C by GE Sol review: GE has transplanted Alexa’s brain into a funky lamp

The C by GE Sol ($200) is the first lamp I’ve seen that fully incorporates Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant. If you can get past its 1950s sci-fi aesthetic, it could be a good addition to your smart home. This goes double if you also use C by GE smart bulbs. I control 95 percent of my home’s indoor and outdoor lighting using Amazon Echos and Echo Dots, so I’m accustomed to the convenience that the Sol offers. (It’s pronounced “soul,” by the way, not “saul.” I used the latter pronunciation a…

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Apple has begun rolling out HDR 4K content on iTunes and upgrading old purchases

In anticipation of the launch of pre-orders for the iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K (which occurs tonight at 3AM (EST) (or 12AM PST), Apple has already begun rolling out new content with support for 4K resolution and HDR video with higher dynamic range. In addition, Apple is upgrading iTunes customers’ previous purchases of video to 4K HDR format, which is has promised to do so, free of charge. All the new iPhones announced this week support HDR video, and the new Apple TV 4K supports both the higher resolution…

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Billboard suggests October 4 unveiling for Google Pixel 2

Last month, serial leakster Evan Blass revealed the next generation Google Pixelsmartphones will be officially unveiled on October 5. However, if a newly-spotted Google billboard is anything to go by, the devices may arrive a day earlier. Agreed, the billboard doesn’t explicitly say anything, but the words “Ask more of your phone,” followed by Google’s logo and the date are strong indications that the company is talking about a new phone, details related to which will be outed on October 4. For what it’s worth, last year’s Pixel event also happened on…

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Motorola confirms October launch for Moto X4 in UK

Motorola has provided some information for the launch of the Moto X4 smartphone. The company’s UK subsidiary has confirmed in a tweet that the device will hit the shelves early next month. An exact date, however, wasn’t revealed. Aside from the launch time-frame, the company also confirmed that the handset will be exclusive to Carphone Warehouse in the UK. Sadly, there was no information on pricing, although it can’t be far away from the €399 price tag for continental Europe. [“Source-timesofindia”]

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vivo X20 to come with Snapdragon 660, blazing fast Face Unlock

The upcoming vivo X20 will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset and offer facial recognition that will be able to unlock the device within 0.1s. vivo itself confirmed the Face Wake (as it calls it) feature officially through a teaser on its Weibo account while the chipset comes by way of a leaked image showing the phone in the wild.   vivo X20 Face Unlock and Snapdragon 660 This clears the air as to the differences between the vivo V7+, which was officially announced yesterday, and the X20. The V7+ uses a Snapdragon…

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Best PDF editors of 2017: Reviewed and rated

Though it’s nearly 25 years old, the PDF may be more useful than ever in our increasingly multi-device, cross-platform world. Much of the time you can get by with a free PDF reader to review and comment on these files. But inevitably, particularly in a business setting, you’ll need edit a PDF file and that usually requires upgrading to a premium PDF editor. Historically, Adobe Acrobat has been the best option, but it has also been the most expensive, often putting it out of reach of individuals and small businesses….

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Xiaomi Mi A1 First Impressions: Google’s Android One Makes a Comeback

The Xiaomi Mi A1 has been launched as the new face of Google’s Android One platform. This will be a crucial device for Xiaomi which has not brought any flagship model to India this year, and also for Google, with none of its previous Android One models delivering either. This new Android One smartphone is Xiaomi’s second global smartphone launch in India, after it debuted the Mi 4i here first back in 2015. The Xiaomi Mi A1 could be part of an all-new series in the company’s lineup, but we strongly believe that will depend on consumer feedback to…

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Remember Super 30? Now there is a super-60 in Rajasthan for government jobs

Just like Bihar’s Super 30 which helps unprivileged students achieve academic success in engineering, a couple in Dausa, Rajasthan, are offering free couching to help students clear competitive exams. Seema and Vinod Meena have been running ‘Nishulk Guidance Classes’ for poor and deprived youths from tribal regions to chase their dreams. They select 60 students after a screening process and coach them to clear exams for government jobs. The couple are 39 and 41 years old and both are teachers at government schools. “I appeared in the IAS interview thrice…

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LG V30 will probably cost $749.99 [Updated]

The device’s European price has now been revealed. A Romanian retailer has the phone listed on its website for LEI 3,999.90, which translates into around $1,035 or €870. The device is on pre-order currently. The listing doesn’t specify an exact date, but does say that deliveries will begin in September. Thanks for the tip, Sorin Lavric. Original story follows: LG unveiled the V30 two days ago at IFA in Berlin, but the company has so far provided very few details about its availability and price in the US. Sure, we know that all the big carriers…

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500 strong Experience Team to test the LG V30 for a month

LG is seeking volunteers for the LG V30 National Experience Team, which will get to try out the upcoming flagship before the retail launch. In total, 500 people from South Korea will be selected between August 22 and 28. That’s more than double the number of testers chosen for the LG G6. You’ll need to visit this site – www.v30-try.co.kr – to answer a questionnaire and enter your social networking account. Keep in mind that 200,000 people tried out for the LG G6 team and only 210 were selected. Still, if you do get…

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