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Facebook smart speaker with 15in display may take on Echo Show

Facebook smart speaker with 15in display may take on Echo Show

Facebook is getting into the smart speaker market, according to sources, and it is developing a model that will take on Amazon's Echo Show device. Facebook's tipped smart speaker is said to feature a 15-inch touch display, enabling users to interact with the device visually. If the sources are correct, we'll see this speaker hit the market early next year.

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Fender Monterey and Newport speakers have a classic amp look

Fender Monterey and Newport speakers have a classic amp look

Fender has launched its first ever Bluetooth-streaming speakers, the company has announced, both of them modeled after the company's classic amp designs. The Fender Monterey and Newport speakers are modeled after the company's '68 Custom amplifiers, according to Fender, all the way down to little details like the control knobs and amp jewel. Less retro, though, is the inclusion of wireless Bluetooth streaming.

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Jawbone may just go out of business (sort of)

Jawbone may just go out of business (sort of)

Today may be the last day we see Jawbone exist as the in-business device-maker we've known for the past half-decade. Back in May of 2016, first reports surfaced that the Jawbone speaker business would be sold in favor of a fully tracker-centered Jawbone. Then in late May of 2016, it was also tipped that the company would eventually exit the fitness wearables business as well. So what's that leave us?

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Samsung Bixby smart speaker in pipeline to rival Apple HomePod

Samsung Bixby smart speaker in pipeline to rival Apple HomePod

Samsung's Bixby smart assistant may only just be arriving on the Galaxy S8, but the company is already looking at alternative ways to package it - and take on Apple and Google in the process. Bixby Voice was billed by Samsung as its supercharged alternative to the Google Assistant and Apple's Siri, a way to fully control everything on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ by voice. Now, a new report lends weight to rumors that Bixby is getting a smart speaker to live inside.

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These are the things you can do when you buy an Amazon Echo Show

These are the things you can do when you buy an Amazon Echo Show

When the Amazon Echo launched nearly three years ago, barely anyone knew how to make heads or tails of it. Fast forward to today, even the likes of Google and Apple are seen as trying to catch up with the retail giant. Amazon stepped up its game when it announced the Echo Show, which goes on sale later this week. And to remind everyone what they're really getting when they purchase one, Amazon released some videos showing off what can be done on what is probably the closest we'll get to a real-world Star Trek LCARS.

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Pioneer Rayz Rally turns your iPhone into a speakerphone

Pioneer Rayz Rally turns your iPhone into a speakerphone

Bluetooth speakers and headsets have become even more popular thanks to Apple ditching the headphone jack on its latest iPhones. Wireless, however, hasn't been the only way to connect audio accessories, even before the iPhone 7. The Lightning port is perhaps one of the understated features of Apple's phones and tablets and Pioneer and ONKYO USA are taking advantage of that to deliver the Rayz Rally, a loudspeaker that you can literally drop into your pocket.

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Google Home gets two, like, hip ads and, like, a price cut

Google Home gets two, like, hip ads and, like, a price cut

With Apple finally and formally taking the gloves off in the smart home speaker fight, Amazon and Google have no choice but to pick up the pace. So far, the Amazon Echo and Google Home have been marketed mostly at tech savvy adults. Google’s new ads for the Home, however, position it as something young and hip users will also appreciate. Like, you know, Apple’s biggest demographic.

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Bixby speaker rumors spark even as voice remains absent in US

Bixby speaker rumors spark even as voice remains absent in US

As expected, Apple has just jumped on the smart speaker arena that Google, Amazon, and, soon, Microsoft already occupy. And as expected, this has started rumors that Apple’s biggest frenemy will also be joining the fray. Samsung is now believed to be aiming for a piece of that pie, with patents pointing to potential smart speaker powered by Bixby no less.

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Apple’s HomePod sounds terrific – but the Siri Speaker has a big issue

Apple’s HomePod sounds terrific – but the Siri Speaker has a big issue

Surprise: the HomePod may be Apple's physical embodiment of Siri, but there Cupertino firm would really rather you think of the smart speaker as a music system first and foremost. Described as a blend of Sonos and Amazon Echo during the WWDC 2017 keynote, here Siri is really the gateway rather than the main event.

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Apple HomePod speaker release date and details

Apple HomePod speaker release date and details

The Apple Home Speaker is what Tim Cook suggested would be Apple's attempt to "reinvent home music." This device, says Apple, is in line with the legacy of the iPod, and reinventing personal mobile music. Phil Schiller stepped on stage and detailed the speaker top to bottom as a piece of equipment that had not existed before - "Why hasn't this happened yet?"

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808 Audio CANZ Glo portable wireless speaker mini Review

808 Audio CANZ Glo portable wireless speaker mini Review

Back during CES, 808 Audio introduced a bunch of new speakers boasting features like strong bass and a rugged design. We recently got our hands on one these speakers, the CANZ Glo. Unlike the models intended for use in harsh environments, the CANZ Glo are designed for your portable partying needs. This small cylindrical speaker features an outer metal grille and an inter white plastic that, when activated, glows various bright colors with different rhythms and speeds.

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Polk Audio MagniFi Max SR system offers 5.1 surround sound for home theaters

Polk Audio MagniFi Max SR system offers 5.1 surround sound for home theaters

Polk Audio has introduced its new MagniFi MAX SR, a sound bar designed specifically for use in home entertainment setups. This sound bar and related audio system brings 5.1 surround sound to consumers, as well as integration with Google Home for voice-based and hands-free control. Polk Audio boasts a bunch of different features for its new audio product including Voice Audio Adjust, which enable users to adjust the voice levels for maximum dialogue clarity.

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