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Amazon Alexa can now wake you up to music

Amazon Alexa can now wake you up to music This fall, Amazon made a play to become your new alarm clock with the introduction of a combination smart speaker and clock called the Echo Spot. Today, the company is adding a new feature that will make the Spot – or any other Alexa device – function more like a traditional radio alarm clock, with the introduction of music alarms. According to Amazon, Alexa device owners can now choose to wake up to music from their preferred streaming service, including Amazon’s…

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Apple Shazam: Why is the US company buying the music app?

Apple Shazam: Why is the US company buying the music app? Scan your eyes over Apple’s just-published list of the year’s most popular iPhone apps, and there’s one notable omission: Shazam. In fact, it’s been a while since the song-identifying software squeezed its way into the iOS App Store’s top 10. So, why is Apple buying the London company now in what is believed to be one of its most expensive takeovers to date? The US technology giant isn’t revealing its motivations beyond saying that it has “exciting plans in…

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Google’s new Star Wars AR stickers put Porgs everywhere

Google’s new Star Wars AR stickers put Porgs everywhere After months of teasing, Google’s finally brought its AR stickers to the Pixel 2. For most users with the company’s latest flagship handset, the feature will be available today as part of the an Android 2.1 update. The feature was announced on-stage at the Pixel event back in January, offering a sneak peak of a fun little addition made possible through its ARCore technology, letting users drop augmented reality characters onto their own pictures and video. It was a pretty compelling…

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LiDAR autonomous sensor startup Ouster announces $27M Series A led by auto powerhouse Cox Enterprises

LiDAR autonomous sensor startup Ouster announces M Series A led by auto powerhouse Cox Enterprises Angus Pacala has had a lifelong passion for autonomous cars going all the way back to high school. A little more than a decade ago, he followed the launch of the DARPA Grand Challenge, a Department of Defense competition that pitted research teams against each other over who could build the best autonomous car. Stanford won the challenge in 2005, which is “one of the reasons I went there,” Pacala said. His freshman year, he…

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Here is the first official Ready Player One trailer

Here is the first official Ready Player One trailer Ready Player One, the Ernest Cline book sensation that was, in part, the inspiration for Oculus VR, has been turned into a movie ready to hit the big screen in March. And today, we’ve gotten the first official trailer for the movie. There are some very mild spoiler alerts ahead, so if you’re hyper sensitive you can click this link to watch the trailer without reading on. Ready Player One tells the story of Wade Watts, a teenager living in 2045…

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Railway station abuse could get us back on track, says Stoke boss Hughes

Railway station abuse could get us back on track, says Stoke boss Hughes LONDON (Reuters) – Mark Hughes said he does not blame Stoke City fans abusing his players at a railway station on Saturday after a 5-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur and says being exposed to their fury could do them a favour. Soccer Football – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs Stoke City – Wembley Stadium, London, Britain – December 9, 2017 Stoke City manager Mark Hughes Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge Stoke’s players had travelled home from…

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MakeX announces the first 3D-printing backpack

MakeX announces the first 3D-printing backpack In the year 2020, when the Earth is overrun by aliens, it will be mandated by the Galactic Council of Extraterrestrial Life that all children must walk around with 3D-printing backpacks. Why not get a head start with the MakeX Migo backpack that lets you care your ultra small 3D printer anywhere you need to go? This wild, see-through backpack is designed to hold a Migo 3D Printer (the thing MakeX is actually trying to sell). The backpack fits the Migo perfectly and offers…

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'Shape of Water' leads wide ranging Golden Globe nominations

'Shape of Water' leads wide ranging Golden Globe nominations LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance “The Shape of Water” led nominations for the Golden Globes on Monday, heading a list of dramas and comedies on issues ranging from press freedom, war, racism and the many aspects of love. Nominees for the 75th Golden Globe Awards, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama category, (L-R) Timothee Chalamet, Daniel Day Lewis, Tom Hanks, Gary Oldman and Denzel Washington are seen in a combination of…

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FA asks Manchester rivals for observations after fracas reports

FA asks Manchester rivals for observations after fracas reports LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United and Manchester City have been asked by the Football Association for their observations after reports that United boss Jose Mourinho had milk and water thrown at him by City players after Sunday’s derby. Soccer Football – Premier League – Manchester United vs Manchester City – Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – December 10, 2017 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho at the end of the match Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine British media reported that Mourinho was upset…

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Iran will treat jailed aid worker as Iranian citizen – foreign ministry

Iran will treat jailed aid worker as Iranian citizen – foreign ministry BEIRUT (Reuters) – Iran will treat a British-Iranian aid worker as an Iranian citizen and she will serve her sentence as determined by the judiciary, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday. A message board in support of freeing Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is detained in Iran, is seen at a carol singing vigil for the families of British citizens detained overseas, outside Downing Street in London, Britain, December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson discussed…

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