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Technics EAH-AZ70W true wireless earbuds review

The Technics EAH-AZ70W true wireless earbuds do some things very well, but the audio quality can be hit or miss. → Read More

Panasonic's first true wireless earbuds are now available in the US

The Panasonic RZ-S300W and RZ-S500W, along with the Technics EAH-AZ70W are available today, priced at $120, $180 and $250 respectively. At the top end is the Technics EAH-AZ70W ($250). In addition to carrying the badge of the iconic turntable brand, the EAH-AZ70W offers active noise cancellation (ANC), ambient sound mode, touch controls, voice assistant access and an IPX4 splash resistant design. → Read More

Spotify brings its Premium Duo plan to the US

Streaming services have been offering family plans for years. While the terms and prices may change, the basic premise is the same: save money on a monthly subscription with accounts for multiple people “under one roof.” Spotify has offered is ad-free Premium streaming to families for a while now, but not every household needs six accounts — or even four log-ins. → Read More

Recommended Reading: When facial recognition identifies the wrong person

Law enforcement at all levels are employing facial recognition for a variety of things. When the US and countries around the world began to shut down, tech companies of all sizes announced plans to help. The Atlantic explains the motives. → Read More

AirPods will soon switch between devices automatically

First, for AirPods in general, the earbuds will soon automatically switch between Apple devices. → Read More

Spotify is testing in-app ads on podcast episode pages

Basically, you’ll see the ad details on the episode page for that podcast inside the Spotify app. → Read More

Recommended Reading: Why is Apple breaking up with Intel?

The week's noteworthy writing on technology and more. → Read More

Bang & Olufsen's Beoplay E8 Sport are pricey wireless earbuds for workouts

B&O’s press release doesn’t go into much detail, but since the E8 Sport is based on the E8 3.0, battery life should be around seven hours on the buds. Like the E8 3.0, the E8 Sport is $350 (350€/£300). → Read More

Weber’s SmokeFire smart grills just got a lot better

When Weber debuted its first WiFi-connected pellet grills earlier this year, there was a lot to like. However, the Weber Connect app lacked basic features. The company was clear from the start it planned to release regular updates to improve its SmokeFire grills, and the first set of new tools is here. → Read More

Sonos Arc review: An upgrade worth the wait

Sonos has finally given us an upgrade to the Playbar, and it’s impressive. The Arc has an improved design, modern features and stellar sound. Plus, Arc automatically adjusts if you choose to expand your system. → Read More

Recommended Reading: He bought StubHub right before the pandemic

Noah Kirsch, Forbes In November, Eric Baker’s online ticket marketplace Viagogo purchased rival StubHub for $4 billion. → Read More

HBO Max is available today

As expected, HBO Max will be available in most places where HBO apps are found. Originals Both HBO Go and HBO Now will continue to be available. Other exclusives So, HBO Max isn’t replacing HBO Now, but HBO Max is kind of replacing HBO Now. → Read More

The best grilling gear

Grilling weather is finally upon us, and that means some will need new equipment. After testing a bunch of grills and gadgets, we've compiled a list of the best grilling gear that will serve you well all summer long. → Read More

Recommended Reading: COVID-19 and AI health care

COVID-19 will accelerate the AI health care revolution Kai-Fu Lee, Wired The coronavirus pandemic will cause us to rethink major aspects of everyday life around the world, but it may also expedite the use of artificial intelligence in health care. → Read More

Razer Opus headphones review: Stellar THX sound for $200

The Razer Opus noise-cancelling headphones sound amazing thanks to THX-certified sound quality and handy EQ presets. Top that off with a lightweight and comfy fit and you’ve got a great option for $200 → Read More

Sony WF-SP800N review: Feature-packed earbuds at an affordable price

This spring, Sony unveiled a long overdue update to its sports true wireless earbuds: the WF-SP800N ($200). Unlike Sony’s other new true wireless model, the WF-XB700, the WF-SP800N does work with the company’s handy Headphones app. The WF-SP800N is also compatible with Sony’s 360 Reality Audio. → Read More

Bang & Olufsen adds Alexa to its Beosound A1 Bluetooth speaker

B&O says this is the first Bluetooth-only speaker with Alexa built-in. The first A1 sounded great for its size, but B&O says it improved the sound quality for the 2nd-gen model. The 2nd-gen Beosound A1 is available now in black and grey color options from B&O and select retailers. → Read More

The best wireless headphones you can buy right now

There’s no ANC here, but there’s sublime sound quality. The noise cancellation isn’t as powerful as what Sony and Bose offer, but it’ll do the job in most environments. → Read More

Spotify Kids lets parents view listening history and block content

As promised, Spotify is adding more parental controls to its Spotify Kids music streaming app. From the Grown Ups section (formerly called Parental Settings), parents can view their child’s listening history for the previous three months. → Read More

Sony debuts three new Extra Bass speakers for portable dance parties

Today, Sony revealed a trio of redesigned options in its Extra Bass line with updates to sound quality and design. The three models — SRS-XB23, SRS-XB33 and SRS-XB43 — are priced at $100, $150 and $250 respectively, so there should be something that fits your budget. → Read More