A few bugs and glitches are expected with any piece of technology no matter how advanced it may be, but some bugs are worse than others. Multiple people report that their June Smart Oven turned on by itself during the night and preheated to 400 degrees, perhaps in eager anticipation of the meal it might soon cook. June did not issue a statement regarding the potential cause of this heating fiasco, but it told The Verge that user error was to blame.
In one instance, June blamed the Amazon Alexa integration for the preheating and in another instance said the user may have tapped something within the app that triggered the preheat functionality. In only one case did June send out a new oven, but the company said it was due to “unrelated issues.” The events have users concerned.
While it is possible three people made separate mistakes that resulted in accidentally turning on their ovens, the more concerning issue is that accidentally preheating the oven can even happen at all. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking-related fires counted for 48% of all house fires between 2012 and 2016. Although none of the June customers reported fires, one man only discovered that his oven was on because he had forgotten to take potatoes out of the oven the night before. When he went to do so the next morning, the device had preheated to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and incinerated the tubers.
The ability to browse recipes and preheat the oven to the proper temperature for a given recipe makes cooking significantly easier, especially for the culinary-challenged. The risk of fire tempers that convenience a bit. In response, June CEO Matt Van Horn said the company is working on a solution.
An update is slated for September that will supposedly allow owners to disable remote preheating. The company also plans to add another feature in the next year that will automatically turn off the heating elements if no food is detected within the oven. All of these are steps in the right direction, especially given the potentially catastrophic nature of a heating element malfunction.
Committing to a zero-waste lifestyle in your home is one tier of “challenging.” Step out of the house and it gets one tier harder. Travel somewhere on an airplane? It might seem impossible.
Reducing waste during airplane travel is the least you can do after choosing a not-so-sustainable mode of traveling. That’s right — flying is the second most damaging thing to the planet. Jet fuel is the biggest source of carbon emissions when it comes to air travel, making up more than 98.5 percent of the carbon footprint. Electric rental cars and destinations reachable by train or bus are much eco-friendlier, but the way our world currently works, not always realistic. If you want to visit Costa Rica, a train just isn’t going to get you there. The least you can do is make sure your airplane travel is as low-waste and sustainable as possible. So, how do you achieve that?
Pack Your Reusable Items in an Easy-to-Access Carry-on
The most rookie mistake you can make is not packing your reusable items. The second-most rookie mistake you can make is packing them away in a place that’s inaccessible — either in your checked luggage or all the way at the bottom of your carry-on where you can’t reach in and grab it.
Pack the stuff you’ll need in the airport close to the top or in an easy-to-access place. Here’s what you’ll most likely need:
- Reusable straw
- Reusable utensils
- Reusable hot/cold cup
- Cloth napkin
Pack Your Liquids in a Clear Reusable Bag
According to Transportation Security Administration (TSA), air travelers are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids that are 3.4 ounces in a carry-on bag. Don’t — I repeat, do not — reach for a single-use plastic baggie in order to house your liquids. By buying one reusable, plastic, see-through bag, you will be able to reuse the bag each time you fly. You’re saving yourself money on plastic baggies and saving the environment from so much unnecessary single-use plastic.
Keep the Window Shade Down
What, really? But I want to take pictures of the plane’s wing with the sun setting in the background. True, it’s a beautiful picture, but also true, Instagram has seen it before. Plus, it’s bad for the environment.
With the window shade open, the sun beats down on your plane window, heating up the inside of the plane. A bit of warmth might not seem like a big deal, but it actually forces airlines to use more energy to cool it down. If you simply keep the shades down, this can keep the cabin up to 10 degrees cooler.
Don’t Take or Buy Anything
Pillows, blankets, tiny bottles of plastic liquor, one-and-done headphones. Don’t succumb to these so-called “luxuries.” The most sustainable thing you can do is to be ahead of the game and pack your own “luxuries” ahead of time. Those blankets, pillows, liquor bottles, plastic headphones? They are not reusable; airlines throw them out after just one use.
