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The dizzying story of Symphony of the Seas, the largest and most ambitious cruise ship ever built

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Logitech’s G Pro headset is built for eSports

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With the new G Pro headset, Logitech set out to make something that gamers could wear for hours on end, without getting fatigued. It's a fairly straightforward pair of headphones: It only offers stereo sound (no fancy surround option), and it relies…
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Logitech built a $49 digital crayon for the new iPad

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Apple's new starter iPad is designed to make drawing more accessible, but the $ 99 it takes to buy the official Pencil for that iPad is a lot to swallow for cash-strapped educators. That's where Logitech might help: it's introducing a $ 49 Crayon acce…
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[Update: Pricing for more models] Sony announces new 4K HDR Android TVs with Google Assistant built in

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Sony’s been busy with announcements so far at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, debuting new headphones and speakers, an Android Auto audio system, and some new phones (trademark bezels still intact).

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Questionable report claims ‘iPhone SE 2’ built solely in India, launch held up by government

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A new report claims that the "iPhone SE 2" is coming at some point after the "Field Trip" event, and not only will be produced exclusively in India, but the global launch is being delayed by the India government for reasons unknown.
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Red Bull built an underground eSports bar in London

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London's Red Bull Gaming Sphere has everything you would expect from an eSports venue: neon-strewn PCs, large TVs, chunky headsets and the latest Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft consoles. But this isn't a stadium designed to compete with the Gfinity Are…
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This software architect built a device that gives HomePod Bluetooth support

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What do you do when you want line-in and Bluetooth support on your HomePod? If you’re Andrew Faden, you build a workaround.

HomePod was built to sound great. It boasts a double-whammy of Apple-engineered audio technology and advanced software, allowing it to deliver impressive, high-fidelity sound that fills a space pretty well no matter where you put it. What it wasn’t built for, however, was use with Bluetooth or a line-in — it’s limited to Apple Music and AirPlay only. Not the biggest issue if you only use Apple devices, but what if you want to play audio from another source, like a turntable? If you’re software architect Andrew Faden, you build your own solution.

Faden’s workaround, which he calls “BabelPod,” acts as a sort of translator between outside audio devices and your HomePod speaker. Using a $ 30 Raspberry Pi Zero W kit, a $ 9 USB audio adapter, and software Faden wrote himself, the little hardware hack takes audio input from line-in or Bluetooth and outputs it wirelessly to the HomePod via Airplay. Once built, BabelPod’s web interface allows users to select both the source of the audio they want to play (either line-in or Bluetooth) as well as the AirPlay-enabled device they’d like to broadcast it to (HomePod, in this case).

Though this is a cool and — if you’ve got some tech skills — relatively simple workaround, it isn’t 100% perfect. For one thing, Faden says that there is a two-second delay between when the audio input is received and when it is played on the HomePod, meaning BabelPod won’t work well for gaming or playing the audio from a music video or film. Faden also notes that the quality of the audio is affected by the quality of the input, so if you plan on using a cheap line-in USB adapter, it won’t sound as stellar as it would otherwise. The same goes for Bluetooth, which limits audio quality because its compressed. However, Faden does mention that it may be possible to improve the quality of Bluetooth audio by changing the standard SBC compression to use a higher bitrate or switching to a better compression algorithm like AAC or AptX (though he hasn’t attempted either of those just yet).

All in all, if you’re looking for a bit of a project and have a device that you’d like to use with your HomePod but that isn’t compatible yet, you can check out Faden’s full post for more info and complete step-by-step instructions. If you do try this hack for yourself, be sure to let me know how it goes. Happy experimenting!

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Apple’s third large California campus is already built

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In January, Apple announced plans to build a new campus in the United States. However, it hasn’t previously said much about AC3, its third major campus development already nearing completion in Silicon Valley. Here’s a look at the more immediate growth occurring in Apple’s backyard as the company works to accommodate an expansion of workers.
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Android P feature spotlight: Apps built for Android 4.1 or lower may be blocked from running

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While Apple regularly clears its store of apps not supporting the latest iPhone models or hardware architectures, Google has only recently started to lay out similar requirements for Android apps. In December, the company announced that Play Store apps would have to target an API level no more than 1 year older than the current codename release. In other words, after Android P comes out, all apps submitted to the Play Store would have to target for Android 8.0 Oreo or above.

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