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    The pal that helps you and many other people pay up is updating its Android and iOS apps. Unlike many other apps, it's providing customers with a good idea of when to expect an update. Version 6.0 of the app, said to have "a new look and feel," will head to devices with Android 4.0.3 or later and iOS 9.1 or later. Windows Phone users will end availability for the current version of the app while both Amazon Fire and BlackBerry OS users will not be able to use the app beyond June 30. Joanna Lambert, Vice President of Global Consumer Product and Engineering, said in the company's blog post: ...

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    With Amazon's runaway pace found in Alexa and the products based on that service, the voice assistant has gotten very popular with other tech companies. Google Assistant (and Google Home) and Microsoft's army of bots are on their way for the future. If Apple announces its own measure, it will be the last to do so at this year's WWDC. The Information reports that Apple will indeed be opening up Siri with an SDK and announcing an Echo competitor at the conference. Siri will likely hook onto Apple's existing services such as iCloud, HomeKit, HealthKit (we think the company will find a way ...

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    It's no secret that iOS has a huge cash cow with its App Store. App developers typically work projects for that platform first, betting on a secure latch to a major gravy train. Well, in US Two Games's case, it's definitely the case for its runaway mobile gaming hit, "Monument Valley", now in its second year of existence. And that's even with a whole year of expanding to the Play Store, to Amazon, to Windows 10 Mobile and to Chinese app distributor iDreamSky. In a Medium post infographic, the company announced that it had over 26 million downloads with just under 5 million of them paid ...

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    Every company that can afford to build a neural network that can learn deeper than deep is seemingly doing so right now. Microsoft is hiring a software engineer that will work on something called the "Bing Concierge Bot," an AI-based assistant more similar to Facebook M or Google Assistant than Amazon Alexa. The bot would be based over messaging apps like "Skype, Messenger, SMS, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc." and, through human-like conversation, can help users do tasks such as booking dining reservations. Microsoft has been making testing out a whole set of bots for music search, captioning, ...

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    Google knows that machine learning and artificial intelligence needs to be more human. After all, 20 percent of the search engine's queries come from users talking to Google Now. So, why not debut something that not only knows how conversations work, but to deliver results based on that conversation? Well, Google chief Sundar Pichai gave an answer to lead off the Google I/O keynote and that's Google Assistant, a voice service to rival against Amazon's existing open-source Alexa service. It builds off of the search engine's Google Now interactions that takes advantage of its trained machine ...

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    From your hand to your wrist to your home, intelligent devices have been slowly taking over, looking to improve and simplify every little aspect of the modern, always web-connected life. Smartphones are primarily credited for kicking off this second (third?) phase of the digital revolution, with wearables and universal voice-enabled controllers like the Amazon Echo leading the next automation step. The smart speaker that was limitedly released in late 2014 to mixed critical and user response, then expanded in June of last year to widespread acclaim has already spawned two lower-cost ...

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    Though Siri and Google Now both technically came before Alexa, it’s safe to say Amazon caught its competitors and tech consumers at large off guard when unveiling the voice-controlled wireless speaker/home automation device Echo less than two years ago. It of course took a little while for critics and prospective buyers to warm up to the inconspicuous but highly versatile and always flourishing cylinder, which ultimately managed to rack up an impressive 3 million unit shipments. Slowly moving away from a niche it personally carved out towards the mainstream décor, the Alexa-powered ...

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    Still craving a Sony phone in the US? Still want the Xperia Z5 in 2016? Well, you can get a couple more $20 bills off the phone if you so desire it at Amazon, Best Buy or B&H. The Sony Xperia Z5 is now $499 at Amazon (and an extra 99 cents at the other places), down from its $599.99 it originally launched at and further off from the $539.99 it was recently at. It applies for all three color variants — black, white and gold — and you get warranty coverage as well. When paired with the Sony Smartband 2, the price goes up to $621.68. The bundling represents a 23 percent discount. ...

