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Huawei is looking to launch a 5G-enabled foldable phone

2 hours 43 min ago

Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei, has confirmed that the China-based company is working on a foldable smartphone that features 5G connectivity.

“We are working on foldable phones. Foldable 5G phones,” said Yu in a recent interview with Digital Trends.

This isn’t the first mention of Huawei building a foldable phone. Yu previously stated that his company is working on a foldable phone that aims to replace the traditional laptop. 

Currently, the company has plans to unveil and release the handset at some point in 2019. This is the first time, however, that Huawei has mentioned a foldable phone that also features 5G.

Previously, Huawei announced plans to debut its first 5G-enabled smartphone in Q3 of 2019. With that 5G handset, Huawei will also use its 5G modem technology. This foldable 5G-enabled phone might launch in Q3 next year, according to reports.

Back in February, the China-based company unveiled its commercial 5G modem, the Balong 5G01, alongside another 5G device capable of powering wireless-to-the-home internet service. This 5G device is currently in commercial trials with Telus in Canada. 

While many Chinese-manufactured smartphones don’t make their way to Canada, it seems likely Huawei will launch a foldable phone in the great white north.

Huawei has launched both its flagship P and Mate-series in Canada, and is currently working with both Telus and Bell to create 5G infrastructure in the country.

Source: Digital Trends 

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Categories: Science

LG G7 One now available in Canada

3 hours 12 min ago

The LG G7 One, a pared-down version of LG’s G7 ThinQ that ships with Android One, instead of the company’s UX skin, is now available to purchase in Canada.

All of Canada’s major carriers, including Rogers, Bell and Telus, as well as their respective flanker brands, Fido, Virgin and Koodo, are stocking the device.

At Rogers, the G7 One starts at $549 on a two-year plan with Smart tab. It then decreases to $399 outright on a Premium tab and $199 outright on a Premium+ tab. It’s also available for $0 on an Ultra tab. Otherwise, the carrier is selling the phone for $699 outright.

Additionally, Rogers is holding a promotion in which customers can get the phone $0 on select two-year Share Everything plans after eligible trade-in. This promotion is only available in-store.

At Rogers flanker brand Fido, the phone starts at $549 on a two-year Pulse plan with Small tab. The upfront cost of the phone then decreases to $449 on a Medium tab, $299 on a Large tab, $99 on an XL tab and then $0 on an XXL tab. Fido is also selling the G7 One for $799 off contract.

At Bell, meanwhile, the G7 One starts at $99 upfront on a two-year term with $70 per month tab. The phone is also available for $0 outright on a two-year Premium Smartphone Plus plan with $80 per month tab. Alternatively, Bell is selling the device for $899 outright.

At Bell flanker brand Virgin Mobile, the phone starts at $750 on a two-year Silver plan. The upfront cost then decreases to $500 on a two-year Gold plan, $100 on a two-year Platinum plan, and then is $0 on both a two-year Diamond plan and two-year Diamond Plus plan. Like Bell, Virgin is also selling the device for $899 off contract.

At Telus, the G7 One starts at $500 outright on a two-year Standard plan. The outright cost then decreases to $100 on a two-year Premium plan. It’s then $0 on a Premium+ plan. At Telus, the G7 One is $875 outright.

At Telus flanker brand Koodo, the G7 One starts at $620 on a two-year plan with Small tab. It then decreases to $500 on a Medium tab, $100 on a Large tab and $0 on an Extra Large tab. The G7 One is also available for $875.95 off contract.

The G7 One is also available at Quebec regional carrier Videotron. At Videotron, the G7 One starts at $249.95 on a two-year plan. It’s also available for $149.95 and $49.95 on other two-year options. Off contract, the device costs $839.95 at the Quebec regional telecom.

MobileSyrup went hands-on with the G7 One earlier this month. Expect a review in the coming weeks.

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Categories: Science

It looks like the new iPad Pro really will ditch Lightning for USB-C: rumour

3 hours 22 min ago

While rumours regarding Apple’s upcoming iPad Pro revision nixing the traditional Lightning port in favour of USB-C have been circulating for some time now, a new report from Japanese publication Mac Otakara once again backs up this claim.

