This new pair of New Balance sneakers at 170 euros is a very good deal

So goes the madness of the new New Balance colors… After resuming its 90/60, the Boston brand is tackling its iconic model: the 650. Its 80s design has been a hit for many years. Now, the equipment manufacturer is reinforcing this vintage side with a very latest black/gray color. It will be THE retro pair that will add style to your outfits.

To be worn on the basketball court or around town, the 650 features an almost entirely black base. Its upper is made of soft leather with the famous New Balance finishes revealing the padding foam. At the top of the latter, the NB logo is proudly placed with certain other logo reminders, notably on the outsole.

The tongue is made of mesh and bears the inscription “N” on its sides. Other details include the mixed white and gray sole, the embroidered 650 detail and leather eyelets.

For the moment, no release date has been communicated. We should nevertheless see it arrive on the New Balance website and certain retailers in the coming weeks. You will certainly be able to “cop” (shop) the new 650 for around 170 euros.

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Pair Qobuz with Google Assistant: High music quality on Google Nest

Qobuz is a very special music streaming service from France. Friends of high-end hi-fi equipment and music connoisseurs are offered a music shop with a large selection of digital albums and even their own music magazine with lots of information. The whole thing is rounded off by excellent sound quality.

However, you won’t find the functions common to music streaming services such as song lyrics, artist or album-specific playlists on Qobuz. You also have to do without a huge selection of podcasts like Spotify has. If you, as an expert music lover, also want to listen to Qobuz via your Google speakers, that is definitely possible.

  1. Qobuz and Google Assistant: Is the connection successful?

  2. This is how you play Qobuz via Bluetooth
  3. The most important voice commands for Qobuz

  4. Impact of Qobuz versions

  5. Change your Qobuz account

Qobuz and Google Assistant: Is the connection successful?

The Google Assistant only supports a handful of streaming services. Especially if you use smaller services like Tidal, Souncdloud Go and Qobuz, you unfortunately have to do without controlling the music via voice command. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t use Qobuz at all via smart speakers like the Google Nest Mini.

It is still possible to connect to the speakers via Bluetooth. To do this, all you need is the Qobuz app and the Google Home app on your smartphone. Of course, your speaker must already be set up.

This is how you play Qobuz via Bluetooth

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    First you have to open the Google Home app and select “Devices” on the bottom bar.

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    There you can then choose the speaker you want.

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    You will then be taken to manual control of the device. Tap on the “Settings” (gear) at the top left.

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    Next, select “Audio” under “Device functions”.

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    Then tap on “Paired Bluetooth devices” in the list.

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    Then press “Activate pairing mode” at the bottom right.

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    Now leave the Google Home app and go to the Bluetooth settings on your smartphone. Turn on Bluetooth, search for the speaker and tap “Pair”.

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    Google Nest is now connected to your phone. All content that you play on your smartphone is played via the Google Speaker.

The most important voice commands for Qobuz

Thanks to the Google Assistant, you can skip songs, play playlists or select genres. With the help of numerous voice commands, you don’t have to lift a finger. However, since Qobuz is not compatible with the voice assistant, you have to forego this easy operation.

Impact of Qobuz versions

The different versions of some music streaming services may affect the operation of Google speakers. This is not the case with Qobuz. This is due, among other things, to the fact that the service can only be subscribed to for a fee. The trial version also runs on the smart home speakers without any problems.

Change your Qobuz account

Do you want to change your account because, for example, a friend has a better selection of music to offer? Then you simply have to log out of the Qobuz app and then log in again with the desired account. This does not change the Bluetooth connection and songs can be played smoothly.

If you also use Spotify or Deezer, you can easily connect the services to the Google Assistant. Do you want to know whether Qobuz can be connected to Alexa? We’ll tell you in the linked instructions.


Chromecast with Google TV receives its first update of 2024. Improves performance, but don’t expect Fast Pair

Having our devices updated is always something we like because three things can happen: it has performance improvements, it has new functions or it is simply a security patch, which is also fine. There is a fourth possibility, which is an update that breaks something or makes the experience worse, but it is not normal.

A device that is not updated much is the Chromecast with Google TV, but that is going to change in 2024. Google has already announced several improvements, such as the arrival of Fast Pair to the platform, but before that we have to talk about the Chromecast Google TV update just released. It is 150 MB and we will tell you how to install it.

How to download the new Chromecast Google TV update

Google ended 2023 improving the Chromecast with an update and is going to start the year with more of the same. It is always good news, but in addition, In 2024 we will have very juicy news for the device.

At CES in Las Vegas, the company announced that it was joining hands with TikTok to bring the platform to TV thanks to the ‘Send’ function. In addition, at some point this year we will be able to connect our compatible TWS headphones to the Chromecast much more easily thanks to the Fast Pair function.

When that update arrives and we open, for example, the headphone box near a Chromecast Google TV, a notice will appear indicating that, if we wish, we can connect those headphones to start outputting the audio through them.

As we say, that function has not arrived yet, but as we read in Android Authority, and as we have been able to update on our device, Google has just released the STTL.231114.004 update for the Chromecast with Google TV 4K.

This is an update that weighs 148 MB, which raises the security patch to December 2023 (the last, therefore) and that includes some performance improvements. No matter how minimal this improvement is, it is always welcome considering that, sometimes, the Chromecast can be jerky.

The update should install automatically, but if it doesn’t, follow these steps to update your Chromecast Google TV to the latest version:

  • Enter the Chromecast settings, going to the top right.
  • In ‘Settings’ we must go to ‘System’.
  • Once there, click on ‘Information’ and, again, click on ‘System Update’.
  • It will keep looking for an update and when it finds it, we download it and reboot to apply it.

Once this is done, you will have your Chromecast updated and the only thing left is to wait for next month when, supposedly, the long-awaited Fast Pair function would arrive.


You’ll Have to Set This Pair of Asics Sneakers on Fire Before You Wear Them

After surprising Paris Fashion Week last June with sneakers covered in plaster, Asics and the young label Airei are doing it again with a flamboyant new pair. Literally. The model takes up the design of the Gel-Quantum Kinetic from the Japanese equipment manufacturer by offering a daring design since you have to burn the first layer of the shoe to discover its true silhouette. A surprising and original method but which demonstrates the brand’s desire to continue to innovate to surprise its community.

In a publication on Instagram, the equipment manufacturer explains that this Gel-Quantum Kinetic was wrapped in “khadi gauze, a fabric made without electricity in eastern India”. And to specify: “it is an ode to the indomitable spirit which resides in each of us. The Gel-Quantum Kinetics, which represent perseverance, were engulfed by the fragile gauze, before being ignited one by one by Airei. The flames symbolize immersion in a noble cause, scarred tissue, and challenges overcome. Each shoebox is also wrapped in gauze, allowing the wearer to be part of the process.”

The 30 pairs of Airei x Asics Gel-Quantum Kinetic ($265) are available exclusively from February 29 at Dover Street Market in Los Angeles.