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AirPods Pro drop to $180, plus the rest of the week's best tech deals


Memorial Day may have come and gone, but you can still pick up some of our favorite electronics for less thanks to some holiday deals that are still available now. Apple's third-generation AirPods are still down to $150, and the AirPods Pro have returned to a sale price of $180. Two pairs of Samsung wireless earbuds are down to new all-time-low prices, and Solo Stove's extended Memorial Day sale allows you to get up to 46 percent off its fit pits. Here are the best tech deals from this week that you can still get today. Apple's AirPods Pro are back on sale for $180, which is about $70 off their original price.

The portable Sonos Roam speaker is now available in three new colors


Once in a blue moon, Sonos releases its speakers in some fun colors or finishes, but most of the time, people just have to pick between black and white. But starting today, you can get the portable Sonos Roam in three new shades; Wave, Sunset and Olive. As you might guess, Wave is a chill shade of light blue, Sunset straddles the line between orange and pink and olive is a cactus sort of green. Aside from these colors, there's nothing else new with the $179 speaker -- it has a built-in battery for about 10 hours of play time, Bluetooth for when you're away from WiFi, a microphone for voice commands via Alexa and Google Assistant and auto Trueplay technology to tune the speaker for optimal sound wherever you place it. I really liked the speaker when I reviewed it last year, and even though it costs $10 more than it did when it launched, I still think it's a great portable speaker that is a smart addition if you're already using other Sonos products.

Google's Matter smart home standard is launching this fall


Google plans to finally launch its new smart home industry standard called Matter this fall. Devices will all connect quickly and easily using Fast Pair and the platform will support a variety of voice assistants and networking protocols. Those include Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri as well as WiFi, Thread and Bluetooth LE. While Fast Pair feature has been used for headphones and audio gear, the company is working to use it for more things, including syncing lightbulbs and smart plugs with Android and Nest devices. You'll be able to scan a code with your phone to get things rolling, which should be quicker and easier than the current method for adding new gear to your arsenal.

Razer made a Bluetooth lapel mic for mobile streamers


Razer's latest livestreaming gear is built for broadcasts far away from your desk. The company has unveiled the Seiren Bluetooth, its first Bluetooth lapel microphone. The clip-on design's omnidirectional mic and AI-based noise suppression are built to help mobile streamers and vloggers who want better voice quality than their phone can offer, particularly in noisy situations. The lapel mic includes a 3.5mm jack for monitoring through headphones, and you can customize it through the Razer Streaming App to tweak the noise suppression levels, reduce latency for game streams and adjust sidetone for monitoring. The battery lasts for up to four hours with AI enabled and six hours with AI disabled, or enough for a lengthy IRL stream.

Sonos' Roam SL is a mic-free version of its portable speaker


It's been about a year since Sonos released the Roam, the company's smallest and least expensive speaker yet. As with most modern Sonos speakers, the Roam has a built-in microphone that lets you use the speaker with Amazon's Alexa or the Google Assistant. Today, Sonos is releasing a variant of the Roam that omits that microphone, the Roam SL. Aside from removing the microphone, the $159 Roam SL is identical to the original Roam, which costs $20 more. It's a small speaker that can connect to your WiFi network and be part of a Sonos multi-room audio system. But it also has a built-in battery and Bluetooth capabilities, so you can take it with you and use it away from a WiFi connection.

Best alarm clock 2022: Rise and shine


Let's face it: It's never easy to wake up in the morning. Whether you sleep through your alarm, snooze it an embarrassing number of times, or throw it across the room in agony, you might not always have a great relationship with your morning alarm. While most people nowadays use their smartphones for an alarm, an actual, physical alarm clock (with high-tech specs, of course) can help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and gradually wake you up, so you feel well-rested in the morning. We've rounded up the best alarm clocks on the market today with features like morning meditations, gentle lights that wake you up, voice assistant compatibilities, and much more. The Hatch Restore is a sound machine, sunrise alarm, smart light, meditation app, and alarm clock, all in one device.

Turn your smartphone into a smart home hub with Home Depot's Hubspace


You Got This is a series that spotlights the gear you need to improve one area of your life. Your home could be a finely tuned hive of efficiency, where scheduled lights turn on and off, conserving energy automatically, illuminating your walkways, and dimming your bedroom as you doze off in the middle of a movie. A smart home hub is the control center for different devices and their apps. Hold up, can't you just do that with your phone? Home Depot's Hubspace app takes the confusion out of setting up a smart home with one app to control a wide array of products that are easy to set up and easy to use, such as lights, outlets, and ceiling fans.

Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite is up to $45 off, plus the rest of the week's best tech deals


Many of Amazon's gadgets went on sale at the start of this week and continue to be discounted today. Key among them are both new Kindle Paperwhites -- the standard version and the Signature Edition -- along with the second-generation Echo Show 8 and the Fire TV Cube. On top of that, Apple's AirPods Pro are on sale for $175 and the 2021 Apple TV 4K remains discounted to $160. Here are the best tech deals from this week that you can still get today. The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is on sale for $145, which is an all-time low.

Top 15 Best Technology Trends 2022


There will be a lot of technology trends to follow in 2022 and they will affect different industries and different aspects of our lives. A lot of these trends are already at play, but some will take time to come to the fore. In this blog, we will look at these trends and predict what they might mean for our lives in the years to come. Technology is a fast-paced industry and there is a lot of buzzes. Everyone is talking about the latest trends, from the latest app to the latest technology.

Smart home: Six tech upgrades to make your house even smarter


Last summer, we sold our home in the great American Southwest, packed up all our worldly possessions, and moved across the country to the Southeast. Our goal was to live in a vibrant city with lots of transportation options, which is how we ended up in Atlanta. After six months in temporary housing, we've finally moved into a new home. And one of my top priorities as part of the move is making sure the home is well equipped with smart features to make it easy to live in. In this article, I'll share the decision-making process I went through when deciding which smart features to add to our home.