According to information the publication gathered from accessory manufacturers at the Global Source Mobile Electronics Trade Fair in Hong Kong, there is significant “talk” at the show related to Apple making the jump from Lightning to USB-C with the new iPad Pro.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is typically reliable, stated back in September that he expects Apple’s 2018 iPad Pro models to utilize USB-C instead of Lightning. Further, Kuo said that the port will open up new functionality, including the ability to connect the iPad Pro to a 4K monitor, a first for Apple’s iPad line.

Mac Otakara goes on to state that manufacturers at the trade show cited a photo of the 2018 iPad Pro’s dimensions. The image indicates that the new iPad Pro is set to measure in at 7-inches wide (178.52mm) and 9.7-inches tall (247.64mm), with the larger model coming in at 8.5-inches wide and (215mm) and 11-inches tall (280.66mm).

The new iPad Pro models will also feature reduced bezels that are approximately 6mm across all sides of the device. It’s still unclear if the new iPad Pro will feature an in-display notch like the iPhone XS to accommodate the device’s Face ID module.

Apple is expected to reveal its 2018 iPad Pro along with a new MacBook Air at the company’s upcoming fall hardware event on October 30th.

Image credit: Mac Otakara

Source: Mac Otakara

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Categories: Science

$39 Apple Watch USB-C magnetic charging cable now available in Canada

4 hours 30 min ago

Alongside the iPhone XR, which Canadian consumers can pre-order starting today, Apple has launched a new Apple Watch magnetic charging cable.

The new cable features a USB-C connection, allowing owners of the company’s recent computers, including the MacBook Pro and MacBook, to charge their Watch without a USB-A to USB-C adapter.

According to the Apple online store, the cable will be available to purchase at the company’s physical retail locations as early as October 24th. Deliveries, likewise, will start arriving on October 24th.

Source: Apple Via: iPhone in Canada

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Categories: Science

Nintendo Switch eShop sale discounts Mega Man, Okami HD

5 hours 9 min ago

Nintendo’s latest eShop sale offers discounts on the Mega Man franchise, as well as Okami HD and a variety of indie games.

Below is a highlight of some of the most notable deals:

Mega Man X Legacy Collection — $22.49 (regular $29.99)
Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 — $22.49 (regular $29.99)
NBA 2K19 — $53.49 (regular $79.99)
Okami HD — $18.74 (regular $24.99)
Overcooked! 2 — $22.39 (regular $27.99)

The full list of sales can be found here. The deals are valid until October 24th.

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Categories: Science

Rogers added 124,000 net postpaid subscribers in Q3 2018

5 hours 56 min ago

It’s another quarter of growth for Toronto-based national telecom service provider Rogers Communications.

According to the company’s third quarter 2018 earnings report — released on October 19th, 2018 — Rogers increased its postpaid wireless subscriber base by 124,000 net additions.

The carrier now has approximately 10,810,000 total subscribers, comprised of 9,045,000 postpaid and 1,765,000 prepaid subscribers.

Between July 1st, 2018 and September 30th, 2018 Rogers reported a quarterly revenue of $3.77 billion CAD and a net income of $594 million. Wireless revenues accounted for $2.331 billion.

The company’s revenue increased by three percent compared to Q3 2017, while the carrier’s net income increased by 17 percent compared to Q3 2017.

In terms of postpaid churn, the carrier reported a figure of 1.09 percent. According to Rogers, that’s the best Q3 churn they’ve had in nine years.

The carrier’s average wireless billings per user (ABPU) during Q3 2018 was $66.20, while the carrier’s average revenue per user (ARPU) was $57.21.

Source: Rogers

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Categories: Science

iPhone XR pre-orders are now available in Canada

6 hours 48 min ago

Pre-orders for Apple’s new iPhone XR are now available on Apple’s Canada’s website, as well as through most Canadian carriers. The phone is set to be available to purchase in-store on October 26th.

