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Best vacuum cleaners: 9 best vacuums from cordless Dyson to robot Roomba

Like a clean house but hate to, you know, clean? Then you need to check out one of the best vacuum cleaners of 2018 to ease the chore. With new advancements in vacuum cleaning tech, it’s gotten easier to snipe up unwanted dust and debris in a snap, but also harder to make a selection. There are so many vacuum ...

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What is wearable technology? Everything you need to know about the popular gadgets

Wearable technology is one of the fastest growing markets in the entire technology sector that is expected to be worth a staggering £24.6 billion by 2020. And while wearables have only become a household name over the last few years, the gadgets have been used by businesses, military forces and medical professionals for decades. Now, the wearable sector is largely ...

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Facebook is testing out a new feature that feels very, very Reddit

Like…or dislike? The possibility of Facebook adding downvoting — the opposite of “liking” — for posts and comments on its network has tickled the fancy of many users. It could be great for getting rid of those pesky fake news posts, but it could also be used for trolling and it could turn Facebook into something more similar to Reddit, ...

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Apple iTunes finally arrives in the Windows Store – TechCrunch

With Microsoft’s BUILD 2018 conference right around the corner, the company just made good on a promise from last year’s conference; Apple iTunes is finally coming to the Windows Store. The music software was originally forecast to arrive by the end of 2017, but it took a bit longer to finally find its Windows home. The iTunes of the Windows ...

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Native Union’s new speaker strikes directly at my weakness for tasteful brass accents – TechCrunch

Bluetooth and smart speakers are a dime a dozen these days, and many of them aren’t bad — so what it often comes down to is style. Native Union has my number with its latest device, which accentuates the classic bookcase speaker look with a tech-heavy back end and brass volume knob. It’s a collaboration with French audio outfit La ...

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Scientists used computer imaging to possibly discover why Neanderthals went extinct

Ever since a paleontologist discovered the first Homo neanderthalensis skeleton in 1829, scientists have tried to piece together why Homo sapiens eventually thrived, while Neanderthals disappeared around 40,000 years ago. By comparing their prehistoric skulls to ours, scientists learned that Neanderthal brains were slightly larger than ours, both at birth and at full size, and that they may have lived ...

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Google Home review: Smartness has a new name

The battle lines between behemoths like Apple, Google, Amazon are perennially drawn. It’s just that the battleground keeps on changing. In the last few months, the tech giants have been upping the ante in the smart speaker category. Artificially intelligent voice assistants – Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri – are the trusted lieutenants to win the smart speaker war. While Amazon ...

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Nintendo Names New Chief With Switch Console on Solid Ground

Nintendo Co. appointed Shuntaro Furukawa as its new president, handing the reins to a relatively young and unknown senior executive after reporting that profit is on track to reach the highest since 2010. Shuntaro Furukawa, left, and Tatsumi Kimishima attend news conference on April 26. Photographer: Yuki Furukawa/Bloomberg He’ll replace Tatsumi Kimishima, a former banker who last year oversaw the ...

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PayPal shares tick up after surpassing expectations for the quarter – TechCrunch

PayPal reported its first-quarter results after the bell on Wednesday, sending shares up about 3% in after-hours trading, due to better-than-expected numbers. Adjusted earnings per share were 57 cents, above analyst estimates of 54 cents. Revenue for the quarter was $3.69 billion, up 24% from last year. Analysts surveyed by Yahoo Finance had been expecting $3.59 billion. This comes from $132 ...

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Alexa integration comes to Meural Canvas, letting you use your voice to navigate the art world – TechCrunch

Alexa can do just about everything if you ask it the right question in the right way. Today, it’s gaining a new skill, letting you move through artwork on the Meural Canvas digital artwork frame. The company’s $595 device lets you browse artwork from new and emerging artists as well as publicly available classics. One of the cool elements of the ...

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The first-ever mission to study what’s under the Martian surface begins May 5

Image credit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH It’s red, and it’s dead, so why is NASA sending yet another mission to Mars?  Almost 70 orbiters, flybys, landers and rovers have been sent to the Red Planet, so some might be confused as to why NASA is sending yet another mission – called InSight – to boldly go where plenty have been before.  The answer, ...

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iOS 11.3.1 Fixes That Thing Where Third-Party Screen Repairs Made iPhone 8 Touchscreens Stop Working

An iPhone 8.Photo: AP Apple has released iOS 11.3.1, which includes what the tech giant says is a fix for an issue where people who used third-party repair services to replace their displays had their devices become unresponsive. According to release notes, “iOS 11.3.1 improves the security of your iPhone or iPad and addresses an issue where touch input was ...

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