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Google Assistant gets native controls for a bunch of new devices     – CNET
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Look for security systems, showers, microwaves, garages and more to work more naturally with your Google Home.

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A.I.-powered booking service Google Duplex rolls out to iOS & Android 5.0+ devices
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Google confirmed its Google Assistant feature for booking restaurant reservations via the phone, powered by Duplex’s A.I. technology, has begun to roll out to more Android and iOS devices across the U.S. in English. The expansion sets the stage for potential mainstream adoption – especially as it goes cross-platform for the first time. During its […]

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Epix Now begins streaming to Roku, Amazon Fire TV devices     – CNET
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The video-on-demand service launched in February, but only on Apple and Android devices.

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EU's Plan To Ban Sale of User-Moddable RF Devices Draws Widespread Condemnation
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Reader simpz writes: The Register is reporting that the EU is looking to block users from tinkering the firmware/software of their RF devices. This seems to have been very under reported, with a fairly short consultation period that has now expired. It could force manufacturers to lock down phones and routers etc to stop you […]

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Shodan Safari, where hackers heckle the worst devices put on the internet
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If you leave something on the internet long enough, someone will hack it. The reality is that many device manufacturers make it far too easy by using default passwords that are widely documented, allowing anyone to log in as “admin” and snoop around. Often, there’s no password at all. Enter “Shodan Safari,” a popular part-game, […]

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Cyber Monday 2018 smart home deals: Apple HomePod, Google and Echo devices starting at $24, Nest, Philips Hue and more Black Friday discounts     – CNET
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We’re tracking the best smart home bargains from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Fry’s, Target and more, updating frequently.

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Italian consumer watchdog hands down €15M in fines to Apple and Samsung for slowing devices
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Italy’s Autorità garante della concorrenza e del mercato, roughly equivalent to this America’s FTC, has fined Apple and Samsung a total of $15 million for the companies’ practice of forcing updates on consumers that may slow or break their devices. The amount may be a drop in the bucket, but it’s a signal that governments […]

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Amazon's Alexa assistant is now in 20K devices     – CNET
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Alexa’s expansion is way up from the 4,000 devices that had it in January.

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Dealmaster: A bunch of Amazon devices are back on sale this week
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Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today’s list is headlined by a suite of deals on Amazon devices, including Echo smart speakers, Fire TV streamers, and Fire tablets. Amazon posts these discounts periodically throughout the year, and while most aren’t as deep as the deals that […]

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