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Motorola’s new Moto Mod has Amazon Alexa built in

Motorola’s new Moto Mod has Amazon Alexa built in

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Update: Motorola's Alexa-imbued MotoMod will be available starting November 13 in the US on Amazon, Motorola's own website and Best Buy. Motorola has announced the latest MotoMod for its Moto Z family of handsets - the Moto smart speaker with Amazon Alexa. Priced at £99, $149.99 (around AU$160), the snap-to-connect mod features its own dedicated speaker and familiar blue illumination ring that owners of the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot will be familiar with. Motorola says you'll be able to buy the speaker with Amazon Alexa from Amazon and its own website in the UK, US and Germany from November. Moto Mods: Every module you can clip to your Motorola phone Alexa at your beck and call The Mod will allow you to trigger the smart assistant with your voice without having to even
Amazon launches Alexa-less Fire TV Stick for international users of its Prime video service

Amazon launches Alexa-less Fire TV Stick for international users of its Prime video service

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We’re approaching one year since Amazon expanded its Prime video service to over 200 countries internationally, and today the company is doubling down on that global audience with the introduction of a ‘Basic Edition’ of its popular Fire TV Stick that ships to over 100 countries. The company unveiled a much-improved second-generation version of the product in September, adding 4K and HDR support, but, like its predecessor, availability is limited to the U.S. initially with little chance of hitting much of the world. That’s an issue with Amazon wants to marry the dongle with Amazon Prime Video viewers outside of its strongest markets. This new Basic Edition is essentially the previous incarnation of the device but without voice commands via Alexa. Alexa has been omitted altogether — y
TV Is The Primary Source Of Information In Africa

TV Is The Primary Source Of Information In Africa

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A recent study by the Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) has revealed that TV is the most popular news medium in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. When asked about how they stay informed about the latest news in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates, more than 75% of nationals reported watching television each day rather than relying on online sources . Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO Group says: “The study confirms what we’ve been observing for some time, not only in MENA region but also in Sub-Saharan Africa. Disparities in literacy, including digital literacy, and education greatly influence news platforms choices. And despite internet penetration and the rise of social media, it’s also important to tak
How To Find Your Lost/Stolen Cellphone In Zimbabwe?

How To Find Your Lost/Stolen Cellphone In Zimbabwe?

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Losing a possession is never easy. Heck, losing anything can cost a tear or two. With the way that we have become so dependent on our devices the loss of a cellphone can severely impact one’s life, not just socially but financially as well. There a few tips as to precautions one should take prior to losing their device, I’ll cover them below but the gist of this article is for those wanting to know “how can I recover my lost or stolen cellphone in Zimbabwe” question. As I use Android devices the tips and suggestions are for that operating system, if you use something else, like Windows, I’d suggest you change devices soonest. As for Apple users, surely you can afford to replace it! While You Still Have Your Phone There are a few things you should do
Best AV Receiver 2017: which home cinema AV receiver should you buy?

Best AV Receiver 2017: which home cinema AV receiver should you buy?

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Make the most of your home theater The best AV receivers are, for most people, the most integral part of anyone’s home theater setup. You don’t go out and buy the best 65-inch 4K TV just so you can play all your Xbox One X games and watch your Ultra HD Blu-ray movieswith the TV’s unimpressive built-in speakers. That’s not to mention all of the time you’ll be wasting switching around devices that are plugged into your TV. In order to have the best multimedia center, you’ll want to find an AV receiver that’s ready to support every media device you own now, and any that you’re planning on buying in the near future. The best AV receiver serves as a hub that takes whatever input you give it and sends video signals out to the TV and audio to the speakers, so that you simultaneo
Aorus X9 is a new monster gaming laptop with twin GTX 1070 GPUs

