Sony has made the best even better. You won’t find a more feature-packed set of headphones right now, and it’s unlikely you will until Sony updates these again.
Thanks to early details in a Walmart listing back in June, we knew the debut for Sony’s latest flagship headphones was imminent. With the M4, Sony is introducing some subtle tweaks to the design alongside several new features to make further improvements to the highly-rated 1000X noise-canceling headphones line. All of those tweaks make the M4 more comfortable than its predecessor, especially during longer listening sessions.
Samsung’s latest true wireless earbuds have a unique “open type” design that will keep you from cramming them in your ears. While that does make them a bit more comfortable, you do have to sacrifice sound quality and the effectiveness of ANC. There are some attractive features here, but the company’s Galaxy Buds+ are the better option at this point.
Samsung’s latest true wireless earbuds have a unique “open type” design, but you have to sacrifice sound quality and the effectiveness of ANC. There are some attractive features here, but the company’s Galaxy Buds+ are the better option.
Samsung’s latest true wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Live, have leaked several times over the last few weeks. Today Samsung is doing just that, alongside the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Watch 3. When the Galaxy Buds Live first broke cover, the jokes about their bean-like design were a dime a dozen.
Masterbuilt offers the familiarity and convenience of charcoal with a WiFi-connected setup that works well as both a smoker and a high-temperature searing machine. The 560 lacks some of the more advanced features pellet grills have, but at around half the price, the company does a great job covering the basics.
Masterbuilt has created an intriguing proposition with its Gravity Series grills. The company offers the familiarity and convenience of charcoal with a WiFi-connected setup that works well as both a smoker and a high-temperature searing machine. The 560 lacks some of the more advanced features pellet grills have, but at around half the price, the company does a great job covering the basics.
This piece from The Verge was published before AT&T CEO John Stankey announced Christopher Nolan’s upcoming blockbuster Tenet wouldn’t skip theaters for an on-demand premiere, but the argument still holds true. The simple fact is going to a movie theater is extremely dangerous amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and there’s no sign that we’ll be able to congregate in front of the big screen any time soon. Plus, there’s real potential for Nolan to flip the script on VOD movie debuts.
As part of its massive games showcase today, Microsoft announced Tetris Effect will make its Xbox debut this holiday season. A new version of the game, officially called Tetris Effect: Connected, will introduce co-op, competitive online and multiplayer game modes. The multiplayer option won’t arrive until next summer, but the expansion will be available as a free update to Connected and “all other existing versions” of the game.
Thanks to a report in May, we already knew Spotify was testing video podcasts. Today, the streaming service announced the format’s official debut on a handful of shows. Basically, podcast creators can upload videos they make while recording their shows to play alongside the audio.
The OnePlus Buds are OnePlus’ first foray into true wireless earbuds and being pitched as a companion to its affordable phones. If you’re hoping to take these to the gym, the OnePlus Buds are IPX4 rated against water splashes. In terms of audio, the OnePlus Buds are mediocre at best.
The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed bands to Instagram Live, YouTube streams and other avenues to keep in touch with fans. Metalcore act Underoath began a series of livestreams this week where the group will play three albums front to back — all together, in the same venue and essentially on stage. Nestlé’s single-serve coffee pods were revolutionary, especially when you consider the concept dates back to the 1970s.
DoorDash is expanding its on-demand delivery portfolio once again. The service announced today that it would begin offering deliveries of “everyday essentials” from retail pharmacy chain Walgreens. DoorDash says customers in select cities will be able to choose from over 2,000 “convenience, health, and wellness essentials” that include “beauty products, over-the-counter medications and grocery and snack foods.”
Amazon is asking Echo Buds owners to update the firmware on their true wireless device ASAP. The company says it has already released a software update that fixes the problem, eliminates any risk and improves the long-term battery performance of the Echo Buds.
Like the company does for music, Spotify will now offer charts that rank the most popular shows based on audience and the biggest trending selections. They’re called Top Podcasts and Trending Podcasts, and they’ll be easy to find under Browse > Podcasts > Podcast Charts on both iOS and Android.
The company says the Mastering on SoundCloud will be the last step in the upload process, making tracks “release ready” in minutes. If you’re unfamiliar, the mastering process is what makes professional recordings sound... professional.
Thanks to a report from The Wall Street Journal, we knew this was coming. Now it’s official: SiriusXM is buying podcast platform Stitcher from the E.W. Scripps Company for $325 million. For that investment, SiriusXM gets a popular destination for publishers, creators and advertisers with both production and distribution capabilities.
Like a lot of companies this year, Magic Leap faced massive layoffs. The company was able to avoid those after it raised $350 million, but it did shift to enterprise projects for the foreseeable future. Lost in the shuffle is a mixed reality story that deals with the death of a grandparent.