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Apple Facing $1.4 Billion Lawsuit by Chinese AI Firm in Siri Patent Battle

Apple has been hit with a $1.4 billion lawsuit by a Chinese artificial intelligence company that alleges Apple violated a

European Commission Launches Internet of Things Probe Targeting Siri, Alexa and More

Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, and other voice assistants and connected home products are the target of a new Internet of

Apple Acquires Machine Learning Startup Inductiv to Improve Siri

Apple has bought Inductiv Inc., a Canada-based machine learning startup, to work on Siri, machine learning and data science, reports

Apple Acquired Machine Learning Startup Inductiv for Siri Improvements

Apple recently purchased Ontario-based machine learning startup Inductiv for the purpose of improving Siri, reports Bloomberg.Apple confirmed the purchase with

Irish Regulators ‘in Contact’ With Apple Over Siri Quality Control Program

Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) is "in contact" with Apple after a former Apple contractor asked the DPC to investigate

Sony’s 2020 LED and OLED TV Lineup Rolling Out With HomeKit and AirPlay 2 Support

Sony today announced pricing and availability for its new 2020 LED and OLED televisions, which it announced at CES in

Apple Acquires AI Startup Voysis to Improve Siri

Apple has purchased artificial intelligence startup Voysis with the aim of improving Siri, reports Bloomberg. Voysis offers a platform that

Spotify Now Supports Siri on Apple Watch

Spotify now supports Siri voice commands on any Apple Watch running watchOS 6, as spotted by 9to5Mac.With the latest version

Apple’s Siri now helps you to check coronavirus symptoms

Siri now offers specific help to those worried they may have caught the virus

Siri Now Provides Coronavirus Advice From CDC and U.S. Public Health Service

iPhone users who ask Siri about COVID-19 can now complete a questionnaire about their symptoms and potential exposure to the

Bluetooth-Based Occupancy Sensor RoomMe Now Supports Siri Shortcuts

Intellithings today announced that its Bluetooth-based smart home occupancy sensor RoomMe now supports Siri Shortcuts.RoomMe, successfully funded on Indiegogo in

Siri helped save a teenager after his vehicle crashes into icy river

Apple's digital assistant Siri helped save 18-year old Gael Salcedo, who found himself in a freezing river after losing control of his Jeep.

What Blade Runner got right (and wrong) about 2019

1982's Blade Runner is rightly considered a masterpiece. But how accurate were its predictions about the world of November 2019? Here's what it got right and, in one case, very wrong.

Your Alexa speaker can be hacked with malicious audio tracks. And lasers.

Think your smart speaker is secure? Two recent demonstrations will make you think again. From adversarial music to laser attacks, this is how hackers could turn your smart speaker against you.

How to Delete Siri Audio History and Opt Out of Siri Audio Sharing on HomePod

This article explains how to delete your Siri audio interaction history and opt out of sharing audio recordings with Apple

How to Delete Your Siri Audio History and Opt Out of Siri Audio Sharing

This article explains how to delete your Siri audio interaction history and opt out of sharing audio recordings with Apple

Amazon Echo Buds review: Alexa lays a smackdown on the AirPods

With an astounding number of features for the money, Amazon's $130 Echo Buds look great on paper. Do they live up to their promises? We put them to the test.

Apple Plans to Allow Siri to Default to Frequently-Used Third-Party Messaging Apps Later This Year

Apple plans to release a software update later this year that will enable third-party messaging apps like WhatsApp, Skype, and

Spotify Testing Siri Support on iOS 13

Spotify has added Siri support to the latest beta version of its iOS app, allowing users to ask Siri to

5 ways that future A.I. assistants will take voice tech to the next level

What will it take to push today's artificial intelligence voice assistant technology to the next level? Here are 5 game-changing next-gen challenges that are just waiting to be solved.

