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Xiaomi's latest smart speaker is the spiritual successor to Logitech Harmony Remotes

You can now control your TV with the speaker's IR blaster

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Xiaomi launched its first Mi Smart Speaker nearly two years ago. The Google Assistant-powered speaker was well received in the subcontinental region and rivaled the likes of products such as the Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen series. This month is Xiaomi India's eighth anniversary, and timed perfectly with the occasion, a new smart speaker is launching in the region: the Xiaomi Smart Speaker IR Control. It's here to give some of the best speakers in the market some severe competition.

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Samsung's AirTag competitor is down to just $18 for Prime Day

Hate the airport slightly less with this discounted luggage tracker

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For someone who regularly misplaces their belongings, a Bluetooth tracker like the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag would be an appropriate choice for retrieving lost items. This tracker is a relatively unknown and under-appreciated product in the smart tech space. Although this low-cost item locator is generally a steal at only $30 on Amazon, it can now be collected for only $18 a piece thanks to the company's Prime Day sale, making it an absolute must-buy.

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Pick up a pair of perfect purple Prime Day smart bulbs for $18 this Prime Day

You can grab these GE CYNC smart bulbs at their lowest price ever

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One of the best smart light bulbs out there that supports Google Assistant is on sale for this year's Amazon Prime Day. We're talking about the GE CYNC Smart Light Bulb for A19 fixtures, coming in with a maximum brightness equivalent to a 60W incandescent light. You can grab a two-pack of the bulb for just a few cents more than $18. Given that the usual listing price is $24, that's a cool 23% discount that could sweeten this deal to help you finally smartify your lighting.

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Amazon just changed how to access your content with Alexa on Fire TV

Samuel L. Jackson fans are also in for some fun times

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Amazon likes to tweak its voice assistant, Alexa, regularly to provide its users with new and maybe even fun experiences on their smart speakers or displays. It's done so to great success going up against the likes of Google, Alibaba, and Baidu, having dominated the global smart speaker market in shipments since 2016. In its latest batch of new features, the company is streamlining voice command access to users' libraries and bringing an interactive trivia session with one of the most kick-ass, bad-ass actors of all time.

Samsung may move away from more affordable phones due to inflation, analysts warn

The company will prioritize foldable smartphone sales for market recovery

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Samsung is expected to launch its latest set of flagship foldable smartphones this year, the Galaxy Z Fold4 and the Galaxy Z Flip4. The flagship phones are expected to land on August 10, although there is no official confirmation yet. Industry insiders have now suggested that the company is planning to reduce sales for its Galaxy A and Galaxy S series to focus on its upcoming foldable phones instead (via Android Headlines).

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You can now customize the Twitter bottom bar on Android, but there's a catch

The option requires a paid Twitter Blue account

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What would Twitter need to offer for you to pay to use it? Last year we saw the introduction of Twitter Blue, a $3 monthly subscription with features like the ability to undo tweets, read ad-free articles, and customize different color themes. Not every feature's been the same across platforms, and iOS users have already had access to a customization option that allowed them to tweak the app's navigation interface. We're now finally seeing the same setting come to Twitter Blue for Android.

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Mi Band 7 Pro set to launch alongside Xiaomi 12S series on July 4

The Pro version resembles a smartwatch a lot more than a fitness tracker

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Xiaomi has been busy with fitness bands lately, and it opened the year with the launch of the Xiaomi S1 and the S1 Active, followed by the long-awaited May reveal of the Mi Band 7. Recent evidence suggested that a Pro version of the Mi Band 7 was also in the works, and now, Xiaomi has officially confirmed that the Mi Band 7 Pro will be unveiled in China on July 4.

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Microsoft starts public preview for OneDrive photo stories

The feature arrives soon after Xbox introduced stories to its app

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Photo stories are an increasingly common feature of media sharing apps, as any Instagram or Snapchat user knows. These bite-sized clips can be as handy for sharing your life updates as they are for business that want to reach out to customers. Microsoft just brought a "stories" option to its Xbox app for Android and iOS, and now the company's OneDrive service is following in those footsteps with its own photo sharing — albeit in a testing capacity.

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WhatsApp is developing avatars for video calls

The tool could help maintain user privacy and become a useful form of self-expression

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WhatsApp is slowly yet steadily expanding the frontier of what its users can do with emoji. It has certainly had to make up ground against other messaging apps with emoji stickers and animated emoji, but it's all progress nonetheless. We're now learning about another feature in the pipeline that's playing catch-up to something Apple and Samsung were all over years ago.

