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iPhone X Shipping Estimates Improve to 1 to 2 Weeks in United States and Canada

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Activity Trackers Don’t Always Work the Way We Want Them To

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Do Google's Pixel buds deliver on instant translation promise?

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Cops ticket driver with iPhone, tablet lashed to the wheel

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What would it take for you to hug a robot?

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Even a tech reviewer struggles with upgrading a MacBook Pro

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Vietnamese researcher shows iPhone X face ID 'hack'

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Augmented reality allows shoppers to see how furniture will look in their homes
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Williams-Sonoma, Inc. recently announced its acquiring a San Jose-based start-up to expand its high-tech shopping experience. Furniture shopping has entered a new chapter with what's called "augmented reality," as seen in a Pottery Barn promotional video. San Francisco-based Williams-Sonoma, Inc. which owns companies including Pottery Barn and West Elm, last Thursday announced it's acquiring Outward, Inc. The San Jose-based augmented reality company is being acquired for $112 million   Read More ...
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Google stops secretly tracking cellular location info
Google is ending a practice in which certain Android cellphone location information was captured, following an online investigation that raised questions about how the information might impact your privacy. The report, posted in Quartz, states that software on Android phones gathers location data and sends it back to Google, even if you've actively turned off location settings on your phone, haven't used any apps, or even if you haven't inserted a SIM card from your carrier   Read More ...
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How to figure out which Amazon Echo you should buy
Amazon sells several different models of the Amazon Echo, and choosing the right one for you or a loved one this holiday season might be a bit hard to figure out. Here's a quick rundown of each Echo and what they do. The Echo Dot is the most affordable of the Echo family and is the best bet for folks who aren't sure if they want to spend more   Read More ...
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Microsoft's Black Friday deals include huge savings on Xbox One S, Surface Pro, laptops and more
Microsoft is discounting the Xbox One S, laptops and more for Black Friday. The savings are pretty considerable compared with regular prices, so we wanted to call out a few that our readers might be most interested in. Some of these deals are already live, while others are available beginning on Thanksgiving. The savings on Microsoft's website also extend to individual games, smartphones, headphones, the Fitbit Charge 2 and more, so check it out for additional deals   Read More ...
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Review: Google Pixel Buds falls short of promise
The launch of another pair of wireless headphones isn't that exciting. But when Google announced its new Pixel Buds in October, touting the ability to translate a conversation between different languages in near real time, it promised something unique. With over 7,000 languages spoken around the world, the ease of wiping away language barriers with technology has obvious allure. Travelers could visit any country and instantly talk to locals   Read More ...
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iPhone X Shipping Estimates Improve to 1 to 2 Weeks in United States and Canada
Shipping estimates for the iPhone X have improved to 1 to 2 weeks in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, suggesting Apple's efforts to ramp up production have successfully resulted in greater supply. The 1 to 2 week shipping estimates are an improvement over the previous 2 to 3 week shipping estimates that have been available since November 15   Read More ...
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I want a new iPhone but can't pay $1,000. Which one should I buy?
LOS ANGELES — So you’re ready to upgrade to a new iPhone, and just can’t see spending $1,000 for the latest model. You’re in great shape. Apple has more models available for sale this year than in year’s past, with prices starting at $349. Some models are larger, snappier and are water-resistant. The most recent phones have increasingly more powerful and versatile cameras, and wireless charging   Read More ...
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Your Android Phone Tells Google Where You Are, Even If You Tell It Not To — Tracking Users Since Start Of 2017
Users of smartphones with the Google Android operating system are being tracked by Google at all times — even when the “location services” option is switched off, according to new investigative report by Quartz Media published online on Tuesday. The Quartz investigation found that Android phones have been keeping track of their users’ locations at least since early 2017. Google — which is now a subsidiary of the recently created parent company Alphabet — has been gathering location information on owners of phones that use its Android operating system to an extent that goes “far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy,” the Quartz report revealed   Read More ...
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Android phones still track you when location services are off
Google has been collecting the location of Android phones even when location services are turned off, a Quartz investigation has revealed. Quartz observed Android phones collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers and sending them back to Google. The details were collected even when location services were turned off on the phones, no mobile applications had been installed and there was no SIM card in the phone   Read More ...
