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Ring's Smart Responses turn your doorbell and camera into a virtual butler

Ring's Smart Responses turn your doorbell and camera into a virtual butler

Ring pioneered the smart doorbell market with the launch of the Video Doorbell back in 2014. The company is constantly continuing to innovate with handy accessories and new features, such as end-to-end encryption and customizable motion zones. Its products just gained a handful of new functionality, allowing owners to use Alexa as their virtual greeter, play pre-recorded messages, and warn intruders they're being watched.

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Kitty Letter is a cat-themed 'words with enemies' game by the creator of The Oatmeal

Kitty Letter is a cat-themed 'words with enemies' game by the creator of The Oatmeal

The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman isn't only famous for his humorous webcomics; he also made a name for himself as the creator of card games like Exploding Kittens and Bears vs. Babies. The former even made it to Android in the form of a mobile game, and now Inman is ready to launch another free-to-play video game: Kitty Letter, which he describes as "Scrabble combined with Clash Royale."

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Stadia makes the world creation game Crayta free for everyone to play

Stadia makes the world creation game Crayta free for everyone to play

You may have seen Little Nightmares II is coming to Stadia Pro tomorrow (February 11), but that's not the only Stadia news for the week. There are several other announcements today, but perhaps the biggest news is that Crayta is going to be free to everybody — no subscription required. Additionally, Pikuniku is now available, Destiny 2 Season of the Chosen and the PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle add-on are here, and there's a sale on several Assassin's Creed and 2K games.

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Google News Showcase now helps readers in more countries break through article paywalls

Google News Showcase now helps readers in more countries break through article paywalls

Late last year Google introduced News Showcase, an initiative aiming to highlight insightful feature stories and bring them to the attention of more readers. Google even announced subsidizing access to select paywalled pieces through the program. Following an initial rollout in Germany and Brazil, Google brought News Showcase to Australia last week — and now the company has announced it's coming to even more countries.

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The Xiaomi Mi 11 survives JerryRigEverything's wrath

The Xiaomi Mi 11 survives JerryRigEverything's wrath

Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything is renowned for his gadget durability tests and teardowns, so it's not surprising to hear that he has a track record of trying to bust up Xiaomi phones. Said record brings up the obvious trends: cheaper phones aren't as durable as those towards the mid- to high-end. So, how will the Mi 11 fare? Not too bad, for the sake of brevity.

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Qualcomm's upcoming modems will bring 5G out of the early adopter phase

Qualcomm's upcoming modems will bring 5G out of the early adopter phase

Qualcomm has just announced two new 5G modems that promise ridiculous speeds and support for emerging frequencies. The new X65 and X62 modems won't be available until later this year, which probably means they won't be in Android flagships until the next generation of chips hits in 2022. When they do land, though, they'll support a few key features. In addition to the expected speed improvements (the X65 can hit a theoretical 10-gig speed), the new modems have an upgradeable architecture that will roll out new 5G features from a new set of standards over time — no hardware upgrade required.

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A madman has been livestreaming a Galaxy S21 underwater for 15 days — and it's still working

A madman has been livestreaming a Galaxy S21 underwater for 15 days — and it's still working

All wet and nowhere to go? Sounds like a Galaxy S21 we know. A time-lapse photography channel on YouTube is putting the new Samsung mobile flagship through an extended immersion test just to see how long it can last underwater. The answer is yet to be found, but we do know that it won't be a short one.

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OnePlus 9 Pro could up its camera game with Hasselblad collab

OnePlus 9 Pro could up its camera game with Hasselblad collab

The OnePlus 8 Pro delivered some significant camera improvements but it still failed to impress us on several fronts. Vivo’s recent collaboration with Zeiss to co-develop imaging systems gave us reason to believe a similar deal could be in the offing for its sister brand, but it seems OnePlus has plans of its own. It's looking like a collaboration with industry giant Hasselblad is on the cards for the upcoming OnePlus 9 Pro.

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Google Photos is rolling out double-tap and pinch-to-zoom for videos

Google Photos is rolling out double-tap and pinch-to-zoom for videos

Google Photos' video capabilities often feel like a second-class citizen compared to still pics. While the app offers dozens of editing options for photos, you can only rotate or trim videos, and their playback experience is quite lacking. Skip and rewind buttons were added a while back then disappeared, and there are no controls to speak of, just a play/pause button. Another missing feature is the ability to zoom and pan in a video, but that is now starting to show up for some users.

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