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2 weeks ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet and Tablet K1 updated with stability and crash fixes

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It's always good to get an update, no matter how small.

NVIDIA's tablets, the much-older Shield Tablet and refreshed cheaper Shield Tablet K1, are both getting the same "software upgrade 5.1" with various fixes aimed at improving instances of crashes and instability. The pair of 8-inch tablets should download the update automatically, but you can always check manually in your settings if you're impatient.

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2 weeks ago

Best Cases For Moto G4 Play

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What are the best cases you can buy today for the Moto G4 Play?

The Moto G4 Play is one of the best smartphone deals you can find today, and if you're aching to equip it with some stylish protection, here are a few worthy considerations.

Update, March 2017: This article was updated with minor fixes.

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2 weeks ago

Tomb Raider reboot highlights two paths for gaming on NVIDIA Shield TV

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NIVIDIA has added a couple noteworthy titles to the Shield TV's ever-growing game library, highlighting the different ways gamers can play on the Shield.

The marquee title arriving on NVIDIA Shield is Tomb Raider, the gritty 2013 reboot of the iconic gaming franchise, starring Lara Croft. Available as a download through the Google Play Store, the game offers a reimagined origin story for the first Queen of Gaming, giving the action adventure franchise a total overhaul and a new breath of life. While it's a few years old, it's a really polished game that looks and plays great on the Shield.

Also coming to the Shield, by way of NVIDIA'S GeForce NOW streaming service, is Marvel Heroes 2016, a free-to-play massive multiplayer online action role-playing game that was previewed by NVIDIA at CES as part of Geforce NOW's new ability to stream online multiplayer games. Marvel Heroes is free to play for all members subscribed to the GeForce NOW service.

Reasons to stream your games

There's always been a semi-regular stream of titles announced and released for the Shield, but the way NIVIDIA paired these two game launches together sure feels like a not-so-subtle message from NVIDIA to gamers: game streaming is the future. It's the most efficient way to play your games on the Shield. And when you step back and consider all the facts, NVIDIA's right.

For starters, consider that Tomb Raider, available for $15.99 from the Play Store, takes up over 5GB of space. If you went with the larger 500GB Shield, and have it loaded with movies, TV shows, music, and games, you may have to clear out some old games or movies to make space for the download. If you have the 16GB Shield, Tomb Raider will take up basically half of your available internal storage. It's the same issue I have with my Xbox One — the frustration of only being able to have a handful of games installed on your console at one time.

Just the thought of having to install, uninstall, and otherwise manage games via digital downloads often makes me want to put down the controller before I've even picked it up.

Meanwhile, not only do GeForce NOW subscribers not have to worry about balancing their internal storage, but they also have quick streaming access to a library of fantastic games streamed at 1080p and 60fps, with titles including The Witcher 3, Just Cause 2, and… what's that? Tomb Raider — same game, delivered two different ways, on the same console.

Maybe it's just me, but just the thought of having to install, uninstall, and otherwise manage games via digital downloads often makes me want to put down the controller before I've even picked it up. This comes after waiting through the download and install process for getting Tomb Raider from the Google Play Store. It adds a new level of annoyance while trying to add convenience — especially with a 16GB NVIDIA Shield TV hooked up to my HDTV.

Personally, I don't think I'd manage to sit down and play via GeForce NOW enough to get the same value I'd get from NVIDIA's $7.99/month streaming service the same way i justify the other streaming services I rely on, like Netflix and Apple Music (quietly turns off the comment section). But then again, NVIDIA also offers GameStream as a great back up to play PC games on my Shield, which is just another reason to love the Shield as a gaming platform.

For your consideration

If you already have an NVIDIA Shield TV, it's well worth your time and effort to check out Tomb Raider — whether you prefer to "own" it from the Google Play Store or stream it from the GeForce NOW. Running into storage space constraints? Don't forget that the NVIDIA Shield does support expandable storage.

For those of you just considering buying an NVIDIA Shield, if the gaming possibilities are playing a part in buying decision, you'll definitely want to consider whether something like GeForce NOW could fill your needs. That $100 you save on a 16GB Shield could essentially pay for a full year of GeForce Now, which'll save you time and frustration dealing with less space.