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Me and my VR robotic shadow: Toyota’s T-HR3 copies our movements, can even dab
Toyota has developed a new, third-generation humanoid robot called the T-HR3 that pairs with a virtual reality operating platform a human can use to have the robot mirror one's movements. The company says the T-HR3 can help with tasks such as in-home care, at medical facilities, on construction sites, in disaster areas, and even in outer space. The robot's human overlord, if you will, controls it via a Master Maneuvering System   Read More ...
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Google collects data on Android users' locations when location services are turned off, report says
A new report shows that Google has been accessing data about Android users' locations, even when the user believes that the data is being kept private. According to a report from Quartz, Google has been able to access users' data about their locations due to Android phones collecting addresses of cell towers. That data is then sent back to Google, which may be an invasion of privacy, the report says   Read More ...
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These Black Friday Apple Watch Deals Are Worth Checking Out, Including A Deal On The Apple Watch Series 3
If an Apple Watch is on your holiday shopping list, Black Friday may be the best time to snag a deal on Apple’s popular smartwatch. Although some retailers might discount the wearable tech gadget on Cyber Monday, the Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday deals featured below are worth checking out. The newest model of the watch, the Apple Watch Series 3, was introduced in September, but the previous models are still on the market, and they’re a bargain if you’re not concerned with having the latest model   Read More ...
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Phones for urns: Hong Kong turns to virtual reality to honor ancestors
HONG KONG (Reuters) - A lack of space for cemeteries in crowded Hong Kong clashes with the age-old Chinese tradition of reverence for one’s ancestors. But one entrepreneur uses virtual reality software to reconcile the two, allowing people to honor Confucian traditions of filial obligation in the territory where it can cost up to $130,000 to store the ashes of loved ones   Read More ...
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Activity Trackers Don’t Always Work the Way We Want Them To
Comparatively speaking, young people in the United States and England do not move much. Studies indicate that most children reach their activity peak at about age 7 and become more sedentary throughout adolescence. Many parents probably hope that shiny new technologies, such as Fitbits and other physical-activity monitors, might inspire our children to become more active. But a recent study published in The American Journal of Health Education finds that the gadgets frequently have counterproductive impacts on young people’s attitudes about exercise and the capabilities of their own bodies   Read More ...
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Do Google's Pixel buds deliver on instant translation promise?
The launch of another pair of wireless headphones isn't that exciting. But when Google announced its new Pixel Buds in October, touting the ability to translate a conversation between different languages in near real time, it promised something unique. With over 7,000 languages spoken around the world, the ease of wiping away language barriers with technology has obvious allure. Travelers could visit any country and instantly talk to locals   Read More ...
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Can I bring my laptop on my flight? And other tips for traveling with tech
Here are the restrictions you may face at airports and on planes when traveling with laptops, tablets and phones. Marc Saltzman, Special for USA TODAY. With all the recent news tied to travel bans and on-again-off-again laptop restrictions, you might be confused about what’s allowed and what’s not. Considering a busy Thanksgiving season is upon us, where you may be jet-setting around the country, here’s what you need to know   Read More ...
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Apple Store Black Friday Ad Release 2017: MacBook, iPhone, iPad Deals — Are They Worth A Trip To The Mall?
Apple Store Black Friday Ad Release 2017: MacBook, iPhone, iPad Deals — Are They Worth A Trip To The Mall? Hoping to score a great deal at the Apple Store on Black Friday? If a new iPhone, MacBook, iPad, or Apple Watch is on your holiday gift list, you may not have to stand in a long line at one of the company’s flagship stores when the tech company’s sale goes live on Friday   Read More ...
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U.S. adults prefer Galaxy S8 to iPhone X
Adults in the United States want a Samsung Electronics Galaxy S8 for a present, even more than an Apple iPhone X, a survey showed Sunday. According to U.S. market research company Propeller Insights, 38 percent of U.S. adults answered they want a Galaxy S8 the most for a holiday present, compared to the iPhone X at 20 percent. The proportion of respondents who want an iPhone 8 is 22 percent, the survey shows   Read More ...
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A Colossal Iphone X Model Is Coming This 2018 And It Features An Edge-To-Edge OLED Screen
The current iPhone X model is measured at 143.6 mm (5.65 inches) height, 70.9 mm (2.79 inches) width, and 7.7 mm (0.30 inch) depth. It also weighs 174 grams (6.14 ounces) which is lighter than the iPhone 8 Plus but is heavier than iPhone 8. But come next year, the new iPhone X models will come with a 5.8 and a 6   Read More ...
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Is Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 A MacBook Pro Killer? [Opinion]