Pack Your Own Food (or Pick the Veggie Option)
Of course, not taking or buying anything also applies to the snacks or meals that might come as freebies on your flight. The best thing you can do to avoid any free snacks or meals is to pack your own. Snack ideas could include: nuts, trail mix, dried fruit, and other snacks available at the bulk section of the grocery store. If you don’t have the opportunity to pack your own meal and absolutely have to order a meal on a long flight, opt for the vegetarian alternative. Going plant-based — even just for two meals during a flight — reduces carbon footprint even more so than sacrificing your car would.
Why does going vegetarian have such a strong impact? Fewer animals are killed, less land is used for agriculture, and less animal meat is harvested unethically and un-sustainably. I know what you’re thinking: Sure, that’s great for the environment but can going veggie just for a flight really incite that much change? Yes! The sustainable blog WanderingChocobo points out that going plant-based shows airlines that meat is less in demand; when demand decreases, the airline carrier will have to buy less meat, simply from an economic standpoint.
Pay the Carbon Offset Fee
Not sure what the Carbon Offset Fee is? Let’s start there. A Carbon Offset Fee is an optional donation that travelers can make toward an airline. The money goes toward reductions that are made in the emission of greenhouse gasses in order to offset — or compensate — for other emissions.
What kinds of reductions does this fee go toward? Paying this fee actually has a huge environmental impact and yet a study conducted in 2008 found that only 1 percent of Quantas and Virgin fliers paid the fee. By comparison, 12 percent of Jetstar passengers opted to offset emissions. What exactly the money goes toward depends on the individual airline but it can help with offsets like planting trees, researching sustainable ways to travel, finding alternative ways to light planes, and more.
If you fly United, you can use their carbon calculator to calculate your footprint. Then, United gives you the option to donate to one of Conservation International’s carbon reduction projects. Delta Frequent Flyer? Delta offers the same option.
Wearable robot mobility helpers can be heavy and cumbersome, but they have the potential to help those who can’t move to walk again or make light work of heavy objects. For a number of years, researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have been working on a soft exosuit that’s lightweight and portable, and the latest version can provide both walking and running assistance.
The project blossomed from DARPA’s Warrior Web program, which called for the development of alternatives to bulky powered exoskeletons like the Guardian XO Max. Last year, a Harvard team comprising members from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences revealed a version of a soft exosuit that could auto-adjust assistance levels on the fly.
Now the project has expanded to include researchers from the University of Nebraska Omaha, and has shortened the unit to just the hip and thighs while automatically providing assistance for both walking and running.
The team points out that due to differences in walking and running gaits, providing assistance has proven to be a challenge. But progress has been made thanks to an extension of the hip joint that’s common for both gaits.
An algorithm detects the transition between gaits and vice versa by monitoring the acceleration of the wearer’s center of mass using sensors attached to the body. Upon determining the correct gait, the mobile actuation system attached to the lower back adjusts its profile to supply the appropriate tensile force between a waist belt and thigh wraps.
The wearable weights 5 kg (11 lb), with most of that located close to a user’s center of mass which “minimizes the energetic burden and movement restriction to the wearer,” according to co-first author on the study Jinsoo Kim.
In tests on a treadmill, the metabolic costs of walking were reduced by 9.3 percent, and running by 4 percent, compared to when the testers moved without the device. Though study lead recognizes that these metabolic reductions are small, the latest development effectively demonstrates that it is possible for wearable exosuits to support more than a single activity.
“This breakthrough study coming out of the Wyss Institute’s Bioinspired Soft Robotics platform gives us a glimpse into a future where wearable robotic devices can improve the lives of the healthy, as well as serve those with injuries or in need of rehabilitation,” said Donald Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., Founding Director of the Wyss Institute.
Grand pianos are huge and heavy, and not everyone has the space in the living room to host one. Upright pianos can help, but the sound just isn’t the same. But what if you can have a grand piano that has about the same footprint as an upright? That’s what pianist Sarah Nicolls is offering with the Standing Grand.
