• No Atmos, no problem: Polk Audio’s MagniFi 2 soundbar boasts its own 3D audio engine

    Polk Audio has decided to skip immersive Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound formats for its latest soundbar, opting instead for a new 3D audio scheme that can deliver “engulfing” surround sound from a 2.1-channel configuration, the audio manufacturer says.Slated to ship next month for $499, the MagniFi 2 soundbar features a six-driver array, including two oval-shaped mid-bass drivers and a tweeter for each left and right channel, along with a wireless subwoofer for low-frequency effects.While a...

  • YouTube TV and FuboTV both hike their prices: What's a cord-cutter to do?

    On Tuesday, YouTube TV announced a major price hike for its live TV streaming service—our current top pick in its class—from $50 per month to $65 per month. The new pricing takes effect immediately for new subscribers, and for existing ones after July 30.

  • Ring Solar Floodlight review: What a difference the sun makes

    If you have space and sunlight, the Ring Solar Floodlight is the best mountable Ring smart light worth buying. It’s not categorically different than the smart floodlight I reviewed last year, but the addition of a removable battery and a solar panel fixes what was by far my biggest complaint: the reliance on giant disposable D batteries.

  • Best TV streaming service: YouTube TV vs. SlingTV vs. Hulu vs. AT&T TV Now, and all the rest

    As cord-cutting becomes more popular, TV networks have responded by bringing their popular cable channels to the internet. That means you no longer need expensive satellite or cable TV service to watch local news, sports, and your favorite shows.

  • Lockly Vision review: A smart lock and a video doorbell in one well-made device

    The concept is pretty genius. Take a beefy smart lock and a video doorbell and mash them both into a single unit. It’s one-stop security shopping for the exterior of your smart home, letting you not only see who comes and goes, but giving you the power to open the door for them, too. While products like Amazon Key let you cobble together a solution like this from a collection of disparate products, the Lockly Vision marks the first time it’s been integrated into a single device.

  • Spotify unveils $13-a-month Premium Duo plan for two people

    Spotify is rolling out a new subscription option that is (as far as I know, at least) a first for streaming music services: a group listening plan for just two people rather than an entire family.Launching today in 55 markets, including the U.S. and the United Kingdom, the Spotify Premium Duo plan allows two people in the same household to stream unlimited ad-free tunes for $13 a month.Spotify’s new Premium plan sits between two existing paid plans: the standard $10-a-month Premium plan for one...

  • Microsoft's Xbox Series S (code name Lockhart): What we know, what we expect

    Microsoft came clean about its next-generation game console, the Xbox Series X, last March. Or they least revealed details about its internal components. Now, attention is being focused on “Lockhart,” the code name for what most assume is a cheaper and less powerful version of the Xbox Series X.

  • Amazon Prime Video rolls out watch parties with 100 friends (and several caveats)

    Chalk up another video streaming service to launch a native “watch party” feature. This time, it’s Amazon, which now lets you watch Prime Video movies and TV showsRemove non-product link with enough friends to pack a small movie theater.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Real-time lyrics arrive for Spotify users, but not everywhere

    Spotify listeners can finally read the lyrics for their favorite tracks in real-time, but the feature is only coming to select regions for now, and the U.S. isn’t one of them.TechCrunch reports that Spotify will offer real-time lyrics starting today for users in 26 markets, including countries in Latin America and Southeast Asia.Among the countries on the list: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India,...

  • Google’s Seasonal Savings feature is rolling out to more Nest thermostats

    Your Nest thermostat is about to get even smarter when it comes to saving energy, courtesy of a semi-exclusive feature that will soon be enabled for more Nest users.Google just announced that its Seasonal Savings feature, which was once available only to customers of Nest-partnered utility companies, will start rolling out this month to all Nest users in the U.S. and Canada (except for Quebec, unfortunately).The free Seasonal Settings feature essentially gives your Nest thermostat a seasonal...

  • Vizio’s first OLED TVs are coming this fall, and they’re priced to move

    Vizio made a splash at CES back in January when it announced that it was jumping into the OLED market, and now the TV manufacturer says its first two OLED 4K TV models will arrive this fall with enticingly affordable price tags.Vizio is also teeing up the rest of its 2020 TV and soundbar lineup, including its new P-Series quantum-dot 4K LCD TVs powered by a revamped image processor, its new flagship Elevate soundbar with swiveling upfiring drivers, and its updated SmartCast 4.0 smart TV...

  • Vizio’s 5.1.4-channel Elevate soundbar with rotating drivers is about to ship

    Vizio’s new flagship soundbar, the Elevate, made a big impression at CES last January thanks to a unique feature: upfiring drivers that, when they’re not being used for height cues, can swivel forward to beef up traditional stereo or 5.1 audio. Now we know how much the Elevate will cost, and when it’ll arrive.According to Vizio, the Elevate will cost $1,000 when it begins shipping this fall, right around the time that Vizio’s first OLED TVs are slated to go on sale.To read this article in full,...