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Hands-On with Google Nest Audio

Announced last week during a virtual event alongside new Pixel handsets and the Chromecast with Google TV, Google Nest Audio is the new version of what used to be called Google Home, and it offers a more attractive form factor, better sound, and—go figure—lower pricing than its predecessor. I ordered a pair immediately, intrigued by Google’s ongoing efforts to take on and undercut Sonos.

The quick takeaway: Google Nest Audio is a nice advance over Google Home. But it’s no match for any Sonos speaker, including the identically-priced IKEA Symfonisk Wi-Fi Bookshelf Speaker. And Google still doesn’t offer a viable home theater setup with surround sound, while competitors like Amazon, Roku, and Sonos all do. I’m curious that it didn’t introduce such a system alongside the Chromecast with Google TV.

Anyway, Google Home was still ripe for a makeover, given that it is approaching its four-year anniversary next month. As

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How do vocational school students get hands-on education during COVID-19? – News –

UPTON – Connor McNamara, 17, watched the towering piece of equipment he programmed to make a chessboard Tuesday morning, as it whirred, drilled, and cast piles of white shavings onto the floor.

The day was one of about four per month when McNamara and his classmates have on-site classes at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, under coronavirus safety precautions.

“Despite remote learning, I am on track,” the advanced manufacturing and fabrication student said, noting that a lot of his study, like learning coding, doesn’t require him to practice on the machine regularly. “All of our textbooks were previously online to begin with.”

A room over, in a heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration shop class, 17-year-old Nick Loschiavo didn’t feel the same optimism.

“It’s not enough, but it’s better than nothing,” said Loschiavo, troubleshooting a faulty heat pump on one of his few days in school Tuesday. “I

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