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Echo Dot Kids Raises Privacy Concerns: Why Parents Shouldn't Buy The New Smart Speaker

Amazon recently went under fire over some concerns about the potential harm of Echo Dot Kids. Amid the issues presented by experts and lawmakers, should parents still buy it for their kids?

Smart Home May 16, 2018

Facebook To Launch Smart Speaker In International Markets First: Here’s Why

To avoid adding insult to its data privacy injury, Facebook will be releasing its smart speakers in international markets first. It’s smart enough to know the Cambridge Analytica scandal is still fresh in the minds of U.S. folks.

Gadgets May 3, 2018

Sonos Planning To Launch A Home Theater Smart Speaker: What We Know

Sonos might soon announce a soundbar and smart speaker hybrid as just-published regulatory filings suggest. Like the Sonos One, this device might be able to support voice commands, a first for soundbars from Sonos.

Smart Home May 1, 2018

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition Brings Parental Controls And Alexa For Kids, At $79.99

Amazon launched a new Echo Dot Kids Edition smart speaker that comes with special features, a kid-friendly Alexa, and a two-year warranty with a free replacement. The device is up for pre-order now at $79.99, and here's what it brings.

Gadgets April 26, 2018

The Apple HomePod Is Reportedly Flopping: Here’s Why

As Amazon and Google see growth in the smart speaker field, Apple stumbles. The Cupertino company is reportedly going to release a cheaper HomePod device following poor sales of the current model.

Apple April 13, 2018

Facebook Having Cold Feet Over Smart Speaker Unveiling Because Of Data Collection Scandal

Facebook has delayed the announcement of its proprietary connected home speaker devices in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. They’re still on schedule to be released this year, though.

Security March 28, 2018

Spotify Reportedly Building Its Very Own Connected Hardware Products

It looks like Spotify is this close to launching its very first hardware product, according to just-spotted job listings. Could the streaming service be building its own smart speaker?

Gadgets February 21, 2018

Apple HomePod Owners, Beware: The Smart Speaker May Damage Wooden Furniture

The Apple HomePod may permanently damage wooden furniture if the Siri-powered smart speaker is placed on top of it. Apple has confirmed the problem, which is the latest entry in the growing list of issues with the device.

Apple February 15, 2018

Apple’s HomePod: Reasons Not To Buy Apple’s New Smart Speaker

Thinking about buying Apple’s latest wireless smart speaker, the HomePod? Here’s all of the reasons not to buy Apple’s expensive smart speaker.

Gadgets February 13, 2018

Apple HomePod Review Roundup: An Incredible Speaker, Just Not A Very Smart One

The HomePod secures Apple’s entry into the smart speaker race that’s currently dominated by Amazon Echo. Does Siri stand a chance against Alexa? Here’s what the critics are saying.

Apple February 7, 2018

Sonos Takes On Apple HomePod, Offers 2 Smart Speakers For $349

Sonos responds to Apple’s announcement of the HomePod release with a big promotion. Stating two is better than one, Sonos offers users a huge savings on its Sonos One device.

Smart Home January 30, 2018

$349 Apple Homepod Finally Coming With Incomplete Features, Limited Compatibility: Too Little, Too Late?

Apple is finally ready to launch its HomePod, but it has fierce competition. The HomePod comes late to the party with a higher price tag than its rivals, incomplete features, and limited compatibility, so does it stand a chance?

Apple January 25, 2018

Amazon Echo Spot Goes Up For Preorder In The UK: Pricing And Availability

The Amazon Echo Spot finally expanded its reach beyond U.S. borders, going up for preorder in the UK. The smart speaker will start shipping later this month, and Amazon is offering a discount when buying two units.

Smart Home January 16, 2018

Amazon And Google Likely Lost Money On Discounts To Home Assistants During Holiday Season

In order to build brand loyalty and look toward future purchases, Google and Amazon deeply discounted their smart speakers. This move, while gainful in the long term, means short-term losses.

Business Tech January 5, 2018

Never Too Late: This Italian Grandma Takes Google Home Mini For A Spin (And She Goes Viral!)

A YouTuber took a video of her Italian grandma as she plays around with a Google Home Mini speaker. Viewers apparently enjoyed her interaction with the device.

Smart Home January 1, 2018

LG Jumps Into The Smart Speaker Race With ThinQ, Powered By Google Assistant

LG just unveiled a wave of new audio products, including a ThinQ smart speaker that boasts Google Assistant. No price or release date yet, but it’ll show up at CES along with other devices.

