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

Google has introduced another streaming dongle. The Chromecast with Google TV (HD) device offers many of the features of the $50 4K model for a significantly lower price of $30. Unlike the older $35 Chromecast, it comes with a remote control, eliminating the need for a smartphone, although you can still control it with your phone. There’s a downside – the lower 1080p resolution – but there’s HDR support. It also includes six months of Peacock Premium for free.

The lack of a remote has been frustrating for many people looking for a plug-and-stream stick, and at this price point it’s a pretty enticing streaming solution if you haven’t already got your hands on a Chromecast, Roku, or something else to have.

– Mat Smith

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Big improvements, all on the inside.

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Yes, they still have stems. Yes, there is still active noise cancellation. Yes, it might be worth upgrading from the original AirPods Pro. Apple has included the conveniences of the 2019 model, plus additions like adaptive transparency, personalized spatial audio, and a new touch gesture in tow. There’s room to further refine the well-known formula, so read on for the full review.

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

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Many connected smart speakers don’t work with turntables, which can complicate things during vinyl’s ongoing resurgence. Victrola, which has been making turntables for more than 100 years, is best known for entry-level turntables with built-in speakers, but now they’ve introduced the Stream Carbon, a $799 turntable that plugs directly into a Sonos system. so you can stream your recordings anywhere in your home. According to Victrola, this is just the first of other planned devices in the Stream lineup.

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According to TikTok, interest only rose after the FDA’s warning.

You’ve probably heard of “NyQuil Chicken,” a supposedly viral TikTok “challenge” that involves cooking chicken in a cold medicine marinade. Not just gross, as the FDA recently reminded the public, it’s every bit as toxic as it looks. The agency’s bizarrely timed warning may have backfired and made the meme more popular than ever. TikTok confirmed that as of September 14, the day before the FDA notice, there were only five searches for “NyQuil chicken” on the app. But by September 21, that number had skyrocketed “more than 1,400 times.” BuzzFeed News.

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It focuses on unwanted DMs.

An early screenshot tweeted by researcher Alessandro Paluzzi indicates that Instagram is working on “nudity protection” technology that “covers photos that may contain nudity in chat” and gives users the ability to view them or not. Instagram mother Meta confirmed this The edge that it is in development. Meta said the goal is to protect people from nude photos or other unsolicited messages. As a further safeguard, the company said it could not view the images itself or share them with third parties.

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Many user accounts have been hit with “fake strikes” over the past year due to Meta’s policies.

Meta has released the findings of an external report examining how its content moderation policies have affected Israelis and Palestinians amid an escalation in violence in the Gaza Strip last May. The report stated that Facebook’s approach has “an adverse human rights impact on Palestinian users’ rights to freedom of expression, assembly, political participation and non-discrimination, and thereby on the ability of Palestinians to share information and have insights into their experiences, while they were performing.”

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