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Cielo Breez Plus review: A superb way to make your dumb air conditioner smart

Easy to set up and incredibly responsive, the Cielo Breez Plus is one of two Wi-Fi-connected air-conditioner controllers this company manufactures. Like many similar devices we’ve tested, the simpler (and less-expensive, at a street price of $68) Breez Eco relies entirely on the Cielo Home app. The pricier Breez Plus, reviewed here, has a street price...

Everything we know—and don’t know—about Google’s new smart speaker

The cat’s out of the bag as far as Google’s latest smart speaker goes, with the company essentially confirming the rumored Home successor on Thursday with a coyly worded email containing a snapshot and a video of the unannounced device.Many key details about the new Google smart speaker are still shrouded in mystery, but we can tease out a few facts...

Tribit XFree Go headphone review: Amazing sound, great price, and one glaring flaw

Before I discovered the price of Tribit’s XFree Go headphones, which wasn’t provided until weeks after the product showed up, I was thinking they’d retail for $100—or maybe $80 given Tribit’s penchant for low-ball pricing. In my book, they sound every bit as good as the Sony set I use on a regular basis.Discovering that they were selling on Amazon for...

Harman’s new JBL Conceal loudspeakers virtually disappear into your walls

Harman Luxury Audio’s new JBL Conceal Series loudspeakers, shipping in July, are major problem solvers. When building out an audio system for a home theater, the best way to get true surround sound is to strategically place discrete speakers around the room. If you or your spouse don’t find that approach aesthetically pleasing, the traditional solution...

Is this a new Google Nest smart speaker?

We’ve been hearing rumblings about a successor to the Google Home smart speaker ever since Google put the original on ice several weeks ago. It now appears we might have our first glimpse of the new device.Android Police reports that a new Google device just popped up on the FCC’s website, and while the details of that device are sketchy, Android TV...

Harmony is offering a full refund to anyone who ever bought its $250 Alexa remote

When it launched in 2019, Logitech's Harmony Express Alexa remote seemed to be the way of the future: a simple, voice-powered remote that controlled all your devices with ease. Barely a year later, Harmony has announced that it is shutting the whole thing down as of September 30.As spotted by The Verge, Logitech quietly updated its support page for...

Roku backtracks on combining over-the-air channel guide with streaming TV listings

Just a few days after debuting a new integrated TV programming guide that mixed over-the-air TV listings with more than 100 streaming “linear” TV channels, Roku says it’s rolling back the feature following user complaints.As first reported by The Streamable, the Live TV tile on the Roku home screen will once again be dedicated to over-the-air channel...

Wink: Paid subscriptions still coming, but free users will get 'limited functionality'

Yes, paid subscriptions are still coming to Wink, but the company has offered a lifeline to free users who would rather not migrate to a new smart home platform—or at least, not yet.In an announcement on its official blog, Wink said it would finally roll out its controversial $4.95 paid subscription plan on July 27.When it first announced the subscription...

Nine great things that cord-cutting brought us

For those who’ve been trying to escape cable or satellite TV, the last week brought a lot of doom and gloom.First, YouTube TV announced its biggest price hike ever, from $50 per month to $65 per month. FuboTV followed suit, raising prices from $55 per month to $60 per month. Sling TV has also hinted at price hikes to come, saying it will lock in today’s...

LG’s new Atmos-enabled soundbar matches its stylish GX Gallery OLED TVs

LG’s sleek, slim-bezeled GX Gallery OLED TV is designed to blend in with the decor of your living room, so it’s fitting that the just-announced GX Soundbar boasts a similarly thin profile, not to mention support for the immersive Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio formats.Slated to go on sale in the U.S. later this month for $999, the LG GX Soundbar’s angular,...

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