Google Duplex launches internationally with limited New Zealand pilot

From The Verge: Google is piloting its Duplex service outside of the US for the first time, with a new trial to confirm holiday opening hours in New Zealand. Starting this week, the company says its AI-powered voice assistant will be calling up a “small number of local businesses” to ask about their opening hours during the country’s upcoming Labour Day public holiday on October 28th. The information will be used to update the businesses’ details on Google Maps and Search.

Netflix Looks at 'Consumer-Friendly Ways' to Limit Password Sharing

From PC Mag: Earlier this month, Netflix reported its third quarter results for 2019 and they make for positive reading. Revenue is up, income doubled, and millions more people subscribed to the service. However, Netflix is a rapidly maturing service and it will become increasingly challenging to continue growing, so the problem of password sharing has been raised.

Pokemon Go will let you battle other players online in 2020

From CNET: Pokemon Go was a global smash upon its 2016 release, and it has remained one of the top grossing games on iOS and Android ever since. The game's longevity is made more impressive when you consider that there's no online battle mode, since online battle modes are usually how companies keep players coming back to their games. But Pokemon Go developer Niantic is changing that, announcing Monday that the Go Battle League will launch in 2020.

HTC now has an entry-level blockchain phone

From The Verge: HTC has announced a new entry-level phone aimed at cryptocurrency users called the HTC Exodus 1S, a followup to the $699 Exodus 1 that was originally released last year. The Exodus 1S is a much cheaper device at €219 (around $244), and offers much less powerful hardware built around a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor.

Report: Huawei Is Talking to US Companies About Licensing 5G

From PC Mag: Chinese giant Huawei has reportedly been in discussions with US telecom companies about licensing its 5G network equipment.

According to Reuters, Vincent Pang, senior vice president of Huawei, said that some American firms were interested in either a long-term deal or a one-off transfer of Huawei's 5G patents, but would not go into more details about which companies these were.

Alexa and Google voice assistants app exploits left it vulnerable to eavesdropping

From CNET: There's already privacy concerns when it comes to smart speakers in the home -- but now security researchers have found that malicious apps designed to eavesdrop can sneak through Google and Amazon's vetting process.

On Sunday, Security Research Labs disclosed their findings after developing eight voice apps that could listen in on people's conversations through Amazon's Echo and Google's Nest devices. All of the apps passed through Google and Amazon's review process for third-party apps. The research was first reported by CNET's site ZDNet.

Fractal Design Ion+ 760W Platinum (Page 1 of 4) | Reports

I recently purchased a plane ticket to fly to Vancouver from Calgary to attend my friends' wedding. Given both cities are major population centers in Canada, there is a healthy selection of airlines to choose from. The traditional Air Canada and WestJet tickets always hovered around $300 CAD round trip, but during one of my searches, I found Flair -- an ultra low cost airline -- was selling tickets for an astoundingly impressive $118 CAD both ways. I knew Flair is literally the worst rated airline in the country, but thinking it was only a one hour flight, what could possibly go wrong? As it turned out, things went very wrong. My scheduled flight at 10:25pm did not take off until 3:44am, and by the time I arrived, it was almost 4 am local time. Not only was my flight delayed for over five hours, I was also stuck at a small regional airport with really nothing at all. The car rental office was long closed at 11:30pm and will not reopen until 8:00am, not to mention Abbotsford is almost 50km away from my colleague Kenneth's house where I was planning to stay. In the end, Kenneth bailed me out by picking me up four in the morning. Lesson learned: Never cheap out because things can go wrong. And when it comes to PCs, some may utter famous last words, what could possibly go wrong with a cheap power supply? Horror stories plaster the internet, so I will not repeat here. In the same way you should never fly with Flair, never buy a cheap power supply. Today, we will take a look at the Fractal Design Ion+ 760W Platinum, which promises excellent performance at a very reasonable price. Is this the WestJet of power supplies? Read on to find out!

G.SKILL Announces Extreme Low Latency DDR4-4000 CL15 32GB (8GBx4) Memory Kits

From G.Skill Press Release: G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd. is delighted to announce an extreme low-latency, high-speed DDR4 memory kit at DDR4-4000 CL15-16-16-36 in a 32GB (8GBx4) capacity configuration under the classic Trident Z and the RGB-enabled Trident Z Royal memory series. Once again, these extraordinary memory kits are manufactured using high-performance Samsung B-die ICs to achieve the world's lowest latency of CL15 at DDR4-4000.

Apple rumored to launch new AirPods Pro headphones at end of October

From The Verge: Apple has long been rumored to be working on a new pair of noise-cancelling AirPods. Bloomberg originally reported they would arrive in 2019, and then revised that estimate to 2020 earlier this year. Now China Economic Daily reports that Apple’s noise-cancelling AirPods could arrive as the “AirPods Pro” later this month.

The AirPods Pro are said to include a new metal design to support noise cancellation, and may be priced as high as $260. Previous reports have also suggested these new AirPods will include water resistance for gym or vacation use.

Nvidia Shield TV Pro and Entry-Level Shield TV Leak

From PC Mag: We knew a new Shield TV was in the works back in July when a listing appeared for a "Shield Android TV Game Console" on the FCC website. What we found out today is, Nvidia is planning to introduce two new Shield TV media streamers.

As TechCrunch reports, a listing for a Nvidia Shield TV Pro appeared briefly on Amazon's website, thankfully Android TV Rumors was quick enough to spot it and post images in a tweet before it disappeared.

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