Apple is positioning the XR as its entry-level iPhone. The device features a 6.1-inch 1792 x 828 Liquid Retina LCD display, and is available in six distinct colours: ‘White,’ ‘Coral,’ ‘Yellow,’ ‘Blue’ and ‘Black.’ Apple is also selling a Product Red version of the smartphone.

In terms of size, the phone features a larger display than the iPhone 8 Plus, though has a smaller overall footprint. Other specs include IP67 water and dust resistance, Apple’s A12 Bionic processor and Face ID.

The phone doesn’t feature 3D Touch like the iPhone XS and XS Max, but does include Haptic touch that feels similar to what powers Apple’s trackpad.

In terms of pricing, the 64GB iPhone XR is priced at $1,029, while the 128GB version comes in at $1,099 and the 256GB iteration is priced at $1,239.

Most Canadian carriers are launching the iPhone XR and below is a roundup of the 2-year contract pricing:

Rogers
64GB: Pricing starts at $99.99
128GB: Pricing starts at $169.99
256GB: Pricing starts at $299.99

Bell
64GB: Pricing starts at $99.99
128GB: Pricing starts at $169.99
256GB: Pricing starts at $299.99

Telus
64GB: Pricing starts at $100
128GB: Pricing starts at $170
256GB: Pricing starts at $300

Koodo Mobile:
64GB: Pricing starts at $100
128GB: Pricing starts at $175
256GB: Pricing starts at $315

SaskTel
64GB: Pricing starts at $229.99
128GB: Pricing starts at $299.99
256GB: Pricing starts at $429.99

Virgin Mobile
64GB: Pricing starts at $99.99
128GB: Pricing starts at $169.99
256GB: Pricing starts at $299.99

Fido
64GB: Pricing starts at $99
128GB: Pricing starts at $169
256GB: Pricing starts at $299

Freedom Mobile
64GB: Pricing starts at $0
128GB: Pricing starts at $0
256GB: Pricing starts at $0

Eastlink
64GB: Pricing starts at $0
128GB: Pricing starts at $0
256GB: Pricing starts at $0

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Categories: Science

Nvidia Shield TV adds a variety of new Google Assistant commands

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 21:13

Nvidia has published a blog post announcing the Shield TV’s new integration with Google’s Home line of smart speakers.

You can now control the Nvidia Shield through Google Home Voice commands.

All of the commands can be found below:

Basic Commands
“Turn on Shield”
“Turn off Shield”
“Open [name of app] on Shield”

Volume Control
“Set volume to 50 percent on Shield”
“Increase/decrease volume on Shield”
“Mute/unmute volume on Shield”

Playback Features
“Play [name of Netflix, HBO NOW, CBS, Viki, or Starz show] on Shield”
“Play [name of song] on [name of app] on Shield”
“Watch [name of channel] on YouTube TV on Shield”
“Play on YouTube on Shield”
“Pause on Shield”
“Play on Shield”

Photos and Smart Home
“Show me my pictures from Egypt on SHIELD”
“Show me my pictures from last weekend on SHIELD”
“Dim the lights”
“Set the temperature to 72 degrees”

What’s strange here is that some of these commands were already available. The photo albums feature, according to Android Police, and the ability to play YouTube content with your voice, are both older features. Netflix support came out on October 15th as well.

Nvidia says that the feature is rolling out this month, but those who want access to the functionality quicker can restart their Shield TV, resulting in the update showing up within a day. Additionally, Nvidia says the rollout is coming to all Sheild users, but we’ve reached out to the company just to make sure the feature is coming to Canadian users as well.

Source: Nvidia Via: Android Police

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Nest offering $40 off, free Google Home Mini with Hello Video Doorbell purchase

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 20:09

Google-owned smart home product maker Nest is currently offering $40 off and a free Google Home Mini with the purchase of a Hello Video Doorbell.

Until October 28th, the Hello Video Doorbell will be offered for $259.99 CAD. A Google Home Mini, meanwhile, regularly costs $79.99 on its own.

The promotion is valid on Nest’s website and at retailers like Best Buy, Home Depot and Costco.

The Hello Video Doorbell offers 24/7 streaming and continuous video recording in HD and HDR. The device also features connectivity with the included Google Home Mini.

