Google Duplex AI Reservation Service Still Relies Heavily On Human Handlers

Google Duplex AI Reservation Service Still Relies Heavily On Human Handlers
Google has been making greats strides to bring its Duplex reservation service to more states. For those not in the know, Google Duplexuses advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically make reservations for you (i.e. dinner for two at a restaurant). You tell the Google Assistant where you want to eat, what day/time, and how many people

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Sony Touts PS5 Multiplayer Backwards Compatibility With Legacy PS4 Consoles

Sony Touts PS5 Multiplayer Backwards Compatibility With Legacy PS4 Consoles
Sony has already talked several times about the PS5 game console and what it will give gamers when it launches. It has promised that the price will be appealing given the console’s hardware, which sounds like a nice way of saying it will be expensive but powerful. We recently saw a glimpse at how much more powerful the PS5 will be than the

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Amazon Echo Wall Clock Gets Its First Discount With This Deal

Amazon Echo Wall Clock Gets Its First Discount With This Deal
Last December, Amazon rolled out a new wall clock that had some cool connectivity options with its voice assistant smart speakers. One of the things that people who cook like to do with Alexa devices is to set timers for the various dishes they are preparing. Since most Alexa speakers have no screen, it’s hard to tell how much time is left

Source: Hot Hardware – Amazon Echo Wall Clock Gets Its First Discount With This Deal

Intel Exec Discloses More Project Athena Strategy In Forthcoming Computex Unveil

Intel Exec Discloses More Project Athena Strategy In Forthcoming Computex Unveil
Earlier this year, Intel gave us the first hints about its Project Athena initiative and earlier this month gave us a broad overview on what to expect with future computing designs. Like Centrino (which brought laptops into the Wi-Fi age) and Ultrabooks (which touted the idea of thin and light premium laptops), Project Athena also encompasses

Source: Hot Hardware – Intel Exec Discloses More Project Athena Strategy In Forthcoming Computex Unveil

Samsung's Latest AI Creates Talking Avatars From Still Photos

Samsung's Latest AI Creates Talking Avatars From Still Photos
What if the person you were watching on TV was not an actual human? Researchers from the Samsung Institute in Moscow and Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology have discovered a way to bypass 3D modeling. Samsung researchers recently introduced a new AI that can create talking heads from single photos and paintings.

It can be very

Source: Hot Hardware – Samsung’s Latest AI Creates Talking Avatars From Still Photos

Smartphones Now Have The Ability To Identify You By Your Gait

Smartphones Now Have The Ability To Identify You By Your Gait
Smartphone security is becoming more sophisticated by the day. Fingerprint scanning and facial recognition schemes are starting to supplant PIN codes and passwords, but have you wondered what the next frontier might be? One possible avenue is behavioral biometrics, and a company called UnifyID is leading the charge.

Behavioral biometrics

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Go Figure, Report Says Tesla’s Autopilot Is Far Less Competent Than Human Drivers

Go Figure, Report Says Tesla’s Autopilot Is Far Less Competent Than Human Drivers
Tesla is famous for its immensely powerful electric cars and their ever-increasing range thanks to advances in battery chemistry, motor design, and software updates. The company is also famous — for better or worse — for its Autopilot software, which allows the vehicle to take over the task of driving, and even changing lanes in certain

Source: Hot Hardware – Go Figure, Report Says Tesla’s Autopilot Is Far Less Competent Than Human Drivers

NVIDIA Is Prepping A 'Super' GeForce GPU Surprise For Computex 2019

NVIDIA Is Prepping A 'Super' GeForce GPU Surprise For Computex 2019
NVIDIA appears to have something waiting in the wings to take on a looming Navi threat from AMD. The company has posted a teaser video for an upcoming product that could be unveiled next week at Computex 2019. 

NVIDIA isn’t really giving us much to go on with the teaser, but the video is entitled “Something super is coming…” and the word

Source: Hot Hardware – NVIDIA Is Prepping A ‘Super’ GeForce GPU Surprise For Computex 2019

Panic’s Playdate Gaming Handheld Sports A Crank, Black And White Screen, 12 Indie Games

Panic’s Playdate Gaming Handheld Sports A Crank, Black And White Screen, 12 Indie Games
What fits in your pocket, can be cranked, and is fun to play with? Get your mind out of the gutter—the correct answer is Playdate, a new handheld gaming system from Panic, an Oregon-based software and video game company that has mostly focused on apps for macOS and iOS (it also published Firewatch, an adventure game that was released on several

Source: Hot Hardware – Panic’s Playdate Gaming Handheld Sports A Crank, Black And White Screen, 12 Indie Games

Amazon Reportedly Developing Alexa-Powered Wearable That Can Be Your Empath

Amazon Reportedly Developing Alexa-Powered Wearable That Can Be Your Empath
It seems that Amazon is a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and in particular Commander Deanna Troi, the half-human, half-Betazoid that can sense emotions. Amazon wants its Alexa digital assistant to have the same capability. In a filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Amazon describes an Alexa-powered wearable

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2.5 Geeks 5/23/19: Samsung And WD SSDs, OnePlus 7 Pro, Fractal Design Vision R2 RGB Case, Huawei's Woes

2.5 Geeks 5/23/19: Samsung And WD SSDs, OnePlus 7 Pro, Fractal Design Vision R2 RGB Case, Huawei's Woes
In this episode of HotHardware’s Two And Half Geeks, Marco, Chris and Dave chat about some sweet new NVMe SSDs from Samsung and WD, the hot new OnePlus 7 Pro Android flagship, Fractal Design’s Define S2 Vision RGB case, Huawei’s government and supplier woes and more!