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    Promotions, promotions, boy, is Sprint full of them today. In addition to taking $120 off the HTC 10, its prepaid brand Boost Mobile has juiced up its multi-line plans with 10GB of high-speed data per line. In addition to the $5 per month Auto Re-Boost discount that starts from the second billing cycle, here's how pricing breaks down: [table] ,2 Lines,3 Lines,4 Lines,5 Lines Monthly price,$65,$90,$115,$145 [/table] The promo runs until July 6. At the same time, if you enroll into Sprint's Better Choice XXL plan, you'll also get a free 12-month Amazon Prime subscription. The plan features ...

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    Alexa had made a lot of friends over the past several months. It's with that kind of platform that Amazon has been able to sell its Echo products like hotcakes. Heck, other companies can sell Alexa products, too. You can even make your own "Echo". So, will Google finally make a move in the voice-interactive sector of the Internet of Things? Sources tell Recode it is working on a project called "Chirp" that will integrate the company's existing Google Now assistant. The Echo competitor may end up looking a little like the OnHub router. So, with a well-established neural network growing ...

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    While Amazon intends for you to buy its Echo devices big and small (maybe even smaller) to ask inane questions to and help turn down the thermostat, you can now spend just under $5 and get the power of Alexa voice services on your iPhone. For $4.99, Lexi is a simple app. Tap and hold onto the screen, ask your question, then let go and wait to hear from Lexi. It's a third party app that uses Alexa and works with the typical apps — the App Store page has a review calling out Homeseer compatibility. Hit the download link if even all you want is some witty repartee. Download: App Store Via: ...

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    After listing Steve Jobs among the 100 most influential people in the American world five times, and then Tim Cook thrice, including this year, news magazine Time just bestowed the ultimate honor upon the trend-setting, history-changing and money-making juggernaut that is Apple. Credited for ushering in a “new era of flat, touchscreen phones with buttons that appeared on screen as you needed them”, the iPhone has been named the most influential gadget of all time. It wasn’t the world’s first smartphone, but it paved the way for a “family of very successful products” that ...

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    Backers to the Nextbit Robin Kickstarter project were able to get an early bird unit for $299. Now, after just making its first splash on Amazon, the device will be on discount once again. While Nextbit itself will continue selling its device direct to you for $399, Amazon buyers will be able to get it for $299 starting from tomorrow, May 4, up through May 10. We assume supplies will be limited, but then again, a phone centered heavily on a cloud storage concept may be one of those things where you'll either be in or out right away. But then again again, with frequent software updates and ...

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    Despite arriving to the Android Wear party a little late, and boldly going for Apple Watch’s jugular with similarly extravagant pricing, the Huawei Watch didn’t take long to develop a cult following of sorts. Still, many prospective buyers held off waiting for discounts and bundle deals, which have become rather frequent recently. Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg are currently selling a number of 42mm configurations at probably their lowest tags yet, with stainless steel frames and various finishes, colors and band types. Of course, the black suture leather strapped model remains the most ...

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    Oculus is about to be more visible than ever before this weekend as the company can finally stop going it alone in sales. Its Rift headset will be coming to the Microsoft Store online and Amazon on May 6 at noon Eastern. It'll also hit the brick-and-mortars with 48 Best Buy stores nationwide demonstrating and selling the virtual reality rig starting on May 7 with more locations soon to stock the Rift. Oculus warns of limited inventories as it's already barely keeping up with pre-order volume. If you already did put in a pre-order and are arranging to get a demo and a purchase at a Best ...

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    Amazon seems to know what it's doing with tablets — it's been blasting the budget bin with its Fire tablet. It's a standard little seven-incher with Wi-Fi capability and 8GB of on-board storage. We saw it launch at $49.99 and even get put into six-packs for $250. And still, it begs to be discounted. It's now $39.99. Yep, you save a tenner. We keep joking that we could probably toss these things around like disposable gloves or get 52 of them for a full deck and play an insane game of poker. There is a 16GB version, too, also $10 off at $59.99. At the same time, the more robust Fire HD 6 ...

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    After its dismal growth reading on smartphone shipments, market research firm IDC has released both its quarterly shipment reports for tablets and the trend line continues groundward. 39.6 million tablets went across the world last quarter with 87.6 percent of them being regular slate tablets — plenty of them in the form of Apple's older iPads and Amazon's Fire tablets (with some 54-fold growth) while others from smaller budget market players round out the majority. In what IDC refers to as the fledgling "detachables" sector, Microsoft still leads the field with its Surface initiative ...