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ROCKUBOT: Sterilizing robot kills germs and bacteria

We live in a dangerous time. Well, okay, maybe not dangerous, but a cautious one at the least. Germs and bacteria are everywhere and we’re more aware of it than ever before.We’re routinely wiping things down, washing hands, and cleaning on a more rigorous basis. And a lot of us are also sterilizing the things we touch. UV-C wands and lights are becoming commonplace in many households.The ROCKUBOT, available for just $99, is the sort of home companion that keeps a vigilant eye on your environment. It automatically traverses over surfaces with its UV-C light and ultrasonic wave technology to help eliminate 99.99% of bacteria, germs, viruses, and mites. All in a matter of seconds.The ROCKUBOT has 24 smart sensors that can help it avoid obstacles or power through terrain. And like your smart robot vacuum cleaner, it has a mapping and navigation feature. Similarly, it can also detect slopes, cliffs, and obstacles.Use the ROCKUBOT to clean a bed or room quickly, efficiently, and quietly, too. Or, take it into manual mode and clean smaller items like your phone, tablet, keyboard, and mouse.But Wait, There’s More!Tucked inside of the ROCKUBOT is a 5,000mAh battery. Yes, you can also take this device with you to keep your phone and other gadgets charged on the go.If that’s not enough to pique your interest, maybe you’d like the “Music Playing Version” of the ROCKUBOT. Priced just $108.99, it houses a Bluetooth speaker. It’s a Tom Haverford dream come true.Order Yours TodayPurchase your ROCKUBOT from the AG Deals Store for only $99.99 right now, saving about $30 in the process. Or, for a few bucks more go all-in with the version that houses a Bluetooth speaker. It’s a bigger savings at around $50 off 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.

Microsoft Surface Duo pre-orders arrive ahead of September 10 availability

Nearly one year after teasing the device, Microsoft has made its Surface Duo official. While it technically works as a phone, Microsoft’s built the unit as an all-purpose multi-tasking product for professionals. Indeed, it’s like a shrunken down Surface experience that just happens to work as a phone, too.Powered by Android 10, the device features a pair of 5.6-inch OLED displays connected by a narrow 360-degree hinge. Together they form an 8.1-inch display.As one might expect, users can run multiple apps at the same time. Run them side-by-side and you’ll dial up the productivity. Or, in select instances, expand the app to let it take advantage of the larger tablet-like space.Microsoft has taken steps to customize the software and suite of apps, giving it a blend of the best of Android and Windows. Included are Office, Outlook, OneNote, Edge, and a host of other titles, many of which are built with two screens in mind.Key hardware includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB RAM,and a choice of 128GB/256GB storage.Additionally, the Surface Duo has USB-C, video output via DisplayPort HDMI, a fingerprint reader, and an 11-megapixel camera with 1080p video conferencing/4K video capture. A 3,577mAh battery runs the show and supports 18W fast charging.As a company, we are focused on delivering purposeful innovation – pushing the boundaries of existing categories to not just move technology forward, but to move people forward.While it doesn’t have the hardware that rivals flagship phones, the Microsoft Surface Duo is more about the capabilities. It’s definitely not for everyone and has a very targeted audience.The Surface Duo will launch September 10 with a $1,399 starting price. It supports 4G networks for AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. Pre-orders are available now at Microsoft’s website.

Yes, there’s a “Netflix for sleep” and it has hundreds of hours of content

We live in a time where a lot of startups pitch themselves as a “Netflix for ___” or an “Uber for ____” business. This is the era of subscriptions, services, side hustles and the gig economy.When it comes to subscriptions and streaming services, a lot of people think of music and video. And that’s where Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime reign supreme.As nice as it is to fall asleep to your favorite shows or movies, it’s not exactly the best stuff for your brain. If you’re honest with yourself, you know you could do better when it pertains to getting quality rest. And it starts with proper sleep.Instead of trying to unwind with a new episode of “The World’s Most Dangerous Prisons”, why not try some guided meditation? Try Restflix, a streaming service designed to help you get more restful sleep and deal with stress.Restflix is helps users fall asleep faster and rest better, and includes 20+ personalized channels with meditative music, bedtime stories, and calming videos.Restflix is not just for sleep, either. Use it throughout your day to unplug or re-center yourself ahead of that next Zoom call or virtual meeting.Watch on all major platforms: Apple TV, iOS, Roku, Android & Fire TVWatch 20+ live channels featuring soothing sounds, bedtime stories, kids, guided meditations & moreUnlimited video & audio w/ no interruptionsHuge variety of Sleep expert-approvedHelps overcome insomnia, tinnitus, night-time anxiety, & lower everyday stressAvailabilityYou can purchase a subscription to Restflix in one, two, and three year options. It normally costs $49 per year if you purchase it direct; however, we’re offering deep discounts to our readers. The longer you subscribe, the bigger the savings!1-year subscription – $29.992-year subscription – $49.993-year subscription – $59.99Best 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.

