Technology Podcast: Samsung's A-series event and Google's sleep-tracking display

15:07  19 march  2021
15:07  19 march  2021 Source:   engadget.com

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This week, Cherlynn and Devindra are joined by senior mobile editor Chris Velazco to try and make sense of Samsung’s ‘Awesome Unpacked’ event. The company didn’t just unveil new Galaxy A-series phones, but also tried excruciatingly hard to flex its ‘understanding’ of Gen Z lingo. We also take a look at Google’s new Nest Hub, which is a smart display that uses radar to tell when you’re asleep. Is that cool or creepy? Plus, updates from elsewhere PC hardware land with news from Intel, AMD and Alienware.

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Stay tuned to the end of the episode for interviews with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman on his upcoming Amazon animated series Invincible as well as Fede Alvarez, director of the upcoming Apple TV series Calls.

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  • Samsung’s “Awesome” Unpacked unveils new A series phones – 2:46

  • Google’s New Nest Hub smart display tracks your sleep..? – 29:33

  • Other News: Intel’s 11th gen desktop chips – 42:55

  • Other News: AMD Radeon 6700XT Review – 47:44

  • Other News: Alienware Laptops with Cherry MX Keyboards – 49:06

  • Other News: Online SXSW is meh – 51:12

  • Other News: Google antitrust developments – 55:14

    Jana Kramer: A Day in My Life

      Jana Kramer: A Day in My Life It seems Jana Kramer can do it all in just 24 hours! Not only does she spend her day-to-day life working hard on her many business ventures — including her “Whine Down” podcast and her new wine brand, One Brick — the actress also makes sure to bond with her family as much as she can. When she’s not getting down to business, Kramer loves to play with her 5-year-old daughter, Jolie, and 2-year-old son, Jace, whom she shares with husband Mike Caussin. In fact, the podcaster loves motherhood so much, she’s even thinking of an expansion. “I’m 37, so I would love more,” she told Us Weekly earlier this month. “I just don’t know if I’m emotionally strong enough to handle another miscarriage. I don’t know how I would feel if I didn’t carry the baby because I love being pregnant minus the fact of throwing up. I thought I felt the most beautiful when I was pregnant.” Caussin’s vasectomy is also playing another factor in their decision, but the two are open to doing “more research on surrogacy” and adoption, which is “definitely” something they’re thinking about, she says. After the little ones are put to bed, Kramer makes it a point to spend one-on-one time with the retired football player, 33, too. Having to quarantine with Caussin — despite their rocky marriage — has been “the best test,” she also admitted earlier this month, noting that the situation was similar to reality show Big Brother. “I truly do feel stronger because of it, because we had the time together. There were times when we were just like, ‘I don’t even want to look at you today,’” she added. “But I feel grateful.” Keep scrolling to see how else Kramer spends a typical day in her life.

  • Working On – 57:40

  • Pop Culture Picks – 1:00:02.224

  • Bonus: Cherlynn’s interview with Robert Kirkman, creator of Amazon Prime Video’s Invincible – 1:06:29

  • Bonus: Devindra’s interview with Apple TV+ Calls creator Fede Álvarez – 1:20:24

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Hosts: Cherlynn Low and Devindra Hardawar

Guest: Chris Velazco

Producer: Ben Ellman

Livestream producers: Julio Barrientos,Owen Davidoff, Luke Brooks

Graphics artists: Luke Brooks, Kyle Maack

Music: Dale North and Terrence O'Brien

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