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Google Assistant No Longer Requires ‘Ok Google’ To Issue Commands

The Google Home Assistant no longer requires you to say ‘Hey Google’ or ‘Ok Google’ to continue conversations with it. This makes it easier to use, but what are the implications? Many devices have a number of quirks and requirements that most people aren’t aware of, so it would help to explain what the ‘Hey…

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Square Shares Jump After Getting Approval To Trade Cryptocurrencies

Shares in Square (NYSE: SQ) jumped on Monday as the mobile payments app received regulatory approval for to trade cryptocurrencies in New York, according to CNBC. A welcome feature for customers that want to use cryptocurrencies. The company’s CEO, Jack Dorsey is also the CEO, co-founder of Twitter and has expressed support for cryptocurrencies, especially…

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iPhones Will Soon Send Your Location To First Responders

There’s a good chance that you’ve called 911 and repeatedly tried to spell out your address over a lot of noise or a scratchy phone call. Smartphones have tremendous capabilities that enable them to find anything you need in a flash, and nearby based on your location. Yet contacting the police is just as difficult…

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HP Implements Refrigeration Technology In Omen Gaming Headsets

HP has announced a new Mindframe headset (under the Omen gaming product line) that offers thermoelectric cooling, a noise-cancelling unidirectional microphone, virtual 7.1 surround sound, and 3D spatial awareness. The thermoelectric cooler makes the Mindframe headphones comfortable even on hot days. Thermoelectric cooling is a concept that utilizes the Peltier effect to transfer heat from…

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Audi E-Tron Will Use A Heat Pump To Manage Battery Temperature

The Audi E-Tron electric car will be equipped with a heat pump that keeps battery temperatures in their ideal range throughout the seasons, according to TU News. The news report states that the system will keep the car’s 95 kWh battery pack between 25 and 35 °C, which helps to prevent performance reductions caused by hard…

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Understanding Bottlenecks: How To Buy The Fastest External Hard Drive

There are numerous different types of external hard drives on the market, and choosing the fastest one is not as simple as just buying an SSD, buying a Thunderbolt drive, or a USB-C drive. There are significant performance bottlenecks that can make even a Thunderbolt drive perform below your expectations. For example: The Thunderbolt interface…