Amazon adds Alexa to the Alexa app on Android

Amazon is bringing its full Alexa voice assistant to any smartphone, with an update that adds Alexa to the existing Alexa app, via Android Police. Until now, it only let you manage Amazon’s assistant on other devices. Amazon has partnered with companies to integrate its assistant onto smartphones before, but …

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Tumblr users are turning to this app to resist the urge to self-harm

Tumblr user icantaffordadiary has been going through a difficult time. The Oregon-based teenager has a history of depression, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts spanning back to their elementary school days. “I’m going through a particularly rough patch right now, and I’ve been self-harming again,” the Tumblr user tells The Verge via …

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One Video: Wait by Maroon 5

Every week, a slew of new music videos hits the web. Watching them at your desk is not time theft because you deserve it; think of it as a nice reward for surviving another work week. But what if you don’t have time to watch every video — maybe you …

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MoviePass launches a new division to acquire and distribute movies

At a panel during the Sundance Film Festival today, MoviePass announced a new subsidiary called MoviePass Ventures, Deadline reports. The new division will acquire and release movies with the help of a film distributor. “Given the successes we have demonstrated for our distributor partners in ensuring strong box office in …

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The line between TVs and monitors is blurring

While tectonic shifts in the tech industry have seen CES and its ilk decrease in relevance over the past decade, some product categories have been less affected by the rise of all-encompassing platforms pushed by software titans. For these forms of consumer electronics, it remains entirely appropriate to be trotted …

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Office for Mac is adding real-time collaborative editing

Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac has been updated to version 16.9 with new features for its suite of programs: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook. The update includes real-time collaborative editing in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Multiple people can work on a document at the same time, and thumbnails in the …

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LG patents a folding phone that morphs into a tablet

An LG patent filed to the World Intellectual Property Organization shows a potential folding hybrid tablet and phone device, as spotted by GSMinfo. The patent describes the device as a “mobile phone with a flexible display which can be folded in half.” It was initially filed in July 2017 before …

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The best streaming devices you can buy

It’s that time of year again. Either you’re scrambling for a gift idea for a loved one, or they’re hyperventilating over what they can possibly get you. Here’s a solid idea — a streaming device. Because nothing says family like staring at the TV while you binge “Stranger Things” for …

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WhatsApp launches a separate app for small businesses

WhatsApp has launched a separate app designed for use by small businesses to more easily connect with customers. WhatsApp Business adds key features like dedicated business profiles for details like email address, business description, store addresses, and website; smart messaging tools like greetings, quick replies, and away messages; and metrics …

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