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YouTube Music comes to Google Home speakers for free

By | April 18th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

YouTube has announced that it will now offer free music streaming on Google Home speakers with YouTube Music.

Streaming via YouTube Music on your Google Home, Google Home Max, Google Home Mini, or Google Home Hub used to require a subscription to YouTube Music Premium for $9.99 / £9.99 / AU$11.99 per month.

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Apple HomePod 2 could provide stereo sound anywhere in the room

By | April 16th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Apple's long-awaited HomePod 2 smart speaker could sound even better than the original, if new patents granted to the tech company are anything to go by. 

Apple's patent for a 'Multi-listener stereo image array' describes a system where "multiple people can experience a stereo audio effect, regardless of where they are seated," according to Apple Insider.

In layman's terms, the patent describes a system that uses multiple drivers and advanced sonic processing to send an audio signal to each person in the room – and each of them will hear the appropriate left and right channel, no matter where they are. 

Now, you might wonder how the HomePod will know where you're standing in the room.… Read the full article

These Swiss watch-inspired headphones could last you a lifetime

By | April 16th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Even if you take the utmost care with your headphones, it's unlikely that they'll last longer than a few years; technology moves on, parts degrade, and what was fashionable a few years ago, becomes wildly uncool with alarming rapidity. 

That's something Swiss-British design company Luzli hope to change with the Roller MK02 headphones. Designed to "last a lifetime", these luxury Swiss-watch inspired cans are now available to buy for an eye-watering $4,000 / £3,840 (around AU$5,600).

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Apple AirPods (2019) vs Samsung Galaxy Buds: which is best for you?

By | April 11th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

When it comes to smartphones, chances are you fall into one of two camps: fans of the Apple iPhone’s iOS operating system or those dedicated to the Android OS used by Samsung (among others).

However, in the world of true wireless earbuds, these distinctions aren’t quite as clear, and you may well be considering buying a pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds, even if you have an iPhone – and vice versa. 

Now, that Apple have released an updated version of its true wireless earbuds the Apple AirPods (2019), which come with an optional wireless charging case, it's even more difficult to choose which is the best true wireless earbud model for you. 

If you’re not sure how to choose between the Apple AirPods (2019) and the Samsung Galaxy Buds, you’ve come to the right place; we've examined the pros and cons of both true wireless earbuds to help you decide which ones will suit you best.… Read the full article

Roku promises simpler streaming with new update

By | April 10th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Roku has announced a new update is coming to current generation streaming devices, which is designed to make the streaming experience "even simpler and more enjoyable".

The streaming device company is releasing Roku OS 9.1, and it says that it's expected to roll out to users "over the coming weeks".

One new feature of the updated operating system, Guest Mode, "enables visiting guests to sign in to subscription channels using their own account credentials", which Roku says is "perfect for short term rentals".… Read the full article

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Facebook will stop asking you to wish your dead friends happy birthday

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Facebook's algorithms may be smart, but they haven't always been tactful when it comes to dealing with the profiles of deceased users – but that could be about to change.

In a blog post, chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg announced that Facebook would be making the following updates: "a new tributes section for memorialized accounts; additional controls for people who manage memorialized accounts; and improved AI to keep the profile of a deceased loved one from appearing in painful ways".… Read the full article

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How record-beating speakers are ensuring the survival of this iconic, 150 year-old venue

By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

It was once said that the Royal Albert Hall was “the only place a composer could be sure of hearing his piece twice”. 

The legendary music venue’s sound has never quite matched its looks; that iconic domed roof and amphitheater-style design has ensured that any music played in the Hall has always suffered from a terrible echo – which is why a record-breaking speaker system was needed to finally give the Royal Albert Hall a sound quality fit for royalty. 

Costing over £2 million, the speaker installation took 693 days, and uses 15,291 meters of cable and 465 individual speakers, making it the world’s largest single-room speaker installation. 

We had the chance to see the new system at a special demo in the famous Hall, where we were treated to everything from a live string quartet to the chest-thumping bass of Daft Punk.… Read the full article

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Snapchat launches new gaming service Snap Games

By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Snapchat has announced that it is launching its own gaming service, Snap Games, which will allow users to play games with their friends in real time. 

The announcement came at the company's Partner Summit in LA, where it revealed it would be releasing a series of games exclusive to the platform, including one called Bitmoji Party.

You'll be able to access the games within Snapchat's chat feature, which now features a rocket button – once you tap this you'll be able to launch a game and play with your friends.… Read the full article

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Apple Music finally comes to Amazon speakers in the UK

By | April 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

You can now listen to Apple Music on Amazon Fire TV and Echo devices in the UK, over three months after the platform became available for US users. 

To stream from Apple Music on your Echo speaker or Fire TV, you'll need to enable the Apple Music skill in the Alexa app – Amazon says once you've done that you can "ask Alexa to play your favourite songs, artists, playlists, and albums" for hands-free control of your music.

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Apple has cut the price of the HomePod

By | April 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Apple has officially cut the price of the HomePod around the world.

Originally priced at $349 in the US, the HomePod now costs $299, while the UK price has come down from £319 to £279 on the Apple Store. 

Similarly, in Australia, the price has been reduced from AU$499 to AU$469, representing a price drop of around 15% worldwide. 

Although last year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday saw some fantastic Apple HomePod deals from third party retailers, even dropping as low as $250 (around £190 / AU$350),  9to5Mac points out that "it's quite rare for Apple to reduce the price of any of its products mid-cycle". 

So why has Apple decided to discount the HomePod now?… Read the full article

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