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2024-05-21 18:34:12| Engadget

We might just be living in the ultimate golden age of portable gaming. Theres the Switch for Nintendo first party games and indies, the Steam Deck and its rivals for modern PC titles and, of course, a whole bunch of systems intended for retro gaming. Ayaneo has been one of the leaders of this retro resurgence and its not slowing down anytime soon. As a matter of fact, the company just announced a whole bunch of new products, including two incredibly cool-looking Game Boy-inspired consoles. As a note, the company has yet to release pricing or availability information for any of the following items. Ayaneo The Pocket DMG is basically the pre-existing Pocket S but with a different form factor and screen. Theres an OLED display, which is something old-school portables never had, so retro titles should absolutely pop. Ayaneo also stuffed this handheld with the Snapdragon G3x Gen 2 chipset, which is the same processor found with the Pocket S. Its also extremely attractive, with a classic Game Boy-esque design and some modern aesthetic flourishes. For instance, theres a classic D-pad and ABXY buttons, but also a joystick on the left and a cooling vent on the side. Ayaneo The Pocket Micro takes its design cues from the Game Boy Micro, which was the most budget-friendly way to play GBA titles back in 2005. It boasts the same rectangular design and horizontal form factor, but with a sturdy aluminum frame and a stretch-free full-screen 960x640 display. The layout is also familiar, with a D-pad and ABXY keys, though Ayaneos console adds two joysticks. Despite the extremely cute and compact form factor, this thing is surprisingly powerful. It features a Helio G99 processor, which should excel with your favorite retro titles that you totally already own and have merely copied a ROM from the actual cart. Ayaneos Remake collection isnt just for Game Boy-inspired portable consoles. The company also announced a new mini PC to add to the lineup. The Retro Mini PC AM01S is an update to the AM01, with dual-fan cooling and laptop-grade processors. It looks like the mini PC will come in two tiers, one with the Ryzen 7 8845HS and the other with the Ryzen 9 8945HS. As for the design, its still Mac-inspired, though now includes a tilting screen. This allows the display to sit at multiple angles, so it can act as a digital clock. Finally, theres the Starship Graphics Dock AG01. As the name suggests, this thing looks like a retro starship from the 1970s version of Battlestar Galactica or something. This is the companys first-ever mobile dock and comes loaded with the AMD Radeon RX 7600M XT mobile graphics card. Itll be available in red and gray, at first, but Ayaneo wants fans to vote on more colors.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/ayaneos-latest-handhelds-are-inspired-by-the-game-boy-and-gb-micro-163412607.html?src=rss

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2024-05-21 18:13:12| Engadget

Headphones arent the only new product Sonos rolled out today. The company also refreshed its cheapest portable speaker, the Roam. The Sonos Roam 2 has the same audio as its 2021 predecessor but adds more streamlined controls and a quicker setup. The $179 speaker is available today. Sonos says the Roam 2 delivers the same rich, detailed sound and bass as the original model, so owners of the first Roam would only notice some subtle quality-of-life upgrades. One is a separate power and Bluetooth button, which solves a common gripe from its predecessor about its multifunctional power / sleep / Bluetooth button. Customers found that the overloaded button was confusing and often led to accidentally triggering the wrong behavior. The company says setup is also more straightforward in the Roam 2. The previous model required you to set up the speaker over Wi-Fi, so you couldnt quickly connect to Bluetooth until youd gone through the (potentially cumbersome) process of pairing with a home network. That meant you couldnt buy the speaker and immediately use it on a day at the beach or camping. The Roam 2 lets you quickly connect your phone or other device over Bluetooth, so you dont have to mess with the much lengthier Wi-Fi setup until its time to pair it with a Sonos home system. Leah Verwey Besides adding a monochromatic logo that blends in better with the rest of the speaker, the Roam 2 appears to be the same as the original in other areas. Its still rated for a solid 10 hours of battery life, has IP67 dust and water resistance and supports automatic Trueplay tuning to adjust its sound to any rooms acoustics. As for sound, Engadgets Nathan Ingraham was pleased with the originals audio profile. Fortunately, it sounds much better than its tiny size should allow, he wrote in our review. The Roam includes both a tweeter and a mid-woofer, rather than just a single driver, and that helps it produce clear highs and mids as well as more of a bass thump than seems plausible from a relatively tiny speaker. It also doesnt distort or get overly boomy at max volume, a surprise for such a small speaker. Audio quality stays consistent throughout the volume range. You can expect the same from the new model. You can order the Sonos Roam 2 today from the companys website and retail partners like Amazon and Best Buy. The $179 speaker ships in black, white, olive, sunset (orange-ish red) and wave (blue with a subtle gray tint) colorways.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/the-sonos-roam-2-fixes-the-original-speakers-confusing-button-setup-161311479.html?src=rss

