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Apple HomePod preorders open

Apple HomePod preorders open

After being hit with a delay at the end of last year, we finally saw some signs of life from Apple's HomePod earlier this week. Apple not only revealed when the smart speaker would launch, but also when it would available to preorder. Those preorders have officially opened up, so if you've known the HomePod is the speaker for you, you can secure one now.

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Sonos One deal sees stereo pair match HomePod’s price

Sonos One deal sees stereo pair match HomePod’s price

The HomePod may be close at hand, but Sonos isn't resting on its laurels, announcing a deal that cuts the price of a pair of its Alexa-powered speakers to match Apple. The deal on a Sonos One duo also serves to highlight one of its rival's missing features, the ability to link two wireless speakers together and use them as a stereo pair.

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HomePod is a sweet-sounding uphill battle

HomePod is a sweet-sounding uphill battle

Apple's HomePod was delayed, and all we got when it finally showed up was a new release date. Surprise bubbled around the announcement of the smart speaker's February 9 launch earlier this week, after Apple failed to use its extra time to address some of the more frequent criticisms HomePod faced when it debuted roughly eight months ago. No multi-room playback at release, no expansion to grudgingly accommodate third-party music services, and no price change from $349.

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This is how the HomePod will win according to Tim Cook

This is how the HomePod will win according to Tim Cook

Apple is late to the smart speaker market. Late in coming out with a product and even more late in putting it out in the market. In less than a month’s time, though, the HomePod’s rocky origins might all be forgotten, just like any other new Apple product. In fact, it’s going to knock all other smart speakers out of the ring in one blow. At least that’s how believers see and it’s definitely how Tim Cook believes it. And the Apple chief executive is explaining how.

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iOS 11.2.5 release adds HomePod support and Siri News

iOS 11.2.5 release adds HomePod support and Siri News

iOS 11.2.5 has been released, and while Apple's latest update may have HomePod support as its headline features, there'll be iPhone functionality that appeals even if the smart speaker doesn't. The new version of the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and iPod touch software brings with it support for setting up the HomePod, should you be among those picking up the streaming speaker when it arrives in stores in early February.

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HomePod multiroom is just one way Apple is playing catch-up

HomePod multiroom is just one way Apple is playing catch-up

Eight months after it was announced, Apple's HomePod is finally making it to Apple Store shelves. The Siri smart speaker promises voice-controlled access to your streaming music along with the ability to answer questions and control your smart home. However, there are some things to bear in mind before you flex your credit card.

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Apple HomePod release date revealed at long last

Apple HomePod release date revealed at long last

After being spotted at the FCC last week, we thought that Apple might be close to launching its HomePod smart speaker. As it turns out, those suspicions were right, with Apple finally announcing a release date today. Originally scheduled to launch before the end of 2017, Apple delayed the HomePod at the last minute, pushing it back into 2018 and missing the ever-so-crucial holiday shopping season.

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Apple HomePod can recognize multiple voices, mute Siri

Apple HomePod can recognize multiple voices, mute Siri

Siri may have been the one that truly kicked of the smart assistant trend, but it has fallen by the wayside in terms of capabilities and especially devices. Like smart speakers, for example. That will soon be changing as we draw even closer to the long overdue launch of Apple’s HomePod speakers. Which means the trickle of leaks is, slowly but very surely, growing into a gushing stream. The latest to come out is some functionality that other leaders in the smart assistant only recently got hold of as well: the ability to recognize more than just one voice.

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Apple HomePod gets FCC approval, expected to launch soon

Apple HomePod gets FCC approval, expected to launch soon

For those waiting to get their hands on Apple's upcoming HomePod, the wait appears to soon be over. The Siri-powered smart speaker was delayed from its original release last fall to sometime in "early 2018," but the device was recently granted approval by the FCC for sale in the US. There's still no solid launch date, however, but the approval means the HomePod could soon be challenging the Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers for users' living rooms.

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iOS 11.2.5 beta lets Siri play podcasts when you ask for news

iOS 11.2.5 beta lets Siri play podcasts when you ask for news

One of the very first use cases, and probably the first practical use case, of voice-activated virtual personal assistants was speaking the news out loud. Perfect for times when you couldn’t even spare a glance at your phone’s screen but still want to keep updated with current events. But while almost all AI assistants are capable of that, Siri is getting one new ability in the latest iOS beta: the ability to stream news podcasts instead of just blurting out headlines and summaries.

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Apple’s HomePod delay is the right decision

Apple’s HomePod delay is the right decision

Apple may be missing the holiday shopping season by delaying its HomePod until 2018, but that decision could pay dividends if it makes Siri a better assistant. The smart speaker was due to launch in the US, UK, and Australia in December 2017, having been announced back in June alongside the iMac Pro at WWDC. Today, it conceded it will "need a little more time" before HomePod is ready for public consumption.

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Apple HomePod delayed

Apple HomePod delayed

Apple has delayed its HomePod smart speaker, pushing the launch of the Siri-powered Amazon Echo rival back into 2018. HomePod was revealed back in June 2017, a streaming speaker that physically embodied Siri, and which promised both smart home control and better music playback than other such products on the market.

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