The Wall Street Journal announces speaker lineup for its first ever virtual WSJ Tech Live

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NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Wall Street Journal is set to host its annual WSJ Tech Live conference online on October 19-21, 2020.  

Reimagining the online event experience, this year’s WSJ Tech Live will feature interviews with top executives from across the globe, exclusive demos, virtual excursions, a lively debate and an interactive town hall on the power tech companies wield and their responsibility to users.

The three day conference will cover a number of topics including a look at big tech, antitrust and regulation; the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, quantum computing and their potential to transform business and society; how companies are tackling complex questions of data and privacy while working to regain consumer trust; the new ecosystem of startups; the future of work

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Photos of the iPhone 12 and a new HomePod speaker may have just leaked ahead of Apple’s big event



a close up of a computer: Last year's iPhone 11. Crystal Cox/Business Insider


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Last year’s iPhone 11. Crystal Cox/Business Insider

  • Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 12 lineup and a new HomePod speaker at its event on Tuesday.
  • But hours before the event, the leaker Evan Blass published what he said were images of the new iPhones and HomePod.
  • The images line up with previous leaks about the color choices for the iPhone 12.
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Apple is expected to unveil its iPhone 12 lineup at an event on Tuesday, but the device’s design and color options may have leaked just hours before the official debut.

Evan Blass, who has a track record of publishing accurate leaks about unreleased tech gadgets, posted photos of what he said were the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, and a new HomePod mini speaker.

The images line up with previous

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Devialet, the speaker company backed by Jay-Z, takes on Apple with $299 wireless earbuds



a close up of a device: Devialet's Gemini wireless earbuds. Devialet


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Devialet’s Gemini wireless earbuds. Devialet

  • Audio company Devialet is branching out from high-end speakers and launching earbuds to rival Apple’s AirPods Pro.
  • Devialet’s Gemini wireless earbuds cost $299 in the US and will be available to pre-order from October 10.
  • CEO Franck Lebouchard talked up Gemini’s active noise cancellation and said the earbuds had been in the works for two years.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

High-end speaker company Devialet is taking on Apple with its first pair of wireless earbuds, the £279/$299 Devialet Gemini.

Devialet is best-known for making pricey speakers targeted at audiophiles, winning plaudits for its classic, $2,000 Phantom speakers. The company’s backers include Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn, which produces the iPhone, as well as Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.

This is the first time the company is venturing into headphones, with an eye to a broader audience.

The Devialet Gemini earbuds are about $50

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When Will Apple Release Smart Speaker?

KEY POINTS

  • Apple is expected to release a new HomePod this year
  • A known leaker claims Apple will launch a “mini” version of the HomePod instead of HomePod 2
  • Previous reports also hinted at the new device’s arrival

A “mini” version of Apple’s HomePod may be coming soon, according to a known leaker.

Apple is set to reveal new devices during its Oct. 13 event, with the iPhone 12, wireless headphones AirPods Studio, tracker AirTags and a new version of the HomePod among those expected to be unveiled. But the Siri-powered smart home speaker, which hasn’t been updated since 2017, may not be refreshed and replaced with a newer model. Instead, the company could release a smaller version.

According to a prominent leaker known only as L0vetodream, “there is no HomePod2 this year.” Instead, the leaker claims that Apple will only have a “mini one,” indicating that the Cupertino

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New Google Nest Audio speaker packs a huge punch for $99

The old Google Home that looked like an air freshener has been reinvented, renamed and redesigned to rock out.



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Nest Audio speakers

Now known as Nest Audio, the new editions look more like a tiny, traditional speaker, this time in a multitude of colors (pink, blue, green, white and black), sell for less than the original Home ($99.99 versus $129.99) and the big news is a major sound upgrade.

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Nest Audio, available today, is still being sold as a personal assistant to run your smart home, answer trivia questions, set reminders, get news updates, translate languages and, of course, play music and podcasts.

