Donald Moore Published 8:27 PM EDT Sep 25, 2019 The millennials raised on Tamagotchis are now present-wrapping parents themselves, and the U.S. toy industry is taking note. Whether it’s dolls that bloom like flowers when watered or matted rescue pups that shiver until they’re groomed, toymakers are betting that “pets” demanding hands-on care will be in high demand this holiday season. Highlights of Toy Insider’s Hot 20 list, an industry publication’s best guess at which items will be the most coveted this season, include Rizmo by Japan’s Tomy Co., a creature from outer space billed as the first-ever “evolving” toy that can learn songs as it grows into an adult. The Scruff-a-Luvs My Real Rescue from Australia’s Moose Toys comes out of its packaging as a ball of fur that doesn’t transform from shelter-rescue pet to puppy or kitten until it’s been given some extra attention. “If your child wants a pet, you … [Read more...] about Hottest toys for the holidays make your kids work for their love
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Welcome to Day 3 of our series about quitting the Big Five. We started the week looking at giving up on Amazon. Yesterday, we examined whether it would be practical to quit Facebook. Today is probably the biggest challenge: can we give up Google? I'm basing my series on a project running on Gizmodo. Reporter Kashmir Hill attempted to go cold turkey from Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, one each week. Also on ZDNet:I'm not as brave as Ms. Hill. I'm not stopping any services. Instead, each day this week, I'll look at one of the Big Five and let you know how far I think I could go in quitting (or how locked in I am). Saying goodbye to Google Ms. Hill said that quitting Google screwed up everything. I'll be even more blunt. No, there's no way I could quit Google. First, I live out of Gmail. Gmail is the single most important communications tool I have. It's an absolutely essential part of how I make my living. I have all my email in it going back to even before there was … [Read more...] about Quitting the five tech giants: Could you say goodbye to Google?
Google services and products have enriched the lives of tech fans, businesspeople, and basically anyone who’s ever been curious enough to ask a question on the internet. We all know about Search, Gmail, Maps, Chrome, YouTube, and, of course, Android. We’ve recently seen new names added to the Google hall of fame too — most notably the Pixel smartphone brand and Google Assistant-powered Home smart devices. Editor's PickGoogle in 2019: All in on AI With the release of the Google Pixel 3 in October, Google reaffirmed its position as a worthy contender in the bloody war of the smartphone industry. However, despite the handset's glowing reviews, the Pixel line … What about Google’s epic fails?For all the Mountain View company’s many, many successes, a bunch of apps, devices, and other products it birthed or acquired ultimately floundered and died, often killed in unceremonious fashion. Websites like Google Cemetery and Killed by Google (as well as Ars … [Read more...] about We ranked 50 failed Google products from best to worst
Advertisement Editor’s Picks The End of AT&T AT&T’s Attic Long Before FaceTime or Skype, There Was the Picturephone When a company monopolizes an industry, as the American Telephone and Telegraph Co. did with telecommunications in the United States for much of the 20th century, there’s little incentive for flashy design. Engineers at Bell Telephone Laboratories designed phones that were functional and durable, and Western Electric Co. manufactured the phones and supplied them to the local operating companies of the Bell System. What wouldn’t have been obvious to the average user was the innovation that went into even the blandest looking phone. In 1927, for example, Bell Labs researchers took thousands of head measurements of men and women of different races in order to optimize the design of the telephone handset. The new data were used to establish the ideal length of the handset, the angles of the handset’s earpiece and … [Read more...] about In 1959, AT&T Discovered There Was a Market for a Lady’s Phone
The near-perfection that HP has created with its Chromebook x2 leaves the company's' latest portable computer largely uncontested in its segment. Both at its announcement and when pre-orders for the HP Chromebook x2, it generated a buzz in the Chrome OS community typically reserved for news about Google's own $1000+ Pixelbook. The device not only features specs to rival some variants of that other device but at just $599.99 it also represented the only detachable for the platform. That meant it could replace both a traditional laptop and an Android tablet for many. The gadget's smooth curves, the promise of a full-sized pen stylus, and all-metal build only added to the initial hype and, at the time, some speculated that the Chromebook x2 would be followed by a wave of detachable competitors. More than six months later, Android Headlines has finally had an opportunity to take HP's anomalous Chromebook for a test drive and it quickly became apparent why there's still no competitors in … [Read more...] about HP Chromebook x2 Review