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    If there’s one US-based smartphone manufacturer that can resist the global invasion of ultra-low-cost China-made Androids, it’s definitely BLU Products, the company behind such recent hits as the Energy X LTE, Vivo 5, Vivo XL, and Life One X. Well, there’s also Motorola, but technically, that’s a China-based Lenovo-owned outfit now, and its next Moto G franchise entry looks a little too high-end to be very affordable anyway. Meanwhile, before the third-gen Moto E sees daylight, the BLU Dash X2 and M2 have gone on sale on Amazon with minimal fanfare, the former likely snatching the ...

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    Sony's revised smartphone strategy has brought us an upper mid-ranger and a lower mid-ranger this year. We've been teased for a while about what the end of the Xperia Z line will mean for the prospective buyer. The teasing continues, but if you live in the United Kingdom, you can act upon it. Amazon.co.uk has both the Xperia X and the Xperia XA up for pre-order with delivery beginning May 20. The Xperia X, as a reminder, runs on a Snapdragon 650 and has both a five-inch full HD display and a 23-megapixel main camera. As such, it gets a pretty devastating price tag of £499.99 ($720). The ...

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    It's been just over a week now since Amazon introduced the latest member of the Kindle family, launching the very thin (if somewhat oddly shaped) Kindle Oasis e-reader. For users who love the look of e-ink screens when settling in for a little light reading, the new model certainly delivered, but what about a more full-featured tablet – say, a new Fire model? Last week we also heard a rumor about a possible Fire HD 8 refresh, but the Kindle Oasis ended up launching alone, no new Fire model at its side. Well, it's not quote what we were expecting, and it's taken a little longer to get ...

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    When it comes to low-cost Android devices, Westerners and especially US-based consumers tend to go with brands they know, trust and have been around for ages, regardless of how OEMs like Huawei, Xiaomi, Meizu or LeEco can provide vastly superior specs and build quality at similar prices. Yes, Samsung can still afford to charge close to $200 for modest 5-inchers with outdated OS iterations onboard, just 8GB internal storage space, mediocre (by today’s mid-range standards) 8 and 5MP cameras, and all-plastic constructions. And make no mistake, the $190 LTE unlocked Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) ...

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    New York is the place to do business in. In addition to the usual movers, shakers and salsa-makers, government is a huge client to serve between borough, city, state and cross-state agencies, there are tens of thousands in the ranks that need to be equipped to serve the millions in the metropolis. Microsoft's serving up the NYPD and now Amazon is serving up the public schools. The digital retailer has scored a New York City Department of Education contract to provide eBooks to its 1.1 million students. No hardware will be moving in, though — instead, teachers will interact with an ...

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    To celebrate being recently named the most reputable company in the US by the Reputation Institute, Amazon does today what it always does best. That’s right, the e-commerce giant slashes the prices of a couple of sizzling hot gadgets for only a few more hours at the time of this writing. Frankly, we’d have expected deeper discounts served on such a special occasion, but then again, Amazon’s own in-house-manufactured Echo and Tap are practically never marked down, not even by a couple of bucks. They’re not like Fire tablets, which essentially go on sale every week in shifts, with ...

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    You may have spoken with Cortana, or asked Siri for her help, but have you checked in lately to see what Amazon's been up to with its own voice-powered service, Alexa? The system finds itself at the heart of the company's Echo smart appliance, which has recently been branching out into new form factors. Amazon's even encouraged fans to build Alexa-connected hardware of their own. Now one set of developers are looking to bring Alexa to our wrists, as they crowdfund a smartwatch featuring tight Alexa integration. The iMCO CoWatch runs Cronologics' custom wearable platform, including access ...

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    It was just a short time ago that Sprint partnered with Amazon to deliver monthly Amazon Prime subscriptions as a third-party attachment to subscribers' cell service bills. Now, Amazon is doing its own thing and going for Netflix's jugular, right as the competitor is set to jack up prices. CNNMoney is reporting that an Amazon Prime subscription, in addition to being offered at an annual rate of $99, will now also be offered in two monthly forms: the Amazon Prime Video service will go for $8.99 while the full Amazon Prime package — complete with free two-day shipping, Prime Music and ...

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