Apple has hired a former HomePod engineer, Afrooz Family, to head up the team developing HomePod software, according to Bloomberg , which could signal a renewed effort from Apple to make the HomePod more competitive. The company released HomePod software version 15 in September, bringing some welcome features like the ability to use one or a pair of HomePod Mini speakers as the default with an Apple TV 4K. But Apple’s smart speaker line faces stiff competition, particularly from Amazon’s and Google’s speakers that are equipped with their smart assistants. Family left Apple in 2016, where he was a senior audio engineer, to co-found audio company Syng with ex-Apple designer Christopher Stringer. (A Financial Times article about Syng described Family as the company’s “secret weapon.” ) Syng’s claim to fame is its Cell Alpha connected speaker, which offers spatial audio in a Death Star-like design , but it comes with a steep $1,799 price tag. Family left Syng earlier this … [Read more...] about Apple rehires former HomePod engineer to get its software back on track
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Black Friday still might be over a month away, but that doesn't mean you can shop incredible deals at Amazon's latest sale. The retailer is releasing "Black Friday-worthy" discounts throughout the month of October, and we're rounding up today's six best deals on Amazon's own devices. Black Friday deals not only allow you to score record-low prices before the official sale begins, but you can also get a head start on your holiday shopping to ensure your deliveries get there in time. Shop more early Black Friday deals at Amazon Amazon's top device deals include the all-new Echo Show 8 on sale for a record-low price of $99 (was $129.99), the best-selling Echo Dot smart speaker marked down to just $24.99 (was $39.99), and a special sale on the 4K Fire TV stick that's on sale for only $29.99 when you apply promo code STREAM21 at checkout. a massive $170 discount on this 55-inch QLED TV from Insignia and get this Toshiba 65-inch 4K Fire TV on sale for a record-low price … [Read more...] about Black Friday started early at Amazon: the 6 best deals you need to see
If you're looking for a cheap monitor to improve your computing experience, then you've come to the right place. We've rounded up the best monitor sales and deals that are available online from retailers like Best Buy and Amazon. Whether you're looking for a display with 4K resolution, a massive screen, or want to improve your gaming experience, we've listed the best cheap monitor options for any desk or budget. Because you can use pretty much any device with an external display these days, we think you should use a monitor for everything from your iPad to your more powerful Surface Book 2 . Otherwise, you’re depriving of yourself of some much-needed screen real estate – and, with these cheap monitor deals, you don’t even need to spend much to jump in on the action. To make things easier for you, we've split our selection of monitors into five categories, which include: the best Full HD monitor deal, best QHD monitor deal, best gaming monitor deal, best 21:9 monitor deal, and … [Read more...] about The best cheap monitor sales and deals for October 2021
Former Everton boss David Moyes faces his old Merseyside sparring partner Rafa Benitez today in a match that could have significant implications for both managers top six aspirations. Read on to find out how to watch Everton vs West Ham online and get a Premier League live stream, no matter where you are in the world today. Everton vs West Ham live stream Date: Sunday, October 17 Kick-off time: 2pm BST / 9am ET / 6am PT / 6.30pm IST / 12am AEDT (Mon) / 2am NZDT (Mon) Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool Live stream: Sky Sports (UK) | NBCSN / Sling TV (US) | FREE DAZN trial (CA) | Optus Sport (AUS) | Spark Sport (NZ) Watch anywhere: Try ExpressVPN 100% risk-free Coming into game week 8 level on points with Man City and Man United, the Toffee's finds themselves three points above their opponents today in fifth place, having come within a whisker of taking all three points at Old Trafford in their last league fixture. They come up against a West Ham … [Read more...] about Everton vs West Ham live stream: how to watch Premier League online from anywhere now
Nintendo Switch Online is a service that could be better. It’s Nintendo’s own version of PS Plus or Xbox Live , albeit with a less refined online play experience, a library of NES and SNES titles bolted on and some extra digital goodies here and there for subscribers. That’s not to say Nintendo Switch Online is entirely without merit. The aforementioned NES and SNES libraries are quite robust at this point, offering up several classic titles alongside more obscure hits. NSO subscribers also have free access to the excellent Tetris 99 and Pac-Man 99 online multiplayer games. But Nintendo Switch Online is on the cusp of getting much better. During the September 23 Nintendo Direct presentation, the company announced that Nintendo 64 (as well as Sega Genesis / Mega Drive) games will be coming to the service via a higher tier known as ‘Expansion Pack’. If you’ve never had the pleasure of exploring some of the best games from Nintendo’s 3D breakout console, though, you’re … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch Online N64 games: a brief introduction to every game
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more . Home / News / Games More games The streaming service can now be played on Fire tablets and Chromebooks. Thomas J Meyer 9 Sep 2021 0 Source: Android Central What you need to know Amazon Luna adds a Family Channel today with a retro-themed channel coming soon. Luna Couch allows players to invite others to local multiplayer games through session codes and without the joining players needing to be subscribers. The service is now rolled out to Fire tablets and Chromebooks. The Amazon Luna game streaming service expanded today with more games, another paid channel, new features, and support for Fire tablets and Chromebooks. In a blog post , Amazon announced another collection of more than 35 games with the launch of the Family Channel. The channel includes games such as SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom — Rehydrated, … [Read more...] about Amazon Luna adds new games, channels, and Luna Couch local multiplayer
Some of the most popular Black Friday Lego deals are on the company's popular advent calendar sets - these are your traditional December day-counters, except instead of chocolate, cheese or gin, each door houses bricks or minifigures. Many people view Black Friday in late November as the best time to buy a Lego calendar, which totally makes sense - not only do sets get some of their cost knocked off during the sales season, but it takes place just before advent begins. Naturally, then, if you're interested in buying a Lego advent calendar you might be considering waiting until then, or the Cyber Monday Lego sales , to pick up a calendar. However, that might not be the best idea. What Lego advent calendars are there? If you search Amazon for Lego advent calendars, you'll find loads of options, and that's because the brick company puts out multiple each year. There are separate ones for different franchises, and many get updated each year. In 2021, the Lego … [Read more...] about Should you buy a Lego calendar now or wait for the Black Friday Lego deals?