Aorus X9 is a new monster gaming laptop with twin GTX 1070 GPUs

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Along with a Core i7 processor which can be overclocked Gigabyte has unveiled a powerful new gaming laptop which derives its pixel-pushing prowess from dual GeForce GTX 1070 GPUs. The new Aorus X9 boasts an Intel Core i7-7820HK quad-core processor (base clock 2.9GHz, with Turbo to 3.9GHz) which can be overclocked, and as mentioned, a pair of GTX 1070 graphics cards hooked up in SLI (with 8GB of video memory each). That chunky core spec is backed by up to 64GB of system RAM, and for storage, you can specify a pair of M.2 PCIe SSDs (maximum capacity 512GB each) alongside a traditional hard disk (up to 2TB). For the 17.3-inch display, you can either run with a 4K IPS panel that offers 100% Adobe RGB coverage, or a 2,560 x 1,440-resolution screen with a refresh rate of
The Best Laptop 2017: Our pick of the 15 best laptops you can buy this year

The Best Laptop 2017: Our pick of the 15 best laptops you can buy this year

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We've reviewed all the 2017 models from the best brands to help you discover which is the best laptop for your own personal needs Now that both macOS High Sierra and the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update are here, it’s time to start thinking about the best laptop of 2017, what it looks like and how it runs. However, the truth is that the best laptop means different things to different people. Some of us prefer lengthy battery life and ultra-light form factors while others crave knockout performance at any cost. The good news is that, no matter your qualifications that determine the best laptop of 2017, we have you covered with a complete rundown of recommendations based on full-length reviews. Whether you want the best gaming laptop, the best Ultrabook, the best 2-in-1 la
Best 55-inch 4K TVs of 2017: the best medium-sized screens for any budget

Best 55-inch 4K TVs of 2017: the best medium-sized screens for any budget

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Anyone who is shopping for the best 55-inch 4K TVs in 2017 should be looking for a set that successfully strikes a balance between price, size, and all the high-end tech that’s in vogue right now. Now that fall is here, and the summer temperatures are quickly fading away, we’re all going to be spending a lot more time indoors, and we’ll turn to our TVs more and more. If your current TV is starting to show its age, the more affordable cost of 4K HDR TVs may make today the best time to find a refresh your AV setup. TVs of this size are popular, and that means TV manufacturers pay plenty of attention, offering all the best features and display technology. That means there will almost always be a 55-inch TV that easily caters to all of your needs, especially if you think it’s time to
Best 32-inch TVs of 2017: the best secondary TVs for any budget

Best 32-inch TVs of 2017: the best secondary TVs for any budget

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Snazzy 4K TVs are all the rage these days, being what most TV talk is about, and it’s the large ones too. Manufacturers like Samsung are even revealing that 55-inch screens have become the most popular screen size. The best 32-inch TVs used to be the pinnacle of AV enthusiasm, and while they’ve since fallen far from that title, the best 32-inch TVs are far from irrelevant.Quite the opposite, it continues to be one of the most popular segments of the TV market – and this really isn’t all that surprising when you think about it. If you’re thinking about putting TVs in second, third, and even fourth rooms, the best 32-inch TVs strike a perfect balance between affordability and utility: It’s big enough to be comfortably viewable even in typically large rooms such as kitchens and co
HTC U11 Plus release date, news and rumors

HTC U11 Plus release date, news and rumors

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Update: Leaked renders have given us our first look at the HTC U11 Plus, while another rumor points to a massive battery. The HTC U11 is an impressive phone, receiving 4.5 stars in our review, but it seems HTC might be chasing that last half a star, as it’s rumored to be working on a bigger and better version of the phone. Known currently as the HTC U11 Plus and previously as the Ocean Master, this is a handset that we haven’t heard a huge amount about yet, but which we’re expecting to see soon, as HTC is holding a November 2 event which may well be dedicated to it. And there are some things we do know, all of which you’ll find below, along with our analysis and educated guesses as to what else the U11 Plus might offer. Cut to the chase What is it? A larger version of the HT
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