Bose's smallest portable Bluetooth speaker SoundLink Micro goes on sale in the US

Bose introduced its smallest portable Bluetooth speaker earlier this month, the SoundLink Micro. If you haven’t pre-ordered one yet, you will now be able to purchase one for just $109.95.

The main advantages of the SoundLink Micro are its small size, IPX7 rating, and battery life. Also, the device allows users to access the voice input for their phone’s Siri or Google Assistant directly from the speaker.

The IPX7 rating confers the speaker the much needed waterproof trait. According to Bose, the SoundLink Micro is built with materials like silicone rubber …


Apple HomePod surfaces in California and China during employee testing of the smart speaker?

Apple’s version of the smart speaker, the Apple HomePod, is expected to be launched in December. Apple is hoping that the launch doesn’t come too late to capture some holiday sales. The device, made up of a speaker and the virtual personal assistant Siri, will take on the product that created the category, the Alexa-powered Amazon Echo. Other smart speakers that will compete with the HomePod include the Google Home, the upcoming Cortana powered Microsoft Invoke, the just announced Sony smart speaker (powered by Google Assistant) and a unit being prepped by Samsung that will include AI assistant …

Special tone generated by the Apple HomePod helps the smart speaker pair with an iPhone

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is going to launch in December. The smart speaker will be part of a tech category that has had quite a year. Besides the two most popular models, the Amazon Echo and Google Home, by the end of this year there will also be smart speakers from Microsoft (the Microsoft Invoke powered by Cortana), Sony (equipped with Google Assistant), and Apple’s HomePod featuring Siri. Samsung also has a smart speaker on tap, possibly ready in 2018, and it will come with Bixby.

Apple’s HomePod will feature an automatic pairing technology that will be based on a tone created by …

Samsung's president confirms a smart speaker is on the way to compete with Google Home

Following the Galaxy Note 8 announcement, Samsung is not slowing down at all. After confirming a new Gear S smartwatch will be unveiled on August 30, the South Korean company now claims a smart speaker is in the works as well.

Although Samsung’s officials previously said the company has no immediate plans to launch a smart speaker, Sammy’s president of the mobile division, DJ Koh confirmed such a device will be announced soon.

Moreover, Samsung’s president says that his company is very serious about offering a solid user experience at home with Samsung devices, which is why it will …

Anker SoundCore Boost Bluetooth speaker Review

Introduction
Founded in 2009 by a group of then Google employees, Anker has made a name for themselves in the world of smartphone accessories. Known for reliable cables, chargers, and power banks, the company has also delved into the audio market, producing various lines of Bluetooth speakers and headphones, which, like their other accessories, became known for their reasonable price, and solid performance. While the company may not be the most prominent name in audio technology, they’ve drawn comparisons to heavy-hitters like Bose and JBL. Today, we take a look at their SoundCore Boost 20-Watt …

Harman Kardon's Cortana-enabled speaker, the Invoke, makes its way through FCC

The Invoke, a Cortana-enabled Bluetooth speaker by Harman Kardon, has stopped by the FCC leaving us with some new pictures, details on specs, and the user’s manual. Previous leaks have revealed the setup process for Android, as well as what appeared to be Windows 10, offering us insight into what information Cortana will have access to and which apps will have built-in support. The speakers latest stop at the FCC lends us the most details we’ve seen yet, however.

According to the Invokes user manual, the device supports playback for AAC, MP3, Vorbis, …

Xiaomi unveils its own $45 smart speaker

Yesterday we told you about Facebook’s recently rumoured endeavor to develop its own smart speaker, and also rambled on for a bit about how more and more big-name tech enterprises are looking to enter the niche of clever speaker devices.

Today we have had yet another entry on the list, as Xiaomi became the latest of companies to launch its own smart speaker, dubbed the Mi AI Speaker, which it unveiled at its MIUI 9 event. Xiaomi’s device will utilize voice-controlled features and would allow customers to control other smart Xiaomi products by voice, such as light switches …

Smart speaker calls cops to break up a domestic disturbance

We know how useful smart speakers can be. Pairing a speaker with a virtual assistant allows users to activate smart appliances (like lights, thermostats, entertainment systems etc.), stream music playlists, obtain information like the weather, sports scores and the news. Depending on the model, you can send texts and even make and take phone calls. And as a mother and daughter in New Mexico discovered the other day, certain smart speakers will call the cops in the middle of a domestic dispute.

A week ago, Eduardo Barros was house-sitting in Tijeras with his girlfriend and her daughter. A …

Bluetooth speaker and wearables maker Jawbone is officially dead

The writing has been on the wall (and ceiling, and floor) for quite some time, but it’s now official: Jawbone, maker of various wearables and Bluetooth speakers, is dead. Well, mostly.
Sources of both The information and The Verge have independently confirmed that the company has entered liquidation proceedings, and will be shutting down. Meanwhile, its switch to vaguely described health products has shifted to a new company, called Jawbone Health Hub, along with its CEO, Hosain Rahman, and an unknown quantity of existing Jawbone employees. The …

Pioneer pioneered a Lightning-powered portable speaker for iPhones and iPads

Pioneer is launching a new accessory for iPhones and iPads called Rayz Rally. It is the first Lightning-powered portable speaker on the market, and it is intended to serve mainly as an easy-to-use, pocket-size conference call system.

Now, when we say that the Pioneer Rayz Rally is powered by Apple’s Lightning interface, we mean that literally. Instead of having its own battery, the speaker draws power from the device it is connected to, so the user doesn’t have to worry about keeping the accessory charged. Of course, this also means that it will shorten your iPhone’s …