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 …

Incredibly lifelike Stormtrooper helmet mini portable speaker plays tunes for the Empire

Always count on Firebox to deliver something fresh and individual to the gadget realm! The cool stuff shop has this incredibly authentic mini Stormtrooper speaker that seems able and ready to defend the Empire from the Republic scum by blasting tunes from its 2W driver. It’s not surprising that the Bluetooth speaker looks so true, for it is actually modeled from an original Stormtrooper helmet prop dating from 1976. Hence why it looks a bit different from the helmet you probably know best.

Like any self-respecting portable speaker, this one too has a bundled microphone, …

19% of Apple buyers are very interested in purchasing the HomePod smart speaker

It shouldn’t be a surprise that consumers who typically purchase Apple devices are more interested than the general public in buying Apple’s newest product, the HomePod smart speaker. Among 2,000 Apple buyers, 19% are very interested in purchasing the smart speaker which was unveiled at WWDC earlier this month. 13% of the general public said that they were very interested in the product.

With a head start and the advantage of creating the category, Amazon’s Echo and Dot are the numbers one and two favorite smart speakers according to the survey. The pair are followed by the already launched …

With the smart speaker market getting crowded, Google Home is the subject of a new ad

With the announcement earlier this week that Apple will be selling a smart speaker called the Apple HomePod, it adds another player to a market that is suddenly overflowing with manufacturers. Amazon, which introduced the category with 2014’s Echo, recently introduced a model called Echo Show that features a touchscreen. While Apple ‘s new device won’t be launched until December, the Harman Kardon Invoke, which includes Microsoft’s Cortana AI assistant, will be released this fall.

At last count, Amazon owns a 70.6% share of the smart speaker market. Google Home is second with a 23.8% …

What to expect from Apple WWDC 2017: iOS 11, watchOS 4, new iPads, Apple's smart home speaker

Time really does fly — as if we just welcomed 2017 a few days ago, and lo and behold, the time is already nigh for Apple’s first major keynote event for 2017. 
As most iOS users and Apple fans are aware, the special event we are talking about is none other than WWDC ’17, the annual developer summit that usually marks the official announcement of the next version of iOS, often gives us a sneak peek at new hardware products in Cupertino’s pipeline, and always sparks lots of interest for users and media outlets alike.
This year’s …

Apple's Siri smart speaker said to be in production; WWDC unveiling days away?

One of the biggest tech products in the last few years has absolutely nothing to do with Apple. The smart speaker is a whole new category that was created by Amazon back in 2014, and includes an AI assistant called Alexa. That head start has allowed Amazon to control 70.6% of the market with Google’s Home smart speaker garnering a 23.8% share. Microsoft will have its own device called the Harman Kardon Invoke. This combines a premium Harman Kardon speaker with personal assistant Cortana.

Over the last few months, there has been speculation that Apple was working on a smart speaker of its …

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 …

Kuo: Apple's Siri-powered smart speaker to be priced higher than the new Amazon Echo Show

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 …