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Josh.ai launches a ‘nearly invisible’ Amazon Echo competitor that’s the size of a coin

Josh.ai launches a ‘nearly invisible’ Amazon Echo competitor that’s the size of a coin In the past several weeks we’ve seen refreshes and product expansions from about every facet of the smart home virtual assistant world. Apple launched the HomePod Mini, Google offered a long-overdue refresh of the Google Home, and Amazon […]

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The smart speaker market is expected grow 21% next year

The smart speaker market is expected grow 21% next year New numbers from Canalys point to a strong growth in smart speaker shipments in Mainland China this year. The market is on track to grow 2020, having gotten the COVID-19 pandemic mostly under control in recent months. The rest of the world […]

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Apple HomePod update brings Intercom and other new features

Apple HomePod update brings Intercom and other new features Apple HomePod owners, starting today, will be able to use the newly announced “Intercom” feature to send messages between their HomePod smart speakers. The feature, which arrives via a software update, brings this and several other new features to Apple’s smart speakers, including […]

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This Week in Apps: Apple’s big event, lidar comes to iPhone, Android gets a new IDE

This Week in Apps: Apple’s big event, lidar comes to iPhone, Android gets a new IDE Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 […]

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What to expect from Apple’s ‘Hi Speed’ iPhone event

What to expect from Apple’s ‘Hi Speed’ iPhone event For starters, iPhones, of course. That one was easy. The company skipped out on new mobile devices during its recent Apple Watch event, owing to COVID-19-related delays. And, of course, the fact that the events are all pre-taped and virtual now means companies […]

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Connected audio was a bad choice

Connected audio was a bad choice The past week, I’ve spent ample time looking to revamp my home audio setup. I think my only qualification is that my next setup is as dumb as possible. In the past five years, my setup has gone from a fairly middling wired 2.1 speaker setup […]

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Apple said to be planning fall iPhone refresh with iPad Pro-like design

Apple said to be planning fall iPhone refresh with iPad Pro-like design Apple is readying a new iPhone for fall to replace the iPhone 11 Pro this fall, Bloomberg reports, as well as follow-ups to the iPhone 11, a new smaller HomePod, and a locator tag accessory. The top-end iPhone 11 Pro […]

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Amazon said to be launch new Echo speaker with premium sound next year

Amazon said to be launch new Echo speaker with premium sound next year Amazon is reportedly looking to offer an Echo that more directly competes with high-end speakers like the Sonos line of device of Apple’s HomePod, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The speaker should be released sometime next year, […]

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Apple’s HomePod gets a $50 price cut

Apple’s HomePod gets a price cut The HomePod got a healthy little price drop today, bringing Apple’s premium smart speaker down to $299. Announced in mid-2017 and released in early-2018, the Siri-powered product brought a very Apple approach to the category dominated by Amazon and Google, with premium sound and design at […]

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Over a quarter of U.S. adults now own a smart speaker, typically an Amazon Echo

Over a quarter of U.S. adults now own a smart speaker, typically an Amazon Echo U.S. smart speaker owners grew 40 percent over 2018 to now reach 66.4 million – or 26.2 percent of the U.S. adult population – according to a new report from Voicebot.ai and Voicify released this week, which […]

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