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Apple Messages is getting a host of new sharing features

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A revamped Messages app will be arriving with iOS 15 later this year. Apple previewed new sharing features for its messaging app that will make it easier to view photos, articles and music shared in your chats.

For example, when someone sends multiple photos, the Messages app will arrange the images into a new collage layout that makes it easier to swipe through the photos.

Apple is also making it easier to revisit news articles shared within Messages. A new “shared with you” section in Apple’s News app will save all the articles shared in Messages so you can find and read them when you’re ready, rather than scrolling through a chat to find a link. Likewise, the Apple Music app will be able to track playlists that are shared in message threads in the new “shared with you” section.

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Bungie begins selling its official Destiny toaster

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You can now buy a Destiny toaster to go with your future purchase of an Xbox Mini Fridge. Yes, we’re getting another gaming-themed appliance and this one cranks up the zany dial to the max. As Bungie points out, the toaster actually toasts a Tricorn emblem onto your bread. Plus, it comes with a free container to house all your Destiny-themed sandwiches.

You can pre-order the toaster right now for $85 from the Bungie store and it will ship between this December and January, 2022. Fittingly, you’ll also receive a free Destiny 2 in-game Burnt Edges emblem. As the toaster is a by-product of a charity event, 10 percent of your purchase proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

Back in June, the Destiny community raised more than $800,000 for the pediatric treatment center, which specializes in cancer treatment and other life-threatening diseases. To help galvanize fans, Bungie offered to make a toaster if they hit a target of $777,777.77 (the developer has a thing for the number seven). Because nothing fuels a hungry bunch of gamers like the promise of toasted bread.

While the basic two-slice toaster is no match for premium smart and steam-based toasters, it’s clearly meant as a bit of fan service. Destiny players often say “let’s get this bread” when venturing for loot and even refer to the Jötunn rifle as a Toaster.

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Google’s new sleep-tracking Nest Hub is on sale for $80 right now

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Google debuted the latest Nest Hub in March and now we’re starting to see it get discounted across the web. B&H Photo currently has the second-generation Nest Hub for $80, or $20 off its normal price and a new all-time low. This model, which has new sleep-tracking features, was already a good value at $100 but this sale makes it even more tempting for those that want to expand their Google Assistant device ecosystem with a smart display.

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If you’re unfamiliar, this is Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo Show (specifically the Echo Show 8) as it provides a visual interface with which you can interact with the Google Assistant. Its three far-field mics also allow you to bark orders at the Assistant as well, but those who like to have on-screen buttons to press and pages to swipe through have the option to do so. We appreciate that Google updated the Nest Hub’s interface with improved dashboards for communications, entertainment, smart home controls and others.

The audio system inside the latest Nest Hub is the same as that in the Nest Audio smart speaker (which is also on sale right now), which is to say it’s an impressive one. The Hub could act as your main speaker in your kitchen or bedroom, and the Hub’s new standout feature is designed for the latter. This version has built-in sleep tracking, which uses the Hub’s camera and mics to detect when you’ve fallen asleep, if you’re snoring or coughing during the night and more. Cherlynn Low found the Nest Hub’s ability to sense when she had fallen asleep to be pretty good, but coughing and snoring detection was a bit less reliable. Also, the data collected is a bit limited right now, so it may not be very useful to most users.

But regardless of if you’re using it to track your nighttime slumber or not, the 2nd-gen Nest Hub improves upon its predecessor in many ways. The Google Assistant responds faster, audio is clearer and louder and the design remains minimalist and pleasant. And at this sale price, it’s much easier to add it to your home.

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Engadget Podcast: Windows 11’s surprise leak and the best of E3

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This week, Cherlynn and Devindra chat about the surprising Windows 11 leak, which spoiled Microsoft’s upcoming Windows event. While it’s not a complete build, the leak still gives us a sense of where Windows 11 is headed. Also, we break down the best games we saw at E3, including Elden Ring and Forza Horizon 5!

Listen below, or subscribe on your podcast app of choice. If you’ve got suggestions or topics you’d like covered on the show, be sure to email us or drop a note in the comments! And be sure to check out our other podcasts, the Morning After and Engadget News!

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Porsche’s ‘Soundtrack My Life’ delivers custom music based on your driving

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Porsche has developed a prototype system that plays custom, original music to your driving, whether you’re on the open road or stuck in traffic, Autoblog has reported. The Soundtrack My Life project works something like game music, amping up the intensity depending on the “acceleration, speed and centrifugal forces in the car,” according to Porsche. 

Porsche’s system isn’t just a playlist of songs from streaming services, but original samples and snippets of music combined by an algorithm to match your driving. You get to pick the style of music you want, then the system starts to play the music. “The complexity of what comes to the ear is one-to-one dependent on how they drive,” said Porsche Digital’s Norman Friedenberger. “How fast they drive, and how hard they accelerate and brake.” Once you slow down or stop, the music goes downtempo to match. 

The idea is not to replace regular streaming but to give drivers another option. One advantage is that the system would play something original every time and could keep generating “new” music theoretically forever. “That’s what’s so exciting for the driver. They experience a new soundtrack every time. The format promises a long-lasting listening experience, at least three to five times longer than with linear music,” said Friedenberger. 

So far, Soundtrack My Life is in an experimental phase and Porsche has decided whether to put it into production yet. However, the automaker is currently in the process of testing the system in vehicles and creating an “overall experience.”

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