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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...
Microsoft bets big on tiny computers with Surface Go tablet/laptop.

Microsoft’s new Surface Go tablet targets iPad. But consumers buy mobile devices for apps

There's an app for that. Or is there?In the case of the Surface tablet and its companion Microsoft Store, unfortunately the answer is usually no. And, if by chance, there happens to be an app -- Twitter or Facebook for instance -- it usually isn't as good as its...
Sonos 8.3 - Navigation and Display Improvements

Sonos app gets dark Now Playing screen, improved menus

You've got to hand it to the Sonos team.Despite the crush of competition for whole home audio from heavyweights such as Amazon (Echo), Google (Google Home), and others like Bose, Samsung (speakers plus SmartThings hub) and Heos (by AVR maker Denon) the Santa Barbara speaker company continues to innovate...
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Microsoft Edge browser is here for iOS and Android, but is it worth switching?

Windows 10 fans will likely be pleased. For the rest of us Safari, Chrome and Firefox users it will be business as usual.
Amazon Echo leads smart speaker market with 76% share

Amazon Echo sales show no signs of slowing, smart speakers to be in half U.S. homes by 2022

Amazon. Google. Microsoft. Sonos. And a raft of other up-and-comers.All are making so-called smart speakers. But why?According to TechCrunch a new report out of Juniper Research might just have the answer. The market for smart speakers is exploding... and fast. By 2022, merely five years from now, it's expected...
Microsoft Surface Pro LTE

Microsoft Surface Pro LTE ships December, features 450Mbps downloads from $1,149

Wi-fi continues to become ever readily available -- especially if you live in a major US city, where a Starbucks is seemingly on every corner. Yet for road warriors that's not good enough. Enter a new version of the Surface Pro tablet/laptop unveiled today at Future Decoded in London.Shipping...
Amazon Echo leads smart speaker market with 76% share

Trendspotting: At 76% share Amazon Echo is running away with smart speaker market

Amazon jumped into the voice-enabled digital assistant (aka smart speaker) market early, and now it appears to be reaping major dividends.A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) says that in the U.S., the Amazon Echo has an install base of 15 million units. That represents about 76%...
New Microsoft Surface Pro laptop/tablet

Microsoft promises over 13 hour battery life with new Surface Pro 2017

Price also gets a slight bump, with new 2017 Surface Pro tablets (laptops) starting from $799.