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9 Smart Things You Can Do With an Old iPhone

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You can keep your old iPhone mounted in the kitchen, either on a wall or propped up on a shelf, and use the iPhone's "Hey Siri" feature to summon Apple's voice-enabled helper hands-free. To make sure "Hey Siri" is turned on, open the iPhone's Settings menu, tap Siri, and select Allow "Hey Siri." To do so, open the iPhone's Settings menu, tap the General button, select Restrictions and tweak away. Major carriers in the U.S. including Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T support Wi-Fi calling, which can be enabled by launching your iPhone's Settings menu, tapping the Phone option, and turning it on.


The iOS 11 Features We're Most Excited About

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Altogether the changes should help Siri catch up to Google's virtual assistant, which has long outshone Apple's. That's because Apple's new iPhone and iPad software will support apps built on Apple's new augmented reality platform, called ARKit. It should give the iPad a much-needed productivity boost when compared to Microsoft's Surface tablets, which have long been capable of running full desktop Windows apps. Come this fall, iPhone and iPad owners will be able use it to send money through iMessage.


Review: Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 Is a Superb Smartphone That Feels Too Familiar

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The good: Beautiful screen, long battery life, helpful iris scanner for unlocking the phone, better multitasking The bad: Live Focus camera isn't as good as Apple's Portrait Mode, facial recognition is unreliable, not significantly different than Galaxy S8 and S8 though more expensive Who should buy: Android fans that really care about having a stylus and two cameras should opt for the Note 8, but the Galaxy S8 offers similar features at a lower price. With its massive edge-to-edge screen, facial recognition system and dual camera, Samsung's $929 Galaxy Note 8 -- out September 15 and the first new Note since last year's ill-fated Note 7 -- is a shot across Apple's bow as anticipation soars for Cupertino's 10th anniversary iPhone. The Note 8 offers four: facial recognition, iris scanning, fingerprint detection, or typing in a password. Samsung makes use of the Note's new double camera by adding a Live Focus shooting mode, which is essentially the company's answer to Apple's Portrait Mode.


iPhone 8 Release Date: Everything We Know So Far

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Apple's next big iPhone, possibly called the iPhone 8 or iPhone X, is expected to be announced at the company's big event on September 12. Here's everything we know about the iPhone 8's release timeframe so far: If Apple announces the iPhone 8 on Tuesday, September 12, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, the new phone could be available to preorder as early as Friday, September 15. As noted, last year's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were announced on September 7, with preorders following on September 9. With all the new features expected in Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone, including an edge-to-edge screen (which may forego a Home button entirely) and face recognition technology, it's probably no surprise that both the New York Times and Fast Company are reporting the iPhone 8 could cost in the vicinity of $1,000.


Startups Are Laser-Focused on Helping Self-Driving Cars See

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"It's easy to make an autonomous vehicle that works 99% of the time," Russell says later. His company plans to start shipping an "auto-grade" sensor that costs less than $1,000 in 2018, he says, assuming it checks the boxes in a battery of tests. Oryx Vision, an Israeli startup that is building a test unit for cars, hopes to eventually sell lidar sensors to vehicle manufacturers for about $100. Tesla's Elon Musk has argued that advanced radar could do the same job as lidar, and other startups are working on super-powered cameras to help cars see more clearly.


Google May Be Working on Smart Headphones to Rival Apple's AirPods

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The search giant may be working on smart headphones that work with the Google Assistant, according to a new report from 9to5Google. The tech news blog discovered code within an app uploaded to the Google Play Store that seemingly refers to headphones that can run Google's virtual helper. Other phrases found within the code suggest that Google's hardware partners would design and build the headphones, while Google would handle the software and backend. Tech giants like Apple, Samsung, and Motorola and as well as audio-focused companies like Bragi and Doppler Labs have all offered smart headphones that offer different levels of intelligence.


Help! My Son Confuses Me With Amazon's Alexa

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The reasons why aren't mysterious: Modern homes aren't wired for voice assistant technologies, and voice assistants aren't smart enough to govern modern homes. With an embedded microphone, speaker and wireless connectivity, the Smart Switch will place Amazon's voice assistant technology in any room, without the need for wall plugs or smart speakers. When I ask Alexa to turn on the kitchen lights, for instance, Amazon's voice assistant sometimes replies "A few things share that name, which one did you want?" Meanwhile in 2017, Siri can unlock my door, but Alexa can't, and Amazon's voice assistant will water my lawn, while Apple's won't.


Cable Television Needs You More Than You Need Cable Television

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Along those lines, gadgets like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Google Chromecast are continually being improved to make grabbing everything from Saturday morning cartoons to a Friday night flick easier. As popular as streaming boxes have become, it may be slick new screens like the recently released Element Amazon Fire TV Edition Smart TV that have the best chance of making us kiss our coaxial cables goodbye. Incorporating Amazon's popular Alexa voice assistant technology, the 4K TV, which starts at $450, can do everything an Amazon Echo smart speaker can, and more--like changing the channel or playing your favorite movie using only your voice. Of course boxes like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku Ultra also have voice control, but the Element lets you simply give a voice command to switch to programming picked up by a digital antenna, a low-cost piece of hardware that lets thrifty TV fans watch local stations, free of charge.


5 Easy Tech Tricks to Make You More Productive

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Add up the dozens of tabs crowding your web browser, the splayed photos from last month's vacation and the overflowing email inbox you're catching up on, and there's never enough screen space. We've all been there: you glance down at your phone to see a dinner invitation from a friend or an email from a colleague, mentally commit to respond later, then forget to. Apple's voice assistant Siri can help. Try a free app like Evernote Scannable or Adobe Scan to scan documents, receipts, business cards, forms and more by using your smartphone's camera.


This Is Microsoft's Gorgeous New Nest Competitor

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Following a demonstration of how its Cortana virtual assistant would work in cars and living rooms last May, the company just revealed it's working on a smart thermostat called GLAS. Contrasted with rivals like the Nest Learning Thermostat and Honeywell Lyric, both of which have round shapes that resemble more traditional thermostats, GLAS appears to be a sleek, transparent touchscreen mounted on a wall. The screen can also be used to summarize energy savings, display a calendar and outline air quality. The news also comes as an increasing number of home devices are adding support for Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant.