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The Echo Show 8 is still the best smart display and speaker combo available

The Echo Show 8 is still the best smart display and speaker combo available

Maria Diaz/ZDNET ZDNET’s key takeaways The third-generation Echo Show 8 was launched for sale in late 2023 for $150. An improved speaker now boasts spatial audio, a centered camera, and the new Adaptive Content feature.  Though it has many improvements, the screen remains at 1080p resolution, and the customization options are minimal. The new Echo Show 8 was recently released by Amazon, and I’ve been able to test it for the past few months. Coming from a first-generation Echo Show 8 makes the upgrades to the third-generation model all the more noticeable. Also: How a ‘smart calendar’ changed the way my family stays connected Aside from featuring a sleeker design with edge-to-edge glass, a center-set camera, and a smaller speaker enclosure, the 2023 Echo Show 8 features spatial audio, a faster processor than previous generations, and an upgraded smart home experience. View at Amazon Amazon’s updates are evident from the moment you unbox the device. The typical plastic packaging is nowhere to be seen, as the device is wrapped mostly in recyclable materials. Amazon says …

How Natasha Lyonne Got All Five Culkin Brothers to Appear in New Show

How Natasha Lyonne Got All Five Culkin Brothers to Appear in New Show

Prime Video adult animated series The Second Best Hospital in the Galaxy features not just one Culkin — with Kieran Culkin voicing one of the main characters — but all five brothers working together for the first time, and it turns out Natasha Lyonne helped make it all happen. Lyonne, who executive produced and costars in the show, has been longtime friends with both Kieran and Macaulay Culkin, “so Kieran came up for the role of Dr. Plowp and in a crazy turn of events, the bird alien [character that he plays] had four brothers [in the script] before he was cast. So he had the four brothers already and when we cast Kieran we were like, ‘You have four brothers! That’s ridiculous, what fate,’” showrunner Cirocco Dunlap told The Hollywood Reporter at the Los Angeles premiere on Tuesday. “Kieran was the one who suggested it, he was like, ‘We could get my brothers’ and I was like, ‘What? Yes, yes we should.’ And they’re so wonderful, they’re so funny, they’re very empathic and very …

Prehistoric Children with Down Syndrome Were Valued, Burials Show

Prehistoric Children with Down Syndrome Were Valued, Burials Show

We’ve all probably heard from one pundit or another that prehistoric humans discarded children with disabilities, just as animals might. Well, recently, researchers screened the DNA of 10,000 ancient humans (historic and prehistoric) for evidence of genetically detectible syndromes like Down sydrome. According to their report in Nature, “We find clear genetic evidence for six cases of trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) and one case of trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome), and all cases are present in infant or perinatal burials.” Clearly, people with significant genetic disorders could not expect a long life back then. But the researchers were surprised by the respect shown to the deceased children: “Notably, the care with which the burials were conducted, and the items found with these individuals indicate that ancient societies likely acknowledged these individuals with trisomy 18 and 21 as members of their communities, from the perspective of burial practice.” The five prehistoric burials were all located within settlements and in some cases accompanied by special items such as colored bead necklaces, bronze rings or sea-shells. “These burials seem …

New weather maps show giant 200-mile snow bomb threatening to smother Britain | Weather | News

New weather maps show giant 200-mile snow bomb threatening to smother Britain | Weather | News

New weather maps have unveiled what appears to be a snowdrift heading for southern Britain next week, spreading conditions seen in Scotland UK-wide. Multiple agencies have charted the path of a new snowy system developing over parts of Scotland this afternoon, where people can expect between 1cm and 3cm to fall over the Highlands. The largely coastal snowfall will gradually drift south, hammering areas south of the border in time for the weekend. Intensifying winds will bring a combination of snowfall and rain crashing into every home nation, the maps show. Many Britons could become stuck in a fierce mix of wind, rain, hail and snow as temperatures drop back into the minus figures before the country officially welcomes spring. Maps from WXCharts show a purple blotch representing snowy showers forming over Scotland and northern England late this week that will grow over the next few days. By Friday, smaller purple blotches appear over England and Wales, notably over Blackpool and the Lake District. By Sunday, the snow can be seen forming a band that …

Wendy Williams’ Family Shares Heartbreaking Details of Talk Show Host’s ‘Shocking and Heartbreaking’ Struggles

Wendy Williams’ Family Shares Heartbreaking Details of Talk Show Host’s ‘Shocking and Heartbreaking’ Struggles

Wendy Williams‘ family has stepped forward to shed light on what the former talk show host’s life has been like since stepping away from the limelight. The interviews come ahead of Lifetime’s documentary, Where Is Wendy Williams?, where Williams will tell her own story. Speaking to People, Alex Finnie, Wendy Williams’ niece, expresses shock and heartbreak witnessing her aunt’s struggles over the past few months and years. “We’ve all seen the images… of what has seemed like a spiral for my aunt,” Finnie says. “It was shocking and heartbreaking to see her in this state.” Finnie will join other family members in the documentary, which details what led to Williams being placed under the control of a court-ordered guardian.  Williams’ manager, Will Selby, revealed in the documentary that Williams entered a treatment facility in April 2023 for “cognitive issues” and remains there. Lifetime In June 2023, Shelby exclusively told ET, “Wendy is at a facility doing her best to be her best. She’s taking it day by day.” Wanda, Wendy’s sister and Finnie’s mother, expresses bewilderment …