The idea for the Standing Grand stems from a Nicolls-designed instrument called the Inside-Out Piano, where the keys are out front as usual, but the sprawling body that’s home to the strings rises up vertically.
This was in response to performance requests, where she would be asked to open up the sound of the piano by plucking, strumming or knocking strings under the hood. Despite tapping into exciting new sounds, play was uncomfortable and also hidden from the audience. And so Nicolls began tinkering, starting with a working prototype in 2008 and moving onto an improved version in 2014.
Now she’s launched a new company called Future Piano and has hit Kickstarter to get funding help for the building of the Standing Grand. The basic idea is to drastically reduce the weight of a grand piano from around 450 kg (990 lb) to 82 kg (180 lb) using a mix of traditional and advanced materials. It will occupy about the same floor space as an upright piano, but the intention is not to sacrifice the all-important acoustic grand piano sound.
Nicolls has gathered together a team made up of veteran engineers Tim Evans and Chris Vaissière, and piano builder David Klavins. The company is ready to embark on the creation of the first Standing Grand prototype, and Kickstarter backers are being invited to support the project.
As such, a finished instrument is not being offered as a reward, but rather invitations to a one-off private concert, a piano lesson with Nicolls, a performance at an event or party, and more. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this project as it evolves, in the meantime the video below has more.
Bringing a new and innovative product to the market is nowhere near as straightforward as it used to be. A simple press release and product tour are not enough to make a noise in the digital world and, while it is possible to get coverage in print, it often requires cash.
Marketing and PR in the digital age is both exciting and varied as well as potentially confusing, so you need to give your product launch as much planning as possible. To help your product to get the exposure it needs to make a dent in the market, here are seven tips for a successful product launch.
Start preparing as soon as possible
If you want reporters to cover the launch of your product you need to start preparing and making contact as early as you can. You should start reaching out to reporters 6-8 weeks prior to the launch and then continue to follow up with them with new updates as you go.
Give samples to industry influencers
Before the launch you may want to give samples of the product to a select few from the industry, social media influencers (for your target market), bloggers or satisfied customers. If these people use the product, are pleased with it and happy to tell others about it, you can spread the word about the product with minimal costs.
Start a digital marketing campaign
Marketing a new product in 2019 is a complex task as digital marketing includes lots of different channels and platforms with thousands of businesses vying for consumer attention. While traditional marketing involved taking the product and its benefits to the masses, modern marketing is about targeting a niche segment and tailoring the message to them. With so much noise, it’s harder than ever to stand out. If you are an inventor or engineer primarily and have limited experience in business and commercial activities like marketing, consider studying for an engineering MBA which will help you to blend your engineering expertise with essential business skills.
Consider running a launch event
Depending on the nature of your product you may want to organize a launch party or event so you can invite the press, industry influencers, stakeholders and prospective customers along. This gives you the opportunity to create a buzz about the product before the event as well as press releases after the event has taken place.
Stagger your press releases and announcements
Just because you’ve released the initial product announcement that doesn’t have to be the end of the story. You should keep information back so you can continue to feed news to the press including customer feedback surveys, unusual uses of the product, publicity events or even an infographic.
Involve partners and stakeholders in the campaign
If you have suppliers, stakeholders or partners who are financially invested in the product then you should try and encourage them to get behind the launch campaign. They can do this by sharing your social media posts and news posts. The more people who are sharing and talking about the product, the further the ripples will spread.
Remove barriers to people trying your product
Consider how you can make it easier for people to learn more about or try your product. For example, you might want to include a video demonstration on your website, downloads or even a free sample or trial.
Wunderlist founder Christian Reber has offered to buy back the popular task management app from Microsoft to avoid it being shut down. “Still sad Microsoft wants to shut down Wunderlist, even though people still love and use it,” says Reber on Twitter. “I’m serious Satya Nadella and Marcus Ash, please let me buy it back. Keep the team and focus on Microsoft To-Do, and no one will be angry for not shutting down Wunderlist.”
