Need a new rugged Bluetooth speaker? Try the LifeProof Aquaphonics

LifeProof, maker of high-quality protective cases for many mobile devices (including Samsung’s Galaxy S8), today announced its very first family of Bluetooth speakers. Called LifeProof Aquaphonics, the series includes three portable speakers of different sizes: Aquaphonics AQ9, Aquaphonics AQ10, and Aquaphonics AQ11. 

All three speakers are protected against dust, snow, and water, being able to withstand submersion in up to 3.3 feet (1 meter) of water for up to 30 minutes. The speakers are also drop-proof – up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) – and have built-in microphones for speakerphone …

Microsoft's Cortana powered Harman Kardon smart speaker is called the Invoke?

One of the most innovative new products of the last few years has been the Amazon Echo. This is a smart speaker that features cloud based personal assistant Alexa. The Echo led Google to come up with Google Home, which features Google Assistant inside. Last year, we told you that Microsoft was going to make its own smart speaker that would come with Cortana playing the role of virtual assistant. A Harman Kardon speaker will bring outstanding sound quality to the device.

Two months ago, the product received its Wi-Fi Alliance certification, and now we might have a name for the smart speaker. …

Deal: Beats headphones, portable speaker on sale at Apple for at least 25% off

Although they are not the best deals we’ve tracked since their release, some of the Beats headphones sold by Apple have been discounted for a limited time. On top of that, Apple offers customers an additional deal on the Beats Pill+ portable speaker.

The cheapest Apple product that you can have for a limited time are the Beats EP on-ear headphones that cost only $99.99 (reg. $149). Then, there are the Beats Solo2 Luxe Edition on-ear headphones that sell for $149.95, down from $200.

It’s worth noting that both Beats headphones models are available in all color …

Samsung to offer free wireless speaker with purchase of Galaxy S8 in some countries

Samsung will formally announce its new flagships for the first half of the year, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, tomorrow, March 29. Both are supposed to go on pre-order on the same day, though the information hasn’t been confirmed yet.

However, it looks like we already know how much they will cost since at least one European carrier listed the phones on its online store. Apparently, if you plan on getting either of the two smartphones, you’ll have to come up with €815 for the Galaxy S8 or €925 for its big brother.

The good news is Samsung has teamed up with some carriers and retailers to …

LG G6 will come with a free Google Home speaker in the US

The LG G6 isn’t available to buy in the US yet, but rumors have it that it’ll hit shelves (and online stores) starting April 7. Until then, you may want to find out that LG intends to offer a nice incentive to folks planning to purchase the new smartphone. According to TechoBuffalo, the LG G6 will come with a free Google Home smart speaker (normally priced at $129). 

To receive the gift, you’ll have to buy or pre-order an LG G6 in the US before April 30. The promotion should be detailed at (mind you, the website is currently …

Pre-order the Sony Xperia XZs and get a free Sony SRS-XB30 speaker

We learned last week that Sony’s flagship smartphone, the Xperia XZ Premium won’t hit the shelves until early June. But that’s not the only appealing high-end device announced by Sony at MWC 2017.

The Xperia XZs has been a bit overshadowed by its bigger Xperia XZ Premium brother, one of the few smartphones that were confirmed to pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor inside.

Well, the situation must change since the Xperia XZs will make its debut on the market much earlier than the Xperia XZ Premium. The smartphone is already available for pre-order in …

Looking back at the HTC Surround, with the slide-out surround sound speaker

One of the first Windows Phone 7 models to launch, the HTC Surround received its name from a specific feature. The phone was equipped with a slide-out Dolby speaker that presented surround sound with the tap of a button. Released in the U.S. on November 8th, 2010 as an AT&T exclusive ($199.99 with a two-year contract), the Surround came equipped with a 3.8-inch LCD display carrying a 480 x 800 (WVGA) resolution. Under the hood was the Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250 chipset containing a single-core 1GHz Scorpion CPU and the Adreno 200 GPU.

The Surround came with 448MB of RAM and 16GB …

Chat app Line partners with Sony and LG to develop AI assistant and smart speaker

Popular chat app Line is making a foray into the world of AI. The messaging service, which is particularly fashionable in Japan and South Korea, announced that it is working with Sony and LG to launch its very own intelligent personal assistant called Clova (short for Cloud Virtual Assistant).

Clova will be integrated into Line’s main chat app, but the company won’t stop there. The firm is also releasing a smart speaker called Wave which will aim to compete with the likes of Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home. These products are scheduled for release in Japan and South …

Harman Kardon speaker powered by Microsoft's Cortana gets certified

Google Home and Amazon Echo are among the most popular voice-activated speakers, but there’s enough room for other companies to join this relatively fresh market.

Microsoft is another major player that’s likely to adhere the fray, as the Redmond-based company plans to lend its Cortana personal digital assistant to Harman.

The information was confirmed by Harman back in December when the company published a video teaser of an upcoming voice-activated speaker. The new product by Harman Kardon would be powered by Microsoft’s Cortana.

Since the device …

LG is bringing a little floating speaker to CES

prnewswire2-a-akamaihd LG’s apparently not much for surprises at this year’s CES. The company has already announced a number of the devices it plans to debut at the show, including a bunch of smartphones and monitors. Maybe it’s still got enough up its sleeve to present some legit excitement – then again, maybe it’s holding back the big phone announcements for Mobile World Congress.… Read More

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