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Technology Engadget Podcast: Sonos and the inevitable death of connected gadgets

15:51  24 january  2020
15:51  24 january  2020 Source:   engadget.com

Save $100 on the Sonos Play:5 on Cyber Monday

  Save $100 on the Sonos Play:5 on Cyber Monday In addition to Black Friday discounts on home theater speakers, Sonos is offering Cyber Monday deals that music lovers will appreciate. On December 2nd, the Sonos One will be on sale for $50 off ($149). When the One speaker first came out we called it the best-sounding smart speaker you could buy and gave it a score of 90. It has excellent audio quality, works with just about every music streaming service and it has built-in Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple AirPlay 2.The One SL speaker will be marked down $40 ($129). If you don't want a voice assistant on your Sonos speaker, this might be the device for you. It's nearly identical to the One, but it's microphone-free.

The Engadget PodcastSonos and the inevitable death of connected gadgets . This week, Devindra, Cherlynn and Deputy Managing Editor Nathan Ingraham dive into Sonos ' plans, and what it says about the future of every connected device. (How's that Pebble treating you?) Listen on Apple Podcasts

The Engadget Podcast is back and ready to explore how tech is helping (and hurting) our lives. Senior Editor Devindra Hardawar and Reviews Editor Cherlynn Low dive into a big question every week: Is Microsoft making better PCs than Apple? What's the state of Android versus iOS?

Sonos announced that it's ceasing updates for several older devices this week, and its loyal customers aren't taking very kindly to that. This week, Devindra, Cherlynn and Deputy Managing Editor Nathan Ingraham dive into Sonos' plans, and what it says about the future of every connected device. (How's that Pebble treating you?) Also, they discuss how Saudi Arabia allegedly hacked Jeff Bezos's phone via WhatsApp. Yes, it's as crazy as it sounds.

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In the same vein, Sonos users have been asking about outdoor speakers for years now. So far, all Sonos speakers have been designed to be placed in one spot Pick it up from the included charging ring and the battery should provide about 10 hours of playback (we'll have to test that claim, of course).

I have used the Connect , Connect :Amp, Bridge, Play:5, Dock, Sonos Control and the iPhone, iPad, and PC apps. The Play:3 is actually the only current Those who are looking for gadgets to tinker with "to get right" may want to look elsewhere. If you want to spend 20 minutes setting up your system so

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Links

  • Sonos will stop updating its 'legacy' products in May

  • Sonos gives a lame reason for bricking older devices in 'Recycle Mode'

  • Guardian: Saudi prince's account used to hack Jeff Bezos via WhatsApp

  • Sonos CEO: 'Legacy' devices will still work after May

Credits

Hosts: Devindra Hardawar and Cherlynn Low

Producer: Ben Ellman

Music: Dale North and Terrence O'Brien

You can now set Sonos speakers as the default playback option for Google Assistant .
Requesting music from a Sonos speaker becomes a little bit easierThe newest feature, added through a server-side update today, is the ability to set a Sonos speaker as the default option for Google Assistant, a Sonos spokesperson tells The Verge.

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