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
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 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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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 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 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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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 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 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 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
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
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
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 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 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 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
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