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Apple HomePod 2nd Generation Review: A Smart Speaker With Big Bass—and a Big Price

Apple HomePod 2nd Generation Review: A Smart Speaker With Big Bass—and a Big Price

This smart speaker first appeared in 2018 as one of the most expensive on the market. Two years later, it was eclipsed by its more affordable diminutive sibling, the HomePod Mini. The company discontinued the original speaker two years ago. Sign up for the newsletter Technology A weekly roundup of tech reviews, headlines, columns, and …

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Microsoft Prepares to Go to Battle With FTC Over Activision Deal

Microsoft Prepares to Go to Battle With FTC Over Activision Deal

Microsoft corporation MSFT -1.73% has signaled that it plans to contest the Federal Trade Commission’s lawsuit to block its $75 billion deal for Activision ATVI -0.38% Blizzard Inc., and is expected to argue that it is an underdog in game development. The personal computing company has been publicizing its position for months, saying the acquisition …

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California Long Ruled U.S. Shipping. Importers Are Drifting East.

California Long Ruled U.S. Shipping. Importers Are Drifting East.

Sharpie maker Newell Brands Inc. is opening distribution centers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina to lessen dependence on seaports in California. Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is moving more merchandise through New York and New Jersey to avoid West Coast bottlenecks. Air-conditioning manufacturer Trane Technologies PLC is sending most of its cargo this year through ports …

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FTC’s Move to Block Microsoft’s Deal for Activision Blizzard Came Despite Charm Offensive

FTC’s Move to Block Microsoft’s Deal for Activision Blizzard Came Despite Charm Offensive

Microsoft corporation MSFT -0.80% had been working for nearly a year to calm regulators’ concerns about the acquisition of video game developer Activision Blizzard Inc., ATVI 0.54% But the Federal Trade Commission’s lawsuit to block the deal raised questions about the company’s commitment not to shut out rivals. This week, the FTC took one of …

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Inside the Chess Cheating Scandal: ‘It Was a Ticking Time Bomb’

Inside the Chess Cheating Scandal: ‘It Was a Ticking Time Bomb’

A month before Magnus Carlsen and 19-year-old American grandmaster Hans Moke Niemann found themselves battling each other at the center of a high-profile chess cheating scandal, they were two guys pushing pawns on the beach in Miami. Hanging around for a tournament promotion, they played on a board in the sand, watched by only a …

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Nvidia, Intel gaming cards go on sale while AMD teases Nov. 3 announcement

Nvidia, Intel gaming cards go on sale while AMD teases Nov. 3 announcement

Nvidia Corp. and Intel Corp. clashed on Wednesday as the two chipmakers launched new gaming cards with the GPU leader targeting elite high-performance gamers, while Intel sought to appeal to budget gamers looking for a slightly better performance than the last generation of Nvidia cards. . On Wednesday, Nvidia’s NVDA, -0.74% The flagship RTX 4090 …

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Games That Push the Brain to the Limit Get Scientists’ Attention in Fight Against Dementia

Games That Push the Brain to the Limit Get Scientists’ Attention in Fight Against Dementia

You may be able to prevent or delay dementia with changes in diet and exercise, research has found. Now, another potential tool for staving off dementia is gaining the attention of researchers: specially designed video games. Companies are marketing a crop of digital games that promise to train the brain, with a battery of exercises …

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Here are the worst (and best) performing stocks of August and for 2022

Here are the worst (and best) performing stocks of August and for 2022

After a strong showing in July, when stock indexes rebounded from their 2022 lows of June, U.S. equities abruptly reversed course in August. Here’s the damage: Index Price change – July 29 through Aug. 30 Price change – 2022 through Aug. 30 Price change – 2021 S&P 500 SPX -3.5% -16.4% 26.9% Dow Jones Industrial …

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WSJ News Exclusive | Samsung Sees Galaxy Z Flip 4, Fold 4 as Edge in Smartphone Wars

WSJ News Exclusive | Samsung Sees Galaxy Z Flip 4, Fold 4 as Edge in Smartphone Wars

NEW YORK: Samsung Electronics Co. sees an opening in its stalled smartphone war with Apple Inc. That’s Samsung’s opinion‘s mobile business chief Roh Tae-moon, chief architect of the company’s flip-screen phones. The newest versions, Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4, were unveiled on Wednesday. Samsung‘s The novelty devices do something iPhones can’t: …

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