Show Notes:
06:50 – Samsung 883 And 983 DCT SSD Review: Enterprise Class

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Microsoft Debuts New Windows 10 Xbox Game Bar With Spotify And Broadcast Capture Memes

Microsoft Debuts New Windows 10 Xbox Game Bar With Spotify And Broadcast Capture Memes
The initial roll out of the October 2018 Update for Windows 10 was quite the debacle, and now that the May 2019 Update has arrived, users might understandably be wary of making the leap. For gamers, however, the new Xbox Game Bar that comes with the latest update is a compelling reason to rethink that decision.

What exactly is the Xbox

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Acer Launches Nitro 5 And Swift 3 Notebooks With Ryzen 3000 Zen+ APUs

Acer Launches Nitro 5 And Swift 3 Notebooks With Ryzen 3000 Zen+ APUs
Acer has unveiled notebooks that are powered by the latest AMD Ryzen Mobile processor with integrated Radeon Vega graphics ahead of Computex 2019. Acer is cramming the second-gen Ryzen mobile processors into the Nitro 5 and Swift 3 notebooks. The Nitro 5 can be optioned with up to a second-gen AMD Ryzen 7 3750H processor with a Radeon RX 560X

Source: Hot Hardware – Acer Launches Nitro 5 And Swift 3 Notebooks With Ryzen 3000 Zen+ APUs

AMD 50th Anniversary Promo Is Still Rocking With Hot Deals On Ryzen And Radeon

AMD 50th Anniversary Promo Is Still Rocking With Hot Deals On Ryzen And Radeon
AMD is having some specials that gamers and enthusiasts looking to build up a new PC might want to partake in. There are two weeks left to take advantage of the AMD 50th anniversary gifts to gamers with the AMD50 Game Bundle that offers Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Gold Edition and World War Z for free with the purchase of certain Radeon graphics

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AMD's Alleged Ryzen 3000 16-Core Zen 2 Beast CPU Benchmarked In Cinebench R15

AMD's Alleged Ryzen 3000 16-Core Zen 2 Beast CPU Benchmarked In Cinebench R15
Computex 2019 is less than a week away, which means that the rumormill is gearing up at a rapid pace ahead of the show. Over the past few months, we’ve been getting a flood of information on incoming 7nm Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 processors from AMD. At first, we thought that the family would top out with 12-core processors, but we’ve since learned

Source: Hot Hardware – AMD’s Alleged Ryzen 3000 16-Core Zen 2 Beast CPU Benchmarked In Cinebench R15

The Sims 4 Is Available For Free Through May 28, Here's How To Get It

The Sims 4 Is Available For Free Through May 28, Here's How To Get It
Everyone likes free video games, and if you lean towards the casual sort of game, you might remember EA’s The Sims 4. The game has been around for what seems like forever, with the launch trailer for the title first surfacing back in 2013. EA has been working hard to release new updates for the game and expansion packs to keep players busy.

Recently

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Samsung Galaxy Home Mini Makes FCC Debut, Its Larger Sibling Still Hasn't Launched

Samsung Galaxy Home Mini Makes FCC Debut, Its Larger Sibling Still Hasn't Launched
We have known for several months that Samsung is aiming to compete in the growing smart speaker market, though the company has yet to launch its anticipated Galaxy Home speaker with Bixby integration. Even so, however, the company is already looking ahead to launching a more compact version, presumably called the Galaxy Home Mini.

Samsung’s

Source: Hot Hardware – Samsung Galaxy Home Mini Makes FCC Debut, Its Larger Sibling Still Hasn’t Launched

Another Windows 10 Zero-Day Exploit Code Released By Spurned Security Researcher

Another Windows 10 Zero-Day Exploit Code Released By Spurned Security Researcher
SandboxEscaper is at it again, releasing another zero-day exploit into the wild without giving Microsoft a heads up before publication. If you recall, SandboxEscaper doesn’t think too highly Microsoft and has published other zero-day vulnerabilities affecting the company’s software dating back to the summer of 2018.

The latest exploit leverages

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Privacy-Centric Tor Browser Officially Lands For Android Devices

Privacy-Centric Tor Browser Officially Lands For Android Devices
At long last, The Tor Project has officially ported its Tor browser to Android devices with the first stable release for Google’s open source operating system. It is now available on Google Play and will also make its way to F-Droid within the next day. Previously, Android users had access to test builds, with the first alpha version being

Source: Hot Hardware – Privacy-Centric Tor Browser Officially Lands For Android Devices

Vizio's 50-Inch 4K HDR Smart TV Is A Steal At $319 With This Deal On Amazon

Vizio's 50-Inch 4K HDR Smart TV Is A Steal At $319 With This Deal On Amazon
There has never been a better time to be in the market for a big screen TV. Whereas buying a sizeable television used to command top dollar, costs have come down considerably over the years, to the point where a few hundred bucks gets you a 4K TV with HDR support. Proof of this exists in Vizio’s new V-Series 50-inch class (49.5-inch diagonal)

Source: Hot Hardware – Vizio’s 50-Inch 4K HDR Smart TV Is A Steal At 9 With This Deal On Amazon