• Report: Facebook Messenger Adds Voice, Video Calls to Windows 10

    Report: Facebook Messenger Adds Voice, Video Calls to Windows 10

    Six months after its launch, Facebook Messenger for Windows 10 is adding voice and video calling.The update means users will no longer have to leave the Messenger app and make a voice or video call from the browser.
  • Report: WhatsApp Testing Video Calls

    Report: WhatsApp Testing Video Calls

    Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp is testing video calls for some beta users, more than a year after it rolled out voice calls.Some Android users who have joined WhatsApp's beta program are reporting the ability to make video calls, Android Police reports.
  • WhatsApp Rolls Out Video Calling to All

    WhatsApp Rolls Out Video Calling to All

    All 1 billion-plus WhatsApp users around the world can now make video calls.Last month, reports tipped a beta program testing the ability to make video calls from within the app; screenshots showed that tapping the call button or contact card brings up a dialog with voice and video as options.
  • Amazon, Intel Partner to Advance Smart Home Tech

    Amazon, Intel Partner to Advance Smart Home Tech

    From Amazon Echo and the Nest Learning Thermostat to Philips Hue light bulbs and the August Smart Lock, there are already loads of gadgets on the market that can make your home a little smarter.Now, two tech giants — Amazon and Intel — are coming together to "advance the Smart Home ecosystem and extend natural language capabilities to consumers everywhere.
  • Feds: If Airlines Allow Voice Calls, They Should Tell You Upfront

    Feds: If Airlines Allow Voice Calls, They Should Tell You Upfront

    The FCC's existing rules prohibit people from using certain frequencies to place voice calls from mobile devices on planes.The DOT notes that some international airlines already allow for voice calls, largely without incident.
  • Morgan Freeman to Voice Zuckerberg's Jarvis

    Morgan Freeman to Voice Zuckerberg's Jarvis

    He's been the voice of God, narrated the journey of penguins, and delivered driving instructions.Now, Morgan Freeman is lending his iconic sound to Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Amazon Alexa Data Wanted in Murder Investigation

    Amazon Alexa Data Wanted in Murder Investigation

    Since the Echo speaker is always listening for Alexa voice commands, the audio it recorded could provide clues about what happened inside Bates' home on Nov.According to its privacy statement, the company collects "information about use of Alexa and its interaction with your Alexa Enabled Product (such as device type, voice information, content metadata, and location).
  • Ford Offers Amazon's Alexa in Cars

    Ford Offers Amazon's Alexa in Cars

    The integration, announced at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will roll out in two phases.Starting later this month, Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap owners can remote start, lock or unlock doors, and get vehicle information from the comfort of their home using voice commands.
  • Touch-Free Trash Can Opens With a Voice Command

    Touch-Free Trash Can Opens With a Voice Command

    Simply say "open can" or "open sesame" to automatically lift the top and dump your refuse; say "close can" to shut it again, according to Engadget, which tested the bin on the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.Wave your hand over the embedded motion sensor to open and close the lid instead.
  • Google Voice Gets First Update in 5 Years

    Google Voice Gets First Update in 5 Years

    Remember Google Voice, the app that introduced voicemail transcriptions and gave everyone free phone numbers back in 2009, but then seemed to fall into a years-long coma?So it's only natural that Monday's updates to the Android and iOS Google Voice apps are focused on beefing up the messaging side of service.
  • Samsung Galaxy S8: What We Know

    Samsung Galaxy S8: What We Know

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 is going to be one of the hottest phones of the year, and it's a critical one for Samsung.With the Galaxy Note 7 being pulled from the market (and many people confusing the Note 7 with the non-exploding Galaxy S7), Samsung needs the Galaxy S8 to bring back its sales and cement its position.
  • Amazon Launches Chime Video & Voice Chat

    Amazon Launches Chime Video & Voice Chat

    It's been 11 years since Amazon first launched Amazon Web Services (AWS).The latest of those is video and voice chat.
  • ZTE Cymbal Z-320

    ZTE Cymbal Z-320

    99 ZTE Cymbal Z-320 for T-Mobile is a starting attempt at working around that.Physical Features, Call Quality, and Battery Life The Cymbal Z-320 is a flashback of a phone.
  • Smart homes powered by SMS rather than voice could be the real future

    Smart homes powered by SMS rather than voice could be the real future

    Although voice interaction is the technology de jour for many early adopters around the world, SMS text messages may turn out to be the preferred method of telling your smart kettle what to do.As well as being less intrusive, texting makes the interaction hardware agnostic — letting anything become part of your smart and connected home.
  • Can Samsung's Bixby Smash Alexa?

    Can Samsung's Bixby Smash Alexa?

    We spoke with Samsung Mobile's CTO, Injong Rhee, at Samsung headquarters in Korea.But the full idea is an "intelligent user interface" to let you control all the features of home electronics.