Source: Nest, Via: Best Buy Canada

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Categories: Science

Sony’s Funimation to cut ties with Crunchyroll next month

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 19:04

Sony will end its cross-licensing deal with Crunchyroll to distribute anime exclusively on its own FunimationNow service, according to an internal Funimation memo.

In the document, Funimation president and CEO Gen Fukunaga told employees that Sony, which acquired the company in October 2017, is instead looking to invest more heavily into Funimation to make it “a global sub[titled] and dub anime brand.”

As a result, the streaming rights to a number of anime series will return to Funimation on November 9th and be available exclusively through FunimationNow afterwards. Other series will be shared between FunimationNow and Crunchyroll as part of previous co-licensing agreements. However, it’s currently unclear exactly which series will or will not remain on Crunchyroll

Fukunaga noted that the deal with Crunchyroll “ended amicably this month.”

FunimationNow is available in Canada for $5.99 USD (about $7.85) per month.

Via: Polygon

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Categories: Science

Samsung opens new artificial intelligence centre in Montreal

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 18:43

Samsung has announced that it is opening a new artificial intelligence (AI) in Montreal.

This is the South Korean tech giant’s second AI centre to be opened in Montreal, following the establishment of its first AI hub in the city in September 2017. Samsung also opened an AI centre in Toronto back in May.

According to Samsung, the new Montreal centre will “allow Samsung to expand its outpost for industry collaboration and talent recruitment” in Canada. The company says the centre will serve as a hub for the development of “core AI technologies that entail machine learning, language, vision and other multi-modal interactions.”

Samsung says it decided to double its efforts in Montreal due to the city being a source of “key AI talent,” housing 250 researchers and 9000 university students in related programs. Specifically, Samsung noted that there are leading researchers at the nearby McGill University and the University of Montreal who have longstanding relationships with the company. Additionally, Samsung says Greater Montreal provides an opportunity to better collaborate with regional start-ups and expand the current ecosystem.

“By leveraging the power of AI in Samsung’s products and services, we must focus on creating new values, never seen nor experienced before,” said Seunghwan Cho, executive vice president of Samsung Research, in a press statement. “To do this, seven Global AI Centres, including the Montreal AI Centre, will play a pivotal role.”

“Montreal is a vibrant and creative city with well-known academic institutions and some of the highest standards in quality of life allowing us to attract some of the best talents around the world,” added Montreal mayor Valerie Plante in the same press release.

“Samsung’s AI Centre reinforces Montreal’s unique position and reputation as a global leader in the field of artificial intelligence. Their work with faculties, students, and the broader academic community highlights the city’s international reach and the strengths of a business ecosystem that is firmly focused on collaboration, research and innovation.”

Samsung’s other North American AI centres are located in New York and Silicon Valley. The company also has global AI centres operating in Korea, Russia and the UK. Samsung is increasing its AI centre outreach as part of a larger goal to add AI functionality to all of its products and services by 2020. Earlier this year, the company also announced a $29 billion CAD investment in AI, 5G and automotive initiatives.

Source: Samsung

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Categories: Science

New Android app publishing format will mean smaller app sizes, faster downloads

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 17:41

Mountain View search giant Google has takens steps to make it easier for developers to pack more features into their apps, while simultaneously reducing app file sizes.

According to an October 18th, 2018 blog post written by Google Play product manager Dom Elliott, Google’s new ‘Android App Bundle’ file format allows developers to package together multiple app versions for different devices and different languages into a single comprehensive file.

Once the app has been processed by Google Play, Google’s app manager splits the app bundle into individual APK files meant for “every possible device configuration and language that [developers] support.”

“When a user installs the app, Play delivers the base split APK (all the code that’s common for every device), the language split APKs (for the languages the user speaks), and the device configuration split APKs (for the device’s screen size and the CPU architecture),” wrote Elliott, in the same October 18th blog post.

“This means the device gets just what it needs without wasted space.”

Once apps have been installed on user devices, Google Play will deliver additional files depending on necessity — for example, when a user changes their device language.

Since the Android App Bundle format is modular, developers can also add more features to their apps, without needing to worry about larger app sizes.

