Google Assistant Will Place Your Dunkin’ Orders, Finally

December 6, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Google just added a handful of voice control features to Google Assistant. You can now manage notes and lists in select third-party apps, ask Assistant to search your photos, search for podcasts by topic and set reminders for the whole family. You can also place Dunkin’ Donuts orders — just what everyone was hoping for. If you have the Dunkin’ App on your Android phone, you can now place orders through Google Assistant. Alexa has been serving up Dunkin’ drinks and donuts for more than a year, so really, it’s about time that Google Assistant caught up. Related: Google Home and Amazon Echo Can Store Your Voice Recordings. Here’s When They Could Be Used Against You. Google Assistant now works with Google Keep, Any.do, AnyList or Bring! too. So you can create and manage your holiday notes or lists in more apps. The […]

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T-Mobile’s 5G Network Goes Live Ahead of Schedule

The original launch date was scheduled for December 6th. December 2, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Last month, T-Mobile promised its 5G network would go live in 5,000 cities and towns on December 6th — if its merger with Sprint went through. That deal is not yet final, but today, a few days ahead of schedule, T-Mobile says it’s launching its nationwide 5G network. The catch is that, for now, T-Mobile is offering 600 MHz “low-band” 5G. Related: 5 Lessons to Learn from T-Mobile CEO John Legere The network covers more than one million square miles, including many rural areas, and 200 million people. The “low-band” 5G won’t be as fast as the 5G we’ve seen from carriers like Sprint and Verizon, but it will have better range, so it shouldn’t run into problems like not being able to travel through walls. It will be accessible to a lot more people, and T-Mobile says it will cost […]

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Disney Is Tweeting Everything That’s Coming to Disney+

October 14, 2019 2 min read Brought to you by Engadget The Disney+ launch is less than a month away, and the streaming service is busy drumming up nostalgia in an attempt to hook users. Today, it started a massive tweet thread sharing “basically everything” coming to Disney+ on November 12th. Related: Disney to Ditch Netflix and Start its Own Streaming Service   It. Is. Time. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Mandalorian, check out basically everything coming to #DisneyPlus in the U.S. on November 12. Pre-order in the U.S. at https://t.co/wJig4STf4P today: https://t.co/tlWvp23gLF pic.twitter.com/0q3PTuaDWT — Disney+ (@disneyplus) October 14, 2019   It is impressive just how many titles Disney owns, and it’s worth taking a look at the thread. As you’d expect, there are the classic Disney, Star Wars, Pixar and Marvel titles — plus remnants of the Fox empire. But the thread is also a reminder that Disney (and Fox) have made some […]

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Nissan’s Zero-Emission Ice Cream Truck Uses Recycled EV Batteries

The prototype is built on Nissan’s e-NV200 and comes with rooftop solar panels. June 20, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget For some, chasing the neighborhood ice cream truck is a favorite summer tradition. But many ice cream trucks have diesel engines, and older models keep those engines running to power the freezers. That means you get a hefty side of CO2 emissions with your cone. Nissan thinks it can change that. To celebrate the U.K.’s Clean Air Day, Nissan unveiled a zero-emission ice cream van concept, called “Sky to Scoop.” The prototype is based on Nissan’s e-NV200, a fully electric light commercial vehicle that has a range of up to 124 miles. The company installed two Nissan Energy ROAM power packs — which use lithium-ion cells recovered from first-generation Nissan electric vehicles — to power the coolers. Those can be charged along with the van, but there are […]

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Volvo’s Shared ‘Care Key’ Will Keep Your Teens From Speeding

Starting with model year 2021, you’ll be able to set your own speed limits. March 21, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Volvo is continuing its bet on safety over speed. The company announced today that, beginning with model year 2021, all new cars will come with a “Care Key.” Owners will be able to set a speed limit attached to the key, and anyone using it will be capped at that speed. The feature might be especially helpful if you plan on lending your car to new or speed-hungry drivers, and Volvo is hoping insurance companies will offer incentives to those who use Care Key. Earlier this month, the company announced it would cap the speed in all of its new cars at 112 mph, starting with the 2021 model year. Care Key will let owners set their top speeds even lower, if they choose. The […]

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