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Google IO 2019 liveblog: keynote news in real-time

By | May 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Our Google IO 2019 liveblog is ongoing, as we report on the developer conference that's already nearing the two hour mark. We have a rundown on the news from the keynote below – straight from Mountain View, California.

So far, Google has announced Android Q beta 3 and new features including Dark Theme, Nest Hub Max (and a price drop for the original Google Hub [now renamed Nest Hub]).

We're on the ground today, picked up our badge yesterday and waiting to deliver to you minute-by-minute updates about Android Q, Pixel 3a, and possible updates to Nest and the Google Home devices. 

And, of course, we'll also be the first to report on any other surprises.… Read the full article

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Sony Stages Stunning Demos of its 2019 TV Lineup

By | May 7th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Sony recently invited journalists to its New York City facilities to brief us on the company’s 2019 TV product strategy, along with comparative demonstrations against the best offerings of its key competitors.
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Herb Gets Ready for High End 2019

By | May 7th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Leute, High End München 2019 ist der große Audio-Zirkus.

You’re stuck in America reading nightmare-news and you think high-end audio is dying because it’s all old men, and the dealers all carry the same stuff, and there is nothing new since MQA? I’m sorry, but that’s so provincial of you. And embarrassing. You need to get out more.

Honestly, Were you to visit Munich today and experience just the crazy amount of High End 2019 signage—it’s in the airport, and along the highway, and in the cabs!—you would realize that this is truly the Greatest (audio) Show on Earth.… Read the full article

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Audio Research Reference CD9SE

By | May 7th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Audio Research has released its Reference CD9SE CD Player/DAC which, as with all ARC’s reference products, uses valves… in this case in its analogue output stages as well as in its power supply. (Click on image above for larger version.)

The output stage of the Audio Research Reference CD9SE uses four 6H30 dual-triodes, while a 6550WE and a 6H30 are used in the power supply. The digital section features quad 24-bit DACs running in mono mode, with dual master oscillators; one for 44.1/88.2/176.4 sample rates, and the other for 48/96/192kHz sample rates.… Read the full article

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Google Pixel 3a vs OnePlus 6T: Google’s affordable flagship against the mid-range heavyweight

By | May 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The OnePlus 6T currently reigns as champion of the affordable flagship market, a position it’s held for several months – but Google wants a piece of the action, and with the Google Pixel 3a it now has a serious challenger.

The Pixel 3a sees Google distilling the best parts of the Google Pixel 3 phone into a more-budget alternative, so it’s got many features which you can find in the high-end phone. But the OnePlus 6T has a few tricks up its sleeve as well.… Read the full article

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Dropbox launches cold storage

By | May 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

It turns out that after uploading files to cloud storage for backup purposes, users rarely access them which is why Dropbox has created a new layer of storage on its platform called cold storage.

After shifting its workloads away from AWS to its own data centers several years ago, the company developed a storage architecture called Magic Pocket to give it more control over how files were stored and accessed.

Dropbox's engineers realized over time that most users move files to its service primarily for backup purposes and rarely access them again.… Read the full article

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Everything announced at Google IO 2019

By | May 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Google always thinks up some big announcements when our eyes are trained on its annual Google IO developer conference. Last year we saw a huge update to its Android P operating system, first mention of a Google Maps AR mode, and a host of new features across Google's extensive software and hardware ranges. 

This year, there was plenty of hype around the event – helped in no small part by the rumors surrounding the Google Pixel 3a handset, and Google's own accidental leak of a successor to the Google Home Hub.… Read the full article

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Vimberg Appoints Wynn Audio as North American Distributor

By | May 7th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Vimberg Appoints Wynn Audio as North American Distributor

The following is a press release issued by Vimberg. May 7, 2019 – Vimberg and Wynn Audio proudly announce their cooperation for distribution for the North American market. Vimberg is the new brand from Tidal Audio GmbH (known for Tidal Audio) that marks the result of the company’s many years of experience in manufacturing ultra-high-end speakers. The CEO of Vimberg, Jörn Janczak, is now applying everything he learned from Tidal Audio to build speakers that are more affordable, catering to a wider range of audiophiles.… Read the full article

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Android Q developer beta is now available on the Nokia 8.1

By | May 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The full, finished release of Android Q likely won’t land on any handset until around August, but if you have a Nokia 8.1 you can access a developer beta of the software right now.

This is one of the first phones to offer any version of Android Q, following the Google Pixel 3 and the rest of the Pixel range, which has been able to access it since March.

You can sign up for the developer beta on Nokia's site, but as the name suggests this is aimed at developers, which, coupled with being a beta, means you might want to think twice – it’s going to be unfinished and might be unstable.… Read the full article

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New Lenovo ThinkBook S models could be on the way

By | May 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Lenovo could be preparing to launch a new line of ThinkBook laptops aimed at consumers according to Notebook Italia who discovered two of the company's laptops with unusual names at a trade show in China.

Currently the Chinese hardware maker sells its business notebooks under the ThinkPad brand while its consumer models are under the IdeaPad and Yoga names but that could be about to change.

The Lenovo ThinkBook S laptops come in 13-inch and 14-inch size and the new devices could be coming to Europe at the end of May for around €1,000 according to several listings from online stores.… Read the full article

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