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Google invests in the future of knowledge panels with Wikimedia Enterprise partnership

The Internet Archive has also signed on with the non-profit foundation

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Google's success largely stems from its ability to connect users with the data they're looking for, and sometimes that means working with a few partners. The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit entity behind Wikipedia itself, established a new offering called Wikimedia Enterprise in 2021 as a paid service for big tech companies that access a lot of Wikipedia data, helping them to work with it more efficiently. It's only now starting to announce partners who have signed up to take advantage, and Google is among the first.

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Twitter catches up with YouTube, letting you enjoy your videos in silence

At the moment, captions still can't be translated into other languages

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Twitter brought automatically generated captions to videos on its platform late last year. While viewers accessing content from their web browsers could easily toggle them on or off, there wasn't a great way to control them on mobile, forcing users to dive into accessibility settings. Thankfully that's all sorted now, with easy caption toggles available for everyone on Android and iOS alike.

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Android Auto wireless adapters are game-changing devices that connect to a car's USB port and take over our phones wirelessly. The Motorola MA1 adapter is one of the best wireless AA dongles currently available in the market. However, a huge question mark has loomed over the product's availability itself. Stock shows up at one retailer only for it to be quickly snapped up, leaving wannabe buyers out cold. The adapter recently arrived at Best Buy stores and then, just as it did elsewhere, promptly disappeared within the blink of an eye. Luckily, it's back — for now.

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WhatsApp is testing some giant animated heart emoji for when you need all the love

Meta's messaging app is still lightyears behind Telegram with regards to emoji and stickers

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WhatsApp introduced large animated "beating" heart emoji to some iOS users in beta testing back in January. However, the feature was disabled within a few weeks of that testing due to reasons best known to the company. Meanwhile, Android users who caught wind and have been awaiting the launch of this feature for months will be pleased to know that it is under development for their devices as well.

Google Recorder's website has a new feature you don't get on the Pixel mobile app

Playback speed adjustments as much as 3 times fast are now available

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The Google Recorder app records audio and is able to convert it into real-time transcriptions. This Pixel-only app was last updated in March when it received Material You upgrades and a landscape mode. Now, the Recorder website that lets us play audio from our Pixel smartphones has recently added the ability to control playback speed.

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Samsung to reveal its latest heavy-duty phone and tablet on July 13

The Galaxy XCover 6 Pro and the Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro will be showcased at the invite-only online event

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Samsung's next big launch event is probably happening sometime this summer, and rumors have suggested we could see an Unpacked announcement in late August featuring the flagship Galaxy Z Fold4, Galaxy Z Flip4, and the Galaxy Watch 5. But those are far from the only devices the company's been working on, and this week we're getting a heads-up about the debut of two new business-focused rugged devices, the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro and the Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro.

OnePlus Nord 2 disappoints users with OxygenOS 11-based monthly patch

It's nearly time for the beta for OxygenOS 13, but users are still contending with OS 11

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Android 13 may be on all of our minds these days, but lots and lots of phones still need to make the journey to Android 12. OnePlus started rolling out the first build of OxygenOS 12 for the OnePlus Nord 2 back at the start of June, and the Android 12-based system update has slowly been trickling out to users. When might everyone hope to get access? If this were a company like Samsung, it might make sense for the big system-level update to arrive alongside the next monthly security patch. With the Nord 2, though, owners are now expressing a little frustration upon the release of the latest patch for their phones ... which is based on OxygenOS 11.

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Twitter app creates confusion by switching Copy Link and Bookmark buttons

Users are now trying to mass delete accidentally bookmarked tweets

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Twitter has implemented some minor changes to its platform recently. This includes features such as changing the color of a "like" from red to pink, to changing how tweets and replies appear on a user's profile page. Now, a new change for a limited number of its app holders has switched the order of the "Copy Link" and "Bookmark" buttons. And it seems rather unnecessary.

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There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4, Fold4, as well as the Galaxy Watch 5 and its Pro version. These devices may be unveiled during the company's Unpacked event in August. However, fans have mostly been kept in the dark on the whereabouts of the sequel to the Galaxy Buds Pro. Thanks to a handful of tech insiders, though, we're now able to shed some light on what's happening.

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Nothing announced its inaugural smartphone — the Nothing Phone 1 — back in March, and we recently learned that it's nearly ready to make its grand debut, with a July 12 launch event scheduled in London. While recent rumors have started to give us a better idea of what to expect, there's still a lot we don't know about the eagerly anticipated phone's hardware. Today we make progress on filling in some of those blanks, upon the discovery a document that sheds some light on the Nothing Phone 1's charging performance.

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WhatsApp is working on Google Drive exports and more visible status updates

Evidence for both changes is appearing in the latest betas

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WhatsApp is constantly pushing new beta builds out to testers to try out upcoming features. Recently we've seen work towards abilities like letting you edit sent messages and an undo option for deleted chats. Now it looks like the next on the horizon could be a couple that allow us to export WhatsApp data and view status updates in the chats section.

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