Sony’s smart speaker lets Google Assistant get loud

Sony has entered the smart-speaker market, sensibly integrating Google Assistant rather than trying to build its own artificial intelligence from scratch. How smart you’ll find this speaker depends on how many other smart devices you have around the home, but I love the pointless luxury of asking my lights to turn themselves on, even when a lightswitch is often more reliable. (read more)

iPhone X first impressions: some re-learning required

The iPhone X is a weird and wonderful device. Apple’s new phone looks and behaves so differently to the iPhones we’re used to, but it takes just a day or two to become familiar with it. Apple has been subtly training us for life without a home button over the past few iterations of iOS by emphasising swipe gestures, and the iPhone X benefits from this established muscle memory. (read more)