• TiVo officially announces its voice-controlled DVRs, the BOLT VOX and Mini VOX

    26 days ago - By TechCrunch

    DVR maker TiVo today officially confirmed the launch of its new DVR, the TiVo BOLT VOX, and its smaller counterpart, the TiVo Mini Vox, following yesterday's leak. As had been reported, the biggest change is that these are the first TiVo DVRs to include a voice remote control, which allows users to search across live TV, DVR, video-on-demand and online streaming services just by...
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  • Sony's Xperia Hello robotic assistant can now be an expensive member of your family

    Sony's Xperia Hello robotic assistant can now be an expensive member of your family

    26 days ago - By The Verge

    Sony's new robotic assistant called the Xperia Hello is now ready for Japanese homes. The swiveling smart speaker we first saw as a prototype last year features big animated eyes and a 4.55 inch LCD in its belly. The Xperia robot runs Android and responds to voice, gestures, and facial expressions. It can also take photos, make Skype video calls, check the status of family members both inside and outside the house, provide reminders, and alert you of news, weather changes, and road traffic. And because it's for Japan, it's also able to send and receive messages from the very popular...
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  • Airbnb's new head of China reportedly left after just 4 months in the job

    Airbnb's new head of China reportedly left after just 4 months in the job

    26 days ago - By Business Insider

    Hong Ge, the head of Airbnb's business in China, has announced to staff that he's leaving the company, according to a report by Bloomberg .
    The former Facebook and Google staff member only took the role in China in June after Airbnb conducted an internal search to find someone to head up its growing business in China.
    "It's a very tough decision for me to leave behind all of what we have built together," Hong Ge reportedly wrote in an email to Airbnb staff seen by Bloomberg. "But hey, it's a small world. I will still be in the Internet industry. I'm sure our paths will cross again in the...
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  • Sony reportedly announcing new robot dog next month

    Sony reportedly announcing new robot dog next month

    26 days ago - By The Verge

    Sony is developing a robot dog with smart home capabilities and plans to announce it next month, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The device would be a spiritual successor to the AIBO series of robot dogs that Sony released in the late ‘90s and early 2000s.
    The new dog is said to feature improved movement and internet connectivity that will enable it to control household appliances. Details on whether it will use the Aibo name or how much it will cost are unclear. Previous AIBO robots sold for as much as $2,500.
    While the AIBO line wasn't a mainstream commercial success...
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