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2 weeks ago

ZTE guilty of violating U.S. sanctions, will pay $892 million for shipping goods to Iran and North Korea

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A massive settlement in the U.S. follows years of wrongdoing.

ZTE has plead guilty to allegations that it violated U.S. laws relating to its involvement in the transfer of U.S. telecom equipment to both Iran and North Korea, as well as lying to federal investigators by insisting that such shipments had stopped. The settlement of $892 million and guilty plea relates to a period between 2010 and 2016 when ZTE shipped over $30 million in U.S.-based products to Iran, as well as took part in over 280 shipments of controlled items to North Korea.

Aside from the poor optics of such deals, ZTE was breaking U.S. laws that prohibit sales of U.S.-made technology to the two countries. Officially, ZTE agreed to plead guilty to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, obstruction of justice, and making a material false statement.

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2 weeks ago

Nintendo Switch vs PlayStation 4: Which should you buy?

Will your next console be a Nintendo Switch or a PlayStation 4?

Not all game consoles are created equally, which you can guess just by looking at the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch side by side. But both of these consoles have a similar message in separate attempts to sell these unique experiences. Nintendo and Sony claim to have an intense focus on us, the players. That includes offering features we want, with games we want to play, and an overall desire to change or add features when users say that's what they want.

If your next console needs to be something that focuses on you as a gamer, are you going to go with a Nintendo Switch or a PlayStation 4? This guide should help you decide!

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2 weeks ago

Getting Google Assistant to play nice with ... Google Assistant

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Google Home is a control freak and that means it doesn't play well with Assistant on your phone.

Now that Google Assistant is coming to more phones than just the Google Pixel a lot more people are going to be able to have it on their phones. A lot of those people (maybe you're one of them!) will also have a Google Home, which also works by using Google Assistant. Getting the two of them to co-exist can be a little tricky.

Just like people with a new Android Wear 2.0 watch, which also has Google Assistant, you're going to soon find that Assistant acts differently depending on what hardware it's on; sometimes one thing with Assistant would be a better thing to work with than the other, and that friendly-voiced computer isn't sure what needs to be done on which. And there's no way for you to tell it where to do anything.

Assistant needs to get smart and figure out which of your things to answer from. In the meantime, we have to be smart and work around it.

Google Assistant is really cool. It's uncanny how it can answer some things and native device control, as well as IFTTT support, means it can control just about every other smart device on the planet. We don't want to sound negative or make you think you might not want all this smart stuff because we love it. But like a lot of things — especially things from Google — there are growing pains when they are new.

But a couple tips can make your life a little easier when you want the right information, at the right time, from the right device.

Use the same Google account on both your phone and Google Home

When you set up Google Assistant, whether you're doing it from your phone or through the app for a Google Home, part of the process is linking it to your Google account. Right now Assistant can't handle multiple accounts, so the temptation to use your account on one thing and a family member's or roomie's account on the other is there. But it just doesn't work.

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The AI assistant who can work for more than one person first will be the "winner".

Remember, you can't say, "OK Google, tell me what's on my calendar for Monday, but do it on my phone." You say you want to know your agenda for Monday and Assistant will answer from Google Home every time, as long as it's within earshot of you. If your spouse is signed into the Google Home, it can't tell you what you want to know unless both accounts have the same information. Your phone will tell you it's "answering on another device" and won't be any help.

We've heard rumors that Google is working on some solution for multiple people to use the same Google Home, but nothing's official. For now, keep everything that can hear you on the same account, so no matter where you get an answer, it will be the right answer.

Know how to shut the microphone off

This is the ugly and inelegant solution for forcing Assistant to communicate through your phone when you're somewhere a Google Home can hear you. And one of the things Google Home does really well is hearing you from distances you didn't think it could.

Who knew an off button could turn out to be a lifehack?

Like I said above, as long as Google Home is around, it will take in everything you ask Assistant to do, even if it can't do it. Asking Assistant to call someone and having the thing which can't make phone calls (yet) take the reigns and fail is comical at first but can quickly get old. And there are other things that work better on one or the other, like playing music or looking at Google image results.

