It’s the end of the road for the HomePod.

Your daily newsletter is back, and Apples expensive smart speaker is going away. Late Friday TechCrunch was the first to report that Apple is discontinuing the original HomePod, news that came out after people noticed it going out of stock on the companys website.
In a statement, Apple said it would focus instead on the $99 HomePod mini, which is sad news for all fans of pricey speakers from tech companies. HomePod joining Googles Home Max on the scrap heap is good news for specialists like Sonos, but to me its just another example of why people are skeptical of investing in these niche devices made by tech companies.
Last year Sonos recycle-mode effort tried to push users away from devices that were as much as a decade old, and owners still revolted. Apple and Google have promised ongoing support and updates for their speakers, but how long do you really think it will be until these speakers are unplugged from their respective ecosystems?
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Filter options like the Critter Cuddler and Basic Breather help it fit your needs.
Its spring, and for many of us that means one thing: allergies. Nicole Lee tried out the Mila air purifier that takes a different approach from many other high-end options as it focuses on being more customizable. There are seven different pre-configured air filters for people with different concerns, whether theyre pets, allergies, smells or something else. Its a pricey option at $360, but worth considering if youre just trying to get through your day without another sneezing attack.Continue reading.
Find out your status from the comfort of your couch.
In recent months, the FDA has approved a number of COVID tests which can be administered in the comfort of your own home and return results in a matter of minutes rather than days. Andrew Tarantola will walk you through some of the different options that are available and how they all work.Continue reading.
And Sonys WH-CH710N are on sale for $98.
The 12.9-inch Magic Keyboard for iPad is down to its lowest price yet, and you can still grab the 11-inch version for less as well. Nintendo knocked 35 percent off many Mario games this week the sales last through March 13, so there’s still time to save money while adding to your games collection. Plus, the latest smartphones from OnePlus remain hundreds of dollars off.
Here are all the best deals from the week that you can still snag today, and remember to follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter for more updates.Continue reading.
WTF are NFTs?
This week, Cherlynn and Devindra dive into the wild world of NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, with Engadget Senior Editor Dan Cooper. What do they mean for the future of art and commerce? And should you care about them at all? Also, we chat about Microsofts finalized Bethesda acquisition, as well as Facebooks push to dismiss its latest antitrust charges.
Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts or Stitcher.Continue reading.
AT&T expects to have up to 150 million HBO and HBO Max subscribers by 2026.
AT&T execs told investors the company plans to roll out an ad-supported version of HBO Max in June. However, if you opt for the ad-supported tier, you won’t have access to the movies that Warner Bros. is releasing on HBO Max and in theaters on the same day.
For those, you’ll either need to pay for the standard plan (where those movies will initially be available for a month) or wait until they arrive on HBO Max on a permanent basis.Continue reading.
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