After Harman Kardon, HP signs on to launch Cortana-enabled devices, too

 Earlier this week, Harman Kardon announced the Invoke, its Cortana-enabled Amazon Echo competitor. While Harman Kardon was the first company to integrate Cortana into this kind of device, it’s not going to be the only one for long. As Microsoft announced today, HP has also signed on to build similar devices. Intel, too, is getting into this game. Read More

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The touchscreen Amazon Echo could launch on Tuesday

 Amazon could be about to launch Echo with a touchscreen as soon as tomorrow. The word comes from the WSJ citing sources familiar with the matter. The new model would feature a 7-inch touchscreen, display answers to verbal questions and feature internet-based telephone calls. Last week several sites posted images of a device they claimed to be the upcoming Echo touchscreen speaker. The… Read More

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Harman Kardon’s Cortana-powered speaker leaks ahead of launch

 Microsoft wants in on the Google Home and Amazon Echo party. Harman Kardon makes this Echo-lookalike is made by Harman Kardon and it’s powered by Microsoft’s Cortana voice platform. The device apparently launches this fall and could be officially revealed later this week.
Called the Invoke, the product page for the unannounced product was discovered by Thurrott.com before it was… Read More

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Why Flybrix skipped crowdfunding to launch its LEGO drone kits

 Flybrix first dreamed up a drone that kids could build with LEGO bricks in 2015. At the time, the co-founders debated the merits of launching with a crowdfunding campaign. They craved the exposure that brands attracted on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but they knew consumers were growing suspicious of promises made by crowdfunding hardware startups. Read More

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Why Nintendo Switch is amazing now, despite a small launch game lineup

 Nintendo’s Switch feels almost like a minimum viable product when it comes to software – the menu, when you boot the console initially, looks like a placeholder with big, empty square blocks suggesting some future software arrival. This is where games you download or insert via cartridge would show up, but it feels very work-in-progress. Jump to the store and the situation’s… Read More

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