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But the speaker, which runs on the Google Assistant, still lags Amazon’s Echo speakers and the Alexa system in doing many obvious tasks that various Google help pages

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Nest Audio is Google’s new Home speaker. 7 things to know about the upcoming device

Google’s new smart speaker for your home takes on a completely new design — and a new name. From the specs to the look, Nest Audio is very much the next-generation full-size smart speaker for everyday use.



The new Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home speaker. Google/Screenshot by CNET


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The new Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home speaker. Google/Screenshot by CNET

There’s plenty we know about the fabric-coated device, and much we’ll still have to find out. For example, we know it promises to improve speaker volume by an astonishing percentage, but we’ll have to see how the Nest Audio stacks up tothe recently updated Amazon Echo in real-world tests. If the Nest Audio’s specs are any indication, this could be the Alexa-killer Google has been hoping for.



The new Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home speaker.


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The new Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home speaker.



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We’ll walk you through the most important things to learn about the

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7 things to know about Google’s new ‘Home’ speaker

Google Home welcomed a new member to the smart speaker family this week, except it isn’t called “Google ” or “Home” at all. Still, the Nest Audio is very much the next-generation full-size smart speaker for everyday use.



The new Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home speaker. Google/Screenshot by CNET


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The new Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home speaker. Google/Screenshot by CNET

There’s plenty we know about the fabric-coated device, and much we’ll still have to find out — such as whether the Nest Audio actually lives up to the hype and how it compares to the recently updated Amazon Echo. (If the Nest Audio’s specs are any indication, this could be the Alexa-killer Google has been hoping for.)



The new Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home speaker.


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The new Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home speaker.


We’ll walk you through the most important things to learn about the Nest Audio’s price, colors, sale date and features. And we’ll explain what

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Amazon Echo: Alexa’s new smart speaker home just got a bold redesign

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Amazon rounds out the Echo.


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Amazon line of smart speakers is switching up its look; the new Amazon Echo will be spherical. The price will be $100 (£90), which is what the company’s previous, third-generation Amazon Echo went for. The new Echo speaker will be available Oct. 22, and its fabric-covered body will come in three different colors: charcoal, glacier white and twilight blue. It’s open for preorder now.

For specifics about its design as regards sound quality, Amazon says, “Its 3.0-inch woofer, dual-firing tweeters, and Dolby processing delivers stereo sound with clear highs, dynamic-mids, and deep bass that automatically adapts to any room.”

While the woofer appears to be the same as the previous Echo’s, Amazon has packed a second .8-inch tweeter into the speaker, which should

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Google introduces new phones, Google TV, smart speaker and Chromecast

Google introduced new products at a virtual press event Wednesday with highlights including new phones that connect to the faster 5G wireless networks, an updated Chromecast streaming device and a new higher fidelity smart speaker.



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Google Pixel 5 and 4A (5G) phones

The flagship product, the new phones, beg consumers to take a good look at the entry level $499 Pixel 4A (with 5G) phone as opposed to the more expensive $699 Pixel 5.

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Both have virtually the same specs, except the 4A has a larger 6.2 inch screen to the 5’s 6 inch, while the 5 touts a slightly more powerful battery. The 4A has a headphone jack, while the 5 does not. Both come with 128GB of storage.

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Google’s new devices: Here’s how to pre-order Google’s Pixel 5, Nest

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Google’s new Nest Audio smart speaker is official, costs $99.99

Google has officially announced the new Nest Audio smart speaker, the latest in its line of smart speakers powered by the Google Assistant. The Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home from 2016 as Google’s midrange smart speaker, slotting above the Nest Mini and below the Nest Max in the lineup. It costs $99.99 and will be available starting October 5th in 21 countries. You can preorder it right now.



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Google Nest Audio

Unlike the Google Home’s air freshener aesthetic, the Nest Audio’s soft rounded corners and vaguely rectangular shape make it more reminiscent of a loaf of bread standing on its end. Like the Nest Mini, it’s completely wrapped in fabric, which you can get in a few different colors. Also like the other Nest speakers, there are four colored LEDs embedded in the fabric that light up when the speaker hears or responds to a voice command. You

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