Google's new flagship Pixel 4 phone, unveiled today after much speculation and plentiful leaks, comes with motion-sensing radar, a second camera on the back and a high refresh-rate screen, along with a swifter face unlock feature. Also launched at the unveiling event was the redesigned Nest Wifi router, whose color options and form factor are intended to make it part of a home's decor.
Multilingual users can now alternate between Spanish and English when talking to Alexa thanks to a feature that enables the smart assistant to seamlessly switch between the languages. The change also allows users to request Latin playlists on Amazon Music, get news and weather reports, and control other smart home devices, all in Spanish.
Game designer Square Off has launched a Kickstarter effort in support of Neo, a chessboard that personalizes coaching and uses artificial intelligence to learn players' strategies and challenge them accordingly. The company will also be offering SwapBoard, an LED light panel board that allows up to four games -- halma, checkers, chess and 4 in one -- to be played on the same surface, with different gaming messages displayed.
E.l.f Cosmetics' sponsored hashtag challenge on TikTok, #eyeslipsface, has garnered 1.6 billion views in a little over a week and the challenge is still running. The campaign, from Movers+Shakers, includes a 15-second video showcasing an original song and encourages users to share their own content, and the brand's marketing chief Kory Marchisotto says, "TikTok has been a fantastic, innovative partner - they are willing to lean into partners who will lean into them."
The Level Lock Bolt will transform regular home deadbolts into smart locks that can be controlled through the Level app, and its manufacturer says it takes only 10 minutes to install. Homeowners can use the app to give visitors a virtual copy of the key to the lock, which will be available for purchase early next year.
Microsoft has begun public testing of Project xCloud, a gaming streaming service that brings some of the most popular titles, such as Halo 5: Guardians, Gears 5 and Killer Instinct, to Android mobiles. The company has not announced when the service will be launched on a wide scale.
Sling TV is making some of its content available free, without credit card information required, on its Android TV and Android apps. Though the content is limited, Sling does bring some favorites, such as "3rd Rock from the Sun" and "Hell's Kitchen," to its platform.
A crisis has hit the gaming world: Fortnite has disappeared into a virtual black hole, ending Season 10 of the game, which has earned Sony $1 billion this year. Even though Fortnite has gone dark for an unspecified period, Sony says all in-game items and the V-bucks currency are safe.
Amazon is changing its "add-on" policy, which required that small, inexpensive items be added to a larger order to qualify for next-day delivery. The move is expected to ramp up Amazon's competition with brick-and-mortar retailers.
The home speaker market has been dominated by Amazon, which leads Google in market share. But Chinese companies are giving Amazon a run for its money, with Baidu increasing shipments of smart speakers 3,700% in a single year.
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