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Lillbits: Acer’s rugged laptop and tablet, B&O’s bookshelf speaker, and Dell divests VMWare

Acer launched its first rugged laptops and tablets under the Acer Enduro brand last summer, and now the company is updating the line with a new 4.1 pound, 14 inch laptop with an IP53 certification for water and dust resistance and a MIL-STD-810H tested design and a 10 inch rugged tablet with the same certifications. […]

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Lilbits: AYA Neo, Google Chrome, Samsung smartphone cameras, and Alphabet’s “Wolverine” super-powered hearing moonshot

Google’s parent company Alphabet is working on a line of audio-enhancing products that could turn out to be next-gen hearing aids, or possibly something much more. Meanwhile Google has announced plans to speed up the release schedule for its Chrome web browser by 50-percent, with new stable builds now rolling out every four weeks. Samsung […]

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POW Audio’s Mo portable Bluetooth speaker has a collapsible (and expandable) design)

I’ve been pleasantly impressed with the audio quality you can get from a small Bluetooth speaker like the UE Mini Boom I’ve been using for the past few years. But it’s kind of tough to balance small size and big sound and a company called POW Audio has an unusual solution: an expandable/collapsible design. The […]

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LG G7 ThinQ smartphone has a bright screen, a loud speaker, and “intelligent” camera

The LG G7 ThinQ is set to go on sale in South Korea soon, before hitting North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia in the coming months (Several US wireless carriers have announced the phone will be available for their networks in or around June). It’s a smartphone with 6.1 inch, 3120 x 1440 pixel […]

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Apple’s $350 HomePod may damage wood furniture, but at least it sounds good

The Apple HomePod is a premium wireless speaker with support for Siri, Apple Music, and… not much else at the moment. The HomePod started shipping last week, and most early reviewers agree that it’s one of the best sounding wireless speakers on the market, but that it’s not as “smart” as an Amazon Echo or […]

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Apple HomePod coming Feb 9th, up for pre-order Jan 26th for $349

Apple’s first smart speaker is finally set to hit the streets. First announced in June, the Apple HomePod was originally slated to ship in December. That date was pushed back, but now Apple says the HomePod will be available starting February 9th. It goes up for pre-order on Friday, January 26th in the US, UK, […]

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Google buys company that turns displays into speakers

A UK startup called Redux had developed technology that allows displays or other flat panels to emit sound without the user of a traditional speaker. Among other things, the technology could be used to build smartphones that don’t need speakers, freeing up space for bigger batteries, antennas, or other components. But it looks like Redux […]

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$399 Google Home Max coming in December

A year after launching the Google Home smart speaker with Google Assistant, Google is expanding the lineup with two new models… one small and cheap, the other big and… not cheap. The Google Home Mini is a $49 speaker that’s designed as a cheaper alternative to the $129 Google Home. The $399 Google Home Max […]

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Amazon Tap is on sale for $70 today

The $180 Amazon Echo is still probably the best smart speaker powered by Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service, while the $50 Echo Dot is the cheapest. In between is the $130 Amazon Tap, which is bigger than the Dot, smaller than the Echo, and battery-powered, making it the only truly portable model in Amazon’s current lineup. […]

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HomePod is Apple’s answer to the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Sonos speakers

Apple is launching its first Siri-powered home speaker. It’s called HomePod, and on the one hand it seems like a rather late entry into the space first created by the launch of the Amazon Echo in 2014. But Apple thinks HomePod will stand out in a few ways. The company says the HomePod offers the kind […]