  • When you need or want Google Home to listen and do the thing you're asking, just make sure it can hear you.
  • When you want Google Assistant on your phone to do something while a Google Home is in the room, shut off the microphone on the Google Home.

You can shut the mic off two different ways. There's a button on the back of Google Home that toggles the mic on and off, or you can tell Assistant to turn the mic off for you by saying "OK Google, turn off your microphone." Of course, you'll have to walk over and press the button to turn it back on.

Google seems committed to Assistant and surely is aware of the small issues, like getting more than one thing using it to play nice with others. We can also think of some easy fixes for this behavior, so we're confident Google can do a great job keeping the experience great while working out these kinks. We're looking forward to it just like you are!

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2 weeks ago

Picking up an LG G6? Check out these new cases!

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What are the best cases for the LG G6?

If you're planning to pick up the brand new LG G6 when it launches early next month, you'll want to keep it protected with a good case. With a wide selection of cases available, you can find the perfect case for your new phone before you even have it in your hands.

Here's our breakdown of some of the best cases you can find for the LG G6.

Spigen Rugged Armor

Spigen's Rugged Armor cases are always a great option, offering good protection without adding too much bulk to your phone. It features a premium look with carbon fiber textures on the back, clear cutouts for your ports, camera and fingerprint scanner, as well as all the protective features that Spigen is known for — spiderweb shock absorption on the interior of the case along with Air Cushion Technology in all the corners.

For a case that offers great protection along with a sleek and stylish appearance, you can't go wrong with the Spigen Rugged Armor case for your LG G6.

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Ringke Air Prism

Ringke is known for making some some stylish cases, and this Air Prism is no exception. This one-piece case is made from soft TPU and will provide a perfect fit for your LG G6.

The first thing that you'll notice with this case, however, is the modern geometric texture pattern on the back. Besides looking really cool and offering drop protection, it adds a bunch of great textures to help you maintain a solid grip on your brand new phone. It's available in three color options — black, rose gold, and clear — so pick the perfect style for you.

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SUPCASE Rugged Holster Case

If you're the klutzy type who's constantly dropping your phone, you want this rugged case from SUPCASE. This is a two-piece case that features a front plate with a built-in screen protector that, along with the LG G6's waterproofing, will pretty much keep your phone in pristine condition. It features multi-layered protection that combines TPU and polycarbonate materials to create a shock absorbing core and impact resistant bumper.

It also comes with a belt clip holster that swivels 360-degrees, making it a great accessory for anyone who's constantly on the go throughout the day and needs quick access to their phone at all times.

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Trianium Clarium Series Case

The thing about having a new phone is that you want to show it off, right? But not at the expense of leaving it open to damage. That's where a great clear case come in.

Trianium's Clarium Series cases are sleek and minimalist, so if those are important features in a case for you, you'll definitely want to check it out. Your phone will get all around protection from this slim case that also perfectly preserves the look of your LG G6.

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Spigen Thin Fit

If you absolutely hate the idea of using a case because of the added bulk, perhaps you should consider Thin Fit case from Spigen. While it won't offer as much drop protection as the other cases on this list, it will prevent your phones from being scuffed or scratched while in your pocket.

All your ports and side buttons are left wide open, and the case is thin enough to let NFC and wireless charging pass through without issue. Again, if you're looking for a case that offers sound protection, your best to look at other options. But if you're looking for a slim and lightweight case to offer the most basic protection from nicks and scratches, this is your best bet.

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LK Wallet case

Wallet cases are a great option for protecting your phone — as long as you're able to justify the added bulk for the extra convenience of having your phone, cash, cards and ID all in one place.

This wallet case from LK has been perfectly designed for the LG G6, and offers full protection in all four corners via the TPU inner shell along with the protection from the leather exterior You're able to fit three cards along the inside of the front cover, along with a pocket for folded bills. There's ample cutouts for the headphone jack, charging port and fingerprint scanner, and the case also folds up to create a kickstand for your phone for hands-free viewing.

For a classy and versatile case, look no further than this leather wallet case.

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2 weeks ago

Now may be a great time to buy a Galaxy S7

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A nice discount on two of the best phones right now.

