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Google Voice Kit review

The Google Voice Kit works with the Raspberry Pi so you build your own digital Assistant... handy little cardboard cube

Canvas replaces over-the-phone job interviews with texting

Phone job interviews can be a real drag, but Canvas promises to do away with them once and for all. Its solution? Text messaging -- prospective employees exchange messages with a recruiter at their leisure.The post Canvas replaces over-the-phone job interviews with texting appeared first on Digital Trends.

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Electronic Play-Doh, waterproof backpacks, and more

Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!The post Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Electronic Play-Doh, waterproof backpacks, and more appeared first on Digital Trends.

‘Everyone is a curator.’ Beats 1 radio’s Zane Lowe on DJing in the streaming age

We caught up with Apple Music's Beats 1 creative director, Zane Lowe for an exclusive interview. Lowe reflects on the 24-hour radio station's first two years, how it has changed his view of radio, and changes he'd make to streaming services.The post ‘Everyone is a curator.’ Beats 1 radio’s Zane Lowe on DJing in the streaming age appeared first on Digital Trends.

We still can’t cure Parkinson’s, but tech is making life easier for sufferers

Parkinson’s disease’s tremors can leave its victims unable to live without assistance, but new technology and talented designers are creating hardware that makes life easier for sufferers, their families, and medical professionals. It’s not a cure, but it’s the next best thing.The post We still can’t cure Parkinson’s, but tech is making life easier for sufferers appeared first on Digital Trends.

We still can’t cure Parkinson’s, but tech is making life easier for sufferers

Parkinson’s disease’s tremors can leave its victims unable to live without assistance, but new technology and talented designers are creating hardware that makes life easier for sufferers, their families, and medical professionals. It’s not a cure, but it’s the next best thing.The post We still can’t cure Parkinson’s, but tech is making life easier for sufferers appeared first on Digital Trends.

They took our jobs! How to prepare for the ‘second machine age’

While U.S. policymakers shrug off automation, experts say they're flying blind into the second machine age. Here's a quick explainer of automation, what it means, and why it matters.The post They took our jobs! How to prepare for the ‘second machine age’ appeared first on Digital Trends.

Why don’t we pay for everything with our phones now? We asked the experts

We delve into the world of mobile payments and grill some experts on why they’ve yet to see widespread use. Are people worried about security, availability, technical issues, or is it something else entirely?The post Why don’t we pay for everything with our phones now? We asked the experts appeared first on Digital Trends.

The quantified kid: Wearables for children are on the rise, for better and worse

Kiddo is a kid-focused wearable device, capable of monitoring everything from your child's skin temperature and heart rate to their nutrition. The question is whether we're ready for children's wearable devices?The post The quantified kid: Wearables for children are on the rise, for better and worse appeared first on Digital Trends.

For the first time since the 1980s, we’re excited about a music synthesizer

Roli's new keyboard, the Seaboard Block, is fully compatible with the company's modular Blocks system, but it also makes a great standalone keyboard that works with PC music creation apps, Roli's Noise app for iOS, and more.The post For the first time since the 1980s, we’re excited about a music synthesizer appeared first on Digital Trends.

For the first time since the 1980s, we’re excited about a music synthesizer

Roli's new keyboard, the Seaboard Block, is fully compatible with the company's modular Blocks system, but it also makes a great standalone keyboard that works with PC music creation apps, Roli's Noise app for iOS, and more.The post For the first time since the 1980s, we’re excited about a music synthesizer appeared first on Digital Trends.

With lasers and hot nylon, Formlabs just took 3D printing to a whole new level

Formlabs' new 3D printer, the Fuse 1, is the most affordable selective laser sintering machine the world has ever seen -- and it has huge implications for the future of 3D printing.The post With lasers and hot nylon, Formlabs just took 3D printing to a whole new level appeared first on Digital Trends.

Apple still doesn’t know what to do with Macs, and WWDC 2017 was proof

This April, Apple made a peculiar move – it invited a select batch of journalists to see the future of its high-end Macs. Behind closed doors, the company provided a glimpse into its upcoming iMac and Mac Pro hardware. This rare, exclusive, off-schedule presser served an obvious purpose. It was an apology to Mac fans. […]The post Apple still doesn’t know what to do with Macs, and WWDC 2017 was proof appeared first on Digital Trends.

