Buy your Google Home Mini smart speaker in bulk from Costco and save $15 on three

Costco is a membership warehouse club where items are purchased in bulk at a discount. And that explains why you can purchase three Google Home Mini smart speakers from Costco for $99.99, a $15 or 15% savings from Costco’s usual price of $114.99. The price, which is available to Costco members only, works out to $33.33 for each unit compared to the current $49 price tag that each Google Home Mini carries at the Google Store.

The deal expires on May 5th, and if you order from Costco’s online store, shipping will be free. Color options for the three-pack are charcoal or chalk. With the Google …


The best Amazon Alexa skills: make the most out of your Echo smart speaker

Amazon’s AI voice assistant, Alexa, currently has over 15,000 skills. That’s a lot. A lot more than you’d ever use, or need, or even imagine was possible. If you’re somehow not familiar with Alexa Skills, these are basically automated responses to voice commands that you can give out to your Alexa-enabled device and have it launch an app, start a playlist, give you the weather forecast, tell you a funny or unfunny joke, or whatever else. The possibilities truly are endless. And with the recent launch of Blueprints, Alexa’s horizons are about to broaden even further.

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Amazon Echo vs Google Home: which smart speaker fits you the best?

Smart speakers are a relatively new category of products that has been slowly embraced. They became a thing in late 2014 when Amazon launched its Echo – a tall cylindric speaker, with a built-in Alexa smart assistant, which you could control using your voice.
A few years later and we can see that the smart speakers market has developed a bit. Big manufacturers, such as Apple and Google, have already released their own AI-injected gadgets, making their first attempts to prevail in your home. And since there are more than a few options available, it can prove to …

Sleek Chromecast speaker with a vintage feel: Solis SO-7000 hands-on

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word Solis?

Probably something, like, related to the sun or something, right? Well, you’re wrong. Solis is a speaker manufacturer that offers some uniquely styled speakers with a focus on packing a punch for audio and features for better usability. Not to mention their products are competitively-priced. The Solis SO-7000 is one great example of this. Selling for $299, this 360-degree Bluetooth speaker adds Chromecast compatibility to its connectivity repertoire, while offering sleek looks and big sound to match.

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Deal: Ultimate Ears BLAST speaker and POWER UP dock bundle is 50% off at Verizon

The Ultimate Ears BLAST speaker could have been more successful if it didn’t have such a price tag attached to it. They usually sell for $230, but then you’ll have to buy the POWER UP dock to go with it, which is another $40.

It’s true that the speaker comes with Amazon Alexa integration and IP67 water resistance, but they’re still pretty expensive compared to what the competition has to offer.

The good news is if you’ve been eyeing the Ultimate Ears’ BLAST speaker, you can now get it for a lot less from Verizon. The US carrier is running a promotion on the accessory, so for a limited …

Take 20% off the Amazon Echo Dot (2nd generation); pick up the smart speaker for $39.99

What? You don’t own a smart speaker yet? The category remains hot as Amazon continues to add more capabilities to virtual assistant Alexa. You can find out the weather, sports scores and stock prices just by asking for them. Without tapping a button, you can turn on or off smart appliances, make a phone call, send a text, order a Lyft, set timers and alarms, and order a pizza.

And right now, you can purchase the Amazon Dot (2nd generation) for $39.99. That is a $10 or 20% savings from the usual price of $49.99. So if you don’t own a smart speaker, or can use a second one for another room, …

No Echo here: Apple reportedly cut orders for its HomePod smart speaker last month

Not every product Apple rolls out is a big winner. Whether it is the price or the fact that Apple came to the category late, the company’s HomePod smart speaker is not selling like Apple thought it would. According to someone familiar with the matter, in late March Apple cut its forecast of HomePod sales for the year, and reduced its orders for the device from contract manufacturer Inventec. Keep in mind that this took place less than two months after Apple finally started shipping the device. Originally expected to launch in December, Apple pushed back the release to February of this year.

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Spotify's rumored smart speaker could launch this month

Two months ago, we told you that based on job postings made by Spotify, the world’s largest music streamer was apparently in the process of building a smart speaker. Last month, we passed along video that showed Spotify testing its own in-house voice search feature. This could mean that instead of using Alexa or Google Assistant, Spotify is creating its own for use with the smart speaker. The device would compete against Amazon’s leading Echo line, the Google Home smart speakers, Apple’s HomePod and others.

The company has now sent out invitations for an event to be held on the morning of …

Spotify could launch a new in-car speaker on April 24

Spotify’s first hardware product could be just around the corner. It has been rumored for some time now that the music streaming company has been working on its own smart speaker. Thanks to a new ad spotted within the Spotify app, though, it now appears the company’s next product could be slightly more unique.

A new in-app pop-up seen by multiple users shows off what appears to be a new in-car entertainment product, which sports a disc-shaped design that is highlighted by a green, LED hue around the edge. Furthermore, a digital display covers the front portion of the device, …

The new Samsung Aurora speaker requires a docked smartphone

Samsung recently unveiled a new smart speaker prototype at the SXSW show for 2018. This news in itself is not very interesting. We have seen numerous companies unveil smart speakers over the last year or two. However, the prototype Samsung brought to the table differs from the rest in a significant way. The Aurora speaker is not very smart on its own, rather it uses your smart phone as the brains of the operation. As a matter of fact, the Aurora speaker does not have a mic, a processor or any other component that makes a speaker smart.

The device is a Bluetooth enabled speaker, with a section …