During Apple’s “Hi, Speed.” iPhone 12 event on Tuesday, the company announced a follow up smart speaker, the HomePod Mini. The smaller speaker is more affordable, with a $99 price tag, and smaller than the original HomePod. It goes on sale Nov. 6 and will start shipping Nov. 16.
Apple still leverages Siri, along with several new software updates and improvements, including the ability to play music from third-party services like Spotify, instead of being limited to Apple Music as has been the case since its launch in 2018.
The smaller speaker has the same mesh covering on the outside as the original HomePod, albeit smaller, but it’s more of a spherical shape than the column-like shape of the bigger HomePod. The top screen on the Mini is used to indicate when Siri is listening to your voice commands and accepts touch controls for controlling volume and music playback.
The HomePod Mini has smart home controls, built-in assistant, and amazing sound while keeping security and privacy in mind.
The HomePod Mini provides 360-degree sound and is powered by the Apple S5 processor. It uses computational audio to adjust the audio that comes out of the speaker as it’s coming out, tuning it for ideal sound quality in real-time.
The HomePod Mini has an Ultra Wide Band chip inside it, the same kind of chip that made its debut in the iPhone 11 but hasn’t been fully used yet. The UWB chip in the HomePod Mini will be
A new trailer for Worms Rumble, the upcoming real-time Worms spin-off, has arrived. It doesn’t just contain new footage, though–it also announces a beta date and release window. Worms Rumble will be available on PS5, PS4, and PC in December 2020.
The game, which features 32-player Battle Royale matches and a Team Deathmatch mode, will be playable on PS4 and PC during an open beta beginning November 6. During this time, anyone can download the beta and test out the game’s online multiplayer.
You can check the trailer out below. The game’s visual style is closer to the 3D models of Worms Battlegrounds than the more-recent Worms W.M.D.
The game has previously run a closed beta, but now more players will be able to experience the game.
Worms Rumble is very different from previous games in the series, which has always been turn-based. The game, and the beta, will be cross-play across all systems the game is available on.
In GameSpot’s review of Worms W.M.D., reviewer Jason D’Aprile gave the game an 8/10 and called it “easily the best game in the Worms series in several years.”
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October is National Women’s Small Business Month, an initiative focused on promoting female-led business operations.
In 2020, this month-long spotlight on female business owners is especially important, as recent reports show the impact of the pandemic has been dramatic on women in the workforce: Many aged 25 to 54 have stepped out of the professional environment to care for children and family.
Despite this year’s challenges, the 2019 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report indicated upward growth in the world of female-helmed businesses.
Findings from the research indicate there are nearly 13 million women-owned businesses in the US that employ 9.4 million people and generate $1.9 trillion in sales.
Additionally, women-owned businesses grew 21% between 2014 to 2019, while businesses owned by women of color doubled that growth rate: As of 2019, women of color accounted for 50% of all women who owned businesses.
Within the retail and direct-to-consumer sector, there are many emerging female-led businesses that have found a way to thrive in 2020 despite its many obstacles.
I spoke with a few founders to hear their stories and to see how their retail operations are doing during the ups and downs of this year.
Marcy Capron-Vermillion and Coco Meers: Equilibria
Coco Meers (Co-Founder of PrettyQuick, acquired by Groupon in 2015) left Groupon in early 2018 to found Rebelle Collective, an early-stage investment fund focused on female entrepreneurs.
When recruiting founders for her portfolio, she spoke with Marcy Capron-Vermillion, a technologist with whom she had built early versions of PrettyQuick.
While Meers had the intention of investing in one of Capron-Vermillion’s new projects, their first conversation led them down an unintended path: Both were candid about recent mental and physical health struggles.
That single conversation led the duo down a greater path to co-found Equilibria in March of
The holidays are right around the corner, and Netflix is about to drop some new, festive must-see shows and movies to help get you in the spirit!
Netflix’s jam-packed holiday programming begins no later than Oct. 28, with the streamer’s first release, Holidate, followed by Operation Christmas Drop on Nov. 5.
The latter stars Kat Graham, who also appeared in 2018’s Netflix Christmas rom-com The Holiday Calendar. She recently told PEOPLE that she loved the “humanitarian aspect” of this particular script.
“I love the fact that it was about a real mission that the Air Force does every year,” Graham said. “I loved that I was playing a congresswoman’s aide, [working] to shut down the mission. In a lot of ways it was the opposite to our last film, as this character was a bit of a Grinch. It was so much fun to read, and even more fun to shoot. It’s the most fun I have ever had on a set.”
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Check out the full list of titles and premiere dates below.
Oct. 28: Holidate
Nov. 5: Operation Christmas Drop
Nov. 13: Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
Nov. 19: The Princess Switch: Switched Again
Nov. 20: Alien Xmas
Nov. 22: Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square
Nov. 25: The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two
Nov. 27: Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker
Dec. 1: <Angela’s Christmas Wish
Dec. 3: Just Another Christmas / Tudo Bem No Natal Que Vem
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- OnePlus is apparently set to launch the N10 and N100 phones later this month.
- The two phones are expected to be more affordable than the OnePlus Nord.
- Their availability could be limited to the US market.
OnePlus is gearing up for a new Nord launch. We know this because the company has been posting cryptic teasers on its dedicated Nord Instagram account. We’ve also heard several rumors about upcoming affordable OnePlus phones in the Nord series.
Now, tipster Mukul Sharma claims that OnePlus will launch the OnePlus N10 and N100 later this month. The N in the name likely denotes the Nord series.
So what are these phones all about? According to previous rumors, the OnePlus N10 is the first US-bound Nord series phone. Sharma also claims that both the OnePlus N10 and N100 are unlikely to launch in India and that they’re likely coming to the US instead.
OnePlus N10 specs
The OnePlus N10 is rumored to use the Snapdragon 690 chipset. The SoC is meant for mid-range devices and features an integrated 5G modem. You can expect it to deliver comparable speeds to the Snapdragon 765G-toting OnePlus Nord in some respects. Currently, there’s only one phone — the Sharp Sense 5G — that houses the chip.
Elsewhere, the OnePlus N10 is also expected to deliver a 6.5-inch 1080p 90Hz display, a quad camera setup led by a 64MP shooter, 6GB RAM, and 128GB storage. OnePlus is said to be targeting a price of under $400 for the phone.
OnePlus N100 specs
Not much is known about the OnePlus N100. The smartphone could be the rumored OnePlus Clover device. If so, the phone could be even cheaper than the so-called OnePlus N10. It’s expected to feature the Snapdragon 460 chip, a 6.52-inch 720p display, a triple camera array headed