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Amazon wants Alexa to feel normal, Google wants its assistant to feel nostalgic

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The two that have struck me the most are from Google and Amazon, each taking a different tack to sell you on their respective intelligent assistants. Amazon got Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi leading off the joke about what life was like before Alexa, then people asking other people throughout history things they'd normally ask Alexa. I was with it until there was a joke about refusing to erase the Nixon tapes which maybe was a little too on the nose given this past year's voice-recording scandals. In any case, the motive is clear: make Alexa seem like an integral part of our lives now, like electricity or running water. But do that in a way that makes it seem lighthearted and fun, not oppressive.


Best smartphone 2019: iPhone, OnePlus, Samsung and Huawei compared and ranked

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Tue 17 Dec 2019 02.00 EST Last modified on Tue 17 Dec 2019 02.02 EST Need a new smartphone but don't know which one is the very best? Here's a guide comparing the current top-end smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus and others to help you pick the best handset for you. There has never been a better time to buy a new flagship smartphone with many quality handsets available at a wider range of prices than ever before. Whether your priority is two-day battery life, fantastic camera performance or a spectacular screen, there's plenty to choose from. This Guardian buyer's guide to top-end smartphones was last updated on 17 December 2019, and represents the best available models at the time. As new models are released and tested, this guide will be updated to help you choose the right flagship phone for you. Welcome to one of the Guardian's new buyer's guides.


Best smartphone 2019: iPhone, Samsung, Google and Huawei compared and ranked

The Guardian

Need a new smartphone but don't know which one is the very best? Here's a guide comparing the current top-end smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Huawei and others to help you pick the best handset for you. There has never been a better time to buy a new flagship smartphone with many quality handsets available at a wider range of prices than ever before. Whether your priority is two-day battery life, fantastic camera performance or a spectacular screen, there's plenty to choose from. This Guardian buyer's guide to top-end smartphones was last updated on 6 March, and represents the best available models at the time.


These are the 5 best Amazon deals you can get right now

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Save on things for your home and more. 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. We all want a good deal right? Some of us will casually browse the sale sections while others will intensely hunt for coupons.


These are the 5 best deals you can get on Amazon right now

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Save on the things you actually need. 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. Shopping online can be tricky. Sometimes you order something that you think is great, but when it shows up on your doorstep it's the wrong size or just a piece of crap.


If You Have This Tech Gadget, You'll Love This Other Thing

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Add a Stephen King book to your cart? This season, we thought we'd replicate the "You Might Also Like" algorithm feature with a human touch. We've covered kitchen gifts, and now, we're doing tech gadgets. Amazon Smart Plug ($25) A smart plug admittedly sounds like a boring gift, but for a person who already owns and loves their Amazon Echo, this Amazon model is a great addition. It has a simple Wi-Fi set-up and will seamlessly integrate into their system, using either their hub or the Alexa app.


Wireless charging hotspots lets drones fly forever through in-air recharges

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A Portland, Oregon-based company named Global Energy Transmission (GET) is developing a network of wireless charging hotspots for drones. With only six minutes hovering over a grid for a full charge, an electric industrial class drone can repeat the cycle of charging and flying until its battery is drained without ever having to land or connect to a cable using this technology. GET's long-term vision includes a cell-tower like infrastructure comprising numerous charging stations, enabling indefinite flying time for drones in the network. If successful, this technology could reinvent the commercial drone industry, providing 24/7 solutions in dedicated areas for things like deliveries, monitoring, and security. Per GET's website, the drone built for the charging network technology weighs about 18 lbs without the battery, can carry about 15 lbs, and can fly for 28 minutes weighing 30 lbs at takeoff.


The 20 most popular things everyone bought this year

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We helped lots of people make decisions about what to buy this year. Find out what the 5 most popular items of 2018 were! 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. Here at Reviewed, we take a lot of pride in finding, testing, and recommending only the best products to our readers, so it's fun to look back at the end of the year and see which ones really stuck out for you.


Our top five new smartphones

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Huawei's latest phone is something rather special. The Mate 20 Pro packs more cutting-edge technology into it than any other, but unlike most bleeding-edge devices it makes for a great experience. It looks like an iPhone XS mated with a Samsung Galaxy Note 9, with a huge curved 6.39in OLED display and big notch in the top. The screen is great and hides a good pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint scanner. The curved sides and narrow width makes the massive screen manageable.


iPhone XR review: Apple's big-bezelled battery king

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The iPhone XR looks to offer most of what made the iPhone XS a knockout for £250 less – but with a colourful body and a slightly larger screen is this the iPhone to buy? With the iPhone XS and XS Max starting at £999 and £1,099 respectively, Apple has room to shoehorn a slightly lower cost, but still expensive, model in underneath. The iPhone XR is that model, but with a slightly larger screen than the 5.8in iPhone XS that's also a little smaller than the 6.5in iPhone XS Max, it offers something subtly different too. The 6.1in LCD is colourful and relatively crisp with excellent viewing angles, but just not quite as brilliant as the OLED displays on the top iPhones or rivals of a similar price. The bezels are also noticeably larger than the other iPhones, making it look a little like an iPhone XS permanently in a case.