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The Google Assistant is coming to Android TV

Google has announced that it’s bringing the Google Assistant to Android TV. The first Android TV devices to get the Assistant will be the Shield TV and Sony Bravia TVs.By bringing the Assistant to Android TV, it signifies Google’s ongoing effort to put the Assistant on more devices besides just phones. For Nvidia Shield TV owners, the Assistant will be part of the Shield Experience 6.0 update which also adds the following:Google Assistant Comes to SHIELD TV Reimagine how you interact with your TV. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s always ready to help.Enjoy the Freedom of Hands-Free Voice Control Say “OK Google” to talk to your Assistant whenever you want.Turn Your Home into a Smart Home With the SmartThings Link, SHIELD TV becomes the first streamer to integrate SmartThings hub. This makes it the brain of your connected home. Control hundreds of smart devices around your home with automated routines and voice control. Coming soon.Vudu Adds Voice Search and Updated UI Findin…

Red Dead Redemption 2’s second trailer shows off the Wild West

Rockstar Games has released the second full trailer and some info for their upcoming game, Red Dead Redemption 2. The game tells “the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as they rob, fight and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive.”The new trailer confirms that Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel despite the ‘2’ in the name, especially since Dutch van der Linde is shown in the trailer, he was the leader of the gang that John Marston hunted down in the 2010’s Red Dead Redemption.Red Dead Redemption 2 was originally set for a Fall 2017 release but back in May, the company announced that the game was delayed until Spring 2018. Like I said it my game delay announcement post, the game is set to release in Take-Two Interactive’sLike I said in an earlier post, the game is set to release in Take-Two Interactive’s fiscal year 2019, which is from April 1st, 2018 to March 31st, 2019.That sort-of narrows it down to that the game will re…

Everything that’s coming to Netflix Canada in October

Things are about to get Stranger this October on Netflix Canada.October sees the premiere of the much-anticipated season 2 of Stranger Things but lets take a look at what else is coming this month. October 1st – 7th To start of the month, we have Black Mass, which stars Johnny Depp as Whitney Bulger, the infamous gangster. Also on the 1st, sees the release of Patriots Day which tells the story of a cop on the day of the Boston Marathon bombing. On the 2nd, we see the release of Mr.Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown which is a documentary about the music icon. On the 5th, we see the release of It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt Pepper And Beyond which is a “rockumentary” featuring rare archival footage of The Beatles as they create their most iconic album. October 8th – 14th On the 11th, we see the release of 2015’s Goosebumps starring Jack Black. And starting on the 12th, the second season of Riverdale airs new episodes weekly. Season 4 of Voltron: Legendary Defender releases on O…

Plex introduces personalized streaming news to its service

Earlier this year, Plex acquired video news service, Watchup and now they’re putting the acquisition to good use, with the launch of Plex News.Plex News will offer important and personalized streaming news from around the world from more than 190 providers such as CBS News, Cnet, IGN and more.Best of all, Plex News is free (but it is ad-supported) and doesn’t require a Plex Pass subscription to use. You won’t even need a Plex Media Server to use the new service, just create a Plex account and download the app on your platform of choice.Then you’ll be able to customize your news feed and Plex’s AI will learn what you like and will get smarter depending on what you watch.Plex News is rolling out now for all Plex users and will be available on Android TV, Apple TV (4th Gen and later, i.e ones with tvOS), Roku, Fire TV, Android mobile and iOS. More platforms will be coming later.Source: Plex


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Google’s Project Jacquard officially launches this week for $350

Google and Levi’s Project Jacquard has been in the works for a while and now it will be available for purchase starting this Wednesday for $350 USD. Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard by Google has the comfort and styling of a denim jacket but the added capability to control your phone.How it works, is that the cuff of the jacket has gesture-sensing Jacquard Threads (which are basically conductive thread). That is used in combination with a plastic snap tag, that you’ll need to remove before washing, and that tag is what actually connects the jacket to your phone using Bluetooth. From the Jacquard app, you’ll be able to program which gestures on the jacket control what. Like for example, a swipe out could control music playback or even getting directions. You’ll be able to swipe or tap the jacket’s sleeve.The Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard will be available this Wednesday (September 27th) in the following stores:Fred Segal in Santa Monica, CAKinfolk in Brooklyn, …

BoJack Horseman renewed for season 5

Everyone’s show about a depressed anthropomorphic horse, BoJack Horseman, as he lives his life in Hollywoo, will be back for a fifth season.Netflix made the announcement via BoJack Horseman’s Twitter account, which you can see below.SO, THIS HAPPENED… http://pic.twitter.com/ZgRcG7anIF— BoJack Horseman (@BoJackHorseman) September 21, 2017 If you haven’t been watching BoJack Horseman, then you’re missing out on one of the best adult animated comedy to come out in recent years. The fourth season of the show just premiered on Netflix earlier this month.BoJack Horseman season 5 will on Netflix, sometime in 2018.Source: @BoJackHorseman, Netflix


