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Twitter tests labeling and correcting misleading tweets from politicians

dims?resize=2000%2C2000%2Cshrink___PURIMTwitter is testing a new feature that — if implemented — will prominently flag misleading tweets from politicians and other public figures, according to NBC News. As seen below, the feature adds red and orange badges to tweets the company has deeme…

The article ‘ Twitter tests labeling and correcting misleading tweets from politicians ‘ Previously Appeared on: https://www.engadget.com/2020/02/20/twitter-tests-labeling-misleading-tweets/

Windows 10 icons are getting an overdue redesign

dims?crop=1600%2C1067%2C0%2C0&quality=85Microsoft refreshed Office’s icons last year, and now it’s Windows 10’s turn. The software giant is rolling out updates to the icons for Windows 10’s core apps over the months ahead, starting with the Calendar and Mail apps in a new Release Preview…

The article ‘ Windows 10 icons are getting an overdue redesign ‘ Previously Appeared on: https://www.engadget.com/2020/02/20/windows-10-icon-update/

A new app will help you identify IoT-connected devices around you, and tell you what data they’re collecting

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have come up with this new IoT Assistant app (available for both iOS and Android) that will supposedly inform you about what Internet-connected smart devices are around you at any point in time, and what kind of information they might be collecting.

“Because of new laws like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), people need to be informed about what data is collected about them and they need to be given some choices over these processes,” says Professor Norman Sadeh, a CyLab faculty member in Carnegie Mellon’s Institute for Software Research and the principal investigator on the project. “We have built an infrastructure that enables owners of IoT technologies to comply with these laws, and an app that takes advantage of this infrastructure to empower people to find out about and control data collected by these technologies.”

I’ve downloaded the app myself, and I plan on adding my own smart home devices to their database, just to see what I can find. I don’t know how well it will actually work, but I’m certainly intrigued by the idea.

New infrastructure will enhance privacy in today’s Internet of Things [Daniel Tkacik / CyLab, the Carnegie Mellon University Security and Privacy Institute]

The article ‘ A new app will help you identify IoT-connected devices around you, and tell you what data they’re collecting ‘ Previously Appeared on: https://boingboing.net/2020/02/20/a-new-app-will-help-you-identi.html

The 4 Best Bluetooth Speakers for Your Bathroom

A bluetooth speaker next to a bathtubGabor Tinz/Shutterstock.com

Whether you’re listening to a news report while brushing your teeth or listening to your favorite songs in the shower, a bathroom speaker is a great way to breathe some life into your morning routine. But there are a lot of options out there, so we found the best ones and broke down what makes them so great.

What to Look for in a Bathroom Speaker

Grabbing just any speaker and sticking it in your bathroom can lead to some disastrous results, so here are just a few things to make sure of when choosing your speaker.

  • Water Resistance: Whether the speaker is placed in your shower or just on the sink countertop, it’s going to get wet. Fortunately, there are plenty of waterproof speakers made today that still deliver quality sound.
  • Battery Life: Having a speaker plugged in 24/7 in the bathroom can be dangerous, and it’s not even an option in the shower. We made sure to mention how long you can expect each of these speakers to last on a full charge.
  • On-Device Media Controls: Pausing, playing, and volume control are all frustrating if you needed to reach over to your phone to adjust. Having buttons on the actual speaker is more useful than you may expect, and big easy-to-press buttons are perfect for skipping that song you hate when your hands are covered in slippery soap.

Now that you know what to look for, here are the best waterproof speakers for your bathroom.

Best Overall: Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2

WONDERBOOM 2Cameron Summerson

We love the WONDERBOOM 2. It gives you excellent audio for its tiny size, and at 4 x 3.75 inches, it is easy to stick in the shower or leave on a counter, and the hanging loop opens up more places to put the speaker. The large volume controls are easy to press and the rugged design, on top of being waterproof, makes the speaker drop-resistant as well. And, you can expect the battery to last you around 13 hours. You can also choose from five colors (blue, light gray, black, peach, and the red shown above), so you can get whatever matches your bathroom.

While the 360° bass-boosted speaker may seem like overkill, if you care about quality audio it’ll be well worth it. And, if you want to go even further, the WONDERBOOM 2 can support stereo audio if you buy two of them.

