The HomePod digs into the smart speaker market, as Tim Cook dubs it the first 'modern' one

From the folks that brought us endless fun comparing Apple’s new HomePod smarts to the Amazon Echo and Google Home, now comes a more scientific research which follows the market share that said HomePod managed to carve out after its launch on February 9th.
It turns out that Apple’s smart $349 speaker already has 3% of the growing market just two weeks after launch. Given that Google and Amazon are saturating the industry with 50-buck speakers, and even less on promotion, this is no small feat.
As to what people are using their smart speakers most for, that’s music, unsurprisingly, followed …


Beware, Apple: Spotify might soon make its own speaker, job adverts suggest

Music streaming company Spotify might soon join the ever-growing game of speakers. The speculations arose after numerous job adverts posted by Spotify were spotted – in which the company is looking to hire an ‘operations manager’, a ‘senior project manager: hardware productions’ and a ‘project manager: hardware production and engineering’. Also, the description of one of the ads says: “Spotify is on its way to creating its first physical products and setting up an operational organisation for manufacturing, supply chain, sales & marketing”, which are clues …

New Razer Phone deal gets you a free Leviathan Mini speaker ($179 value)

Back in December, one month after the Razer Phone hit the market, Razer offered a free Leviathan Mini wireless speaker (pictured below) with the handset, though only for a short period of time. Now, the promotional offer is back, but, again, it’s just for a couple of days – February 20 and February 21. 
This new deal is available exclusively on Razer’s official website. To receive the free Leviathan Mini, you’ll have to add the Razer Phone to your cart, and use this promotional code (minus the period) at checkout: DEALS18. Unfortunately, …

Deal: Grab the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker with Microsoft's Cortana at half price

It looks like both Harman Kardon and Microsoft are looking to get rid of the relatively new Invoke smart speaker powered by Cortana. The device made its debut on the market late last year, but it has already been the subject of some deep price drops.

Back in November, the Invoke went on sale for half off, even though it was launched on the market less than a month prior to that. If you missed the opportunity to grab the smart speaker when its price was reduced by 50%, you’ll be pleased to know the same deal is available once again.

Harman Cardon’s Invoke smart speaker is on sale at …

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 …

'Built like a tank': Apple's HomePod speaker gets 1 out of 10 score in repairability

Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker costs the whopping $279 to repair, and the latest teardown from the crafty folks over at iFixit comes to show why. The reason Apple is asking 80$ of the HomePod’s actual $349 cost to fix it if anything happens, is that it got a repairability score of 1 out of 10 on the iFixit scale. How come?

Well, the HomePod is apparently “built like a tank,” which is a double-edged sword, as it apparently means mesh-prying and adhesive removal that is not for the faint of heart, and can easily damage both the looks, and the internals of the device …

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 …

Need a great wireless speaker? The 16W Anker SoundCore Sport XL is on sale for $42, save big!

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If you’re on the hunt for a solid wireless Bluetooth speaker under the $50 range, we have good news for you. Anker’s 16W SoundCore Sport XL is now on sale. This model typically retails for $70 on Amazon, but you can grab one for just $42 – that’s a 40% discount …

Bummer, Apple's HomePod speaker may not let you stream Bluetooth audio

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker launch date is fast approaching next week, yet we are just now learning that you won’t be able to play audio on it vi… you guessed it… Bluetooth, despite that the HomePod is equipped with the latest high-range, low-power 5.0 version of the wireless connectivity standard. So, what are my options to run tunes on the HomePod, you ask? Well, straight from the newly updated audio sources list that Apple just posted:

While lock-up to the Apple ecosystem could pretty much be expected with ease, a full-bore such effort comes …