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This week took some interesting turns between a possible peek at the Xbox Series X back panel and rumors of an iPhone SE2. Among the stories below that you might have missed, we've also launched a series of smart home articles that should have something for everyone. Well, they should right up until frustrations over early-obsolescence schemes like the Sonos Legacy program drive us to shut off the WiFi and go analog all over again.
The biggest surprise came on Friday afternoon, however, with the launch of Byte. The product of Vine co-founder Dom Hoffman, this free app brings back the six-second looping video concept in a format that's usable for people (like yours truly) who are a little too old and stuck in their ways to get on TikTok.
The first new Tesla software update of 2020 just started rolling out, and @Greentheonly has taken a look at the files to get a peek at features that are on the way. According to his analysis, the Model S and Model X could be due for changes soon that include a built-in wireless phone charging setup, new battery configurations and more. We're already expecting a triple-motor "Plaid" Model S later this year with a larger battery, so maybe this is a hint of a broader redesign for the sedan.
Chris Velazco's duplex has a problem that some of you might be able to relate to: bad WiFi signal. He swapped out his cable company-provided setup for a few different routers and mesh setups to find a fix, and now has some suggestions for anyone else in a similar situation.
The addition of WiFi means you don't have to physically walk to your grill to check the status of your 12-hour brisket cook. And during the winter months, that's a huge perk. Billy Steele went in-depth with Weber about some of its new designs.
Wait, doesn't that look like the Starfleet icon? Yes. It also looks like the old Air Force Space Command logo.
Activity Bubbles, Screen Stopwatch and Envelope are all part of the latest push from Google to get you to put your phone down (after you finish reading this, of course). The first two add on-screen reminders of how much time you've spent staring at a screen, while Envelope creates some physical separation. Do the apps go too far? Do they not go far enough? I can't stay off my phone for long enough to check.
But wait, there's more...
- Watch Google's upcoming AirDrop-style file sharing in action
- Google is getting rid of the Search favicons that everyone hated
- Germany has to pay Microsoft $887,000 for failing to upgrade from Windows 7
- DirecTV satellite is at risk of explosion due to battery issues
- Sci-fi series 'Altered Carbon' returns to Netflix on February 27th
- Qualcomm's new mobile chipsets pack more features for the non-5G crowd
- Google helps publish the largest high-res map of brain connectivity
- Google I/O 2020 starts May 12th
- Sprint will fix anyone's cracked Samsung Galaxy screen for $49
- How I smart-homed my tiny studio apartment
- Sonos CEO: Don't worry, 'legacy' devices will still work after May
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