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So What Did Amazon Do to Piss Off Disney This Time?

So What Did Amazon Do to Piss Off Disney This Time?

Disney just announced plans to roll out its new streaming service in November. Executives announced that Disney+ will be available on platforms and devices made by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Sony, and Roku. Missing from that list is Amazon, with whom Disney has had an on-again-off-again slap fight for the past few years. This ongoing feud means that if you love Mickey Mouse and own a Fire TV,...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Aug 17, 2019 at 23:00. 2 comments

The Bright Side of Humans Eavesdropping on Your Alexa Recordings

The Bright Side of Humans Eavesdropping on Your Alexa Recordings

Over the past few months, a waterfall of details about how companies handle voice recordings has poured into the news. First, there was news that Amazon hired thousands of contractors to review Alexa commands. Apple and Google were doing the same thing with their voice assistants. Then, more recently, we learned that Facebook and Microsoft had humans transcribing their users’ messages and...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Aug 16, 2019 at 23:45.

DJI's New Ronin Is a Remarkably Cheap Way to Shoot Like a Pro

DJI's New Ronin Is a Remarkably Cheap Way to Shoot Like a Pro

The concept behind a gimbal is surprisingly ancient—like Byzantium ancient. But in recent years, DJI has been building an increasingly useful arsenal of gimbals that stand to upend the traditional hierarchy of cinematography. The newest addition is the Ronin-SC, a handheld gimbal designed for mirrorless cameras. Although it’s really just a variation on an already popular model, its accessible...

Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Aug 15, 2019 at 23:07. 16 comments

Google Does Good Privacy Thing, Users Revolt

Google Does Good Privacy Thing, Users Revolt

If you own a Google Nest cam, you recently got an email from corporate explaining that you’ll no longer be able to turn off the status light on your camera. The status light is that little green glow that lets you as well as strangers know that a camera (and possibly a human) is watching (and possibly recording). Nest says that it’s preventing people from turning off this light in order to...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Aug 14, 2019 at 22:30. 4 comments

Finally, a Proper AirPods Competitor

Finally, a Proper AirPods Competitor

The first time I picked up the Jaybird Vista truly wireless earbuds, a thought started looping through my head: These things are impossibly tiny and light. Even the case is pocket-sized. The sheer portability reminded me of AirPods, but there’s an essential distinction. The new Jaybird earbuds are practically bombproof. You can get them wet or bury them in dirt, and they’ll keep working....

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Aug 14, 2019 at 03:31. 13 comments

Facebook Did the Sneaky Listening Thing, Too

Facebook Did the Sneaky Listening Thing, Too

Facebook has paid hundreds of contractors around the world to transcribe some of its users Messenger messages, according to a new Bloomberg report. The social network stopped doing the transcriptions a week ago, following public outrage after journalists revealed that Amazon, Google, and Apple employed similar teams to review voice commands for Alexa, Assistant, and Siri. But this Facebook...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Aug 10, 2019. 9 comments

How Ikea's New Wireless Speaker Compares to the Sonos One

How Ikea's New Wireless Speaker Compares to the Sonos One

It felt confusing and excited when Ikea released two new speakers built by Sonos . They’re a little weird-looking, first of all. (One speaker is also a lamp!) But what’s really extraordinary is that Ikea is now selling a full-fledged Sonos speaker for $100. (It doubles as a shelf!) We tested this new Sonos speaker—the cheapest Sonos you can buy—against the $200 Sonos One to see if it can keep...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Aug 08, 2019. 17 comments

Vizio's Quantum Dot TV Feels Like All the Quality for Half the Price

Vizio's Quantum Dot TV Feels Like All the Quality for Half the Price

Not so long ago, the idea of a cheap 4K TV felt like a dream . Now that the market is flooded with them, there’s a new aspiration for a cheap 4K TV that performs like a much more expensive flagship. That’s the value proposition that Vizio has offered for years, although the approach has seemed gimmicky at times . The new Vizio P-Series Quantum, however, makes good on the promise of affordable...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Aug 03, 2019. 20 comments

Amazon Really Doesn’t Give a Shit, Huh?

Amazon Really Doesn’t Give a Shit, Huh?

Apple and Google recently revealed that they have temporarily stopped letting contractors listen to recordings from their voice assistants. The announcements come after reports that some of these hired hands heard Siri users doing things like having sex or discussing private medical information. Amazon has not announced a pause in its process of letting humans listen to Alexa recordings, and...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Jul 31, 2019.

Sennheiser's $2,500 Soundbar Makes Me Want to Cry

Sennheiser's $2,500 Soundbar Makes Me Want to Cry

Sennheiser has spent years teasing its first-ever home audio product: the Ambeo soundbar. This hulking all-in-one home audio system is designed to deliver surround sound without the need for satellite speakers or extra wires. Well, we’ve spent the past few weeks testing out the $2,500 device, and it’s certainly is an exciting piece of hardware. But it’s also exasperating.