Vissles-M Monitor review

If you’ve ever used multiple screens for your work PC, you know just how beneficial it can be to your productivity. Being able to monitor emails or social media without switching between tabs is really convenient. The same goes for working on a document with source material on a second screen.While it’s not entirely uncommon to have two screens for the home or office computer, you certainly don’t see that very often with laptops. Nobody has perfected an affordable portable experience with two screens.It’s possible, of course, to plug your laptop or Chromebook into a hub/dock or to simply connect to a monitor as needed. That’s nice and all, but the screen takes up space and it’s not something you can take with you on the road.The Vissles-M ($199), is a portable 15.6-inch display that connects to your computer, laptop, and other devices. It also allows for touch, and that’s pretty damn cool, if not something you get in a traditional monitor.With two USB Type-C ports and one mini-HDMI port, it plugs into your gaming consoles (Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch) and Android phones. Indeed, it allows for you to put a screen where you normally wouldn’t, bringing about new levels of productivity or entertainment.There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack which comes in handy should you find yourself working in a coffee shop; built-in speakers are located at the bottom.The Vissles-M is an IPS panel with a non-glare surface and a contrast ratio of 800:1. Its resolution is 1920 x 1080, which should be on par with your standard laptop screen.Included in the box are a number of cables, which we certainly appreciate. It’s nice not having to hunt down a USB-C-to-USB-C cable or a mini-HDMI cable just to get going.The display has a magnetic protective cover that keeps the screen from getting scratches. It’s also this cover that becomes the stand to prop it up. We found it does well with varying angles for different viewing perspectives.The whole thing weighs in about 1.5-pounds so it travels very well. And because it’s ultra-thin, you can put it in the same bag as your laptop without notice.We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the overall picture, it is a monitor after all. Brightness is contrast is good, but you’ll want to plug into a power source if you can.We didn’t get above 65 percent before our unit wanted to power off. Plugging in a second USB-C cable into the wall let us get all the way up to 100. With that said, we do appreciate when we’re able to adjust the image based on environmental or situational needs.The picture is clear and has a nice contrast, and we found it has good viewing angles. There’s something in the non-glare coating that gives it a bit of a dull or flat effect. It’s not terrible, and really only makes itself obvious when contrasting to your laptop or other screens. If you’re using it for watching videos or gaming, you’ll probably be happy with the image.We paired ours up with an entry-level Chromebook for a few weeks and came away feeling like the image was nearly identical. Stick it with a Pixelbook or something premium, though, and you’ll see the difference.This isn’t a gaming monitor, to be sure. Don’t buy this for that aspect or you’ll come away less than pleased. The real demographic here is someone who might need to boost productivity from time to time. Whether that means duplicating/sharing their screen, engaging in Slack or Zoom chats while working on a document, or blowing through emails, it works well.We had mixed results when using our phones as the Vissles-M mirrors your handset but doesn’t allow for touch. It doesn’t fill the screen and the image sits vertically in the middle. The only real use case we can see here might be for sharing your screen with someone else, and even then that’s not great.We’d love to be able to open up email in a tablet-like experience. At a minimum we’d like to be able to rotate the image to better fill the screen.We’ve enjoyed having this on the standing desk as it makes working from a laptop more practical and efficient. It largely stays put around the office, but we’ve found it fun to take with us for a little bit of downtime. Getting in some Paper Mario on the Nintendo Switch is a a unique experience when you can do it tabletop at the park or on the back deck.Learn more about the Vissles-M at the Vissles website where it’s also available for purchase. Pick yours up for about $200 right now.