Google’s new entry-level smart speaker will boast omnipresent voice (GOOGL)

Google is planning to launch a new entry-level smart speaker to follow up on the Google Home Mini, reports 9to5Google. The upcoming device will follow the company’s new smart home branding and will be known as the Nest Mini — in line with the renamed Nest Hub and the forthcoming Nest Hub Max. The changes to the most affordable offering in Google’s smart speaker lineup reflect the search giant’s evolving approach to the smart home ecosystem. Here are some of the new wrinkles reportedly coming to the Nest Mini. Improved audio output. The smart speaker will offer better sound quality, per 9to5Google’s sources, which follows Amazon’s similar improvement with the… Read More

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Why Minecraft and Mixer are the perfect streaming combo

I feel I should start by explaining that I am brand new to any form of streaming. I have played Minecraft a fair amount, albeit five years ago and a lot has changed in that time. Every time I turn the corner, some new feature (new to me) surprises me, I feel like I have discovered the wonder that is Minecraft all over again. It leaves me wondering why I ever stopped playing in the first place. But, I’m back now, and I’m loving it! My decision to return was driven primarily by the enjoyment I got from watching people… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Hacker who sold Uber’s and Sainsbury’s customer data forced to give up $1M in cryptocurrency

A hacker has been ordered to pay back over $1.1 million (£900,000) in cryptocurrency after carrying out attacks on several well-known businesses including Uber, Sainsbury’s, and Groupon. Grant West, a 27-year-old, who lived in a caravan park in Kent, England, has been told to pay back £922,978.14 after police forfeited his stolen funds following a two-year investigation called ‘Operation Draba.’ West operated on the dark web under the ‘Courvoisier’ alias and mostly used phishing emails to gain access to financial data of tens of thousands of customers before flogging them on several illicit marketplaces. Argos, Nectar, Labdrokes, Coral Betting, and supermarket chain Asda,… This story continues at The Next Web… Read More

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Samsung phones have the best screens, but they’re set to a lower resolution than they’re capable of by default — here’s why

Samsung smartphone screens are set to a lower resolution than they’re capable of by default. They’re preset to 1080p FHD+ rather than 1440p WQHD. Samsung explained that the 1080p FHD+ option offers the best balance of screen sharpness and battery life, and that the 1440p WQHD option might have a small impact on battery life. I’ve kept the Galaxy Note 10 Plus to its default screen resolution, and I haven’t felt the urge to increase the resolution. 1080p FHD+ is plenty sharp. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Samsung phones have the best screens in the smartphone business. They’re sharp, bright, color-rich, and they come with HDR. However, the… Read More

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Sphero has acquired LittleBits

Sphero and Little Bits have long been kindred spirits in the world of entertaining STEM toys, and soon they’ll be one and the same. Sphero this morning announced plans to buy the New York-based electronic building block company. Founded in 2010 and 2011 respectively, Sphero (nee Orbotix) and Little Bits took separate approaches, but ultimately ended up in similar spaces. Sphero first brought to life a smartphone controlled 3D printed ball that debuted at CES in 2011. That same year, Ayah Bdeir’s electronics kit side project became a serious business under the LittleBits banner. Both companies were alumni of Disney’s accelerator. Sphero leveraged that connection in the break out Star… Read More

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