The Wall Street Journal announces speaker lineup for its first ever virtual WSJ Tech Live

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NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Wall Street Journal is set to host its annual WSJ Tech Live conference online on October 19-21, 2020.  

Reimagining the online event experience, this year’s WSJ Tech Live will feature interviews with top executives from across the globe, exclusive demos, virtual excursions, a lively debate and an interactive town hall on the power tech companies wield and their responsibility to users.

The three day conference will cover a number of topics including a look at big tech, antitrust and regulation; the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, quantum computing and their potential to transform business and society; how companies are tackling complex questions of data and privacy while working to regain consumer trust; the new ecosystem of startups; the future of work and workplace culture; tech equality and diversity; and the ongoing U.S.-China battle for tech supremacy. Attendees will have multiple opportunities to keep the conversation going by networking with fellow attendees, speakers and WSJ editors. 

Featured speakers include:

  • Amy Abernethy | Principal Deputy Commissioner Food and Drugs, FDA
  • Jack Antonoff | Producer and Songwriter
  • Stéphane Bancel | CEO, Moderna
  • Wayne Brady | Actor, Singer, Comedian and Producer
  • Julie Brill | Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Corp.; Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission (2010-2016)
  • Kimberly Bryant | Founder and CEO, Black Girls Code
  • Priscilla Chan | Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • David Cicilline | U.S. Representative (D-R.I.); Chairman, House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee
  • Marcelo Claure | CEO, SoftBank Group International; COO, SoftBank Group Corp.; Executive Chairman, Sprint and WeWork
  • Jim V. Continenza | Executive Chairman and CEO, Kodak
  • Shar Dubey | CEO, Match Group
  • Melinda Gates | Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Founder,

Devialet, the speaker company backed by Jay-Z, takes on Apple with $299 wireless earbuds

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a close up of a device: Devialet's Gemini wireless earbuds. Devialet


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Devialet’s Gemini wireless earbuds. Devialet

  • Audio company Devialet is branching out from high-end speakers and launching earbuds to rival Apple’s AirPods Pro.
  • Devialet’s Gemini wireless earbuds cost $299 in the US and will be available to pre-order from October 10.
  • CEO Franck Lebouchard talked up Gemini’s active noise cancellation and said the earbuds had been in the works for two years.
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High-end speaker company Devialet is taking on Apple with its first pair of wireless earbuds, the £279/$299 Devialet Gemini.

Devialet is best-known for making pricey speakers targeted at audiophiles, winning plaudits for its classic, $2,000 Phantom speakers. The company’s backers include Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn, which produces the iPhone, as well as Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.

This is the first time the company is venturing into headphones, with an eye to a broader audience.

The Devialet Gemini earbuds are about $50 pricier than Apple’s AirPods Pro, which come in at £249/$249.

Devialet says Gemini’s features will include:

  • Devialet’s high-quality audio engineering
  • 8 hours of battery life in each charge, or six with active noise cancellation enabled
  • Dust and water resistance
  • Bluetooth support
  • A charge case, with replaceable battery, and wireless Qi charging or via USB-C
  • Active noise cancellation comes with “transparency” mode that allows you to hear more background noise



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Devialet

The earbuds will be available to pre-order online from October 10. They’ll be available to buy directly in the US from partners like Best Buy and Amazon from November 25. According to Devialet’s site, the company isn’t committing to a shipping time, only guaranteeing it will ship by or before December 15 or else issue a refund. In the UK, Devialet Gemini will also be available through retailers such as Harrods and Selfridges.

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Nest Audio is Google’s new Home speaker. 7 things to know about the upcoming device

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Google’s new smart speaker for your home takes on a completely new design — and a new name. From the specs to the look, Nest Audio is very much the next-generation full-size smart speaker for everyday use.



