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1 Hour Ago   Image: Google One of the disappointments my colleague Dan Seifert had with Lenovo’s Smart Clock was that the device’s tiny screen didn’t do as much as it could (or should) compared to similar products.

Yesterday   X-Box One S | Photo by Dieter Bohn / The Verge Microsoft contractors have listened to voice recordings captured by the Xbox One console, according to Motherboard.

Yesterday   Illustration by William Joel / The Verge YouTube is “finalizing plans” to end targeted advertising on its main site for uploaded videos that children are likely to watch, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

2 Days Ago   Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Services like Grammarly are trying to up the quality of your email copy, but now Google is taking some initiative itself by bringing improved spell check capabilities and grammar suggestions to Gmail.

3 Days Ago   Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge So far, the excellent Beats Powerbeats Pro true wireless earbuds have only been available in black, but the other colors announced several months ago — ivory (off-white), moss (green), and navy — are arriving by the end of this month.

3 Days Ago   Image: Apple Apple Arcade, the company’s video game subscription service for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Mac computers, will likely cost $4.99 per month when it rolls out this fall.

3 Days Ago   Image: Roku The Roku Channel currently offers a mix of free-to-watch, ad-supported movies, TV shows, and live news. You can also purchase subscriptions to HBO, Showtime, Starz, Epix, and other networks through the Roku Channel instead of subscribing to each of those streaming apps separately.

3 Days Ago   Image: Disney Disney today confirmed its first global launches for the company’s upcoming Disney+ subscription service, and it outlined which devices and platforms will be able to access it on day one.

8 Days Ago   Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Responding to criticism that it's trying to steer consumers toward more expensive battery replacements, Apple today claimed that the “important battery message” added to iOS is there in the name of customer safety.

9 Days Ago   Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Apple and Spotify are in talks about potentially enabling Siri to play songs, albums, and playlists from the leading subscription music service.

9 Days Ago   Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Venmo has added the ability to transfer your balance funds into a bank account in mere seconds. The PayPal-owned peer-to-peer payments company has offered this instant deposit capability with Visa and Mastercard debit cards for some time, but opening it up to bank accounts adds more flexibility.

9 Days Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The ability to plop widgets anywhere on your home screen is one of the more convenient things about Android.

10 Days Ago   Photo by James Bareham / The Verge The new hardware revision of the Nintendo Switch is now making its way to retail stores. It features a newer, more efficient CPU than the original launch console, which results in significantly longer battery life ranging between 4.5 and nine hours.

12 Days Ago   Image: Zatz Not Funny! One of two devices recently filed by Sonos with the FCC is a portable Bluetooth speaker, The Verge can confirm. In the filing for product model S17, Sonos directly states that it’s “a high-performance wireless speaker and part of the Sonos sound system.

13 Days Ago   Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge Samsung managed to prompt some confusion the other day when a video uploaded to its own YouTube channel (now unlisted and probably set for deletion) mentioned that the Galaxy Note 10 was made from stainless steel.

13 Days Ago   Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge Yesterday Sonos invited media to come learn about new hardware later this month, and the company is already pushing some fresh products through the FCC.

13 Days Ago   Image: Apple Apple has begun selling two multidevice wireless chargers from Mophie. Both the Dual Wireless Charging Pad ($99.95) and 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad ($139.95) are coming to select Apple Stores next week and are available for online order now.

13 Days Ago   Photo by James Bareham / The Verge One day after releasing the final beta of Android Q, Google is making its most direct case yet for why Q’s new gesture navigation controls are an improvement over what came before.

14 Days Ago   Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge It’s been a year since Samsung announced its Galaxy Home smart speaker with Bixby on board, and the device was a total no-show at yesterday’s Unpacked event.

14 Days Ago   Fresh off the release of its well-received table lamp and bookshelf speakers that were created in collaboration with Ikea, Sonos is turning its attention back to the company’s own product lineup.

14 Days Ago   Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge Amazon today announced that its Alexa announcements feature is launching on all Fire TV devices in countries where the intercom-like functionality is available.

14 Days Ago   Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Not once during Samsung’s Unpacked event for the new Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus did anyone on stage say the word “Bixby.” Samsung’s virtual assistant — positioned as an alternative to Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri — was never directly brought up over the course of the Note’s introduction and several other product sequences featuring the Galaxy Watch Active 2, Galaxy Tab S6, and other devices.

15 Days Ago   Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge Just as it did with the Galaxy S10, Samsung is making a 5G version of the Galaxy Note 10.

15 Days Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Since 2012, Apple has been running a program it calls Mastered for iTunes. The initiative allows engineers to preserve the highest-possible quality when encoding master recordings for digital distribution through iTunes (and now Apple Music).

15 Days Ago   Image: Altice Altice, the cable provider that owns Optimum and Suddenlink, is planning to release a smart speaker with Amazon’s Alexa assistant built in. The device, called the Altice Amplify, will allow customers to change channels and control other functions of their TV without reaching for the remote.

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