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Steven Musil / CNET:
Symantec shares plummet after company warns its annual report could be delayed by an internal investigation into unspecified concerns by board   —  Symantec shares plummeted roughly 20 percent on Thursday after the antivirus maker warned an internal investigation could delay its annual report.
May 11, 2018, 12:00 PMIn context
Richard Nieva / CNET:
May 10, 2018, 6:50 PMIn context
Ry Crist / CNET:
Compatible smart locks can now offer voice unlocking through Amazon's native Alexa smart lock software, available now on Schlage Sense and Connect smart locks   —  Amazon's Alexa already lets users lock compatible smart locks with a voice command.  Voice unlocking, however, is a trickier sell …
May 9, 2018, 7:15 PMIn context
Steven Musil / CNET:
Google developing Lookout Android app to aid the blind and the visually impaired by offering users auditory clues to the objects, text, and people around them   —  The Android app will offer users spoken clues to the objects, text and people around them.  —  Google is developing an app …
May 8, 2018, 11:05 PMIn context
Andrew Gebhart / CNET:
Google says blinds, kettles, ovens, refrigerators, air purifiers, fans, air conditioners, coffee makers, and sprinklers now work natively with Google Assistant   —  After all the bombast over Duplex had died down, Google quietly rolled out a more immediately relevant smart home upgrade at Google's I/O Developer Conference.
May 8, 2018, 5:42 PMIn context
CNET:
A look at Google's experimental Duplex tech, demoed at I/O, enabling Assistant to place voice calls for you, make restaurant and barber reservations, more   —  Experimental technology, rolling out soon in a limited release, makes you think you're talking to a real person.  —  The conversation seems mundane.
May 8, 2018, 3:00 PMIn context
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:
Google Assistant gets new abilities including ordering food for pickup and delivery, and further streamlines the feature with partners like Starbucks and Panera   —  Feeling hungry?  Pretty soon, you'll be able to order dinner using Google Assistant on your Android phone.
May 8, 2018, 2:00 PMIn context
Andrew Gebhart / CNET:
Google Assistant's continued conversations, slated for summer, leaves mic on so users don't have to repeatedly say “Hey, Google”; “Thank you” will turn it off   —  Google wants Google Assistant to be more conversational, but one of the least conversational aspects of talking to it is a necessary evil.
May 8, 2018, 1:55 PMIn context
Vanessa Hand Orellana / CNET:
Fitbit Ionic and Versa watches to get quick replies for messages on Android phones while its iOS and Windows apps will get the ability to track menstrual cycles   —  Fitbit finally rolls out two features users have been asking for: text response and female health tracking.  But not everyone's getting them.
May 7, 2018, 1:10 PMIn context
Dara Kerr / CNET:
NYC comptroller's report: Airbnb is responsible for ~10% of citywide rental increases between 2009-2016; Airbnb says not true as hosts are mostly sharing homes   —  New York City officials say rising rents across the city are partially Airbnb's fault.  —  The city's comptroller, Scott Stringer …
May 5, 2018, 4:15 PMIn context

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