Amazon is holding its annual fall hardware event on Tuesday, September 28th starting at 12PM ET / 9AM PT. It’s invite-only, and while Amazon said it would share news about “devices, features and services,” it’s not elaborating on which product lines might get updates or what new devices could be revealed. If last year was any indication, expect to see a massive amount of hardware. Last year, Amazon unveiled a new spherical Echo with Zigbee support and “premium, adaptive sound” from Dolby, spherical Echo Dots (one which came with a clock), and the Echo Show 10 got a motorized base that turns its screen to face you while you’re interacting with it. It also added Netflix support . Plus, Amazon unveiled its AWS-powered gaming service Luna along with a special Luna Controller. And Amazon’s Ring launched its Always Home Cam , a security drone for your house (which has yet to be released as of this writing). The Fire Stick and its Eero routers both got refreshes as well. … [Read more...] about A new Echo, a drone, and everything else to expect from Amazon’s big hardware event
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Microsoft is working on an update for its Outlook email service that will give users more options for composing messages on Android devices. According to a new entry in the company’s product roadmap, Outlook users will soon be able to dictate email messages, as well as calendar appointment and meeting content, instead of relying on their touchscreen keyboard. Already available for desktop and iOS devices, Outlook speech-to-text functionality is set to be extended to Android by the end of the month. Here's our list of the best email clients right now We've built a list of the best email marketing software on the market Check out our list of the best email hosting providers around Speech-to-text in Outlook Once dictation mode is live, users will be able to activate the feature by tapping on the microphone icon above the keyboard. A large blue version of the same icon indicates the mode is active and the user can begin to dictate. There … [Read more...] about Microsoft Outlook will soon give you a new way to compose messages on the fly
After getting my hands on the new OLED-screen version of the Nintendo Switch , one major upgrade stood out to me as a game-changer, and it wasn't the larger, richer OLED screen. Nintendo Switch OLED At a small hands-on preview event for both the OLED Switch and the upcoming game Metroid Dread, I had about an hour to play with the new hardware in handheld mode. It was immediately obvious that screen is a big deal. It's bigger, the screen bezels are slimmer, and of course, the OLED display looks great compared to the original, which can appear washed out, especially compared to super bright iPhone and iPad screens. Now playing: Watch this: Nintendo Switch OLED's best upgrade isn't the screen 5:42 Get the CNET Deals & Promotions newsletter Save money on your tech products with our hottest deals. Delivered Mondays, Wednesdays and … [Read more...] about Hands-on: Best upgrade on the new OLED Nintendo Switch may not be the screen
A potential Hollywood labor strike is threatening to shut down movie and TV production across the country as crew members and post-production workers demand greater contract concessions from the studios, which have so far refused to meet their ultimatum. The International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees is inching closer to a strike that would affect large swaths of its 140,000 technicians and artisans who work in the entertainment industry. The union is locked in a stalemate with Hollywood studios over contract negotiations, including disagreements over compensation and time off. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks before a training session for precinct captains at the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees on February 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images) In what appears like an attempt to exercise leverage, IATSE reportedly sent a letter to California lawmakers saying a strike would … [Read more...] about Strike by Hollywood Union IATSE Threatens to Halt Movie, TV Production Nationwide
Looking for the best TV shows to watch right now on HBO Max ? Warner Bros' streaming platform has a whole range of top-rated series to check out, so there is bound to be something for you to binge watch. Or view at your leisure, whichever you prefer. The latest entries in our best HBO Max shows list are The White Lotus and Mare of Easttown. The former is a satirical miniseries, created by School of Rock alumnus Mike White, and arrived in July – and it's proven to be so popular that a second season was just greenlit. Mare of Easttown, meanwhile, is a crime drama starring Kate Winslet that's received critical acclaim for its mysterious plot and strong castings. If neither of these shows doesn't sound like your idea of a good time, however, there are numerous other TV series that you may want to see instead. From iconic shows like Friends and The Sopranos, to animated offerings including Rick and Morty, there's something for everyone on our list of the best HBO Max series ever … [Read more...] about Best HBO Max shows: 30 amazing shows streaming on HBO now
