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Google VP of Product Management Sundar Pichai. Photo: Engadget.com.

Google+ social network finally shutting down

Google has announced that its shutting down Google+. The ill-fated social network was Google's attempt to take on Facebook. Although initially successfully -- especially among the tech community -- it offered little to differentiate itself. Most users were accustomed to and happy with enough with Facebook, and reluctant to sign...
YouTube TV live baseball streaming

With YouTube TV, Google targets not only phones, but our living rooms too

YouTube TV is here in a big way. For $40/month you essentially get a package of channels that would've cost about twice as much in the old days of satellite and cable. Cord cutters looking for a comprehensible lineup of content could do well to place the service on...

Google Assistant now more about touch

Google today is rolling out an update to its famed voice assistant. Look for it today on your Android phone -- by way of the Google Play Store. Thankfully, the team in Mountain View realized that now all of us want to interact by voice, and is now giving more...

Smart speakers are the smart home

Smart speakers are dominating. So much so, that it might be fair to say the heart of any smart home today starts with a smart speaker -- especially considering they're connected to the internet and can control pretty much all of the devices that are used for home automation...
Canon EOS 80D and 70D DSLRs

Top 5: Best accessories for the Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera

Are you a new 80D owner, or just about to purchase Canon's flagship APS-C camera? Here's 5 accessories that should find their way onto your shopping list. The Canon EOS 80D remains a very popular DSLR for a reason: it gets the job done. Whether you're shooting stills or video,...
All-new Echo Show (2nd Gen) - Premium sound and a vibrant 10" HD screen

Amazon unveils new Echo Show with larger 10″ screen, better sound

Amazon today unveiled a 2nd generation Echo show featuring a larger screen. For $229 (USD), you can now get the Alexa-powered speaker with a 10" screen and improved Dolby audio. There's a bunch of other small improvements to the two-year-old original Echo Show including: Real-time Dolby processing 8 microphone array ...
Canon EOS R - Is 4K crop really that bad?

Canon EOS R: Is 4K 1.7x crop really that bad for shooting video?

Canon made big news this month with the unveiling of a new camera. But it wasn't just any old camera. For the first time ever, Canon has brought a full-frame mirrorless camera to market. It's called the EOS R ("Revolution") and the body costs $2,299 (USD). Those new to the full-frame mirrorless...

Panasonic GH5: How good is IBIS? (Hint: wow)

In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) on the Panasonic GH5 is so good that you can handhold cinema lenses and get good results. Here's a video example.

Apple iPhone Battery Tip: Disable Lock Screen Controls on Sonos app to save battery life

Notice your iPhone battery suddenly draining faster than usual? If you have the Sonos audio app installed, here's a quick tip that could save you some juice -- at least it did for me on an -- older, but still well performing -- iPhone 7 Plus. By default the Sonos app...
ECG Apple Watch 4

Apple Watch 4 is everything you want in a modern smartwatch

"California. How I love. California. California..." How appropriate that the new Apple Watch would be unveiled this morning in Cupertino at the Steve Jobs Theater. With a Mission Impossible style opening sequence featuring employees running across the stunning Apple campus and a little bit of help from Siri ("Hey Siri, what...