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Its Official: The boys are back!

2020 is full of surprises, and sudenly this came out!

Watch how the Amazon’s Trio surprised us by releasing the new episode of The Grand Tour actually a day earlier.

And just like that, #AMassiveHunt is released early. All those marketing plans… wasted. It’s on Prime Video now. Can you find it?

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Lightyear Movie Starring Chris Evans Release Date Set For Summer 2022

Lightyear, an animated film starring Chris Evans as the beloved character Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story franchise, has an official release date. Toy Story has been a massive part of the Pixar brand since its inception, with the movies Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4 becoming some of the animation studio’s highest-grossing films of all time. Now, Pixar seems to be taking the next step in their Toy Story journey.

While past Toy Story movies have focused on Woody, this new prequel from Pixar will concentrate on Buzz Lightyear, only not the toy Buzz Lightyear seen in the films. Buzz was introduced in Toy Story and was used to explore how changing media trends influence the types of toys kids buy. But one thing the Toy Story saga has yet to explore is just where Buzz Lightyear came from – and the story that inspired the astronaut toy’s creation.Continue Scrolling To Keep ReadingClick the button below to start this article in quick view.START NOW

Lightyear will be released on June 17, 2022, in theaters. The release date should give Disney enough distance from the coronavirus pandemic to ensure moviegoers are ready to return to theaters. Not much else is known, other than Chris Evans will be voicing Buzz Lightyear (the original guy, not the toy), and he’s so excited he took to Twitter to comment on his loss for words.

This unique premise explains why Disney has decided to recast Buzz Lightyear, originally voiced by Tim Allen. Since the Buzz of Lightyear will technically be an entirely new character, it makes sense that Pixar would want to take the voice acting in a different direction. And after years of playing America’s superhero in The Avengers, Chris Evans is an obvious choice for this heroic and patriotic character.

Beyond the initial announcement, the teaser for Lightyear did not give any hints about the prequel film’s plot. Since the story focuses on a real human astronaut, it’s unlikely we’ll see any interaction with the other toy characters like Woody or Mr. Potato Head. However, we might see a few little green alien men on Buzz’s journey. Plus, if the Buzz featured in Lightyear ends up joining the Space Rangers to battle Evil Emperor Zurg, the film may give more detailed origins to those characters as well. Until Lightyear releases, Toy Story fans will have to wait a few years until they see Chris Evans go to infinity and beyond.

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Apple AirPods Max are Apple’s first over-ear headphones

The Apple AirPods Max are finally here

The Apple AirPods Max have finally been launched, having been the subject of rumor for quite some time now. 

The first Apple over-ear headphones – which most outlets predicted would be called the AirPods Studio –  were quietly announced via a press release posted the Apple newsroom.

According to the company, they come with “incredible high-fidelity audio, Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, and spatial audio”, like the AirPods Pro.

Landing on December 14, they’ll cost you $549 / £549 / AU$899 , and you can preorder today.

Read more here.

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Harley-Davidson’s latest swipe at relevance: Android Auto

Android Auto is finally making it to the world of motorcycles a little over two years after Apple’s CarPlay started showing up on two-wheelers. Harley-Davidson recently announced Android Auto support on any of its bikes with the Boom Box GTS operating system, meaning basically all of the company’s bigger touring motorcycles.

New touring bikes will come ready to work with Android Auto, while owners of existing and slightly older bikes with Boom Box GTS will either have to update the operating system via USB or take their motorcycles to a dealer to have it done. Riders will still have to plug in and stow their smartphones to use Android Auto, just like they do with CarPlay. But it won’t be compatible on LiveWire, the company’s first electric motorcycle. That bike uses a different operating system that pairs to smartphones using Harley-Davidson’s app, which mimics a lot of the same features.

It’s a small addition but possibly a significant one in the sense that Harley-Davidson could use as much help as it can get as it fights to turn around a flagging business. I’m not going to rehash the whole story of what’s gone wrong here. (Erik Shilling and some of the other people over at Jalopnik have done a really great job over the last few years doing just that, so if you’re interested, start there.) Simply put, though, the company’s 2019 sales were its worst in 16 years, and the launch of its first electric motorcycle has not gone particularly well.

