-on Alexa allows Amazon to make good one of its key shortcomings. While an iPhone user can call Siri or an Android phone users can summon Google's Assistant, the current Alexa app needs you to unlock the phone first.


How the Apple iPhone X Compares to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 display is a whopping 6.3 inches and similarly runs on OLED technology. According to Samsung, its "Infinity Display" has 521 pixels per inch and a higher resolution than the iPhone X's display, which should translate to slightly better picture quality in Samsung's device. Samsung's device also comes with several security features, including an iris scanner, fingerprint sensor, and face scanner, verify your identity and allow you access to the device's software. Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 accommodates 22 hours of continuous talk time before it must be recharged.


Self-driving boats: The next tech transportation race

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Spurred in part by the car industry's race to build driverless vehicles, marine innovators are building automated ferry boats for Amsterdam canals, cargo ships that can steer themselves through Norwegian fjords and remote-controlled ships to carry containers across the Atlantic and Pacific. "We're in full autonomy now," said Jeff Gawrys, a marine technician for Boston startup Sea Machines Robotics, sitting at the helm as the boat floated through a harbor channel. The ocean is "a wide open space," said Sea Machines CEO Michael Johnson. In Norway, fertilizer company Yara International is working with engineering firm Kongsberg Maritime on a project to replace big-rig trucks with an electric-powered ship connecting three nearby ports.


Hi Bixby: Samsung phone's voice assistant now speaks English

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Samsung Electronics said its Bixby voice assistant for smartphones will start speaking English but only in two countries: South Korea and the U.S. The South Korean tech giant said starting Wednesday, users of the Galaxy S8 smartphones can speak in American English to their phones to turn on the flashlight, take a selfie or make the phone search for say, pictures from a summer vacation, and create an album. Samsung did not say why it could not make Bixby in English available to users outside South Korea or the U.S. or when it will become available in other languages in other countries. It also comes about one month before Samsung is widely expected to announce its latest iteration of the Galaxy Note smartphone after the discontinuation of its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 phone last year.


Grindr asks judge to toss suit condemning gay dating app

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A judge will decide if a lawsuit can proceed against a gay dating app after over 1,000 sex-hungry men accosted a New York man at home and work after an ex-boyfriend posted fake profiles. Grindr asked a Manhattan federal court judge Wednesday to toss out Matthew Herrick's claims. The company says the Communications Decency Act protects it from liability and Herrick should sue his ex-lover instead. Herrick sued Grindr, saying he couldn't stop a steady stream of unwelcome visitors despite roughly 100 complaints reporting the damage from dozens of fake profiles made in his name.


Google's search engine aims to become employment engine

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Google is trying to turn its search engine into an employment engine. Beginning Tuesday, job hunters will be able to go to Google and see help-wanted listings that its search engine collects across the internet. The results will aim to streamline such listings by eliminating duplicate jobs posted on different sites. This detailed jobs information is a departure from the way Google's main search engine has traditionally shown only bare-bones links to various help-wanted sites.


Tim Cook to MIT: Values first

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Apple chief executive Tim Cook implored Massachusetts Institute of Technology grads to make sure the power of technology doesn't overshadow human decency in his commencement address yesterday. In an interview with the MIT Technology Review, Cook said Apple is using AI in many of its flagship apps in the iPhone, including recommendations for new music and image recognition in photos. Cook has been critical of President Trump, including blasting the decision to leave the Paris climate accord, though he only briefly touched on the president's Twitter habits, saying MIT students had clearly hacked Trump's account. "I can tell college students are behind it," Cook said, "because most of the tweets happen at 3 a.m." Cook went on to critique some aspects of the internet and technology, including the spread of fake news and the adverse effects of social media.