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We tested the Amazon Echo and the Google Home to see which smart speaker is best, and it was extremely close

Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. The Amazon Echo arrived in 2014 and kick-started the smart home market, inspiring other big-name companies […]


Spidey takes on the Elementals in first Spider Man: Far From Home trailer

[embedded content] Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer. Powerful inter-dimensional beings are wreaking havoc across Europe, Spidey finds a new ally in Mysterio, and Aunt May is getting it on with Happy Hogan in the first trailer for Spider-man: Far From Home. (Spoilers for Infinity War below.) When we last saw Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Andrew Holland), […]


Google Home tops smart speaker IQ test, but rivals are gaining

Back in July, Loup Ventures published the results of an “annual digital assistant IQ test” pitting Google’s Assistant against Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Microsoft’s Cortana, ranking those four AI systems in descending order of performance when responding to 800 real-world questions. Now the firm is back with an “annual smart speaker IQ test” focused on […]


Arcade1Up review — An affordable home arcade experience

I’ve long wanted an arcade machine in my home. And for the first time ever, that dream feels attainable. That’s due to the relatively affordable Arcade1Up machines that repackage classic games into slightly smaller cabinets. These are three-fourths scale replicas with a 17-inch LCD monitor. Arcade1Up officially licenses classics like Rampage and Super Street Fighter […]

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Microsoft is putting together a Microsoft 365 subscription for home users

Enlarge Patty’s Photos / Flickr Microsoft has had success in the enterprise space with its Microsoft 365 subscription, which bundles Office 365, Windows 10, and remote management with Enterprise Mobility + Security. Its home-oriented Office 365 subscriptions have also been growing steadily, with 32.5 million subscriptions as of the company’s most recent financial reports. And […]