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Gigaboom ultra-rugged Bluetooth speaker is bulletproof and crushproof

Gigaboom ultra-rugged Bluetooth speaker is bulletproof and crushproof

A new speaker has arrived on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, and it claims to be more durable than just about any other consumer-tier speaker on the market. According to the team behind Gigaboom, this speaker is essentially crushproof with the ability to withstand up to 4,000lbs of weight; it is also said to be bulletproof, though it's hard to imagine when that would come in useful for a portable Bluetooth speaker.

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Yamaha brings Amazon Alexa to MusicCast system, Disklavier piano

Yamaha brings Amazon Alexa to MusicCast system, Disklavier piano

IFA 2017 has just kicked off but we’re already seeing Amazon’s virtual assistant at almost every corner and in almost every other device. Alexa can now be found in more than just speakers. She has also made her presence felt in smartphones and, well, pianos. Riding the IFA wave, Yamaha as announced that it is bringing Amazon Alexa integration to its MusicCast wireless multi-room speaker system which, by association, also lets you control a Yamaha Disklavier Enspire with only your voice.

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Sony’s smart speaker has a low-tech feature they all should have

Sony’s smart speaker has a low-tech feature they all should have

Sometimes the very simplest features are those you come to appreciate most of all. Sony clearly got that memo, anyway, hence the one basic piece of tech on its new LF-S50G smart speaker which, though not as clever as the Google Assistant, still elevates the gadget above its increasingly numerous rivals. That advantage? A clock.

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Marshall Acton, Woburn and Stanmore wireless speakers get multi-room upgrade

Marshall Acton, Woburn and Stanmore wireless speakers get multi-room upgrade

Audio company Marshall has announced its first-ever multi-room wireless speaker products, ushering in a new category for the company. Marshall has reworked its Acton, Woburn and Stanmore speaker models, adding multi-room support to each so that buyers can setup and ultimately control whole home audio rather than individual, isolated speaker products. The upgraded speakers were launched for IFA 2017.

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Sony LF-S50G puts Google Assistant in a new wireless speaker

Sony LF-S50G puts Google Assistant in a new wireless speaker

Officially speaking, Google Home is the only smart speaker that houses Google Assistant. Other speakers and devices usually only get Google’s smart assistant after the fact or as an added feature. Google Home is, of course, far from perfect and it could do with a second iteration, which is probably unlikely to happen. Fortunately there is now the Sony LF-S50G which was made and designed specifically for Google Assistant, built with the lessons learned from Google Home and other smart speakers now filling the market.

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Samsung confirms Bixby speaker is still happening

Samsung confirms Bixby speaker is still happening

Perhaps rumors of the Samsung smart speaker’s death were largely exaggerated. In the midst of the loud noise it was making over the newly unveiled Galaxy Note 8, Samsung mobile division president DJ Koh dropped a few hints of products that go beyond the smartphone. Or in this case, even beyond a smartwatch. Koh openly admitted that the company is still working on such a device and might even announce it soon, but leaves the door open for a lot more possibilities.

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JBL Boombox speaker is a Bluetooth behemoth

JBL Boombox speaker is a Bluetooth behemoth

While some Bluetooth speakers try to pack the best sound quality into as small a package as possible, the new JBL Boombox is taking the opposite approach. Definitely a boombox for the current decade (and century), the Boombox is one of the largest Bluetooth speakers we've ever seen. That increased size comes with some attractive benefits, though, such as a long-lasting battery and the promise of "exceptional sound and hard hitting bass."

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Anker Eufy Genie undercuts Echo Dot for low-cost Alexa

Anker Eufy Genie undercuts Echo Dot for low-cost Alexa

If you're looking to break into the world of smart home IoT, a lot of people would recommend Amazon's Echo speaker, which is home to Alexa. The problem with that suggestion is that while the Echo is a solid smart speaker, it's also $180. The Echo Dot, which only costs $50, removes a lot of that cost by paring back on features, but now the Echo Dot has an even less expensive competitor: The Anker Eufy Genie.

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B&O BeoLab 50 speaker shows the Danes can’t resist luxe

B&O BeoLab 50 speaker shows the Danes can’t resist luxe

Bang & Olufsen may have flirted with more affordable speakers in its B&O Play range, but it couldn't resist the lure of its old ways: incredibly expensive, practically sculptural home audio kit. Welcome, then, the BeoLab 50, its latest loudspeaker for those who demand an aesthetic with their audio. Part 50s Danish lodge, part pipe organ loft, it actually packs a surprising amount of technology.

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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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