[For the purposes of this article, the $1999 version of the 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 (8th-gen Intel i7 quad-core processor, discreet NVIDIA GPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) is being compared to the $1999 version of the 13-inch 2017 MacBook Pro (7th-gen Intel i7 dual-core processor, shared GPU, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD). One can find discounted deals on both of these devices for as low as $1799   Read More ...
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Google's answer to Apple AirPods headphones is a failure on all accounts
Google's new Pixel Buds, the company's first-ever branded headphones, are not worth buying. The highlight feature of Pixel Buds, which I'll dig into in a bit, is the ability to tap into an Android smartphone to translate languages in real-time. Unfortunately, that didn't work as well as expected. And, while the Buds are ultimately supposed to be Google's take on Apple's popular AirPods, they fall short in several ways   Read More ...
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Apple Won’t Challenge Amazon’s Echo This Christmas
SAN JOSE (CNN Money) — If you were hoping to buy a HomePod for your honey this holiday season, you’ll have to come up with plan b. Apple confirmed on Friday its expensive Siri-powered smart speaker has been delayed. Instead of being available in December, it will ship early next year, the company told CNN Tech. Apple HomePod will be its first big new hardware product since the Apple Watch   Read More ...
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Apple just delayed its HomePod smart speaker until next year
Apple said on Friday that it's delaying the launch of its HomePod smart speaker until next year. "We can't wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it's ready for our customers," Apple said. "We'll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018." The HomePod was originally announced during Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June   Read More ...
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Cops ticket driver with iPhone, tablet lashed to the wheel
In our hyperconnected modern era, virtually everyone has a story about a near-miss with a driver who was more focused on his smartphone than the road. But a motorist in Vancouver, B.C., may have set a new bar for distracted driving. There, police pulled over a man after they spotted him driving while wearing headphones. When the traffic officer approached the car, he discovered the driver had used string to affix both an iPhone and a Samsung tablet to the steering wheel   Read More ...
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What would it take for you to hug a robot?
Tech What would it take for you to hug a robot? The Post's Geoffrey A. Fowler reviews Jibo, a talking, swiveling smart speaker with a face, and Kuri, a roaming picture-taking robot. See what might be the next steps toward human acceptance of robots. The Post's Geoffrey A. Fowler reviews Jibo, a talking, swiveling smart speaker with a face, and Kuri, a roaming picture-taking robot   Read More ...
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Apple won’t launch its HomePod smart speaker in time for the holidays
Apple said Friday that it's pushing back its plans for a Siri-powered smart speaker until sometime early next year. The HomePod speaker was announced in June, with an initial launch date set for December. Apple said that its smart speaker will be able to control home appliances and take basic orders. In June, some analysts questioned whether a December launch was already too late for Apple to compete with Amazon and Google for the connected home market   Read More ...
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Why investing in a smart TV is worth it
About five months ago, I switched from being a lifelong standard TV owner to a smart TV owner, and I've never looked back. The main difference between a smart TV and any other screen is that it can be connected to the Internet through Wi-Fi or ethernet to access streaming media apps and services, like Netflix, YouTube or Spotify, and display them on your television   Read More ...
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China’s Baidu unveils smart-home device, personal robot
BEIJING — In its push into artificial-intelligence technologies, Chinese internet giant Baidu Inc. is entering the market for “smart home” products with an intelligent speaker and a personal robot. The company, which is best known as China’s leading search engine, announced at its annual Baidu World conference on Thursday that it will begin selling two home assistants — similar to Amazon   Read More ...
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Apple Design Chief Jonathan Ive on the iPhone X: We Had to Solve ‘Extraordinarily Complex Problems’
Apple helped bring personal computers into the home with its early Macs, revolutionized the way we listen to music with the iPod, and put a supercomputer in everyone’s pocket with the iPhone. In 2017, the Cupertino, Calif. company came for the smartphone—again —with its iPhone X, one of It’s the biggest change Apple has made to the iPhone in years, and a necessary one for the world’s most valuable brand   Read More ...
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The OnePlus 5T ditches the bezels, adds face unlock, but keeps the low price
OnePlus has unveiled its sixth smartphone, the OnePlus 5T, at a special event in New York. While the upgrades over the aren't huge, they're significant enough to make this a late entry for one of the best smartphone flagships of 2017 – and we've got all the key details you need to know. The biggest visual change from the OnePlus 5 that launched in June is the reduction on the bezels: The OnePlus 5T goes for an all-screen front, much like the iPhone X, , , and before it   Read More ...
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YouTube TV app arrives for newer Samsung smart TVs
