LG Tone Studio Review: a wearable speaker

FRESH IDEAS, STALE EXECUTION

LG, not content with what is currently on the market, has been doing a lot of experimenting with its audio products lately. Whether this is a good or bad thing is a debate we won’t be getting into today – instead, we’ll be taking a look at one of the company’s latest and most interesting offerings: the LG Tone Studio.

In short, this is an answer to the age-old question “what if we could wear stereo speakers around our necks at all times?” Visually, it looks like a pair of neckbuds whose neckband houses a pair of upward-facing …


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As you probably know by now, Apple is rumored to be introducing its own smart speaker next month at WWDC. The latest word we have about this device is that Apple is putting the finishing touches on the product, which will feature a speaker made by Beats, and the Siri virtual personal assistant. Amazon, who created the category with the Amazon Echo back in 2015, has raised the bar with its introduction last week of the Amazon Echo Show. This model, which resembles an office intercom, comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display, and adds a 5MP camera. It also will be able to make phone calls between …

Check out SNL's hilarious ad for the Amazon Echo "Silver"; it's the smart speaker for the elderly

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The ad features a running gag about users’ loss of hearing, but there are also other funny …

Harman Kardon and Microsoft's Invoke smart speaker is coming too late to endanger Amazon

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The …

Amazon will provide Alexa voice calls to all Echo speaker owners

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After the update, you will be able to initiate voice calls with other Echo device owners or Alexa app users, provided …

Amazon has over 70% of the U.S. smart speaker market; call capable models coming?

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New Amazon Echo smart speaker with display leaks in high-resolution image

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Unfortunately, there are no details to accompany the leaked image. We can see that the display shows the time, weather, and your schedule. It also invites you to issue voice commands for Alexa, …

Google offers a deal on the Google Home smart speaker just in time for Mother's Day

If someone asked you last year what a smart speaker is, you might have said it was the valedictorian of the Harvard graduating class. But by now you should know that this is a product containing a speaker integrated with a virtual assistant. For example, the Amazon Echo combines a speaker with the latest AI assistant superstar Alexa. The Harman Kardon Invoke will be out some time this year with a premium speaker mixed with Cortana. And there is a rumor that Apple will create a smart speaker of its own using Beats speaker technology and Siri.

While Amazon currently has the top selling …

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Unfortunately, the Moto Z Play is no longer available for $50 off (as it was earlier this month), so it currently costs …

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Amazon is rumored to be working on an enhanced version of the Echo smart speaker which will feature a video screen. This device has the code name “Knight,.” and will be …