Gears & Gadgets

Facebook unveils smart displays, promises not to snoop on your video calls

Facebook’s new Portal and Portal+ smart displays. Facebook The $ 199 Portal has a 10-inch, 1280×800 touchscreen. Facebook Both Portals use AI technology to make video chatting better. Facebook The $ 349 Portal+ has a 15-inch, 1920×1080 display that can pivot into portrait and landscape modes. Facebook Along with video chatting through Facebook Messenger, both […]

Gears & Gadgets

Samsung’s Galaxy Home is a Bixby-powered smart speaker with legs

The Samsung Galaxy Home is Samsung’s long-rumored Bixby smart speaker. Samsung Samsung announced the device at its Galaxy Unpacked event on Thursday. YouTube/Screenshot It’s tulip-shaped with three legs. There’s a set of touch controls for playback on top. YouTube/Screenshot As well as a light-up AKG logo, as Samsung’s audio subsidiary tuned the sound of the […]

Gears & Gadgets

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 […]

Emerging Tech

New ‘smart’ Rubik’s Cube tracks your stats, lets you race against other people

[embedded content] From Rubik’s Cubes so large and complex that they’re practically torture implements to robots that are able to solve a standard cube in just 0.38 seconds, we’ve covered some pretty neat Rubik’s Cube-related projects here at Digital Trends. A new Kickstarter campaign also takes everyone’s favorite 3D combination puzzle as its jumping-off point — […]