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This is both a way for Apple to compete with Amazon Music’s Echo plan and once again try to increase and fortify Siri use, which presumably lags Alexa and Google, both of which also probably aren’t getting the use their engineers envisioned. Voice operated anything is cludgy, unsophisticated, and woefully incomplete. Telling an AI to shuffle a genre of your library of collected albums and tracks sounds simple but they all crack. (I can hear some critics of this criticism now: Who even does that; You just need to know how to talk to them.) You have to learn to speak within constrants that quickly slip into the absurd, while their corporations’ valuations climb and climb as if everything is going to plan and they’ve delivered on promises and potential. Like hell. Furthermore, how are you to know what’s new. An artist you haven’t heard from in a while has a new record. Many years from now when/if voice tech reaches a sensible place, I’d consider this, but you might as well just play Pandora. At least there you can browse an artifically limited space in a more natural way.
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Variable temp kettles always struck me as customization for customization’s sake. So many things happen that negate the utility of those buttons and dials that claim to provide accurate and superior levels for peak steeping/immersion. Mineral accumulation near the heating element can affect performance. When a kettle says its ready, does that mean you are as well. If you take 30 seconds to prep for a pour, you’ll have a different degree than stated, nevermind the fact that the water coursing through the gooseneck or past the spout is not necessarily maintaining said temp(s). Does Stagg offer a similar kettle sans variability? If so, I’d go with that. Simpler. Fewer things that can go wrong, and if you need lower than boiling, dunno, wait a bit?
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Of course Nintendo denies it. Their holdover hasn’t even arrived for sale and/or immediate and extended sellout. Though will this information really cause people to skip the OLED and spend on better, later? Nah.