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Tech Q&A: Eavesdropping Echo, flammable laptops, switching to Android and more

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Want to know more about Amazon Echo, the HP laptop battery recall, ransomware, web printing and switching to Android? I have an Amazon Echo. I am really concerned it is listening all the time. Does it have any privacy settings? A: The fact remains that Echo records all of your commands, and the microphone is always active because the device is always listening for a "wake phrase."


Apple HomePod release date may be near, rumors say

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Amazon's Echo smart speaker is about to get a hot new rival – the Apple HomePod. The device was originally supposed to go on sale last year and was ultimately delayed, but latest rumors suggest a HomePod release date is just around the corner. The HomePod is a direct rival to the Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers. It's powered by Apple's Siri virtual assistant, and can be controlled by voice commands. Just like the Echo, HomePod will perform tasks like playing music or telling you about the weather.


Pakistan's ace in poker match with US: Afghan air routes

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WASHINGTON – As bad as President Donald Trump describes U.S.-Pakistani ties today, they can get far worse. Over 16 years that included hundreds of deadly U.S. drone strikes, Osama bin Laden's killing on Pakistani soil and accusations Pakistan helps insurgents that kill Americans, the reluctant allies never reached one point of no return: Pakistan closing the air routes to Afghanistan. It's an action that could all but cripple the U.S.-backed military fight against the Taliban. It could also be tantamount to Pakistan going to war with the United States. Even if such a step is seen as unlikely by most officials and observers, Pakistan's ability to shape the destiny of America's longest war is a reminder of how much leverage the country maintains at a time Trump is suspending hundreds of millions of dollars in military assistance.


John Fund: To stop a government shutdown and protect Dreamers, let's listen to problem-solvers

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The debate over what to do about the approximately 700,000 Dreamers – immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children – has often been conducted at a playground level. Democrats are threatening to shut down the government at midnight Friday night unless the Dreamer issue is resolved on their terms. President Trump is reported to have used some kind of obscenity to describe his view of some of the countries Dreamers and other immigrants come from. Immigration activists have freely and openly accused the president of being a "racist" or worse. In this kind of a toxic environment, it will be amazing if both sides can bridge the enormous gap between them.


Intel befriends AMD, monitors get massive, and more – The big PC trends from CES

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File photo - A man takes a selfie in front of the CES logo during the 2018 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Jan. 10, 2018. While great laptops and 2-in-1s come out every year, we don't see significant innovation taking place in computing on an annual basis. But this year at CES, we saw some upending of the standard quo on a number of levels. The trends we saw from the show floor have us both curious and excited about the future of computing. Some will undoubtedly end up in dead ends -- and others will probably become the new status quo in just a few years.


CES 2018: The best of this year's show

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This year's CES had a lot of interesting and exciting new gadgets, but there were a few that stood out from the crowd. Fox News has compiled a list of five categories and the offerings that stood out from the competition. Best wearable: Smart glasses used Amazon's Alexa Vuzix Blade Smart Sunglasses made a lot of "best of" lists this year at CES and for good reason – Vuzix could achieve what Google Glass didn't. It allows you to keep your head up while interacting with your device. The Vuzix glasses have a couple of standout features, including the ability to query Alexa, Amazon's voice-enabled intelligent personal assistant.


Russia urges Turkey to help stop rebel raids in Syria

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MOSCOW – The Russian military has urged its Turkish counterparts to tighten monitoring of opposition in northern Syria in the wake of a drone attack on Russian military bases in the country. Russia's Defense Ministry said its forces repelled a series of drone attacks Saturday, adding that out of the 13 drones involved, seven were shot down and six were forced to land without causing any damage. The official military daily Krasnaya Zvezda said the ministry sent letters to the Turkish military, asking it to deploy observers to Syria's northern province of Idlib to ensure that rebels don't launch more attacks. Russia has backed Syrian President Bashar Assad while Turkey has supported his foes, but they struck a deal last year to set up de-escalation zones in Syria, helping reduce fighting.


Facebook 'Portal' to compete with Echo Show, report says

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File photo: People stand in front of a logo at Facebook's headquarters in London, Britain, December 4, 2017. Step aside, Amazon Echo Show: Word has it that Facebook is developing its own home video chat device. According to a report from streaming news service Cheddar, the new voice-controlled device, dubbed Portal, may be priced at $499. Cheddar's sources say Facebook is planning to unveil the device in early May and begin selling it via pop-up stores and online in the second half of the year. It will reportedly feature a screen on the front like Amazon's Echo Show and Lenovo's new Android Assistant-equipped Smart Display, plus a camera with a wide-angle lens and facial-recognition technology that will help users connect with their Facebook accounts.


LG showcases robots that could replace workers in hotels, airports and supermarkets

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The three new concept robots from LG Electronics are aimed at the services industry, in areas like hotels, airports and supermarkets. Here come our new robot overlords. A Korean tech giant has announced three new robots that take aim at the vast and fast-growing global service industry sector. Technologists and economists have long predicted that artificial intelligence and automation would one day sync up to eliminate millions of mostly low-wage jobs in the future. South Korea's LG Electronics is planning to sell robots to solve tasks currently completed by humans.


8 amazing new AI innovations at CES 2018

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In 2018, the evolution will not focus as much on faster phones or bigger televisions (although those things will happen). Instead, artificial intelligence will evolve, likely faster than any of us can predict. To give you a hint of what's to come, here are a few gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that push the AI envelope. Cameras already recognize us -- just try the new iPhone X. But this smart baby monitor camera can even tell if the infant is breathing and send you real-time data and alerts.