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Sonos today introduced the new PLAY:5, a completely redesigned speaker for wireless audio in your home. Replacing the existing PLAY:5 in the lineup, this new model features six synchronized, custom-designed drivers in a brand new enclosure, providing fantastic sound and excellent wireless performance. Combined with their new Trueplay tuning technology, the PLAY:5 truly earns its place as the new flagship of the Sonos line. I had the chance to preview and test the new units last week at Sonos's offices in Santa Barbara, CA, and they've really out-done themselves this time. The new PLAY:5 can be oriented on 3 sides, standing vertically or horizontally depending upon your room's layout and desired speaker coverage. In either orientation, the sound is extremely wide, with a stereo image projecting quite well out of just a single speaker in horizontal orientation. Of course, the PLAY:5 can be paired with a second, matching unit for a stereo pair that delivers a truly immersive experience. The controls, too, are completely new, with Sonos eschewing buttons in favor of a multitouch panel. Right now the panel supports play/pause, volume and track switching, but future possibilities are endless. The all-new Sonos PLAY:5 will retail for US$499 and will be available later this year in matte black or matte white finish. We'll follow-up with a more in-depth review once we've had the chance to really put the new unit through its paces.
The rooms in your home aren't acoustically designed to make speakers sound their very best. My rooms aren't either. It's for this reason that Sonos has been hard at work developing Trueplay, an innovative technology that will allow us to use our iPhones and iPads to automatically tune our Sonos speakers for the rooms and locations in which we place them.
With yesterday's release of iOS 9 to the masses, Content Blockers (a.k.a. ad blockers) have made their way into the iOS mainstream. As I recently said, that's a good thing and I'm happy about it. But now that you have the ability to easily run ad/content blockers on both your desktop and mobile browsers, what will it take for you to stop using them?
Earlier today Apple sent notes to various outlets announcing that watchOS 2 would not be released today due to a last-minute bug they found. Developer James Thomson took to Twitter to say that he might well have been the one to find the bug.
In addition to all the new devices yesterday, Apple also introduced their iPhone Upgrade Program. This joins the ranks of the cell carriers relatively new programs that allow customers to finance the purchase of a phone over time. There are, however, some important differences buried in the details. Let's take a look.
Steve Jobs claimed to have "cracked the code" for creating a connected TV that doesn't suck back in 2011. Earlier this year TiVo introduced their answer to universal search called OnePass. Perhaps the latter gives us a glimpse into what the former will look like. Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski thinks so, and so do I.
I like to watch a lot of movies on a lot of different devices. Some of those devices are made by Apple, like my iPad and Apple TV, while some are made by TiVo, Roku, Panasonic, Sony and others. I need my media portable; not just portable in the mobile sense to take with me when I travel, but portable in the sense that I can't have limits on which of my devices will play any given movie. There's a way to do that with iTunes Movies, just be responsible when you do.
Listener Matt is a long-time iTunes Match subscriber, but not (yet?) signed up for Apple Music. However, now that Apple Music is an option he can no longer find where to enable iTunes Match. No worries, it's not gone, just hidden in the Preferences bundled with a new feature under a new name: iCloud Music Library.
Apple's announcement of iOS 9 at WWDC included a feature that sent ripples through the online publishing community: iOS 9 will support third-party Content Blockers (as will/does Safari on OS X). The main goal of these, of course, is to give users the ability to filter out crap that slows down their (mobile) web experience. There's nothing wrong with that. They also (primarily) mean blocking ad-serving scripts. There's nothing wrong with that, either. In fact, I welcome it.