While ridership is still somewhat strong in the US, new motorcycle sales never recovered from the 2008 financial crisis. Harley-Davidson was particularly hard hit even before it got caught up in President Trump’s trade war, and it recently changed out its CEO in order to help turn things around. Android Auto is essentially a table stakes addition at this point, but having it is better than not having it. The last thing the company would want to do is extend a ton of effort to draw in new, younger riders, only to turn them away when its motorcycles can’t do what they expect.

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This AirPods case case looks like a Game Boy

Do you need a case for your AirPods case? Perhaps not, but the accessory accessories are increasingly popular, whether your personal style extends to crocheting or leather. And what if it looked as cute as this Game Boy-inspired design from Elago?

Making things that make your gadgets look like other gadgets is kind of Elago’s thing. Witness their stands that turn the Apple Watch into a Macintosh or an iPod, for example. The AW5 Game Boy case is available in black or the Game Boy’s classic light grey color scheme, which would seem the obvious pick. Elago says it’ll still work with wireless chargers.

Both versions are on sale now for $12.99.

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If you want a cheap Sony WH-1000XM3 alternative, JBL’s new headphones could be it

JBL has released its latest wireless headphones, the JBL Tune 750BTNC, which come with active noise cancellation and the brand’s signature bassy sound. 

Many of 2020’s best wireless headphones come with noise-cancelling technology built-in – but these cans often come at a steep cost. For example, our top noise-cancelling headphones, the Sony WH-1000XM3, cost $349 / £300 / AU$499 (unless you can find yourself a great Sony headphones deal). 

Meanwhile, the new JBL Tune 750BTNC cost just $129.95 / £119.99 / AU$199.95; that’s cheaper than their predecessors, the JBL Live 650BTNC, which we awarded 4.5 out of 5 stars in our reviewthanks to their dynamic, punchy sound, and comfortable fit.

Powerful bass

JBL says that the new wireless headphones provide “deep and powerful” bass thanks to their 40mm drivers, while active noise cancellation should stop annoying environmental sound from ruining your music. 

Surprisingly, the Tune 750BT only support Bluetooth 4.2, rather than the latest Bluetooth 5.0 standard that’s becoming increasingly commonplace in modern wireless headphones. 

When it launched in 2016, Bluetooth 5.0 brought with it faster data transfer speeds, and longer pairing distances, using less energy than its predecessor. 

The use of Bluetooth 4.2 could be why the new headphones from JBL don’t sound like they’ll have the best battery life around; you get 15 hours of playback with noice cancellation turned on, which increases to 22 hours if you turn this feature off. 

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Still, these cans are over £200 cheaper than many of the leading noise-cancelling headphones, so they’re unlikely to come with all the modern conveniences we’d expect from more premium models.

Design-wise, the Tune 750BTs sport JBL’s fun, stylish look, coming in black, white, red, and blue, with a dedicated button on the earcups to summon your device’s voice assistant, whether that’s Siri, Bixby, Alexa, or Google Assistant.

Whether the new headphones will live up to the success of the Live 650BTNC remains to be seen, but we’re excited to find out when we get the chance to review them.

Source: Techradar

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MKBHD: Why Everyone is Copying AirPods: Explained!

Marquess Brownlee is one of the best tech reviewers on Youtube and no one can doubt it. Although, everything comes with a downside.

I follow him since his early stage of his career before all this gimick tech revolution with the fancy camera upgrades and I have to say that every single video coming out from this lad and his team is absolutely on point and very well shoot.

Despite his success, Marques and every other successful youtuber has been used by tech giants like Apple as part of the marketing strategy to influence their audience regarding their new products.

I used the word despite, because every time that a successful person has been “used” by a successful brand to influence their audience for good or worse the person is married with the brand and most of the times is negative.

In this case though, I believe the oposite happens. Yes, Marques is a clear Apple influencer since every single release of the company has been first released by him but without being fake and give fake reviews.

