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Which Sonos Speaker is Best For You?

WIRED

Here at WIRED, we like Sonos speakers. Throughout the last five years, we've reviewed everything from its small Play:1 speaker to its soundbars and recommended every one of them. But it's not cheap to turn your home into a Sonos-powered shrine to sound. Like Apple products, Sonos speakers are built to work with other Sonos speakers, and don't come cheap, starting at $200 for the least expensive, smallest model. But which ones should you buy? Read on for our recommendations.


Baig's best tech picks of 2017 will eat at your wallet

USATODAY

The new iPhoneX has a less alarming price tag if you do a trade-in deal at one of the four major carriers. These were among the standout products I've checked out these past 12 months. Though some of the entries on my chosen list made it on potential, and none are without flaws, each in its own way left a strong favorable impression. Warning: they'll also leave you in some cases with a considerably smaller bank account. When the most hyped and anticipated iPhone in years not only ditches the familiar home button and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor but also cracks the $1000 price barrier, there was more than a little bit of pressure on Apple to belt a home run with the iPhone X. More: I've had an iPhone X all week.


DJI Mavic Pro: First impressions from a drone novice

ZDNet

Welcome to the first article in our new Drone and Robotics Discovery Series, here on ZDNet. Like our 3D Printing Discovery Series, this set of articles and videos will be all about hands-on testing, tinkering, and exploring. As with the 3D printing series, I'm coming at this unencumbered by the curse of knowledge. I'm new to drones, so we'll be learning and exploring them together. We're kicking off this series with the DJI Mavic Pro.


The most cutting-edge gifts for the techie in your life

Washington Post

They're probably the person in your life you go to help for all your technology needs. So how can you give something good to the tech-savvy person in your life? Here are some suggestions for gifts to delight those who are always looking at the hottest tech trends and products. As with all cutting-edge tech, this isn't for the faint of heart, both in terms of price and in willingness to try something new. You still won't find a headphone jack with the The iPhone X.


Google Assistant can help troubleshoot your Pixel 2 phone

Engadget

Plenty of companies offer chat support to troubleshoot problems with your phone. But do you really want to talk to another human for what could be a simple fix? You don't have to... if you have a Pixel 2. Android Police has discovered that you can ask Google Assistant for help with battery issues. Ask why your battery isn't charging properly and the AI companion will not only run a diagnostics check, but look for particularly power-hungry apps. It offers to connect you to Google's chat or phone support if it can't answer your questions in one shot, although problems in the AP test suggest this component isn't ready for prime time.


Elon Musk unveils Tesla Semi electric big-rig truck

Daily Mail

Tesla Inc unveiled a prototype electric big-rig truck Thursday night, throwing itself into a new market even as it struggles to roll out an affordable sedan on which the company's future depends. Chief Executive Elon Musk unveiled the big rig, dubbed the Tesla Semi, by riding the truck into an airport hangar near Los Angeles in front of an invited crowd of what Tesla said were potential truck buyers and Tesla car owners. Musk has described electric trucks as Tesla's next effort to move the economy away from fossil fuels through projects including electric cars, solar roofs and power storage. Some analysts fear the truck will be an expensive distraction for Tesla, which is burning cash, has never posted an annual profit, and is in self-described'manufacturing hell' starting up production of the $35,000 Model 3 sedan. Tesla shares were roughly flat on Thursday.


Elon Musk Plugs Tesla's New Truck Even as Model 3 Faces Delays

Wall Street Journal

Tesla shares the next day soared 4%--the kind of pop that continues to fuel Tesla's stock run this year as expectations build for Mr. Musk to fulfill his vision of a world complete with electric self-driving vehicles. Similarly, Mr. Musk was touting plans for the Model 3 while Tesla struggled to ramp-up manufacturing of the Model X in 2015, and last year he hosted a flashy event laying out his vision for making solar-panel roofs sexy. "It's exceptionally clear that over time, product announcements have helped to bolster the stock and cover up shortfalls in deliveries or manufacturing issues," said Mike Ramsey, an industry analyst for Gartner Inc. The showman's latest flourish comes as Tesla runs low on cash and struggles to mass-produce the Model 3, a $35,000 sedan that is the cornerstone of Mr. Musk's plan to transform Tesla from being a niche luxury player to a mainstream auto maker. Tesla has fallen behind its production goals for the Model 3 during the early manufacturing period that Mr. Musk has termed "production hell."


What Is the Potential for AI in the Energy Industry?

#artificialintelligence

Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform a multitude of industries, including retail, small business accounting and even product design. The energy and utilities markets could be next. It's still early days in terms of adoption, but there are numerous use cases for AI in the energy and utilities industries. AI can be used to make smart electric grids more efficient in delivering energy, can predict when batteries and other equipment will fail and can also help make energy exploration easier and more economical. AI and one of its subsets, machine learning, are digital trends poised to disrupt the energy industry, according to a recent report from Wood Mackenzie, an energy, chemicals, renewables, metals and mining research and consultancy group, Greentech Media (GTM) reports.


Tesla's electric big rig truck: Can Elon Musk deliver?

USATODAY

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the electric-car maker would reveal plans for a commercial truck and pickup truck. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is pledging a revolution with an electric semi-truck. Tesla's plans to disrupt the semi-truck business with a new electric big rig could create a new revolution -- and CEO Elon Musk isn't holding back on the hyperbole. Musk is pledging a groundbreaking advancement Thursday night at an event near Los Angeles and will release details on the new truck.. "This will blow your mind clear out of your skull and into an alternate dimension," Musk said Sunday in a tongue-in-cheek tweet. The race to deliver electric trucks could eventually pose economic benefits to consumers if the technology lowers the price of transportation and reduces emissions that contribute to climate change.


Battery safety and fire handling

Robohub

Lithium battery safety is an important issue as there are more and more reports of fires and explosions. Fires have been reported in everything from cell phones to airplanes to robots. If you don't know why we need to discuss this, or even if you do know, watch this clip or click here. I am not a fire expert. This post is based on things I have heard and some basic research.