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Alexa can now connect you with local businesses

Alexa has been able to tell you the opening hours and phone numbers of local businesses since July, but a recent update means it can now actually place a call on your behalf. It doesn’t go quite as far as Google Duplex, which has Google’s voice assistant call businesses and …

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Why We All Take the Same Travel Photos

With 7.4 million people crammed into its 426 square miles, Hong Kong can be overwhelming to tourists. But now an app tells you exactly what to see—or, more precisely, what to photograph. Scroll through Explorest to find a surfeit of futuristic high-rises, minimalist staircases, and rooftop views perfect for selfies. …

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Trump’s Limits on Legal Immigration Could Hit Businesses Hard

The Trump administration’s relentless efforts to crack down on undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers are well known—from the recent deployment of US troops to stop a “caravan” of migrants that hadn’t yet reached the border to the president’s promise to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t approve funding for …

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Microsoft reveals more Edge details, including Chrome Extension support

Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser intends to support existing Chrome extensions, a member of the software’s development team has confirmed on Reddit (via Thurrott). The announcement will be good news for anyone who relies on the thousands of extensions in Chrome’s library which add functionality ranging from integrating password managers …

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The 48-megapixel phones are coming

Sony and Samsung both announced 48-megapixel image sensors designed for smartphones earlier this year, and we’re starting to hear details of the first devices to make use of the massive pixel counts. Honor has just pre-announced the View 20, which uses Sony’s IMX586 sensor with Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor and …

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