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

Bang & Olufsen’s audio gear practically at all times comes with some prohibitive worth tags, so I’m not too shocked by the $2,000 MSRP on its new portable speaker. It additionally seems stylish, timeless and appears surprisingly useful.   

You possibly can transfer the Beosound Level from a wall mount (offered individually) to a facet 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 expertise” 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 straightforward upkeep duties, like battery alternative, and offers service companions higher entry to key elements. I can’t vouch for a way future-proof it really is, and sure, it’s nonetheless a $2,000 speaker — $2,300 if you need 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 combat to them coincidentally highlights the corporate’s plan to launch extra electrical autos over the following few years.
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How shut is that, precisely?

If you happen to consider CNBC’s nameless sources, a automobile deal between Hyundai/Kia and Apple could possibly be proper across the nook. Just like earlier rumors, folks within the know recommend Apple needs to crew up with an automaker for the platform of its electrical car, with Apple’s Venture Titan crew 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 give attention to a totally autonomous driverless expertise.
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A digital receptionist is simply the beginning.

Zoom

Zoom’s newest replace helps you reduce 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 system.

You too can view the occupancy of a gathering room within the Zoom Dashboard with suitable cameras, and examine 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 fairly than utilizing a shared controller. Rooms for Contact customers can likewise steer the desktop of the particular person presently sharing their display. A future improve may even deliver wider assist for hands-free voice instructions, together with Alexa controls.
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PlayStation had its greatest 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. Income have been additionally up 50 % to 80.2 billion yen ($763 million), because of elevated sport 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 worth factors for PS5 {hardware} that have been… decrease than the manufacturing prices.”  The marketing strategy for a sport console stays the identical — become profitable via sport and repair gross sales after build up an acceptable put in base.
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