Alexa Arrives on Ultimate Ears Speakers

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Two more speakers get integration with the Amazon voice-controlled assistant-- the Ultimate Ears Boom 2 and Megaboom speakers, at least when paired with the Android version of the companion app.

Ultimate Ears AlexaTo summon Alexa, users simply need to press the Bluetooth button and issue a voice command with anything Alexa is capable of doing. However, it does involve some limitations. First off, as mentioned earlier it is only available on the Android app, specifically through the exclusive "Just Tap and Ask" feature.

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Sony Adds XAV-AX200, MEX-GS820BT Head Units

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Sony announces a pair of in-auto audio systems-- the XAV-AX200 DVD receiver and the top-of-the-line MEX-GS820BT, both offering improved smartphone connectivity and a user-friendly UI.

Sony autoThe XAV-AX200 is a sequel to the XAV-AX100. It features the same Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility for integration with a wide range of smartphones, together with a 6.4-inch touchscreen. Also included are a DVD player, SiriusXM connectivity and external 3-camera input allowing passengers to view images from up to 3 connected cameras (one reverse view and two manually chosen cameras).

On the audio side, a high-voltage pre-out lessens distortion with the built-in 4-channel 55W amplifier, while a 10-band equaliser with 10 presents provides easy frequency adjustments. FLAC audio compatibility is included via USB, while control comes through configurable steering wheel input covering general command protocol.

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Schlage Smart Deadlock Works With Android

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Android-using customers get another smart door lock option-- the Schlage Smart Deadbolt. The company also launches the Sense Wifi Adapter, a means to remotely control the smart lock.

Schlage lockAs the flagship Schlage smart lock, the Smart Deadbolt was previously only compatible with iDevices. The companion smartphone app allows users to create up to 30 unique access codes, schedule when said codes are use and monitor past lock activity. The lock relies on keycodes, meaning it cannot be spoofed like some wireless systems can be, and uses Bluetooth to confirm the person entering the code is the one linked to the code in question.

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Swim Tracking, Offline Spotify for Gear Fit2 Pro?

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According to VentureBeat Samsung will reveal more than just the Galaxy Note8 at its 23 August event-- also waiting in the wings is the Gear Fit2 Pro, the 3rd fitness tracker from the Korean giant.

Gear Fit2 ProIn a confusing take on naming conventions, the Gear Fit2 Pro is actually the sequel to the Gear Fit2. It features a similar tall, curved display and a bevy of upgrades, including what a more powerful processor and 5 ATM water resistance. This allows users to fully submerge the band in water, allowing the tracking of swimming workouts via Speedo On app (in comparison, the Gear Fit2 is IP-68 certified, and is not submersible).

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IDC: Tablet Decline Slows in Q2 2017

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According to IDC, the tablet market continued to slide downwards in Q2 2017-- global shipments total 37.9 million, a -3.4% Y-o-Y decline, despite notable product launches such as the new, lower priced iPad.

Not even detachable tablets could save the quarter, as customers prefer to wait for upcoming product refreshes from the high-profile likes of Apple and Microsoft. That said, new product launches towards the end of Q2 should leave detachables in a stronger position on H2 2017.

IDC Q2 2017 tablets

"There's been a resetting of expectations for detachables as competing convertible notebooks offered a convincing and familiar computing experience for many," the analyst remarks. "To date, the 2-in-1 market was bifurcated as Apple and Microsoft led with detachables while the PC vendors led with convertibles. Though that is slowly changing as smartphone vendors and traditional PC vendors begin to offer compelling alternatives, the pace has been rather slow as Surface and iPad Pro still dominate shelf space and mindshare."

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