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Weekends are best spent with friends and family. Or in a comfy chair if you’re Rex the Dachshund.

That’s Rex. He’ll be 15 in September and he is my new life coach and is going to help me learn to relax and let things go. He spends most of the day sitting here in my office on his ridiculous chair knowing that he’s in charge of the important things like when is lunch and is it too  [Read More…]

Acer CXI3 Chromebox pre-orders now open and start at $297

If you want a lot of power, you can spend as much as $ 744.

Seemingly out of nowhere, 2018’s been shaping up to be an excellent year for Chromebox fans. Asus and HP both announced Chromebox hardware during this year’s CES, and a few weeks later, Acer unveiled its new CXI3. Acer’s Chromebox has since gone up for pre-order, and pricing sounds more than reasonable.

There are a few different models to choose from, with the  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo Spot coming to Canada on April 25 for $170, pre-orders now open

Spot the localization.

It took its sweet time coming to Canada, but Amazon’s diminutive Echo Spot is arriving north of the border on April 25 for $ 170 CAD. That’s a bit of a jump from the U.S. price of $ 130, but hey, exchange rates.

Phil Nickinson really likes his — he calls it “cute” and a great bedside alarm clock with Alexa built in — and given that the larger-screened Echo Show has yet to go  [Read More…]

Samsung DeX Pad pre-orders finally open for $99, free with Galaxy S9 purchase for a limited time

Galaxy S9 purchases will include a free DeX Pad for a limited time.

Samsung’s second-generation desktop docking system, the DeX Pad, is finally coming up for pre-order after being announced alongside the Galaxy S9 and S9+ over a month ago. The DeX Pad comes in at $ 99, which is cheaper than the original MSRP of the DeX Station that launched the whole DeX ecosystem back with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ — though nowadays you can pick up  [Read More…]

Google Voice is running an open beta for Wi-Fi calling

It’s actually happening.

Google Voice received a long-overdue redesign in January of 2017, and this updated it with much-needed features and a modern UI. However, there was something that was still missing – VoIP.

After years of patiently waiting, it looks like our day has finally come. On the Google Voice Help Forum, Google’s announced that it’s running an open beta for Wi-Fi/data calling that’s integrated directly into Google Voice.

VoIP with Google Voice allows you to  [Read More…]

FTC says it has an ‘open non-public investigation’ into Facebook

About a week ago, Facebook came under fire for giving away user data to Cambridge Analytic. It’s a story you’ve likely heard of by now, and following everything that’s already happened, the Federal Trade Commission has decided to issue its official statement on the matter.

Speaking for the FTC, acting director Tom Pahl said the following:

The FTC is firmly and fully committed to using all of its tools to protect the privacy of consumers. Foremost among these  [Read More…]

Google Camera’s Portrait Mode technology from the Pixel 2 goes open source

The Pixel 2 is arguably the best camera experience on Android with Google achieving with software what others require hardware to do. One of these features is the Pixel 2‘s Portrait Mode which identifies a subject and then blurs the surrounding background to provide focus on that subject. Google is using semantic image segmentation to […]

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Google made the Pixel 2’s portrait mode tech open source

In other words, developers can now harness the Pixel 2’s portrait prowess.

The Pixel 2‘s camera package is excellent for a lot of different reasons, and one of my favorite features is easily its portrait mode. The Pixel 2 continues to create the best-looking portrait-style shots even with phones like the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X out in the wild, and now Google’s doing the unexpected by making it open source.

Portrait mode on the Pixel 2  [Read More…]

OnePlus 5/5T get Android 8.1 with OxygenOS Open Beta

The February 2018 security patch is also included.

Keeping up its legacy of offering speedy software updates, the OnePlus 5 and 5T recently started getting Android 8.1 Oreo through OnePlus’s Open Beta program for OxygenOS. This marks Open Beta 6 for the OnePlus 5 and Open Beta 4 for the 5T.

With these updates, both phones are getting the following:

Android 8.1 Oreo February 2018 security patch New auto pick up gesture (answer an incoming call by  [Read More…]

Qualcomm remains open to Broadcom buyout if offered more cash

When will this back and forth end?

Another day, another possibility that Qualcomm may eventually sell to Broadcom.

Reports of Broadcom being interested in acquiring Qualcomm first appeared in early November of 2017, but Qualcomm’s Board of Directors turned down the initial offering of $ 105 billion. Broadcom came back with a counter-offer of $ 121 billion, but even so, Qualcomm still refused to sell.

On February 16, 2018, Qualcomm’s Chairman of the Board, Paul Jacobs, sent  [Read More…]