Definitive Technology Studio Slim soundbar review: Its skinny form factor doesn’t compromise its sonic punch

The best soundbars achieve an almost perfect balance of aesthetics and performance. They eliminate the visual eyesore of speakers, amplifiers, and wires while delivering sonic performances that are vastly superior to any modern TV’s sub-par audio. Relatively few reach that goal, leaving you to choose between an industrial design that will look attractive beneath your TV, and the type of audio presentation that will get your pulse pounding. Definitive Technology, a venerable name in high-end Read more…

Can We Believe NASCAR?

Despite recent efforts, NASCAR doesn’t exactly have a reputation as being progressive on social issues. Image: Getty On Sunday afternoon, I sat down to watch the only live sport on TV… NASCAR. I wouldn’t call myself a fan, but if there was ever a time to get into stock car racing, maybe it’s during a time when virtually every other league is dormant. Advertisement I changed the channel to FOX a few minutes after 3 Read more…

Study Shows Major E-Voting System Open To Numerous Hacking Attacks

from the e-voting-can’t-be-secured.-Full-Stop. dept Another day, another electronic voting system that’s simply not up to the task. Over the weekend, researchers at MIT and the University of Michigan released a paper (pdf) showcasing how OmniBallot, an electronic voting system made by Seattle-based Democracy Live, is vulnerable to hack attacks and vote manipulation. OmniBallot is currently being used used in Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, and West Virginia. Courtesy of the pandemic, these and several Read more…

The Best Puppy Puzzle Toys to Keep Them Busy for 2020

This post contains affiliate links. Read more here. Toys are one of the many essentials that you’ll need when welcoming a new puppy. Playing with toys is a healthy part of your pup’s development, just like it is for growing humans. If you’re looking to up your puppy’s toy game, puzzle toys are a great option beyond the basics. Puppy puzzle toys stimulate their curiosity and keep them occupied and out of mischief. The Best Read more…

Lutron expands its smart window covering line with smart wood blinds

Motorized window coverings are the pinnacle of the smart home. There’s nothing quite like having your shades pull or roll up at sunrise, lower at sunset, or adjust on demand (or as part of a lighting scene) when it’s time to watch a movie or take a nap. Lutron impressed us earlier with its Serena motorized shade product, and now it’s introducing motorized wood blinds that utilize the same wireless protocol. One big difference: The Read more…

FCC Delays Law Banning Your ISP From Charging You ‘Rental Fees’ For Hardware You Already Own

from the you’re-not-helping dept For the last few years, broadband customers have complained that Frontier Communications, the nation’s third-biggest telco, has been charging its customers a $10 per month rental fee for modems they already purchased and own. Normally, you’re supposed to be able to buy your own modem instead of paying your ISP a rental fee upwards of $10 per month. To nab some extra dough from captive customers, Frontier basically decided to charge Read more…

Great Kyle Shanahan Interview on Policing, White Privilege and Black Coaches Undermined by Treatment of Kaepernick and Reid

Kyle Shanahan addressed issues such as white privilege and discrimination against black coaches.Image: Getty Images The international uprising in response to George Floyd’s murder, police brutally beating protesters in every city and backlash from NFL players suddenly has Roger Goodell, NFL owners, executives, and coaches racing to see who can raise the Black Lives Matter Fists in the air the highest. Responses have ranged from horrible (Drew Brees Take 1), fake, blistering (Martellus Bennett), and Read more…

This Week In Techdirt History: May 31st – June 6th

from the history-hasn’t-stopped dept Five Years Ago This week in 2015, one court was apparently forgetting the First Amendment exists while ordering a newspaper to delete an article, while the Supreme Court was punting on an important 1A question. The USA Freedom Act was marching forward with Mitch McConnell trying to destroy it with amendments with all failed. The House passed an amendment on another bill, in order to block funding for undermining encryption, while Read more…

These 10 Top Dog Carriers Will Make Your Bike Ride a Breeze

This post contains affiliate links. Read more here. Love your bike, but missing your four-legged friend? Good news: You can have both! Dog carriers for bikes help make it happen. They come in different sizes and styles to accommodate different size breeds, leaving your hands free to steer. Be sure to measure your dog and pay attention to weight limits to ensure correct carrier sizing and safety. The 10 Best Dog Carriers for Bikes These Read more…

Apple TV+ originals: ‘Dear…’ is now available

Apple is planting its own flag in the streaming wars with Apple TV+, its in-house streaming service that features only original programming—no reruns of hit TV shows or last year’s blockbuster movies. The company is said to be spending several billion dollars a year on original programming. That’s a lot of TV! Apple is attracting some of the best talent in TV and film production, including huge stars and directors, and locking down the television Read more…