My, that’s a loud lamp you have, Sonos

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The lamp is playing NPR again.
The lamp is playing NPR again.
Photo: Sonos

Sonos and Ikea are at it again with the speakers that look like other things. They recently launched the second generation of the Symfonisk table lamp speaker.

The Symfonisk line of speakers, which also includes a bookshelf speaker that can hold books and a picture frame speaker that looks like wall art, is designed to blend in with your home decor.

When you need a second WFH zone, this is how you do it [Setups]

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Basic Apple Guy's setup, the
Basic Apple Guy's setup, the "kitchen edition," needs to be easy to clean and move.
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Blogger Basic Apple Guy, whom we’ll call BAG, has been an Apple fan since high school shop class, when he convinced the teacher that making an iMovie on the teacher’s iMac G3 should fit into the curriculum. Now, decades later, BAG’s passion lives on. It showed when he recently shared one of his computer setups, the “kitchen edition.”

Another modded USB-C iPhone is going on sale, and this one’s waterproof

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This one's reinforced and waterproof, its maker said.
This one's reinforced and waterproof, its maker said.
Photo: Gernot Jöbstl

First a robotics engineering student made a splash late last year by modding an iPhone X with a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port — and sold the device for big money. Now someone else is touting a similar modification, but this time the handset boasts a reinforced port that includes waterproofing. And yes, the tinkerer’s going to sell it soon — probably for more money than most people make in a year.

Powerful new SVS speakers and amp add AirPlay 2 support

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The new SVS Prime Wireless Pro speakers with AirPlay 2 support will come in black or white.
The new SVS Prime Wireless Pro speakers with AirPlay 2 support will come in black or white.
Photo: SVS

Audio company SVS rolled out new wares at CES 2022 — Prime Wireless Pro Speakers and an accompanying SoundBase multi-room amplifier. Both have added support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 streaming over previous Prime Wireless models’ capabilities, among other new features.

Will Keychron’s new Q2 finally tempt you to get a mechanical keyboard?

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The new Keychron Q2 is a tad smaller than the Q1, but just as customizable.
The new Keychron Q2 is a tad smaller than the Q1, but just as customizable.
Photo: Keychron

Keychron, already known for affordable mechanical keyboards that work easily with both Mac and Windows, turned some heads when it came out with the high-quality, heavily customizable Q1 mechanical keyboard a few months back. Now, in case that didn’t get you to try going mechanical, the Hong Kong-based company is out with the sleek new Keychron Q2.

Pozio Cradle keeps your phone from listening to you while you charge it

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The Pozio Cradle is a wireless charger that jams your smartphone's ability to hear you until you tell it to stop.
The Pozio Cradle is a wireless charger that jams your smartphone's ability to hear you until you tell it to stop.
Photo: Pozio

A device shown at CES 2022 that made some publications’ “weirdest stuff from the show” lists is the Pozio Cradle. It’s a “listening blocker” that wirelessly charges smartphones. It ensures your gadget and its voice assistant can’t hear or record what you say, according to the company.

Budget-friendly MacBook Air workstation gets it done with flair [Setups]

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You don't have to spend a lot to have a highly functional and attractive computer setup.
You don't have to spend a lot to have a highly functional and attractive computer setup.
Photo: FoxyFreckles1989@Reddit.com

With all due respect to some of the whiz-bang, over-the top computer setups we’ve looked at here at Cult of Mac, you don’t have to spend a zillion bucks and a year of your life putting together a highly effective workstation.

Today’s featured setup is not without flair and it gets the job done — all for the price of an M1 MacBook Air plus a few hundred bones, more or less.

With Wzye security cameras, some things in life still are free

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A new Wyze pay-what-you-want plan lets you pay nothing.
A new Wyze pay-what-you-want plan lets you pay nothing.
Photo: Wyze

Wyze Labs launched a new pay-what-you-want subscription tier Tuesday for its Cam Plus Lite lineup of home security cameras. And the company touts the fact that you can pay nothing if you like.

Wyze said it also plans to remove its cameras’ 32GB microSD card size limit and add new rewind and skip buttons to make it easier to scrub through footage saved locally.

Take the show wherever you go with Samsung’s new Freestyle projector

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The Samsung Freestyle projects video or ambient lighting and works as a smart speaker.
The Samsung Freestyle projects images, video or ambient lighting and works as a smart speaker.
Photo: Samsung

At CES 2022, Samsung Electronics showed a new portable screen and entertainment device it’s calling “The Freestyle.” The company also called the device the first of its kind. It’s a small projector and smart speaker that works with iOS and Android devices to stream video or sync audio to ambient lighting.

Apple TV+ renews award-winning The Morning Show for third season

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Apple TV+ renewed the show for a third season.
Apple TV+ renewed the show for a third season.
Photo: Apple TV+

Apple TV+ renewed the hit series The Morning Show, starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, for a third season, the company said Monday. The streaming service also signed a multiyear deal with WGA Award winner Charlotte Stoudt to be the third season’s showrunner and executive producer, and to produce other scripted series.

In addition to Stoudt (whose credits include Fosse/Verdon, Homeland and House of Cards), Aniston and Witherspoon serve as executive producers on The Morning Show, which has won Emmy, SAG and Critics Choice awards. It is directed by Mimi Leder and produced by the studio Media Res, Hello Sunshine and Echo Films.