Everything you need to know about Wi-Fi calling – CNET

A Wi-Fi network can place calls when you’re trapped in an area with spotty phone signal. James Martin/CNET In addition to offering customers a cheaper alternative to their phone plans, one of the main draws of networks that integrate Wi-Fi technology like Google‘s Project Fi and Republic Wireless is they will seamlessly switch a user’s phone service between cellular and Wi-Fi when needed. Wi-Fi calling is nothing new; apps like Skype, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp make it easier to use a phone to place calls and send texts over the internet and forgo mobile networks all together. Carriers are also adopting Wi-Fi calling themselves. Whether it’s because ...

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Amazon has Alexa-powered smart glasses in the works, report says – CNET

Alexa may one day help keep tabs on the goings-on in your house. Amazon Amazon aims to expand the universe of its Alexa voice assistant with a pair of smart glasses, its first wearable device, the Financial Times reported late Tuesday. The smartphone-tethered device would resemble a regular pair of spectacles and use a bone-conduction system that would allow the wearer to hear Alexa without the need for headphones, the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with Amazon’s plans. The internet retailer also plans to beef up its smart home hardware lineup with a new internet-connected security camera system, the paper ...

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Belkin's iPhone dongle helps you listen while you charge

Last year's Belkin Rockstar dongle was a lifesaver for iPhone 7 owners who wanted to charge their device while doing just about anything else, but it had a problem: with two Lightning ports, you still had to add a second adapter to plug in your favor… Source: Belkin's iPhone dongle helps you listen while you charge

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A brief recent history of Apple’s product swerves

Begin: WordPress Article Content The perennial refrain of Android fans is that Apple is just adding stuff to iOS that they’ve had for years already in their mobile ecosystem. And it’s certainly true that Cupertino makes a point of waiting until it believes a technology is properly baked and the time is juuuuust right — or at least commercially judicious — to introduce a new product or capability, one which has likely already been in widespread use across the mobile platform aisle. Hence the company is often charged with being an innovation laggard. While its senior execs are always fielding ...

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Before you update to iOS 11 here’s how to check which apps won’t work

Begin: WordPress Article Content For users of Apple’s iOS the imminent arrival of a major new update to the mobile platform is generally a moment of high excitement. In the case of iOS 11, iPad users have the most to be excited about — including a new system-wide dock where favorite apps can live, and a bird’s eye view of recent apps and workspaces. There’s also a new spring-loaded, drag-and-drop system. iPhone users will get some under-the-hood changes — paving the way for ARKit, Apple’s new augmented reality framework. Some app makers have already updated their apps to support new ...

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