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Snapchat's using dancing foam fingers to get fans to snap more during NBA games

Snapchat wants basketball fans to get onboard with its latest augmented reality feature. The app is rolling out a new set of AR “world lenses” that allow fans watching NBA games live in the arena to snap dancing 3D foam fingers. SEE ALSO: Snapchat’s next trick could be adding facial recognition to Bitmoji The feature,…

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Google's Pixel 2 and 2 XL are perfect if you don't want to spend $1,000 on a new phone

By all accounts, Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL were failures. It’s not easy to admit, but outside of tech nerd circles, nobody really cared about them. The tech giant’s first premium phones were good phones that fell short of challenging Samsung and Apple’s dominance. But don’t think for a second that Google’s tossing in the…

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Surprise! The Pixel 2 is hiding a custom Google SoC for image processing

Enlarge / Google’s Pixel Visual Core, an SoC designed for image processing and machine learning. (credit: Google) Google’s newest flagship smartphone, the Pixel 2 , is nearly out. The company has been talking a big game about the 2’s camera and calling it, definitively, “the best smartphone camera.” But Google has been keeping a huge secret…

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Surface Book 2: More cores, more GPU, and more screen

Just over two years ago, Microsoft unveiled its Surface Book hybrid laptop : a tablet with a detachable hinged keyboard base. It was a compelling concept , with Microsoft pulling off some clever tricks. The base contained a battery, boosting the life of the tablet portion substantially, and could optionally contain a discrete GPU, too….

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Pixel 2 and 2 XL review—The best Android phone you can buy

Ron Amadeo Welcome to year two of Google Hardware. In 2016, Google jumped into the Android hardware space with its first self-branded device, the Google Pixel . Google’s software prowess shined on the Pixel 1, offering up exclusive features like the Google Assistant, the best Android camera thanks to advanced software processing, fast day-one OS…

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Garmin teamed up with Amazon to make a tiny Echo Dot for your car

Enlarge (credit: Garmin) At a recent Amazon event, the company announced BMW would integrate Alexa into its 2018 models. It’s no secret that Amazon wants to stick Alexa anywhere and everywhere it can, and BMW is only the beginning. The latest company to announce a collaboration with Amazon is Garmin: the wearable and navigation device manufacturer…

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Forget BMW, the Garmin Speak Is a Cheaper Way to Put Alexa in Your Car

The most useful place for a voice-activated digital assistant isn’t your office, kitchen, or living room. It’s in your car, where your hands and eyes should be pre-occupied with driving. So Garmin put Amazon’s Alexa in a new bare-bones navigation device that will ensure you’ll never get lost, and never get lonely, on… Read more……