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2024-05-21 18:00:32| Engadget

Apple has formally challenged a 1.8 billion ($1.95 billion) antitrust fine issued by the European Union, according to a report. The bloc handed down the penalty in March after determining that Apple had constrained competing music streaming services on the App Store following a 2019 complaint from Spotify. At the time, Apple pledged to appeal the decision, arguing that the EU failed to "uncover any credible evidence of consumer harm." Bloomberg reports that Apple has now filed a suit in an attempt to overturn the ruling. Along with the fine, the EU instructed Apple to stop blocking rival music-streaming platforms from telling users that they could sign up for their services at a lower cost away from the App Store. Spotify claimed it had to increase subscription prices to cover costs related to how Apple runs the App Store. That's despite Spotify not making it possible to upgrade to Premium directly through its iOS app doing so would mean having to fork over a commission to Apple. For its part, Apple maintains that Spotify doesn't pay it anything, even though the latter taps into its APIs, beta testing tools and more. Spotify's complaint predated the Digital Markets Act coming into force. That law stops defined gatekeepers including Apple and Play Store operator Google banning developers from telling users about cheaper ways to pay for their products outside of their app marketplaces. The EU is currently investigating both companies over their compliance with that aspect of the law.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/apple-is-battling-a-2-billion-eu-fine-over-app-store-practices-160032104.html?src=rss

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2024-05-21 17:30:59| Engadget

At this year's Build event, Microsoft has announced Team Copilot, and as you can probably guess from its name, it's a variant of the company's AI tool that can cater to the needs of a group of users. It expands Copilot's abilities beyond that of a personal assistant, so that it can serve a whole team, a department or even an entire organization, the company said in its announcement. The new tool was designed to take on time-consuming tasks to free up personnel, such as managing meeting agenda and taking down minutes that group members can tweak as needed.  The new Copilot for Teams can also serve as a meeting moderator by summarizing important information for latecomers (or for reference after the fact) and answering questions. Finally, it can create and assign tasks in Planner, track their deadlines, and notify team members if they need to contribute to or review a certain task. The company's customers paying for a Copilot license on Microsoft 365 will be able to test these features in preview starting later this year.  In addition to Team Copilot, Microsoft has also announced new ways customers can personalize the AI assistant. In Copilot Studio, users will be able to make custom Copilots in SharePoint so that users can more quickly access the information they need, as well as to create custom Copilots that act as agents. The latter would allow companies and business owners to automate business processes, such as end-to-end order fulfillment. Finally, the debut of Copilot connectors in Studio will make it easier for developers to build Copilot extensions that can customize the AI tools' actions. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-unveils-copilot-for-teams-153059261.html?src=rss

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2024-05-21 17:30:08| Engadget

Microsoft and non-profit educational organization Khan Academy have formed a partnership that will allow all K-12 educators in the US to access the pilot version of Khanmigo for Teachers at no cost. Khanmigo is an AI-powered teaching assistant that can help teachers find ways to make lessons more fun and engaging. it will also recommend assignments, display information on a student's performance so that teachers can assess their progress and provide resources educators can use to refresh their knowledge. The tool can also quickly create lesson plans and suggest student groups for team activities. Khan Academy says Khanmigo can save teachers an average of five working hours every week. The service previously cost educators $4 a month, but Khan Academy has dropped those fees since its Microsoft partnership allows it to use the Azure OpenAI Service to power Khanmigo for free.  As part of their collaboration, Khan Academy will also help Microsoft train the company's Phi-3 small language models (SLMs) and develop its AI-powered math tutoring capabilities. The organization will give the company access to explanatory educational materials it can feed Phi-3, such as step-by-step guides on how to solve math problems. Khan Academy is hoping that SLMs like Phi-3, which can run locally on devices, will eventually be able to provide teaching help and tutoring for teachers and students in resource-strapped regions. Microsoft will also add more content from Khan Academy to Copilot and Teams for Education so that more people can access the organization's educational library.  This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-teams-up-with-khan-academy-to-make-the-khanmigo-ai-teaching-assistant-free-153008848.html?src=rss

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2024-05-21 17:22:48| Engadget

