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Technology The Morning After: The end of the line for Harmony remotes

18:50  10 april  2021
18:50  10 april  2021 Source:   engadget.com

RNC chair declares she's 'Not watching baseball!!!!" on Opening Day after MLB moves All-Stage Game from Atlanta

  RNC chair declares she's 'Not watching baseball!!!! McDaniel said she wouldn’t be watching baseball after the MLB pulled the All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to Georgia's new election law."Guess what I am doing today?" McDaniel tweeted.

After years of neglecting its Harmony product line, Logitech finally confirmed it’s getting out of the universal remote business. A post on the company’s support forums explained that once current stock sells out, that will be it — they’re simply not manufacturing the devices anymore.

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Logitech says it will continue to support existing devices, and that “We also plan to continue to update the platform and add devices to our Harmony database.” However, in a world where people have consolidated their living room setup with HDMI-CEC controlled sound bars, frequently opt for streaming services instead of standalone Blu-ray players, and have AI assistants from Amazon, Google or Apple to control everything, the market is more of a niche than ever.

for Frédéric Lenoir, to be competing with the others is "a poison of the spirit"

 for Frédéric Lenoir, to be competing with the others is © Europe 1 The sociologist and philosopher Frédéric Lenoir present Friday in "it feels good" his new book entitled "Just after the end of the world". He explains to the microphone of Anne Roumanoff why he believes that the spirit of competition between humans entails what he calls in his book "The Dysharmonie du Monde". "In our relationship to the world and others, always seek justice and harmony. These are the two headlights that need to enlighten all our actions".

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Could they have developed a better universal remote control that would pull everyone back in? Modernization efforts ranged from awful (remember the Revue?) to passable (the way current devices link to AI tech and your smartphone), but if there’s a better way, Harmony won’t be around to find it.

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This $699 Optimus Prime toy transforms and rolls out all by itself

Robosen Robotics' collectible responds to voice commands and can be programmed.

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Hasbro teamed up with Robosen Robotics to make this Optimus Prime figurine a programmable robot that can actually move: It can automatically transform into a vehicle, and vice versa, walk in robot form and race in vehicle form.

Logitech officially discontinues its Harmony remotes

  Logitech officially discontinues its Harmony remotes The company will continue support for existing remotes as long as customers are using them“While Harmony remotes are and continue to be available through various retailers, moving forward Logitech will no longer manufacture Harmony remotes,” according to a blog post on Logitech’s support page. “We expect no impact to our customers by this announcement. We plan to support our Harmony community and new Harmony customers, which includes access to our software and apps to set up and manage your remotes. We also plan to continue to update the platform and add devices to our Harmony database. Customer and warranty support will continue to be offered.

The robot responds to a variety of voice commands that include "move forward," "roll out," "move left/right," "volume up/down," "shutdown," "open fire" and "attack," among many others. You can also tell it to "say hello" or ask it "Who are you?" The actions come with sound effects and, for some of them, spoken dialogue by Optimus Prime's original voice actor Peter Cullen.

It's now available for pre-order from the Hasbro Pulse Fan Fest website for $699, with a shipping date listed for October 1st, 2021.

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This week's best deals

Over 50 percent off Beats' Solo Pro headphones and more.

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A bunch of Apple devices went on sale this week across the web. Beats' Solo Pro headphones are more than 50 percent off right now and the MacBook Air M1 remains at its lowest price yet. Fitbit's sale on Charge 4 trackers knocks $50 off their normal prices and, just before the weekend kicks off, Best Buy began a new three-day sale so we scoured the deals to find the best of the bunch, like this $900 Surface Laptop 13.

Logitech Kills Harmony Universal Remotes, Says It Will Offer Support for as Long as Customers Use Them

  Logitech Kills Harmony Universal Remotes, Says It Will Offer Support for as Long as Customers Use Them For those of you that turned to one of Logitech’s Harmony universal remotes to escape the mountain of remotes in your home, we have some sad news: Logitech has killed the Harmony line of remotes. If you own a Harmony remote or wanted to buy one, take a breath. As of now, the company says it will continue to support existing and new Harmony customers. © Photo: Araya Diaz (Getty Images) In a post on Logitech Support on Friday, the company said that while its Harmony remotes continue to be available through various retailers, it will stop manufacturing them moving forward.

