Netflix Raises Prices Again

Netflix announced it was raising the price of its subscription streaming service by $1 to $2 per month depending on the plan. The price increases impact customers in the U.S. and Canada. “These prices apply to new members and will gradually take effect for all current members. Current members will…

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Spotify HiFi is MIA

Having missed its self-imposed 2021 deadline for a lossless tier of its music service, Spotify now says it has no idea when it will be ready. “We know that HiFi quality audio is important to you,” a message to the Spotify Community forums notes. “We feel the same, and we’re…

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With Defeat to Sonos, Google to Remove Smart Speaker Functionality

Google alerted customers that it will remove features from its smart speakers and displays because they infringe on Sonos patents. The news comes in the wake of an International Trade Commission (ITC) ruling that found that Google’s products infringe on five Sonos patents. “Due to a recent legal ruling we’re…

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Sonos Wins Big Against Google in ITC Ruling

The International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled today that Google cannot import phones, laptops, or speakers into the United States because they violate five Sonos patents. Furthermore, it must stop selling infringing devices it has already imported. “Google has violated section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, by…

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Spotify is Bringing Display Ads to Podcasts

In a dubious move, Spotify today issued a “call to action” for podcasters to create interactive displays ads that will appear over ad reads. “What’s the next great frontier in audio?” Spotify asks rhetorically. “We believe it’s interactivity.” What Spotify is talking about is “bringing interactivity to the audio ad…

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Google to Expand Its In-Car Capabilities This Year

Google this week announced improvements to Android Audio and an expanding list of Google-powered in-car capabilities. “Google’s vision of helpfulness on the road is to provide a safe and seamless connected experience,” Google product director Mickey Kataria writes in the announcement post. “Today, we’re introducing several updates for cars compatible…

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Amazon Has Sold Over 150 Million Fire TV Devices

Amazon announced today that it has sold over 150 million Fire TV devices to date, making it one of its best-selling products. And the firm has big plans for the platform in 2022. “Since we first introduced Fire TV our mission has been simple: to be the go-to destination for…

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OnePlus Buds Z2 First Impressions

The OnePlus Buds Z2 earbuds are truly wireless and offer both active noise cancelation (ANC) and Dolby Atmos capabilities. I never tried the first-generation OnePlus Buds Z wireless earbuds, which were released about a year ago, offering 10-mm dynamic drivers, Bluetooth 5.0 and Quick Pair, and about 20 hours of…

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