USA TODAY Tech columnist Kim Komando has tips for organizing your online photos. Improved cameras on smartphones are flooding our digital accounts with snapshots. Using the most basic digital or smartphone camera, you can shoot thousands of photos, dump them onto a computer, and then shoot thousands more. In seconds, you can edit a photo series in ways that would take days to develop in the darkroom. But our images are usually stored on our various devices, often leaving duplicates to sort through.
"Of all the questions you could have asked…" That's how Microsoft Cortana, the digital assistant and female voice inside the new $199 Invoke voice-activated speaker from Harman Kardon, responded when I asked what she thought of Amazon Echo, the rival speaker it will inevitably draw comparisons to. It was Echo and its own chatty artificial intelligence-infused assistant Alexa, after all, that started what is rapidly becoming an increasingly crowded market for such intelligent cloud-connected speakers. The speakers let you use your voice to set alarms and timers, turn on lights, list appointments, deliver the news and play music. More: Google Home, Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod -- or all 3? How to choose a smart speaker Google's been expanding its lineup of Google Home speakers with the Google Assistant. Apple is readying a HomePod speaker with Siri for a December release.
The Sonos One wireless speaker, priced at $199, will be available Oct. 24. It will support multiple voice services, launching with Amazon Alexa, but will add Siri using AirPlay 2, and Google Assistant, in 2018. Sonos is upping the volume in the smart speaker race. Already well-known for its great sounding wireless home speakers, Sonos is bringing to market the first whole home speaker system with built-in voice control using Amazon's digital voice-commanded assistant Alexa. The new speaker, the $199 Sonos One, due out Tuesday, raises the bar for good-sounding smart speakers.
Jefferson Graham tests the Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone camera--is it the best one ever, as some have said? He compares to the Apple iPhone 8 Plus in a beach shootout on #Talking Tech. LOS ANGELES -- OK Google, we love the new Pixel XL 2 smartphone as a camera, but alas, for photos and videos, our hearts go to the Apple iPhone 8 Plus. With each new smartphone release, critics are quick to dub a new one as the best mobile camera out there. We said just that last year about the then-new Google Pixel, which won our 2017 shootout.
Google introduces seven new products for home and personal use at the Google pop-up shop in Manhattan Oct. 17, 2017. Ivy Ross, left, and Lily Lin of Google introduce the seven new products for home and personal use at the Google pop-up shop in New York City on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. The shop with be open to the public from Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, until Dec. 31, 2017. The tech giant rolled out new products ranging from home to personal use at the exclusive Made by Google pop-up store in Manhattan's Flatiron district Tuesday. "Technology is here to stay; it has to fit in our environment," said Ivy Ross, vice president of design and use experience for Google.
Drones are becoming more and more popular these days, but to many people committing to one still seems intimidating. Buy a low-quality drone and you're likely to have a poor experience. Buy a high-end drone and you may just be setting yourself up for expensive beginner mistakes. Luckily, a lot of drones have beginner-friendly features to help: automated flight modes that easily get YouTube-quality sweeping shots, obstacle avoidance sensors that stop you from flying into a wall, and prop guards that protect the propellers from breaking when you inevitably crash anyway. And I can tell you from first-hand experience: you'll want a drone that is forgiving of mistakes, because you're going to crash.
A Chinese start-up is hoping its four legged'robodog' can make quadruped robots as popular and affordable as smartphones and drones. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. A Chinese start-up is hoping its four legged'robodog' can make quadruped robots as popular and affordable as smartphones and drones.
If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. So you want a Roomba. But a good Roomba will run you upwards of $400, and maybe you're trying to stick to a budget right now or you're saving up for a bigger purchase than a robot vacuum. That doesn't mean you can't still enjoy this futuristic technology!
General Motors plans to test vehicles in fully autonomous mode in New York state in early 2018, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. General Motors plans to test vehicles in fully autonomous mode in New York state in early 2018, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.