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  • Entrepreneur
  • The Verge

Recent articles by Nathan:

Google now owns Fitbit

Google has completed its $2.1 billion purchase of Fitbit, more than a year after the deal was first announced. The EU approved the acquisition in late December, clearing the way towards Google’s ownership over what is perhaps the best-known brand out there for mainstream fitness-tracking devices. Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park reiterated in a letter today that Fitbit would continue to be… → Read More

The ASUS Chromebook CX9 is rugged, light and powerful

ASUS has made a host of Chromebooks over the years, perhaps most notably its line of convertible “Flip” laptops. As part of its CES 2021 lineup, the company has a new Chromebook that’s a little different, though — the Chromebook CX9 is a thin, light and rugged laptop meant for getting work done in harsh environments. Indeed, the CX9 meets MIL-STD 810H US military standards — though ASUS hasn’t… → Read More

Sonos on where streaming music is going next

Sonos launched Sonos Radio just as the pandemic took hold in the US. Sonos owners had the chance to use their speakers more than ever and that helped Sonos Radio get off to a fast start. We talk to Sonos Radio GM Ryan Taylor on how the company built a service that complements options like Spotify and Apple Music. → Read More

Nintendo's intensely red Mario-themed Switch will be available February 12th

Last fall, Nintendo announced a slew of games and other announcements to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the original Super Mario Bros. Somewhat unexpectedly, Nintendo has another limited-edition product coming soon: the Switch - Mario Red & Blue Edition. Nintendo completes the look with a red-and-blue carrying case that is unsurprisingly bright but has subtle gray glyphs representing various… → Read More

Sonos offers a $69 replacement battery kit for its portable Move speaker

The Sonos Move is the company’s first (and so far only) speaker with a battery. Obviously, batteries eventually die — Sonos knew this and offered a way for Move owners to get their battery replaced. As the name suggests, this $69 kit includes a fresh battery in either white or black as well as replacement screws and the tools you’ll need. → Read More

Hulu's ad-supported plan for students costs just $2 a month

Students have been able to get Hulu for free as part of a bundle with Spotify for a while now. Students can get a subscription to ad-supported Hulu for $1.99 per month, a discount of $4 from the plan’s usual cost. This basic plan includes access to the entire Hulu library of shows and movies that can be streamed on up to two devices at once. → Read More

Samsung's Galaxy Upcycling turns old phones into IoT devices

A few years ago, Samsung announced a sustainability initiative called “Galaxy Upcycling,” an effort to repurpose and reuse older smartphones. At its core, the idea is to let people who still own older Galaxy smartphones to use them as part of their connected home rather than just leave them in a drawer (or worse, send them to a landfill). To enable new features for these old phones, Samsung will… → Read More

Microsoft's Surface Pro 7+ has LTE, new CPUs and a bigger battery

Microsoft doesn’t typically have a lot to show off at CES, but the company dropped a surprise announcement this morning. The Surface Pro 7 is getting a few key updates, including removable SSD storage, a bigger battery and LTE connectivity. At least for now, the new Surface Pro 7+ will only be available to education and business customers. → Read More

LG's latest 4K UltraFine monitor is its first with an OLED panel

LG is one of the leaders in OLED display technology, but it's mostly been limited to TVs for the living room thus far. As part of its slate of CES 2021 announcements, though, the company just announced the LG UltraFine OLED Pro monitor, a 31.5-inch 4K screen that features individual dimming for all 8 million pixels. As you'd expect for a high-end monitor, the UltraFine OLED Pro is loaded with… → Read More

Microsoft Teams 'Dynamic View' makes watching presentations easier

Unsurprisingly, Microsoft has been releasing a steady stream of improvements to Teams, the company’s de-factor Slack competitor. As noticed by The Verge, the company gave a quick preview of a feature called “Dynamic View” that should make video calls with presentations a lot easier to view. When you’re in a Teams call with multiple participants as well as dynamic content (like a video or screen… → Read More

YouTube will temporarily ban accounts for posting election fraud videos

Given YouTube’s strike rules, it would seem that Trump’s YouTube account is subject to the one week ban on adding new content. It took this writer all of 10 seconds to find a full copy of Trump’s offending video from yesterday. → Read More

Microsoft tried to buy Nintendo, but got laughed out of the room

Specifically, the Xbox was unveiled at CES in 2001 — to commemorate that launch, Bloomberg has published an in-depth oral history of how the console came to be. It’s a fascinating read, but one particular passage stands out: details on Microsoft’s efforts to secure games for the brand-new console. While the company implored third-party developers to work on the Xbox, Microsoft also considered… → Read More

Apple, Amazon and Tesla supplier accused of using forced labor

According to an investigation by The Washington Post and the Tech Transparency Project, companies including Apple, Amazon and Tesla are sourcing parts from a Chinese supplier that allegedly uses forced Muslim labor. The Tech Transparency Project found documents detailing how Lens Technology uses “thousands of Uyghur workers from the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang” in its factories. The… → Read More

Waterfield Designs' AirPods Max case actually protects your headphones

Despite the $550 price tag, there are a lot of things to like about Apple’s new AirPods Max headphones. One of the first comes from Waterfield Designs, a San Francisco-based company that’s been making lovely leather bags and custom cases for devices from Apple, Microsoft, Google, Nintendo and more for years. Waterfield’s AirPods Max “Shield Case” goes on sale this morning for $99, and it appears… → Read More

‘Homestar Runner’ creators revive 15-year old game right before Flash dies

Homestar Runner remains one of the best-known internet cartoons built on Adobe Flash, a site that regularly produced hilarious absurdist content throughout the 2000s. Of course, the era of the smartphone and iPad eventually led to a major move away from Flash; at the same time the Homestar Runner creators mainly moved on to other projects. Stinkoman 20x6 was a riff on the Mega Man character;… → Read More

YouTube tested a way to sync downloads across devices

One of the most notable YouTube premium features is the ability to download basically any video for offline playback. According to Android Police, YouTube briefly tested an extension of that feature that would use your account to sync downloads across multiple devices (like a phone and a tablet). The new feature was apparently live in both stable and beta versions of the YouTube Android app, but… → Read More

In 2020, Apple’s best wasn’t its Pro devices

The coronavirus most definitely did not stop Apple from releasing a slew of new hardware in 2020. Putting aside the outlier AirPods Max, there was a common trend across all this new hardware: Apple is blurring the lines between its so-called “Pro” devices and its less expensive, mainstream-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad Air and iPhone 12 than ever before. Take the iPhone, for… → Read More

Disney confirms ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ is a ‘Mandalorian’ spin-off series

When the season two finale of The Mandalorian dropped last week, it teased something called The Book of Boba Fett in a post-credits scene. It was clear that Boba Fett was going to get some time in the spotlight, we didn’t know if this was a movie, a new series, an arc on The Mandalorian or something else entirely. Today, Disney clarified that The Book of Boba Fett will be a full new series… → Read More

'Outside the Wire' teaser shows Anthony Mackie as a cyborg solider

Netflix has been fairly quiet about Outside the Wire, a sci-fi thriller starring Anthony Mackie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Altered Carbon. → Read More

Amazon's Zoox shows off its first autonomous robotaxi

It’s been almost six months since Amazon purchased self-driving startup Zoox, and today the company pulled the wraps off its first autonomous vehicle. Rather than automating a standard car built with a human driver in mind, the Zoox robotaxi is built specifically for autonomous driving in in dense urban environments. Despite its compact size, Zoox’s robotaxi can reach speeds up to 75 MPH. → Read More