Amazon has an army of new Echo devices coming your way (The 3:59, Ep. 290) – CNET

Ry Crist/CNET Amazon’s got a few new tricks up its sleeve. We’re barely able to keep up with all of its new products.  At a launch event in Seattle on Wednesday, Amazon unleashed a slew of new Echo devices, including the Echo Plus, the Echo Spot, the Echo Connect and Echo Buttons. We break down all the new Alexa-enabled devices coming from Amazon, and when you can expect to see them.  We also chat about which new Echo device has the most potential and what we want to see with future products.  The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about ...

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Amazon Echo Plus packs in better sound and a smart home hub – CNET

Amazon announced the new Amazon Echo Plus on Wednesday.  Ry Crist/CNET Amazon announced a slew of new products on Wednesday, and given that a couple of them are colorful and new, you might be tempted to look past the Echo Plus. After all, it looks just like the original Echo, only with more of a silver sheen. However, if you’re a fan of using your Echo to control your smart home, the Echo Plus might be the most important device of the bunch. In addition to promising better sound quality than the original Echo, the Echo Plus comes with a ...

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7 things to know before upgrading to MacOS High Sierra 10.13 – CNET

Photos in High Sierra now has all the adjustment tools easily accessible on the side panel. Lori Grunin/CNET Update 4 p.m. Sept. 25: A previous version of this story advised readers not to update due to a Keychain security vulnerability reported by ZDNet earlier today. Turns out this vulnerability is in a lot of previous versions of the operating system too, so we’ve changed our advice. Whee! Apple hasn’t respond to a request for comment.  Of course, now it makes the update a little easier to sell, ostensibly to get cumulative security fixes, though you’ll still get fixes for Sierra and ...

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iPhone 8 survives bend, burn and scratch test – CNET

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. It’s made of sterner stuff. JerryRigEverything/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET It seems a lifetime ago that the devoted foamed at the gills, as the iPhone 6 was bent out of shape in torture tests. iPhone 7 had a much stiffer upper lip. Now, with the iPhone 8 emerging, the torturers have immediately seized one, in order to pummel it.  Zack Nelson, aka JerryRigEverything, who recently tried to set the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on fire, did his usual thing with Apple’s new iPhone, a few ...

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Should Professors Ban Laptops? – by Susan Payne Carter

Laptop computers have become commonplace in K–12 and college classrooms. With that, educators now face a critical decision. Should they embrace computers and put technology at the center of their instruction? Should they allow students to decide for themselves whether to use computers during class? Or should they ban screens altogether and embrace an unplugged approach? The right way forward is unclear, especially at colleges that pride themselves on connectivity. The vast majority of students carry laptops or tablets from class to class to take notes, consult references, collaborate with professors and classmates—and to update social-media sites, order takeout, and ...

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