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Google Allo has a new chat bot that sends you GIFs

It’s only been about four months since Google’s messaging app Allo officially launched and the company is still adding new features.Their latest feature is a new chat bot (in addition to the Google Assistant) called Lucky that will send you GIFs.The name is derived from the infamous “I’m Feeling Lucky” button from the Google homepage. For example, if you tell Lucky, “I feel like dancing” or “I love you”, you’ll get send a GIF featuring someone dancing or one featuring some hearts.You’ll be able to summon Lucky in other chats on Allo by simply typing @lucky then a phrase. As right now, Lucky seems to be rolling out (slowly) to users and I’ve yet to see it on any of my devices. It seems like it could be a server side update rather than a app update.But in any case, you can grab the latest version from APKMirror.Via: 9to5Google

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Playbulb Solar Review

There is no shortage of smart lightbulbs on the market these days (Philips Hue continues to dominate). There’s ones that can produce millions of colours and there are some that have built-in bluetooth speakers. But what about ones for your pool or garden. There’s a good chance that you may have not heard about MIPOW or their upcoming PLAYBULB Solar.I’ve been using their PLAYBULB Solar for about a week or so and I wouldn’t call it the absolute best smart light out there but it’s still a good product.In this review, I will cover the following areas:Design & HardwareSoftware**Editor’s note: Even though the PLAYBULB Solar doesn’t have a screen or actual software on the device itself, in the software portion of this review I will be focusing on the PLAYBULB Android app.Design & HardwareOn first glance, the PLAYBULB Solar looks like a UFO which makes it easier to spot if you throw the bulb in the pool. The device has a circular design and is about 7.5 inches in diameter or if you wa…

Square Enix teams up with Marvel

Marvel and Square Enix have announced a multi-game partnership. The first game in the partnership will be one about The Avengers. Even though the teaser isn’t very long, we can see that the new game won’t just be about assembling The Avengers but instead reassemble. Some Square Enix studios that are involved in the partnership include Crystal Dynamics, best known for the Tomb Raider series and Square Enix Montreal, best known for the Deux Ex series.No release date has been announced for the first game to come out of the new partnership but Square Enix said they will reveal more details in 2018.Meanwhile the next Avengers movie, Infinity War, is set to release on May 4th, 2018.Source: Square Enix 

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Nintendo Switch: Everything you need to know

Nintendo has released more details about their upcoming Switch console, including price, features and availability. The Nintendo Switch will be available worldwide on March 3rd, 2017 and will retail for $399 CAD ($299 USD/ 29,980 Japanese Yen and price will vary by retail and country in Europe).Nintendo also announced that the new console will not be region locked and all games and software would work on any console, no matter the country.Nintendo says the Switch will “inherit all of Nintendo’s console DNA” including motion controls (via the Joy Con controllers) and the main console will have a capacitive touchscreen.In terms of battery life, when you bring your Switch on the go, it should last about 3 to 6 hours, depending on the game. The console charges with USB Type-C (that means you should be able to charge your Switch via a battery back while on the go) and has built-in Wi-Fi and up to eight Switch consoles can be connected for local wireless multiplayer gaming.The Switch offers…

The original iPhone turns 10

Today, marks the 10th anniversary of the day that Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPhone. Jobs announced the iPhone at Macworld (which is no longer around) and everyone (especially reviewers) were pretty skeptical about the iPhone. At the time, Apple put their iPhone up against Blackberry and Palm, who were the market leaders back then.And phones such as the Motorola RAZR were still going strong and consumers didn’t really see the need for a smartphone.The first generation iPhone had 128MB of RAM , a 3.5-inch 480 by 320 display (with a resolution of 163ppi) and was available in 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of storage. It was also sporting a 2-megapixel camera on the back.There was no front-facing camera and taking a “selfie” wasn’t a thing yet. One of Apple’s biggest sellers for the original iPhone was that it could load full web pages but using 2G networks (also called EDGE) and it would take about a minute to load up.There’s no denying that Apple changed the way we think about smartphones…

CES 2017 Day Two: Everything you need to know

Today (January 6th, 2016) is the second official day of CES 2016 and there were still a few announcements that were made but not as many as the past few days.Volkswagen & Amazon’s AlexaFord is not the only car manufacturer that is planning on bringing Amazon’s Alexa to their vehicles. Volkswagen has also announced that it will be building Alexa into their cars.Alexa support for Volkswagen vehicles will come in two forms. The first is when you’re at home and you can use Alexa (via your Echo) to check fuel levels, order parts and send directions to your vehicle’s built-in navigation system. Then when you are in your car, you’ll be able to control your smart home devices, set reminders and so forth.Volkswagen hasn’t said when or which vehicles will get Alexa support, they’ve only said that they’re working on it.Source: AmazonU by Moen (Wi-Fi-connected shower) It seems like everything is internet-connected in some way or another. From thermostats and fridges to lights and now even a sh…

CES 2017 Day One: Everything you need to know

Today (January 5th), was the first official day of CES 2017 but there were announcements made before today. You can read more about them: CES Unveiled 2017, CES 2017 Day Zero (Press Day).SanDiskThe first announcement that SanDisk made at CES 2017 was a new high-performance USB flash drive called the SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive which is capable of read speeds up to 420MB/s and write speeds up to 380MB/s.With those fast speeds, you can transfer a full-length 4K video in less than 15 seconds. The new flash drive connects to computers using the standard USB-A connection and it will come in one storage capacity, 256GB. It will be available later this month for $179.99 USD.The other announcement that SanDisk made was the SanDisk Ultra MicroSDXC UHS-I card with the SD Association’s SD 5.1 specifications. In addition to fast transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s, the new microSD can help ensure that is can open and run apps smoothly while also providing fast access to media …