Sure, you could spend the summer grilling up burgers and dogs, but wouldnt pizza be a nice change of pace? Ooni has discounted its pizza ovens by up to 30 percent as part of a Memorial Day sale. The most notable item here is the Ooni Fyra 12 wood pellet pizza oven, which is $245 as part of the sale. This is a discount of 30 percent, or $105. Thats a fantastic deal for one of our very favorite pizza ovens. As an aside, Amazon has price-matched this particular deal, if you dont feel like filling out payment information on yet another website. The Fyra 12 won our award for the best compact pizza oven, and for good reason. Its just over 20 pounds and doesnt take up that much space when compared to rival models. It runs on wood pellets instead of chunks, so theres much less tending to the fire. This oven excels with high-heat bakes, up to 950 degrees, which can fully cook a pizza in around a minute. This should provide plenty of char, which is pretty much the best part. The compact footprint does have one downside. You see that 12 in the name? This oven maxes out at 12-inch pizzas. However, it can crank them out in a minute, so thats two minutes for two pizzas. Delivery services used to brag about getting a pizza to your home in 30 minutes or less, but you could have 30 pies down the ole gullet by then. Oonis sitewide sale isnt just for pizza ovens, though there are plenty of them available. You can also snatch up discounted accessories, like charcoal, pizza steels, aprons and even branded t-shirts. The savings continue until May 27.  Follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter and subscribe to the Engadget Deals newsletter for the latest tech deals and buying advice.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/oonis-memorial-day-sale-discounts-pizza-ovens-by-up-to-30-percent-152248317.html?src=rss

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2024-05-21 17:10:32| Engadget

Some fancy new iPads have just hit store shelves and while we reckon the latest iPad Air is the best option for most folks, theres an entry-level Apple tablet that will check a lot of peoples boxes. And best of all, the 10th-gen iPad is cheaper than ever. The tablet has dropped to $329 for the blue model with 64GB of storage, bringing it to its lowest price to date. Apple gave the 10th-gen iPad a permanent $100 price cut to $349 earlier this month. The latest sale takes another $20 off. This model is our pick for the best budget iPad. Although it's nearly two years old at this point, the combination of price and functionality makes it an attractive option. The 10.9-inch tablet will run for up to 10 hours on a single charge and it has a USB-C port and Touch ID sensor. The selfie camera is along the horizontal edge, which makes video chats a little less awkward for those who prefer a landscape orientation. There are, of course, some trade offs compared with higher-end iPads. The latest iPad Air and iPad Pro are far more powerful than this model. They have nicer displays too. Furthermore, the 10th-gen iPad doesn't support the new Apple Pencil Pro or Wi-Fi 6E just the first-gen and USB-C Pencils and the notably slower Wi-Fi 6. But if all youre looking for is a relatively inexpensive tablet for basic tasks like browsing the web, answering emails, watching TV shows and playing some games, the base iPad will capably fit the bill. Follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter and subscribe to the Engadget Deals newsletter for the latest tech deals and buying advice.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/the-10th-gen-ipad-drops-to-its-lowest-price-ever-151032289.html?src=rss

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2024-05-21 16:53:46| Engadget

Scams are all over the internet, and AI is making matters worse (no, Taylor Swift didn't giveaway Le Creuset pans, and Tom Hanks didn't promote a dental plan). Now, companies such as Match Group, Meta and Coinbase are launching Tech Against Scams, a new coalition focused on collaboration to prevent online fraud and financial schemes. They will "collaborate on ways to take action against the tools used by scammers, educate and protect consumers and disrupt rapidly evolving financial scams." Meta, Coinbase and Match Group which owns Hinge and Tinder first joined forces on this issue last summer but are now teaming up with additional digital, social media and crypto companies, along with the Global Anti-Scam Organization. A major focus of this coalition is pig butchering scams, a type of fraud in which a scammer tricks someone into giving them more and more money through trusting digital relationships, both romantic and platonic in nature.  Tech Against Scams will also rely on the different reaches of the internet each member inhabits to get a fuller picture of threats and best practices. "Tech companies across industries collaborating with each other is essential for preventing criminal activity, and ultimately helps online platforms stay ahead of, and develop effective solutions for, various types of financial crimes," Yoel Roth, Match Group's VP of Trust and Safety, said in a statement. "As we work to make it harder for scammers to defraud people, we will also continue investing in new technologies to help disrupt fraud and scams faster, and get people the support and resources they need."This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/match-group-meta-coinbase-and-more-form-anti-scam-coalition-145346680.html?src=rss

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2024-05-21 16:31:55| Engadget

