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Syng Cell Alpha immersive speaker first impressions: This thing fills a room like no other speaker I've heard

When I first heard about a new immersive speaker from a company called Syng, I was intrigued. Dubbed the Cell Alpha, its form factor was unlike any speaker I had seen. That design was spearheaded by Christopher Stringer, who had previously worked on many iconic Apple products for more than two decades.Aside from its striking appearance, the big question...

EZVIZ C8C security camera review: Pan and tilt features on a budget

Pan and tilt features continue to roll out to consumer-level smart security cameras, with EZVIZ the latest to offer such a model in the form of its new C8C cam.The hardware is presented in an unusual globular design, the bottom half of which can rotate through 352 degrees horizontally and 95 degrees vertically. In other words, with a standard mounting,...

Andover Audio announces a subwoofer companion for its SpinBase turntable speaker

We’re big fans of Andover Audio’s SpinBase all-in-one speaker system, which is designed to fit underneath your turntable and crank out your favorite vinyl while isolating the spinner from vibration that would interfere with its operation. Today, the company announced a companion subwoofer that will deliver your tunes with boosted low-frequency oomph.The...

Samsung HW-Q800A review: Samsung TV users will get the most out of this 3.1.2 Dolby Atmos soundbar

With its tight, precise, and immersive sound, the $700 Samsung HW-Q800A makes for a compelling, compact, and feature-packed soundbar, although some of its best tricks are reserved for those with Samsung TVs and smartphones. Packing Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, along with built-in Alexa and AirPlay 2, this 3.1.2-channel soundbar (upgradable to 5.1.4...

Germany’s Devolo to bring new hybrid powerline/mesh-network systems to North America

German manufacturer Devolo wants to reintroduce U.S. consumers to powerline networking. But it’s not using the HomePlug AV2 standard you might be familiar with from 10 years ago. Devolo’s Magic 2 series of products is based on the ITU G.hn standard that’s more widely popular in Europe. Devolo is also launching a series of hybrid devices that use both...

Microsoft's Xbox cloud charge continues with smart TVs, Xbox streaming hardware

You’ve always thought of an Xbox console as, well, a console. But Microsoft said Thursday that as it pushes Xbox gaming into the cloud, you’ll see something entirely new: smart TVs with the ability to play Xbox games, and new Xbox streaming hardware, too.Microsoft isn’t saying which TV makers it’s working with, or when these devices will launch. Nor...

Struggling to cut the cord? Don't overthink it

Depending on how you look at it, cord-cutting can either be extremely straightforward or remarkably complex.I often hear from folks who see it the latter way, and for understandable reasons. It seems like every week, there are new streaming services to consider, more devices to choose from, and big changes to the options that already exist. The deeper...

Swann Xtreem Wireless security camera review: Free cloud storage, motion detection, and solid hardware

Swann is best known for its professional, wired security systems, but lately it’s been muscling its way into more consumer-friendly categories, like this straightforward offering. Of late, Swann has continued to move upmarket, and its latest home security camera, the Xtreem wireless, is designed to compete with some of the higher-end home systems available,...

What’s on Paramount+? The 10 best TV shows

In the increasingly fragmented universe of online TV, specialized services like Paramount+, Hulu, Disney+, and others are putting together mixtures of original and classic entertainment and offering them to cord-cutters at relatively little cost—at least at the ad-supported tiers. Still, signing up for all of them at the same time is probably a waste...

Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) review: A worthy mid-range smart display

If you’ve decided that Alexa is the digital assistant you want in your home, the Echo Show 8 is an excellent mid-range smart display. If you’ve settled on Google Assistant instead and deployed a lot of those speakers, there’s probably nothing here that would make starting over a worthwhile endeavor.The Echo Show 8 has a bright, vibrant 8-inch touchscreen...

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