VIZIO Crave 360, Crave Pro speakers get some Spotify love

VIZIO Crave 360, Crave Pro speakers get some Spotify love

VIZIO is a brand better known for its TVs, both traditional and smart, but of late it has been making huge strides to leave a mark in the connect speaker market segment. Last September, it unveiled its Crave 360 and Crave Pro Cast-enabled multi-room speakers, encroaching on Sonos’ territory. Now VIZIO, which is being acquired by Chinese tech giant LeEco, is stepping up its challenge by striking a partnership with Spotify. Starting today, actually starting last Christmas, owners of Crave 360 and Crave Pro speakers will be able to cast their Spotify tunes to the speakers just as easily as any Chromecast-enabled device.

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Nintendo Switch eschews bundled games to keep price down

Nintendo Switch eschews bundled games to keep price down

The Nintendo Switch is unconventional in more ways than one. In addition to its unorthodox hybrid form factor, its launch is also a bit unusual, almost unsettling. Breaking away not just from its own tradition but that of other consoles as well, Nintendo won’t be launching the Switch with any bundled games, not even its own 1-2-Switch “tech demo”. That, according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, was a decision made in order to keep the Switch price down to $299.99, nothing more, nothing less.

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macOS Sierra will soon warn if your display sucks up battery

macOS Sierra will soon warn if your display sucks up battery

If there were three things that defined the late 2016 MacBook Pros, they’d be the Touch Bar, Thunderbolt 3 ports, and contentious battery life. Apple has received no small amount of flak, warranted or not, for the not so 10 hours of battery life promised by the company. Apple has taken those criticisms seriously and implemented some measures to refute those claims, or at least make sure that it won’t be blamed for them. Its latest countermeasure was quietly added to the fourth beta for macOS Sierra 10.12.3 which now warns users if their displays are so bright they’re using up those precious battery minutes.

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Galaxy S8, S8 Plus leaked dimensions show some interesting screens

Galaxy S8, S8 Plus leaked dimensions show some interesting screens

While still waiting for Samsung’s official and hopefully final excuse explanation for the whole Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, we could do with a bit more Galaxy S8 speculation. Especially with its expected MWC 2017 reveal inching ever closer. This latest tidbit doesn’t show beyond a sliver of a doubt the final smartphone’s appearance. Instead, it only leaves us with figures of the Galaxy S8’s, as well as the Galaxy S8 Plus’, supposed sizes. But if these numbers are correct, we’re in for some interesting screen sizes next month.

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Nest brings its smart home brand to more European markets

Nest brings its smart home brand to more European markets

Although it is no longer the only game in town, Nest has been one of the most popular pioneers of this new smart home trend. You rarely hear about it recently, though, except perhaps in not so flattering news. Proving that not only is it still alive but also growing exponentially, Nest has announced its expansion in Europe, entering the German, Austrian, Italian, and Spanish market and, claims Nest, doubling the number of European households where its smart products can be found in.

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Original NVIDIA SHIELD gets its game-changing update next week

Original NVIDIA SHIELD gets its game-changing update next week

It must have been an emotional roller coaster for owners of the original NVIDIA SHIELD. At first, it seemed that NVIDIA was rolling out the big Android 7.0 update to the first gen SHIELD, including all the sweat features in the new SHIELD. But just as suddenly, it yanked away that update. The good news is that the update will still come. The bad news, owners will have to wait a bit later, hopefully until next week at the earliest.

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Google Pixel cracking audio is hardware-based after all

Google Pixel cracking audio is hardware-based after all

Google might have an angry mob at its doorsteps if this latest revelation about the Google Pixel will be confirmed to be the final word about the smartphone. Already riddled by bugs or hardware issues, the first “made by Google” smartphone might end up looking like a rushed disaster, though to a lesser extent than the Galaxy Note 7. That’s because the cracking audio problems reported by some users are, according to a “top-tier” Googgle Support specialist, is actually caused by hardware and, therefore, can’t be fixed through software alone.

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2017 MacBook Pro might finally have 32 GB of RAM

2017 MacBook Pro might finally have 32 GB of RAM

MacBook Pro owners might have something to really look forward to this year if Ming-Chi Kuo is on the mark. The renowned analyst from KGI is predicting that this year’s generation of MacBook Pros will finally break through the 16 GB RAM limit. While 32 GB on a “professional” computer might seem normal these days, that has actually become a sore topic with the late 2016 models as Apple refused to go any further, sacrificing power for the sake of longer battery life and portability.

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China stops 85 coal power projects as part of Five Year Plan

China stops 85 coal power projects as part of Five Year Plan

China, in order to meet its stated Five Year Plan coal capacity goal, has stopped the development of 85 coal power projects across 13 different provinces. The news was recently announced by China’s National Energy Board’s Electricity Division, which says the projects would have totaled more than 100 million kilowatts of power. The notice says these projects were “ceased or postponed,” making it unclear whether any will be resumed in the future.

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NOOK Tablet 7″ pulled from shelves over faulty chargers

NOOK Tablet 7″ pulled from shelves over faulty chargers

Barnes and Noble can’t win, it seems. The company’s troubled ereader devices received a needed and surprising refresh with the NOOK Tablet 7, a 7-inch tablet with a $50 price tag unveiled just a few months ago. Unfortunately, news surfaced shortly after launch that the tablets had a malware issue. Now the company is pulling the product off shelves entirely, but for a different reason: it seems there’s an issue with the device chargers.

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BLAST military project can detect brain injury from explosions

BLAST military project can detect brain injury from explosions

The Office of Naval Research is funding a new project to develop BLAST, the Blast Load Assessment Sense and Test technology. This system, once created, will help identify potential traumatic brain injuries in soldiers and other military personnel who are within range of some kind of blast, potentially getting them necessary medical attention promptly. Such technology may help prevent serious brain injury resulting from multiple traumatic blast exposures.

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Alaskan salmon infected with Japanese tapeworm, CDC warns

Alaskan salmon infected with Japanese tapeworm, CDC warns

The Japanese broad tapeworm has been identified in Alaskan-caught salmon, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, providing a good reason to think twice before eating any raw fish. The parasite, known as Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense, has been cited as responsible for about 2,000 cases of known human infections, the vast majority of them in Japan, South Korea, and similar regions.

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