“Any app functionality can be contained in a dynamic feature module and delivered on demand,” wrote Elliott.

“This new model results in dramatically smaller apps that take less time to download and less space on a device.”

Additionally, the new App Bundle format should allow developers to push out updates at a faster pace thanks to the new ‘In-app Updates API.’

“When an update is detected, you can either notify the user with a prompt asking them to update immediately or show a prompt for a flexible update at a time and in a way of your choosing,” wrote Elliott.

According to research gathered by Google Play, larger app sizes often lead to fewer app installations.

“Developers who are using the Android App Bundle have APK sizes that are on average 35% smaller than releasing a ‘universal APK’ (an APK packed with everything needed to support all device configurations and languages that the Android App Bundle supports),” wrote Elliott.

The Android App Bundle should serve as a way for developers to spend more time building their apps, and less time worrying about finding ways to combat Android’s device fragmentation.

The Android App Bundle format is both open-source and backwards compatible.

Source: Google

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Categories: Science

YouTube redesigns the look of embedded videos that adds channel shortcuts

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 17:08

YouTube has quietly updated the look of embedded videos that offers a fresh design and easy to use shortcuts.

The update, first spotted by 9to5Googleadds a channel shortcut in the top left corner of the video. If a viewer hovers their mouse over the shortcut it’ll display the total number of subscribers, the channel’s full name, as well as a subscribe button and a button to turn on upload notifications.

On the right side, there are also ‘Watch later’ and ‘Share’ buttons, but those are not new. While this isn’t a big change to YouTube’s embedded content, videos do look better and this should help with channel growth as well.

Here is an iPhone XS Hands-on so you can easily spot the changes.

Source: 9to5Google

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Categories: Science

You can now order concert tickets with Eventbrite integration on YouTube

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:48

Video streaming service YouTube is one of the most common places to watch musical content, and now the service is doubling down on selling real-world concert tickets via a partnership with Eventbrite.

Eventbrite is a U.S.-based event management company that also sells tickets to concerts and other events. Now that it has partnered with YouTube, users can buy concert tickets right from a video.

Videos on artist’s official channels will start to include a ‘Tickets’ button. The new update is only available to U.S. residents, but YouTube’s blog post mentions that it plans to expand to North America, then the rest of the world afterward.

This feature launched on YouTube with a Ticketmaster partnership in September 2017 to offer the same service, and it seems that it isn’t in Canada yet either. MobileSyrup has reached out to Google to see if these features are coming to Canada.

This is an interesting move for YouTube. Spotify has been selling tickets on its platform since 2017, so this lets YouTube compete with it in that regard, but if it stays in the U.S. Spotify has a big advantage in Canada.

Source: YouTube

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Google Keep is the next app to get Google’s modern Material Design

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:36

Google has been rolling out visual updates to its apps and services since the company showcased its modern design when updating Gmail for the web back in April 2018.

Since then, most Android apps have received an update, and the web apps aren’t far behind. Google Keep is the search giant’s note-taking app, and it was in need of a facelift.

Android Police discovered the update in the 5.0.411 version APK file for Keep. Overall, the app functions the same as it did before, but visually it looks a lot more modern.

The old Android version of the Google Keep main screen on the left, and the modern version is on the right.

There’s a lot more whitespace in the redesign, the yellow from before has been desaturated and now signifies what page you’re on in the menu. Further, the whitespace makes coloured notes pop on the screen.

The notes now have rounded corners, and the apps icons are outlined to help it fit in with other updated apps. The side menu also got rid of the user’s profile information, so it looks quite a bit cleaner.

The old Android version of Google Keep’s side menu on the left, and the modern version is on the right.

The update is just skin deep, but it’s nice to see another app get graced with Google’s modern design.

To download the APK of the new Keep on Android check out APK Mirror, though as always, do this at your own riskIdeally, this update should roll out soon since the official Play Store version is at 5.0.391.

Source: Android Police

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WhatsApp to reportedly get ‘Vacation Mode’ for more reliable muting options

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:29

WhatsApp is working on a feature aimed at helping users unplug from the popular chat app.

