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What happened to Fling, Amazon's Chromecast clone on Fire TV?

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Yet most of the streaming companies I talked to either missed the memo about Fling or aren't interested: I also reached out to NexPlayer, a company that sells video player tools to streaming services, and added Amazon Fling to its developer toolkit last year. With hands-free voice commands, users can launch videos on a nearby Chromecast from streaming services like Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, and YouTube. While Amazon's Echo speaker does support voice commands on some TV devices, such as Dish Hopper DVRs, this is a different kind of integration that requires each device maker to develop its own Alexa skill, and right now no such controls exist for Fire TV devices. For instance, it will soon be able to show supplemental information on televisions in response to Google Home voice commands, and the audio version of Chromecast now enables whole-home audio across multiple Google Home speakers.


How to reclaim your privacy in Windows 10, piece by piece

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First, go to Settings Privacy General and slide the option that says'Let apps use my advertising ID for experience across apps (turning this off will reset your ID)' to Off. At this time, it's also a good idea to jump back into the Settings app's privacy section. If you don't like the sound of that, go to Settings Update & Security Windows Update Advanced options Choose how updates are delivered. The Location section lets you control whether apps can use your location to deliver services like weather forecasts and local news.


Get $100 off Amazon Echo When You Buy 2 Right Now - Deal Alert

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Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more--instantly. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word "Alexa" and Echo responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception), so it makes a lot of sense to pick up 2 right now with this discount. See the Amazon Echo on Amazon.


Goodbye Google Now, hello new feed that obsessively track your interests

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As Google's Shashi Thakur writes in a blog post, "Your feed will not only be based on your interactions with Google, but also factor in what's trending in your area and around the world. Feed for thought: Google is constantly seeking ways to keep us immersed in its world of search and information, and the personalized feed is a natural extension of that mission. No longer will you need to pick which cards you want to see inside the Google app. In turn, your feed will factor in your preferences and interactions as well as global news trends to deliver a personalized, pinpointed information stream.


How to use Alexa on HTC U11, no hands required

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Additionally, you can set Alexa to launch by using Edge Sense, so you only need to squeeze the phone to activate it. The U11's unique feature lets you launch apps and actions by physically squeezing the of your phone, and you can set up that shortcut in either the HTC Alexa app or the phone's Edge Sense settings. A settings menu lets you disable the trigger word, set up aforementioned Edge Sense, and switch accounts, but for most things you'll need to head over to the separate Amazon Alexa app, where you'll see "HTC Alexa" listed as one of your devices. And any skills you've enabled will be instantly incorporated into HTC Alexa as well, including your smart devices, flash briefing, recipes, games, and traffic reports.


Netgear Arlo Baby review: a better baby monitor

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Beneath the kid-friendly kit are the robust features we've seen in Netgear's Arlo Q indoor security camera: 1080p full HD video, night vision, sound and motion detection, two-way audio, 24/7 recording, and free cloud storage. Lastly, a pair of sensors monitor indoor temperature, humidity, and air quality levels and alert you when they're out of range, so you can maintain an optimum nursery environment. Along the top of the streaming window are Wi-Fi, battery, and sound and motion alert indicators; access a to timeline for use with CVR plans; and a counter displaying how many unwatched video clips are in your library. Under the window are the camera controls: buttons for pausing the stream, recording video on demand, taking a snapshot of the live feed and toggling the mic and speaker on and off.


Killing Cortana: How to disable Windows 10's info-hungry digital assistant

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When Windows 10 first released, turning off Cortana was as simple as flipping a switch in the digital assistant's settings, but Microsoft removed the option in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Once the Registry Editor is open, navigate to the following folder in the left-hand navigation pane: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Software Policies Microsoft Windows Windows Search. If it isn't there, right-click the Windows folder, select New Key, and name it Windows Search. With the Windows Search folder selected in the left-hand navigation pane, right-click in the main portion of the window and select New DWORD (32-bit) Value.


Google Photos: 5 awesome features you should be using

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If you need to select multiple photos--say, for batch deletion--the default way in most apps is to long-press then tap on additional items. However, you can select multiple items in Google Photos without a bunch of tedious tapping. A recent Photos addition that really shows off Google's machine learning is "Share your library," which you can access from the app's navigation slide-out menu. To archive photos, open them or select multiple images at once using the quick-select trick explained above.


33% off iRobot Roomba 652 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner - Prime Day Deal Alert

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This is a Prime Day deal good for today only, and reserved for Amazon Prime members (or those with a free trial: sign up here). The Roomba 652 Vacuuming Robot provides a thorough clean at the push of a button. Preset Roomba to clean when it's convenient for you, so you can keep up with everyday mess. This story, "33% off iRobot Roomba 652 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner - Prime Day Deal Alert" was originally published by TechConnect.


When your best Android apps come from Microsoft

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It'll walk you through the process of replacing the Google Assistant when you long-press the home button on your Android device. Microsoft has done everything it can to make its digital assistant readily available, granting Cortana access to the lock screen so you can start the conversation without unlocking your phone. In the Cortana Android app go to Settings Sync notifications to enable this feature. The Next Lock Screen not only looks nice, but gives you quick access to apps, contacts, and notifications.