TCL’s range of affordable ‘Roku TV Ready’ soundbars start at $79

TCL has unveiled its latest Alto soundbars, which offer an affordable way of boosting a TV’s built-in sound. With the exception of the $59 Alto 3, all of the soundbars are certified as being “Roku TV Ready.” This means they should integrate seamlessly with TVs running Roku’s TV OS, allowing you to control and tune them with your TV’s remote. TCL’s Roku TV Ready soundbars range in price from $79 to $299.

At the top of the lineup is the Alto 9 Plus, which was first announced back at CES 2020. It’s equipped with Dolby’s Atmos, which adds height to the surround sound experience. However, rather than doing this with traditional upward-firing speakers, TCL says it’s using “virtual height channels” to create the impression of overhead sound, and the 3.1 soundbar also includes a dedicated wireless subwoofer. It supports Bluetooth, and it’s compatible with Chromecast and AirPlay 2 to stream

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VMware Announces Future Ready Workforce Solutions to Address the Needs of the Distributed Workforce

VMware Secure Access Service Edge Platform Adds New Capabilities to Empower Organizations to Intelligently Manage and Better Secure Access to Applications and Information

This week at VMworld 2020, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) is announcing VMware Future Ready Workforce solutions to provide exceptional workforce experiences, end-to-end Zero Trust security controls, and simplified management. The Future Ready Workforce solutions combine VMware Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), Digital Workspace and Endpoint Security capabilities to help IT manage and optimize more secure access to any app, on any cloud, from any device while providing a simple, high performant, and a safer user experience for the distributed workforce.

“Organizations are navigating one of the most significant disruptions of our generation. These challenges will accelerate a shift to cloud-centric strategies, like SASE, that address the requirements of enabling people to work from anywhere,” said Rajiv Ramaswami, chief operating officer, products and cloud services, VMware. “The VMware

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Get next-gen ready with the Corsair HS60 Pro gaming headset for $50

If you’ve already pre-ordered your Xbox Series X or Playstation 5, you’ve got a bit of a wait ahead. In the meantime, you can upgrade your headphones. Amazon is selling the Corsair HS60 Pro gaming headset on sale for $50, a $20 discount and matching an all-time low. You won’t get them until October 14, but don’t fret, you’ll still have them in plenty of time before your new console arrives.

The Corsair HS60 Pro feature 7.1 virtual surround sound and 50mm neodymium audio drivers. The microphone is detachable and sports noise-canceling capabilities to keep the screeches emanating from the rec room while on a Zoom call. There is also a volume control roller and a mute button on the right can to make it easier to make quick adjustments.

The ear cups feature “plush memory foam” that appear to have some kind of phony leather

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Rocket Report: Starship pops on purpose, Delta IV Heavy ready to try again

Wide-angle view of a rocket liftoff from a grassy field.
Enlarge / Firefly tests the first stage of its Alpha rocket.

Welcome to Edition 3.17 of the Rocket Report! Weather and technical issues permitting, we’re looking at a busy weekend in Florida, with a Delta IV Heavy booster set for liftoff early on Saturday, followed by a Falcon 9 launch on Sunday morning. In the meantime, catch up on all the booster news below.

As always, we welcome reader submissions, and if you don’t want to miss an issue, please subscribe using the box below (the form will not appear on AMP-enabled versions of the site). Each report will include information on small-, medium-, and heavy-lift rockets as well as a quick look ahead at the next three launches on the calendar.

New Shepard scrubs launch attempt. On Thursday, Blue Origin scrubbed the first launch attempt of its first New Shepard rocket since December 2019. The mission was due

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Are You Ready To See Mars In Ultra HD 8K? Japan’s Plans To Take ‘Super Hi-Vision’ Cameras To Space

Japan is going to Mars—and it’s taking an incredibly detailed video camera with it. 

A joint venture between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Japan’s state broadcaster NHK—which pioneered HD and Ultra HD TV technology and broadcasting—will jointly develop a “Super Hi-Vision Camera” capable of filming both 4K and 8K images for JAXA to take to Mars.

JAXA has history here; its Kaguya (Selene) lunar orbiter in 2008 produced the first high-definition HD video ever seen of the Moon.

It’s also helped produce 4K filming from the International Space Station (ISS). 

Its new camera will go to Mars in 2024 as part of JAXA’s Martian Moons eXploration mission. It will be the first time that 8K Ultra HD images of Mars and its moons are taken in proximity. 

What

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Is Your Sales Organization Ready To Emerge Its Fittest Self?

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that many sales organizations are ill-equipped to adapt quickly to changing buyer preferences. Yet sales leaders who move to a fact-based, technology-enabled sales operating model will position their companies to meet the expectations of buyers in the “next normal.” 

A popular social media meme encourages healthy fitness habits during our Covid-19 lockdown, promoting exercise as a means of emerging from the pandemic in better shape than before. This same question can be asked about sales organizations: Can your sales organization use this time to better itself? 

Looking ahead to 2021, sales leaders must shift from adapting to the “new normal” to proactively planning for the recovery and their “next normal.” We have used the last few months to study sales organizations and to think about ways that they can enter the “next normal” as a hunk — fitter, more agile, and with more muscle. Our

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