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    Last month, Sweden’s Little Dragon released their seventh studio album, Slugs Of Love, featuring collaborations with JID and Damon Albarn, as well as the singles “Kenneth,” “Gold,” “Tumbling Dice,” and the title track. Little Dragon are currently touring through Sweden, Norway, Denmark, London, and other European cities. Recently, however, Little Dragon stopped by SiriusXM to perform a cover of Steve Lacy’s “Playground,” which appeared on Lacy’s 2019 debut solo album Apollo XXI. Watch Little Dragon’s cover of “Playground” below.

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    The buzziest Republican presidential candidate of the moment is Vivek Ramaswamy, a 38-year-old tech entrepreneur from Columbus who became the focal point of last week’s debate — largely because all the other candidates present seemed to loathe him and his far-right populist platform, especially his foreign policy takes. If you’ve learned much about Ramaswamy so far, you know he used to be a libertarian rapper in college, and he has continued that interest in hip-hop by featuring Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” on the campaign trail, even rapping along to part of it at the Iowa State Fair.

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    The rugged grassroots country star Zach Bryan released his self-titled album last Friday, and according to projections, he and Kacey Musgraves have a chance to become the latest country artists to top the Hot 100 this summer with their duet “I Remember Everything.” While riding high on all those streams, Bryan has announced the latest list of chances to see his acclaimed live show.

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    On Monday, OpenAI introduced ChatGPT Enterprise, an AI assistant aimed at businesses that offers unlimited access to GPT-4 at faster speeds. It also includes extended context windows for processing longer texts, encryption, enterprise-grade security and privacy, and group account management features.

    Building on the success of ChatGPT, which launched just nine months ago, the enterprise version of the popular chatbot seeks to ease minds and broaden capabilities.

    Among its perks: a 32,000 token context window, which means it can process more text (or hold longer conversations) at once. Tokens are fragments of a word, and 32,000 tokens are roughly equivalent to about 24,000 words. Currently, ChatGPT with GPT-4 maxes out at 8,000 tokens for ChatGPT Plus users. Also, no more usage limits: Enterprise customers will have access to unlimited GPT-4 queries at a faster speed.

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    Apple's iPad Pro is set to get its biggest redesign since 2018, according to a new report. Slated for a launch next year, it will seek to turn around recent years' slow tablet sales.

    The information comes from Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman—as you probably could have guessed by now. Gurman claims to have knowledge of Apple's plans, stating that the new iPad Pro will have everything from a new chip to a new screen technology, a different design, and a revamped keyboard accessory.

    The new chip is obvious—that has been the standard minimum for any new iPad Pro refresh. The current iPad Pro has the M2 chip, and the new one will predictably have the M3 chip. Expect some notable performance gains—not that the M2 was too slow for most people using the iPad Pro already.

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    Dolby Laboratories today announced Dolby Atmos FlexConnect, a feature with the potential to add flexibility and simplicity to home theater audio setups. The company says FlexConnect allows supporting TVs to optimize Dolby Atmos audio output among the TV's speakers and paired wireless speakers. Currently, Dolby is only announcing the feature with upcoming TCL TVs, but it could expand elsewhere.

    FlexConnect, which will work with Atmos, 5.1, and stereo sound, is about adapting to people's audio setups, with considerations for things like speaker count and placement. The upcoming feature aims to bolster Atmos audio in situations where speaker placement is limited due to obstacles like room size, furniture, or outlet locations.

    According to Dolby, FlexConnect will mean users can hear the same experience regardless of where they're sitting in the room, and that audio is tweaked based on each speaker's location and capabilities.

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  7. The Analogue Editions: Pocket Glow console is $30 more expensive than a regular Pocket, and it glows in the dark.

    Enlarge / The Analogue Editions: Pocket Glow console is $30 more expensive than a regular Pocket, and it glows in the dark. (credit: Analogue)

    If you've been on the fence about the Analogue Pocket, the modernized FPGA-powered Game Boy clone that will play all of your old cartridges, maybe the company's newest limited-edition release will push you over the edge. Analogue is releasing a glow-in-the-dark version of the Pocket, with all the same features as the original but a new green luminescent casing that recalls every cheap plastic glow-in-the-dark toy I ever had.

    This "Pocket Glow" costs $249.99, $30 more than the regular white and black Pocket consoles, and will be available in "highly limited quantities." It will go on sale on September 1 at 8 am Pacific, and when it's gone, it's gone. The console will ship on September 5, so at least glow-in-the-dark Pocket preorderers won't need to wait as long as the first few waves of people who ordered the console. Analogue says the Pocket Glow can glow for up to eight hours when the casing has been fully charged by a bulb, the Sun, or some other external source.

    The Pocket Glow is being released under an "Analogue Editions" umbrella, implying that other limited-edition console releases will follow at some point in the future. As the Pocket itself emulates Nintendo's handhelds, this emulates Nintendo's hardware release strategy, where special limited-edition consoles are released periodically to re-sell hardware to superfans who already have the standard editions (as the owner of a Poké ball-themed Nintendo 2DS XL, I will admit that I am not immune).

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  8. Roomba is bringing the combo mop and vacuum feature to its cheaper robot vacuums with the new Roomba Combo j5+  and Combo i5+. Roomba's last combo bot was the Roomba Combo j7+, which would automatically switch between mopping and vacuuming with a swing-arm setup. These cheaper bots can both mop and vacuum, but you'll need to manually configure them for either task.

    The idea here is kind of clever: the robot comes with two bins, one that sucks in dust and one that acts as a water tank with a mop pad on the bottom. You'll need to switch out the bin depending on which cleaning mode you want (the iRobot marketing team has come up with the phrase "swap and mop"). Other combo bots need to balance water tank size and dust bin size, but here, you get water and dust bins that are free to take up as much room as possible. Roombas have small bin areas to begin with, though, so that works out to a 210 mL water tank and 360 mL dust bin.

    The vacuum part seems to be a bog-standard Roomba, complete with a charging base that can empty the dust bin. The mop part doesn't have a water sprayer or seemingly any connection to the rest of the robot at all. There's also no fancy water change system or scrubbing feature. It's just a self-contained water tank that keeps a rag wet and drags it along the floor. It almost feels like you could retrofit the water tank onto a normal Roomba, but on this unit, of course, all the vacuum functions turn off when you're mopping.

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    Everyone was coming back from the dead. In the first half of the ’10s, Slowdive joined a crowd of long-departed bands deciding to give it another go. Many of these were satisfied to tour the festival circuit, indulge fans’ nostalgia for a little victory lap and a solid paycheck, then return to the ether. Some dared to make new music, and some succeeded, though far more of them returned with albums that were inevitably pale echoes of past glories. In 2017, Slowdive did the unthinkable. They released a self-titled comeback, their first album in over 20 years, that doubled as reclamation and reboot. And against all odds, it was arguably the best collection of music they had ever released.

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    Portland metalcore monsters Dying Wish have a lot of good things ahead of them. Last month, the band played a reportedly-triumphant set at LA’s Sound & Fury fest. This fall, they’ll release their new album Symptoms Of Survival. Phoebe Bridgers is apparently a fan. But successful bands still have to deal with random-ass unforeseen problems. In the case of Dying Wish, one of those problems is the exploding hotel shower door that landed singer Emma Boster in the hospital.

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