MSI's Latest Laptops Are Smaller, Sturdier, and Some Even Vibrate

Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo) When MSI released the GS65 last year, it took a risk. Instead of making something massively powerful like the GT75, MSI swapped out its typical red-and-black color scheme and focused on a thin-and-light to create a more portable, but still fast all-rounder. And as a result, the GS65 became the company’s […]

NPR turns comedy game show ‘Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me!’ into an Alexa and Google voice app

NPR is turning its popular game show program “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” into a voice application for smart speakers, including both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant-powered devices. The new app lets listeners play along at home by answering the fill-in-the-blank questions from this week’s news – just like the players do on the NPR podcast […]

Alexa can read news briefs in a 'newscaster' voice in the US

Nathan Ingraham/Engadget Alexa can now modulate its voice beyond whispering in hushed tones. Amazon has introduced a ‘newscaster’ voice in the US that kicks in when Alexa reads the day’s news or recites Wikipedia information. It’s not going to replace the news anchor for your favorite media outlet, but the speaking style is more authoritative […]

Wrest control from a snooping smart speaker with this teachable “parasite”

What do you get when you put one Internet connected device on top of another? A little more control than you otherwise would in the case of Alias the “teachable ‘parasite’” — an IoT project smart speaker topper made by two designers, Bjørn Karmann and Tore Knudsen. The Raspberry Pi-powered, fungus-inspired blob’s mission is to […]

'The Sims' Alexa Skill is a game companion for superfans

Electronic Arts Electronic Arts and Amazon are doing their version of the old “You got your peanut butter in my chocolate!” and “You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!” bit. The companies announced today that a companion skill for dedicated fans of The Sims will be available on Alexa devices. Additionally, an update to […]