We flew to Taipei to see how HTC made the U11

HTC just announced a new phone -- the HTC U11. Following in Samsung and LG’s footsteps this year, the company invited us to its factory in Taiwan to see how its smartphones are built.The post We flew to Taipei to see how HTC made the U11 appeared first on Digital Trends.

New tech lets us ‘speak’ with Holocaust survivors, even after they’re gone

New technology for holding natural conversations with recordings of Holocaust survivors could also someday be used for you to speak with deceased loved ones.The post New tech lets us ‘speak’ with Holocaust survivors, even after they’re gone appeared first on Digital Trends.

New tech lets us ‘speak’ with Holocaust survivors, even after they’re gone

New technology for holding natural conversations with recordings of Holocaust survivors could also someday be used for you to speak with deceased loved ones.The post New tech lets us ‘speak’ with Holocaust survivors, even after they’re gone appeared first on Digital Trends.

Your next notebook will run for days thanks to Qualcomm — not Intel

Microsoft is working with Qualcomm to make the full version of Windows 10 on ARM a reality. The partnership lives under the shadow of Microsoft’s failed Windows RT, but there’s reason to think this new effort will be different.The post Your next notebook will run for days thanks to Qualcomm — not Intel appeared first on Digital Trends.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium first impressions

While in Taipei for Computex 2017, I got to spend some time with the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. Here are

Amazon’s new retail bookstores have all of the books, but none of the charm

The opening of NYC's Amazon Books brought in tons of customers but the concept falls completely flat in transforming the experience of purchasing books when you’re trapped on your phone the entire time.The post Amazon’s new retail bookstores have all of the books, but none of the charm appeared first on Digital Trends.

The first ‘steps’ of this giant mech make a baby giraffe look graceful

Digital Trends traveled out to Elkhart, Indiana to watch "the world's first exo-bionic racing mech" take its first steps -- and it didn't quite go like we thought it would.The post The first ‘steps’ of this giant mech make a baby giraffe look graceful appeared first on Digital Trends.

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Amazfit Powerbuds review: Good audio with a fitness twist

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QLango: Learn 30+ languages in a fun and easy way

Just about all of us have taken a foreign language as part of a school curriculum. While that’s a great way to learn a new language, it’s not for everyone.We all have our own ways of learning and not every has the same amount of time to do so. Moreover, we all have different speeds that we learn, too. Fortunately, there are fun and innovative ways to master a new language.Rather than taking the same old approach that most language apps do, Qlango goes about it an interesting way. It’s more or less games that are fast, fun, and simple.The all-in-one app lets you learn from nearly three dozen languages at a pace that works for you. Right now a lifetime subscription is available for half off, or just $44.99.QLango FeaturesTranslate texts from a language you know to a language you are learningWrite dictated textsSearch for the correct answer among 4 suggested onesUnscramble the correct answerCreate a sentence from given wordsLearn more languages at the same time by writing, reading, listening & revisingChoose from 5 different learning modes or customize any or all of themUse innovative & useful 3-stage hints to find the correct answerAcquire knowledge by translating to the language you are learning & not vice versaTrack statistics with Qlango elephant (don’t worry, it has memory like a real elephant)Brag about your results and share them on FacebookComplete your weekly plan on the first or on the last day of the week (or any day in between)With Qlango you can learn Albanian, Arabic, Dutch, Finnish, English, Spanish, and more languages through fast, simple, and fun games. You will be acquiring knowledge by translating to the language you are learning and not vice versa. It won’t waste any of your time and effort too! Each Qlango lesson (or game) lasts a maximum of five minutes and examples are most often used in conversations.AvailabilityLearn a new language the cheap and easy way with you lifetime subscription to QLango. Just $44.99 — 50% off for a limited time — it’s available in the AndroidGuys Deals Store today.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Tonor TC-777 USB microphone review

