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3 Days Ago   Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

3 Days Ago   Note to self: No more emailing at 6 a.m. And maybe spend less time checking email overall. Those are my big two takeaways from Boomerang Insights, a new tool that dives into your Gmail history to gauge your tone and measure your emailing habits.

4 Days Ago   Comcast has apparently realized that charging cord cutters $5 per month for a streaming box was a bad idea. The company’s Xfinity Flex device, which is essentially an Xfinity X1 cable box without the cable, is now free for internet-only subscribers, though Comcast will still charge $5 per month to rent an additional box.

4 Days Ago   Now that the genie’s out of the bottle on deepfakes—the AI technique that generates fake video or audio of a person—Descript is putting it to use for benign purposes.

4 Days Ago   This article is part of Fast Company’s editorial series The New Rules of AI. More than 60 years into the era of artificial intelligence, the world’s largest technology companies are just beginning to crack open what’s possible with AI—and grapple with how it might change our future.

5 Days Ago   NBCUniversal just came up with one of the least lazy names for a streaming service we’ve heard in a while. Instead of NBC+, NBC Max, or the like, its forthcoming service will be called “Peacock” in a nod to the NBC logo.

10 Days Ago   As blackouts loom for ESPN on DirecTV and other AT&T TV services, remember who's instigating them.

10 Days Ago   The next time you ask a question to Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, the answer might come from another Alexa user. Starting today, Amazon is publicly launching a program called Alexa Answers, which lets anyone field questions asked by users for which Alexa doesn’t already have a response—ones such as: What states surround Illinois?

11 Days Ago   This Sling-centric streaming dongle gets the hardware right. It's the software and Sling TV service that remain iffy.

12 Days Ago   As is custom this time of year, Apple has convened the press at an event to announce new iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads, and more. Here’s a summary of everything from Apple’s September 2019 event: [Photo: courtesy of Apple] iPhone 11: Like the current iPhone XR, the iPhone 11 will have a 6.1-inch LCD display with the same cutout at the top to house Apple’s FaceID camera array.

15 Days Ago   TiVo vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

16 Days Ago   HDHomeRun's whole-home DVR hardware, the Scribe and Servio, streams broadcasts in native quality on the cheap, but the software is still too crude.

17 Days Ago   Over-the-air DVR might always be a niche, even as antennas make a comeback.

18 Days Ago   Fire TV has become one of Amazon’s biggest hardware hits. Depending on how you interpret the numbers, its 37 million active users could make it more popular than Roku (which reports 30.5 million active accounts globally), and it’s also gaining on Roku’s streaming player share in the United States.

18 Days Ago   Back in January 2018, Roku announced a grand vision for parlaying its streaming TV success into a broader home entertainment platform. The plan was to power not just smart TVs and streaming boxes, but speakers and soundbars with whole-home audio, all of which would be orchestrated by a voice assistant.

20 Days Ago   For the past few months, I’ve been letting Ring—and, by extension, Amazon—monitor my house. When no one’s home, the Ring Alarm system keeps watch through a system of contact and motion sensors, ready to send alerts to my phone—and, optionally, to a professional monitoring service—if the sensors detect an unwelcome presence.

24 Days Ago   Apple has announced a new program that will supply genuine iPhone parts to independent repair shops, including those that aren’t authorized under Apple’s existing service program.

24 Days Ago   Disney+ device streaming limits could become a new annoyance for cord-cutters.

25 Days Ago   Although Google has always insisted that the regular version of YouTube is not for children, it’s never offered a web version of the separate YouTube Kids app, which restricts content based on age and disables certain features such as commenting.

25 Days Ago   Earlier this month, Apple suspended a program in which it hired contractors to listen to recordings of Siri voice commands and grade the accuracy of transcriptions.

25 Days Ago   The JBL Link Bar combines a soundbar with Google Assistant and Android TV, but not without major drawbacks.

27 Days Ago   Disney is giving fans a better idea of what to expect with its Disney+ streaming service when it launches on November 12. In addition to the actual content, Disney+ will come with the following perks and restrictions: With a $7 per month (or $70 per year) Disney+ subscription, you’ll be able to watch on up to four screens at the same time and can register up to 10 devices total.

30 Days Ago   Google is flexing its optical character recognition muscle with the ability to search for text in Google Photos. The company confirmed the feature on Twitter after users discovered it on their own, but it’s still rolling out to everyone.

30 Days Ago   For years, we’ve heard that the pay TV industry is getting serious about the problem of password sharing. Tom Rutledge, the chairman and CEO of cable company Charter Communications, has made a point of speaking out against sharing TV app logins with friends and relatives since at least 2015.

31 Days Ago   After 10 years, Google is giving up the tradition of naming Android versions after desserts. The next version of Android, previously codenamed Android Q, will simply be called Android 10.

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