Microsoft first acquired Wunderlist back in 2015, for a rumored price of between $100 million and $200 million. The software giant has since launched its own Microsoft To-Do app, and it’s clear the Wunderlist acquisition has been complicated. Wunderlist’s API runs on Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft decided to rewrite everything rather than attempt to port it directly over to Azure.
Still sad @Microsoft wants to shut down @Wunderlist, even though people still love and use it. I’m serious @satyanadella @marcusash, please let me buy it back. Keep the team and focus on @MicrosoftToDo, and no one will be angry for not shutting down @Wunderlist. pic.twitter.com/27mIABncLF
— Christian Reber (@christianreber) September 6, 2019
While Wunderlist is still functional, Microsoft has said it plans to shut down the app once all of its features are available in Microsoft To-Do. It’s not clear exactly when that will take place, but Reber is keen to avoid it happening at all. He has confirmed it’s a “serious offer,” but there’s no sign Microsoft is even willing to entertain the offer.
On Saturday, Joi Ito resigned from his position as director of the MIT Media Lab, according to an email sent to The New York Times.
“After giving the matter a great deal of thought over the past several days and weeks,” Ito wrote in the email, “I think that it is best that I resign as director of the media lab and as a professor and employee of the Institute, effective immediately.”
The resignation comes after mounting concern over Ito’s ties with Jeffrey Epstein, a serial rapist and billionaire who had been a significant donor to the lab and to MIT. Epstein donated as much as $800,000 to MIT-related projects over the years, including Ito’s own venture fund.
On August 15th, Ito publicly apologized for his cultivation of Epstein as a donor, which took place after Epstein’s 2008 conviction for soliciting an underage prostitute. His position as director became controversial in the wake of that apology, with some lab employees resigning in shock, while others offered a public show of support.
However, a New Yorker exposé published Friday revealed that Ito had gone to significant lengths to conceal Epstein’s donations, typically marking them as anonymous in internal records. According to The New Yorker, the secrecy was so extensive that Ito began to refer to Epstein as Voldemort, or “he who must not be named.”
The New Yorker piece also suggests Epstein may have served as an intermediary between the MIT Media Lab and other philanthropists, including Bill Gates. The piece cites emails showing that $2 million in donations from Gates were described as “directed by” Epstein. Epstein’s name is concealed in the official records, which say only, “Gates is making this gift at the recommendation of a friend of his, who wishes to remain anonymous.”
Speaking to the Times, Gates’s representatives pushed back against that description, saying, “any account of a business partnership or personal relationship between [Epstein and Gates] is simply not true.”
For years, musicians Mike Einziger and Ann Marie Calhoun wanted to provide music fans a better sound experience when they were on tour. Sure, fans who got front-row seats had a great experience, but what about the fans who sat behind the speakers or those sitting in the back? Most of the time all those folks can hear is the people around them.
It was a problem that plagued Calhoun and Einziger when they were on tour with Hans Zimmer, and one that didn’t seem to have a good universal solution that could work in every venue around the world. So they made one.
The culmination of Calhoun and Einziger’s work is called Mixhalo – a software solution that interfaces directly to a venue’s soundboard and broadcasts the mix locally to anyone with an app at the show through a private wireless network. It’s a platform that could radically change how you’ll listen to artists at venues all across the US – and, if things go well, all across the world.
Music for the masses
The benefits of Mixhalo are pretty obvious to anyone who’s ever sat in the back of a crowded arena during a show: the app allows you to hear more of the music and less of the crowd.
But, according to the two co-founders and its CEO Marc Ruxin, it’s more than that: It’s not only about balancing the scales of auditoriums and giving everyone a chance to hear quality music, but it also allows fans to still hear the music if they need to get up out of their seats and, at a big festival like Coachella, Lollapalooza or Outside Lands, to hear what’s happening on other stages.
And so far, it seems people like what they hear – the company has already announced a $10.7 million Series A financing led by Foundry Group and has worked with globally recognized acts like Bruno Mars and Metallica – the latter of whom, Calhoun and Einziger told us, actually used Mixhalo to showcase every individual instrument by creating a separate stream in the app.
