Facebook said to be prepping a pair of smart speakers

Smart speakers are currently the hottest new device in the world of consumer tech. The category was created by Amazon, which rolled out the Amazon Echo back in 2015. Consisting of a speaker and a virtual assistant, the smart speaker can be used to control smart appliances in a house, stream music, order a pizza, make calls, send messages, get sports scores, listen to the news/weather and more. 

Once the Amazon Echo and its Alexa virtual assistant caught on with the public, other tech firms started to offer their own versions of the device. Google released the Home series featuring …


The Mark of the HomePod: The Internet's funniest jabs at Apple's furniture-staining smart speaker

In case you’ve missed it, numerous HomePod users report that their wooden furniture has been stained by the oils of the sound-dampening silicon base of the smart speaker. Yes, no kidding here, here’s an excerpt lifted straight from Apple’s support page.

It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-damping silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces. The marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface, and will often go away after several days when the speaker is removed from the wooden surface. If not, wiping the surface …

Siri finishes last in test against other smart speaker virtual assistants

A smart speaker is made up of a speaker and a virtual assistant. Apple finally got around to launching its HomePod smart speaker yesterday, and while it delivers what users are calling a premium audio experience, the device is apparently falling short in the virtual assistant department according to a test run by a venture capital firm named Loup Ventures. The test featured four virtual assistants including Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana.

In a report released on Saturday written by former Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, it was disclosed that the …

Apple releases a trio of video tutorials for its HomePod smart speaker

Yesterday, Apple launched its HomePod smart speaker showing up very late to the game. Amazon created the category and launched the device globally in 2015, and the company has the largest market share with its Echo line. Google is next with its Home series of smart speakers. Apple is trying to differentiate itself by including a premium speaker with the HomePod, a strategy that Tim Cook has already discussed.

On Apple’s YouTube support channel, the company left a trio of video tutorials for those who purchased and received their $349 HomePod. One video explains how to adjust the HomePod’s …

Deal: iPhone 7/8 Smart Battery case (white) is now $50 off, grab one for $49

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If you have a 4.7-inch iPhone in need of some extra protection and power, we have good news for you! The official Apple iPhone 7 Smart Battery case is now on sale at B&H! The official Apple store has the case listed for $99, …

Apple releases its first four ads for the HomePod smart speaker

Pre-orders for Apple’s HomePod smart speaker have already begun, and the device is set to be released on February 9th. As a result, Apple has released four new commercials for the device. The four ads are titled Beat, Equalizer, Distortion and Bass. The songs heard playing in the background are, in order, “DNA” by Kendrick Lamar, “All Night” by Big Boi, “Holy Water” by Hembree, and “Ain’t I” by Lizzo.

The ads really don’t show that much of the HomePod except for quick shots of the mesh that covers most of the smart speaker, and the LCD control panel on top of the device. The remainder of …

Apple HomePod: how to preorder and buy Apple's first smart speaker

Apple’s first smart speaker, the Apple HomePod, is finally here. It is loud, equipped with 7 tweeters and 1 woofer spreading sound in all directions. It is smart, powered by Siri and capable of intelligently adjusting its output to its surroundings. But most importantly, it is going on sale today; at least in some parts of the world, that is. 
So, how do you buy Apple’s latest gadget? How to get your hands on Apple’s first smart speaker? Allow us to explain.

How to preorder the Apple HomePod?

Want a HomePod? Pre-orders begin …

The tiny but smart Google Clips camera is now available to order in the US

Remember the interesting Clips camera that Google announced in October, at the same time with its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones? Well, the device is now finally available to order in the US. 
Priced at $249, Google Clips can be shipped for free within the US, although not before March 2. Even if you choose expedited delivery at check out (for an extra $17.99), it looks like Google can’t ship the camera before February 28. 
While it has a button that lets you take photos manually, the strength of Google Clips lies in the fact …

Android Messages app to receive smart reply feature; Select Project Fi smartphones get it first

The smart reply feature, which allows users of the Gmail app to respond to incoming email with a single tap on pre-written responses, is now coming to Android Messages. The first phones that will have smart reply on the messaging app will be handsets used by Project Fi subscribers, including Pixel and Nexus handsets powered by Android 8.x. At this point, it is unclear whether other handsets working on other carriers will have smart reply available on Android Messages as well.   

A tweet disseminated today by Project Fi states that the smart reply feature is rolling out to compatible …