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CNET Update: LinkedIn Connected aims to take work out of networking

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CNET Update: LinkedIn Connected aims to take work out of networking

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A new app from LinkedIn offers a quick way to keep up with connections, Sprint targets business travelers with the LivePro projector hotspot, and a new Google Now command helps correct misunderstandings.

LinkedIn takes the work out of networking and get ready for the launch of a new type of mobile tool. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. [MUSIC] Here at CNET, sometimes we come across gadgets that just do one thing really well and sometimes gadgets combine two products in one, but it's not often find a project that is four things in one. Check out ZTE's live pro projector hotspot. Now I got demo of this back in January at CES but Sprint just announced it'll sell the mobile mash up. It connects up to eight devices to the internet as hotspot. It could use Sprint's faster 4G LTE spark network where it's available. It also has a 4 inch screen like a small Android tablet with apps. And as a projector, it can beam whatever you want to a nearby wall and you can load it up with files from an SD card, or hook it up to an HDMI cable. So it's a hotspot, projector, Android tablet, and what's the fourth skill? It's a portable battery. You can recharge your other gadgets off its battery using a USB connection. Obviously, this is more of a work tool for traveling presentations. But it also comes in handy if you want to stream Netflix for an impromptu movie night when you're on vacation with the family. Sprint is selling it for $450 or it's $300 when you get a two year service agreement. LinkedIn is giving users a new way to stay in touch, with connections with a new app. It's called Connected. LinkedIn's old contacts app has been updated and redesigned into this Connected app. It puts a focus on your existing relationship. You can check in to see what your connections are up to. So you maybe you want to drop them a line if there's something big going on, like a new job, a work anniversary, or a birthday. And if you're going to meet with someone, the app will give you a heads up of who else is in this meeting so you can go in with more knowledge. It's like a news feed to make you better at schmoozing. This connected app is right now just for the iPhone in English. Talking to your connections is one thing, but talking to your phone is another. Sometimes these voice assistant programs just don't understand what we're trying to say. And Google has added a new command to help correct a misunderstanding. On Google now, you can follow up a voice command with, no, I said. So, for example, if you say, okay Google, where is Santa Maria? But it didn't catch the Maria. You would follow up with, okay, Google, no, I said Santa Maria. You don't have to repeat the full command but you'll still have to go through the Ok Google command each time you speak. That's your tech news update. You can get more details on these stories at cnet.com and can always keep up on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.

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