Google Pixel Buds A-Series Mini-Review

I’ve only had the Google Pixel Buds A-Series earbuds for a week, but I can already see that they’re excellent … and that they just don’t meet my needs. So I’ll be returning them, as soon as today. But don’t let that stop you: If you’re a Pixel fan, love…

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Sonos Announces New Beam Soundbar with Dolby Atmos

Today, Sonos announced a second-generation version of its Beam soundbar that supports Dolby Atmos and Ultra HD audio. “We often talk about ‘Hollywood at Home’ being a real catalyst for our business, and Beam has played a huge part in this as one of the top-selling soundbars in its category,”…

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Google Pixel Buds A-Series First Impressions

After experiencing identical audio problems with two different sets of Samsung Galaxy Buds+ earbuds, it is time for me to move on. It feels weird to even discuss this, but I actually use three different sets of headphones for various purposes. I use Google Pixel USB-C Earbuds when I walk…

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Qualcomm Announces AptX Lossless Audio

Qualcomm claims that its new aptX Lossless audio format does what was thought impossible: deliver CD-quality sound over Bluetooth. “At Qualcomm Technologies we’re excited about the future of sound, and we’re continually looking for ways to help our customers deliver new and exciting listening experiences.” Qualcomm vice president James Chapman…

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Momentum Plus Adds Soundscapes

While traveling this past week, I noticed that Momentum Plus, the paid New Tab extension that I use, added a new Soundscapes feature. I ignored it at the time because I was busy, but while I was configuring Firefox on the next review laptop, I decided to give it a…

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Microsoft Announces a Wired Xbox Headset

Microsoft began selling a new Xbox Wireless Headset back in March, and now it has announced a wired version, which it had branded as the Xbox Stereo Headset for some reason. (The other version offers stereo sound too, of course.) “We are pleased to announce our Xbox Stereo Headset, available…

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Sea of Thieves Now Has 4.8 Million Active Users

Three and a half years after it first launched on Xbox, Sea of Thieves is seeing a player surge thanks to a recent Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in. “It’s been over a month since we released Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life into the wild blue yonder as part of…

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ITC Hands Sonos a Victory in Patent Case Against Google

The United States International Trade Commission has weighed in on the Sonos patent infringement case against Google. And it’s bad news for Google: The Commission has found that all five patents involved in the case are valid and that Google infringes on all of them. “Today the [ITC’s chief administrative…

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Microsoft Announces First Game Pass Titles for August

Microsoft today announced the first titles coming to Xbox Game Pass across console, PC, and cloud in August. “Get your mouse, touch screens, or controllers ready for some scrolling,” Microsoft’s Megan Spurr writes in the announcement post. “We have a big list of games coming soon to Xbox Game Pass,…

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Xbox Console Supply Will Not Improve Anytime Soon

Not long after the release of the Xbox Series S and X, Microsoft indicated that constraints on supply were slowing down their ability to deliver consoles to retailers. And earlier this year, Microsoft noted that they expected the supply of consoles to be constrained through June of this year. Seeing…

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