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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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Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro tipped to debut at WWDC

Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro tipped to debut at WWDC

We've been hearing about Apple working on a new addition to the iPad Pro lineup — one with a 10.5-inch display, to be specific — for some time now, and June's Worldwide Developers Conference is expected to be when it will finally be unveiled. This comes from the latest report by Ming-Chi Kuo, the well-regarded KGI Securities analyst with a solid track record when it comes to Apple.

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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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