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Amazon Echo Plus 2018 release detailed: Now with temperature

Amazon Echo Plus 2018 release detailed: Now with temperature

This week the folks at Amazon responsible for Alexa hardware dropped a massive number of devices on our heads, all at once. One of these was the 2018 edition of the Amazon Echo Plus. This device is an Echo with a smart home hub built in. Echo Plus 2018 has more powerful bass than before, according to Amazon, and there's a temperature sensor inside, too.

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Echo Dot 3rd-gen revealed and detailed for release

Echo Dot 3rd-gen revealed and detailed for release

A new Echo Dot was revealed at an Amazon hardware event this week, complete with a new look and bumped-up specs. This new version of the Echo Dot is no longer just a plastic hockey puck-like device, now it's coming in a variety of colors with a fabric-covered exterior. This version of the Echo Dot (generation 3, let's call it), has a more powerful speaker, too.

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VIZIO Dolby Atmos Home Theater Systems bring sound form above

VIZIO Dolby Atmos Home Theater Systems bring sound form above

In the past, it was enough for “surround sound” to come from front and sides, sometimes also from the back if you have enough speakers. Sound, however, doesn’t just travel sideways, it can also come from up high and sometimes even from below. You can’t, however, easily and safely screw in a vibrating device on your ceiling. Vizio’s new Dolby Atmos-enhanced Home Theater Sound Systems offer the next best thing: upward-facing speakers that bounce sound on the ceiling instead, creating an audio net that better mimic what the real world sounds like.

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HomePod finally gets much-awaited, long-overdue features

HomePod finally gets much-awaited, long-overdue features

While Apple’s recently concluded event focused on the new iPhone X generation and Apple Watch Series 4, that wasn’t the only big things the company had prepared. Outside of the spotlight, Apple announced an update to the HomePod that might make its $349 price tag finally worth it for some interested buyers. In addition to things like being able to make and take calls, the smart speaker is finally getting a whole lot smarter thanks to the addition of Siri Shortcuts.

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UE Boom and Megaboom speakers lose Alexa support in latest update

UE Boom and Megaboom speakers lose Alexa support in latest update

UE Boom and Megaboom owners received an unpleasant surprise after updating the maker's mobile app: the speakers no longer support Amazon Alexa. The models, which originally launched as "dumb" speakers before getting Alexa as part of a smart update, are once again reduced to simple Bluetooth functionality.

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Marshall Stanmore II Voice, Acton II Voice become smart with Alexa

Marshall Stanmore II Voice, Acton II Voice become smart with Alexa

When Amazon launched the Echo speakers and, along with it, its Alexa smart assistant, it created waves that eventually gave birth to a new market segment. But while these smart speakers often make for good assistants, they don’t always make for good speakers. Fortunately, Amazon has opened its doors to other speaker makers to provide the acoustics while it provides the brains, making things like the new Marshall Voice series of smart speakers possible and available to provide knowledge, convenience, and quality sound.

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Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5 wireless speaker packs Dual Sound support

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5 wireless speaker packs Dual Sound support

Harman Kardon has expanded its Onyx Studio series with the newly unveiled Onyx Studio 5. This new speaker has a classy circular design with a built-in handle for portability, as well as the maker's Dual Sound, which enables two speakers to be paired together for a more immersive experience. The new model is being exclusively sold by Brightstar and Sprint.

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Netgear Orbi Mesh WiFi system includes router and Alexa smart speaker

Netgear Orbi Mesh WiFi system includes router and Alexa smart speaker

Netgear has launched a new system composed of both mesh WiFi hardware and a smart speaker, the combination providing whole-home wireless coverage as well as direct access to Amazon Alexa. The system brings together the Orbi WiFi router and the Orbi Voice smart speaker, each working together for simplified WiFi control and a smart home experience.

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Marshall Kilburn II portable retro speaker has 360° sound

Marshall Kilburn II portable retro speaker has 360° sound

Marshall is back with a new retro-styled speaker, the new Kilburn II wireless offering. This new model features an old school appearance paired with modern features, including Bluetooth, multi-directional audio, more than 20 hours of playback per charge, and more. Unlike other portable speakers, says Marshall, the Kilburn II features Blumlein stereo sound.

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Sony XB501G gives Google Assistant a 16hr rugged speaker to play in

Sony XB501G gives Google Assistant a 16hr rugged speaker to play in

Sony has a new Bluetooth speaker, and the splashproof SRS-XB501G doesn't just deliver lashings of bass indoors and out, it takes the Google Assistant with it too. Unveiled at IFA 2018 today, the new speaker slots into Sony's EXTRA BASS range, and so as you might expect there's a big emphasis on the low-end.

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Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 and MEGABOOM 3 get tougher and cheaper

Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 and MEGABOOM 3 get tougher and cheaper

Ultimate Ears has revealed its new BOOM 3 and MEGABOOM 3 Bluetooth speakers, making them more rugged, longer-lasting, and more affordable than the old pair. It's also taken the opportunity to give the two new speakers an aesthetic revamp, with the result being a cleaner and more modern-looking design.

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Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound Edge is a mesmerizing speaker you roll

Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound Edge is a mesmerizing speaker you roll

Bang & Olufsen has a reputation for unusual design, but its new Beosound Edge speaker goes further than most. Unveiled at IFA 2018 today, the circular speaker promises to be both a home entertainment device and "a minimalist design object," B&O says, with one very curious control system.

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