Tag: Hardware

What We Use, 2018 Edition: The stuff Rita can’t live without

Article Contents It’s been four years since I shared with you all the gadgets and quirky things that I own and love in my previous What We Use post. In the time since, a lot has changed in my personal life. I met the most awesome, weird, and pun-loving man. We got married, moved into […]

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Apple’s rumored over-ear headphones might be just as smart as the HomePod

Apple’s HomePod hasn’t quite dominated the industry in the way that its phones and tablets have (yet, anyway), but the underlying technology that powers the smart speaker is undeniably impressive. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the company is thinking about employing the same beamforming technology — which enables speakers to automatically adjust to the size […]

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A detailed technical rebuttal of Bloomberg’s “backdoored servers” article

Earlier this month, Bloomberg published a terrifying, detailed story claiming that Chinese spies had, for years, been sneaking hardware backdoors into servers used in data-centers run by companies like Apple and Amazon, as well as Congress, the Senate, the White House, Navy battleships and more. The story drew rare, detailed denials from the […]

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Amazon enlists more universities to help it give Alexa a leg up on the Google Assistant

If you’re Amazon and a big believer that voice inputs form an increasingly important technology platform, then the natural reaction is to put your Alexa-powered smart speakers into as many places as possible. You’ll also give Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa as expansive a library of “skills” as possible. And of course you’ll want to have […]

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