I know, I’ve said so many things about him but watch his latest video about why everyone is copying Apples’ earpods and you will get my point.


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Bose is closing up shop in the US, Europe, Japan and Australia

After 27 years of selling speakers and headphones at retail locations around the globe, Bose has announced that it will close retail operations in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia. 

According to information obtained by The Verge, Bose retail stores in those four territories are expected to shutter in the next few months as the company invests more heavily in its online presence. 

In total Bose says around 119 stores will be closed down in the coming months, but says that it will keep 130 stores running in Greater China and the United Arab Emirates with additional stores planned for India, Southeast Asia, and South Korea.

“Originally, our retail stores gave people a way to experience, test, and talk to us about multi-component, CD and DVD-based home entertainment systems,” said Colette Burke, vice president of Global Sales, Bose Corporation. “At the time, it was a radical idea, but we focused on what our customers needed, and where they needed it – and we’re doing the same thing now.”

Hundreds of employees are expected to be laid off because of the decision, however Bose said that it will be offering outplacement assistance and severance to affected employees.

Third-party retailers to the rescue 

The news is disappointing for audiophiles who have been frequenting the audio store since its first shop opened in 1993 and devastating for the employees who are being let go, but Bose is just the latest victim of the shift from brick and mortar to online commerce that began back in the ’90s. 

As sad as it is to say, electronics retailers the world over are having a hard time competing with online retailers like Amazon who can offer better prices and faster shipping for folks who don’t need or want personal interaction when buying tech.

The silver lining here is that, for folks who do want that, Bose products won’t disappear from the retail world entirely: all the products currently in stores at Best Buy, Target and others won’t disappear, and it’s possible the brand may actually have a stronger presence at those retailers once there aren’t any dedicated Bose stores. 

Long story short, you’ll still be able to go somewhere to get buying advice on Bose headphones both in-stores at the remaining local electronics retailers and online, but the Bose store at your local mall probably won’t be there much longer.

Source: Techradar

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Samsung spoils its own surprise at CES 2020 – here’s its new bezel-free 8K TV

It’s rare that a company ruins its own surprises at CES – but that’s exactly what happened to Samsung today as the Korean branch of the company announced the new bezel-less Samsung Q950TS 8K QLED TV ahead of its unveiling at a Samsung US event that’s being held Sunday, January 5 before the official start of CES 2020

The new flagship 8K QLED TV sports Sansung’s new Infinity Screen that, according to a translated announcement post, is 99% screen on the front face. 

The post says the new Q950TS is just 15mm deep despite utilizing a Full Array Local Dimming backlight, will be one of the first to offer deep-learning AI upscaling (a purported upgrade on last year’s AI upscaling algorithm) and offers a redesigned smart user experience that should make finding shows to watch even easier. 

The nearly-bezel-less frame is something Samsung’s QLED TVs have been trending towards over the last few years – as have other manufacturers’ models – but now we’ve finally reached one of the smallest bezels possible on an LED-LCD TV. 

Now your TV thinks you’re a couch potato, too  

The last big upgrade to this year’s flagship is Samsung Health integration that tracks “key wellness metrics to help you manage your personal health”. Some of these metrics include time spent meditating, calories burned, weight, glucose levels and sleep patterns – plus, on the mobile app at least, Samsung Health allows you to chat with a board-certified physician if you have a question or need a prescription. 

Apparently, watching TV can be good for your health. 

While Samsung seems to be coming from a place of genuine good faith, having another platform that stores health information – especially one known to collect data from its users for third-party advertisers – feels like a bit of a misstep. 

Sure, being able to quickly check your TV to see how stairs you climbed this afternoon or how many calories you burned at the gym could assuage your guilt as you binge-watch Netflix at night, but that could come at a steep price if hackers find a way to get that information from the TV’s software.

The silver lining here is that Samsung isn’t planning on rolling out the Samsung Health integration right away, thankfully, so it has ample time to install proper security protocols around that data.

Source: Techradar