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Google Assistant will alert people that Duplex calls are being recorded

Google Assistant will alert people that Duplex calls are being recorded

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Google Assistant will identify itself at the beginning of conversations when it starts making phone calls on behalf of real users later this year using Google’s human-sounding Duplex AI technology. It will also alert those on the other end of the conversation “in certain jurisdictions” that calls are being recorded, according to Bloomberg, which reported […]

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Xiaomi’s next flagship phone might have an in-display fingerprint sensor

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We’ve been seeing rumblings of Xiaomi’s next flagship smartphone, which would be a regular development, until a video uploaded to YouTube teased that the upcoming device — dubbed the Mi 8 — will have an in-display fingerprint sensor. The Mi 8 is supposed to be the sequel to last year’s Mi 6 — it’s not […]

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The first 4K, HDR, and G-Sync monitor is up for preorder, but it’s $2,000

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If you’re a PC gamer like myself, you appreciate high refresh rates, resolutions, and color accuracy. 4K “gaming monitors” have been on the market for years, but none of them were truly fulfilling those needs. But now, here is Acer’s Predator X27 4K monitor — the first to have the 4K, HDR, and G-Sync trifecta. […]

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Activists from Myanmar, Syria, and beyond call for Facebook to fix moderation

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In a press conference today, a coalition of activists from Myanmar, Syria, and six other countries called on Facebook to take a more consistent and transparent approach to moderation. Facebook has come under fire for its role in fueling a genocide in Myanmar as well as enabling broader political manipulation around the world. “Many of […]

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House Democrats are collecting signatures to force a vote on net neutrality

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A coalition of House Democrats has begun proceedings to force a vote to restore net neutrality protections. The discharge petition, introduced by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA), allows the House to force a vote if half the representatives sign on, giving activists until the end of the session in January to collect the necessary signatures. They […]

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Verily’s ‘exploding micro-needles’ are a fix for a problem that doesn’t exist

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Somehow, Silicon Valley hasn’t learned from the train wreck that was Theranos. The latest rumors are that Verily, formerly Google Life Sciences, is developing a painless blood-collection gadget “using a system of exploding micro-needles and magnets,” CNBC’s Christina Farr reports. So Silicon Valley is trying to fix blood tests again, which is one of the […]

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Acer’s Predator X27 G-Sync HDR Display Listed in the USA, to Ship on June 1

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After previously being listed in Europe last month, G-Sync HDR monitor listings are finally showing up in the US, answering by far the biggest outstanding question on the new monitors: pricing. As of today, Newegg has started to take pre-orders on Acer’s Predator X27 G-Sync HDR display, listing the monitor at $1,999.99. Meanwhile, Acer has […]

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Intel Discloses Plans to Spend $5 Billion on Fab 28 Expansion in Isreal

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Intel and two Israeli ministries this week announced that the chip giant plans to invest $5 billion in its Kiryat Gat fab complex – Fab 28 – through 2020. Under the plan, Intel is expected to buy various products from local suppliers and hire additional personnel. In return, Israel will provide the processor maker a tax […]

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Hasbro just trademarked the smell of Play-Doh

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People have tried to trademark a lot of weird stuff over the years, from celebratory poses to the Tarzan yell to, literally, the word “cocky.” So it’s actually kind of surprising that it took Hasbro 27 years of owning the Play-Doh brand before the company attempted to corner the market on that weird, yeasty, almost-food […]

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Trump reportedly wants to punish Amazon by trying to double Postal Service rates

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President Donald Trump has personally asked the Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double the rate the US Postal Service charges companies like Amazon to use its services, according to a report from The Washington Post today. The move is just the latest, and perhaps most dramatic, turn in the ongoing feud between the sitting president […]

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