We know the Galaxy S8 is coming pretty soon — announced at the end of March and released sometime in April — but increasingly, this year's models aren't putting last year's out of business.

To wit, the Galaxy S7 is getting a steep discount at U.S. carrier T-Mobile (and Sprint, too, on the S7 edge) — $250 off their retail prices (via Thrifter) — and with the Nougat rollout complete the phone is now more compelling than ever. That brings the price of the Galaxy S7 down to $323.99, and the S7 edge down to $429.99 and $444.99 (the Sprint option is $15 more).

It's clear that the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are going to hold up particularly well even into late-2017 and beyond. As we've seen, the Nougat update brings a number of performance and feature improvements to the Galaxy lineup, and the hardware is still quite strong, both aesthetically and in terms of specs. While the Snapdragon 820 inside the phones is no longer top-of-the-line, Samsung managed to eke impressive performance and stability out of the devices, managing to stay at the top of our best-of lists until the release of the Pixel phones in October.

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The Galaxy S7 line also has a number of features the Pixels don't, namely waterproofing and wireless charging, and arguably much nicer designs. That the phones don't have USB-C ports is unfortunate, but the qualm is easily overlooked considering all of their other upsides — especially at $250 off.

Both the discounted Sprint and T-Mobile versions of the devices also come with 64GB microSD cards to sweeten the pot, but the phones must be ordered through Samsung's online web store, so there is no possibility of wallet-friendly financing. The good news is that the T-Mobile version of the GS7 is probably the best of the bunch if you're going to be roaming at all, since, after unlocking it, it has the most bands and support for the fastest LTE speeds of any of the variants.

Are you taking Samsung up on its discount offer? Let us know in the comments!

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2 weeks ago

Nintendo's Parental Control app is amazing. Here's how to use it!

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Every game console should have parental controls this nice.

While there are definitely adults roaming the world right now with Nintendo Switches in hands, rescuing the lands of Hyrule or racing in futuristic hovercrafts, plenty of new Switch owners are actually kids. Not every parent is a gamer, but most parents want to make sure their children are not up at all hours of the night playing on this new highly portable console. Switch is small enough to hide under a blanket or sneak out of the house to school with no problem, which is why Nintendo made sure parents had an extra tool to help make sure everyone behaves.

Parental controls on a Nintendo console are not a new thing by any stretch, but now those controls can be accessed remotely with an app on your phone. Even better? That app gives you a ton of information about how Switch is being used and includes new tools for controlling access. Here's how to set up parental controls on your phone!

Before you get started

In order to get set up, you're going to need a few things.

Adding Parental Controls to your Switch

Using the app to control settings on your Switch means you need to first log in to your Nintendo account on your phone. When the same account is on your phone and your Switch, it becomes much easier for the two to talk. If you do not have a Nintendo account, you will need to create on from within the app to continue. If you are already logged in to your Nintendo account through the Miitomo or Fire Emblem Heroes apps on your phone, you will be an option to use that login automatically.

  1. Open your Switch Parental Controls app
  2. Tap Next when prompted to register your Switch to the app
  3. Tap Sign in/Create Account when prompted to log in

Once you've logged in to your Nintendo account, you will see a Registration Code. This six digit pin needs to be entered on your Nintendo Switch. Keep your phone display on, but set your phone down and pick up your Switch for this next part.

  1. Head to System Settings on your Nintendo Switch home screen.

  2. Navigate down to Parental Controls and select Parental Controls Settings.

  3. Select Use your Smart Device from the options listed

  4. Select Yes when asked if you have the Parental Controls app

  5. Enter the registration code from your phone.

  6. Select Register when you see your name appear

Now that you have registered your Switch to the Parental Controls app, you need to go back to your phone so you can adjust system settings to your desire. On your phone you will now see Set Parental Controls and Later as your two options. If you want to add controls now, tap the top option. If not, refer back to this guide when you are ready!

Setting Parental Controls

Nintendo's basic parental controls include three basic settings. You can set a time limit for how long your child can play Switch every day; you can set a content rating restriction if you don't want your child playing games above a particular age rating; and you can set a pin to bypass the first two options. Gameplay and content restriction settings offer several extra features if you want to be more detailed, but the initial setup will walk you through basic time and content options. As soon as you save these options, the restrictions are immediately enabled on the Switch as long as it is connected to Wi-Fi.

