Google tries new approach with voice on Pixel phone

The Assistant is always at the ready on the Pixel phone and can be summoned by pressing the home button or saying the words ‘OK Google.’ Photo: Reuters About six months ago, people working on hardware and the voice-activated Google Assistant for the Pixel phone started sitting next to each other at the company’s Mountain View, California headquarters, hammering out ... Read More »

App radar: Latest cool apps for iOS and Android

Zombie Anarchy is a fun game and will keep you thoroughly engaged. Last month has been pretty impressive as far as mobile games are concerned. We saw several high-profile console game franchises making a debut on Android and iOS platforms with gameplay attuned for smaller screen. While some of them like the FIFA Mobile have been disappointing, the likes of ... Read More »

Uber declutters its mobile app, making it simpler, snappier

Uber in its mobile app is also introducing a feed, giving passengers a scrolling list of information and options while enroute. Photo: Bloomberg San Francisco: Uber Technologies Inc. is rolling out the biggest update to its mobile application since 2012, seeking to simplify, speed up and enrich the ride-hailing experience. Over time, Uber has crammed a hodgepodge of services into ... Read More »

Have an Android phone? Cast a Harry Potter spell

The announcement coincides with the release of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, a prequel to the ‘Harry Potter’ series, on 18 November. Ever thought you were a witch or wizard living in a world full of muggles? Or wondered how a spell from Hogwarts would work in the muggle-world? Android users now have a real chance to experience ... Read More »

Get Cooking Accurately With the Meld Knob + Clip

0 Many people enjoy making a home cooked meal. Unfortunately, the joys of cooking can quickly turn to frustration. Your family or a phone call distracts you and now the food’s burnt. You find a recipe that looks promising but vague directions or differences in cookware ruin your efforts. Lazy cooks or those that value accuracy might find a possible ... Read More »

Juice Your Apple Devices with this Fun Juice Box Charger

What’s the best way to give your iPhone some battery life? With the 100 percent Energy Apple Juice Power Pack, of course. This compact backup battery pack is a charming and playful way to charge your USB-powered devices. Created by and sold on Photojojo!, it is designed to look like an apple juice box, making it the perfect accessory for ... Read More »

DJI Mavic Pro Foldable Drone Launched at $999, Takes on GoPro’s Karma

HIGHLIGHTS The DJI Mavic Pro can be folded to the size of a ‘water bottle’ It features a new controller and camera that supports 4K video It’s up for pre-order and starts shipping on October 15 for $999 GoPro unveiled its debut effort in the world of drones by introducing Karma at Photokina 2016. DJI, a long time player in ... Read More »

Sony to Return Image Sensors to Full Capacity on Smartphone Pickup

HIGHLIGHTS Sony commands about 40 percent of the market for CMOS image sensors The sensors were central to Sony’s recovery from years of losses Sony’s clients include Apple and Samsung. Sony Corp’s image sensor production will return to full capacity in the October-March half-year due to a pickup in smartphone demand, having spent part of the past year running just ... Read More »

GoPro Halts Sale of Hero5 Camera on Amazon

Wearable camera maker GoPro Inc said on Thursday it temporarily stopped selling its latest Hero5 camera model on Inc in the United States as the company negotiates pricing with the online retailer. GoPro’s shares fell as much as 3.8 percent, on track for its worst six-day drop since May. The company will resume supplying to Amazon at the end ... Read More »

Kodak Ektra Smartphone With 21-Megapixel Rear Camera, DSLR-Like Features Launched

HIGHLIGHTS It comes with a huge camera protrusion at the back The smartphone supports 4K video capture It has launched only in Europe for now In a bid to entice photo enthusiasts, camera company Kodak has launched the photo-focused Ektra smartphone. The smartphone has a unique design with a huge camera lens at the back, and it boasts of DSLR-like ... Read More »