The magic behind Mixhalo is the local wireless network that it sets up at each venue. Once you’re within range of the network, the free downloadable app on your phone will show you the different stages available, and you can connect to a live feed from the soundboard. Plug a pair of headphones into your phone and you’ll hear the music from the stage in real time.
The technology’s biggest public demonstration happened earlier this year at Aerosmith’s live show in Las Vegas where Mixhalo teamed up with audio brand THX, but the team plans on taking it festivals all across the US – including last month’s Outside Lands festival in San Francisco where we were able to go hands on with the audio app and meet its co-founders.
Front-row sound from the back of a festival
So how exactly can you use the app? Well before anyone arrived at the festival Mixhalo and its core team arrived to setup. They needed to install a number of antennas in sections of San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Park and create the network that we’d later use to hear the bands on stage through the app.
“Knowing the challenge of building a technology platform that could deliver this experience to every fan in venues of all sizes, I was skeptical it could be done,” said Ryan McIntyre, managing director of Foundry Group, the company that’s helped Mixhalo raise funding.
“However, once I experienced Mixhalo at the tiny Fox Theater in Boulder and then at the Aerosmith show in Las Vegas, I was convinced of the technology.”
Situated all around the show’s main stage and two side stages the antennas would provide a sort of wireless mesh for the app to tap into. As long as you stood within the covered area and had the app turned on, you could tune into any one of the venue’s stages. Unfortunately that means that you’re unable to tune into a concert while you’re at home but, according to Mixhalo’s team, it’s better like that as they’d have to negotiate streaming rights for every show.
By the time we arrived at Outside Lands, everything was setup and fully functioning and all we needed to do is pop open the app the see the stages. Once we picked a stage, we popped on a pair of headphones and could hear the music coming from that stage in real-time and seemingly Hi Res quality.
It’s a pretty elegant solution for a complex problem… mostly.
It’s not all music to our ears
Of course, setting up a wireless network the size of Golden Gate Park comes with its own set of challenges – some of which Mixhalo is still ironing out the kinks for.
One of its biggest issues is that the antennas that broadcast the signal are obviously limited in number and range – meaning in some areas the app has spotty reception and in others there’s no reception at all. When that happens the Mixhalo app will tell you that you’ve lost connection and tells you to move closer to an antenna.
Mixhalo, both the company and the app, also needs to borrow a small amount of bandwidth from the venue that’s hosting the event. In the case of Outside Lands, the team piggybacked off the vendor network, a good solution, but one that could present a challenge in which there’s limited connectivity.
You also can’t ignore that the antennas are a big part of the solution. They’ll need to be at every show that wants to use Mixhalo – which means they’ll need to be transported and setup ahead of the show. That means planning time, coordination and collaboration between Mixhalo’s team and the venue.
That said, all this falls on the shoulders of Marc Ruxin’s team – besides the dropped signal, these aren’t things that you as a concert-goer have to care about; as long as there’s signal, you get front-row sound anywhere in the venue.
The future of live audio
The Mixhalo demonstration we went to centered around live concerts, which makes sense given its founders backgrounds – Calhoun is a world-renowned violinist and key collaborator with Hans Zimmer for a number of his movie soundtracks while Einziger is the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band Incubus.
And yet, while live concerts present a good opportunity for Mixhalo, both founders say that concert venues are just the beginning – they see a future in using Mixhalo as a way to listen to sports games, eSports tournaments, business conferences and other public events, all of which could make use of Mixhalo.
There’s also been talk of integrating the Mixhalo app into a pair of headphones, though, Calhoun and Einziger still encourage people to bring their own headphones for the time being. “We don’t want to force people to spend a lot of money to get this experience,” Calhoun told us. “We want everyone to be able to access it with whichever headphones they already own.”
With that said, if you see pairs of headphones at the next festival you go to, you’ll know why.
- Speaking of headphones, here are the best headphones in 2019
We’re in to the last weekend of what’s been a fiery US Open, full of shocks and surprises – but the last tennis major of the 2019 season isn’t over yet. The last two standing in the men’s draw and women’s draws are ready to do battle and so we’ve compiled this handy guide for getting a US Open live stream online or on TV, no matter where you are in the world.
Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are both out. With the women, Serena Williams is ready to make up for her meltdown in last year’s final. She’s looking to get to US Open title number seven (7!) and will face Bianca Andreescu in Saturday’s final. Williams is now odds-on to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 women’s Grand Slam singles titles.
On the men’s side, that leaves Rafael Nadal as the clear favorite to add to his previous three titles here. He got past the relatively unknown Matteo Berrettini in the semis, with the much fancied Daniil Medvedev up against him in his first Grand Slam final.
For the 139th time, the best of the best from the tennis world will come together for the US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York City to battle it out for glory and to see who has the best hard-court game. This year there’s a bumper prize money pot of more than $57 million up for grabs at, including $3.9 million for each singles champion.
Make sure you don’t miss any of the tennis by following our US Open live stream guide below.
Live stream the US Open tennis 2019 from outside your country
For your watching options in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, we have more details below – just scroll down the page.
But if you try to watch your domestic coverage from somewhere outside your home country, you’ll soon find a problem…geo-blocking. That’s where the broadcaster prevents you from watching the feed overseas.
How to watch Serena and the rest: US live stream
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- DirecTV Now $50 per month
- Sling TV starting at $15 per month
- YouTube TV $49.99 per month
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So here she is again – Serena Williams is back in the Arthur Ashe Stadium for her tenth(!) US Open women’s final. And that means she’s only two sets away from finally equalling Margaret Court’s record of tennis Grand Slam singles titles. Canadian Bianca Andreescu is the player to beat and you can see the outcome of this one by following our guide to getting a Williams vs Andreescu live stream today.
Last year’s final was one to forget for Serena – it was actually rather sad seeing her unravel in front of the partisan home crowd. But we all know just how good this legend of the game is and, at 37-years-old she will be as determined as ever to lift the US Open title for the seventh time in her extraordinary career.
It was Naomi Osaka standing in her way last year and this time around her opponent is even younger – the 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu from north of the border. While Serena will of course be favorite, the Canadian will recall with relish that she came out victorious in their only match to date. OK, so that was by default when Serena retired hurt during their Rogers Cup final match last month. But Andreescu will need to take every mental positive she can get going into this one.
Make sure you don’t miss any of the 2019 US Open women’s final – follow our Serena Williams vs Bianca Andreescu live stream guide below – it doesn’t even matter where on Earth you are.
Live stream US Open tennis 2019 from outside your country
For your watching options in the US, UK (where interestingly Amazon Prime video has the rights), Australia, Canada and New Zealand, we have more details below – just scroll down the page.
But if you try to watch your domestic coverage of this final from somewhere outside your home country, you’ll soon find a problem…geo-blocking. That’s where the broadcaster prevents you from watching the feed overseas.
How to watch Serena in the final in the US
- FuboTV $44.99 for the first month
- Hulu with Live TV $44.99 per month
- DirecTV Now $50 per month
- Sling TV starting at $15 per month
- YouTube TV $49.99 per month
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Ready to rumble? UFC 242 is here and it’s one we heartily recommend that you do not miss. After Khabib Nurmagomedov destroyed the quite literally ‘Notorious’ Conor McGregor through submission last year, he immediately became the fighter everyone feared. Now, he’s back to defend his UFC Lightweight Championship belt. In other words, cancel all of your Saturday plans, watching a UFC 242 live stream should be your only goal.
With 27 wins, 0 losses and one of the most controversial feuds in UFC history under his (lightweight) belt, Khabib would need a pretty fearless fighter to take him on for his title – enter the American Dustin Poirier.
Poirier might not have quite the impressive track record Khabib has, but after leaving Max Holloway in the dust back in April he’s proved he is the person to take on Khabib. Especially as he holds the interim UFC Lightweight title.
