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As HomePod nears launch, Google runs rare ad for Home Max on Google.com

Google’s collection of smart home speakers have been on the market for over a year now, and they’ve matured a lot since launch. There are dozens of third-party options, but the best arguably come from Google itself. Now, the recent Google Home Max is finally on sale, and Google is starting to …

Google Home

Sprint plans to raise prices and roll out 5G next year

It's become a fairly close race to provide mobile 5G service, with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile all announcing plans to roll out the faster network tech within the next couple of years. Sprint already has plans to launch its own 5G network in 2019, which it confirmed today during an earnings call, as …

Telecoms

TiVo will let users auto-skip the football to watch just the Super Bowl commercials

Super Bowl Sunday. The day we switch from being annoyed by commercials to being annoyed by all the stuff <i>between</i> the commercials. Football? Bah! We’re here for talking babies and beer frogs.<p>Looking to tap into this, TiVo is flipping its tagging system upside down for a feature they’re calling …

DOJ: Chinese counterfeiter pocketed over $1M smuggling fake iPhones & iPads into the US

The United States Department of Justice announced today that a Chinese national living in the United States has pleaded guilty for his role in smuggling and distributing counterfeit iPhones and iPads from China into the United Staes…<p>Jianhua “Jeff” Li, 43, was living in the United States on a …

Google promotes Google smart speaker on Google homepage

In an unusual move, the Google Home Max is advertised on the search giant's homepage.<p>Google's homepage, the most visited website in the world, is known for its traditionally minimalist design -- save for the occasional Doodle.<p>So it's unusual to see the company using its homepage to advertise its …

Microsoft adds new, cheaper versions of the Surface Laptop and Surface Book 2 | Ars Technica

Big boost to affordability, but many will struggle with a 4GB/128GB machine.<p>Perhaps in response to the lower volume of Surface systems sold, …