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2/5/2016

Amazon Echo users can ask digital assistant Alexa to order a pizza from Domino's. For premium users, Alexa can also launch Spotify and call up specific playlists on command.

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Alexa, Amazon, Domino, Spotify
2/5/2016

BQ has unveiled what it claims is the first Ubuntu tablet, a 10-inch device that can connect to a secondary monitor via HDMI port or hook up to a mouse and keyboard over Bluetooth to transform into a desktop. The Wi-Fi tablet features 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM and is expected to go on sale in March through BQ's online store.

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CNET
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Ubuntu, Wi-Fi
2/5/2016

Small cameras could be on their way to replacing side mirrors in cars, as BMW's project manager for camera monitor systems, Philipp Hoffmann, hopes to be testing the technology on the road in Europe by the end of the year. Cameras and digital screens could cut out blind spots around the vehicle and improve fuel economy by reducing drag.

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fuel economy, BMW
2/5/2016

The thorny question of what happens to a Facebook or other social media account when its owner dies has been taken up by legislators in Florida. The state Senate passed a bill that requires account holders to specify through an Internet company or a will who will take over an account in the event of death.

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Motherboard
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social media, Facebook, Senate
2/5/2016

Developers will get a shot at working with Visa as the card giant opens its technology platform with Visa Developer. The move is something of an about-face for Visa as it seeks to grow transactions through devices that become part of the Internet of Things.

2/4/2016

Fitbit is aiming to be more fashionable with its $130 Alta fitness tracker, which features a thin, interchangeable band. The tracker also touts activity recognition, which keeps users from having to enter workouts in the Fitbit app, and it has notifications to stand up and move. Fitbit plans to work with fashion icon Tory Burch on future band styles.

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PCWorld
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Tory Burch, Fitbit
2/4/2016

Some 2017 Honda and Acura models will feature upgraded connected vehicle services, including automatic crash notification and emergency assistance service from SiriusXM, as well as HondaLink and AcuraLink access to maps, weather, restaurant finder, remote assistance and free audiobooks for children.

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Honda, Acura, SiriusXM
2/4/2016

More people around the world will own mobile phones than will have electricity or running water by 2020, a Cisco report finds. Cisco estimates that 5.4 billion people will have mobile phones and that mobile data will increase 10-fold by 2020.

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CNET
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mobile phone, Cisco
2/4/2016

Action camera maker GoPro experienced a 31% drop in fourth-quarter revenue when compared with last year's Q4 figures. The dip marked the first annual drop since the company went public in June 2014. GoPro recently cut 7% of its workforce, but CEO Nicholas Woodman is looking ahead to releasing new editing software, a better connected camera and a drone this year.

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GoPro
2/4/2016

Microsoft met with National Football League executives Tuesday to discuss its dream of transporting live football games in 3D holographic images to fans' living rooms using the HoloLens headset. In Microsoft's plan, coaches could also use the augmented reality devices from the sidelines to get better views of plays on the field.

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PCWorld