To understand what...

Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Jul 25, 2019.

Ikea's $100 Sonos Speaker Breaks the Mold

Ikea's $100 Sonos Speaker Breaks the Mold

In a week, millions of people will be able to walk into an Ikea store and buy a Sonos speaker for $100. There’s a more expensive speaker-lamp combo, too, but the idea is simple: Ikea wants to sell you affordable smart home goods that fit into Ikea furniture and work impressively well right out of the box. For a lot of people, this must be an alluring proposition. And I have to admit, the new...

Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Jul 23, 2019. 8 comments

Sony's New Wireless Earbuds Put Amazing Noise Canceling in Your Pocket

Sony's New Wireless Earbuds Put Amazing Noise Canceling in Your Pocket

Sony has been trying to crack a tough nut for the past couple of years. The company wants to translate the tremendous success it’s had making over-ear noise-canceling headphones and shrink the technology down to something you can put in your pocket. The new $230 WF-1000XM3 represent its latest attempt at miniaturizing its excellent noise-canceling technology. They also represent some...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Jul 20, 2019. 1 comments

Here's Some More Uncanny Cats Creepiness for You

Here's Some More Uncanny Cats Creepiness for You

Madame Tussauds New York recently revealed its latest creation: Grizabella the Glamour Cat from the popular musical Cats. Grizabella is no ordinary, blank-eyed wax figure, though. Thanks to cutting edge projection mapping and 8K camera technology, the singing cat’s face moves, smiles, and contorts. I recently visited the museum and was surprised at how much it looks like a real living person...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Jul 19, 2019. 13 comments

The Boosted Scooter Is a Blast

The Boosted Scooter Is a Blast

Electric scooters are dangerous. It seems like you can’t go a day without seeing a scary story in the news reminding the world of this fact. People die riding these things. So it wasn’t surprising when Boosted emphasized safety in announcing its new e-scooter. The $1,600 Boosted Rev has three brakes, wide handlebars, fat tires, and a bombproof frame. It also has a top speed of 24 miles per...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Jul 17, 2019. 4 comments

Ford Secretly Created the New Pickup Truck Emoji Because Nothing Is Sacred

Ford Secretly Created the New Pickup Truck Emoji Because Nothing Is Sacred

July 17 is World Emoji Day, a fake but harmless holiday created by the founder of Emojipedia. To celebrate this year, Ford slyly revealed that it has succeeded in surreptitiously creating the pickup emoji. The company hired a marketing firm and a technology company to pitch the Unicode Consortium of the pickup truck emoji concept. Unicode apparently did not know that Ford was behind the...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Jul 17, 2019. 17 comments

Bose Is Back

Bose Is Back

Bose just released an important update to its popular line of wireless noise-canceling headphones. They are different. They’re weirdly stylish. Most importantly, they’re good. Also expensive.

The Bose Noise Canceling Headphone 700 cost $400, and they’re the heir apparent to the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II headset , which sells for $350. The most noticeable difference between the two is the...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Jul 15, 2019.

Amazon Wants to Let Strangers into Your Garage Now

Amazon Wants to Let Strangers into Your Garage Now

Convenience isn’t easy. In the old days, you’d have to sign for packages, and then, as rules relaxed, you could count on packages getting stolen off your porch. Now Amazon has a whole host of different high tech delivery options. Starting today, that includes the option to give Amazon package-toting strangers access to your garage.

The new Key for Garage service is exactly what it sounds like....

Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Jul 15, 2019.

Amazon Attempts to Improve Alexa Privacy, Hilariously Fails

Amazon Attempts to Improve Alexa Privacy, Hilariously Fails

There’s a new Echo in town. The Echo Show 5 is a smart display with a 5.5-inch screen scheduled for a June 26 release, and it’s the first Echo device with a physical shutter to cover the onboard camera. With this release, Amazon is also making some changes to how all Echos treat Alexa privacy settings. Users will now have the ability to tell Alexa to delete the current day’s recordings....

Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Jul 14, 2019.

Apple Prime Would Be a Gigantic Hit, Huh?

Apple Prime Would Be a Gigantic Hit, Huh?

It’s imminent. Multiple outlets now report that Apple will announce new video streaming and news subscription services at a celebrity-studded event in Cupertino on March 25. BuzzFeed News cited anonymous sources who said the event would take place at Steve Jobs Theater and focus on the news service. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman corroborated that report and added that Apple’s long-rumored streaming...

Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Jul 12, 2019. 18 comments

Google Very Angry After Contractor Leaks Over a Thousand Assistant Recordings

Google Very Angry After Contractor Leaks Over a Thousand Assistant Recordings

Just in case you were holding out any hope that Google didn’t let humans listen to voice recordings from Google Home and Google Assistant, stop doing that. One of the humans that Google hired to review voice recordings recently leaked over a thousand Assistant recordings to a Belgian news organization, which published a story and video about the recordings this week. Google, of course, is...

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