And it’s not just today’s main fight to get hyped about. Watching a UFC 242 live stream will mean catching Edson Barboza vs Paul Felder, a fight that really began back in July, 2015 when the two fighters first went head-to-head, with Barboza pulling out a unanimous win. Now, Felder is back for blood. And not to mention ‘The Tasmanian Devil’ Davi Ramos vs Islam Makhachev, two well matched fighters, likely to push way into the rounds in a fist for fist marathon. In other words, UFC 242 is looking like a event you will not want to miss.
No matter what weight class, which fighter or which style you’re there for, we’ll show you how to live stream UFC 242’s main card today from anywhere in the world.
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Live stream UFC 242 from outside your country
Worry not if you’re a huge UFC fan but aren’t in the country to watch UFC 242 today. If you find the coverage is geo-blocked, you can try using a VPN to change your IP address to a country where the fights are airing and watch this week’s main card just as if you were back at home.
How to watch UFC 242 online in the US exclusively on ESPN
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IFA is always a great time to check out the latest in headphones, speakers, soundbars (and just about any other audio gadgets you can think of), and IFA 2019 was no exception.
We didn’t see much in the way of groundbreaking, never-seen-before innovation; instead, the pervading trend at IFA 2019 was for brands big and small to build on their existing technology, making their products better than ever before.
So, without further ado, here’s the very best audio technology we saw at Europe’s biggest tech show this year.
The best speaker: Sonos Move
Sonos has everything from soundbars to imposing architectural wireless speakers, but until now, it’s never released a portable Bluetooth speaker.
Having waited this long, Sonos needed to release something really special to fill this gap in its range, and it has – the Sonos Move impressed us with its flexibility, ranging from on-the-go portable playback to being part of an in-the-home multi room set-up.
Read our hands on Sonos Move review
- The best portable speakers you can buy in 2019
The best soundbar: Anker Nebula Soundbar – Fire TV Edition
Not content with being embedded into smartphones, tablets, web browsers and your home’s smart speakers, Amazon is continuing its push into televisions – and surprisingly, soundbars.
The Anker Nebula Soundbar – Fire TV Edition comes with Fire TV built-in, so that means you can use it to watch Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, and more. It also contains the smarts of Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa, so you can navigate your TV with your voice alone.
Sound-wise, it’s got dual built-in subwoofers, so it should sound pretty bassy, while a 2:1 channel design means you get room-filling sound.
- The best soundbars for TV shows, movies, and music
The best turntable: Audio-Technica AT-LP5x
We’ve had only the briefest of sessions with the AT-LP5x, but even at this early stage it’s hard to find fault – there’s a commitment to good materials, the ability to digitalize your records, and a flexibility for adding other audio components of your choice that makes for a turntable that will grow along with your love of vinyl.
The lack of Bluetooth connectivity may put off those who want to avoid frustrating their speaker setup with annoying cables, but even so, that wired connectivity is usually seen as a plus within the audiophile community, many of whom believe it offers a higher level of audio quality.
Read our hands on Audio-Technica AT-LP5x review
- The best turntables for vinyl-lovers
The best headphones: Sony WI-1000XM2
Sony has a fantastic reputation for creating outstanding noise-canceling headphones, and the brand is hoping for another win with its new WI-1000XM2 wireless neckband earbuds.
The new headphones build on the class-leading design of their predecessors, packing in an updated noise -cancelation processor – the same one that’s used in our all-time favorite true wireless earbuds, the Sony WF-1000XM3s.
Noise cancelation is excellent, and the sound quality on offer appears to be very good indeed based on the short time we spent testing them – battery life could be better, though.
- The best wireless headphones to cut the cord
Special mention: Philips OLED+984 TV
You may be surprised to find a TV in an audio round up, but the Philips OLED+984 is like no other, sporting the most advanced sound system ever fitted to a television.
The OLED+984 immediately sets itself apart from your average set thanks to a protruding tubular tweeter enclosure that nestles above a hanging soundbar-style main driver array – created in partnership with British audio specialist Bowers & Wilkins.
That unique design means that you don’t need to shell out for an additional soundbar, making it easier than ever before to achieve a fantastic home cinema setup in your living room.
Read our hands on Philips OLED+984 review
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