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Google signs agreement to acquire HTC’s Pixel team for $1.1 billion

After weeks of speculation, it looks like Google won’t be buying HTC’s phone business outright.Instead, Google and HTC have signed an agreement that brings a team of HTC employees (many of whom worked on the Pixel phones) to join Google’s hardware team, under the leadership of Rick Osterloh, Google’s SVP of Hardware.“HTC has been a longtime partner of Google and has created some of the most beautiful, premium devices on the market,” said Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President of Hardware at Google. “We’re excited and can’t wait to welcome members of the HTC team who will be joining Google to fuel further innovation and future product development in consumer hardware.”The agreement is worth $1.1 billion USD, HTC will receive the cash while Google gets a non-exclusive license for HTC’s intellectual property (IP) to use in hardware designed in-house at Google. HTC will continue to operate and still create their own branded smartphones.“As a pioneer of the smartphone market, we are very pro…

Pi lets you wirelessly charge your devices from a short distance

Ever since Apple announced their latest iPhones had wireless charging, accessory makers like Belkin and Mophie have been announcing new wireless charging pads for the new iPhones.But wireless charging isn’t anything new especially if you’re an Android user, you’ve had the luxury of wireless charging your phone for a few years now (with Samsung adding it to their devices in 2015, with the Galaxy S6).Now a new company by the name of Pi (like the mathematical symbol) have announced the world’s first contactless wireless charging. Meaning that no wireless charging mat is required.The Pi device uses electromagnetic charging technology along with the same resonant induction technology that the Qi standard uses to charge your Android or iOS device.How it works, is that you’ll place the Pi device where you would put your devices to charge, whether it’s a bedside table, kitchen counter etc. Then place your Android or iOS device within one foot of Pi and then your devices will begin to wireless…

Google announces Tez, a new mobile payment app for India

Google has introduced a mobile payment app called Tez and its exclusive to India. A large portion of Android phones that are sold in India don’t have NFC, and NFC is how most mobile payment systems like Android Pay and Apple Pay work. To combat this, Google’s Tez system used ultrasonic audio to send payment info from one device to another.Ultrasonic audio works on both Android and iOS devices and is inaudible to the human ear. It allows Tez users to send money to each other without needing to share personal details like a bank account or phone number. Sending money is as easy as handing over cash.Tez connects directly to a user’s bank account so you won’t need to top up your account because you’ll just be withdrawing from your bank account. Tez also works with UPI (United Payments Interface) which over 50 major banks in India support  UPI including Axis, HDFC Bank, ICICI and State Bank of India.Google is also working with apps and websites like redBus, PVR Cinemas and Domino’s Pizza an…

Google.com was registered 20 years ago

Today marks the 20th anniversary of when Google co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin registered the domain, google.com.Originally the duo used Stanford’s website to make their search engine with google.standford.edu.Google has come along way, from being just a search engine to now a company worth billions.In less than a year from now, the company will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of its incorporation (September 4th, 1998 to be exact).Happy domain-iversary! Celebrating 20 years since we registered https://t.co/ePnBWEpWpj with a whooole lot of o's. http://pic.twitter.com/FQh30rSDDk— Google (@Google) September 15, 2017 So here’s to Google’s 20th domain-iversary.


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Bose’s upcoming Google Assistant-enabled QuietComfort 35 II leaks out

It seems like phones, watches and speakers are the only things Google wants to add the Assistant to.According to 9to5Google (who managed to obtain some internal Bose documentation), Bose’s upcoming QuietComfort 35 II headphones are said to have the Google Assistant built-in. The upcoming headphones will have a dedicated button to activate the Assistant.Once the “Action button” is pressed, it will allow the user to give a command and hear their phone’s notifications. The new headphones will have “adjustable noise cancellation”,  a “noise-rejecting dual microphone” along with up to 20 hours of battery life and weigh only 161g (5.7oz).In the box, you’ll get the headphones, a carrying case, a USB cable and a 3.5mm headphone cable.There are even leaked photos (courtesy of blacmac on reddit) of the device’s retail box along with the “Google Assistant built-in” logo shown.And a promo video got leaked out too. Back in April, Google released their Google Assistant SDK to allow developers to run…

Google to announce Pixel 2 on October 4th

Google has just put out a teaser for an upcoming event on October 4th.Google is said to announce the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and possibly alongside some headphones and earbuds with the Google Assistant built-in to help make up for the fact that one (or both) of the new phones don’t have 3.5mm headphone jacks. The teaser has people typing questions into the Google search bar like “What’s wrong with my phone’s battery?” or “Why does my phone take so many blurry photos?” in which Google responds, “Funny you should ask.” and then a quick flash of the Oct. 4th date.Google also made a teaser site at: http://ift.tt/2x1cMnT, where you can signup to be notified about all the October 4th announcements.


