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Recommended Reading: Inside the PlayStation 5 with Mark Cerny

PlayStation 5 uncovered: The Mark Cerny tech deep dive Richard Leadbetter, Eurogamer If you're craving even more explanation on the PlayStation 5 than lead architect Mark Cerny shared during his in-depth chat a couple weeks ago, get comfy. Eurogamer shared part two of its chat with Cerny this week, and while there weren't any new revelations per se, there was more detail on the things we'd… → Read More

Sony's latest true wireless earbuds have more bass and a lower price

Sony's flagship WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds have been our top pick since they arrived last summer. Even before that, the company had a few true wireless models under its belt, and today it's revealing the latest option. The WF-XB700 ($130) is a new entry in Sony's Extra Bass lineup, a range of devices that promise more low-end tone for those who crave it. In general, Extra Bass headphones… → Read More

Powerbeats review: Better workout earbuds at a better price

The Powerbeats Pro are some of the best true wireless earbuds I tested last year. They sound much better than any previous Beats in-ear option before and they're loaded with handy features. However, the sound isn't perfect and the over-ear hook design isn't for everyone. Now the company has redesigned the "regular" Powerbeats ($149.95), bringing almost all of what makes the Pro version so good… → Read More

Recommended Reading: What happens when bands don't tour

By now, you've watched, or at least heard about, a musician who's cooped up at home turning to livestreams to connect with fans. While that does give the masses some form of entertainment to replace live events and tours, it doesn't help the behind-the-scenes crew who are out of work for the foreseeable future. Rolling Stone explains how stage crew, venue employees and more have been struggling… → Read More

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 review: Pricey and impressive

Although Sennheiser says the Momentum True Wireless 2 (MTW2) is only 2mm smaller than the first-gen model, the size difference is noticeable in depth and diameter. They're still larger than the Jabra Elite 75t ($180) and the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ ($149), but every little bit helps. Other than stature, the MTW2 is pretty much identical design-wise. The touchpad on the outside of each bud is still… → Read More

Beats' redesigned Powerbeats earbuds have longer battery and hands-free Siri

The Powerbeats 3 was announced in 2016, so the Beats tethered wireless earbuds were well overdue for an upgrade. The new Powerbeats now has the same audio and design as the pricier true wireless Powerbeats Pro that debuted last year. One key difference is where the cable watch attached to the front of the buds on the Powerbeats 3, it's routed down the end of the earhooks on this latest model.… → Read More

Recommended Reading: Dead Sea Scroll fragments in DC are fakes

When the Museum of the Bible opened in Washington, DC in 2017, it funded a research project that examined pieces of what was thought to be Dead Sea Scroll fragments. In 2018, the museum announced that all five sections under review were most likely forged. After a more thorough physical and chemical investigation that began in 2019, researchers have filed a 200-page report with the findings:… → Read More

Sennheiser's Momentum True Wireless 2 has ANC and improved battery life

The biggest addition here is ANC. Sennheiser says this new feature will go beyond the passive noise isolation that the first version offered so that you can "enjoy incredible high-fidelity sound even in noisy environments." The handy Transparent Hearing feature is back, and you can fine-tune how much outside noise you let in with the Smart Control App. For calls, the company says a pair of… → Read More

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 true wireless earbuds review

The first difference you'll notice between the second and third generation E8 is size. This latest version is noticeably smaller. While it's still circular, you'll also notice that the hump on top is gone. B&O was able to improve the fit thanks to the modest size reduction. The company says it used 3D modeling to accommodate a wider range of ear shapes and sizes. The third-generation model… → Read More

March Madness app streams two games side-by-side on Android TV and Fire TV

For the first time, you'll be able to watch two games at once "during certain windows" of the tournament on Amazon Fire TV and Android TV. Apple TV users still get the best version of this feature though, as you'll still be able to stream up to four games simultaneously on that device. Sure, it's not as good, but the fact that you can watch more than one game during the busiest days of the… → Read More

Recommended Reading: The AI surveillance company watching Utah

If you think Clearview's AI-powered facial recognition is a major problem, buckle up. An artificial intelligence company called Banjo has agreement with Utah that gives it real-time access to traffic cameras, CCTV/public safety cameras, 911 systems and other data. Banjo says it can combine all of that with info from social media, apps and satellites to "detect anomalies." Basically, the company… → Read More

Galaxy Buds+ review: Samsung finally has a worthy AirPods alternative

With Galaxy Buds+, Samsung improved sound, battery life and more. → Read More

Adobe brings more desktop-quality Photoshop tools to the iPad

Photoshop turns 30 today, and Adobe is celebrating with some worthwhile updates to the photo-editing app on both the desktop and iPad. The company has been focu... → Read More

Traeger's Ironwood smart grills now ship with a handy pellet supply sensor

If Traeger's Ironwood series caught your eye, the company is now including a handy feature in the box, rather than making it a separate purchase. Traeger is now... → Read More

Marshall's latest Monitor over-ear headphones are equipped with ANC

Marshall first introduced its Monitor over-ear headphones in 2013 with a wired model. Since then, the company has added a wireless option, but there still wasn'... → Read More

Recommended Reading: The CIA-owned company that helped it spy on the world

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more on the web. → Read More

Samsung's Galaxy Buds+ offer improved battery life and more for $150

Samsung scooped itself a few times ahead of today's Galaxy Unpacked event. One of the devices it prematurely revealed was a revamped version of its true wireles... → Read More

JLab Go Air review: These $29 wireless earbuds are surprisingly decent

There are sacrifices on JLab's Go Air, but not as many as you’d expect for $29 true wireless earbuds. → Read More

Recommended Reading: The lasting effect of the Iowa Caucuses

Iowa might have screwed up the whole nomination process Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight By now you probably know the story. The Iowa Democratic Party decided to... → Read More

Spotify is the new heavyweight champ of podcasts

With its purchase of The Ringer, Spotify adds 30 shows and much more. → Read More