The Morning After: We reviewed Apple's $549 AirPods Max headphones

There's an AI to insult your musical taste, and 'Cyberpunk' has another new patch.

Even if this holiday season means spending less time with family and friends than we’re used to, you can still get judged for your decisions thanks to an AI that has been programmed to dislike your taste in music. The “How bad is your Spotify” bot ingests listening data and spits out personalized dismissive insults.

How Bad is Your Spotify

While your results may vary, it told a member of the team that “your Spotify was please-read-my-manuscript-60-dollar-white-tshirt-local-talk-radio-bumper-sticker-bitch bad.” Oh, and Cyberpunk 2077 got another patch.

-- Richard Lawler

Apple AirPods Max review

Expensive headphones with untapped potential

Apple Airpods Max

The good news, according to Billy Steele: Apple’s over-ear headphones bring solid battery life, excellent sound and noise-cancelling performance that nearly matches the best Bose and Sony have to offer. However, a $550 price and an oddly designed case might put some people off.

If Apple can bring spatial audio to Apple TV and add a high-res option to Apple Music (or even support Dolby Atmos Music on other services), the $550 price tag will be easier to swallow. For most people though, more affordable flagship models from Bose and Sony will suffice.
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SpaceX shows off its Starship test flight one more time

Roll that beautiful bean footage.

Starship SN8

Taking a victory lap around the test flight that wrapped up quite a year for SpaceX, the company posted a longer video of its Starship SN8 high-altitude test flight. Its high speed impact and explosion is just a footnote, as this two-minute video marvels at the spectacle of a 12-story-tall vehicle executing a controlled fall and landing flip maneuver.
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Sony A7C review

Smart, small and clumsy.

Sony A7C camera

Sony’s $1,800 A7C is a slightly smarter version of the popular full-frame A7 III in the smaller body of the crop-sensor A6600. It has very similar image quality, shooting speeds and video specs as the A7 III, but uses Sony’s latest AI smarts to improve autofocus tracking. According to Steve Dent, “it’s a good choice for hybrid shooters that lean to the photo side who want a lightweight, modestly priced full-frame camera.”
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Engadget Deals: Apple's new MacBook Pro M1 is $100 off at Amazon


Apple M1 MacBook Pro

Now you can snag the 13-inch MacBook Pro M1 with 8GB of RAM and a spacious 512GB SSD (space grey only) for $1,399 — $100 off its normal price. This isn’t the lowest we’ve seen the new MacBook Pro — the 256GB model was discounted to $1,200 earlier this month — but it’s certainly a good deal for beefier storage.
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