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Sonos’ NYC store is closing and it’s cutting jobs

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Sonos is closing its New York retail store and will shed around 12-percent of its staff, the company has confirmed today, as it aims to offset the impact of COVID-19 on its multi-room speaker business. The news comes after Sonos warned investors back in March that it was hunting ways to save cash, including trimming marketing and better managing inventory.

The shuttering of the New York City store, opened back in 2016 in Greene Street, SoHo, comes as a blow for the company. Intended to blur the line between technology experience and retail location, it features a number of soundproof rooms decorated by artists and each featuring different models from the company’s range.

More recently, meanwhile, it’s become the hub for one of the key features of Sonos Radio, the streaming music service for Sonos owners. Sonos Sound System, effectively the company’s equivalent of Beats 1 radio on Apple Music, is recorded in a specially-constructed studio at the store, including 60 minute hosted sessions by guest artists. We’ve reached out to the company to see where Sonos Sound System will be recorded once the NYC location closes.

That won’t be the only change in facilities. Six satellite offices are being closed, Sonos confirmed in an SEC filing today. Approximately 12-percent of Sonos’ workforce worldwide will be leaving the company, something the company says “will better align resources to provide further operating flexibility and more efficiently position the business for its long-term strategy.”

“These actions are solely related to the Company’s previously disclosed initiative to reduce operating expenses and preserve liquidity in the face of the pandemic and are not reflective of any material changes in the Company’s business since it reported second quarter fiscal 2020 results,” Sonos pointed out. “The Company will provide further details on its business and the cost savings resulting from these initiatives when it reports third quarter fiscal 2020 results.”

It’ll cost around $25-30 million to complete the restructuring, Sonos estimates, the majority of which will hit the Q3 2020 fiscal quarter. Of that, as much of $19 million could be incurred as part of facilities closing. Sonos CEO Patrick Spence will take a 20-percent pay cut for the second half of 2020, as will other Sonos executives between July 1 and September 30. Sonos’ directors will forgo their annual cash retainer for the second half of 2020, too.

The news comes as Sonos releases new products like the Arc soundbar, and a new color version of its well-reviewed – but expensive – Move portable speaker. The company also released Sonos S2, its next-generation software which paves the way for an array of new functionality, but also left some of the earliest of users frustrated that their speakers were no longer compatible.

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Motorola Moto X30 Pro Will Have An Unusual Camera System

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This is just the tip of the iceberg for the Moto X30 Pro. The strangest thing about the model won’t be its unusually large camera sensor, especially since Xiaomi already claimed that crown. Instead, it will be the use of three focal lengths in the camera system that could mean the removal of one traditional part of that group.

Motorola’s Weibo account revealed that the Moto X30 Pro will have a 35mm focal point at its widest. This will be joined by a 50mm telephoto that could have a 2x magnification, as well as an 80mm longer telephoto option. If this is an accurate description, it would suggest that the phone will ditch the ultra-wide shooter in favor of two telephoto cameras when some of its peers opt to eschew telephoto cameras to make way for a macro alternative.

Whether this will give the Moto X30 Pro an actual advantage over other high-end phones this year remains to be seen, literally. It sounds almost like a mixed bag, at least in the camera department, though the rest of the rumored specs are on par for a 2022 flagship. The Moto X30 Pro, which could go by the name Motorola Frontier in global markets, is expected to run on a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, bear a 6.67-inch 144Hz OLED screen, and boast 125W super-fast charging for its modest 4,500mAh battery.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE First Drive: Electrified Luxury Gets A Sports Upgrade

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AMG promises performance magic, upgrading the EQE EV sedan with supercar-rivaling power to go with a lavish, tech-filled cabin. Can it deliver soul with speed?

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How To Fix Amazon Prime Video Not Streaming In 4K

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Not all Amazon Prime Video titles are available in 4K quality. Older movies and shows often do not support that format, and even some newer flicks will still be unavailable for a variety of reasons ranging from licensing to technical difficulties. As a result, your title of choice might look less-than-perfect, not due to a fault on Amazon’s end, but simply because that title may not support 4K in the first place. 

Amazon has a list of titles available in 4K, so checking whether the one you’re trying to watch is, is fairly easy. You can see all the 4K offerings by heading over to the official Amazon website. The list is not very intuitive in the sense that you can’t check for specifics within the results as this is already a narrowed-down list. However, you can also simply type in the title of your movie or show into the search bar above to check whether it’s available on Prime Video and in 4K.

You can also search directly on Amazon Prime Video. Any variation of “4K,” “4K movies ultra HD,” “4K film,” or even something more specific like “4K romantic comedies” should produce a list of titles that you can watch right now. If you managed to locate your title on one of these lists and yet it still looks underwhelming, there may be other issues at hand.

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