Surprise: People are listening to your Google Assistant queries

It's no secret that Google records your conversations with Google Assistant after you say a "wake word." But what you might not know is that Google uses contractors to manually review a handful of those recordings, about 0.2 percent. Yesterday, VRT N...

V-Moda’s M-100 Crossfade headphones get a professional upgrade

V-Moda's heavy duty Crossfade M-100 headphones -- known for their 3D-printed personalization -- have been given an upgrade. The Crossfade M-100 Master has been engineered in conjunction with Roland in what V-Moda calls a "creators first" approach, ma...

What we’re listening to: Broken Record and Thom Yorke’s ‘Anima’

In this month's installment of our audio IRL, we're back to podcasts. Deputy Managing Editor Nathan Ingraham embraces the weirdness of Thom Yorke's new album and Senior News Editor Billy Steele can't get enough of Malcolm Gladwell's music history sho...

Netflix releases ‘Always Be My Maybe’ director’s commentary podcast

Always Be My Maybe has been one of the most-discussed Netflix projects over the last month or so, with the charming romcom seemingly picking up a legion of fans. Admirers might be keen to learn a bit more about the making of the film, so Netflix has...

Sony XB900N review: Solid noise cancellation for under $300

Since the debut of its 1000X line, Sony has given Bose a run for its money when it comes to noise-canceling headphones. In fact, the 1000XM2 and 1000XM3 are arguably better than the QuietComfort 35 II Bose introduced in 2017. Now Sony wants to offer...

Apple is trying to save my hearing after I spent years ruining it

My love affair with loud music started in earnest in my sophomore year of high school, when I got an iPod for my birthday and immediately started blasting Black Mages albums and anime theme songs. Fast forward fifteen years, and my morning commute ne...

Jabra Elite 85h review: Noise cancellation to rival Bose and Sony

Jabra shocked the world (ok, maybe just me) in 2018 when it debuted the Elite 65t true wireless earbuds. Those headphones quickly shot to the top of a lot of "best of" lists, including a couple of Engadget Buyers Guides. The Elite 65t have dependable...

Spotify Stations is the Pandora alternative we need

Spotify is testing a lot of things right now. In the last month alone, the company has revealed its long-rumored in-car device, curated podcast playlists and a standalone Stations app. Heck, those last two were announced in the same week. "We're alwa...