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A four-sentence HomePod review (with appendices)

Apple’s HomePod is easily the best sounding mainstream smart speaker ever. It’s got better separation and bass response than anything else in its size and boasts a nuance and subtlety of sound that pays off the 7 years Apple has been working on it.<p>As a smart speaker, it offers best-in-class voice …

Apple HomePod Review: Super Sound, but Not Super Smart

Apple’s $350 smart speaker has a sensational voice but needs to work on its brain<p>By<p>Joanna Stern<p>Joanna Stern<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@JoannaStern<p>JoannaStern<p>joanna.stern@wsj.com<p>“Hey Siri, should I get a HomePod or an Amazon Echo?”<p>“I say get a HomePod. I just love the sound of it.” (Click here …

Tech Trends

Gaming disorder is now officially a mental condition, according to the WHO

In what can only be described as a sign of the times, the World Health Organization has recognized a new kind of mental health condition. It’s a …

America the Pessimistic: New Poll Shows Lackluster Views of U.S.

It may be the land of the free and the home of the brave, but Americans are far from united in seeing the United States as an exceptional place to live, according to a new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal.<p>The survey also finds that the share of Americans who believe that the country …

Demographics

2017 is on pace for the second-lowest crime rate since 1990 — and near-record low murders

At his swearing-in as the nation’s top law enforcement official in February, Attorney General Jeff Sessions picked up a thread that had run throughout Donald Trump’s campaign for president: America is experiencing an alarming crime wave.<p>“We have a crime problem,” Sessions said. “I wish the rise …

Donald Trump

In a new poll, half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 election if Trump proposed it

Critics of President Trump have repeatedly warned of his potential to undermine American democracy. Among the concerns are his repeated assertions that he would have won the popular vote had 3 to 5 million “illegals” not voted in the 2016 election, a claim echoed by the head of a White House …

Government

Steam is gaining 1.5 million new users every month

Casual Connect presentation shows off an impressive 18 months of growth<p>Despite pressure from competing platforms, Steam continues to be the home of PC gaming. Numbers released from this year’s Casual Connect in Seattle reveal that the company has added 1.5 million new users every month for the last …

Trump’s approval ratings are better than Watergate-era Nixon and second-term George W. Bush

He’s also ahead of energy crisis-era Jimmy Carter and recession George H.W. Bush. So there’s that.<p>Five and a half months ago, Donald Trump began his presidency with historically terrible approval ratings for a new president.<p>Then, once he was in office, his ratings sank further.<p>But for the past …

Porsche announces a new 911 at E3

The GT2 RS is here, and it’s the Forza 7 cover car<p>Porsche just announced the 911 GT2 RS, a monster of a real-wheel drive sports car with nearly 700 horsepower powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine. But the announcement didn’t come in Geneva, or Detroit, or even New York. No, the new Porsche was …

Xbox One X will be released this November for $499

Be prepared to pay for that power<p>Microsoft’s more powerful Xbox One, the Xbox One X, will launch Nov. 7, 2017. Microsoft revealed the release date today during its E3 press conference today, where the company showed off the complete system for the first time. The system will cost $499.99.<p>This is …

YouTube star Colin Furze turned a microwave into a video game console

For when you’re bored while cooking dinner<p>Internet star and maker Colin Furze has built all sorts of crazy inventions for his YouTube channel, ranging from a working hoverbike to a homemade Iron Man suit built to withstand a barrage of fireworks. In his latest video, he’s turned his microwave into …

Puzder withdraws nomination to be Trump's labor secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary abruptly withdrew his nomination Wednesday after Senate Republicans balked at …

Donald Trump

Netflix Is Being Sued for Raising Its Prices

If the suit goes forward, you could make money from it.<p>Did you get annoyed when Netflix decided to boost its monthly prices? One customer got so upset, he decided to sue the company.<p>According to <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i>, a customer proposed a class action lawsuit against Netflix this week, because he …

Class Action

North Korea's Kim Jong-un claims new missile can strike US targets in Pacific

Japan leads criticism as regime makes clear it considers 250-mile flight of Musudan medium-range weapon a success after five failures in a row<p>Kim Jong-un has boasted of North Korea’s “sure capability” to strike US targets in the Pacific after his military carried out an apparently successful test …

North Korea

KFC 'Watt a Box' lets you charge your devices while you nosh

If you needed further proof that we are indeed living in the future, KFC has just introduced a box for its 5-in-1 meal that features USB, micro-USB and Lightning connections — and even includes the cables — to charge your mobile devices.<p>Currently, the box is only available in Mumbai, and they …

Micro USB

Gay North Carolina waitress receives bible verse instead of tip

A waitress from North Carolina claims she was left a bible verse instead of a tip earlier this week.<p>Alexandra Judd was working at Zada Janes in …

Loch Ness 'monster' found | CNN Travel

Loch Ness

US immigration is being accused of using fake ID papers to deport people

Every year, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) deports thousands of people who do not meet the necessary requirements to stay in the US.<p>In 2014, the ICE removed 315,943 people who were either trying to enter the US illegally or were already in the US.<p>According to its own rules, …

Nintendo names new president after Iwata death

TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo on Monday named a long-serving executive as president following the death in July of Satoru Iwata.<p>Nintendo said that a board …

Gaming Industry

Porn app for Android takes pictures of users, holds them for $500 ransom

<i>BBC News</i> reports that security firm Zscaler recently discovered an app for Android which advertised itself as a way to access pornography, but which actually blackmailed its users for money:<p>Adult Player appeared to offer pornography, but secretly took pictures of users with the phone’s front-facing …

Apps