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Roku might be making its own smart speaker

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There could be yet another smart speaker to choose from.

The popular streaming device maker Roku may be building its own competitor to the Amazon Echo. Roku already has some voice-command tech, and some publicly available information suggests its leveraging it to branch out into new projects with advanced audio features. 

First noticed by Variety, Roku has listed open positions that are specific to tying audio with software. For example, Sr. Software Engineer, New Products, Audio (Expert) requires candidates with experience taking “new hardware platforms from prototype to mass production.” Other listings were for applicants with experience with “voice user interface design.” Read more…

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Snapchat’s animated Bitmoji feature means we can all finally live like Lizzie McGuire

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Your tween dreams have finally come true and it’s all down to Snapchat’s new animated 3D Bitmoji feature. 

Those of us who whiled away our teenage years imagining ourselves as Lizzie McGuire will be ecstatic to learn you can finally have your very own animated alter ego à la Lizzie. Albeit over a decade too late. Eh, better late than never!

Now, you can add a sassy li’l animated 3D Bitmoji to your video snaps that looks just like you, and acts every inch the augmented reality alter ego. 

Lizzie McGuire—the popular teen sitcom from the early 2000s—was clearly ahead of its time, as the show’s eponymous protagonist had her very own animated alter-ego to convey her emotions.  Read more…

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Frank Castle kicks ass and takes names in the latest teaser for Marvel’s ‘The Punisher’

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Frank Castle is coming for you – yes, you!

Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing depends on whether you’re a fictional baddie existing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or a real-life Marvel fan who lives in our universe.

In a new teaser for The Punisher, Frank (Jon Bernthal) makes his way through a forest, creeping up on soldiers and taking them down with ease.

The Punisher is the sixth of Netflix’s Marvel dramas (after Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders). 

This incarnation of the character first appeared in Daredevil season 2, but – unlike most of the important characters in the Netflix Marvel shows – sat out The DefendersRead more…

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