Amazon to bring opt-in notifications to Alexa

 Amazon is going to be adding notifications to its Alexa service, so that skills can provide you with information as it becomes available, unprompted, as opposed to only in response to active voice queries made by a user. Read More

Lost item finder Tile grabs another $25 million in funding

 Tile, the company that makes connected devices in order to track items when they go missing, today announced it has raised a Series B-1 round of new funding, led by Bessemer Venture Partners. In addition, Tile noted it has now hit two major miles…

Intel could be about to release a very expensive Core i9 CPU

 Computex is right around the corner. While we don’t generally cover PC component updates, this leak about Intel’s plan is interesting. The company is apparently about to unveil a new lineup of desktop CPUs with a new high-end Core i9 CPU with 12 cores. Intel’s plans leaked on AnandTech’s board. It looks like some employee or partner took a photo of a PowerPoint… Read More

Apple’s new ad shows how Portrait mode changed this imaginary barbershop

 Apple just released a new ad featuring the “practically magic” tagline at the end. The ad focuses on Portrait mode once again. It takes place in a barbershop in New Orleans.
Portrait mode is a software feature for the iPhone 7 Plus. It takes advantage of the two cameras to calculate different depth levels. It then automatically makes the background blurry so that it feels like… Read More

Libratone’s Q Adapt On-Ear headphones pack noise cancellation into a small package

 I’ve been playing around with Libratone’s on-ear headphones for a while, and I have to say that they sound quite convincing. I’m not really into headphones as I’d rather carry some tiny earbuds in my pocket when I’m walking around. But when I travel, I need a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. When I’m flying, I’ve been relying on Bose headphones or… Read More

Singapore gets a gigantic ‘vending machine’ for buying luxury cars

 Singapore is a country known worldwide for both a very high cost of living and limited real estate space — that combination makes it hard to imagine a better location for a gigantic vending machine that spits out luxury cars.
That’s right, folks. Autobahn Motors, a company that started out selling used vehicles in conventional showrooms, recently opened a 15-story building in… Read More