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How to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve from any device

The presents are wrapped, the tree is up, and the stockings will soon be hung by the chimney with care. There’s only one thing left to do: track Santa’s annual Christmas Eve voyage around the world from your PC, smartphone, or tablet. This year Santa’s departure time depends on which …

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The Google Home Max takes aim at Sonos speakers with big sound and dynamic AI smarts

As expected, Google announced the Google Home Mini during its hardware event on Wednesday. But surprise! It also pulled the Mini’s antithesis out of its sleeve: the Google Home Max, a bigger, louder smart home speaker that takes direct aim at Sonos’s popular audio gear on the very same day …

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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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Twitter rolls out new privacy tools as it ditches Do Not Track and expands data sharing

Twitter is dumping its support for Do Not Track (DNT), changing how it shares user data with third parties, and holding any web browsing data it collects for a longer duration—all to better aid in ad targeting, of course. But at the same time, Twitter is giving users more control …

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We’ve gotten our first look at an Echo with a built-in screen, and it’s straight out of 2005

Alexa is poised for a major breakout. Over the past few months, Amazon’s AI assistant has expanded to the iPhone in the Amazon app, Android with the Huawei Mate 9, and gotten a camera upgrade with the fashion-minded Echo Look. But a new leak suggests Amazon has even bigger plans …

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Google eyes massive AI expansion with new Assistant SDK

You might say 2017 is the year of Assistant. While Google’s AI chatbot launched last year, it’s really come into form over the past few months, with an array of third-party actions, support for all Marshmallow and Nougat phones, Android Wear integration, and most recently, the ability to access millions …

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Google may build ad-blocking into Chrome

Google makes a lot of money from online advertisements. In what appears to be a surprising move at first glance, the company is likely to introduce an ad blocking feature that could be turned on by default in desktop and mobile versions of its Chrome browser, according to a news …

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Facebook goes full Snapchat with disappearing Stories

Snapchat famously rejected a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook back in 2013, but that hasn’t stopped Facebook from taking the features that make Snapchat great. The latest is Stories, a visual diary separate from your main news feed that disppears after 24 hours. Facebook is adding the Snapchat clone …

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