Unless youve worked in the food service industry, the Ninja Creami probably isnt like any other ice cream maker youve used before. Thats because until recently, the engineering that powers the Creami was owned by the Pacojet company (which was acquired by Groupe SEB in 2023), which made pricey devices intended for use in restaurants. But after the patent expired, Ninja jumped on the opportunity to make a much more affordable version for home cooks. And while making ice cream in your own kitchen is more of a luxury than a true necessity (though Im sure some may disagree), the Creami makes the process so fast and easy, and produces surprisingly tasty results, that I hope more people will give it a go. Standard Creami or Deluxe? The version I tested for this review is the standard Creami, which goes for $200. However, there is a deluxe model that costs a touch more at $230. The latter comes with a few extra settings (most of which are drinks) for things like slushies and Creamiccinos (whatever those are) and a revamped menu system to match. But the biggest change is that the Deluxe uses larger 24-ounce pints instead of the 16-ounce containers you get with the standard model. This means it's easier to make bigger batches for parties or other special occasions, while also having options to spin just the top or bottom of a container as needed for smaller mixes. Design and how it works Unlike traditional ice cream makers, the Creami doesnt rely on churning. Instead, you make a liquid ice cream base, freeze it solid (ideally for 24 hours) and then the machine uses what is essentially a drill press to blend (or spin in Creami parlance) everything into a thick and tasty treat. The base of the machine is about 6.5 inches wide and 16 inches tall. Thats significantly smaller than most old-school ice cream churns, but its still going to take up some space on your countertop, especially for anyone living in an older home with low cupboards. Make sure you measure before buying. Aside from its main body, the Creami comes with an outer bowl, two plastic pint containers (plus tops), a large lid and a paddle, which is the blade-like attachment that does all the hard work. The pints fit inside the outer bowl, while the paddle attaches to the top of the lid. Then, after you put everything together, you shove the whole contraption into the machine, twist the handle to lock it in place and youre ready to go. Admittedly, it sounds complicated, but if you can use a food processor, you can use the Creami. After the first spin, you can always top off your creation with some sprinkles, chocolate chips or anything else you want and then hit the mix-in button to spread things evenly throughout the pint. My main complaint is that when its actively blending, the Creami is kind of loud. Its noisier than a food processor but slightly quieter than a countertop blender on full blast. The first time I used the Creami, my toddler covered his ears and ran into another room. But the commotion only lasted for a few minutes, and on subsequent attempts, he stuck around (though thats probably because he learned all that noise meant ice cream was on its way). How it tastes Of course, the best part of testing the Creami is trying everything it makes. To start, I relied on Ninjas surprisingly large catalog of recipes. My son requested something with blueberries, so I landed on this recipe for blueberry honey ice cream with graham crackers, which turned out excellent even though I swapped in coconut-based yogurt (my wife is lactose intolerant) and skipped the graham cracker crumble. Next, I made a sorbet based on this formula, but with key lime juice instead of lemon. It was smooth and tart without a hint of iciness and it may have been my favorite of the bunch. Then my wife used these instructions to create a true vegan option, which tasted rich and creamy even though she used zero dairy. After this, I went for a more freestyle approach and started throwing things together with abandon. The most surprising thing is how hard it is to mess up a batch, even when things dont turn out how you intended. For example, while there isnt a dedicated setting for it, I wanted to see if the Creami could make something close to shaved ice. Even though the texture of my creation was more like froyo than distinct flakes, I was shocked at how good a simple mixture of whole milk with a couple tablespoons of condensed coconut milk can be. So unless you go absolutely buckwild, its pretty hard to make something that doesnt taste good. That said, there are some important differences between what the Creami makes and more traditional ice cream. Because the base is spun instead of churned, theres less air inside your finished product. This is good because it increases flavor intensity and delivers a slightly denser, more luxurious mouthfeel. Its almost closer to a frozen custard than ice cream. The downside is that less air means less insulation, so treats tend to melt faster. I noticed that often after spinning something in the Creami, the consistency was borderline runny, like when you leave a pint from your freezer on the counter for a few minutes too long. Now, if youre eating things right away, this might be a bonus, because I prefer a softer product instead of something you need to really bite into. But if youre not, its important to put whatever you made in your icebox almost immediately before it turns back into a puddle. On the flipside, if your base is too cold before you put it in the Creami and it comes out too hard or chunky, you can simply re-spin the pint (theres a dedicated button for that), which will help smooth it out. Wrap-up For someone like me with a relatively small kitchen, anything that takes up valuable space on my countertop or in my pantry has to be more than just OK or even good. And while Im still not sure I need it, the Creami is something I want to make room for. Sure, what it creates isnt exactly the same as a more traditional churned product and the machine is far from the prettiest kitchen appliance I own. But the Creami is still undoubtedly a great ice cream maker and it has some advantages over more traditional rivals. Flavors are more intense and textures are smoother. Meanwhile, because most of the parts are machine washable or easily rinsed, cleanup isnt a chore either. You also get the freedom to control exactly what ingredients you use or mix in, which is almost essential when you live with people with a handful of food allergies/restrictions. And at just $200 for the standard model, it feels very reasonably priced. You just have to remember to use it in moderation, because it is possible to have too much of a good thing.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/ninja-creami-review-this-machine-makes-your-frozen-dreams-come-true-143155174.html?src=rss

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2024-05-21 16:00:00| Marketing Profs - Concepts, Strategies, Articles and Commentaries

Which background colors, fonts, and design features are being used most on small business websites this year? To find out, researchers analyzed the design of 930 small business websites. Read the full article at MarketingProfs

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