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Skype rolls out ‘Meet Now’ calls that don’t need a a sign-up or installation

Sponsored Links Ariel Skelley via Getty Images With people forced out of their offices and schools to avoid spreading coronavirus, there are more video calls going on than ever. However, a significant chunk of the action has gone to Zoom, and not Skype, Microsoft’s product that has been at the center of online voice and …

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Apple’s latest acquisition could help Siri understand what you’re saying

Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS The battle between AI voice assistants continues to rage on, and now Apple has acquired a tech firm, Voysis, that is all about helping computers understand natural language. As reported by Bloomberg, the firm’s now-deleted website said it could produce search results from phrases like “I need a new LED TV, …

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This week’s best deals: Sonos speakers, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and more

Sponsored Links Engadget As another week comes to a close, we’re recapping the deals you can still grab now. A major highlight is Sonos’ sale on a trio of speakers — the Beam, the One, and the One SL — that brings prices down to Black-Friday lows. Gamers can grab a 6-month Xbox Game Pass …

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Lyft will provide free scooter rides to critical workers

Sponsored Links Simone Hogan via Getty Images Last week, Lyft announced that it would provide free bike rides for healthcare workers in New York City, Chicago, the Bay Area and Boston who are helping to keep the public safe during the coronavirus pandemic. The company is expanding its efforts to help front-line employees get to …

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Google’s COVID-19 reports show where people are obeying stay-at-home orders

Sponsored Links Google Google has unveiled the COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports in an effort to help public health officials understand how people are moving about in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The reports show location data from folks who have agreed to share their location history with Google in order to show places that are …

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Honda will build two EVs based on GM battery technology

Sponsored Links Steve Fecht for General Motors Honda will launch two new EVs for model year 2024 in the US and Canada, and they’ll both be based on GM’s EV platform. According to GM EVP Doug Parks, the automakers have teamed up to achieve an “all-electric future” and to deliver “a profitable EV business through …

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Sonos has a big sale on its Beam, One and One SL speakers

Sponsored Links Engadget / James Trew Sonos is currently offering a decent $50 off a number of its speakers, taking them down to some of the lowest prices we’ve seen since Black Friday. The Sonos Beam, Sonos One and Sonos One SL are all reduced, and with Sonos offering free shipping as standard, now’s definitely …

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FCC vote on 6 GHz WiFi will take place April 23rd

Sponsored Links DA4554 via Getty Images On April 23rd, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to allow WiFi devices to access the 6 GHz band. The band is currently being used by companies like broadcast firms and utilities to beam video signals and monitor electric grids, among other things. But if the FCC …

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Nextdoor allows businesses to reach out about pandemic relief efforts

Sponsored Links ERIC BARADAT via Getty Images Facebook isn’t the only site that added ways for people to help out their community during the pandemic. Nextdoor is doing the same thing, with several new updates that’ll let you and fellow community members lend a hand to local businesses that might be in need. Starting today, …

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Twitch viewing soared 23 percent in March

Sponsored Links Alex Kormann/Charlotte Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images It won’t shock you to hear that livestreaming services are seeing an upswing in viewership due to the COVID-19 pandemic keeping people at home, but now it’s clear just what kind of effect the outbreak has had on viewing habits. Streamlabs and Stream Hatchet have …

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