Enlarge (credit: Evleaks) Amazon will reportedly launch a new version of its Echo speaker that features a seven-inch touchscreen and the ability to make Internet-based telephone calls. The new device, dubbed the Amazon Echo Show, will be powered by Amazon’s AI assistant Alexa, and—in addition to making phone calls and video calls—will also allow display […]

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Enlarge (credit: Mozilla) The Thunderbird e-mail client still has its supporters, but for the past couple of years, Mozilla has been making moves to distance itself from the project. In late 2015, Mozilla announced that it would be looking for a new home for Thunderbird, calling its continued maintenance “a tax” on Firefox development. Yesterday, Mozilla […]

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Since time immemorial, the Android ecosystem has made quickly updating an operating system across devices seem like an impossible task. Google releases a new version of Android, and while Nexus and Pixel devices get updated, other Android OEMs mostly shrug their shoulders and go about their business. If users are lucky, they might get an OS […]

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Enlarge / The Surface Pro 4 with its kickstand out. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) “There’s no such thing as a [Surface] Pro 5,” said Panos Panay, corporate vice president for Surface at Microsoft, told CNET last week. Microsoft won’t update the Surface Pro 4 until it can make a change that’s “meaningful,” with Panay looking for […]

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Next week, most of the tech press will be focused on Google I/O 2017, Google’s big developer conference. But Samsung just happens to be holding its own competing conference at the same time: the Tizen Developer Conference 2017. Here, developers will (supposedly) gather to talk about the latest Tizen OS improvements and development practices. To […]

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Opera is Reborn! No, literally, the new version of Opera is called Reborn. The Norwegian browser maker, which was acquired by a Chinese tech company in 2016, has decided that Opera Reborn should focus on an intriguing new feature: the ability to pin Facebook, WhatsApp, and Telegram messaging apps to the left side of the browser. […]

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Enlarge Where there’s a media platform popular with consumers, advertisers are never far behind. Case in point, Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa, which has made its way into everything from smartphones to fridges since launching inside a wireless speaker back in 2014. VoiceLabs, a chunderifically self-described “Voice Experience Analytics” company, is hoping to cash-in on Amazon’s […]

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Enlarge / Not every Windows user will want this. (credit: Vitor Mikaelson) Windows 10 S is going to piss a lot of people off. In fact, it’s already started to piss some of them off, and they’ve been annoyed by it since the first leaks about the operating system came out. The arguments are well […]

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Enlarge / The Samsung Galaxy S8+. (credit: Ron Amadeo) In the US, Samsung is all-in on the carrier-driven purchasing model. When the Galaxy S8 launched last month, it was only available locked to a US carrier. Today, US customers are finally able to plunk down some cash for the unlocked US version at Bestbuy.com or […]

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