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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon doesn't let you block contact from specific people on Echo, says it “will be available in the coming weeks”   —  The new Alexa feature has some major privacy flaws  —  Amazon seems to have made a significant oversight in bringing voice calls and messaging to its Echo speakers …
May 13, 2017, 6:35 PMIn context
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google Home now supports up to six users and can distinguish voice of speaker to provide personalized results, available in US, expanding to UK within months   —  Up to six people can train Home to recognize their voice  —  Google Home can now be trained to identify the different voices of people you live with.
Apr 20, 2017, 12:13 PMIn context
Chris Welch / The Verge:
LeEco calls off its $2B purchase of TV maker Vizio, instead forming “partnership” that brings Le app to some Vizio devices and Vizio products to China   —  LeEco is no longer buying Vizio.  Today the companies jointly announced that “the merger agreement to acquire Vizio will not proceed due to regulatory headwinds.”
Apr 10, 2017, 1:21 PMIn context
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Samsung's DeX dock for the Galaxy S8 costs $150 and will ship in April   —  All those ports and a fan add up  —  The dock that unlocks the Galaxy S8's desktop PC-like experience will retail for $149.99, according to Samsung's website.  It's scheduled to ship in “late April,” …
Mar 30, 2017, 2:55 PMIn context
Chris Welch / The Verge:
S8 costs $720 on Verizon, $750 on AT&T/T-Mobile/Sprint; S8 Plus is $840 on Verizon, $850 on AT&T/T-Mobile/Sprint; pre-order 3/30 with free Gear VR, ships 4/21   —  Samsung just unveiled its brand new smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, and US carriers along with big retailers …
Mar 29, 2017, 12:20 PMIn context
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Some users report Google Home playing a promo for “Beauty and the Beast”; Google says it “wasn't intended” to be an ad, will keep experimenting   —  Google Assistant now does advertising  —  Today some Google Home owners are hearing something extra when they ask …
Mar 16, 2017, 3:30 PMIn context
Chris Welch / The Verge:
What to expect at MWC 2017: LG G6, Huawei P10, Huawei Watch 2, Blackberry “Mercury”, Moto G5 & G5 Plus, Nokia phones, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, and a Sony flagship   —  So many new phones  —  It's time for the annual trip to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2017.
Feb 25, 2017, 2:00 AMIn context
Chris Welch / The Verge:
T-Mobile adds HD video and 10GB of high-speed tethering to its “unlimited” plan in response to Verizon's new plan   —  HD video and 10GB of high-speed tethering starting Friday  —  It's been only a day since Verizon resurrected its unlimited data plan, and the company's competitors …
Feb 14, 2017, 1:55 AMIn context
Chris Welch / The Verge:
PlayStation 4's 4.5 software update adds support for external hard drives, “Boost Mode” to PS4 Pro to help older games load faster and run at higher frame rates   —  Coming as part of the 4.50 update  —  Sony is rolling out the beta preview of the PlayStation 4's latest firmware update …
Feb 4, 2017, 8:45 AMIn context
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google Voice rolls out revamped design to Android, iOS, and web, adds support for MMS photos, more   —  Will Google follow through on its commitment to regular updates?  —  Google just announced the new and improved Google Voice that the company teased a few weeks ago.
Jan 23, 2017, 1:05 PMIn context

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