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Mattel is cancelling Aristotle, a device described as "Alexa for kids", after facing criticism from lawmakers and parents' groups. In a statement, Mattel said Aristotle did not "fully align with Mattel's new technology strategy" and would not bring the device to market "as part of an ongoing effort to deliver the best possible connected product experience to the consumer".

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Take a moment and wander over to the online Google Store. You'll see beautiful photos of many products announced yesterday, and if you click on the links you can buy the items made by Google (including last year's Google Home) or made for Google (a whole lot of headphones and phone cases). But Android Wear, and the whole slew of smartwatches powered by it, are nowhere to be found. What's up with that?

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Ever wonder what makes today's tech tick? While you could spend a few years taking university courses in computer programming, electronics, and engineering, there's a much more accessible and exciting way to bolster your technical knowledge. The Arduino Bootcamp can give you a crash course in creating your own tech projects, and it's on sale for more than 80 percent off.

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From the moment Google's big product event kicked off on Thursday, it seemed as if every speaker was attempting to temper expectations and say, in not so many words: "We get it, you've seen this before. But this time... Google's doing it."

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VR, like that one cousin on Facebook, can be hard to love. The potential is there, and you have all these fond memories -- mainly rooted in cool science fiction books you've read -- but in reality VR is pricey, buggy, and kind of limited to one experience: Games. Yet Microsoft has been making a lot of low key noise about VR, AR and mixed reality recently, and how it can be more than a tool for fragging aliens.

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Early this morning, Google pulled back the curtain on a suite of new products at their event in San Francisco including the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, new Google Home products, a 2-in-1 notebook and earbuds. If you were peacefully sleeping during the announcements - I don't blame you - and you can read about all the new products coming to Australia, right here.

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At long last, Sonos is ready for small talk. The wireless speaker company -- whose gloss has dulled as Amazon, Google and soon Apple have released increasingly decent "smart" speakers over the last couple of years -- is finally releasing a speaker with built-in voice commands. It's called the Sonos One and it comes with Amazon's Alexa assistant built in. In 2018, Sonos says it will support Google's Assistant, too.

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When you've got enough money to build a moon-sized, planet-destroying space station, you can clone an army of millions of soldiers using the loose change you find in a sofa. For those of us who aren't quite as well funded, UBTECH Robotics has thrown some Stormtrooper armour on one of its 16-inch tall humanoid robots so you can build a slightly more affordable army.

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For a brief shining moment Walmart allowed anyone with a quick clicker finger to pre-order Google's next smart speaker, the Google Home Mini. Unfortunately, that speaker isn't expected to actually be announced until tomorrow.

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Have a look at the gun above. It's an M1911 pistol, the standard issue sidearm for the United States Armed Forces for nearly a century. The semi-automatic weapon can hold up to 11 rounds and fire as fast as one can pull the trigger. And that specific gun above, it was made with a machine you can buy on the internet. It is virtually untraceable.

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While there were 1.4 million tablets sold in Australia over the last year, as a whole, sales are on the decline (by roughly 10 per cent). Android has seen the biggest hit - with a 29 per cent drop in the first half of 2016 alone.

And while absolutely thrashed on the smartphone stakes, analysts are predicting it'll be Windows overtaking Android by the end of the year.

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Even though Nvidia's Shield TV has been out for a while, in many ways, it's Android's answer to the recently revamped Apple TV 4K. Like the Apple TV, the Shield TV can stream media in 4K and HDR, in addition to having built-in Chromecast support, access to all your regular Android apps, and the ability to stream full on PC games from a nearby computer or Nvidia's servers in the cloud. And now that the Shield TV is getting Google Assistant support, not only does it combine all the features in both the new Amazon Echo and Fire TV, it can function as a full blown Google Home too.