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Burger King's New Ad Triggers Google Home — On Purpose

Why it matters to you Burger King’s ad could signal the beginning of a worrisome trend: Commercials that trigger smart home assistants. Arguably one of the Google Assistant’s best features is the ability to respond hands-free. On Google’s Home speaker and supported smartphones, shouting, “OK Google” wakes Google’s artificial intelligence-powered …

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Facebook Messenger Now Boasts A Whopping 1.2 Billion Users

Why it matters to you Messenger’s rapid growth likely means that users can expect even more new services will be added to the Facebook offering. Facebook Messenger’s popularity is showing no signs of abating. Facebook reported in July that Messenger boasted a massive 1 billion users. Now, less than a year later, …

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Camera Lenses May Shatter for No Reason

Why it matters to you The Galaxy S7 was among the best selling phones of 2016. Consumers need to be aware of any potential issues. Dozens of Samsung Galaxy S7 owners have reported shattered camera lenses on their phones without any actual impact occurring, potentially indicating a weird flaw in the …

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Trianium Armtrek Pro smartphone armband deal: Only $10 from Amazon

If you can’t imagine ever being away from your smartphone, the idea of going running or hiking without your favorite music probably sounds impossible. However, simply letting the cable on your earbuds or headphones dangle freely while on the move is a recipe for a headache — or even a damaged phone. There’s a dizzying number of …

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BlackBerry Awarded $815 Million in Suit Against Qualcomm

Why it matters to you Qualcomm’s chip monopoly reportedly edged out competition, inflating the prices of smartphones. BlackBerry scored a big win on Wednesday against Qualcomm. A court awarded the Waterloo, Canada-based smartphone maker $815 million in refunded royalty payments stemming from a binding arbitration agreement, CNBC reports. The specifics of the refund …

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How to Set Up And Manage Your Kid's Device With Google's Family Link

Managing your kids’ digital activity used to be an exercise in frustration. Short of limiting the amount of time they spent on their various gadgets, keeping track of what they were doing — or preventing them from doing something they shouldn’t — was nearly impossible. But apps like Google’s Family Link are changing the paradigm. Google’s …

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