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Amazon is updating the Echo Show 8 and 5 with better cameras

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Amazon is refreshing a handful of products in its Echo line: the Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5, or more it’s adding a Kids Edition of the Echo Show 5. The huge new feature on the two models is the camera, yet the update is more impressive on the bigger Echo Show 8.

It presently has a same 13-megapixel sensor that you’ll discover on the Echo Show 10. Rather than moving the screen around to point at you as the 10 does, the Echo Show 8 gives a wider, 110-degree field of view. Inside that reach, it does the pan and zoom trick to keep subjects centered in the frame.

To power that trickand some other new software features, Amazon says there’s new “octa-core” processor inside the Echo Show 8. Something else, it’s a similar Echo Show 8 that we reviewed in 2019, with dual speakers and a choice of one or the other white or charcoal gray. It actually sells at a similar cost, $129.99.

The other software tricks include utilizing the camera to detect if a human has walked into the room and then plugging that information into routines (like turning on the lights). Amazon emphasizes that this is a pick in just feature and it even expects clients to physically punch in a code during arrangement to guarantee they truly mean to turn it on. It likewise does its human shape detection locally.

Amazon will likewise let all Echo 8 and 5 devices turn on Alexa’s security mode, so you can distantly see the cameras from your telephone. At long last, the Echo Show 8 is getting new AR impacts for Amazon’s own video visit administration, including “reactions” like filling the screen with hearts or setting custom virtual backgrounds.

With respect to the more modest (and more famous) Echo Show 5, the upgrades are less impressive. The camera is doubling in resolution, from one megapixel to two. It will not have the strength to do the follow mode on the camera. Nonetheless, the Echo Show 5 is getting a permanent price drop; it’s currently $84.99. It comes in similar charcoal and white tones however adds a new blue option.

If you want to spend $10 more, you can get a Kids Edition of the Echo Show 5 with a wild print on the rear fabric. That extra $10 likewise includes a year of Amazon Kids Plus services and a two-year warranty against whatever damage your youngster can inflict on the thing.

Every one of the three versions of the Echo Show ought to be accessible for order quickly, however shipping could require half a month — even Amazon isn’t fully immune to chip shortages, it appears. As for fans of the Echo Spot orb, it’s not seeing any updates today and is more then likely not going to make a comeback — Amazon reveals to us that most clients just settled on the Echo Show 5 all things considered.

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Google is offering some YouTube TV subscribers a free TiVo Stream 4K or Chromecast with Google TV

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Google is offering some YouTube TV subscribers a free TiVo Stream 4K or Chromecast with Google TV. It’s not satisfactory how widespread this promotion is or if it’s identified with the Roku dispute where the streaming service said it was looking for replacement devices to provide for current members.

Update: Other YouTube TV clients are getting a free Chromecast with Google TV ($49.99). This isn’t the first time Google has run this particular device promo.

To ensure our loyal YouTube TV members have a great watch experience (including the ability to watch 4K content on our optional new add-on service coming soon!), we want to offer you a free TiVo® Stream 4K device.

The streaming dongle typically costs $39.99 — however there’s at present a $10 discount. In the interim, it’s not satisfactory if TiVo will make any more Android TV-powered devices. The redemption process involves visiting the TiVo store — which is slammed with volume however will at last allow you to put in a request — and entering a unique code remembered for the present email.

During checkout, enter the unique code in the “Enter Promotion Code” box, and select “Apply Code” to ensure your discount is applied. Be sure to act fast though, as this offer is only available until July 2, 2021, or while supplies last.

The TiVo Stream 4K is powered by an Amlogic S905Y2 with 2GB of DDR4 RAM and 8GB of capacity. It upholds Dolby Vision HDR, Dolby Atmos, and 4K UHD. Google notably calls out on the latter capability in front of an add-on that allows for higher-resolution streaming. It was first declared in February, and the company says it’s “coming soon.”

This free TiVo Stream could likewise be Google’s secondary response to Roku blocking the YouTube TV application in the midst of an contract debate. Back in May, it said it was in “discussions with other partners to secure free streaming devices in case YouTube TV members face any access issues on Roku.” That said, it’s not exceptionally targeted as my account has never been related with a Roku device.

In order to be eligible, users must be active subscribers of YouTube TV and have made at least 1 valid payment. One device per household. Eligible participants will be contacted by YouTube TV by email, and must visit the promotion link provided and take action in order to claim the offer.

