U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia defended herself overnight, insisting that both she and her husband had no input in the decision to sell somewhere between $US1.2 ($2) million and $US3.1 ($5) million in stock shortly before the stock market crash that was caused by fears over covid-19. Loeffler’s husband is Jeffrey Sprecher, a longtime Republican donor and chairman of the New York Stock Exchange and they have a combined net worth of roughly $US500 ($866) million.
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The Super Bowl is Monday, and while I will be busy calling loved ones during the game to deeply irritate them, you may actually be watching and perhaps you might be excited that the game will be streaming in 4K and HDR (depending on where you watch it). But the 4K is fake 4K, and, according to Digital Trend’s interview with one of the men producing the Bowl, there’s a good reason for that.
After teasing a 5.1 surround sound solution with the introduction of wireless speakers in 2018 and a soundbar in 2019, Roku is finally doing the thing. If you already own a Roku Soundbar you’ll be able to add additional speakers and a subwoofer for a 5.1 surround sound experience. More importantly, it will actually be super easy to set up and cost half as much as a similar system from Sonos.
If you happen to be somewhere in the intersection of Roku and Apple Watch owners, good news. Today, Roku launched a free app for your wrist that features voice controls, and the ability to find your remote.
After a couple of false starts, President Donald Trump is scheduled to give the State of the Union address to Congress today at 1pm AEDT. And there are plenty of ways for cordcutters to watch the speech this year on YouTube, Facebook, and TV-connected devices like Roku and Fire TV.
Alex Jones, chief of noxious conspiracy website and suspicious supplement sales front Infowars, was kicked off most of the web’s biggest platforms last year amid legal battles over his alleged harassment and defamation of mass shooting survivors’ families: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Apple, Spotify, and Pinterest, to name a few.
But recently, Digiday noted on Tuesday, Infowars somehow made its way back onto streaming service Roku.
It was a bit of a surprise earlier this year when Roku announced that it would be selling wireless speakers. The popular maker of platform-agnostic set-top boxes is certainly no stranger to home entertainment, but the idea that it would soon start to compete with Sonos, well, that seemed crazy. Having spent some time with the new soundbar alternative, I can say that Roku is doing something more intriguing with the Roku TV Wireless Speakers. It’s built a custom sound system that works curiously well with Roku TVs. The only downside is that the speakers don’t really work at all with any other TV or wireless audio system. Innovation is a weird beast, I guess.
If you’ve ever sat down to watch your imported Roku-powered TV and thought, “Boy I wish I had some imported Roku-powered speakers to enhance this experience,” you are in luck. The set-top box maker just announced a new set of speakers that work exclusively with Roku TV televisions. It’s kind of a curious move for the company, but it also makes weird sense.
If the term "smart sound bar" seems unusual, that's because it's brand new. TCL just announced the first in a new class of gadgets that act a little bit like a smart speaker and a little bit like a remote control that's powered by your voice. As the name implies, the new TCL Roku Smart Sound Bar is powered by the newly announced Roku Entertainment Assistant. Suddenly, everybody's favourite set-top box company does a lot more than make set-top boxes.
As Apple waits for its billion-dollar push into original programming to bear fruit, the company has been bulking up its overall offering with the recent addition of the Amazon Prime Video app on the Apple TV. But one app we thought would land on Apple's streaming box this year is now coming "in the next few months."
In recent years, set-top boxes have been shrinking down to tinier, cheaper packages with a growing list of fun new features. The new Fire TV dongle with 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos showcases some of the best aspects about this trend. It's cute. It's a thrill to use. It's just $US70. The only problem is that you still can't use the new Fire TV for everything. It's very good, but it's not the very best.
It feels like we're leaving the world of set-top boxes as we know them behind. For one, few people own a TV big enough that you could actually put a box on top of it -- that's been true for a long time. The box itself has also dwindled down to a dongle, a handy little thing that disappears behind the screen. These HDMI sticks have been a bit weak in the past, serving as a convenient but compromised alternative to a larger piece of hardware. The Roku Streaming Stick+, with its ability to handle 4K and HDR, changes all that.
If you're in the market for a dinky little black box to slide under your living room TV set and pipe through some quality content, you're in luck: there's lots of them to pick from. All the major names now have established boxes on the market. While Gizmodo is a big fan of the Roku box and everything it can do, it's not the only media box in town, and it might not even be the perfect box for you. So instead we compared the four major operating systems running in those boxes to help you sort out exactly which platform will best meet your needs.
Earlier this year Roku announced a single new product, an excellent $US50 ($66) stick that was, for the most part, the only set-top box the average person would ever need. Now Roku is back with five new boxes meant to fill every possible user niche -- from the person that still has a tube TV from 1995 to the person with a future-proof $1300 UHD set.
Do you own a set-top box that you love? That's great -- keep loving it! Are you interested in seeing what all the fuss is about? Then consider the new $US50 ($64) Roku Streaming Stick. It's cheap and easy and versatile, and frankly, that's really what you should want.