For review today we have the Tonor TC-777 USB microphone, a $40 piece of equipment catered toward first-time users and beginner podcasters/streamers. As a good starter device, it provides good sound quality, easy set-up and use, all for a relatively cheap price.What is included with the Tonor TC-777 Mic?Found inside the box is the microphone itself, power cord, folding tripod stand, shock mount, pop filter, product manual, and a service card. The service card provides a link to Tonor’s website ad contains a two year replacement warranty.It states they can help if there are technical issues, packaging issues, the wrong item in the box, operational issue, or you are overall unsatisfied with your purchase.Design & SetupRight out of the box you are presented with a sleek and fairly compact metal design, with a wrapped up 1.5 meter cord. Navy blue in color, this durable metal microphone comes ready to use as it is already placed in its stand.The stand for the mic comes with three folded legs screwed to the microphone’s holster that lock out when pulled into place. The screwable legs allow removal and flexibility to swap over to a microphone arm should you wish to use that instead of the included tripod stand. This spread out base could create space issues if put on a smaller desk, but should be fine in most setups.The stand features the ability to tilt the mic itself up and down according to where the user desires. The stand comes with a short and skinny arm with an attached circular pop filter. You also get a removable cover in the box that can easily be slid on and off the top of the mic. The mic can be taken completely out of its stand to be held freely by the user, however the cord isn’t exactly long enough to allow much mobility.As far as setup goes, all you have to do is plug in the USB cable and wait momentarily for the software to automatically install.PerformanceWhen it comes to the topic of performance, the quality of the Tonor was surprisingly good for its relatively cheap price. It features good range, so you don’t need to have the microphone right up close to your face for it to register.Very few technical issues arose in my usage of the microphone. However, on random occasions, the Tonor mic was found to produce a short-lived static noise, which only lasts a matter of seconds and is very quiet.Any extraneous noise is unwelcome when it comes to professional recording or broadcasting. Given the chance to edit your audio, or re-do your take, one can easily get around these little noises.Though there are no on-board buttons (such as input volume control or a mute button), this microphone is a pleasure to use in live streaming, recording, or even just casual play.ConclusionWith this USB mic being only $40, it makes a very good addition to anyone’s setup.Personally, I used this microphone more to record gameplay and for casual talk through online communication apps such as Discord. It worked great for both, certainly higher overall quality than that of a headset-attached mic.It is available online at Tonor Mic’s website as well as Amazon for $40. Taking in its relatively small size, good sound quality, ease of use, and low price, this microphone will certainly get the job done no matter what you need it to do.

Samsung Galaxy Note20: These are the best prices and promotions

Samsung’s next big thing, the Galaxy Note20, is officially available for pre-order. Finding one isn’t going to be much of a challenge as nearly all major wireless service providers will offer the phone. What’s more, it’s also being sold unlocked direct to consumers and through various retailers, too.Here’s a look at all of the various places you can look to find the Galaxy Note20.Samsung.comPurchasing through Samsung’s website will open the door to a variety of options and promotions.Galaxy Note20 Unlocked 128GB: $9.73/month for 36 months ($999.99 MSRP)Galaxy Note20 Ultra Unlocked 128GB: $18.07/month for 36 months ($1,299.99 MSRP)Galaxy Note20 Ultra Unlocked 512GB: $23.62/month for 36 months ($1,449.99 MSRP)Get up to $650 off with trade-inPre-Order InformationThrough 8/20 at 11:59 p.m. ETGet $100 credit* with Note20Get $150 credit* with Note20 UltraColor OptionsGalaxy Note20 Ultra: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic WhiteGalaxy Note20: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Gray, Mystic Green*must be redeemed on Samsung.com or Shop Samsung app. Terms and conditions apply. www.samsung.com/us/promotionsVerizonBuy any Galaxy Note20 smartphone and get a second Galaxy Note20 series phone or Galaxy S20 series phone as low as free with a premium Unlimited plan or half off with any other Verizon Unlimited plan.Upgrade to any Galaxy Note20 series smartphone and get $500 when trading in an eligible device on a premium Unlimited plan.AT&TNew and existing customers can get up to $1,000 off any smartphone in the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series, making the Note20 FREE.T-MobileGet a Galaxy Note20 for FREE or up to $1,000 off a second smartphone of equal or lesser value when you pick up any of the new Samsung Galaxy Note20 superphones and add a new line.Get up to HALF OFF (up to $500) a Samsung Galaxy Note20 or Note20 Ultra when you trade in a qualifying device.US CellularSwitchers can get Galaxy Note20 for $9.99 per month on Unlimited with Payback planSwitchers can get Galaxy Note20 Ultra starting at $19.99 per month after $700 savings.Current upgrade-eligible customers can receive $300 in bill credits when purchasing either device.XFinity MobileAny customer that switches to Xfinity Mobile before 9/5 will receive $400 off the Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra, and other select Samsung 5G devices, when they buy a phone, activate a new line and transfer their number.Existing Xfinity Mobile customers will receive a $400 Visa prepaid card when they upgrade an existing line with the purchase of a Galaxy Note20 device or other select Samsung 5G devices.