According to WABetaInfo, the Facebook-owned messaging app is currently testing a ‘Vacation Mode’ that will keep chats muted even when archived. Currently, archived chats become unarchived once a new message is sent to them, even if they’ve been muted.

With Vacation Mode enabled, chats will remain archived when muted so users can get fewer alerts coming into their phones. As the name suggests, the feature seems to be intended for users who are in multiple work group chats, although it appears to be usable in two-person chats as well.

It’s currently unclear when the feature may be formally introduced, although WABetaInfo says it’s being tested for both Android and iOS.

Source: WABetaInfo Via: 9to5Google

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Lyft offering free rides to help Toronto residents get to the polls

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:20

Toronto is holding a municipal election on October 22nd, 2018 and ride-sharing app Lyft is offering Torontonians discounts and free trips to help them get out and vote.

If you order a Lyft on election day and use the code ‘VOTE1022,’ you can get a free ride to your voting station, as long as it costs under $10.

If the ride costs more than $10, the user will get a $10 discount on the total cost of their trip.

To enter the promo code open the menu and choose the ‘Promos’ section. Next, type in the code (VOTE1022).

To see what Lyft classifies as the Greater Toronto Area, check out the company’s map.

Lyft is available on iOS and Android

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Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL OTA files and Factory images are now available

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 15:39

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL first factory images are now available.

Google posted the factory images and OTA files for the devices today, which makes sense considering today is their U.S. release date.

The files available are Android 9 builds PD1A.180720.030 and PD1A.180720.031, the latter being specific to Verizon.

The build also features September’s security patch. It’s unclear if the company will launch an October security patch or skip this month and wait until November’s.

You can the find the factory images, here, and the OTA files here, though it’s unlikely you need either of them because the likelihood of you owning the Pixel 3 in Canada already is slim.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will become available in Canada on November 1st.

Source: Google Developer’s Blog, Via: Droid Life

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Sonos may add Roku’s upcoming voice assistant to its speakers

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 15:27

It appears that Sonos and Roku are in early discussions to allow their two products to work together.

CNET is reporting that the two device makers are considering placing ‘Roku Connect’ and ‘Roku Entertainment Assistant’ into Sonos’ product line.

Roku Connect is the platform that allows the company’s wireless speaker to link with its set-top boxes and TVs. The Roku Entertainment Assistant is the company’s upcoming voice assistant. So far, Connect is only available in the U.S. The assistant, meanwhile, isn’t out yet. MobileSyrup has reached out to a Roku representative to ask if the two features are coming to Canada.

If the two companies were to partner, it would allow users to request shows and movies via voice commands on a Sonos speaker and then watch them on a Roku-equipped TV, says CNET.

The website goes on to report that discussions between Sonos and Roku are still in their early stages. It’s possible they may break down.

It’s exciting to see two independent companies of this size partnering with each other. They have the potential to bring a useful feature to their hardware without having to create a massive locked-in ecosystem like Apple or Google.

Sonos already works with Amazon’s Alexa, and it’s planning on adding Google Assistant too. Not that Roku’s assistant is going to be on that level, but the mere simple ability to ask your speaker to turn on your tv and start watching Netflix is incredibly useful, and truthfully, cool.

Source: CNET

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Chrome 70 update features fingerprint authentication for websites and rounded search bar widget

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 15:14

Google is rolling out Chrome 70 for Android on the Play Store throughout the next few weeks. While Google says the update comes with stability performances, 9to5Google’s teardown reveals much more.

For privacy reasons, Chrome 70 will not include “the Android and iOS build number in the user-agent identification string visible to websites,” according to 9to5Google. Reportedly, the change helps prevent users from being targeted or fingerprinted by malicious sites or actors.

Additionally, Chrome 70 allows a website to access a handset’s fingerprint sensor to use as web authentication.

Chrome 70 will also add a Material Design search widget with a pill-shaped bar, replacing the square search bar.

Further, there is a “downloads” menu so users can easily see where the phone stores downloaded files. Lastly, users will be able to turn on an option that says “Ask where to save files.”

Source: 9to5Google

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