Google improves Pixel 2's photography skills, launches February security update

Google just announced that it’s ready to release a February security update for its Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. Alongside various security related fixes, the update brings some extra goodies, in particular to owners of the Pixel 2 series.   With the new update, Google says it’s enabling the Pixel Visual Core – a dedicated image processing chip that was dormant until now inside the new Pixel phones (unless you’ve installed a beta build of Android 8.1 Oreo). According to Google, the Pixel Visual Core allows users to take better photos with third party camera apps …

5 of the most important skills data analysts can learn using Microsoft programs


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Are you the type of person who flaunts their Excel and Powerpoint skills at every opportunity? Microsoft’s Office Suite is pretty much essential to any kind of job, and knowing how to use it efficiently can make a big difference in how you do your work. But there are a few Microsoft apps that aren’t as well known and can make your life much easier if you work with data regularly. 

Being a data-driven worker makes you a more desirable candidate, so even if you think you might not need these skills, think again. Read more…

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Amazon denies it has a ban on Alexa skills referencing Google

Amazon and Google are numbers one and two, respectively, in smart speaker market share worldwide. Amazon has a wide lead over Google at the moment, not surprising since the company did create the category after all. Google, for the moment, is the competitor that Amazon is most losing sleep over. In fact, Amazon seems to be quite sensitive about Google’s success with its Home line of smart speakers. For example, an Amazon employee hinted that developers are prohibited from submitting skills for Alexa that mention the Google name.

Similar to an app on a smartphone, enabling a skill for Alexa …

Measure your tapping skills in SEGA's new WWE Tap Mania for iOS and Android

Announced back in April, SEGA’s WWE Tap Mania mobile has just been released on Android and iOS. Even though it wants to appeal to WWE fans, the game plays and feels like a mindless clicker.

WWE Tap Mania mixes idle clicker and card game elements, as players must collect Superstar cards, build their decks and fight in arenas to become the WWE Champion.

The action in the ring is limited to taps that enable players to unleash powerful combos if timed correctly. All Superstar cards can be enhanced to increase your deck’s power and unlock each character’s …

There are now more than 15,000 Alexa skills in the US, Google Assistant supports only 378

Back in March, we reported that there were more than 10,000 Alexa skills available to owners of an Echo or Echo Dot device (Echo Show was not available back then). Recent estimates by Voicebot, also confirmed by Amazon, show that Alexa can now ‘learn’ more than 15,000 skills that are available in the US, thanks to a very engaged skill developers community.

Amazon’s voice assistant has taken the smart home arena by storm, having launched in late 2014. Alexa’s skills are small, app-like pieces of software that are capable of carrying out specific functions upon command – ‘Alexa, what’s the …

Ready your dogfighting skills, folks! Galaxy on Fire 3 – Manticore lands on Android

Deep Silver FISHLABS launched Galaxy on Fire 3 – Manticore on iOS devices back in December, but Android players were promised their own version two months ago when the developer opened up pre-registration on Google Play.

Although the developers promise intense space fights in stunning environments, the game barely runs within the parameters on some of the latest flagships available on the market like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Pixel XL, and OnePlus 3T.

If you have an older smartphone, you might experience low fps (frames per second) or it might not be compatible …

7 Alexa skills you actually need in your life right now


Amazon’s cloud-based virtual assistant, Alexa, has enjoyed considerable attention, amidst a mobile AI boom the world is seeing in recent months and years. Alexa made a debut in the Amazon Echo home unit, just two and half years ago, but has already accumulated a 10,000+ pool of skills it can learn and perform. Alexa’s skills are comparable to apps, but are more function-focused, meaning that a skill will usually be dedicated to a specific purpose or range of actions related to that purpose. Alexa-enabled device owners can download the skills from Amazon’s platform and “teach” the …