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How to talk to Samuel L. Jackson using Alexa

The Samuel L. Jackson voice is a fun skill for your Alexa-enabled devices. We show you how to get this skill on your Echo device and customize the options.

Eero 6 review: Smart home management made easy

Don't let your smart home get out of control. The Eero 6 has the ability to manage all your gadgets, while also providing much-needed coverage of your space.

This is the top-selling tech gear of Black Friday 2020

Black Friday 2020 set a new record for online shopping after customers dropped $9 billion on a range of products, with tech gear proving as popular as ever.

Americans all ready for some shopping therapy this weekend

The Black Friday shopping frenzy is almost here, with a new survey revealing the average amount customers are expected to spend over the next few days.

Americans all ready for some shopping therapy this weekend

The Black Friday shopping frenzy is almost here, with a new survey revealing the average amount customers are expected to spend over the next few days.

Atomi Smart Coffee Maker review: Under extracted

There are plenty of smart coffee makers out there, and this is one of the most popular.

Amazon kills Echo Loop, improves Echo Frames

Amazon has chosen to discontinue their Echo Loop, while doubling down and improving the functionality of the Echo Frames, a set of smart eyeglasses.

Walmart Black Friday Event 2: Deals on Chromebooks and 4K TVs

The Walmart Black Friday Event 2 is in full swing, bringing discounts on everything from HP and Lenovo Chromebooks to LG and Samsung 4K TVs. Time is of the essence here, though: The best are in short supply, meaning you’ll need to act fast if you want to take home that must-have item on your […]

Walmart Black Friday Event 2: Deals on Chromebooks and 4K TVs

The Walmart Black Friday Event 2 is in full swing, bringing discounts on everything from HP and Lenovo Chromebooks to LG and Samsung 4K TVs. Time is of the essence here, though: The best are in short supply, meaning you’ll need to act fast if you want to take home that must-have item on your […]

Best Buy Treat Yourself Sale 2020: Black Friday deals to shop today

The latest wave of have arrived in the form of the retailer’s Treat Yourself Sale, bringing steep discounts on everything from Ring Video Doorbells to 4K TVs. There’s no harm in shopping now, either: These early are covered by Best Buy’s Black Friday Price Guarantee — it’ll refund the difference should an item you purchase […]

Best Buy Treat Yourself Sale 2020: Black Friday deals to shop today

The latest wave of have arrived in the form of the retailer’s Treat Yourself Sale, bringing steep discounts on everything from Ring Video Doorbells to 4K TVs. There’s no harm in shopping now, either: These early are covered by Best Buy’s Black Friday Price Guarantee — it’ll refund the difference should an item you purchase […]

Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light review: Rise and shine

The Philips SmartSleep Light helps you wake up more naturally and feel more refreshed – but does it work?

Best Buy Black Friday Ad 2020: 11 deals you can’t afford to miss today

Black Friday arrived early for Best Buy this year. Shop these 11 best gadget deals available right now.

Tesvor S6 review: An affordable heavy-duty robovac and mop

Our Tesvor S6 review proves that you don't have to spend a fortune to get a good robot vacuum cleaner.

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) review: A bit better, a bit worse

Amazon's affordable smart speaker gets a bold new look.

Save big on Amazon Kindle, Fire TV Stick, Ring Video Doorbell 3 today

Save big on the Amazon Fire TV Stick, Amazon Kindle, and Ring Video Doorbell 3 right now.

Apple’s former design guru Jony Ive gets into bed with Airbnb

The man who helped create some of Apple’s most iconic products is teaming up with online accommodation service Airbnb to help design its future products and services.

5 reasons to use Android 11’s quick access smart home controls

Android 11 is finally here and provides users with a new quick access menu for the smart home, so we break down the reasons why you should start using it more.

6 cheap gadgets you can (and really should) buy today

Looking for a holiday gift? Take advantage of these cheap, must-have products on sale at Amazon right now.

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EU approves Google’s Fitbit acquisition with some restrictions

Nearly a year ago, Google announced it was acquiring the popular fitness band maker Fitbit for $2.1 billion dollars. However, as per usual, big acquisitions such as this aren’t a simple transaction. They require the approval of government bodies and wading through a lot of red tape before being finalized.The EU has given Google a reason to be jolly for the holidays though by approving the acquisition of Fitbit, although it comes with some conditions.For starters, Google must agree to keep Fitbit user’s health data separate from its ad business. This was the number one concern of many Fitbit uses upon hearing the news of the Google buyout. Users in the EU will also have the option to prevent Google apps such as Assistant and Maps from viewing their data from Fitbit.Next, Google is required to maintain Fitbit’s previous web API that gives third-party software access to the data that is collected. For example, apps that allowed syncing of your Fitbit data such as calorie counting apps.Lastly, Google cannot give itself an unfair advantage by giving its products exclusive access to features or degrade the experience for third-party wearables. All improvements and changes must be made freely available as part of the Android Open Source Project giving access to its competitors.All of this sounds perfectly reasonable, and Google must abide by these restrictions for a term of 10 years, at which time the ad restrictions may be renewed if deemed necessary.The EU approval is an important hurdle for Google to clear, however, it is still waiting on approval from the U.S. government. Unfortunately for Google, the Justice Department and several states are currently suing the search giant over antitrust violations. It may be more difficult to get the rubber stamp on the Fitbit acquisition considering all of the heat Google has on it from regulators in America.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus already has a video review and leaked renders show off new colors

