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Amazon just pulled a tech rabbit out of its hat with over 14 new devices! From wall-mountable Echo Hubs to Disney-themed kiddie speakers, it's a gadget fiesta. Alexa's got a makeover, too - she's now chattier and smarter. Fire TV Stick has Wi-Fi 6E, and Eero routers are flaunting Wi-Fi 7.
Our Two Cents: Amazon's throwing everything but the kitchen sink into their product lineup. But the real star? Alexa. She's gone from being a glorified timer to your own personal Disney character. Now, if only she could make me a sandwich...
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Which company first introduced the concept of "edge-to-edge" display in smartphones?
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Apple (23)
⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ Samsung (0)
🟨🟨🟨🟨⬜️⬜️ Xiaomi (12)
⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ Huawei (0)
Correct Answer: Xiaomi. I honestly couldn’t answer this on my first try, and I had originally chosen Huawei or Samsung as the answer, but Xiaomi makes sense too.
What significant change did Apple make to its iPhone 7 model that has been followed in subsequent models?
🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ Addition of a second camera lens (1)
🟨🟨🟨🟨⬜️⬜️ Introduction of facial recognition technology (23)
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Removal of the home button (33)
🟨🟨🟨🟨⬜️⬜️ Removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack (22)
Correct Answer: Getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack is the correct answer. However, when it came to the timeframe, saying goodbye to the home button seemed like a pretty solid guess, but it turned out to be a miss.
🎧 Weekly Gear
Meta Quest 3
Meta announced the latest addition to their VR lineup, the Meta Quest 3 VR headset.
Meta says the new Quest 3 is the world’s first mass-market mixed-reality headset. It offers a spectrum of experiences, from playing a virtual piano on your coffee table to opening a portal to another dimension right in your living room.
With preorders open and shipping beginning on October 10, the Meta Quest 3 VR headset is poised to make a significant impact on the VR market.
Preorder Offer: Preorder now and get Asguard’s Wrath 2 for FREE. The 512GB storage version comes with Asguard’s Wrath 2 and six months of Quest Plus, the headset’s Game Pass-like game subscription.