HomePod head-to-head 🔊
If it wasn't perplexing enough that Apple brought back the HomePod from the dead, the company's made some curious decisions about the smart speaker.
It has better smart-home controls and compatibility, but fewer speakers and microphones -- and older Wi-Fi.
Does it matter? Check out our comparison post before you order the new speaker.
Also in today's newsletter: The latest version of Android isn't very popular, we have a ton of heavily discounted Windows software, and check out the cheap workstation that doesn't look cheap.
— Leander Kahney, EIC.
Now that the full-size HomePod is finally back, just how different is it from Apple’s original smart speaker? At a glance, you might not think the $299 speaker Apple unveiled Wednesday is that different at all, because the exterior design looks so similar. But compare the new HomePod’s features to the old model, and you’ll find significant changes. It seems potentially much-improved as a smart home device, but whether it’s a better speaker is questionable.
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Some budget computer setups look the part — cheap, utilitarian, uninspired, incomplete — and others don’t. Today’s featured setup falls in the latter category. You look at the well-equipped workstation and the word “cheap” doesn’t occur to you. Against a DIY desk and pegboard, the setup features an M1 MacBook Air, dual Dell displays, some nice AV gear and plenty of nice touches.
Tweetz 'o the day
Looks so good
3.5K HDR 120fps Cyberpunk 2077 on my MacBook Pro. Looks great with MiniLED
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach)
Jan 19, 2023
This old Hard drive is massive!!! It’s pulled from a NeXT cube. 💽💽 Backed up to an SD card ! Video coming soon !! #next#computer#retro#apple
— Macintosh Librarian (@maccyandme)
Jan 20, 2023
One more thing...
"For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'no' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something."
How often do you read the "one more thing" quotes from Steve Jobs at the end of the newsletter?