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Samsung announces Bixby 2.0

Samsung has announced the second iteration of their Bixby assistant at their developer conference.Bixby 2.0 won’t just be coming to Samsung phones, it’ll also be integrated into Samsung’s smart TVs, refrigerators and more. The new version will come with better integration with Samsung’s SmartThins platform and ARTIK (their Internet of Things platform).Samsung has also announced a private beta of the new Bixby SDK  for select developers and third-party developers will also be able to integrate their apps and services with Bixby.Samsung hasn’t announced when consumers can expect Bixby 2.0 to hit their devices but we should hear something soon.Source: Samsung

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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs announces Sidewalk Toronto

Alphabet’s subsidiary, Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto have announced a partnership, they’re calling Sidewalk Toronto. The partnership will be used to design a mixed-use, complete community on Toronto’s Easter Waterfront (the Port Lands area). It’ll combine urban design with new digital technology to create neighbourhoods that are people-centred and can achieve unprecedented levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility.The project will transform 800 acres of land, which is one of North America’s largest areas of underdeveloped urban land into a new neighbourhood called Quayside.The area will be “a place that embraces adaptable buildings and new construction methods to make housing and retail space more affordable.” The goal of this project is to help make the Eastern Waterfront, the global hub of a new industry focused on urban innovation to help improve the quality of city life, improve upon Toronto’s tech sector and develop innovations that could help communities and neighb…

The untitled Han Solo spinoff film now has an official name

Ron Howard, the director of the film, officially announced the name of the film, it will be called Solo: A Star Wars Story.The film’s name follows the same subtitle and model as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which was the first spin-off film that occurs outside the main movies.Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here's a special message #StarWars— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017 The spin-off film was originally being helmed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller but were fired back in June because of “creative differences”.The film is set prior to the event of the original Star Wars trilogy. Solo: A Star Wars Story will release on May 25th, 2018.Source:

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Microsoft announces the Surface Book 2

Microsoft has introduced their most powerful Surface Book ever, with the new Surface Book 2. The Surface Book 2 can be configured with an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 8 or 16GB of RAM and 256, 512 or 1TB of storage.The Surface Book 2 comes in two screen sizes, 13.5-inch and 15-inch. As of right now, the 15-inch Surface Book 2 is US-only, no word on if/when it will come to Canada. The Intel Core i7 version of the 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 has Nvidia GTX 1050 discrete graphics while the 15-inch Surface Book 2 has an i7 and a Nvidia GTX 1060.As for ports, the Surface Book 2 has two USB Type-A ports, one USB Type-C port (with no Thunderbolt support), a full-size SD card reader, headphone jack, two Surface Connect ports (one in the tablet and one in the keyboard base).The 15-inch Surface Book 2 does come with Xbox Wireless built-in, so you can easily connect your Xbox One controller with no additional adapter. The 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 sadly does not have Xbox Wireless.The devic…

Mobvoi’s TicHome Mini now available for pre-order

Mobvoi, the company behind the upcoming TicWatch S & E, has been working on a new wireless smart home device with the Google Assistant built-in, called the TicHome Mini. And starting today, you can pre-order it.The TicHome Mini is a smart speaker that you’ll be able to take wherever you go. You’ll be able to access all the features of the Google Assistant such as getting the latest news and traffic, setting alarms, reminders or simply searching on Google.The TicHome Mini supports English, German, French and Japanese. The device’s speaker is 3 watts.It also works with apps and services such as iHeartRadio, IFTTT, Nest and more. The device has an IPX6 rating, meaning it’s splash-proof. On the top of the device, you’ll find 4 RGB LEDs, action key, volume up & down, power key/mic mute and a dual mic array.The battery is 2,600 mAh and should last up to 6 hours. The device charges over microUSB.To connect to the TicHome Mini, you can use Mobvoi’s TapConnect technology which allows y…

Huawei P10 Review

Huawei is capable of making some great phones and the P10 is no different. The P10 is the first true Huawei phone I’ve used with all their customizations and what not, the only other Huawei phone I’ve tested was the Huawei/Google Nexus 6P but that was technically a Nexus phone and was stock Android.Overall, I really like what Huawei has to offer, but their software is what really irks me the most. Design & HardwareOn first glance, the Huawei P10 has similar stylings to the iPhone 5/5S with its metal and glass design. It feels sort-of premium but you can tell that it’s actually not. The Huawei P10 is fairly thin and it feels nice in the hands surprisingly, Huawei was able to keep the headphone jack while also making the phone thin.Just like the iPhone, the P10 comes in two sizes, the standard 5.1-inch P10 and the 5.5-inch P10 Plus. I got to test out the standard P10. The screen is Full HD with 2.5D glass, also on the front, is the phone’s fingerprint sensor. The sensor works well bu…

Amazon Alexa speaker and Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Moto Mods leak out

Back at MWC 2017, Motorola teased some new Moto Mods that would be coming this year, one of which was a speaker mod with Amazon Alexa built-in. Now thanks to Evan Blass, we have images of the Alexa Moto Mod along with a Polaroid printer mod.Two MotoMods first announced way back at MWC: Amazon Alexa speaker and Polaroid Insta-Share printer— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 12, 2017 The Amazon Alexa speaker Mod looks similar to the JBL SoundBoost 2 Mod (minus the kickstand) and possibly has some built-in microphones. Just like previous Moto Mods, the Alexa speaker will attach to the back of any device in the Moto Z family.The Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Mod will allow you to print off photos taken with your Moto Z device. The printer Moto Mod is said to use the Zink printing technology (i.e. zero ink), similar to the HP Sprocket mobile printer.The new Moto Mods are said to be released in the next couple of weeks, just in time for the holiday season.Source:…