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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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Roku acquires Dynastrom audio startup amid rumored smart speaker plans

Roku acquires Dynastrom audio startup amid rumored smart speaker plans

Roku has confirmed the acquisition of Dynastrom, a Danish multi-room audio startup that will continue to operate out of Denmark as a Roku subsidiary. In confirming the acquisition, Roku said the business move was a way to expand its own engineering team, but the talent grab comes amid a wider rumor: that Roku is planning to launch its own smart speaker to take on Echo, Google Home and more.

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Beoplay M3 is B&O’s most compact wireless speaker

Beoplay M3 is B&O’s most compact wireless speaker

Bang & Olufsen has released its most compact wireless speaker thus far in its lineup, the Beoplay M3. The M3 model is a home speaker with a swappable front cover, making it possible to tailor the speaker's looks to your own home or office's design. Though compact, the M3 isn't an ordinary tiny Bluetooth speaker: it will still have a prominent place in whatever room you place it.

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Devialet Phantom gets a big price cut, more power via software update

Devialet Phantom gets a big price cut, more power via software update

Devialet, the French company behind the Phantom speaker we reviewed a couple years ago, has just announced a new speaker software update called Phantom Elevate. The new Elevate update brings new features to the powerful speaker, not the least of which is a boost from the original 750W to a higher peak capacity of 1200W.

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Amazon Echo Dot gets a big discount, but you’ll need to be quick

Amazon Echo Dot gets a big discount, but you’ll need to be quick

Amazon has a variety of different Echo devices available these days, but if you've yet to dive into the Alexa ecosystem, the company has a new deal aimed directly at you. Amazon has discounted its second-generation Echo Dot today, making its cheapest Alexa device even more inexpensive. You'll have to act fast, though, because this deal isn't going to last very long.

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808 Audio XL-V smart speaker arrives with Alexa next month

808 Audio XL-V smart speaker arrives with Alexa next month

808 Audio has just launched its first smart home device, the 808 Audio XL-V. This smart speaker is cylindrical with a tower design and, most importantly, it has Alexa built-in. As with other Alexa devices, 808's new smart speaker allows users to ask for the weather, request that it play music, tell them the news, answer questions, and more.

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Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST puts Alexa into 16hr cordless speaker

Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST puts Alexa into 16hr cordless speaker

For many, Ultimate Ears has been the go-to for portable Bluetooth speakers; now, the company is making Amazon Alexa its go-to assistant. Announced today, the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST and BLAST give UE's speakers a smart upgrade, adding WiFi to the Bluetooth. Meanwhile, though they may not be the first battery-powered Alexa speakers on the market, they do last a lot longer than the rest.

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Sonos One Review: When Alexa is the DJ

Sonos One Review: When Alexa is the DJ

Smart speakers are big business now, and with Amazon's Echo and Google's Home dominating the market, Sonos had a choice: step up or slip behind. The Sonos One shows the connected speaker stalwart chose to play the game, and not just with one virtual assistant but as many as it can. Rather than making its own AI for the Sonos One, the $199 connected speaker aims to be friends with all of them.

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Xperia Hello! is Sony’s robotic butler slash smart speaker

Xperia Hello! is Sony’s robotic butler slash smart speaker

Smart home speakers are the in thing in tech these days and Sony is jumping in as well but in a different way. Back when it redefined its Xperia brand last year, it introduced a few new non-phone smart devices, including a certain Xperia Agent. Formerly a prototype, that stationary robot butler has just become a full-fledged commercial product to take on the likes of Google Home, Amazon Echo, and Apple HomePod. Meet the Xperia Hello! And, yes, the punctuation is part of its product name.

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Garmin Speak brings Amazon Alexa and GPS navigation to any vehicle

Garmin Speak brings Amazon Alexa and GPS navigation to any vehicle

Garmin has announced a new smart device that'll bring the best of Alexa into buyers' cars. The device, simply called Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa, is said to be the first in-car gadget that gives drivers access to Alexa, as well as navigation via Garmin's own tech. Alexa can handle more than just tapping Garmin's navigational database, though.

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Google Home Max makes the Assistant blast music

Google Home Max makes the Assistant blast music

While many of us were expecting Google to reveal the new Google Home Mini, it also took us to the other end of the spectrum today by revealing the Google Home Max. Essentially, the Google Home Max takes everything about the standard Google Home and blows it up to larger proportions, whether that's size or sound. Google Home Max, it would seem, is the Home speaker for the music lover.

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