The Morning After: $ 30 cheaper Google Chromecast with Google TV

Google has unveiled another streaming dongle. A Chromecast device with Google TV (HD) offers many features from the 4K model for $ 50 at a much lower price of $ 30. Unlike the $ 35 older Chromecast, it comes with a remote that eliminates the need for a smartphone, but can still be controlled with your phone. There’s a downside – that lower 1080p – but there’s HDR support. Also includes six months of Peacock Premium for free.

The lack of a remote control has been a frustration for a lot of people looking for a plug-and-stream stick, and for the price, it’s quite a tempting streaming solution if you haven’t picked up a Chromecast, Roku, or something else yet.

– Matt Kowalski

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Big improvements, all inside.

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Yes, they still have stems. Yes, noise reduction is still active. Yes, they might be worth upgrading from the original AirPods Pro. Apple has incorporated the amenities of the 2019 model, along with extras such as Adaptive Transparency, personalized surround sound, and a new touch gesture. There is room to refine the familiar formula further, so read on for a full review.

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If you love vinyl and streaming music, Stream Carbon might be for you.

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A lot of connected smart speakers don’t work with turntables, which can complicate things with the constant rebirth of vinyl. Victrola, which has been making turntables for over 100 years, is mainly known for entry-level turntables with built-in speakers, but has now unveiled the Stream Carbon, a $ 799 turntable that plugs directly into a Sonos system, meaning we’ll be able to stream your recordings on all over the house. Victrola says that this is only the first of the planned devices in the Stream offer.

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TikTok says interest only picked up after the FDA warned.

You’ve probably heard something about “NyQuil Chicken”, TikTok’s supposedly viral “challenge” to cooking marinated chicken for colds. Not only is it gross, as the FDA recently reminded the public, it’s just as toxic as it looks. The agency’s oddly timed warning could backfire, making the meme more popular than ever. TikTok confirmed that on September 14, the day before the FDA’s notification, there were only five searches for “chicken NyQuil.” But by September 21, that number had risen “more than 1,400 times,” according to BuzzFeed news.

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The focus is on unwanted DMs.

An early screenshot, tweeted by researcher Alessandro Paluzzi, indicates that Instagram is working on a “nudity protection” technology that “covers up photos that may contain nudity in chat”, allowing users to view them or not. The parent on Instagram Meta confirmed Borderland that is under development. Meta said the goal is to protect people from naked photos or other unwanted messages. As a further protection, the company said it could not view the images itself or share them with third parties.

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Many user accounts were hit by “false warnings” in the last year due to Meta rules.

Meta released the results of an external report that explored how its content moderation policies affected Israelis and Palestinians during the escalation of violence in Gaza last May. The report found that Facebook’s approach appears to have a negative impact on the human rights of Palestinian users to freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, political participation and non-discrimination, and thus the ability of Palestinians to share information and insights about their experiences that had occured”.

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