The Nucleus is an Alexa-enabled home intercom and phone

I’ve heard from lots of parents that their kids love the Amazon Echo because they can tell it do things without having to interact with a screen, and when Amazon opened up Alexa to developers, it gave other gadget makers the chance to put the digital assistant inside. Nucleus, a new intercom launching …

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First Click: Apple should stop selling four-year-old computers

For longtime Mac users, MacRumors’ Buyer’s Guide is an online institution. The publication catalogs the release dates of each major Apple product line and contrasts them against the company’s usually predictable timeframe for updates, ultimately delivering a verdict on whether it’s better to buy now or wait. It’s a hugely …

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Cycling and running app Strava adds Beacon safety feature

Strava, the maker of a popular cycling and running app that is one of the few holdouts in an era of health and fitness acquisitions, has just added a nifty safety feature to its app. Called Beacon, the features lets Strava users share a live workout with up to three contacts, so …

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Microsoft adds five new AI chat bots to Skype

Microsoft has added to the number of chat bots available for users of Skype, introducing automated AI assistants for vacation price comparison sites Skyscanner and Hipmunk, ticket store Stubhub, and programmable messaging service IFTTT. Also among the five assistants introduced this week is Spock Bot, which Microsoft says “provides information on the …

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We checked out a bunch of hologram art

Could holograms be the future? VR headsets bring us into a virtual world by sealing our eyeballs into a headset; AR promises to augment our physical world by layering digital things on top of it; and holograms could allow us to experience a digital world with no extra hardware. Last …

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