Smart Home December 29, 2017

Got An Amazon Echo For Christmas? Here's How To Get Started

As expected, smart speakers are popular gifts this holiday season. If you got an Amazon Echo speaker for Christmas, here's how to get started with the Alexa-powered gadget.

Smart Home December 26, 2017

Amazon Echo Spot Review Roundup: The Alarm Clock Of The Future, If You Don't Mind The Small Display

Amazon has finally launched the $129.99 Amazon Echo Spot, which was announced alongside the second-generation Amazon Echo. Reviews on the Alexa-powered smart speaker are mostly positive, but they raise a few issues.

Smart Home December 19, 2017

Samsung To Launch Bixby-Powered Smart Home Speaker In First Half Of 2018: Report

Samsung is reportedly working on its own smart speaker and it's planning to launch it in the first half of 2018. The Bixby-powered speaker would fit somewhere between the Amazon Echo and the more expensive Apple HomePod.

Gadgets December 17, 2017

Google Re-Enables Touch Controls On Home Mini After Gutting It Over Privacy Concerns

Google Home Mini devices can now be controlled using the built-in touch controls on the surface of their fabric. This feature was turned off in October after a user discovered a flaw that caused the fabric to trigger the buttons.

Smart Home December 9, 2017

Google Home Mini Crashes When Playing Music At Full Volume, Users Report

The Google Home Mini crashes when it's playing songs at high volume, according to users. Google has acknowledge the issue and said that it's working on a fix.

Smart Home December 3, 2017

Apple HomePod Release Date Delayed To Early 2018: Amazon And Google Pull Ahead In Smart Speaker Race

The Apple HomePod release date has been pushed back to early 2018. This means that the Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers will have one less competitor this holiday shopping season.

Apple November 19, 2017

Google Home Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot: Battle Of The $49.99 Smart Speakers

Google has unveiled the Google Home Mini, and as a result, the Amazon Echo Dot just gained a notable competitor in the budget smart speakers game.

Google October 7, 2017

New $199 Sonos One Smart Speaker Comes With Amazon Alexa, Will Also Feature Google Assistant, Siri

There’s a new smart speaker in town. Sonos just unveiled One, a $199 speaker that in addition to supporting Amazon Alexa right off the bat, will also include Google Assistant and Siri into the mix.

Smart Home October 5, 2017

South Park Messed With Everyone's Amazon Echo And Google Home: Here's What Happened

The premiere episode of 'South Park' season 21 tackled the white nationalist movement that rocked Charlottesville, Virginia. To lighten the mood, the episode also triggered Amazon Echo and Google Home devices multiple times.

Smart Home September 16, 2017

Samsung Says A Smart Speaker Is On The Way, But Bixby Hasn’t Proven Anything Yet

Samsung has officially confirmed that it’s working on a smart speaker to rival Amazon, Google, and Apple. This device, with Bixby at the center, will focus on connecting smart home devices.

Gadgets August 24, 2017

Amazon Echo Is Only $100 For A Limited Time: Clearing Stock for Next-Generation Smart Speakers?

Now through Sept. 4, Amazon will offer all its main Echo smart speakers at discounted prices. Could this be an indication that the next-generation Echo devices are on the way?

Gadgets August 22, 2017

Facebook Will Allegedly Make A Video Chat Device And Smart Speaker, But Should It?

Facebook will reportedly join the ranks of Amazon, Apple, and Google by potentially releasing new hardware devices. Built from its Building 8 lab, Facebook plans to unveil a video chat device and a smart speaker, both with AI capabilities.

Gadgets August 2, 2017

The Amazon Echo 2 Will Look And Sound Better: Be Afraid, Google Home And Apple HomePod

Amazon is reportedly working on the Amazon Echo 2, an updated version of the company's Alexa-powered smart speaker that will look and sound better than the original. The Google Home and the Apple HomePod should definitely be worried.

Smart Home July 13, 2017

Smart Speaker Breaks Up Domestic Violence Before It Got Worse: Here's What Happened

A smart speaker helped break up a domestic violence case by calling the authorities. The always-listening feature of these devices may be considered as invasion of privacy, but in this instance, it may have saved a life.

Google July 10, 2017

Amazon Offers Certified Refurbished Amazon Tap Now For $69.99, Today Only

The certified refurbished Amazon Tap is now available at just $69.99, part of Amazon's run-up deals to Prime Day 2017. Certified refurbished means that it's as good as new and $69.99 is the lowest price yet, but it’s a today-only offer.

