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Amazon's newest Fire HD 8 tablet offers always-on Alexa

Amazon has offered truly hands-free Alexa on the Fire HD 10 tablet, but not its 8-inch counterpart — you've had to wake it up first, which isn't much use when you're across the room. The company is taking care of that omission today with an updated… Source: Engadget | Amazon's newest Fire HD 8 tablet …

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Skagen revamps its slick-looking Falster smartwatch

Skagen's Falster has been one of the darlings among Wear OS smartwatches thanks to its posh yet minimalist look, but it was hard to recommend to everyone when there were no standout features besides the design. The Fossil-owned brand is fixing that t… Source: Engadget | Skagen revamps its slick-looking Falster smartwatch

Reason Compact puts a free music synthesizer on your phone

While Propellerhead's Reason is a staple editing tool among many musicians, you've never really had access to it on the phone — just narrowly-focused apps. The company is giving you something a little more powerful this time around, though. It's l… Source: Engadget | Reason Compact puts a free music synthesizer on your phone

Chat with Bixby to buy tickets from Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster has partnered with Samsung's Bixby, allowing users in North America to find and purchase event tickets through the virtual assistant. The feature is powered by Ticketmaster's API and Galaxy Note 9 users can now ask Bixby to find events b… Source: Engadget | Chat with Bixby to buy tickets from Ticketmaster

LG's first Android One phone is a stripped-back G7

LG is embracing Google's Android One program … just not in the way you might have expected. It's launching the G7 One, a device that melds the G7 ThinQ's core design with Android One's streamlined app loadout and focus on timely security updates. D… Source: Engadget | LG's first Android One phone is a stripped-back …

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Gmail's merciful 'undo send' feature comes to Android

Gmail's desktop 'undo send' feature is a godsend for the mashy-handed, letting you recall an email for a short time after you've sent it out into the internet ether. Now — finally — it's available on Android with the latest Gmail update (version 8…. Source: Engadget | Gmail's merciful 'undo send' feature comes to Android

Google redesigns Fit to get you moving

Sitting kills. Specifically, a sedentary lifestyle can kill you. Google and the American Heart Association want to save your life, or at least, encourage you to be more active. The tech giant is giving the Google Fit app its most serious overhaul sin… Source: Engadget | Google redesigns Fit to get you moving

Costco now accepts Apple Pay across the US

Next time you drop by Costco for some groceries or a (non-Polish) hotdog, you'll be able to check out using your iPhone or your Apple Watch. The membership-only wholesale retailer is done installing contactless payment terminals in the US, and in a s… Source: Engadget | Costco now accepts Apple Pay across the US

Gmail's 'Confidential Mode' arrives on mobile devices

Google's big Gmail redesign was revealed this past April (with G Suite customers getting the first look). It became default for everyone starting in July. One of the key features, Confidential Mode, is now available for mobile devices, though not eve… Source: Engadget | Gmail's 'Confidential Mode' arrives on mobile devices

Snapchat update leaked some of its iOS app's source code

Snap's user losses aren't the only things the company has had to worry about as of late. A spokesperson has confirmed to Motherboard that a May update for the Snapchat iOS app exposed a "small amount" of its source code, and that someone posted that… Source: Engadget | Snapchat update leaked some of its iOS …

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Your smartphone is a 'security blanket' for your social life

Do you instinctively reach for your smartphone whenever you're in an awkward chat with unfamiliar people, or just feel like you're the odd one out? There's likely a good reason for it. Researchers have published a study indicating that people treat… Source: Engadget | Your smartphone is a 'security blanket' for your social life

North Carolina elementary teachers will get iPads to bolster reading

Apple's renewed push for iPads in schools appears to be paying dividends. North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson has unfurled plans to give the state's K-3 teachers iPads to help improve and track student reading. Educators… Source: Engadget | North Carolina elementary teachers will get iPads to bolster reading

The rise, fall and return of the smartphone megapixel race

Sony recently unveiled a smartphone camera sensor with the highest resolution yet, a jaw-dropping 48 megapixels. That's more than the resolution of its $3,000, 42.4-megapixel A7R III mirrorless camera, which has a sensor eight times larger. It sounds… Source: Engadget | The rise, fall and return of the smartphone megapixel race