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Bose’s House Speaker 500 combines Alexa with nice sound, for a worth

Bose Home Speaker 500 $399.95 View Product The Good Robust sound with strong bass • Sleek design gives it a premium feel • No distortion • even at high volumes • Alexa integration is good The Bad Painfully pricey • Display doesn’t do much • No way to share connected services across accounts The Bottom...CONTINUE READING

Amazon Echo Dot (2018) review: Alexa’s gateway drug is more potent than ever

Amazon Echo Dot (2018) $49.99 View Product The Good Good sound • Can pair with another Echo Dot for stereo • Elegant design • Still affordable The Bad Sound lacks bass • Power cord is now proprietary The Bottom Line Amazon’s 2018 refresh of the Echo Dot turns its entry-level Alexa product from a merely...CONTINUE READING

The Google Home Hub might be the best digital picture frame ever made

The Google Home Hub is aptly named. It’s certainly not the first product to lay claim to the term “hub” but it might be the first product to embody the word so fully. It’s not centered around a single use case — like, say, the Facebook Portal is built around video chat — but instead brings...CONTINUE READING

Facebook is set to launch its own smart home device next week

Facebook is apparently set to release its own video chat device, Portal, next week. As reported by Cheddar, the device is Facebook‘s first foray into consumer tech outside of Oculus, and is similar to Amazon’s recently-updated Echo Show. SEE ALSO: Facebook Dating wants to be the anti-Tinder The outlet’s source said the device will come...CONTINUE READING

Samsung’s Bixby-powered Galaxy Home will take on the Amazon Echo

Samsung is officially joining the smart speaker war. At its Unpacked event for the Galaxy Note 9’s grand introduction, Samsung also announced a new Bixby-powered smart speaker, the Galaxy Home, to compete directly with the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple’s HomePod.  SEE ALSO: Samsung‘s foldable phone-tablet might finally arrive in 2019 The smart speaker...CONTINUE READING

Details on Apple’s fall HomePod update are leaking out

A new report suggests that while Apple was hush about the HomePod at its 2018 Worldwide Developer Conference, new features are coming in the fall. French blog iGeneration is reporting Apple has seeded “HomePod OS 12” to select employees, rather than issuing a developer or public beta. It brings a bunch of features, and will...CONTINUE READING

TicHome Mini review: Smart speakers go portable… at a cost

TicHome Mini $99.99 View Product The Good Easy setup • Decent sound • Splashproof • Easy Bluetooth connectivity • Light and easy to carry The Bad No battery or on/off indicator • Hard-to-press buttons • Lacks some Google Assistant features • Sometimes unresponsive The Bottom Line The TicHome beats the Google Home Mini in some...CONTINUE READING

Apparently nobody’s buying Apple’s HomePod

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is not off to a good start. Despite receiving high praise for its incredible sound from a cadre of tech reviewers (Mashable included), HomePod sales have been really disappointing, Bloomberg reports. HomePod sales are apparently so bad Apple Stores have a stockpile of unsold inventory and have recently cut orders. SEE...CONTINUE READING
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