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Harman Kardon Invoke speaker with Cortana officially arrives to take on Echo

Harman Kardon Invoke speaker with Cortana officially arrives to take on Echo

The Harman Kardon speaker with Cortana has been officially announced, adding yet another smart speaker to the growing market. Unlike most of these smart speakers, which run Amazon's Alexa, the Invoke speaker utilizes Microsoft's own personal digital assistant to support voice commands and more. The speaker itself provides 360-degree audio and a cylindrical tower shape not entirely unlike the Amazon Echo's design. Two different colors will be offered, both featuring what Harman describes as a 'sleek, modern design."

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Invoke, Harman Kardon’s Cortana-powered speaker, revealed

Invoke, Harman Kardon’s Cortana-powered speaker, revealed

It seems that Microsoft is really putting the heat on Google, among other competitors. Just days after it unveiled its Windows 10 S answer to Chrome OS and the first batch of Chromebook rivals, the company is partially unveiling its take on the smart home speaker niche market. For this round, it has partnered with the famed Harman Kardon to create Invoke, your premium, and most likely expensive, Cortana in a can.

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Apple VP shares thoughts on voice-powered speakers with screens

Apple VP shares thoughts on voice-powered speakers with screens

In a recent interview with Apple's Phil Schiller, the SVP of Worldwide Marketing shared some thoughts on the state of voice assistant-powered home speakers and how they could be improved by screens, possibly hinting at Cupertino's own debut of a device to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home devices. There have been rumors for weeks now about Apple unveiling a Siri-powered connected speaker at WWDC in June, and Schiller's comments seems to indicate that the company has been thinking about a device for some time now.

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Apple Siri Speaker expected for WWDC 2017

Apple Siri Speaker expected for WWDC 2017

Last week, we heard that Apple could introduce a Siri-based smart speaker as early as June. Today analytics firm KGI is saying that it expects the same reveal, along with making some predictions about what kind of hardware we'll see in it. Get ready to potentially spend some money though, because if there's one theme to KGI's predictions, it's "premium."

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Apple’s Siri speaker might say hello at WWDC 2017

Apple’s Siri speaker might say hello at WWDC 2017

With both Amazon and Google tapping their smart assistants for smart speakers, it seems like only a matter of time until Apple enters the fray with Siri. Indeed, previous rumors have suggested we may see a Siri speaker launch before long, and now reports are saying that Apple might reveal it before the end of the year. Specifically, Apple could be ready to introduce this speaker by the time its Worldwide Developer's Conference rolls around in June.

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B&O Play Beoplay P2 is a minimalist portable Bluetooth speaker

B&O Play Beoplay P2 is a minimalist portable Bluetooth speaker

B&O Play has introduced a new Bluetooth speaker, the small and minimalist Beoplay P2. This speaker is oval-shaped with lightly rounded edges, a lanyard strap, and a construction quality that makes it reasonably safe to take outside. Among other things, the Beoplay P2 features 2 x 50watts of power, and it'll be offered in three different colors: Black, Sand Stone, and Royal Blue.

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Master & Dynamic MA770 Wireless Speaker is made out of concrete

Master & Dynamic MA770 Wireless Speaker is made out of concrete

Master & Dynamic has introduced its new MA770 Wireless Speaker, a model that is made out of a concrete composite. The speaker was made in partnership with Sir David Adjaye, an architect, and it is intended for consumers who need a home speaker. According to the company, the MA770 has a 'robust, tactile' heft; the material itself is said to have positive acoustic properties that suit a speaker well. All of this is complemented by integrated Chromecast tech that enables multi-room setups.

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Bose SoundLink Revolve, Revolve+, Color II get the party started

Bose SoundLink Revolve, Revolve+, Color II get the party started

Bluetooth speakers are nothing new but they have almost always been ignored by audiophiles because of the superior quality of wired audio accessories. But with giants like Bose putting their weight on their improvement, Bluetooth speakers have vastly improved over the years. Case in point is the SoundLink Revolve and Revolve+, which Bose bills as its best Bluetooth speakers ever. Designed from the ground up for full and strong 360-degree output, these two promise to be the life of the party, both indoors as well as out.

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Logitech Z537 Powerful Sound with Bluetooth keeps things simple

Logitech Z537 Powerful Sound with Bluetooth keeps things simple

Smart speakers seem to be the trend these days, but not everyone wants a speaker that talks back at you or buys dollhouses just because the TV said so. Some just want the ability to wirelessly play audio from their phone or computer and sound great while doing it. For these more traditional use cases, Logitech is providing the new Z537 Powerful Sound with Bluetooth. A mouthful that really just translates to a wireless, sometimes wired, 2.1 speaker system.

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“Invoke” could be Harman Kardon’s Cortana-powered speaker

“Invoke” could be Harman Kardon’s Cortana-powered speaker

The personal assistant war has long moved from smartphones to smart homes the day Amazon launched its Echo speaker and introduced Alexa to the world. Pretty soon, Google followed with its Home (not Gnome) and Google Assistant and soon, Microsoft will do likewise with Cortana. That device has already been teased before to bear Harman Kardon's brand but very little else. Now some more details are falling into place courtesy of leaks, including a rather unusual but still totally generic name: Invoke.

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Sonos PLAYBASE Review: A flat soundbar with big sound

Sonos PLAYBASE Review: A flat soundbar with big sound

Sonos is the first to admit it made a mistake. The PLAYBAR, its home entertainment-focused soundbar speaker, was an audio marvel back in 2013 when it was first announced, but the ergonomics didn't live up to the sound. Turns out, Sonos belatedly realized, that while the PLAYBAR works best when wall-mounted, only the minority of people actually wall-mount their TVs. Enter the Sonos PLAYBASE, completely redesigned to slip right underneath your flatscreen.

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V-MODA Remix Bluetooth speaker has a built-in headphone amplifier

V-MODA Remix Bluetooth speaker has a built-in headphone amplifier

V-MODA has introduced its new Remix Bluetooth speaker, a model that features an integrated V-MODA VAMP tech headphone amplifier. According to the company, its new speaker is able to drive high-end headphones that have higher-impedance with 83mW x 2 power, rivaling standalone headphone amplifiers offered at high price points. Remix also boasts a variety of other features, including support of various personal assistants like Alexa and USB-C charging.

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