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8/21/2017

The Nest Learning Thermostat last received a cosmetic upgrade six years ago, though a recently leaked photograph from Evan Blass indicates that the device has received a makeover. The company has not commented on the photo at this time; Nest's last new release came about two years ago.

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8/21/2017

The US Supreme Court will soon decide whether "Google" should go the way of aspirin, hoover and videotape, losing its trademark status because it's now a generic term. "There is no single word other than google that conveys the action of searching the internet using any search engine," says a petition filed with the justices that stems from a 2012 lawsuit by website developer Chris Gillespie.

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Ars Technica
8/21/2017

Andy Rubin believes artificial intelligence features in his Essential smartphone will handle more tedious tasks, allowing the owner to be away from it for longer. Rubin says, "If I can get to the point where your phone is a virtual version of you, you can be off enjoying your life, having that dinner, without touching your phone, and you can trust your phone to do things on your behalf. I think I can solve part of the addictive behavior."

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Bloomberg
8/21/2017

Microsoft has launched trailers for Xbox One X and Xbox One games, including "Jurassic World Evolution," "Assassin's Creed Origins" and "Forza Motorsport 7." The company also showed off its limited-edition Project Scorpio Xbox One X console, which hits shelves Nov. 7.

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Microsoft, Forza Motorsport
8/21/2017

Monster this month will roll out voice-activated versions of some of its headphones. The company teamed up with Speak Music to add the voice options, as well as artificial intelligence components, to its Clarity HD, Elements and iSport Freedom V2 headphones.

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8/21/2017

The most recent iPhone release drove carriers such as AT&T, Sprint and Verizon to offer discounts that ended up costing them $200 per subscriber in the last half of 2016, Jefferies Group LLC reports. While companies aren't looking to be as aggressive with deals this year, it could happen if one company caves to the pressure and others follow suit, Reade Pickert writes.

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Bloomberg
8/21/2017

E-commerce powerhouses such as Amazon and Alibaba still perform strong, but niche sites such as Dollar Shave Club, 73Hours and Houzz stand to gain customers through better personalization. These sites focus on curating offerings for customers and helping them discover products they hadn't considered before.

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Dollar Shave Club, Alibaba, Amazon, Houzz
8/21/2017

Google Search now serves up video previews on Android. The previews are small snippets of videos that users can click on for a full view, as opposed to the previous thumbnail image previews of videos.

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8/21/2017

YouTube's feed now includes a Breaking News section for many of its users. Seven videos are served up in a horizontal scroll format.

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YouTube
8/21/2017

Amazon, Uber and other big brands are creating and feeding consumer demand for instant gratification with greater mobile access and connection to things like voice assistants. Other brands are following suit, acknowledging that there are potential downfalls in bypassing physical store shopping behaviors, writes Ashley Armstrong.

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