Gadgets July 6, 2017

Samsung Further Delays Bixby English Release, Jeopardizing Plans For Smart Speaker To Challenge Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod

Samsung has further delayed the release of the English version of its digital assistant Bixby, which was supposed to launch alongside the Galaxy S8. The challenges, meanwhile, have jeopardized the company's plans for a Bixby-powered smart speaker.

Apps/Software July 5, 2017

Amazon Echo Discount Brings Price To Lowest Ever: One-Day Deal

Amazon has knocked $50 off the price of the Echo speaker, but it's a limited-time offer. The deal is only good for Monday, June 26.

Gadgets June 26, 2017

Uh-oh, Siri: Smart Speaker Users Value Price Above All Else But Sound Quality Comes In Second

A poll conducted by Morning Consult has revealed that shoppers consider price as the most important factor in smart speakers. In other words, Apple's HomePod will be facing more than just a tough competition.

Smart Home June 15, 2017

Samsung Working On Bixby-Powered Smart Speaker To Challenge Amazon Echo, Google Home, And Apple HomePod

A report from South Korea claims that Samsung is working on a smart speaker powered by its own digital assistant Bixby. Will it succeed against the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod?

Smart Home June 7, 2017

Apple Jumps Into The Smart Home Party With HomePod, Aims To 'Reinvent Home Music'

Apple has finally announced its Google Home and Amazon Echo competitor at WWDC, called the HomePod. The music-focused smart speaker, however, won’t be available just yet.

Smart Home June 5, 2017

Google Home Not Responding Properly To Many Users: Is Google Working On A Fix?

Google Home users experienced a widespread glitch, which prevented them from issuing voice commands to the Assistant. Google representatives assured the smart speakers' users they were looking into the matter.

Google June 5, 2017

Apple Reportedly Begins Manufacturing Siri Speaker: Should Amazon Echo And Google Home Be Worried?

Apple has now started manufacturing Siri smart speakers, tipped for a WWDC unveiling early June, according to new reports. Apple will reportedly focus on making the device stand out in terms of high-quality audio, among other features.

Apple June 1, 2017

Forget About Amazon Echo, Google Home Just Got Massive Updates And It's More Powerful Than Ever [Video]

Google Home is turning into a true productivity powerhouse with the latest updates announced at Google I/O. Amazon Echo now has a truly fierce competitor, so here’s all you need to know about the latest Google Home power features.

Gadgets May 19, 2017

Apple Could Unveil 10.5-Inch iPad Pro And Touchscreen Siri Speaker At WWDC 2017, Says Trusted Analyst

Trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new report, listing his expectations for Apple's upcoming WWDC 2017 event set for early next month. The analyst says Apple will likely unveil the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, as well as a touchscreen-equipped Siri speaker.

Apple May 15, 2017

Amazon Echo Calling Feature Has No Way To Block Unwanted Calls: Here's How You Can Regain Your Privacy

The new Alexa Calling on the Amazon Echo allows users to make and receive voice calls over the internet. The feature, however, has no way to block unwanted calls, presenting a serious breach of privacy.

Smart Home May 15, 2017

Amazon Officially Unveils Echo Show With A Touch Screen: Specs, Features, Pricing, And Availability [Video]

Amazon has officially introduced its latest smart speaker, the Echo Show equipped with a 7-inch touch screen. The gadget is up for preorder now and will start shipping next month, and here's what it can do.

Gadgets May 9, 2017

Amazon May Unveil New Echo Tomorrow: 7-Inch Touchscreen And Video Call Support For More Than $200

Amazon may unveil a new model for the Amazon Echo as soon as Tuesday, May 9. The new Amazon Echo, which will come with a 7-inch touchscreen and video calling support, will reportedly carry a price tag of more than $200.

Smart Home May 8, 2017

Apple Exec Mocks Amazon Echo And Google Home, Hints Upcoming Siri Smart Speaker Will Have A Screen

Apple executive Phil Schiller mocked the Amazon Echo and Google Home before hinting that the upcoming Siri smart speaker will have a screen. The company's pending entry into the smart speaker market has suddenly become even more interesting.

Apple May 7, 2017

Here's The First Look At The Amazon Echo With Touch Screen: Amazon To Officially Unveil Device This Month

A new version of the Amazon Echo with a built-in camera and touch screen is expected to be unveiled this month. Discovered images provide a first look at the device, which is also expected to come with improved speakers.

Smart Home May 6, 2017

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