UC Berkeley to stop ‘tax’ on conservative speakers in major settlement

University of California Berkeley will change policies that effectively blocked conservative speakers, no longer charge exorbitant security fees, and pay the plaintiffs’ legal expenses in a settlement with two conservative groups. The settlement announced Monday was hailed as a victory by Young America’s Foundation (YAF) and the Berkeley College Republicans, who sued the university in […]

Facebook & Instagram remove deputy Duma speaker’s posts about murder of Donetsk leader Zakharchenko

Deputy speaker of the Russian State Duma, Pyotr Tolstoy, says that both Instagram and Facebook have deleted his posts on the recent killing of the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic, Aleksandr Zakharchenko. “Instagram has deleted my post about Aleksandr Zakharchenko’s death together with his photo. This is “freedom of speech” according to [Facebook founder […]

Summit Wireless enables home theater sound for wireless speakers

Summit Wireless has been a quest to turn high-resolution, like the kind you find in a fancy home theater, to wireless speakers. And now that quest is turning into a reality as high-end audio companies like Harman Kardan are beginning to announce products. San Jose, California-based Summit Wireless is a publicly traded company that makes […]

B&O’s pricey Google Assistant speakers go on sale next month

When we saw Bang & Olufsen’s Google-Assistant enabled BeoSound speaker at CES in January, they didn’t have a price or street date. Seven months later, that’s changed. Now we know the Google Assistant-enabled, 360-degree speakers will be available starting mid-September for the portable BeoSound 1, and early October for the BeoSound 2. Hopefully you started […]

Elaborate hack turned Amazon Echo speakers into spies

Some people worry that hackers could infiltrate their smart speakers and spy on them, but that hasn’t been the practical reality — not for Amazon’s Echo, at least. A team of researchers from China’s Tencent has come about as close as you can get right now, however. They’ve disclosed an attack on the Echo that […]

Duolingo launches Hindi language course for English speakers

Today, Duolingo’s Hindi language course for English speakers officially launched on its website. The course is not yet available on iOS or Android apps, but it will be making its way to these devices in the future. The course has been in development for over a year; Kanan Gupta is the lead creator. Hindi is […]

Sonos speakers are rarely discounted, but you can save $50 on one right now

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Amazon Sonos’ speakers are known for their audio quality and multi-speaker connectivity, but they rarely go on sale. Right now, you can save $ 50 on a refurbished […]