Technology 

2018 Honda Civic Type R review – Roadshow

I don’t walk into every car review with big expectations, but for the 2018 Honda Civic Type R, it was inevitable. I have been part of the vocal minority for years, screaming to the unresponsive heavens in the hopes that Honda would one day bring its highest-performing Civic to the US. And then it arrived, and it proved to be good. Just about every report from the Type R’s debut painted it as a competent front-wheel-drive performance car when it came to track or otherwise spirited driving, but I wanted…

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2019 BMW X4 arrives in July, priced from $50,450 – Roadshow

Whether or not you agree with BMW’s “sports activity coupe” nomenclature, the truth is, weirdo swoopy crossovers are a hit around the globe. BMW launched the X3-based X4 a couple years ago to compliment the larger X6, and the smaller X2 hits the road later this year. Makes sense, then, that following the X3’s updo for 2018, the X4 is receiving a similar freshening for the 2019 model year. Visually, the X4 retains its crossover-coupe shape, with chunky design elements front and rear that aren’t too dissimilar from those on…

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Say goodbye to these Pebble smartwatch features on June 30 – CNET

Do you own and love a Pebble smartwatch? I do, and I’ve got some bittersweet news — on June 30, a few of the most handy features will be phased out.  In a blog post Wednesday, new owner Fitbit said these pieces of the Pebble experience are going away: Voice recognition features SMS and email replies Timeline pins from third-party apps (Calendar pins will keep working) Pebble appstore Pebble forum CloudPebble development tool One of my favorite places to use my Pebble Time Steel is in the car, because I…

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Technology 

Alexa could be our next crime fighter – CNET

This Echo, featuring a woodgrain shell, could help you report a crime. Ry Crist/CNET Move over, McGruff. There’s a new crime fighter in town and her name is Alexa — assuming a UK police force gets its way, that is.  Police in Lancaster, England, are exploring ways to use Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo smart speakers to send out crime bulletins to local citizens, alert them to wanted suspects in the area and — most intriguingly — let victims and witnesses report crimes directly to the police.  “If we can reduce demand…

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How To 

5 tips for your new Amazon Echo – CNET

Amazon’s Alexa speakers are full of helpful features. You can get the news, turn on the lights and play your audiobooks just by asking, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. But, frankly, a new Alexa speaker can feel a little overwhelming at first. Where should you begin? What should you try first? What features truly matter? Here are five important things to try first with your new Alexa speaker. Now Playing: Watch this: 5 tips for your new Amazon Echo Set up your Flash Briefing Think of the…

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2018 Nissan Rogue review – Roadshow

The Nissan Rogue was already a strong contender before last year’s overhaul, which added a new look, new amenities and tech, elevating the compact SUV to its current position of “best-selling” model in Nissan’s lineup. Now, just one model year later, the 2018 model has received yet another significant update, bringing even more safety in the form of the automaker’s ProPilot Assist driver aid technology. However, while I can understand the Rogue’s mass appeal and see why it’s such a strong seller, I’ve struggled when recommending even the new 2017…

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Amazon Echo UPDATE – Alexa gets new music alarms feature, here’s how it works

Amazon has given Echo and Echo Dot users a big boost ahead of Christmas after announcing that Alexa has been updated to support music alarms. Instead of just asking Alexa to set an alarm for you, you can now request certain songs, playlists, artists or genres are played at a specific time. The new music alarm feature went live on Amazon Echos and any Alexa devices on Monday. The feature pulls music for your alarm from a number of supported services such as Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora and TuneIn. You…

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Science 

Secure phone uses sonar to watch your mouth saying a passphrase

Is that really you?imagesource/getty By Paul Marks “My voice is my password.” Passphrases that use biometric voice recognition to verify it’s really you are becoming increasingly popular. But their increasing use carries a risk: someone with a recording of your voice could easily splice the right spoken words together and spoof their way into your digital life. Now a new technology detects such shenanigans – using sonar. Even as biometrics are replacing passwords, voice recognition is becoming more vulnerable to spoofing. Fuelling this risk, says security engineer Jie Yang at…

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Gaming 

Star Wars Hero Droid BB-8 Interactive Droid for $130 + free shipping – CNET

Walmart offers the Star Wars Hero Droid BB-8 Fully Interactive Droid for $129.97 with free shipping. That’s the lowest price we could find by $20, although most stores charge about $230. This remote-control droid is to lifelike scale at 16″ tall (19″ with antenna) and features voice recognition with multiple voice commands, 360° movement, and a unique “follow me” mode.

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Garmin Speak Release Date, Price and Specs – Roadshow

Earlier this year, navigation giant Garmin teamed up with Amazon to announce the Garmin Speak, a nano-scale Amazon Echo ($179.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond) for your car’s dashboard. The pint-sized product promises to bring the flexibility of Amazon’s Alexa voice service and Garmin’s navigation and traffic prowess to any car in a compact, low-distraction package. I’ve spent about a month getting to know the Garmin Speak. ‘Alexa, what is a Garmin Speak?’ The Speak unit is a little black cylinder of about 1.5 inches in diameter and about the…

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