We’re only weeks away from Samsung’s upcoming jam-packed Unpacked event on January 14, 2021. At the event, we expect to see the launch of the Korean brand’s latest Galaxy S21 lineup of smartphones, along with the new Galaxy Buds Pro.As is tradition with these big launches, pretty much everything has leaked out ahead of time. We’ve already seen renders of the S21, official teaser videos, and even a hands-on video. Now, we’re getting a fresh set of renders that show off the S21 in four different colors.The renders come from us via notable leaker Ishan Agarwal’s Twitter account and reveal the S21 in Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink, Phantom Grey, and Phantom White. Is that enough Phantom for you? Perhaps we should throw in a Phantom of the Opera as well.Besides the colors, the renders don’t really show off anything we haven’t seen before. Samsung is going for another center hole-punch camera on the front, and making use of a unique metal frame around the camera housing on the back. What is sure to be the Galaxy S21’s defining design characteristic.Those aren’t the only renders to have leaked out though. Alongside the Galaxy S21 images, we also saw WinFuture publish press renders of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra in Phantom Silver. The device really stands out with its massive camera bump which takes center stage, featuring five cameras in total. It’s speculated one of those cameras will feature a 108MP sensor.If photos don’t get you excited then maybe a hands-on review of the Galaxy S21 Plus will. Following up from his previous videos, YouTube user Random Stuff 2 has uploaded an unofficial review of the device weeks before the official announcement.In the video, he confirms the Galaxy S21 Plus comes with a Snapdragon 888, 8GB of RAM, a choice of 128GB or 256GB of storage, and runs Android 11 out of the box. On the camera side, we see that the S21 Plus will use a 64MP, 12MP, 12MP triple rear camera setup featuring 3X optical zoom.The video also gives us a look at some preliminary sample images with a comparison to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Just remember the Galaxy S21 Plus isn’t running final software so the image quality may change.It seems just about everything has leaked out about Samsung’s latest flagship, but we’re still waiting on confirmation that the S Pen will make its way to the S21 Ultra. Earlier reports suggested Samsung would kill off the Note series of phones this year after adding support for the S Pen to the S-series. However, it looks like the death of the Note may be delayed for a later date.

Pete Lau discusses the future of OnePlus, smartwatch confirmed

OnePlus has been said to be working on a smartwatch as early as 2016, but now it seems like a soon-to-be-realized reality.On December 14, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau held a meeting over video call with various journalists discussing the future of OnePlus and some of the events in the past year or so of their history. He discussed Carl Pei’s departure from the company, the controversy over the Facebook partnership, how their TV is a step towards building an ecosystem of devices, and how the upcoming smartwatch ties into that ecosystem.Lau discussed how a smartwatch was scrapped in 2015 because the company wanted to stay focused on phones at the time, having just made the OnePlus 2 with its own issues and the production of the budget X phone.More things are coming to the OnePlus ecosystem. It’s just a matter of timepic.twitter.com/r6RIILU8AQ— OnePlus (@oneplus) October 14, 2020Now, though, OnePlus has been well-established in the smartphone market and they’re looking to build an ecosystem. According to Lau, they are working with Google to improve Wear OS and the interconnection between Wear OS, Android TV, and Android smartphones.In addition, Lau discussed the company’s goals to improve their phone cameras as well as a desire to stay out of the foldables market.

Qualcomm announces QCC305x chipset for budget wireless earbuds

The other day, Qualcomm announced their QCC305x Bluetooth chipsets meant to power mid-tier and entry-level true wireless earbuds, bringing some premium features to the lower end.The new chipset supports Qualcomm aptX Voice and cVc Echo Cancellation and Noise Suppression for better voice callsIn addition, the Qualcomm QCC305x supports:Always-on wake wordsQualcomm Adaptive Active Noise CancellationQualcomm aptX Adaptive with up to 96Khz audio resolutionBluetooth Low Energy & Bluetooth 5.2This is assisted by the new support on Snapdragon 888 which supports Bluetooth 5.2, LE Audio, aptX, and other featuresYou can read the entire press release here.