Microsoft demonstrated prototype hardware a few years ago that promised meeting rooms of the future with automatic speaker identification, transcription, and even translation. Microsoft now claims it’s delivering this for real with new Intelligent Speakers, small puck-like devices that can identify up to 10 different voices in a Microsoft Teams meeting. These speakers will automatically generate a transcript during a meeting, with individual identification of those speaking. They will also help remote attendees follow along and see who’s talking in a meeting. Microsoft has teamed up with Yealink and Epos to create the hardware, and it even supports translation if you want to follow a meeting in a different language. Microsoft first demonstrated a concept for this exact scenario at Build in 2018 . Although these devices were clearly originally designed for a time before the pandemic, they could help bridge the frustrating gap of working remotely and trying to participate in and … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s new Intelligent Speakers deliver its promised meeting room of the future
Amazon Echo Show 8 See at Amazon Amazon Echo Show 10 See at Amazon Bigger isn't always better, especially when it comes to smart home gadgets . Case in point -- despite its smaller screen and tinier footprint, we've been recommending Amazon's Echo Show 8 over its heftier sibling -- the second-generation Echo Show -- since the Show 8 debuted in November 2019. However, with the release of the significantly updated Echo Show 10 , we were curious if the midsize Show 8 could still hold its own against Amazon's flagship smart display . It wasn't as easy of a call as last time around. After all, the latest iteration of the Echo Show 10 ups the ante considerably. Not only does it offer significantly more screen space than the smedium -size Echo Show 8, it does something no other smart display on the market can do -- it moves. Smarten up Get the best reviews, videos and comparisons in CNET's Smart Home and Appliances … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo Show 10 vs. Echo Show 8: Which Amazon smart display is better?
Sony 's trio of inter-compatible gadgets, the SmartWatch 2, Xperia Z Ultra phablet and Xperia Z1 smartphone, is now available in the United States. The SmartWatch 2, which was first introduced in June at Shanghai's Mobile Asia Expo, is designed as a companion to your Sony smartphone, tablet or phablet. The dust-proof, water-resistant device has a 1.6-inch, 220 x 176 pixel screen and 3-4 days of battery life, according to Sony. See also: Sony Xperia Z1: Big, Powerful and Waterproof, but Is It Enough? The SmartWatch 2 supports NFC for easy pairing with Android 4.0+ smartphones, and is compatible with Gmail , Facebook and Twitter . It retails for $199.95. We've also known about Sony's 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra since the summer. It sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and an 8-megapixel camera, and has a retail price of $649.99 (for the HSPA+ variant) or $679.99 (for the LTE variant). The newest device in this bunch is the Xperia Z1, Sony's 20.7-megapixel … [Read more...] about Sony Launches SmartWatch 2, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 in the U.S.
This story is part of 2019 Holiday Survival Guide , featuring tips on the best ways to manage the holiday season. You got your new Amazon Echo , Echo Dot with Clock or Echo Studio on Black Friday , Cyber Monday or perhaps on a really good sale, and now it's time to set it up. Easy enough, unless you don't realize everything you can do with your smart speaker . For example, did you know Alexa can recognize your voice, along with anyone else in your house, as long as you've set up voice recognition? And that Alexa can let you know what's on your plate for the day if you set up your calendar? Alexa won't tell you everything you need to do to get your new Echo device running at its full potential, so that's where we come in. Read on for the step-by-step process of getting your smart speaker set up and how it can benefit you the most. DO MORE WITH ALEXA Get the best Amazon tips delivered to your inbox. It's FREE! STEP 1 Download the Alexa … [Read more...] about Set up your new Amazon Echo like this
BARCELONA, Spain — Sony has unveiled the Xperia Z2, the company's new flagship smartphone, a mere four months after introducing Xperia Z1 and one year after launching the first phone in the series, the Xperia Z . We mention the Xperia Z2's predecessors because all three devices share a nearly identical design: monolithic black rectangles with a silver wake up key and volume buttons on the right side. If it weren't for the difference in size (the Z2 is a 5.2-incher while the Z and Z1 have a 5-inch screen), one could easily confuse them to be the same phone. See also: Sony Sells VAIO Division, Restructures TV Business However, while the design remained similar to the Z1, the Z2 has been thoroughly improved on the inside. Besides being Sony's biggest Android flagship yet (the enormous Xperia Z Ultra falls into the phablet category), the Xperia Z2 brings some crazy-powerful specifications to the table as well. It's powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon … [Read more...] about Sony Unveils Xperia Z2: 5.2-Inch Screen, 4K Video Recording