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Facebook is testing a city-specific section of its app to elevate local news and events

In an effort to up its signal to noise ratio, Facebook may go local. The company is testing a new area of its app called “Today In,” a mix of city-specific events, announcements and local news. For its new local hub, Facebook is starting with a small batch of test markets. Those initial cities are New Orleans, Louisiana; Olympia, Washington; ...

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Dish is getting Google Assistant voice control soon

Add this the ever growing list of stuff getting Google Assistant functionality at this year’s CES. After bringing Alexa voice control to its services back in May, Dish announced today that it will be doing the same with Google’s AI offering. The feature is arriving on the company’s Hopper, Joey and Wally devices at some unspecified time in the first half ...

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Jimmy Iovine says he’s not leaving Apple

Last week, Billboard reported Jimmy Iovine, the person who sold Beats to Apple in 2014, was set to leave Apple in August. Well, Iovine says that’s not true, Variety reports. In a conversation with Variety, Iovine noted that there’s more Apple Music and Beats would like to do, saying he’s “committed to doing whatever Eddy [Cue], Tim [Cook] and Apple” ...

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Senator John Thune has some questions for Apple

A top U.S. lawmaker, Republican Sen. John Thune, has penned a letter to Apple with further questions about slowing older models of the iPhone via Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS. Senator Thune, Chair of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, asked how Apple came to the conclusion to replace batteries for $ 29 or if the company ever considered making ...

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Amazon’s Echo Buttons are just the start – more form factors to launch this year

Amazon’s Echo Buttons, the weird devices that work with at-home trivia games you play with Alexa, are only the start of what could turn out to be a new product line filled with a variety of “connected accessories.” The company is now testing other gadgets of a similar nature with Alexa game developers and plans to launch these sometime in ...

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Crunch Report | ElliQ Robot Raises $22 Million

Today’s Stories  ElliQ has raised $ 22 million for its social robot aimed at older adults Facebook is shutting down its standalone personal assistant “M” Google brings its Assistant to Android Auto Credits Written by: Tito HamzeHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by: Bay McLaughlinEdited by: Tito hamze Notes: I don’t know what to wear on Crunch Report (It’s a hard decision and ...

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Alexa now suggests more games to try at the end of the one you’re playing

Consumers are starting to give Alexa’s voice apps, called skills, more of their attention. During CES this week — where Amazon is battling for attention with Google Assistant across the consumer technology spectrum on display here — the company detailed a few new numbers related to skill adoption and new ways they’re helping consumers find skills they’d like. While Amazon ...

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Toyota will offer Alexa in its cars starting later this year

Toyota announced at CES this year that the carmaker will be offering support for Amazon Alexa within its vehicles – no additional hardware required. There’s a lot of third-party devices out there that are putting Alexa on your dashboard as an aftermarket add-on, but Toyota is one of the first automakers to fully embrace loading their vehicles up with Amazon’s voice-powered ...

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Kate Spade gets into the smart watch game

As it stands right now, Apple is absolutely dominating the smart watch market. But that hasn’t stopped other entrants from trying their hand, or wrist, in the space. Most recently, Kate Spade New York has introduced a new line of smart watches in collaboration with Fossil. This is part of a larger push by Fossil Group to launch smart watches ...

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Google shuts down its CES booth because it’s not waterproof

We were supposed to get a little preview of Google’s CES booth ahead of the official opening of CES today. But that wasn’t meant to be. See, it’s raining in Las Vegas and Google’s two-level outdoor CES booth clearly wasn’t meant to withstand rain. My guess is that its IP rating is probably somewhere around 50. For now, the booth is ...

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