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HTC Vive now $799 in Canada

HTC has announced that they’re dropping the price of their Vive headset by $200, making $799 CAD ($599 USD), down from $1,149 CAD ($799 USD).This is likely in order to better compete with the Oculus Rift which also just recently dropped its price to $549 CAD ($399 USD).Each purchase of a Vive headset comes two base stations and two motion controllers along with a one-month free trial to their Viveport subscription, which allows users play up to five VR titles each month, you also get Google’s Tilt Brush app.“We know price is just one component of a purchase decision, but when you line up all that Vive offers, we’re building a complete VR ecosystem that customers can rely on today and for years to come,” HTC said in a statement.The HTC Vive is available from Amazon.ca, Microsoft Store and directly from HTC’s site.Source: HTC


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Google set to reveal Android O’s name on August 21st

Google has announced that they’re going to be revealing Android O at an event in New York City at 2:40 PM ET.A bird? A plane? No, it’s #AndroidO, touching down to Earth for #Eclipse2017 & bringing super (sweet) new powers: https://t.co/7nslzmxar3http://pic.twitter.com/MFxHxUdiia— Android (@Android) August 18, 2017 Rumors have suggested that Android O’s name will likely be Oreo since Google has a tendency to name Android release codenames after confectioneries (aka sweets). This wouldn’t be the first time that Google has named an Android update after a brand name, the last was back in 2013 with Android 4.4 KitKat.Happy Eclipse. http://pic.twitter.com/6X2HsamS8N— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 18, 2017 Also on the 21st, we’ll also see Google reveal their latest Android statue for their Android garden at their Mountain View headquarters and that Android O(reo) will be rolling out as well (to the Pixel and Nexus devices).You can find out more about Google’s live stream at the source link …

Asus ZenFone 4 series: Everything you need to know

Asus has announced not one, not two but four models in their ZenFone 4 lineup, all with the focus of photography. ZenFone 4 & ZenFone 4 ProThe standard ZenFone 4 has a 5.5-inch IPS display, Snapdragon 660 processor with 4GB of RAM. For cameras, the ZenFone 4  has a dual-camera setup (as to all the other entries in the ZenFone 4 lineup) with Sony’s IMX362 12-megapixel dual pixel sensor with a f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization and it’s paired with a wide-angle (120-degrees) 8-megapixel sensor.The front-facing camera on the ZenFone 4 is 8-megapixels and there’s a fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C, a 3,300 mAh battery and 64GB of internal storage. The ZenFone 4 is priced at $399 USD. Meanwhile, the ZenFone 4  Pro has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 835 processor with 6GB of RAM. In terms of cameras for the ZenFone 4 Pro, it has the same 12-megapixel Sony sensor but with a f/1.7 aperture and it’s paired with a 16-megapixel Sony sensor with 2x optical zoom and 50mm focal leng…

Google Home hands-free calling now rolling out in Canada and the US

One of the big new features for Google Home that was announced at I/O 2017, was the addition of hands-free calling. Now it’s rolling out to Google Home users in Canada and the US. With the new feature, you’ll be able to just say “Hey Google, call mom” and if you have multi-user setup, Google Home will call your mom rather than your significant others.You can even call a business and your Google Home will lookup the number. If you receive a call from someone using their Google Home, it will appear as an unknown number or no Caller ID.While in a call on your Google Home, you can still talk to the Google Assistant, just by tapping the top of the Google Home and it will put the person you’re talking to on hold.However, Google Home can’t call 911 and can only call people and businesses located in Canada and the US.  Hands-free calling is rolling out now.Source: Google


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Facebook’s AI assistant M is now available in Canada, Australia, South Africa and the UK

There’s no doubt that the future is all about AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning. Every tech company from Google, Amazon to even Facebook is getting on the AI trend.Facebook first launched their AI assistant called M to users in the US back in April, now it’s expanding it to users in Canada, Australia, South Africa and the UK. M lives inside of Facebook Messenger and will suggest relevant content in your conversations with friends and family.Here are some of the things you can do with M.Sending stickers – M shares fun sticker suggestions for your daily life interactions like “Thank you” or “Bye-bye.”Sharing location – If someone asks “where are you” or if you say something like “on my way!”, M can suggest that you share your location during a conversation.Making a plan – If people are talking about getting together, M helps with coordinating a plan.Creating a poll (in group conversations only) – Have a hard time making decisions in a group? M lets you set a poll topic an…

Google Allo is now available on the web

Almost a year after Google first released Allo, the web client for their messaging app is finally here.Right now, it only works with Android Allo users with the v16 update. To be able to use the web client, open the menu and then click on Allo for the web. You’ll then be prompted to visit allo.google.com/web and then use the Android app to scan a QR code.Once you’ve done that, you’re free to chat with your friends and family on Allo (if they’re using the app). The v16 app update is rolling out on the Google Play Store now or you can download it from APK Mirror.The pairing process is similar to how Whatapp’s web client operates. Google says that iOS pairing to the web client is coming soon. Also, the Allo web client only works on Google Chrome.Source: Android Police, Product Hunt


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