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Apple September 12th 2017 Event: Everything you need to know

Apple made a couple of announcements at their first-ever event at the new Steve Jobs Theater at their new headquarters called Apple Park.Some of the announcements include new iPhones, a new Apple Watch and more.Apple Watch Series 3Apple showed off the next generation of Apple Watch with the Apple Watch Series 3. The new watch has built-in cellular, that means you’ll be able to use your Apple Watch independently from your iPhone, and you’ll be able to make and receive calls, stream Apple Music or even navigate with Apple Maps.The new Apple Watch Series 3 with Cellular has a dual-core processor, along with a built-in speaker to Siri can talk to you and there’s a new W2 chip to connect to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.The Apple Watch Series 3 will be available with or without cellular and release on September 22nd with pre-orders starting September 15th. At launch in Canada, the Apple Watch Series 3 with Cellular will be available on Bell and later this year, on Telus.watchOS 4 will bring improvem…

J.J. Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode IX

J.J. Abrams is returning to a galaxy, far, far away. Lucasfilm has announced that Abrams will co-write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX.This news comes just days after, Colin Trevorrow left the director’s chair because his vision for the film clashed with Lucasfilm’s. Abrams will co-write the final instalment of the sequel trilogy with Chris Terrio.“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.Star Wars: Episode IX is set to hit theatres on May 24th, 2019.Source: StarWars.com via The Hollywood Reporter


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Asus ZenFone 4 Max now available in Canada and the US

Asus has announced the launch of their ZenFone 4 series, starting with the ZenFone 4 Max in Canada and the US.The ZenFone 4 Max has a 5.5-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 430 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage and a massive 5,000 mAh battery (hence the Max name). You should be able to get days of battery life with the ZenFone 4 Max.The phone can also double as a power bank for other devices but requires the use of a OTG cable The device uses microUSB to charge and has a dual-camera setup with one 13-megapixel sensor and a 120-degree wide-angle lens.The front-facing camera is 8-megapixels and has a softlight flash. The ZenFone 4 Max is available today for $299 CAD (or $199 USD). In the US, it will be available from ASUS Store, Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Newegg, and Abt.A smaller version of the ZenFone 4 Max with a 5.2-inch will be coming later this year along with the standard ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie and ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro.Source: Asus


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Futurama returns as a one-off Nerdist podcast episode

Good news, everyone! The cast and creators of Futurama have teamed up with TinyCo and Chris Hardwick to brings fans a new episode of the show in the form of a radio play, called Radiorama.The radio play will debut as an episode of The Nerdist Podcast (in its entirety) on September 14th. You’ll be able to unlock bonus content in the Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow mobile game.The podcast episode will reunite your favourite characters from the show including, Fry, Bender, Leela, Professor Farnsworth, Zoidberg, Amy and Hermes as they try to stop the evil Klaxxon (voiced by Chris Hardwick), who is a creature made up of soundwaves from podcasts from the 21st century. The Planet Express crew will meet Klaxxon while on a mission to the delete file planet known as Junkleon 7.USA Today has an exclusive preview of the upcoming episode, which you can listen to below. “Last year I cornered two fine gentlemen–Matt Groening & David X. Cohen–and pitched the idea of doing a new Futurama episode as a …

The Essential Phone is officially available in Canada

After a number of delays, Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone is now officially available in Canada.The Essential PH-1 is available in two colours, Black Moon and Pure White. The phone has a 5.71-inch bezel-less Full Display with an aspect ratio of 19:10 and a resolution of 2560 x 1312.It’s being powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM and has a 128GB of internal storage.The device has a dual-lens setup on the back, one 13-megapixel RGB + Mono camera and a 13-megapixel True Monochrome lens.The Essential Phone starts at $290 CAD on a two-year Premium Plus plan or $1,050 outright from Telus. You can buy the phone in-store or from telus.com/essential.The Essential 360 camera attachment for the phone will go for $270 CAD and can shoot 4K 360 videos and magnetically attaches to the phone.Source: Telus


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L.A. Noire coming to Xbox One, PS4 & Nintendo Switch this November

Rockstar Games has announced a remastered version of L.A. Noire for the current generation of consoles.Set against the seedy and violent underbelly of 1940’s Los Angeles, L.A. Noire is the story of decorated veteran and newly minted detective Cole Phelps as he investigates an escalating series of cases inspired by real-world crimes. Each successfully solved case brings Phelps greater success, but also brings him closer to the dark criminal heart of post-war L.A.The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the game will feature the complete original game and all it’s DLC and a range technically enhancements including enhanced lighting and clouds, new cinematic camera angles and high-resolution textures. The new version will play natively in 1080p for Xbox One and PS4 and in 4K on Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro.L.A. Noire will be coming to the Nintendo Switch with specific enhancements to include the Joy-Con controllers and HD rumble. You’ll also be able to use the Switch’s touchscreen f…