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November 4, 2019, 2:15 PM

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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers show that they can use lasers to inject commands to smart speakers, tablets, and phones via Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant from far away  —  By pointing lasers tuned to a precise frequency at a smart assistant, researchers could force it to unlock cars, open garage doors, and more.
Apple:
Apple announces a $2.5B plan to combat the housing availability and affordability crisis in California  —  Cupertino, California — Apple today announced a comprehensive $2.5 billion plan to help address the housing availability and affordability crisis in California.
Antonio Lucio / Facebook:
Facebook debuts logo with text that has context-dependent coloring, says it's to further distinguish the company from the Facebook app, which keeps its branding  —  Facebook started as a single app.  Now, 15 years later, we offer a suite of products that help people connect to their friends and family …
Dami Lee / The Verge:
Adobe says it is developing Illustrator for iPad, which will include the core tools alongside new tools made for touch, to be released by the end of 2020  —  The long-awaited Photoshop for iPad is available to download today, and to keep the momentum going, Adobe is announcing that it's …
Imran Hussain / Wccftech:
Photoshop for iPad is now available in the App Store, with full PSD editing, layers, context-aware tools, and more, for $9.99 per month and a 30-day free trial  —  Adobe has finally released the first version of Photoshop for iPad.  The update is available as a 30-day trial …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils a new Office app for iOS and Android, combining Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a single download and with a new logo  —  Its new mobile app is a central hub for all things Office  —  Microsoft is unveiling a new Office app for iOS and Android today.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge browser to be generally available on Jan. 15, with new privacy features including InPrivate browsing and tracking prevention  —  After launching a beta test for the new Chromium Edge in September, Microsoft is now gearing up to officially launch the browser on January 15th, 2020.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Dami Lee / The Verge:
Adobe releases Aero, its free iOS app to let designers build AR experiences without coding knowledge via imported files from Dimension and Photoshop  —  Only available on iOS for now  —  Adobe is releasing its augmented reality app Aero today at its annual Max conference.

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Zoho:
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Intel:
Here's why gamers should go with a processor that has high IPC and can hit the highest frequencies  —  Adding core count for core count's sake does not create a better gaming experience
Mattermost:
How is Mattermost different from Slack?  —  Learn why Mattermost is the #1 open source Slack alternative.

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