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Sonos One Gen 2 quietly released, bringing a host of internal changes but no new features

The Independent - Tech

Sonos has quietly updated its flagship speaker, the One, though it looks exactly the same. The Sonos One Gen 2 has been spotted by some people who have bought the new version without knowing it, but had not been announced by Sonos. Now it has become clear that it is a different version – though not one that actually changes very much. In practice, the new speaker is the same as the old one, Sonos says. But it does include a whole host of updates, even if those don't enable any new features.


Amazon Prime Day: Cheapest ever deal for Echo voice-controlled Alexa speaker

The Independent - Tech

Amazon Prime Day 2017 kicks off at 6pm tonight, but the company has announced a number of upcoming deals ahead of time. The standout offer is undoubtedly £70 off the Amazon Echo. From this evening through to the end of Tuesday, you'll be able to buy the Alexa-powered speaker for £79.99, rather than the usual £149.99 price. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


WWDC: Apple launches HomePod, a Siri speaker 'to reinvent home music'

The Independent - Tech

Apple has officially launched HomePod, a Siri-powered talking music system for the home. It looks unusual, like a cross between Google Home and the Mac Pro, all wrapped up in mesh. Apple says it has "the power to rock the house", thanks to its use of seven different tweeters, and the huge bass woofer that sits right in the middle. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


Sonos Beam review: Smaller, smarter but still stunning sound

The Independent - Tech

Sonos might not be primarily known for TV sound: it is famous for its internet-connected speakers, which can stream music from just about anywhere in lush audio. But that works just as well when stuck under your television, bringing great sound and all the same smarts to your films and shows. It came first with the Playbar, a long rectangle of speakers that was the first Sonos speaker to plug into your TV; that was followed by the Playbase, which sat under the television rather than in front of it. Now Sonos has brought the Beam, which takes the best of everything it has done so far and shrinks it down. Until now, bringing Sonos into your living room meant some big – literally – compromises.


Nintendo Switch online plans revealed: Release date and price of multiplayer service confirmed by company

The Independent - Tech

Nintendo will finally unveil its online service for the Switch next year, it has confirmed. The full launch will happen in 2018. When it does, Switch players will pay $20 per year to get access to a range of new and existing features. Until the service rolls out, Switch owners will be able to play online for free. But they also won't get access to the features that will come at the full launch, which includes proper matchmaking and a phone app.