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This morning, Amazon is adding to its Prime subscription with new discounts at Whole Foods, while PicoBrew has a new universal countertop machine. Plus: our first impressions of Disney’s ESPN+ streaming service and what it means for cord-cutting sports fans.
Seeing someone rotate a 50.5-inch 4K+ screen is surprising — at first.
Version 66 of the Chrome browser muted autoplaying audio by default to snuff out annoying web popups. The problem, however, is that it also cut out the sound on a number of interactive pages and games that aren’t ads at all. Now Google has pushed a new update that reverts the change for pages that use the WebAudio API, promising a temporary reprieve until Chrome 70 arrives later this year.
Watch Ariana Grande sing “No Tears Left to Cry” accompanied by Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and members of The Roots on Nintendo Labo instruments.
Meet Pico’s new universal brewing machine, capable of making beer, coffee, tea, kombucha, horchata and a host of other drinks. There are parts you’ll need to swap in and out depending on what you’re making, like the basket for coffee grounds and various sized filters for beer or other beverages. The biggest difference between the Pico U and its predecessor, though, is in its size, materials and price. The all-plastic U is much smaller than the Pico C and is available to Kickstarter backers for $169.
As Amazon Prime’s yearly rate increases to $119, the company is deepening its ties to Whole Foods. Now subscribers will get an additional 10 percent discount on sale items and deep discounts on select best-selling items every week. For now, the discounts are only available in Florida, but they’re rolling out nationwide this summer.
ESPN+ won’t completely cure your live-sports withdrawal if you’ve already cut the cord. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great deal — especially if you like MLS and baseball (MLB or college). Then, the only real tradeoff is the loss of studio shows.
Usually, adaptive cruise control makes sense in areas where you’ll be following another car in case a bend in the road requires slowing down. But in the Mercedes S560, you can set it and forget it, thanks to data from Here maps that makes sure the convertible is moving at a safe speed. Roberto Baldwin explains why it’s “weird, helpful and an important step toward cars driving themselves safely.”
But wait, there’s more…
- Verizon will turn on 5G in LA this year
- AirFly dongle connects your AirPods to anything with a headphone jack
- What we’re listening to: ‘MCU in Review’
- ‘Rage 2’ brings the frenetic action of ‘Doom’ to an open world
- White House dumps ‘cyber czar’ advisory position
- HTC’s ‘Exodus’ blockchain phone is made for a decentralized future
- Google adds new gestures and pairing features to Pixel Buds
- Apple now has more than 50 autonomous cars on the road
- Self-striping smart cloth is HyperColor for the 21st century
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