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Say goodbye to Google+

Google's robot assistant can make phone calls for you now.Image: Getty Images / ethan miller Sometimes, making an important phone call to set up an appointment can be inconvenient or nerve-wracking. That, or you just don’t feel like doing it. There’s potentially good news on that front. Google Duplex, a Google Assistant-powered phone call service, is finally coming to devices that the majority of people own. According to Google’s support site, Duplex has started rolling out to iOS and non-Pixel Android devices, as spotted by 9to5Google. SEE ALSO: Say goodbye…

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Shoppers get drunk, go online, and spend money on Amazon

So many Amazon packages.Image: Peter Steffen/picture alliance via Getty Images Amazon is already more than dominant in the online shopping space, but add a shot or three of tequila and that Amazon Prime free two-day shipping looks even more appealing. Tech and business newsletter The Hustle surveyed more than 2,000 alcohol-drinking adults about their online shopping behavior after imbibing and found that on average, shoppers spent more than $400 per year on items bought while intoxicated. If you apply that number beyond the respondents to include America’s legal alcohol-drinkers, you…

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Protecting children online in 2019 matters more now than ever

Its not just up to technology to protect children from other technology.Image: Getty Images Take a walk through most modern households and you’ll quickly find a number of devices connected to the internet. Prove us wrong, we’ll wait.  With more and more online gadgets assisting us through the minutiae of our everyday lives (playing music, giving us directions, and even cleaning our houses), we’re constantly logged on. Yet, as we continue to connect, the importance and impact of online safety is becoming an increasingly hot topic — nowadays, Mashable writes…

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Uber eyes self-driving scooters, bikes

Your electric scooter could one day be autonomous.  Uber is working on self-driving scooters and bikes, according to 3DRobotics CEO Chris Anderson. The company announced plans to explore electric scooters and bikes that can drive themselves to charging stations and riders.  In a tweet on Saturday, Anderson revealed that the ride-hailing app is hiring engineers for “Micromobility Robotics” — a division under JUMP, Uber’s on-demand rideshare for bikes and scooters. Its main group, Uber Advance Technologies Group, will continue its work on self-driving cars.

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Adorable kid tries to train his Google Home, and it does not go well

Ever feel like you’re more advanced than technology? This little kid can relate. A young, very patient boy was spotted in his kitchen talking to his family’s Google Home, desperately trying to impart some wisdom. He begged the device to repeat him so that he could teach it some brand new skills, saying, “I’m telling you stuff and you don’t know what it is… Can I please train you because you don’t know what stuff is?” The boy then realized maybe Google should help him, too, since he “doesn’t even…

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This device is trying to replace your phone AND laptop

Image: Bridget Bennett/Mashable While CES sets the tech trends for the year, it rarely sets the tone. The giant-size tech carnival is a great place to see the latest TVs, smart home gadgets, and self-driving vehicle tech, but it’s also a bubble. Hype and excitement over mostly incremental upgrades is epidemic at the show, and it has very little to do with our real-world relationship with technology. If there was any doubt about that, it was made jarringly clear on Thursday when news broke that Amazon-owned company Ring, fresh from…

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20 of the best gift ideas for men: Get him something he really wants

Finding the perfect gift for the man in your life can be difficult. What if he doesn’t like it? What if he doesn’t need it? What if he already has it? These are just a few questions that might race through your head when trying to pick out the perfect gift. While you may be tempted to get your guy something he needs, we’ll let you in on a little secret: Get him something he really wants instead and watch his eyes light up as he unwraps your gift.  Whether…

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Make a ‘Doom’ map with the help of your Roomba

Your Roomba can help clean up your enemies.Image: Bildquelle/ullstein bild via Getty Images Once your Roomba is done tidying the house, you can clean up your enemies in hell. Game programmer and designer Rich Whitehouse released a script on Christmas Eve which allows you to convert the robotic vacuum’s trip around your home into a playable Doom map. SEE ALSO: The creator of ‘Doom’ is releasing nine new levels for free in 2019 Naturally, the script is called Doomba, which works with Whitehouse’s Noesis software that allows developers to convert…

