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The Morning After: Meet B&O’s $2,000 ‘future-proof’ portable speaker – Engadget

Bang & Olufsen’s audio gear almost all the time comes with some prohibitive value tags, so I’m not too shocked by the $2,000 MSRP on its new portable speaker. It additionally seems elegant, timeless and appears surprisingly practical.   

You’ll be able to transfer the Beosound Level from a wall mount (offered individually) to a aspect desk to outdoors. It even comes with its personal magnetic charging puck a la MagSafe. Inside, a five-speaker array — together with two four-inch woofers, one two-inch full vary driver, two 0.8-inch tweeters and low distortion amps — handles your whole audio content material.

B & O Level

It comes with a replaceable streaming module that can energy extra of the corporate’s upcoming in-home audio system. Bang & Olufsen claims the module has “sufficient processing energy and connectivity know-how” to accommodate updates to enhance efficiency and new options sooner or later. The corporate additionally says the speaker’s “modular” design permits prospects to carry out simple upkeep duties, like battery alternative, and offers service companions higher entry to key elements. I can’t vouch for the way future-proof it actually is, and sure, it’s nonetheless a $2,000 speaker — $2,300 if you’d like the gold choice. Nonetheless, I kinda need it.

— Mat Smith

The electrical Hummer and Lyriq make appearances.

General Motors' big game ad stars Will Ferrell, who discovers Norway far outpaces the United States in electric vehicle adoption. In the commercial, "No Way, Norway," Kenan Thompson and Awkwafina join Ferrell on his action-packed journey to give Norwegians a piece of his mind.

In GM’s Super Bowl ad, Will Ferrell has had it as much as right here with these smug Norwegians and their EV shopping for habits. A humorous try and take the battle to them coincidentally highlights the corporate’s plan to launch extra electrical autos over the subsequent few years.
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How shut is that, precisely?

Should you imagine CNBC’s nameless sources, a automotive deal between Hyundai/Kia and Apple could possibly be proper across the nook. Just like earlier rumors, individuals within the know counsel Apple desires to staff up with an automaker for the platform of its electrical automobile, with Apple’s Mission Titan staff designing a lot of the {hardware} and software program. 

By all indications, they may have the primary electrical autos able to roll out by 2024, and the design will deal with a totally autonomous driverless expertise.
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A digital receptionist is simply the beginning.

Zoom

Zoom’s newest replace helps you decrease contact with others in assembly rooms and past. It begins on the entrance desk — a Kiosk Mode lets a digital receptionist greet you from a Zoom Rooms for Contact machine.

You can even view the occupancy of a gathering room within the Zoom Dashboard with suitable cameras, and test a room’s air high quality (after a February 11th improve) with a Neat Sense monitor to make sure it’s well-ventilated. You received’t have to the touch shared surfaces as typically, both. You should utilize the Zoom Rooms Controller app to steer a gathering in your telephone moderately than utilizing a shared controller. Rooms for Contact customers can likewise steer the desktop of the particular person at present sharing their display. A future improve can even convey wider assist for hands-free voice instructions, together with Alexa controls.
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PlayStation had its finest quarter in historical past.

PS5

Sony by no means appeared to have sufficient PlayStation 5 inventory because it launched, however nonetheless managed to promote 4.5 million of the consoles in 2020 — matching PS4 gross sales throughout that console’s 2013 launch quarter. Earnings had been additionally up 50 p.c to 80.2 billion yen ($763 million), as a result of elevated recreation gross sales amounting to 484 billion yen ($4.6 billion), which truly doubled the 240 billion yen ($2.three billion) in {hardware} gross sales.

That’s good, as a result of  Sony loses cash on each new PS5 offered as a result of it set “strategic value factors for PS5 {hardware} that had been… decrease than the manufacturing prices.”  The marketing strategy for a recreation console stays the identical — earn cash by way of recreation and repair gross sales after increase an appropriate put in base.
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