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Swiped out yet? Facebook Dating is in the wild right now

September 21st, 2018

The long-rumored Facebook Dating service has gone live in Colombia for a trial run. The dating service is a departure from the popular swipe left or right model we’ve seen on Tinder and Bumble, so what is all about? Here are the details.

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More than 20,000 smart home products are now supported by Alexa

September 21st, 2018

If you have ever wondered how many smart home products work with Amazon Alexa, the answer is a lot. Alongside announcements for new Echo speakers and other devices, Amazon revealed that over 20,000 smart home products from more than 3,5000 brands can …

All-new Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Sub are now up for pre-order in India

September 21st, 2018

Amazon is launching its latest products in India on the same day as their U.S. debut.

Amazon released over a dozen products at its hardware event, and the retailer is bringing five products to the Indian market. The all-new Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Sub are currently up for pre-order, with sales set to kick off from October 11.

Amazon is also set to launch the second-gen Echo Show in India at some point next year, along with the Echo Input, which offers the same functionality as a Chromecast Audio but for Alexa.

The new Echo Dot has a fabric finish and offers vastly improved sound quality thanks to a 1.6-inch driver. It is 70% louder and has an aux port that lets it connect to other speakers, and you also get Bluetooth connectivity. The Echo Dot is available in black, grey, and white color options, and Amazon is retaining the ₹4,499 ($62) price point, which makes it an enticing option for those looking to get started with smart speakers.

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The Sony paradox: how camera software could change everything

September 21st, 2018

Sony boss Kenichiro Yoshida has taken up the challenge to get the stumbling smartphone division back on its feet. An important field is the camera. Now there’s a plan for resolving the Sony paradox. But is Sony on the right track?(This is a preview – c…

You can now send GIFs in Instagram direct messages

September 20th, 2018

Earlier this year, Instagram added the ability to embed GIF stickers in Stories (and then removed the feature, and then put it back). Now users can send GIFs to each other in DMs, via a new button in the composer bar.

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Amazon expands ‘Multi-Room Music’ speaker sync to third-party hardware

September 20th, 2018

In addition to all the other hardware-related news today, Amazon is also rolling out its multi-room audio feature to third-party hardware. Called Alexa Multi-Room Music, the expanded support for other Alexa-powered devices will allow you to group third-party speakers, including offerings from companies like Bose and Sonos, together with Amazon’s Echo hardware for synchronized playback.

This feature was previously only available on Amazon’s first-party hardware, but Amazon has decided to open things up to third-party products.

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[Deal Alert] Nokia 6 2017 is now $180 ($50 off) from B&H

September 20th, 2018

Prices for the original Nokia 6 have been falling steadily over the past few months. Back in May, the phone was just $199 from Newegg, and now it’s available for $180 from B&H. That’s not a bad price for one of last year’s best budget phones.

The 2017 Nokia 6 has a Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB RAM, a headphone jack, 32GB storage (with microSD card support), and a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD.

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Here’s how to order Amazon’s upcoming Echo Auto and save 50% in the process

September 20th, 2018

Alexa’s coming along for the ride.

Earlier today, Amazon announced a slew of new products centering around its popular Echo devices like the Echo Dot. While that device is reaching the release of its third generation next month, Amazon just unveiled a new product to the Echo lineup allowing you to bring Alexa along wherever you go: the Echo Auto.

By first connecting with your smartphone, the Echo Auto gains access to Alexa and plays through your car speakers via either Bluetooth or the auxiliary input depending on your vehicle. There are eight integrated microphones designed for in-vehicle acoustics so that the device is able to hear you speak even with the radio playing, the AC running, and the windows rolled down.

Instead of opening pre-orders to all customers like with the rest of the new products, Amazon has made the Echo Auto buying process a bit more complicated. Here’s what you’ll need to do to buy one:

Head to its product page on Amazon
Click ‘Request an Invitation’ which…

Win a Lenovo Smart Display from Android Central!

September 20th, 2018

Lenovo’s Smart Display elegantly transitions the Google Assistant onto screens, but it’s the beautiful design and great sound that make it a clear recommendation. The smart display provides visual context to everything, allowing you to see the recipes you’re asking for or watch the news briefs you listen to every morning. It’s also a way to watch video in general, starting with YouTube and Google Play Movies but eventually acting as a Cast target — essentially a small TV or tablet with a built-in Chromecast.

We love this product, and we can’t wait to see how it continues to evolve as future updates roll out. We want you to experience it as well, so we’re partnering with Lenovo to give you all a chance to win one for yourself. Keep reading to enter!

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THE PRIZE: One Android Central reader will win the Grand Prize of a Lenovo Smart Display in their choice of the 8″ or 10″ model. Additionally, two runners-up will win an 8″ Lenovo Smart Display!…

Apple to make dual SIM and eSIM standard? Not so fast

September 20th, 2018

Apple is a trend-setter, whether you like it or not. The new iPhones presented last week don’t seem to incorporate features as popular as last year’s notch but dual SIM and eSIM could become a must in the 2019 flagships.(This is a preview – click here …

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