Google announces new Hangouts Meet hardware, wider Jamboard availability, and G Suite core service addition

Google announced a number of changes to its enterprise hardware lineup today: an updated Hangouts Meet conference hardware set for larger rooms, wider distribution and new AI-assisted functionality for its interactive whiteboard-like Jamboard device, and the inclusion of the Jamboard app as a core service in the G Suite.

In its neverending quest to create a cohesive messaging ecosystem, Google decided some time ago that its Hangouts platform was to serve primarily as an enterprise product.

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HomePod Availability is Tightening Ahead of Friday’s Launch

HomePod supply is beginning to dwindle ahead of the speaker’s launch this Friday across the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.

Apple Store pickup is now unavailable for the HomePod in all three countries, following several days of launch day availability, while delivery estimates for online orders of the speaker in Space Gray and White have been pushed back to February 12 in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

HomePod orders placed today on Apple’s online store are still estimated for delivery on February 9 in the United States, when limited quantities of the speaker will be made available to walk-in customers at select Apple Stores and resellers, including Best Buy, John Lewis, Harvey Norman, Telstra, and EE.

Apple still lists most orders in the “Preparing for Shipment” stage, but that should soon change to “Shipped” as Friday draws closer. As noted in our forums, some customers have already been able to obtain a UPS tracking number.

HomePod sales will long be a subject of debate, as Apple’s delivery estimates only serve as anecdotal evidence of exact supply and demand. We’ll likely never know for certain, as the speaker will be grouped under “Other Products” in Apple’s earnings results alongside products like the Apple TV and Apple Watch.

The embargo for HomePod reviews has just lifted this morning, with articles from The Verge, The Wall Street Journal, CNET, TechCrunch, iMore, and others. We’ll have a more in depth roundup to share shortly.

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Analyst: iPhone X availability improved due to increased production, demand still strong

Apple iPhone X is a hard device to manufacture. It took more than a month longer than the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus to arrive to the shelves and even so initial stock was pretty limited and shipping estimates increased to 5-6 weeks. Yet stock quickly started to improve after the launch and currently waiting times are down to 1-2 weeks. Even the expansion to 14 new markets yesterday didn’t do the iPhone X availability any harm, which means one of two things – either Apple has way more units to distribute around now or the demand has sharply declined after the initial hype died… – Latest articles

Pokémon Go Global Catch Challenge rewards include wider availability of region-exclusive monsters

Pokémon Go Global Catch Challenge

Heads up, Pokémon Go players, because another major event is now live.

Developer Niantic has announced that the Global Catch Challenge stars right now and runs through November 26th. During the event, Pokémon Go players will need to catch as many Pokémon as they can, with rewards being doled out for reaching certain milestones.

When the global catch total reaches 500 million, Pokémon Go players will get double XP, six hour lures, and more Pokémon appearing globally. When the total hits 1.5 billion catches, players will get double Stardust and even more Pokémon appearing globally in addition to the previous rewards.

Once the catch total hits 3 billion, players will get the ultimate reward. This includes all of the goodies previously mentioned as well as Farfetch’d appearing worldwide for 48 hours and Kangaskhan in East Asia for 48 hours. Typically Farfetch’d can only be caught in select Asian countries like Japan and Taiwan, while Kangaskhan can only be found in Oceania.

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