Skype’s major redesign prioritizes helpful bots and a smart camera over traditional video chats

Microsoft announced a major redesign of its Skype app on Thursday, helping users foster an improved social network of sorts among their best friends, while an army of helpful bots stands ready to offer recommendations and cat GIFs.  Skype hasn’t eliminated the ability to chat with your friends, and it’s …

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The Essential Phone is a beautiful example of everything that’s wrong with Android

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. An Android phone maker comes along with a hot new premium handset that promises to deliver everything we’ve always wanted: speed, good looks, and performance. This time around it’s Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone, the latest handset vying for hundreds of your hard-earned dollars with …

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Sony outs launch details for its Xperia XZ Premium flagship and futuristic Touch projector

Since we last heard about the Xperia XZ Premium at Mobile World Congress, the Samsung Galaxy S8, the HTC U Ultra, and the LG G6 have all begun shipping. But over the past few months, Sony has been putting the finishing touches on its own flagship phone, as well as its …

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Andy Rubin’s $699 Essential Phone is finally here and it’s weird

After months of Twitter teases and hype, Android founder Andy Rubin has finally unveiled his latest project to the world. And as expected, the vaunted Essential Phone is yet another Android phone. But it’s also much more than that. While the specs bear out a real-deal flagship competitor, it’s clear …

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Android device updates: It’s finally time for Android Wear 2.0 on the Moto 360 second-gen

The rollout of Android Wear 2.0 has been frustrating for many. The Huawei Watch just got the new OS a couple of weeks ago, and now it’s finally time for the second-generation Moto 360 to get Wear 2.0 as well. Android Wear 2.0 had already been delayed from its initial …

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Google gives families simple sharing tools for events, notes, and photos

Google introduced some fantastic sharing features for its Photos app during I/O, letting you automatically send photos based on who’s in them or set your library to sync with your loved ones. What Google didn’t tell us is that it’s the start of a larger push to stay connected to …

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Dish Network is quietly putting Android TV in hotel rooms

Late last week, TechHive received a tip about a mysterious streaming device called the Evolve, manufactured by LG and bearing a Dish Network trademark. It turns out this device is not a satellite-streaming hybrid for living rooms, but an Android TV box for the hotel industry: a set-back box in …

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You’ll soon be able to control IKEA’s affordable smart lights with Assistant, Alexa, and Siri

We’ve been hearing a lot about how Google Home and Amazon Echo can control our smart appliances and devices, but for many of us, they’re still out of reach. Spending a couple hundred dollars on smart light bulbs or thousands on a new oven aren’t exactly impulse buys, especially if …

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Anker’s faster-charging 10,000mAh power bank is $27 right now

With spring’s rain (and snow…) finally clearing up, we can once again start spending time outdoors. There’s no reason to let your tiny cellphone battery hold you back from enjoying the sunshine, either—not when Amazon is offering Anker’s PowerCore Speed 10000 power bank for $27. That’s just two dollars more …

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Apple’s updated Android ‘Switch’ campaign explains why people move to iPhone

Apple and Android may forever be locked in a fight for mobile domination, but they take very different approaches to their quest for market share. On the one hand, there are more than 2 billion active Android devices in use around the world. On the other, Apple makes gobs of …

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