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The BBC’s Beeb voice assistant is ready for testing on PC

The BBC’s Beeb voice assistant is ready for testing on PC Sponsored Links Carl Court via Getty Images Last year the BBC announced it was working on its own voice assistant, called “Beeb,” designed to help customers take advantage of voice assistant technology regardless of their accent. Existing assistants still have issues understanding accents, and…

Hublot made a $5,800 Wear OS smartwatch

Hublot made a $5,800 Wear OS smartwatch Taylor Lyles Hublot is taking another crack at the smartwatch market with the Hublot Big Bang e, a high-end watch running Wear OS that will set you back thousands of dollars. The Big Bang e comes in two variations: titanium, which retails for $5,200, and black ceramic, priced…

France releases a voluntary contact tracing app

France releases a voluntary contact tracing app Sponsored Links Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters The French government has released a contract tracing app, called StopCovid, to notify people when they’ve been in contact with someone who is later diagnosed with COVID-19, as reported by Bloomberg. Usage of the app is entirely voluntary in France, although the…

Leak offers an early look at Google’s rumored Android TV dongle

Leak offers an early look at Google’s rumored Android TV dongle Sponsored Links XDA-Developers Google’s rumored Android TV dongle just got a bit more tangible. XDA-Developers has obtained what it says are early renders of the media hub, codenamed “Sabrina.” Sure enough, the device (reportedly Nest-branded) is very much in keeping with Google’s modern aesthetic…

Flooding Disproportionately Harms Black Neighborhoods

Flooding Disproportionately Harms Black Neighborhoods

Flooding Disproportionately Harms Black Neighborhoods Thomas Frank When Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas in 2017, the neighborhood that suffered the worst flood damage was a section of southwest Houston where 49% of the residents are nonwhite. When Hurricane Katrina hit southeast Louisiana in 2005, the damage was the most extensive in the region’s African…