Everything to know about Michael Douglas’ new show Franklin

Everything to know about Michael Douglas’ new show Franklin

Ready to see Michael Douglas with a whole new look? The prolific actor, and the husband of Catherine Zeta-Jones, is set to star as Benjamin Franklin for a brand new show on Apple TV+, and we couldn’t be more excited to tune in. So what is it about, who else is in the cast, and when will it be on our screens? Here’s everything you need to know…  When will Franklin premiere?  As part of Apple TV+’s new line-up for 2024, Franklin will release the first of its eight-part season on 12 April, with a new episode airing every Friday through to 12 May, so tune in!  What is it about?  The new series is actually based on the Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff’s book A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, and follows the incredible story of how Benjamin Franklin travelled to France on a democratic mission.  The official synopsis reads: “In December 1776, Franklin is world famous for his electrical experiments, but his passion and power are put to the …

My Reply to Free Will Deniers: Show Me

My Reply to Free Will Deniers: Show Me

Free will denial is a cornerstone of materialist–determinist ideology. We are, say the deniers, purely physical machines, meat robots. Atheist-materialist evolutionary biologist Darwinian evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne is a prominent proponent of deterministic free will denial, and there are many others — philosopher Stephen Cave, biologist Robert Sapolsky, author Sam Harris, attorney Clarence Darrow, to name just a few. From Harris: How can we be “free” as conscious agents if everything that we consciously intend is caused by events in our brain that we do not intend and of which we are entirely unaware?… My choices matter—and there are paths towards making wiser ones—but I cannot choose what I choose. And if it ever appears that I do—for instance, after going back between two options—I do not choose to choose what I choose. There is a regress here that always ends in darkness. Free will deniers invariably acknowledge that we have the ineluctable sense of freely choosing, and that our belief in free will is a cornerstone of human psychology, of our social interaction, of …

Jon Stewart mocks critics deeming his “Daily Show” return a “potential disaster for democracy”

Jon Stewart mocks critics deeming his “Daily Show” return a “potential disaster for democracy”

Only two shows into his part-time “Daily Show” return, Jon Stewart is not backing down to criticism, in fact, he’s reveling in it. After nearly a decade away from “The Daily Show” post, Stewart’s triumphant homecoming last week resulted in more than 3 million viewers tuning into the half-hour political comedy show. While Stewart has been met with high praise from various critics and fans alike, not all the buzz about the episode was positive. On Monday’s latest episode, the comedian opened with a twist on his usual intro, “I’m your host Jon Stewart. Captain of this dying medium . . .” He continued, “Television is dying and, in fact, I’m contributing to it. You’re welcome,” seemingly pointing out that he caused quite the stir in his first show back with commentary on President Joe Biden’s age and memory. Last week, Stewart called out how for yet another election, American people seem to be stuck with two candidates nobody really likes. Then he criticized Biden and Donald Trump for their public gaffes like Biden mistaking President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as …

iOS 17.4 Beta Adds CarPlay Option to Show Upcoming Maneuvers in Instrument Cluster

iOS 17.4 Beta Adds CarPlay Option to Show Upcoming Maneuvers in Instrument Cluster

The fourth beta of iOS 17.4 that Apple released today adds a new CarPlay feature, according to the notes that Apple provided to developers. In supported ‌CarPlay‌ vehicles, there’s now an Apple Maps option to show information about upcoming maneuvers in the instrument cluster. ‌CarPlay‌ users will be able to swap the display type between the main and instrument cluster by tapping on the map configuration button located in the upper right of the main Maps screen. Apple this year introduced a new next-generation ‌CarPlay‌ experience that will show up in high-end vehicles starting in 2024, but this feature addition is separate from that. It appears this new experience will be available in vehicles that support a dual-screen Apple Maps CarPlay experience, with a supplementary ‌Apple Maps‌ view that’s located in the driver display or head-up display. ‌CarPlay‌ began supporting this functionality several years ago, but manufacturers have been slow to adopt it with BMW, Volvo, and Polestar being among the first on select vehicles. While those vehicles have supported an ‌Apple Maps‌ view in …

Speed reductions in Wales show attitudes to 20mph limits are ‘beginning to change’, minister says | UK News

Speed reductions in Wales show attitudes to 20mph limits are ‘beginning to change’, minister says | UK News

A reduction in average speeds on Welsh roads shows attitudes to the default 20mph speed limit are “beginning to change”, according to a government minister. New analysis of the speeds of millions of vehicles, compiled by Transport for Wales, shows that average speeds in the country have reduced. Average speeds have dropped from 28.9mph to 24.8mph, with the Welsh government saying the latest data shows they’re moving in the right direction. The default speed limit in built-up areas was changed to 20mph in September last year. The policy has proved controversial, with a petition opposing the move becoming the most-signed on the Senedd‘s website. It comes after figures released last month showed over half of journeys in Wales broke the default speed limit. “Behaviours and attitudes towards 20mph are beginning to change,” said Lee Waters, Wales’s deputy climate change minister. “We’ve still got a way to go, but it’s encouraging to see that things are moving in the right direction. “Every 1mph reduction in speed makes a real difference – so this is a real …