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What’s the best premium Echo speaker? The Echo Studio or Echo Plus?

Echo Studio

It’s the Echo Plus PLUS

$ 200 at Amazon

Pros Physical mic mute switch Booming room-filling sound Built-in Zigbee smart home hub Can be paired with another Echo Studio and/or Fire TV for surround sound Cons First gen product Most expensive Echo device

The Echo Studio is Amazon’s shot across the bow to Apple’s Homepod, Google’s Home Max, and Sonos’ collection of high-end speakers. It offers amazing sound and smarts for a great  [Read More…]

What’s the holdup with Netflix and Google Smart Displays?

Google has a new range of devices that are very important to its future hardware plans. The smart display is a new venue for the company to literally present Google Assistant to users with a great out-of-the-box experience. However, these devices are also amazing Google Cast units as well, but one major partner is missing: Netflix.

What’s Missing?

While you can watch most streaming apps like Hulu, YouTube, and Plex via Cast on any Nest Hub (previously Google Home Hub),  [Read More…]

What’s the best-sounding Alexa smart speaker? Echo Studio or Sonos One?

Amazon Echo Studio

Alexa goes Hi-Fi

$ 200 at Amazon

Pros Multi-directional, immersive sound Supports multi-room audio Can be paired with another Echo Studio or Fire TV Supports multiple music services and Apple Airplay 2 Physical microphone mute switch Cons First gen product Most expensive Echo device

After years of making decent sounding smart speakers, Amazon has finally heeded the call for a high-end, Hi-Fi home for Alexa. The Echo Studio features five speakers for  [Read More…]

What’s new on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and HBO in October 2019

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll scare the living crap out of yourself. It’s October, kids!

We’re finally kicking summer to the curb and welcoming in cooler temperatures, and of course Halloween. And in addition to old favorites — it’s time for the Great Pumpkin! — we’ve got a host of great original content on the way from the usual suspects.

Consider:

The second season of Castle Rock hits Hulu in October and takes us back into the world of  [Read More…]

Setting strict requirements on apps is what’s needed for “proper” gestures

Swiping needs to be consistent on every phone, in every app, for gestures to work for everyone.

By now, you’re probably tired of reading articles online about Android 10 gesture navigation. It seems like nobody really likes it, Google just can’t get it right, and nothing the company can do fixes things. All this is doubly true if you’re one of the people who have no problems with the current gesture navigation solution in Android. With this  [Read More…]

What’s on Kelly Peirce’s gaming desk: Work, consoles and felty critters

Work, gaming, and hobbies; my desk sees it all and holds a mix of equipment to that end. Due to Fibromyalgia my day usually breaks down a little differently than others: stretching out stiff limbs with a show and tea, working when the fog clears from my mind, gaming a little with friends, and then working again just in case the next day is bad. Toss in a little stabbing felt with needles when things get stressful and  [Read More…]

Nebula Soundbar or Fire TV Cube – what’s the better buy?

Nebula Soundbar – Fire TV Edition

Hear Alexa roar

$ 230 at Amazon

Pros Great audio Integrated Fire TV experience Alexa with Voice Remote Cons No hands-free Alexa More expensive than Fire TV devices

This is Amazon’s first foray into the world of soundbars, but the implementation looks intriguing. You get access to the most current Fire TV functionality with the added benefit of a high-end audio system.

All-New Fire TV Cube [Read More…]

What’s new on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and HBO in September 2019

Wherein we learn that Wu-Tang Clan still ain’t nothing to eff with, Chelsea Handler can teach us a thing or three, and Amazon Prime Video can melt your mind.

Welp, that’s it for Summer, boys and girls. It’s time to back up the beach toys, send the kids back to school — and maybe figure out exactly what we’re going to be watching on our favorite streaming services in the meantime. (What does one of those things have  [Read More…]

What’s the best cheap Echo – regular or Dot?

Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

Best bang for the buck

$ 50 at Amazon

Pros Cheapest Echo Inconspicuous size Fully-functional Alexa device Cons While improved, sound quality not as good as larger versions Not as customizable as previous versions

The Echo Dot (3rd Gen) is the Echo to get for most people. Whether you’re just starting with your smart home or you are expanding your current setup, these affordable speakers can do pretty much anything.

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