Google Home Mini review—A gateway drug for the Google Assistant

reader comments 82 Share this story Update: Earlier this week on October 11, we reviewed the new Google Home Mini—the company’s entry point into its voice-controlled home assistant ecosystem. After some early users noted the device recording more than it should, Google has officially disabled its center touch point forever (in what seems like a […]

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Smart jewelry tested: do beautiful devices have the brains to compete?

Enlarge Valentina Palladino reader comments 29 Share this story Technology is shrinking, but that doesn’t mean it’s getting more subtle. Smartwatches are gaining popularity in the wearable world, but most make themselves painfully known by looking like high-tech gadgets. Not all wearables are fashion crimes, though; there’s a sector of smart jewelry trying to thrive […]

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Microsoft Ignite: Skype for Business merging into Teams

Enlarge Microsoft reader comments 25 Share this story Microsoft’s Ignite business and IT conference started today in Orlando, and, as we’ve come to expect, the big emphasis was on the continued evolution of Microsoft’s cloud, machine learning, and software-as-a-service offerings. The company is shaking up its communications offerings for Office 365 users, as it continues […]

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HP show us what a real PC workstation looks like with a 56-core, 3TB Z8

Enlarge / HP Z8 Workstation HP reader comments 98 Share this story If you’re a demanding computer user, sometimes your 13″ Ultrabook laptop just won’t quite cut it. For those looking for a little more computing power, HP’s new Z8 workstation could be just the answer. The latest iteration of HP’s desktop workstations packs in […]

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With CrashPlan getting out of the consumer cloud backup game, what’s next best?

Jeff Kubina reader comments 132 Share this story Cloud-based backup provider CrashPlan—which our friends at the Wirecutter recommended in 2015—announced earlier this week that it was getting out of the consumer backup game to focus on its enterprise offerings. Customers have until October 22, 2018 to find alternative backup solutions. CrashPlan’s service was compelling because […]

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