Here are all the best deals from the week that you can still snag today, and remember to follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter for more updates.

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The Engadget Podcast

Michio Kaku on 'The God Equation,' LG gives up on phones.

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This week on the Engadget Podcast, physicist Dr. Michio Kaku joins Cherlynn and Devindra to chat about his new book, The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything. He dives into the trouble with the Standard Model of physics, this week’s surprising news around muons and why believes we’ll eventually unite with superintelligent robots and roam the cosmos as beings of pure energy. (Hey, it could happen.) Also, Chris Velazco joins to get up in his feelings about LG abandoning the mobile market.

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts or Stitcher.

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TP-Link's latest WiFi 6 router packs 4.8Gbps speeds at a reasonable price

If you can’t wait for WiFi 6E routers later this year, this will probably fit the bill.

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TP-Link has introduced the Archer AX5400 (aka Archer AX73), a WiFi 6 box that promises speedy access while keeping the price vaguely in check. The dual-band device mates six antennas with newer tech (such as HT160 and 1024-QAM) to deliver 5.4Gbps of total bandwidth and 4.8Gbps with WiFi 6.

Roku's New Rechargeable Voice Remote Pro Is Almost Perfect—With One Major Catch

  Roku's New Rechargeable Voice Remote Pro Is Almost Perfect—With One Major Catch Roku’s forthcoming Voice Remote Pro is a fantastic rechargeable solution that kicks disposable batteries to the curb. But for everything I love about it, it still has one major flaw: its charging port. © Photo: Catie Keck/Gizmodo I’ve long felt that set-top box makers should introduce better charging standards to their remotes so that they can work harder, last longer, and send fewer batteries to the landfill. I often hear streamers say they use rechargeable batteries in their Roku remotes, which is fantastic.

The AX5400 is available now through Amazon for $200. It's not the lowest-priced WiFi 6 router you'll find (TP-Link's range starts at $90), but it arguably strikes a better balance between the modest speeds of the AX3000 and the spare-no-expense AX6000.

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Yahoo Answers is shutting down on May 4th

After that, you may never know how babby is formed.

Yahoo Answers will shut down on May 4th, 2021. The website has been around since 2005, making it one of the longest-running Q&A platforms on the internet. The shut-down process starts later this month, and the site plans to stop accepting new submissions from April 20th. After May 4th, you'll have until June 30th to download an archive of content you posted to the website. When the dust has settled, eventually the Yahoo Answers webpage will redirect to the Yahoo homepage.

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Will Samsung make OLED TVs in 2022?

Rising prices for LCD screens and low yields of Samsung’s QD-OLED panel could force a switch.

A rumor in a South Korean business journal claims that electronics giants LG and Samsung are close to making a deal on OLED panels. While Samsung has so far resisted using the technology in TVs, opting to stick with quantum dot-filtered LCD panels, LG has won awards for the quality of its 4K OLEDs. The rumor suggests that Samsung could buy panels from LG and make its own OLED TVs as soon as next year.

Flick: "I've talked shortly Oliver Kahn"

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Google says the Pixel 5a 5G is coming this year despite rumors

Supply chain issues will limit its release to the US and Japan.

“Pixel 5a 5G is not cancelled. It will be available later this year in the U.S. and Japan and announced in line with when last year’s a-series phone was introduced," a Google spokesperson told Engadget in a statement.

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The best wireless headphones you can buy right now

Sony, Bose, Apple and even Razer have headphones worth considering.

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When it comes to wireless headphones, the over-ear noise-canceling models typically offer the most comprehensive set of features we want. The best options combine stellar audio with powerful active noise cancellation (ANC) and other handy tools to create as complete a package as possible. Billy Steele walks you through the best over-ear options currently available.

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EXPLAINER: China prepares space station core module launch .
BEIJING (AP) — China plans to launch the core module for its first permanent space station this week in the latest big step forward for the country’s space exploration program. The Tianhe, or “Heavenly Harmony” module is set to be hurtled into space aboard a Long March 5B rocket from the Wenchang Launch Center on the southern island of Hainan. The launch could come as early as Thursday night if all goes as planned. It would be the first of 11The Tianhe, or “Heavenly Harmony” module is set to be hurtled into space aboard a Long March 5B rocket from the Wenchang Launch Center on the southern island of Hainan. The launch could come as early as Thursday night if all goes as planned.

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