Our review from last year noticed how the TiVo Stream 4K provided an “excellent live TV experience,” while they were likewise fond to the “peanut” voice remote.

With the Stream 4K, TiVo clearly had one goal in mind. The brand wanted its dongle to offer a single spot for users to access not just content from TiVo, but from everywhere. That’s accomplished by the Stream+ app, preloaded on the Stream 4K.

That app is set up with a home screen that pulls in trending content, shows, and movies you’ve recently watched, live TV, recommendations, and much more.

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The red PS5 controller is a other red to the red Xbox Series X controller

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While the PS5’s divisive two-tone design has driven some to swap out large pieces of plastic for a more unified look, this month did in any event see Sony release some official new color options for the excellent DualSense controller. There are now “cosmic red” and “midnight black” models that may interest you more than the black and white default.

The black controller doesn’t appear to be too interesting, however as an enthusiast of red objects they requested the red one in to perceive what it looks in person. The tone is entirely strange — Sony’s marketing information puts the controller before a bright red nebula, with regards to the “cosmic red” name, and it’s a very decent match.

Essentially, it’s a little pinker than you may expect, falling somewhere between crimson, ruby, and raspberry. They think it looks great with the black trim and manages to feel appropriate for the PS5’s aesthetic.

What’s more, indeed, the little PlayStation symbols microtexture is back, however it’s still essentially difficult to see with the naked eye:

Sony is very delayed to release its first PS5 regulator shading varieties. Microsoft had dark, white, and blue options available at the dispatch of the Xbox Series X and Series S, and before long circled back to red, yellow, and camo options.

They have the red Series X regulator as well, and it’s a significantly more clear, essential shading conceal than the PS5. The thing that matters is clear when they’re close to one another.

The red and black PS5 controllers are out this week in Japan and ought to be accessible one week from now in North America, however like the PS5 itself it’ll probably be difficult to find stock. The black version expenses $69.99, while the red form is for some inexplicable reason $5 more expensive at $74.99.

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Facebook Messenger adds Venmo-like QR codes for person-to-person payments in the US

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This spring, Facebook affirmed it was testing Venmo-like QR codes for person-to-person payments inside its application in the U.S. Today, the organization reported those codes are launching publicly to all U.S. clients, permitting anybody to send or request money through Facebook Pay — regardless of whether they’re not Facebook friends.

The QR codes work correspondingly to those found in other payment apps, as Venmo.

The feature can be found under the “Facebook Pay” section in Messenger’s settings, gotten to by tapping on your profile icon at the top left of the screen. Here, you’ll be given your personalized QR code which looks similar as a regular QR code aside from that it features your profile icon in the middle.

Under, you’ll be shown your own Facebook Pay UR which is in the organization of “https://m.me/pay/UserName.” This can likewise be copied and sent to different clients when you’re requesting a payment.

Facebook takes note of that the codes will work between any U.S. Courier clients, and will not need a different payment app or any kind of contact section or upload process to begin.

Clients who need to have the option to send and receive money in Messenger must be in any event 18 years of age, and should have a Visa or Mastercard check card, a PayPal record or one of the upheld prepaid cards or government-issued cards, to utilize the installments highlight. They’ll likewise have to set their preferred currency to U.S. dollars in the application.

After arrangement is finished, you can pick which payment technique you need as your default and optionally protect payments behind a PIN code based on your personal preference.

The QR code is likewise accessible from the Facebook Pay section of the main Facebook application, in a carousel at the top of the screen.

Facebook Pay first launched in November 2019, as an approach to set up an installment framework that reaches out across the organization’s applications for person-to-person payments, yet in addition different highlights, similar to donations, Stars and e-commerce, in addition to other things. Despite the fact that the QR codes follow Venmo and others, the service the way things are today isn’t really an adversary to payment applications because Facebook partners with PayPal as one of the upheld payment methods.

In any case, albeit the payments experience is independent from Facebook’s cryptocurrency wallet, Novi, that is something that could maybe change later on.

The element was presented close by a couple of other Messenger updates, including a new Quick Reply bar that makes it simpler to react to a photograph or video without getting back to the main chat thread. Facebook likewise added new chat themes including one for Olivia Rodrigo fans, another for World Oceans Day, and one that promotes the new F9 film.

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