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Sonos’ new S2 app simplifies audio control, but there’s a catch – or two

Sonos’ new S2 app simplifies audio control, but there’s a catch – or two

Sonos S2 controller shown on iPhone (left) and Android (right). Jason Perlow/ZDNET Companies in the consumer electronics industry are always looking for ways to incorporate the latest technology into their products and, by extension, our daily lives. Sonos, a major player in the multi-room audio market, recently updated its S2 controller app for iOS, iPadOS, and Android.  Also: The best Sonos speakers: How the Sonos One, Arc, Beam, and more compare The new version features a unified and streamlined user interface experience. Additionally, Sonos has introduced a web-based user experience for Mac and Windows desktop platforms, accessible through www.sonos.com/web-app. This new interface replaces the old desktop controller — the company no longer appears to be distributing the desktop version. While this move towards a more integrated software environment is exciting, it does raise questions about the future of hardware upgrades and the lifespan of existing devices. Observations of the new S2 UX The new Sonos S2 controller app for iPadOS. Screenshot by Jason Perlow/ZDNET The new user experience (UX) of Sonos’s iOS, Android, and iPadOS …

South Africa’s FinanceGPT simplifies financial analysis, set to interface in local languages

South Africa’s FinanceGPT simplifies financial analysis, set to interface in local languages

FinanceGPT is a generative AI startup built to help companies in their financial analysis tasks. Initially built for startups without in-house finance teams, and VCs looking to run financial health checks for their portfolios in Africa, FinanceGPT (Ipoxcap) says it has over the last two years grown to attract a diverse range of clientele including investment managers and finance officers out to fast-track their fiscal reporting. FinanceGPT, which is part of the 2023 Startup Battlefield 200 cohort, leverages its proprietary AI models and GPT-4 to, amongst other capabilities, generate financial ratios that show the overall state of a business, make predictions on future performance and forecast valuations, based on the uploaded accounting data. “It generates a shareable financial analytics dashboard and text-based reports depending on the company’s data and user requests,” said CEO Phiwa Nkambule, who co-founded the startup with Sibo Mkhonta (CFO) in 2020. “We started by helping startups organize their finances for investor readiness, but we have seen a demand from portfolio managers, retail traders and company finance teams, who use it to …