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Sonos Finally Figured Out How to Get Google Assistant to Work on Its Smart Speakers

If you own a Sonos One or a Sonos Beam, it’s about to be a lot more useful. Today, Sonos will push a software update to those models that will give them Google Assistant support. That makes the Sonos One and the Sonos Beam the first smart speakers that support both Assistant and Amazon Alexa, although you can’t use both at the same time on a single speaker. Read More >>

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Is It Time to Reckon With the iPhone Square?

Now that iPhone day is just four months away, we’re starting to get some credible rumours about what the devices will look like. One of the steadiest rumours is a rough one: the next iPhone will have a small square camera bump. To which I say: No thanks. Read More >>

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AirPods are Rubbish Compared to the New Powerbeats Pro

The only earbuds more recognisable than the tortured white teardrops that are AirPods might be Powerbeats. These things look like rubberised hoop earrings glued to plastic boxes, flipped upside down and strung together with a naff wire. Well, at least they used to look like that. Beats just released a new truly wireless model called Powerbeats Pro, and they feel like a revelation. I can’t believe how much I like these earbuds and want to wear them and don’t even feel embarrassed when I do. Read More >>

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Master & Dynamic’s Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones Beat Sony in Two Important Ways

Sony has been the king of noise-cancelling headphones for the past couple of years, but a new royal has arrived: the new Master & Dynamic MW65. This finely crafted set of cans represent the company’s first attempt at noise-cancelling over-ear headphones, which might seem like a disadvantage. However, Master & Dynamic’s greatest strengths shine through in the headset’s luxurious design and exquisite sound quality. (Before you get too excited: The MW65 headphones are £450. Pretty isn’t cheap.) Sony still has a lot to offer in this battle, but it should guard the throne carefully. Read More >>

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The Best and Worst From Google I/O 2019’s Day One Keynote

Yesterday, Google executives made the first batch of announcements and took their bows at this year’s I/O Developer Conference in Mountain View, California. That means the world got a sneak peek at new Google products, including some fancy AI software and even a new phone. Some of it looks awesome! Some of it looks awful. Read More >>

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‘Private Post’ Means Something Slightly Different to Facebook

When you privately share something to a specific group of friends on Facebook, there’s a chance other people will read it. Reuters reports that Facebook employs a couple hundred contractors to read all Facebook posts, including the private ones, in order to train the company’s software. There’s no way to opt out of this. Read More >>

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You Animals Love Vertical Video So Much Samsung Made a TV That Turns Sideways

It was bound to happen at some point. Realizing that young people like to look at social media on their phones, Samsung is releasing a new TV in Korea that can flip from landscape mode to portrait mode. That means millennials can beam their Snapchat to a big screen, and who knows if that’s a good idea. Read More >>

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The Terrible Truth About Alexa

This week, I read through a history of everything I’ve said to Alexa, and it felt a little bit like reading an old diary. Until I remembered that the things I’ve told Alexa in private are stored on an Amazon server and have possibly been read by an Amazon employee. This is all to make Alexa better, the company keeps saying. However, to many people, it’s not immediately obvious how humans interacting with your seemingly private voice commands is anything other than surveillance. Alexa, these people say, is a spy hiding in a wiretapping device. Read More >>

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Why Is Apple’s Famous Design Team Reportedly Bleeding Talent?

Something is happening in Cupertino. According to the Wall Street Journal, the members of Apple’s core industrial design team are leaving the company at a steady rate. These are the folks that designed the iPhone. Now, sources say, they’re done. Who knows what this means. Read More >>

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Mark Zuckerberg May, Personally, Be in Big Trouble With the US Federal Trade Commission

Two sources familiar with the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into Facebook say that Mark Zuckerberg himself is now a target. According to The Washington Post, the agency wants to hold the company’s co-founder, chief executive, and board chairman – Zuck is all of those things – accountable for mishandling Facebook user data. And since Zuckerberg told Congress last year that he’s responsible for what happens at Facebook, the FTC’s idea to pin him with the blame for the company’s many, many misdeeds actually makes a lot of sense. Read More >>

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Go Get Your New MacBook Keyboard Fixed Right Now

The never-ending saga surrounding Apple’s newer MacBook keyboards just saw a slightly refreshing update. In a leaked internal memo, the company says that all keyboard repairs must now be done in store with a one-day turnaround. So if you’ve been putting off getting your sticky or unresponsive keys fixed, now’s the time to make a Genius Bar appointment. Read More >>

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Bowers & Wilkins’ New Alien-Looking Wifi Speakers Aim to Take on Sonos With High-Resolution Ambitions

Bowers & Wilkins got a new Silicon Valley-based parent company three years ago, and now, the classic British audio brand has a new line of premium wireless speakers. The new Formation Suite starts at £900 for a very alien-looking thing called the Wedge and tops out at £3,500 with the even more alien-looking Duo. Based on the sales pitch, these new wireless speakers can do anything a Sonos system can do and cost three times as much. Read More >>

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RIP BlackBerry Messenger (As We Know It)

BlackBerry is finally shutting down the consumer version of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) on 31 May. In a blog post, the company said that “users have moved on to other platforms” and that it was “sad to say goodbye.” So in a little over a month, refunds for stickers will be issued. BBMoji will disappear. The app will stop working. BBM as we know it will die. Read More >>

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This Better Not Be the Plan for the New iPhone SE

A supply chain report from Taiwan suggests that Apple is planning to release a new version of the iPhone 8 with upgraded guts in March 2020. These guts could include an updated A13 processor which would surely give the old phone some new kick. If true, this could be the new iPhone SE model that’s been generating buzz for months. Many Apple fans with small hands, however, are surely hoping that it’s not true. Read More >>

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Here’s the Weirdest Apple Bug I’ve Ever Heard Of

Creative individuals with access to an automobile beware. There’s a weird thing happening with Apple Pencils, iPad Pros, and car key fobs, and I swear it’s the weirdest Apple bug I’ve ever heard of. Basically, if they’re all in the same place at once, stuff might stop working. Read More >>