Today's tech news live: The launch of the Samsung Galaxy Ring is getting closer and closer


Two phones on an orange background showing the new Google Maps voice control update

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Google Maps is getting a voice management increase for drivers

I’ve typically puzzled why Google Maps’ voice management is so common after I’m on the street asking it for gasoline station choices — the reason being that it apparently makes use of an older know-how known as Google Speech Companies, quite than the Google Assistant.

Nicely, that has modified in response to Google Telegram news channel, which states that Google Assistant will begin utilizing it for voice controls in Maps on Android as a substitute. This alteration seems to be a server-side replace, so there is not any have to replace the app — it ought to have already been rolled out to Android telephones, together with a brand new carousel for ideas.

Now, once you launch the app and faucet the microphone icon within the search bar, you have to be greeted with a brand new “quicker approach” to look Maps. Positively one thing to look out for in the event you’re planning a street journey quickly…

TCL P745

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Who desires a 98-inch 4K TV?

The reply, in fact, is anybody with a room large enough for one individual. Fortunately, TCL helps push 98-inch TVs to reasonably priced ranges with its new mannequin, the P745, in Europe.

It is attributable to launch in late August or early September for €2,800, which converts to round $3,100 / £2,400 / AU$4,600. Not precisely low cost, but in addition not dangerous for a 100/120Hz LCD panel with HDMI 2.1 ports and 144Hz VRR (variable refresh charge).

Its lack of LED native dimming definitely would not serve the final word HDR expertise, however it is a 98-inch 4K TV — and that sheer measurement may allow you to overlook any image high quality flaws.

Nikon Zfc camera on a gray background

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It is a good week to be a fan of Nikon cameras

For the reason that launch of the Nikon Z fc in July 2021, digicam followers have been asking why it wasn’t a full body digicam. Nicely, it appears like Nikon has heeded these pleas, as a result of the Nikon Zf is ready to drop throughout the subsequent few days.

Just like the Z fc, the Zf is anticipated to be closely impressed by the Nikon FM2 (under) from 1982, a digicam that had a status for being indestructible. Hopefully Nikon will add extra construct high quality this time round, and sprinkle it with the newest autofocus know-how.

In that case, it definitely may have a winner, on condition that the Fujifilm X100V nonetheless sells largely as a result of recognition of the basic movie digicam design.

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Nikon FM2 pictures in its manual

Footage of the Nikon FM2 from the 1983 handbook. The Nikon Zf doubtless shares a few of its design traits, together with these dials.. (Picture credit score: Nikon)
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Nikon FM2 pictures in its manual

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Nikon FM2 pictures in its manual

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Aura smart ring

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Samsung Galaxy Ring rumors are mounting

It is beginning to seem like Samsung is getting severe about making a competitor to the health-tracking Oura Ring. New report from a South Korean web site electricity (by way of SamMobile) signifies that mass manufacturing on the Samsung Galaxy Ring may start in August. The dangerous information? It nonetheless doubtless will not launch till 2024.

We’re positively followers of the Galaxy Ring identify. The TechRadar crew thinks it seems like all the pieces from a totem assault to 1 you need to use with 4 different ring bearers to grow to be Captain Galaxy.

However it may also be enjoyable to trace well being. In a trademark submitting for the Galaxy Ring revealed in February, it was described as a sensible machine for “measuring well being and/or sleep indicators within the type of a hoop”. And that matches properly with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 which is more and more centered on sleep.

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