There is a lot to like about Amazon Echo Dot. For starters, the smart speaker sports an incredibly compact design for enhanced portability. Despite being quite small, it delivers decent sound quality and also lives up to the task in terms of performing various tasks like streaming music, checking weather updates, or even tracking packages. On top of all, the smart speaker is priced at just $49.99 which makes it a great choice for those looking for a cheaper yet pretty good smart speaker.

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1. Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote

The Amazon Fire TV has been one of the most popular digital media players ever since its launch in 2014, and its built-in Alexa integration means it is, by far, the best Amazon Echo Dot accessory you can buy. The upgraded Fire TV Stick 4K comes with the support for 4K UHD video playback with Dolby Vision and HDR, and better processor performance. …


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Ever wondered how the apps like Shazam can pick up the exact song in a loud bar and with so much noise. Most people remember that moment when they first used the Chocolate phone or discovered the Shazam app. When it could successfully tell you what song was playing, it got people really excited. This is probably because people didn’t know how it works. It felt like black magic. However, this technology is actually pretty simple although it is very interesting.

According to MoneyPug, a site used to find mobile phone deals, since the LG Chocolate, music recognition has come a long way. If you have seen the show Silicon Valley, you might remember that Pied Piper began as a music recognition app using a very effective compression algorithm. Music recognition has been around a lot longer than that, Shazam actually began in 1999. It has been used over 50 billion times to identify songs since then. How does it work? …


LucidChart is a one-stop platform for creating top-notch diagrams, flowcharts, wireframes, and more. Featuring a large library of templates and tools, the software has become a favorite for many. That said, the software doesn’t excel in every aspect. For instance, it doesn’t work seamlessly with Microsoft apps, and often feels too slow on the web. Besides, LucidChart’s freemium variant is very limited. As for the premium one, it comes at $7.95/month (individual) which makes it one of the expensive online diagram software. …


Smart speakers have become very popular and there is a variety of smart speakers on the market from many different manufacturers.

These smart speakers enable us to do a variety of different things from controlling wireless-enabled lights to ordering various products and takeaways online as well as providing information like the weather forecast, time, date, and many more things. And they can also stream music to the speakers themselves. In fact, they are what is termed, virtual assistants.

How do smart speakers work

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The key to the operation of smart speakers is the voice recognition technology that is used. …


Phone batteries are often a frustrating element of mobile phones. As mobile phone technological features advance, the battery life of mobile phones seems to decrease. Phone batteries haven’t advanced that much in recent years, whereas mobile phones have. This means the power of phones is outweighing the capacity at which the batteries can function at.

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Samsung however, is planning on switching from traditional lithium-ion batteries, to graphene-powered batteries. These graphene batteries will charge 5 times faster than lithium-ion batteries and will be able to hold up to 45% more capacity. They’ll also be smaller, slimmer whilst having a similar surface temperature. …


The whole gaming community is shocked by the news of banning pubg from the play store in some of the countries due to tensed relations with china. The title, created by Tencent games, had shot to instant fame in the mobile gaming industry. While we might not be able to play PUBG Mobile anymore, there are several BR games that have been launched in the interim. So, if you’re already looking for similar games, here are a few options that you can consider.

1. Call of Duty: Mobile

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CoD: Mobile is published by Activision, a US-based studio so the chances are next to nothing for the game to be banned. The best part about Call of Duty: Mobile is that it offers everything you used to love playing on PUBG. You have a 100-player battle royale mode, a 5v5 deathmatch, multiplayer modes like CoD Black Ops, and much more. …


If you’ve ever looked at the video or graphics options in a PC game, you’ve likely noticed a toggle for a setting called Vsync. Or if you’ve been shopping for the best gaming monitor, you may have seen the term G-sync or FreeSync used liberally in marketing copy. While copy writers and manufacturers may make a big deal out of these features, for the uninitiated those terms are just more confusing technical jargon (the sort we address in our big hardware glossary).

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So what do they actually mean? Do you need a monitor with G-sync or Freesync? And how much of a difference does it actually make? I’ll take you through each term in-depth and explain what it means and how much of the jargon is just empty marketing fluff, starting with the granddaddy of these technologies, Vsync. …


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Thirty years after it first debuted, Castlevania is back in the spotlight thanks to a recent animated series that resurrected Dracula yet again for a new war on mankind. Three decades and a helluva lot of games later, which Castlevania titles have managed to stand the test of time? Which games still have a well-oiled whip in comparison to the cracked leather of lesser entries in the series? These ten, of course:

Castlevania — 1986


There are myriad reasons you might want to look someone up online. They might be a new match on a dating site that you want to check up on before meeting or a potential employee you want to learn a little bit about as part of the screening process. If you’re concerned about a person’s history, you can always perform a comprehensive background check. But many people do these types of searches to find long-lost family members or find out what is online about themselves. No matter the reason, these free people search sites can help you find what information is available. …


Asana stands out as a top-notch project management software. Be it seamless collaboration or integration with a ton of productivity-defining tools or insightful charts, the software is fully equipped to make a strong case for project planning and management. That said, Asana has its own share of shortcomings like a complex interface that warrants a steep learning curve. And that’s what has led me to line up the 15 best Asana alternatives for the folks who are looking for more competent substitutes or willing to get pretty good project management tools without having to dole out a lot of bucks.

1. Jira

Both in terms of efficiency and versatility, Jira is a competent alternative to Asana for project management. So, if you are on the lookout for a project manager that can excel in most aspects, keep in mind Jira. …

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