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Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Ultimate deal: $47.99 – CNET

That’s the lowest price currently available on this highly anticipated new Switch game.
Source: CNET

Amazon Music is making Alexa chattier (but just as dorky) – CNET

Alexa’s music-discovery flow will be like a conversation, asking you questions and playing song samples to land on tunes you really want to hear.
Source: CNET

Lotus reportedly developing $2.6M all-electric hypercar – Roadshow

Simplify and add batteries — a lot of batteries.
Source: CNET

Comcast joins up with Movies Anywhere – CNET

Now you can watch your other Movies Anywhere movies through Xfinity TV platforms.
Source: CNET

Amazon is crowdsourcing Alexa’s answers to tough questions

If you’ve got an Echo device at home, you’ve almost certainly played a few rounds of “stump Alexa,” asking Amazon’s assistant increasingly arcane questions in an attempt to elicit some baffled response. Likely you found it was all that difficult to confuse the AI. After all, Amazon doesn’t have the advantage of Google’s deep Knowledge Graph.

One quick workaround is going the Wikipedia route, drawing upon the knowledge of users to help build a deeper base of knowledge. Amazon’s just opened that door, with an invite-only program that asks customers to submit answers to Alexa’s more difficult questions.

Amazon has been testing Alexa Answers internally, adding more than 100,000 responses in the past month alone. Now it’s opening the program up to a small cross section of the public, via email invites. Those who get asked to join can answer questions for Alexa via a website hosting a broad range of different topics.

For example, Amazon’s offered up the following (admittedly bizarre) suggestions. “Where was Barbara Bush buried?” or “Who wrote the score for Lord of the Rings?” or “What’s cork made out of?” or “Where do bats go in the winter?” I’d like to image they were all asked by the same weirdo in quick succession.

Once responses are added, Alexa will have access to them, noting that they’re from “an Amazon customer” — one assumes to take a bit of the heat off of the assistant. But what could possibly go wrong?


Source: TechCrunch

Digital movie collection app Movies Anywhere adds its first pay TV partner, Comcast

Movies Anywhere, the Disney-led movie service operated in partnership Universal, WB, Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox, is adding its first pay TV partner. Starting today, Comcast Xfinity TV customers will be able to sync their accounts with Movies Anywhere in order to access their movie purchases from the Xfinity Digital Store alongside those from other digital retailers.

The movies can be accessed on Xfinity X1, in the Xfinity Stream app and on other Xfinity TV platforms.

The Movies Anywhere service first launched in 2014, as a way for Disney fans to aggregate their Disney, Pixar and Marvel film purchases in one place, including those bought through iTunes as well as those they owned on DVD or Blu-ray that came with a digital copy.

Last year, the service dropped “Disney” from its branding and branched out to include a variety of other digital retailers, including Amazon Prime Video, Google Play and VUDU. It also then allowed customers to aggregate more than just their Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar films, to include movies they own from Sony, 20th Century Fox, Universal and Warner Brothers.

That made the service much more useful, as it became a one-stop shop for accessing your broader digital movie collection.

Now, Comcast customers can participate as well, bringing in to the app their own digital movie purchases. To encourage sign-ups, Movies Anywhere is again giving away free movies as part of its launch promotion. This time, customers who sync for the first time will receive a copy of “Happy Feet,” and those who sync for the first time with at least two digital retailers will also get “The Martian” and “The Fate of the Furious.”

After signing up and syncing with the various digital stores, Comcast customers will be able to access their full movie collection for the first time through Comcast’s own platforms, as well. This includes streaming the movies on the TV through Xfinity on Demand, and on devices through the Xfinity Stream app and the web portal. Customers can also use the Movies Anywhere app or web portal across platforms to access their movie collection.

“Comcast is one of the country’s leading pay TV providers with a customer base that, like ours, consists of people who are passionate about the movies they love,” said Karin Gilford, General Manager, Movies Anywhere, in a statement. “We are thrilled to now include Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers among those who can benefit from Movies Anywhere’s ability to bring their favorite movies together in one place that can be accessed across a multitude of devices using the Movies Anywhere app and across Xfinity TV platforms.”


Source: TechCrunch

OnePlus mulls the price of innovation

Qualcomm’s big Snapdragon Summit has become yet another battleground for smartphone one-upmanship, as companies duke it out around the latest flagship chips. OnePlus, which has carved out a name for itself by producing high-quality handsets on a budget, clearly intended to use the Maui-based event to establish itself among innovation leaders in the category. Ultimately, however, it appears the Chinese manufacturer is leaving the show with a bit of egg on its face.

