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Google’s cellular service gets rebranded, offers support for iPhones

Enlarge Google Fi Hot off the release of fully encrypted traffic earlier this month, Google’s cellular service, Project Fi, is getting a new name and greatly expanded device support—although that device support comes with some caveats. The rebrand is easy—Project Fi is losing its “Project” designation and is now just “Google Fi.” There’s a sweet new […]

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Here's how to use Duplex, Google's crazy new service that impersonates a human voice to make appointments on your behalf

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Google has started to roll out its artificial intelligence-powered reservation booking service, called Google Duplex, to some Pixel users. The feature debuted over the summer at Google’s I/O conference, where it stunned the audience with its eerily human-sounding voice, including its usage of “um” and “ah.” Critics first questioned the ethics of AI […]

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Service restored after glitch locks out Microsoft Office 365 business users

Albertus Engbers/123rf After Office 365 business users reported that they were unable to log in to their accounts in the early morning hours of Monday, November 19, Microsoft has acknowledged the issue and applied a fix that’s slowly beginning to restore service to affected users. Microsoft says the issue was caused by a problem related to […]

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HBO, CNN, DC Comics, and more could join a streaming video service under AT&T

Enlarge / Time for another streaming service! HBO According to a report from CNN, WarnerMedia plans to launch its own streaming service in the fourth quarter of 2019, adding to growing list of OTT (over-the-top) services that bypass cable providers and bring television series and movies directly to viewers—most of them for a monthly fee. […]

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Facebook Watch video service launches worldwide

Facebook’s Watch video-streaming service is rolling out worldwide, just over a year after its US launch. Users will be able to choose from a range of shows – from both established brands and new players – and have the ability to view clips saved from their News Feeds. The firm plans to allow all content […]

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Amazon may make a free, ad-supported streaming service for Fire TVs

Enlarge / The Fire TV Cube itself is a small, glossy cube with IR emitters built into its sides. Jeff Dunn Amazon may be gearing up to launch a new video-streaming service, but one that differs greatly from Prime Video. According to a report by The Information, the online retailer’s subsidiary IMDb is developing an […]

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GameFly to End Cloud Gaming Service Later This Month

GameFly is ending its cloud gaming service later this month; it’s already been notifying customers by beaming a notice over their TVs, the service told PCMag. GameFly launched the streaming service in 2015 as a kind of Netflix for video gaming. It worked over smart TVs from Samsung and LG, in addition to Amazon’s Fire […]

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The DC Universe streaming service will cost $74.99 a year, and you can pre-order it now

DC Universe/Warner Bros.“Young Justice: Outsiders” Season 3 Warner Bros. revealed that the DC Universe streaming service will cost $ 74.99 a year, with an option to pay $ 7.99 a month once the service is fully launched. Fans can pre-order the service now. The service will offer original programs as well as other DC movies […]

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Walmart may launch a video streaming service to battle Netflix, Amazon

Enlarge Walmart Walmart may be the next giant to enter the video streaming wars, according to a report from The Information. The retailer is reportedly considering launching its own video streaming service to battle Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. But Walmart wants to undercut its competition by pricing its service at $ 8 per month—or […]

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Game stream service found adware plaguing over 78,000 ‘Fortnite’ players

Game streaming service Rainway recently discovered adware plaguing over 78,000 Fortnite players. Rainway is a game streaming client installed on your PC that will stream your games to other devices using an internet connection. The platform itself includes a tracker that records error reports for the engineering team. To their surprise, hundreds of thousands of these […]

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Microsoft’s facial recognition service now less bad for nonwhites

Enlarge Microsoft Microsoft has improved its facial recognition system to make it much better at recognizing people who aren’t white and aren’t male. The company says that the changes it has made have reduced error rates for those with darker skin by up to 20 times and for women of all skin colors by nine […]

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Apple launches service program to address MacBook keyboard woes

Enlarge / The keyboard on the 2016 Touch Bar MacBook Pro. Andrew Cunningham Apple has publicly acknowledged that the butterfly switch keyboards in some MacBook and MacBook Pro computers have given consumers some trouble, and it has launched a new repair service program that promises to fix problems with those keyboards for free, regardless of […]

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Alexa for hotels lets guests order room service, control in-room smart devices [Updated]

Enlarge Amazon Hotel rooms will serve as the newest homes for Amazon’s Alexa starting this summer. Amazon announced a special version of its virtual assistant, Alexa for Hospitality, that will live across Echo devices placed in hotels, vacation rentals, and other similar locations. Alexa in these devices will be able to do special things for […]

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Spotify vs. Pandora: Which music streaming service is better for you?

Pandora and Spotify are both incredibly popular streaming services, built to help users find their favorite jams and to discover tons of new music without having to put in the work. Pandora’s Music Genome Project helped revolutionize the music industry — for better or worse — when it debuted way back in 2000, creating a new […]

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Facebook F8: Zuckerberg's dating service takes on Tinder

Facebook’s chief has said that 2018 has been an “intense year” for his firm. But Mark Zuckerberg also took the opportunity to unveil a dating service among other new products at his firm’s annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California. He told his audience that the match-making feature would take privacy issues in mind […]