If you want to be more detailed in your time restrictions — for example to set different time restrictions for different days of the week — head to the Console Settings tab in the bottom right corner of the app and select Play-Time Limit from the top. From here you will see Set Days Individually at the top, which will give you a Monday-Sunday list for you to set individual timers on. You'll also see a Bedtime Alarm option, which will render the Switch unplayable past a specified time unless the pin is entered.

Adjusting the Restriction Level when first setting the Switch up allows you to set a content rating limit, but if you want to go deeper you can select Custom Settings from the Restriction Level list and adjust things as you see fit. You can place limits on the ability to post screenshots to social media, and restrictions on the ability to send or receive messages from anyone Nintendo Switch user. The ability to pick and choose these settings makes it a little easier if you have family members with Switch consoles to share with your kids, or if you're interested in a higher content restriction but have no interest in the ability to share to Facebook.

If you're interested in more actively monitoring Switch activity, the Time Played tab will break down what games are being played each day and for how long. This information is later organized in the Monthly Report, so you can see total hours played over the course of any month. Nintendo generates this information automatically, and you can either choose to be notified when this information is available or look in the app when you're curious. Usage information is sent to the app several times a day, but is not sent in real-time so it won't be entirely accurate if your child is playing on your Switch at the moment you are looking at reporting.

How to remove parental controls from your Switch

Decided you don't need these features on your phone? It's pretty easy to turn off but don't just uninstall the app and walk away. You want to de-register the app from your Switch, which means you'll need your phone and your Switch handy for a few minutes.

  1. Head to System Settings on your Nintendo Switch home screen

  2. Navigate down to Parental Controls and select Parental Controls Settings

  3. Select Unregister App from the available options

  4. Enter your Parental Control pin (check the app if you forgot!)

  5. Confirm you want to do this by selecting Unregister

  6. Uninstall the Parental Controls app on your phone

And that's it! You now know all you need to know about controlling the Nintendo Switch remotely. Got an idea for a future feature in this app? Share it with us in the comments!

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2 weeks ago

NVIDIA Shield continues console ambitions with new Tomb Raider release

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The NVIDIA Shield is becoming an even more compelling product with each new major game release.

Tomb Raider — not the 1996 original but the 2013 reboot — is now available in its console-grade entirety on the NVIDIA Shield Android TV. Square Enix and NVIDIA worked together to optimize the game for the nascent set-top platform, and for $15 you get the entire experience, optimized for the company's Tegra X1 processor and rendering at 720p.

The new title, which was released over three years ago on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, is considerably darker, harder and more brutal than the original Lara Croft games, as the now-younger explorer finds herself alone on an island with few tools and no experience.

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Like the original, Tomb Raider was extremely successful, selling over 8 million units and gaining an aggregate score of 87% on Metacritic. The Shield version appears to be identical to its console counterparts — the Tegra X1 processor inside the Shield is quite a bit more powerful than that of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 — but it is limited to 720p output to ensure a high frame rate.

Will you be spending the $15 on this awesome game? I still haven't completed it since I got it for free as a free Xbox Live game a couple years back, but I can attest to its excellence.

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2 weeks ago

BLU's Life Max boasts an enormous battery for under £100

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BLU Life Max

Amazon promo price gets you a 3,700mAh battery, fingerprint scanner and 5.5-inch display for £89.99.

Budget smartphone brand BLU continues to make inroads into Europe, and its latest effort, the Life Max, targets the entry-level segment with a surprisingly solid collection of hardware. The regular price for the phone is £109.99, but it's on sale right now for £89.99.

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2 weeks ago

Sonos PLAYBASE is off-the-wall wireless for home theater

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Sonos SOUNDBASE is off-the-wall wireless for home theater

Sonos PLAYBASE is a connected soundbar for those of us who don't mount our TVs on the wall.

A couple of years ago, after my week-out-of-warranty amp decided to start flagging everything as HDCP non-compliant, I switched to a Sonos PLAYBAR for my home theater. And I never looked back. Until today. Now, Sonos has a PLAYBASE as well, and it's designed not to be mounted on a wall but to sit under a TV. And to boom.

