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Amazon's Echosim Simulates Echo Devices In The Browser, Allows Everyone To Put Alexa To The Test

Community projects are fantastic - just look at how strong Android's aftermarket community is, creating custom ROMs and launching entire operating systems and companies in the process. Now Amazon's getting in on the action, rebranding developer Sam Machin's Alexa in the Browser project as Echosim and bringing Alexa to everyone in the process.

Echosim is a way to use an Amazon Echo directly in your browser. Built with JavaScript, it gives anyone the chance to question Alexa and experience the Echo platform without actually owning a device. This is all the more important in countries where the voice-enabled cylinders are not available, such as the UK, where I live.

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First Impressions Of The Xiaomi Mi Max - This Is A Big-Ass Phone

I can't recall ever using a smartphone larger than the Xiaomi Mi Max. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is the closest I've ever come, and the Mi Max is over a tenth of an inch larger on the display diagonal than even that phone. While it's not the largest smartphone ever, the Xiaomi Mi Max is certainly in the upper echelons of size in the taxonomic order smartphonus, dwarfing 5" devices we once called "large" just four or five years ago.

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Acer Liquid Zest Plus With A 5,000mAh Battery Coming To The US In July

Acer has never had a serious smartphone presence in the US, but that will change in July as the company launches the Liquid Zest Plus. It certainly sounds like something you'd use to clean your kitchen counter, but it's an unlocked LTE smartphone with Android 6.0, a 5.5-inch 720p display, and a whopping 5,000mAh battery.

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Amazon Fire TV Devices Updated To Version 5.2 With Viewing Restrictions And New Alexa Features

Amazon has announced that the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, the company's two streaming devices, are receiving updates to the latest version of the software, 5.2.

The main thing version 5.2 brings is viewing restrictions, which enable blocking of content in Amazon Video and 'selected third party apps,' although Amazon has declined to list which third-party apps are included. Other new features include Watch Live for video subscriptions, so if you have an add-on subscription from Showtime or Starz, content can be watched at the same time as it's broadcast. Alexa is also seeing some improvements; she can now be asked for local restaurant, shop, or business information with the new Local Search feature.

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Samsung's Upcoming Gear VR Controller Revealed In Leaked Render

Samsung's Gear VR is one of the first available headsets for use with phones, and judging by the various reviews posted around the web, it's a good headset for use with Samsung devices. However, it's missing one thing which both competitors, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have: a controller.

If leaked renders that SamMobile has obtained are legit, this might be about to change. The controller shown off in the renders looks pretty standard; an analog stick on the left and buttons on the right. It's covered in black resin, a material maybe similar to the resin found on the back of some smartphones.

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Samsung Announces Batman-Themed Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition To Commemorate Third Anniversary Of Injustice: Gods Among Us Mobile Game

Have you been trying to decide which phone to buy, but none of them are Batman enough? Then Samsung has just the product for you. In partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive, Samsung has announced the Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition.

Fans might be wondering what this is all about. Well, you see, we've come upon the three-year anniversary of the release of Injustice: Gods Among Us, which (for you non-fans) is a Batman mobile game. In other words, Samsung wants to promote the gaming experience on the S7 edge as well as convert a few more people into customers while Warner Bros.

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[Deal Alert] Get A Brand New Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Duos For $630 ($170 Off Retail) Plus Free US Shipping From eBay

Nothing beats a new current-generation phone at a steep discount, right? That's what you can have with this deal on eBay for a Galaxy S7 Edge Duos. It's going for $630, $170 below common retail price and doesn't lock you into any particular carrier. That's $20 better than the best price we've seen to date, which was 3 weeks ago.

This particular model comes with 32GB of storage and, unlike some sold through US carriers, has an Exynos SoC rather than a Qualcomm one. With that, it's not designed for CDMA carriers like Sprint and Verizon. There should be no problems with AT&T and T-Mobile, though.

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Verizon HTC 10 Update With Camera Improvements And Bug Fixes To Begin Rolling Out On Friday

According to both Verizon and HTC's Mo Versi, owners of the HTC 10 will receive an OTA update starting on Friday. As seems to be tradition for HTC flagships, the early months are characterized by a flurry of camera refinements and this round seems no different.

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HTC Has Started Posting Kernel Source For the HTC 10

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ZTE Announces The Axon 7's BMW Design And Endorsement From Pianist, Oh And Also A Phone

Is a key point of consideration for your next smartphone whether or not it has been endorsed by a world-renowned pianist? Great! The all-new ZTE Axon 7 is, in fact, endorsed by world-renowned pianist Lang Lang. This apparently has some sort of value. The Axon 7 also received design input from BMW's Designworks (yes, that BMW, the one that makes cars), audio consulting from a team of music conservatory professors (I am not making this up), and Dolby's Atmos surround sound. This phone is a veritable partnership tour de farce.

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