Best Overall

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 – Deep Space

The WONDERBOOM 2 will comfortably fit in any bathroom while still giving you high-quality audio.

The Premium Pick: Ultimate Ears Boom 3

Ultimate Ear Boom 3Ultimate Ear

If you want to step things up a notch further than the WONDERBOOM 2, the Boom 3 delivers even better audio while still being waterproof. This time, the 15-hour battery life can be boosted with an additional charging dock (although it costs about $30 extra and is of course not waterproof). While the larger body (2.9 x 2.9 x 7.2 inches) might be difficult to fit into smaller showers, it’s definitely loud enough to be heard from the countertop. If anything, you may have problems with people hearing it on the other side of the wall.

The outside of the speaker shares the same rugged design and easy to press volume controls of the WONDERBOOM 2, but this time with Ultimate Ear’s “Magic Button” located on the top. This button can pause, play, and skip tracks for pretty much any service.

It also has some added versatility for Apple Music and Deezer Premium members: by installing the Ultimate Ears BOOM and MEGABOOM app (on either iOS or Android), you can create custom one-touch playlists for the Magic Button to trigger, making it even easier to start your morning playlist.

This speaker also comes in five different colors, this time being the blue shown above, a red/gray combination, full black, full red, or full purple.

Best Premium

Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker – Night Black

If you need the best audio possible, the Boom 3 delivers on that while still being waterproof.

The Budget Pick: SoundBot SB510

Soundbot SB510

If you just want a cheap speaker that’s easy to stick on the shower wall, SoundBot’s got you covered. This speaker simply connects to your phone through Bluetooth and sticks to the shower wall with a suction cup. It has a few buttons on the outside for pause, play, and volume control, and can even manage phone calls thanks to the built-in microphone. On a full charge, you can expect this speaker to last you six hours. It comes in four different color options: black, yellow, pink, and turquoise blue.

Most Versatile Speaker: BOOM Swimmer DUO

BOOM Swimmer DUO

For a speaker with a few more options when it comes to where you can put it, the Swimmer DUO comes with both a wrap-around tail for hanging onto the curtain rod or showerhead and a suction cup for the shower wall. The cup ensures a safe grip in any situation, but if it does fall, the soft exterior is shockproof.

The Swimmer Duo has a set of buttons along the upper rim for media control, and like the SB510, it does have a microphone built-in for calls. Finally, it comes in four different colors: black, turquoise blue, green, and orange.

Best Versatile Speaker

BOOM Swimmer DUO – Dirt, Shock, Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker with Stereo Pairing (Black)

This speaker can wrap around your shower rail or suction cup to the wall, making it easy to set up.

Smart-Home Options: Echo Dot and Nest Mini

Nest Mini and Echo DotGoogle / Amazon

If you’re fully invested in the smart-home life, you’ll likely want to extend that into the bathroom. While the Echo Dot and Nest Mini are not waterproof, they can serve as functional bathroom speakers. Whether you’re on the Amazon side of things with the Echo Dot, or in Google’s camp with the Nest Mini, both of these speakers are compact enough to hide away in a corner somewhere while still getting all the advantages they offer.

However, be aware, these speakers must be placed out of the way of moisture, and extended exposure to steam may damage the. They also require a constant power source, whether that means being plugged into an outlet or an external battery base. (Unfortunately, there is no equivalent for the Nest Mini yet).

Smart Home Option

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa – Sandstone

If you’re deep into your smart home setup, and are willing to play things cautiously, the Echo Dot can work out even in a bathroom.

The article ‘ The 4 Best Bluetooth Speakers for Your Bathroom ‘ Previously Appeared on: https://www.reviewgeek.com/35201/the-4-best-bluetooth-speakers-for-your-bathroom/

Twitter makes it easier to thread your new tweets with older ones

dims?crop=1751%2C1167%2C0%2C855&quality=You no longer have to go digging through your tweets to reply to one with an update. Twitter has added a feature that makes it easier to connect an in-progress tweet to an earlier post. When you’re writing your latest missive, you’ll just have to p…

The article ‘ Twitter makes it easier to thread your new tweets with older ones ‘ Previously Appeared on: https://www.engadget.com/2020/02/19/twitter-easier-replies-to-your-own-tweets/

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