You can also pair it with your existing Sonos system, or use it as the starting point for full 5.1 surround sound. (Still waiting on 7.1, though, because more is more.)

PLAYBASE Comes in black or white and is priced at $699. Current Sonos owners can pre-order PLAYBASE starting today on Sonos.com. It ships April 4, 2017.

I already have the PLAYBAR, but am I wrong to consider making that a hand-me-down and hooking into the new, shiny PLAYBASE? Let me know!

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Sonos introduces PLAYBASE – an off the wall approach to TV sound

PLAYBASE slides the best of Sonos underneath your TV, delivering powerful home theater sound when the TV is on, and music all the time when it's off.

Santa Barbara, California – March 7, 2017 – Today, Sonos announced PLAYBASE, the latest addition to its wireless home sound system and the newest speaker in their home theater line-up. Inspired by the simple insight that up to 70% of all TVs stand on furniture and are not mounted to the wall, PLAYBASE is a thin, yet powerful speaker that sits discreetly under the TV. Priced at $699 US and available in both black and white, PLAYBASE will be available globally starting on April 4, 2017.

At just 58 mm in height and packing 10 drivers, PLAYBASE offers everything you'd expect from a Sonos speaker – great sound when the TV is on and music all the time when it's off. It was designed to disappear into the home. Appearing as if it was cut from a single piece of granite, it challenges conventional expectations of sound from a thin speaker. The construction comes together with no visible seams resulting in incredibly clean lines, an ultra-flat top surface, and more than 43,000 holes that make up an acoustically transparent grill.

PLAYBASE was built from the ground-up by Sonos with unique manufacturing processes and materials to meet the level of quality Sonos stands by, including a complex insert molding process and a custom-designed glass-filled polycarbonate exterior to keep vibration to a minimum and withstand the weight of a TV for years to come.

"When we think about what product we'll invent next, we think first about the home, and the role each of our products play in the home. What we realized is that PLAYBAR only met the need of the small percentage of homes where people mount their televisions on the wall," said Sonos CEO, Patrick Spence. "We saw a tremendous opportunity to deliver great sound in great style for the majority of homes where the TV sits on a piece of furniture. It was a huge challenge where we pushed the boundaries of design, acoustics, materials, wireless and software, and we can't wait for people to bring it home."

Designed for TVs that aren't wall-mounted, PLAYBASE is easy to control and set-up using just two cords (optical and power). It expands to other rooms when wirelessly connected to your Sonos home sound system, and is equal parts TV speaker and music speaker, with access to more than 80 music services. Later this year, like every other Sonos speaker, you'll soon be able to control PLAYBASE using your voice and any Amazon Alexa enabled device. PLAYBASE and PLAYBAR are Sonos for your TV space, allowing listeners to choose the best set-up to fit any room.

"We have built a product that can not only handle the complexities of home theater – delivering open and natural sound, clear dialogue, and immersive bass that fills the room – but also fits perfectly in any home environment," said Giles Martin, Sound Experience Leader at Sonos. "The challenge with PLAYBASE was upholding the desire for it to be beautiful from all angles without compromising any of our design, acoustics or engineering principles. We were obsessive in our approach and decisions, resisting every urge to pack anything in here that wasn't needed, and custom built everything else to find the perfect fit - it's our thinnest, most beautiful speaker yet."

Through a unique balance of hardware and software, all of PLAYBASE's 10 custom-designed drivers with dedicated amplifiers – six mid-range, three tweeters, and one woofer – are powered by software to precisely control the sound coming from each transducer. The result is a sound stage much wider than the speaker itself.

With software, we're also able to deliver flexible control experiences – whether with your TV remote, Sonos app, or select partner apps—and add new features over time. This includes Trueplay, recently available for Sonos' home theater products, which adjusts the sound of PLAYBASE to the specifics of any particular room. In addition, Dialogue Enhancement and Night Mode, both options within the Sonos App, allow for enhanced vocal clarity or toned down bass for loud action scenes.

Starting today, current Sonos owners have access to an exclusive pre-order of PLAYBASE on Sonos.com.

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