Amazon adds Alexa to its shopping app, rollout beginning this week

Owners of Android devices will be able to access Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa straight from the company’s shopping app. The e-commerce site recently confirmed to TechCrunch that the integration has started rolling out this week. 

Apparently, the in-app version of Alexa will be almost the same as the one found on the Amazon Echo and Dot speakers. It will be capable of updating you about weather, traffic, playing music while browsing within the app, providing factual information, and even controlling smart home appliances to a certain extent. 
While …


Dual-camera Xiaomi Mi 5X leaks out in press renders a week prior to its debut

Yesterday, we passed on the news that Xiaomi is holding a double product launch, so to speak, on this July 26. Aside from announcing the 9th iteration of the in-house MIUI interface, China’s Xiaomi is also pegged to show the upper mid-range Mi 5X handset, which will likely feature some 4GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch Full HD display up front, and most importantly, an efficient Snapdragon 625 chipset.
Just a week prior to the announcement of the device, a bunch of press renders has leaked out straight from an official Xiaomi website, giving us a sneak peek at the …

Popular Ridge Racer car racing game is the free iOS App of the Week

As an iOS user, you’ve probably got used with the free app of the week section in the App Store. Each week, iOS users can download an app for free, which might or might not have been offered in a promotional deal before.

This week, those who like car racing games will be pleased to know that Ridge Racer Slipstream is the newest free iOS app of the week. The game usually costs $3, but for a limited time, iOS users will be able to download it for free.

The game features 12 sports cars that you’ll be able to choose from, but there are hundreds of customization …

B&H Photo has the Apple iPad and Apple Watch Series 2 on sale for the rest of the week

With Independence Day 2017 coming down to the last few hours, it doesn’t mean that you are too late to take advantage of some holiday deals. For the remainder of this week, you can buy the Apple iPad and the Apple Watch Series 2 on sale from B&H Photo. This is the large photo, video and electronics store located right near Madison Square Garden in New York. B&H does a lot of business online, and occasionally has a big sale on phones, tablets and other mobile devices.

B&H has the 2017 9.7-inch Apple iPad in all three colors (Silver, Space Gray and Gold) for $299. That is $30 or …

This coming week, T-Mobile gives subscribers discounts on Pizza and Gas

It’s that time once again to talk about the freebies that T-Mobile subscribers will get this coming Tuesday from the carrier. This coming week’s T-Mobile Tuesday includes discounts on pizza and gas. Some might say that both of those things go hand-in-hand, but that depends on how strong your stomach is. On Tuesday, T-Mobile subscribers will get to pump up to 20 gallons of Shell gas into their car with a 25 cent discount per gallon. The same day, T-Mobile subscribers can take 25% off a regular menu item at Papa John’s. In addition, every Tuesday in July, a different group of T-Mobile customers will …

Sony to preview 3D face recognition this week?

For face recognition to be good enough to confirm someone’s identity, it has to use 3D representation. The 2D images that are part of the native Face Unlock feature on Android is not enough to make you feel comfortable about using it to verify identity for financial transactions. But this week, at MWC Shanghai, Sony will display a 3D face recognition system that can be used for biometric readings.

While such 3D scanning will be be used in Augmented Reality, it can also be used for security purposes. That is what Sony has in mind. The company is partnering with Swiss facial recognition firm …

This week in apps: L'Oréal's new UV patch, a cool raw photo editor, and the rest of the best

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It’s possible that you couldn’t keep up with the wild world of app updates this week considering all the changes happening with Uber, including Travis Kalanick stepping down as CEO. If that’s the case, there’s no need to worry. We’ve got you covered.

Each week we round up the most important app news along with some of the coolest new and updated apps to help you stay in the loop with everything you need on your phone.

Here’s what caught our eye this week. If you’re looking for more, make sure to check out last week’s roundup of top apps. Read more…

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Puzzle game Telepaint is the Free iOS App of the Week

How would you like to download a puzzle game for your iOS device, and save some money in the process? Telepaint, which normally costs $2.99, is the Free iOS App of the Week. The game has you carrying walking buckets of paint through portals that you open. Different levels of game play get increasingly harder, and there are six different worlds for you to play in. An accompanying sound track provides synced rhythm, and there is an in-app purchase available so that you can purchase an extra-level for 99 cents.

Recently, an update added two new channels with 40 new levels. Also, the …

San Francisco merchants to offer promotions and discounts for Apple Pay users this week

Since its debut two years ago, Apple Pay has grown into a serious profit driver for the iPhone maker. It brought a $7.04 billion revenue in the past quarter and it’s going to grow with added focus on P2P payments, money transfers, and prepaid Apple Pay Cash cards. Now, Apple is looking forward to expanding the service’s user base by means of good old-fashioned marketing.

Between June 23 and June 25, Apple will be running a promotion for Apple Pay users in San Francisco. A total of 20 merchants in the Hayes Valley and Marina areas, such as Azalea, Blue Bottle Coffee, …

Save $1.99 by downloading "jumper" game Beat Stomper, which is the Free iOS App of the Week

From now until the end of Wednesday, you can save $1.99 by downloading Beat Stomper on your iPhone or iPad for free. After all, the game is the Free iOS App of the Week! With its electronic music soundtrack in the background, players get to control a small square by tapping on the screen. This forces the square to jump in the air. Tapping the screen again brings the square down. Your goal is to move it to the next platform. Since the platforms move from side to side, this task is not a slam dunk by any means.

Beat Stomper requires you to have at least 136MB of storage available on …