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More than two years later, Amazon still can't keep its Echo in stock

In line to pick up an Amazon Echo? Join the club. It's been more than two years since Amazon's inaugural Alexa-powered smart speaker hit the market, and the retail giant is still having problems keeping it in stock. For the last 24 hours, the Echo has been listed as "Currently unavailable" on Amazon.

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Skagen Connected Signatur Hybrid review: Limited smartwatch functionality in an attractive package

I'll admit it here: I may work at Android Police, but I think Android Wear is terrible.

I'm not the type to poke away at a wrist-mounted touchscreen, and the last thing I want is yet another device to charge. So, I've been interested in hybrid smartwatches like the Skagen Connected line for some time. Although I went into this with plenty of optimism, I found the experience to be a bit lacking. The Signatur is an attractive timepiece, but a poor smartwatch. 

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Amazon announces multi-room Alexa music syncing and new developer tools

It was always a matter of time, but now Alexa has the ability to turn Echo devices into multi-room speakers that many owners have long been clamoring for. Starting today, the feature is available for Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora, while support for Spotify and SiriusXM is said to be "coming soon." This so far only applies to users in the US, UK, and Germany.

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AIY Projects' Google Assistant voice kit can now be pre-ordered from Microcenter

Earlier this year, AIY Projects partnered with Google to develop the 'Voice Kit.' Once assembled and connected to a Raspberry Pi microcomputer, you had your very own DIY Google Assistant smart speaker. Google even added support for the kit to its Android Things OS.

But there was one problem - the only way to buy the kit was by finding issue 57 of the MagPi Magazine, which included the kit. The demand was high as well; a reprint from earlier this month sold out in 17 minutes. Now that there definitely aren't any copies of #57 left, AIY has partnered with Microcenter to sell the Voice Kit in retail stores.

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ARCore, Google's answer to ARKit, adds augmented reality to millions of devices starting today

Those of you who follow Google's augmented reality adventures will probably know of the Lenovo Phab2 Pro (which hilariously isn't getting Nougat) and the ASUS ZenFone AR - both rather bulky phones with complicated-looking camera arrangements on the back. But ARCore is something a bit different; it aims to bring augmented reality to phones that the general public uses, starting today.

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BiliScreen is an app that could use selfies to help diagnose pancreatic cancer

It may seem unthinkable that the much maligned 'selfie,' a photo of oneself taken by oneself, could be used in any meaningful, useful way. That's exactly what is being proposed by researchers from the University of Washington. They've developed an app called BiliScreen which could utilize selfies, as well as computer vision algorithms and machine learning tools, as a method of screening for pancreatic cancer.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Moto Z Play with a free $50 gift card and more for just $349.99 ($100 off) at B&H

Last year's Moto Z Play was one of the most universally-loved smartphones out there. Why, you may ask, would a phone with a Snapdragon 625 and fairly average specifications overall get such a following? Well, its battery life was nothing short of incredible, with many users getting double digits of screen-on-time. Now, you can grab a Z Play on the cheap from B&H, and get some free stuff thrown in as well.

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YouTube's Picture-in-Picture mode in Oreo is only available to paying Red customers in five countries, and that's a problem

One of Android 8.0 Oreo's biggest features is picture-in-picture (PiP) mode, and given YouTube's status as the most popular video-sharing platform in the world, you'd be forgiven for thinking that quite a bit of PiP use would be for YouTube. Unfortunately, you'd also be wrong, as Google has made it very difficult for people to actually use picture-in-picture mode.

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