Vox Media today announced it’s entering an agreement to acquire Hot Pod , the preeminent publication covering the podcasting industry, founded by Nicholas Quah in 2014. At Vox Media, Hot Pod will become part of The Verge , with Quah deepening his long-running relationship with New York and Vulture as a full-time podcast critic. Senior reporter Ashley Carman will take over as lead writer of Hot Pod for The Verge , expanding Carman’s must-read coverage of podcasting and audio. The acquisition also marks The Verge ’s first paid product as it will continue to publish Hot Pod ’s weekly subscriber-only newsletter Hot Pod Insider, laying the groundwork for more paid Verge products in the future. “I can’t think of a better home for Hot Pod than The Verge ,” says The Verge ’s editor-in-chief Nilay Patel. “The story of the podcast industry is the story of technology and culture colliding, and Ashley is the perfect reporter to take it over and bring it everything … [Read more...] about The Verge enters agreement to acquire Hot Pod
United Federation of Teachers (UFT) is encouraging its members to “document issues” related to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s quarantine mandate by posting photos of student violators. “If you encounter issues in your classroom related to the mayor’s new quarantine guidelines for students, including cases where students are not able to maintain 3 feet of distance, please use this form to document them,” the union that represents the city’s teachers tweeted Sunday. If you encounter issues in your classroom related to the mayor's new quarantine guidelines for students, including cases where students are not able to maintain 3 feet of distance, please use this form to document them: https://t.co/3FWGQ1Z5C9 — UFT (@UFT) September 26, 2021 UFT linked to an online form titled “Document issues with student quarantine procedures.” The union stated: Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sept. 20 that students would no longer have to quarantine after a positive COVID … [Read more...] about NYC Teachers’ Union Urges Members to ‘Document’ Student Coronavirus Violations
Years ago, when playing the original God of War on a Playstation 2, I suffered an unusual pang of conscience when I was forced to roast a man alive. Now, keep in mind that the God of War series absolutely revels in ultraviolence and I had just spent hours controlling a man with blades chained to his wrists as he sliced, decapitated, and eye-gouged an army of mythological enemies. But there came a moment where the game settled into a calmer, puzzle-oriented section in which I dragged a caged Athenian soldier around the inside of a temple . Somehow, it was clear, the soldier would help me to progress. What I didn't understand yet was just how far the game would go to show the dark side of its anti-hero Kratos... but it became obvious as I pushed the caged soldier down a corridor and into a room with two walls of flame jets and a lever. As soon as the soldier entered the chamber, he began to scream directly at me, begging for mercy in a terrified voice. The only way forward was to … [Read more...] about Should it be legal to rape and slay a virtual child?
A ‘shaman’ in California accused of igniting a wildfire claimed the blaze began by accident while she boiled bear urine to consume, according to the New York Post . “Alexandra Souverneva, 30, faces up to nine years in prison for allegedly sparking the Fawn Fire, which has destroyed 41 homes and 90 smaller structures and is threatening 2,340 others, officials have said. She has pleaded not guilty,” the outlet stated Monday. 'Shaman' charged with starting California wildfire after allegedly boiling bear urine https://t.co/QHgDibSHNF pic.twitter.com/sWMik5xMqB — New York Post (@nypost) September 27, 2021 She is now reportedly suspected of starting other fires across the state. While the fire in Shasta County blazed on Wednesday, Souverneva claimed she had been hiking and working her way to Canada, documents reportedly said. She informed forest authorities she was thirsty and saw a puddle of what she believed was bear urine and apparently tried to start a fire … [Read more...] about ‘Shaman’ Charged with Igniting Wildfire While Allegedly Boiling Urine
Marvel's What If...? has been full of surprises throughout its first six episodes, but it appears that the animated anthology series has an even bigger trick up its sleeve. On September 14, Marvel Studios released a midseason trailer that hinted at which MCU stories would be the focus of season 1's final four episodes. The sixth entry, centered around Eric Killmonger, arrived on Wednesday, September 15 – an episode that the midseason trailer, and others before it, have teased. It appears, though, that What If...? is preparing for a major spectacle for its season 1 finale: a multiversal Avengers team up comprising heroes from its other eight episodes. And there's plenty of evidence to suggest that this will be the case. First, let's check out What If...?'s midseason teaser: From the outset, it's likely that some sort of superhero team up will occur in What If...?'s first season. The trailer image that greets us shows Supreme Doctor Strange and a version of … [Read more...] about Is Marvel’s What If teasing a multiversal Avengers team up?