CEO Pete Lau hit the stage this week backed by a slide proclaiming that the company’s 2019 handset would be the first to market with the Snapdragon 855. Huge if true. After all, OnePlus has long taken a wait and see approach to new tech. The company has rarely been the first, but that kind of patience has paid off in lower-cost, solidly built phones.

That claim, however, was apparently the result of an unfortunate miscommunication — the last thing you want when a company like Qualcomm invites you to their big party. “We appreciate the opportunity to clarify that we will be one of the first to have access to, and use, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, and apologize for the miscommunication,” the company said in a statement provided to Engadget.

OnePlus blames the error on a slide deck produced by a non-native English speaker. The note should have read something along the lines of “one of the first to feature.” These things happen, I suppose, though the mistake looks to be alive and well in this tweet, boasting Lau’s show-stealing “surprise announcement.”

Perhaps OnePlus simply didn’t have the clearance to make such a claim onstage and only learned about it in hindsight. The company may in fact even be the first to offer the feature, but anyone who’s been involved in one of these sorts of corporate presentation will tell you the company in charge is extremely touchy when it comes to exact language — especially when it comes to playing favorites with other hardware partners.

Quite frankly, I’m surprised Qualcomm wasn’t micromanaging the A/V portion of the show to a greater degree.

Assuming all goes well, OnePlus will still be able to claim its position as one of the first companies to bring 5G to market. Though that push to innovate will come with a hefty price tag. Here’s Lau again, this time speaking with the Verge, “It’s hard to know because there’s a lot of specifics still to look at, but it’s likely in the neighborhood of $200-300 more.”

That’s a pretty high premium for a company whose growth has been so closely tied to cost. Given the 6T’s $549 starting price, we’re definitely pushing well into a premium flagship price point here. And for many consumers in many regions, the effects of 5G won’t be immediately apparent. 

What OnePlus does in the next year or so will have a profound effect on the company going forward. The smartphone maker is at a crossroads, and will have to determine where it plans to operate in the future, as king of the mid-range or a premium manufacturer competing for Apple and Samsung’s high-end market share.


Source: TechCrunch

Fire TV Cube gains a one-way intercom feature called ‘Alexa Announcements’

Fire TV Cube owners can now use their media streaming device to broadcast announcements around the home, similar to a one-way intercom. Amazon says it’s launching a feature called “Alexa Announcements,” which allows customers to speak to Alexa on the Fire TV Cube, then have their message announced in their own voice to all other Alexa-enabled devices in their household.

For example, you could announce that “the movie is about to start,” or say “Alexa, tell everyone that dinner is ready,” and have the message sent to your Echo devices or other compatible Alexa-enabled devices registered to your Amazon account.

To issue your broadcast, you preface it by saying either “Alexa, announce…,” “Alexa tell everyone…,” or “Alexa broadcast…”, Amazon notes.

In addition to being able to send out announcements yourself, the Fire TV Cube starting this month will also support announcements that are broadcast from select smart home devices — specifically, those where the doorbell is ringing or motion is detected.

In this case, Alexa will announce things like “motion detected at the front door” or “someone is at the front door,” and you can respond by saying “Alexa, show me the front door” to see your camera feed displayed on your TV.

You can customize which smart home announcements you’d like to see through the new Alexa Announcements section in the Alexa app.

Amazon didn’t say if or when the feature would come to other Fire TV devices.

However, this is not the first time the Fire TV Cube has been updated with a feature its other media players don’t have.

In October, the Fire TV Cube was updated with a feature that allows you to use Alexa to navigate inside apps like Netflix and Hulu, which is especially helpful for accessibility purposes. It aids those with limited dexterity in their hands and fingers by allowing them to navigate by voice instead of pushing buttons. But it also can help if you’ve just misplaced the remote.

The Alexa Announcements feature is rolling out now to all Fire TV Cube customers in the U.S.


Source: TechCrunch

Apple Watch: How to Take an ECG Reading

Starting today, the Apple Watch series 3 and 4 gain the ability to take an ECG reading of your heart. Here’s how to get the most accurate reading.
Source: Wired

Apple’s Newest Watch Features Will Transform Heart Health

For better or worse
Source: Wired

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