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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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Baidu reveals a different smart speaker strategy with Raven H and DuerOS

Baidu reveals a different smart speaker strategy with Raven H and DuerOS

Like just about every big tech company these days, Chinese web giant Baidu is getting in on the smart speaker game. But the company is doing things noticeably different from Amazon or Google, despite selling its new Raven H speaker device. Instead the key product is the assistant software itself, the DuerOS AI platform, and Baidu's goal is to have it used in hardware from other manufacturers.

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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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Best Smart Speakers of 2018: the Pros and the Cons

Best Smart Speakers of 2018: the Pros and the Cons

At CES 2018, the usual circus of new products, experimental devices, and moonshot projects seem to have a common undertone: AI assistants. At almost every turn, you’ll find something, be it a “smart display”, a TV, a car head unit, or a door lock that integrates with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, or even Microsoft Cortana. The age of the personal AI assistants have come, and it all started with the somewhat unassuming and still really bewildering smart speakers. We take a brief look at some of the best ones in the market, and some still to come, and why, despite their appeal, they might not exactly be worth your money just yet.

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Tetra countertop dishwasher doubles as a seafood cooker

Tetra countertop dishwasher doubles as a seafood cooker

Many homes contain only two people, making the typical dishwasher you find at appliance stores unnecessarily large. Rather than having a large dishwasher that takes up a bunch of space, Heatworks presents Tetra as a compact solution; it sits on a countertop and plugs into a regular wall outlet, no plumbing necessary. Tetra doesn't just wash dishes, though, also being adequate for sanitizing certain products and even cooking seafood.

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Comcast wants to make Xfinity the center of your home automation setup

Comcast wants to make Xfinity the center of your home automation setup

Home automation and IoT services have been a pretty big focus of CES 2018 thus far, and Comcast wants in the action. Today Comcast announced its intention to turn its Xfinity platform into the centerpiece of a new home automation service, which will be free to existing Xfinity customers. When this roll out is finished, 15 million Xfinity customers will have access to these new home automation features.

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TiVo Alexa and Google Assistant integration is on the way

TiVo Alexa and Google Assistant integration is on the way

TiVo sees the smart home revolution and it wants to be a part of it. Today the company announced that it will soon offer integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, two AI assistants that are quickly becoming the centerpiece of many smart home systems. When these enhancements arrive, TiVo envisions the potential to watch your content in a way you haven't yet before.

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August Access battles Amazon Key for in-home delivery

August Access battles Amazon Key for in-home delivery

Back at the end of October, Amazon revealed a new service called Key. With Amazon Key, you can schedule in-home delivery using a specific smart lock offered as part of the service, thereby preventing your packages from being stolen while they wait on your front porch. A service like Amazon Key has been suggested and even rumored for almost as long as smart locks have been a thing, so it should come as no surprise that we're seeing competitors spring up before Amazon Key really gets off the ground.

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Swann Video Doorbell with night vision supports Alexa, Google Assistant

Swann Video Doorbell with night vision supports Alexa, Google Assistant

Swann, the company best known for its video surveillance products, has announced the Swann Video Doorbell, a connected lock for your home or office. As with other connected smart locks, the Swann Video Doorbell allows users to view and talk to their visitors anywhere in the world, as long as there's a decent Internet connection. The Video Doorbell boasts multiple features, including night vision.

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Lenovo Smart Display gives Google Assistant a touchscreen and camera

Lenovo Smart Display gives Google Assistant a touchscreen and camera

The Google Assistant is getting its touchscreen and camera, with the new Lenovo Smart Display taking on Amazon's Echo Show at CES 2018. Taking the same Assistant we know from the Google Home smart speaker, Lenovo's new Smart Displays give it an 8-inch or 10-inch housing for video calling and more.

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ASUS Lyra Voice, Trio offer Amazon Alexa and mesh networking

ASUS Lyra Voice, Trio offer Amazon Alexa and mesh networking

ASUS has a pair of devices for the modern smart home: the ASUS Lyra Voice and Lyra Trio. These devices offer Amazon Alexa voice services and mesh networking, the combination of which ensure that one's whole home is blanketed with WiFi and that any connected (and supported) IoT gadgets can be controlled using voice commands. ASUS plans to launch both products in the first half of 2018.

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Nanoleaf Remote light panel and HomeKit remote hits CES 2018

Nanoleaf Remote light panel and HomeKit remote hits CES 2018

Modular color-changing LED light panel company Nanoleaf is adding a odd remote control, complete with Apple HomeKit compatibility. The Nanoleaf Remote eschews traditional form-factors in favor of a dodecahedron design, with the twelve sides acting as different triggers.

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