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Facebook’s ‘Ripley’ would stream Watch shows and put a camera in your home

Facebook wants to embed itself deeper into its users homes.Image: Getty Images Facebook wants to push even further into your home. The social media company is building a TV set-top box with a built-in camera, according to a new report in Cheddar.  SEE ALSO: Portal and Portal+ speakers give Facebook a permanent place in your home The device, reportedly referred to internally as “Ripley,” will be optimized for Facebook’s burgeoning TV platform, Watch. The set-top box would let you stream Watch shows to your television, though it’s not clear if…

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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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Snap launches Spectacles in two new styles: Nico and Veronica

Nico on the left, Veronica on the right.Image: Snap Snap’s original Spectacles, though designed more or less like traditional sunglasses, weren’t for everyone. The funky frame was…well, ugly, and the camera in one corner and LED flash in the other were visible from an airplane.  The originals launched in 2016, and the company redesigned them in April 2018 (technically called Spectacles 2), making them smaller and lighter, but the design remained mostly the same.  But on Wednesday, Snap launched Spectacles in two new styles, and these will likely appeal to…

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Huawei enters the smart speaker race with the AI Cube

Woo-hoo, another smart speaker!Image: Stan Schroeder/Mashable Does the world need yet another smart speaker? Probably not, but Huawei’s AI Cube, unveiled at the IFA trade show in Berlin on Friday, at least offers something a little different.  The AI Cube is an Alexa-powered smart speaker that also doubles as a 4G router, which makes sense given Huawei’s expertise in building communications equipment.  SEE ALSO: Samsung’s Bixby-powered Galaxy Home will take on the Amazon Echo Design-wise, the AI Cube looks like a taller Google Home, with a set of control buttons…

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Huawei P20 Pro has three rear cameras and one of them is 40 megapixels

Huawei P20 and P20 Pro both have the notch on the front, but you can hide it with a black bar if you like.Image: Raymond Wong/mashable Huawei has a new flagship, and boy is it hot.  The company officially launched the oft-leaked P20 and P20 Pro today at a special media event in Paris. (A third variant, the P20 Lite, was soft-launched in China a week ago.) This time, Huawei’s got one goal: Crush every other smartphone camera with an insane amount of resolution. SEE ALSO: Best Buy just screwed…

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Here are the 2017 innovations that changed the world

Image: Morgan’s Inspiration Island; eSight; Petit Pli; Manu Prakash/Stanford 2017 may have been a rough year, but there were plenty of inventions, innovations, and gadgets that made the world just a slightly better place. From global health to social justice to humanitarian aid, a slew of scientists, technologists, and activists came together this year to create impactful solutions to some of our most pressing problems. SEE ALSO: 9 incredible ways we’re using drones for social good In no particular order, here are 30 innovations that made a tangible difference in…

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Microsoft confirms plans for a new flagship store in Regent Street opposite Apple

Shopping may be turning into an increasingly virtual exercise, with people buying goods online and through apps, but there is no denying the power of a physical in-store experience — a lesson that Microsoft is taking to heart. Today the company announced it will be opening a new flagship store in London in Regent Street near Oxford Circus — just a stone’s (or an iPhone’s) throw from the Apple flagship store that saw a huge revamp a year ago. The area around Oxford Circus, which is at the intersection of Oxford…

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Everything we expect to see at Apple’s big iPhone 8 reveal

Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Apple’s next iPhones are almost here. We’re just days away from what will be Apple’s most anticipated reveal in recent memory. On Tuesday morning, CEO Tim Cook will take the stage at the company’s Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino and show off three new iPhones.  We’ll also get our first look at the next Apple Watch, Apple TV, and hear the latest updates on iOS and macOS High Sierra. SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 8 event: How to watch and what to expect Beyond that, the event…

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Travel in the most narcissistic way possible with this suitcase face cover

Image: firebox.com Let’s face it — most suitcases look the same, which makes keeping track of them while traveling quite the hassle. Forget investing in those pesky luggage tags that easily fall off or trying to set your boring black suitcases apart from the crowd with colorful ribbon. Head Case — a new travel case that literally puts a giant picture of your head onto your suitcase — is here to ensure everyone knows your bags belong to you. SEE ALSO: So, this guy checked in a single can of…

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