Barb Gonzalez

Barb Gonzalez  |  Jun 12, 2024  |  3 comments
Apple previewed a number of compelling new features and capabilities at its annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), including some of the most significant changes we’ve seen in years with Apple’s version of AI figuring prominently into 2024 updates and features. With our usual focus on all things audio and video, here’s a summary of the key announcements.
Barb Gonzalez  |  May 29, 2024  |  0 comments

PRICE $299

Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri
Equalizer settings for each input
Can input/output Bluetooth and AirPlay
Uses passive speakers you may already own
No way to see the input or what song is playing
Could be easier to navigate with fewer clicks/taps
No headphone jack
No Bluetooth aptX for streaming hi-res audio

The reasonably priced WiiM Amp is the perfect device to leverage a house full of speakers to create a multi-room sound system. You may have Alexa, Google, or Apple HomePods. Or, passive speakers connected to other WiiM devices. This amp makes it easy to control streaming from the most popular music services anywhere in your home.

Many of us use smart speakers throughout our homes. They control everything from lights to microwaves and washing machines. Usually, these are inexpensive devices like the Amazon Echo, which are not optimal for music listening. But they are perfect for controlling more capable smart speakers and amps.

Barb Gonzalez  |  May 29, 2024  |  2 comments
Comcast is offering a discounted streaming bundle to Xfinity internet and TV subscribers in an attempt to win back some of the millions of users who have cut the cord in the past six months. What are the details of the deal and why are these competitors are now becoming partners?
Barb Gonzalez  |  May 08, 2024  |  4 comments
Apple announced a new poweful line of iPads on Tuesday that makes it seem as though the iPad is poised to replace the MacBook. Pair one of the new models with a Magic Keyboard and it's more like a laptop than a tablet. And the updated iPad Pro with its state-of-the-art OLED screen and quad speakers may be the best way to watch movies on the go. 
Barb Gonzalez  |  Apr 24, 2024  |  2 comments
In the labyrinthine world of streaming, where TV shows sprawl across many apps, it can be daunting to keep track of what you are watching and want to watch next. The Marathon TV social app replaces posting on Facebook for recommendations or scrolling through Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB ratings.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Apr 17, 2024  |  8 comments
Ever since Sonos came out with a multiroom audio solution nearly two decades ago, companies like Bose, Denon (HEOS), and others have followed suit. In 2012, Canada-based Lenbrook Group—which manufactures NAD, PSB Speakers, and Bluesound—first launched its BluOS platform for speakers and devices. It has morphed and developed into BluOS 4, the most uncomplicated controller and aggregator app for wireless speakers.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Apr 10, 2024  |  2 comments
It must be springtime as Roku today introduced its 2024 Pro Series of mini-LED 4K TVs and announced new features for its forthcoming OS 13 update.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 20, 2024  |  1 comments
Hulu and Disney + have altered their service terms to prohibit password and account sharing outside the original subscriber's household. Here's the details and how to access your account when away from home.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 06, 2024  |  1 comments
Apple TV+ is known for its quality original movies and TV series, which why it was so surprising to learn that the streaming service has begun serving up a heap of classic movies…but only for a limited time. Here are the details and how non-subscribers can watch for free.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Feb 29, 2024  |  3 comments
Have you seen any or all of the 10 films nominated for Best Picture? Or any of the films nominated in one of the other six categories? The 96th Academy Awards ceremony commences on Sunday, March 10 so there’s still time to catch any (or all) of the flicks you haven’t seen. To save you time, we put together a list of movies in the major nominating categories with details on where you can watch them.