The new Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home speaker. Google/Screenshot by CNET


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The new Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home speaker. Google/Screenshot by CNET

There’s plenty we know about the fabric-coated device, and much we’ll still have to find out. For example, we know it promises to improve speaker volume by an astonishing percentage, but we’ll have to see how the Nest Audio stacks up tothe recently updated Amazon Echo in real-world tests. If the Nest Audio’s specs are any indication, this could be the Alexa-killer Google has been hoping for.



The new Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home speaker.


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The new Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home speaker.



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We’ll walk you through the most important things to learn about the Nest Audio’s price, colors, sale date and features. And we’ll explain what the new name means for other Google Home and Nest devices.

What is Nest Audio and which Google speaker does it replace?

Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home but, despite the similar name, it’s not the successor to the Google Nest. Other Google smart speakers you can buy today include the high-end Google Home Max, Nest Mini (formerly Google Home Mini) and Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max smart displays.

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How much does the Nest Audio cost and when does it go on sale?

Right now, the Google Store is taking Nest Audio preorders for $100 (£90, AU$149) but will knock off $20 for every two you buy, making them $90 apiece. Google will start shipping Nest Audio orders in the US,

7 things to know about Google’s new ‘Home’ speaker

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Google Home welcomed a new member to the smart speaker family this week, except it isn’t called “Google ” or “Home” at all. Still, the Nest Audio is very much the next-generation full-size smart speaker for everyday use.



The new Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home speaker. Google/Screenshot by CNET


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The new Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home speaker. Google/Screenshot by CNET

There’s plenty we know about the fabric-coated device, and much we’ll still have to find out — such as whether the Nest Audio actually lives up to the hype and how it compares to the recently updated Amazon Echo. (If the Nest Audio’s specs are any indication, this could be the Alexa-killer Google has been hoping for.)



The new Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home speaker.


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The new Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home speaker.


We’ll walk you through the most important things to learn about the Nest Audio’s price, colors, sale date and features. And we’ll explain what the new name means for other Google Home and Nest devices.

Pre-order Nest Audio

What is Nest Audio and which Google speaker does it replace?

Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home but, despite the similar name, it’s not the successor to the Google Nest. Other Google smart speakers you can buy today include the high-end Google Home Max, Nest Mini (formerly Google Home Mini) and Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max smart displays.

Nest Audio is Google’s new smart speaker

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How much does the Nest Audio cost and when does it go on sale?

Right now, the Google Store is taking Nest Audio preorders for $100 (£90, AU$149) but will knock off $20 for every two you buy, making them $90 apiece. Google will start shipping Nest Audio orders in the US, Canada and India on Oct. 5. The device will

Alexa’s new smart speaker home just got a bold redesign

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Amazon line of smart speakers is switching up its look; the new Amazon Echo will be spherical. The price will be $100 (£90), which is what the company’s previous, third-generation Amazon Echo went for. The new Echo speaker will be available Oct. 22, and its fabric-covered body will come in three different colors: charcoal, glacier white and twilight blue. It’s open for preorder now.

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For specifics about its design as regards sound quality, Amazon says, “Its 3.0-inch woofer, dual-firing tweeters, and Dolby processing delivers stereo sound with clear highs, dynamic-mids, and deep bass that automatically adapts to any room.”

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While the woofer appears to be the same as the previous Echo’s, Amazon has packed a second .8-inch tweeter into the speaker, which should fill out its mid- and high-range sound. In addition, Amazon says the speaker will adapt to the acoustics of any room it’s put in, which I’m excited to test out.

The tech giant’s lineup of smart speakers includes its budget-friendly Echo Dot, which is also getting the spherical treatment, as well as the high-end Echo Studio announced at last year’s hardware event and released for the holidays. Though a wall-plug speaker called the Echo Flex and a Dot with Clock (which is also getting spherical) were announced at last year’s event and released soon after, Amazon seemed more concerned with new generations of speakers than all new products this year.



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With its built-in Zigbee receiver for connecting with smart home devices, the new spherical Echo speaker will