YouTube TV in April of this year, making it Google's de facto . It's available in over half of the homes in the US, and we've been waiting patiently for the rumored so we could stop sending live TV from our phones to our Chromecasts and Apple TVs. The Xbox and Android TV versions of the app have been out for a few weeks, now, while Google tweeted out the availability of the YouTube TV app specifically for owners of newer model Samsung sets   Read More ...
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Even a tech reviewer struggles with upgrading a MacBook Pro
I tried to upgrade my MacBook Pro to High Sierra this week. Yes, tried — and failed. Recently, Apple released new versions of all of its operating systems: iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. My Apple TV, Apple Watch, iPhone 8 Plus and iPad Air 2 all took the new operating systems without a hitch. My early 2011 15-inch MacBook Pro downloaded the macOS just fine   Read More ...
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Shopping for an iPhone? These stores offer $200-$300 discounts for Black Friday
Jefferson Graham shows how to do a hidden trick in Apple's iOS11 operating system upgrade called "Long Exposure," that turns running water into a cloud-like dream state, on #TalkingTech. USA TODAY. LOS ANGELES — The iPhone, which is rarely discounted, is getting some major love from big-box retailers for the Thanksgiving shopping holiday. Walmart has the best deal so far, offering $300 off in the form of a gift card for the coveted iPhone X, which starts at $999, as well as the 8 and 8 Plus and last year's 7 and 7 Plus   Read More ...
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Shopping for an iPhone? These stores offer $200-$300 discounts for Black Friday
Jefferson Graham shows how to do a hidden trick in Apple's iOS11 operating system upgrade called "Long Exposure," that turns running water into a cloud-like dream state, on #TalkingTech. USA TODAY. LOS ANGELES — The iPhone, which is rarely discounted, is getting some major love from big-box retailers for the Thanksgiving shopping holiday. Walmart has the best deal so far, offering $300 off in the form of a gift card for the coveted iPhone X, which starts at $999, as well as the 8 and 8 Plus and last year's 7 and 7 Plus   Read More ...
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Computer science: Visionary of virtual reality
Aldo Faisal explores the immersive journey of technology pioneer Jaron Lanier. Virtual reality (VR) and its child, augmented reality, have long exerted a pull on the collective imagination. The ability to 'paint' 3D, interactive, computer-generated worlds believably is hugely reliant on the technology's capability to embody a user's perception. Actions such as turning the head or standing up in the virtual world must precisely mimic the visual and auditory changes experienced in the real world   Read More ...
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iPhone X Shipping Estimates Improve to 2 to 3 Weeks in United States and Canada
Shipping estimates for the iPhone X have improved to 2 to 3 weeks in the United States and Canada, up from the previous 3 to 4 week shipping estimates that have been available since early November. The new 2 to 3 week shipping estimates for North America follow improved shipping estimates in countries across Europe and Asia Pacific. iPhone X models ordered today in the United States and Canada will now arrive well ahead of the holidays, in early December, making them available for holiday gifts   Read More ...
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Google Pixel Buds review: Fun translation trick anchors full-featured headphones
When Google announced a slew of new gadgets in October, perhaps the most buzzed-about were the Pixel Buds, Bluetooth earbuds that promise to do anything the Google Assistant can — including translate real-time conversations in 40 languages. But can the $159 buds actually deliver on their promise? I spent four days with a trial set Google sent to Blue Sky, testing them out with a Pixel 2 phone and my own   Read More ...
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Best Apple Black Friday 2017 Deals: Get $700 Off On MacBook Pro, $200 Off on iPad, $70 On Watch Series & More
The biggest shopping bonanza of the year, Black Friday 2017 is almost here. With little over a week left for the D-day to arrive, most retailer and e-commerce giants have started unveiling the best deals that will go live on November 24. As seen over the past few years, a few early deals or pre-Black Friday deals are already live. It is important to note that the best deals are most likely to be available only on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, not before that   Read More ...
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Why a Chromebook might be right for you
Chromebooks pack a big punch on a small budget. The device generally features long battery life, a lightweight design, and fast performance that can compete with premium laptops, all with a modest price tag. So if you're in the market for a new laptop, Chromebooks might be a great place to start. A Chromebook is a laptop that runs on Google's Chrome operating system, rather than software like macOS or Windows   Read More ...
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IPhone X and freezing weather: Can smartphones die in the bitter cold?
Jefferson Graham shows how to do a hidden trick in Apple's iOS11 operating system upgrade called "Long Exposure," that turns running water into a cloud-like dream state, on #TalkingTech. USA TODAY. Some of Apple's $1,000-plus iPhone X's didn't work immediately when the temperature dropped. Sounds alarming, right? Apple's promise of a software update to its latest phone, to fix a problem reported by some users that they don't respond when suddenly exposed to frigid weather, raises the question of whether these increasingly sophisticated devices are rugged enough for extreme temperatures   Read More ...
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