KTM Might Buy Ducati, And That Might Be Good

The Italian motorcycle brand Ducati has been on the chopping block for seemingly years. Currently part of the Volkswagen international empire, Ducati has been rumored to be for sale a number of times, including a failed bid from Harley Davidson. KTM CEO Stefan Pierer told German publication SpeedWeek that a Ducati…

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Windows 10 may offer deeper support for AI helpers like Alexa

While you can use voice assistants like Alexa on Windows 10, they still play second fiddle to Cortana. You can't just talk to your computer — you have to either click a button or use a keyboard shortcut. Thankfully, Microsoft might be a little mor…

Huawei Watch GT review: A pricey companion for the limited LiteOS

Huawei Watch GT review: A pricey companion for the limited LiteOS

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Only a handful of wearable operating systems exists today. Dominating the market are watchOS and Wear OS, unsurprisingly so, as they accompany the two most popular smartphone operating systems. But there are a few challengers out there, like Samsung’s Tizen and Fitbit OS, that give users other options.

Variety is good, so I’m always interested in testing out wearables that don’t run the most popular OSes. Huawei’s latest smartwatch, the Huawei Watch GT, falls into this category, as it runs the company’s LiteOS rather than WearOS. While the Chinese company has primarily focused on its smartphone business this year, going the extra mile to put its own OS on this smartwatch shows that it’s serious about wearables (at least, for the time being).

So what do the Huawei Watch GT and LiteOS have to offer? Essentially, the device is a simplified smartwatch that has all the hardware bells and whistles you’d expect from a a high-end Wear OS device or an Apple Watch—things like an AMOLED display, a continuous heart-rate monitor, an embedded GPS, and more. But in practice, its feature set and its real-world abilities don’t exactly match its relatively high, $230 price tag.

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Forget Fortnite—my son is still obsessed with Minecraft

Forget Fortnite—my son is still obsessed with Minecraft

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Though my ten-year-old’s obsession with Minecraft first took hold three years ago—back when Minecraft was all the rage—I have to hand it to him. He’s sticking with it, despite the imperialist hegemony of Fortnite. What’s more, he’s not a fan of the newer game. “Too much violence,” he says, despite his affection for Nerf guns and laser tag.

The Minecraft connection began when some of my friends came by with an iPad and a teenager. “While we catch up,” my friends said, “Henry [their kid] can show Gus [my kid] all the stuff he’s building in Minecraft.” 

It sounded innocent enough—not like the kind of thing that would destroy the very fabric of our family.

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Alexa can control your home security system

It's now decidedly easier to control your home security system if you have an Echo speaker or another Alexa-powered gadget. Amazon has enabled a Security Panel Controller framework that lets you control security systems with your voice. You can arm…

Switch-only ‘Netflix for comics’ launches December 17th

You might not turn to your game console to read comics, but InkyPen is determined to change that. It's launching a comic subscription on December 17th that's arriving first for the Nintendo Switch. It will offer "thousands" of indie comics and webc…

Tesla puts more cars on sale to maximize $7,500 EV tax credit

Tesla really, really wants to be sure buyers can make the most of the full $7,500 EV tax credit before it's cut in half for the company in 2019. Elon Musk has announced that the automaker is now selling "all" cars where the original customer can't t…

Tesla’s utility-sized Megapack battery may debut in California

Tesla chief Elon Musk once dropped a hint about a "large product on the stationary storage side" in an interview, and some clues found online showed that the company is calling that product the "Megapack." Now, Electrek has obtained a copy of Tesla's…

Governments reach deal to implement Paris climate change agreement

Politicians signed the Paris climate agreement back in 2015, but they've finally laid the groundwork for acting on that agreement. Governments have developed guidelines, known as the Katowice Climate Package, that will determine how they implement em…

This 1971 Porsche Is the Final Form of Fancypants Automotive Aesthetic

This clean, classic, vintage, air-cooled, fair trade, organic Porsche named “Frisco” is pretty much a cocktail of everything that’s Cool Right Now in high-end car culture. Behold the subtle earthtones, tasteful application of chrome and deliberately placed leather straps.

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