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Amazon Alexa gains new smart home features like a multi-camera view, new commands, and more • TechCrunch

Amazon today announced a number of new smart features designed to allow Alexa device owners to better control their smart home — some of which don’t even require the Alexa device owner to interact with the virtual assistant by voice. These features expand on tools Amazon has rolled out to make Alexa more proactive and …

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Android apps getting ‘major’ Google TTS quality upgrade

“Speech Services by Google” is responsible for providing text-to-speech (TTS) and speech-to-text (transcription) capabilities for Android apps. Google is now rolling out a major TTS audio quality upgrade for 64-bit Android devices. Android text-to-speech is getting “clearer, more natural voices” with a “significant side by side quality increase” touted. A new voice model and synthesizer …

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Smartphone-Recorded Steps Affect Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Working-Age Adults

Positive changes in cardiovascular risk disease factors are associated with smartphone-recorded steps over time among Japanese adults with differences noted between sexes, according to study findings published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers in Japan sought to evaluate the association between long-term steps recorded by smartphone and changes in cardiovascular disease risk …

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Zuckerberg Teases Mixed Reality Fencing Game On Quest Pro

Mark Zuckerberg teased a mixed reality fencing game on Quest Pro. The video shows off the soon-to-launch headset’s flagship new feature: color passthrough. We also saw the passthrough back in May when Zuckeberg teased another mixed reality demo on Quest Pro. But both videos were posted to Facebook & Instagram which applied heavy compression to …

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Skull and Bones delayed yet again, now launching March 2023

Ubisoft has delayed its long-awaited pirate game Skull and Bones yet again – this time until 9th ​​March 2023. Originally revealed back in 2017 and in development since 2013, the project’s launch has been repeatedly pushed back – and was most recently expected to arrive in November this year. In a press release this afternoon, …

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Courant leather MagSafe-compatible charger – Review

Courant recently launched its idea of ​​what a MagSafe-compatible charger should look like with the MAG:1 Classics and Essentials. Featuring premium Italian leather or designer Belgium linen, the company is elevating magnetic chargers for iPhone. Here are our thoughts after going hands-on with the MAG:1 leather MagSafe-compatible charger. MAG:1 Classics and Essentials specs MAG:1 Classics …

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Amazon unveils a bedside device that tracks sleeping patterns

NEW YORK (AP) — Soon enough, a bedside Amazon device might know whether you’re sleeping — or not. The e-commerce and tech giant said Wednesday it will start selling a device later this year that can track sleeping patterns without a wristband. The device, called Halo Rise, will use non-contact sensors and artificial intelligence to …

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Harvest Foundation invests $1.4 million in Henry County internet expansion

HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) – The Harvest Foundation is investing in the expansion of broadband internet access in Henry County. The foundation is matching $1.5 million in grant funds to help Henry County achieve universal internet access. The funds will help Henry County’s two-phase project of ensuring everyone in the county has access to the …

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