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Pretty Soon a Smart Assistant Won't Be a Choice Pretty Soon a Smart Assistant Won't Be a Choice

This winter I bought three Google Home Minis—two for me, and one for my lovely parents.

Google Is Taking the Android Out of Android Pay Google Is Taking the Android Out of Android Pay

If you use Google’s products, there’s a good chance the company already has a copy your credit card details stored somewhere—in your Chrome browser’s autofill settings, gathering dust in a Google Wallet, or inside Android Pay. But soon, “over the coming weeks,” Google says it will merge the various ways it gobbles up…

Intel Says CEO Dumping Tons of Stock Last Year 'Unrelated' to Big Security Exploit Intel Says CEO Dumping Tons of Stock Last Year 'Unrelated' to Big Security Exploit

Late last year, the CEO of Intel sold millions of dollars in company stock, as CEOs often do. The sale appears to have occurred while developers were reportedly rushing to fix a major security flaw affecting Intel processors made in the last decade.

Uber’s Unreal $70 Billion Valuation Really Was Unreal Uber’s Unreal $70 Billion Valuation Really Was Unreal

Today Uber, the biggest ride-sharing company in much of the world, got its hands on even more money by selling up to 20 percent of itself to Softbank and other investors in exchange for a giant sack of cash. But those investment dollars come with a catch. In order to raise more money, Uber sold a chunk of itself at a…

Apple Wants to Patent a Voice Assistant That Knows When to Whisper Back Apple Wants to Patent a Voice Assistant That Knows When to Whisper Back

Sometimes it feels like we’re inching closer to a future like the movie Her, where humans spend their time wandering around, constantly chatting to their own personal AI assistants. Today, services like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant are getting better at responding to some types of requests, but because they can…

10 Hyped Tech Companies, From Most Screwed to Least Screwed 10 Hyped Tech Companies, From Most Screwed to Least Screwed

As 2017 comes to a close, it’s as good a time as any to reflect on how the year went for some of the most attention-grabbing tech companies, ordered here conveniently from most screwed to least screwed.

Tile Is the Worst Tech Stocking Stuffer Tile Is the Worst Tech Stocking Stuffer

I lose things. Lots and lots of things—my keys (in the couch), my jackets (inside taxis). Once I left my MacBook behind in a Subway restaurant during the Occupy Wall Street protests. I was lucky; the next morning I found it sitting there untouched underneath a chair as the staff served breakfast. I’ll admit it: When…

The New Animal Crossing Stinks The New Animal Crossing Stinks

Moderately motion sick and stuck on a Connecticut-bound bus this Thanksgiving Eve, I downloaded the pick-me-up I was certain my brain required: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. And crossed the animals did, over a shaky cellular connection and onto my iPhone as the bus lurched into stop-and-go traffic uptown.

Here Is Snapchat's ‘Disruptive’ New Redesign Here Is Snapchat's ‘Disruptive’ New Redesign

Snapchat, the photo-sharing app the olds can’t seem to figure out, is getting a facelift this week in a do-or-die attempt to win over new users. Snap, the social app’s parent company, said this redesign was coming earlier this month. And today we get see their vision of an “easier to use” Snapchat.

Can We Talk About Kickstarter's New Squishy, Podgy Blob? Can We Talk About Kickstarter's New Squishy, Podgy Blob?

Kickstarter revealed the Amorphous Blob responsible for eating its old logo eight days ago. Eight! And hardly anybody has noticed.

All the Garbage I Had to Sit Through Before I Watched Coco All the Garbage I Had to Sit Through Before I Watched Coco

When a new Pixar film arrives, it’s usually accompanied by a charming animated short. I loved these shorts growing up—sometimes they’re even better than the feature they precede. That’s why it was so hard to watch as Disney scrapped the tradition and instead spat out a never-ending ad for Frozen merchandise last night…

How to Use the Magic Mouse as Apple (Presumably) Intended How to Use the Magic Mouse as Apple (Presumably) Intended

For many years, I’ve found it pretty easy to just ignore the Magic Mouse—whose sleek design is strangely missing a few parts that Apple, an ergonomically-minded company, must’ve meant to include to support a user’s palm, thumb, and pinky finger. But now that I’m working at a real desk inside a real office at a company…

Wet, Warm, Glorious: I Tried The Atomizing Shower That Wooed Tim Cook

Instead of a normal shower, imagine standing up every morning inside of a storm cloud: The shower curtain bucking and bellowing in the wind; the air, hot and humid as a heavy mist envelopes you, washing away soapy suds. That’s what it’s like to use a Nebia, the shower system that’s won over the biggest names in tech…

Snapchat Is Redesigning Its App Because It Knows It's Too Hard to Use Snapchat Is Redesigning Its App Because It Knows It's Too Hard to Use

To make Snapchat more usable for olds, Snap is planning a “disruptive” redesign that could piss off the young.

Snap Lost a Buttload of Money on Spectacles Snap Lost a Buttload of Money on Spectacles

“Excess” Spectacles have cost Snapchat’s parent company Snap $39.9 million in the last three months. This news is not a great look for Snap, which reportedly had “hundreds of thousands” of pairs of the Spectacles camera sunglasses piling up in warehouses as of last month. We knew about the inventory; now we’re…

iPhone X Thieves Reportedly Rob $370,000 Worth of Phones From UPS Truck Before Launch Day iPhone X Thieves Reportedly Rob $370,000 Worth of Phones From UPS Truck Before Launch Day

Tomorrow Apple will lift the veil off its long-awaited, very expensive new iPhone. But earlier today, three reportedly “husky” dudes made off with as many as 313 iPhone X devices. The phones were apparently sitting inside a UPS truck outside of a San Francisco Apple store when they were stolen earlier this afternoon.

Tim Cook Says If You Can Afford Nice Coffee You Can Buy a $1,000 Phone Tim Cook Says If You Can Afford Nice Coffee You Can Buy a $1,000 Phone

The iPhone X costs more than any phone Apple has ever sold, starting at $1,000 a pop. But Apple expects people will buy truckloads of them anyways, according to the company’s earnings release today, and CEO Tim Cook seems to believe you can afford one, too, because if you break a monthly payment plan down, it’s “less…

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