The Morning After – Engadget

by Emma

After years of neglecting its Harmony product line, Logitech finally confirmed it’s getting out of the universal remote business. A post on the company’s support forums explained that once current stock sells out, that will be it — they’re simply not manufacturing the devices anymore.

The Morning After – Engadget

Logitech says it will continue to support existing devices and that “We also plan to continue to update the platform and add devices to our Harmony database.” However, in a world where people have consolidated their living room setup with HDMI-CEC controlled soundbars, frequently opt for streaming services instead of standalone Blu-ray players, and have AI, assistants from Amazon, Google, or Apple to control everything, the market is more of a niche than ever.

Could they have developed a better universal remote control that would pull everyone back in? Modernization efforts ranged from awful (remember the Revue?) to passable (the way current devices link to AI tech and your smartphone), but if there’s a better way, Harmony won’t be around to find it.

This week on the Engadget Podcast, physicist Dr. Michio Kaku joins Cherlynn and Devindra to chat about his new book, The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything. He dives into the trouble with the Standard Model of physics, this week’s surprising news around muons, and why he believes we’ll eventually unite with superintelligent robots and roam the cosmos as beings of pure energy. (Hey, it could happen.) Also, Chris Velazco joins to get up in his feelings about LG abandoning the mobile market.

TP-Link has introduced the Archer AX5400 (aka Archer AX73), a WiFi 6 box that promises speedy access while keeping the price vaguely in check. The dual-band device mates six antennas with newer tech (such as HT160 and 1024-QAM) to deliver 5.4Gbps of total bandwidth and 4.8Gbps with WiFi 6.

The AX5400 is available now through Amazon for $200. It’s not the lowest-priced WiFi 6 router you’ll find (TP-Link’s range starts at $90), but it arguably strikes a better balance between the modest speeds of the AX3000 and the spare-no-expense AX6000.

Yahoo Answers will shut down on May 4th, 2021. The website has been around since 2005, making it one of the longest-running Q&A platforms on the internet. The shut-down process starts later this month, and the site plans to stop accepting new submissions from April 20th. After May 4th, you’ll have until June 30th to download an archive of content you posted to the website. When the dust has settled, eventually, the Yahoo Answers webpage.
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