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11/9/2018

Shadow Creator has released the Shadow VR, a Vive Wave-based 6DoF headset; it is designed to compete with the Oculus Quest. The Shadow VR offers a 110-degree field of view and a 2,560x1,440 display resolution.

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11/9/2018

Malware is much less of a problem on newer versions of Android, marking a key gain for Google's mobile operating system. That's particularly true for users who stick to Google Play for app downloads, Google said.

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11/9/2018

Google Play has begun releasing games designed by the winners in its sponsored contest last spring, which was aimed at teenage girls. Games include one designed by an 11th grader that follows a shape-shifting girl's perilous journey through a forest.

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Google
11/9/2018

Windows 10 PC owners will be able to use the Alexa voice assistant to set reminders, create lists, track calendars and more thanks to an update from Amazon. The new app allows users to access Alexa features while traveling, as well as to use the thousands of available skills in the assistant's library.

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TechCrunch
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11/9/2018

While great strides have been made in the development of autonomous vehicles, most experts agree that level-5 autonomy is still a long way off. Still, machine learning, computer vision and other technologies are already helping improve vehicle safety.

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11/9/2018

Google revealed a comparison of how various display colors affect power performance in phones, noting that black mode uses the least power. White displays, meanwhile, require the most power and are prevalent in Google devices, but the company discussed adding dark mode options for users who wish to extend battery life.

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Google
11/9/2018

Higher fees and a 12.3 million customer base that continues to grow contributed to third-quarter results for Dropbox that beat expectations. Chief Financial Officer Ajay Vashee said the company would focus on continuing to expand "through a combination of paying user conversion and ARPU [average revenue per user] expansion."

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Reuters
11/9/2018

Facebook appears to be betting big on its Portal+ smart speaker and screen device. Heather Kelly, however, has mixed reactions, noting security concerns while highlighting its potential in video calling, and concludes the feature is currently an "awkward mishmash of technology trends."

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Facebook
11/9/2018

Users of a free state-issued app in Connecticut will be able to directly inform authorities of suspicious activity. The reports are anonymous and go to round-the-clock members of a counterterrorism watch.

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Government Technology
11/9/2018

Carriers are lowering speeds for streaming video content, researchers at three universities state in a report. The report says the restrictions create "an unlevel playing field for video streaming providers while also imposing engineering challenges."