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Furbo dog camera in action

There's more than meets the eye with this dog camera.Image: ZLATA IVLEVA/MASHABLE Furbo Dog Camera $249.99 The Good Easy to use • Made of durable plastic • Bamboo lid tightly secures treats • Launching treats is fun! We’ve all been there before: You’re about to leave for work, and the family dog follows you to the door, watching through the window as you enter your car and leave. But what if you could keep a watchful eye on your dog the entire day — even from your office? The Furbo…

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Get a full year of Hulu for just 99 cents per month

All this could be yours.Image: hulu It may be getting cold, but Hulu is coming in HOT this weekend with their best offer ever— a full year of streaming for just $0.99 per month.  I never thought I needed a nod for my sedentary winter lifestyle, but this definitely feels like one and I’m not hating it.  For literal pocket change, you’ll be able to watch thousands of TV shows and movies, including full seasons of exclusive series like Hulu originals The Handmaid’s Tale and Difficult People, plus full seasons…

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Flickr cuts down storage for free users, for some interesting reasons

Flickr is cutting down on storage for free users.Image: LightRocket via Getty Images Flickr found new ownership under Smugmug earlier this year, and inevitably, that comes with changes. The image hosting service has made a big one: Free accounts will be limited to 1,000 photos from Jan. 8, 2019, a significant cut from the terabyte of storage that was previously offered to users. SEE ALSO: Apple’s new MacBook Air is fine. Just fine. If you’ve reached 1,000 photos, you won’t be able to upload any more. If you’re already over…

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Dunking the iPhone XR in water, tea, beer, and of course … La Croix Technically Speaking

The 2018 MacBook Air comes with a bigger, higher quality display.Image: screenshot: Rachel Kraus/mashable/apple It’s not an envelope moment, but it’s pretty nifty. Apple unveiled a shiny new 2018 MacBook Air at its product launch event in Brooklyn on Tuesday. It’s the most meaningful physical redesign of Apple’s least expensive (and definitely cutest) laptop since 2015. “It’s time for a new MacBook Air, one that takes the MacBook Air experience even further in the areas that are most important to our customers,” Tim Cook said. SEE ALSO: Apple’s Oct. 30…

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Everything Apple unveiled at its iPad event

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave the low-down on new Apple products.Image: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images It feels like we literally just wrapped up a major Apple event with three new iPhones. But wait, there’s more… SEE ALSO: Apple’s Oct. 30 iPad and Mac event: live blog It’s only been a month, and Apple is already releasing more hardware. This time the company held a special media event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where it showed off new iPads, MacBooks, a Mac Mini, and even a revamped Apple Pencil.  Here’s…

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4 sleek charging stations that hide your phone to keep your family off their tech Optimize That

The Pixel 3 leaks are completely out of control.Image: raymond wong/mashable Google’s big Pixel event is a couple days away and the leaks just reached a new level of ridiculous. Does it even count as a leak if you can just walk into a store and try it out? That’s what Engadget’s Richard Lai apparently did. The Hong Kong-based writer reports that a local mobile phone shop is selling the still unannounced Pixel 3 XL. SEE ALSO: Google’s new Easter egg is a secret text adventure game It’s not clear…

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4 toys to give kids a head start in STEM without screen time

Image: Bob Al-Greene / mashable Welcome to Small Humans, an ongoing series at Mashable that looks at how to take care of – and deal with – the kids in your life. Because Dr. Spock is nice and all, but it’s 2018 and we have the entire internet to contend with. Buzzwords like “STEM” and “STEAM” are everywhere these days. When it comes to educating young minds, learning these skills — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — can help prepare budding minds for the future workforce. More specifically, coding…

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