As HomePod proves divisive, what smart speaker do you think sounds best? [Poll]

It’s no secret that HomePod has been one of the more divisive Apple products to launch in recent years. Whether it’s because of sound quality or Siri capabilities, people either love Apple’s smart speaker or hate it. Now, we’re curious: If you’ve had the chance to try HomePod and some of its competitors, what smart speaker do you think sounds best? Spigen TEKA RA200 Airpods … Continue reading As HomePod proves divisive, what smart speaker do you think sounds best? [Poll]

The Orbit B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer makes watering smarter

Outdoor watering can be a messy but necessary task for both amateur and professional gardening aficionados. Do you give your plants too much water? Too little? When do you find time to take care of all your little green dependents? In addition, more than three-quarters of American households don’t have in-ground sprinklers in their yards, which necessitates manual watering of lawns, gardens or container plants … Continue reading The Orbit B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer makes watering smarter

Tim Cook explains what sets HomePod apart from existing smart speakers

As part of his one-day tour of Canada yesterday, Tim Cook offered an interview to the Financial Post following his visit to e-commerce platform Shopify’s headquarters. Cook used the interview as an opportunity to tout Apple’s efforts in augmented realty, as well as talk about the HomePod… Spigen TEKA RA200 Airpods Earhooks Cover Regarding AR, Cook reiterated his bullish views on the technology, saying that … Continue reading Tim Cook explains what sets HomePod apart from existing smart speakers

Gboard v6.9 prepares Smart Replies to messenger notifications, deeper Bitmoji integration, and more [APK Teardown]

Yesterday brought us a new version of Gboard, bumping the version number up to 6.9. There’s not much in the way of changes that you’ll see right away, but there is now a semi-hidden feature that will tell you about changes when they happen. However, a deeper look into the APK does reveal plans to add a feature that provides suggested responses to go with … Continue reading Gboard v6.9 prepares Smart Replies to messenger notifications, deeper Bitmoji integration, and more [APK Teardown]

Twist, the startup behind an AirPlay-powered smart light + speaker combo, abruptly shuts down without refunding customers

Update: In an email to 9to5Mac, Twist says that “the app works fine and the cloud services are paid for and covered for a long while.” Two years ago, we reported on Twist, a new smart home accessory maker aiming to take a different approach to smart home lighting. At the time, the company debuted an AirPlay-connected lightbulb and speaker system combo, but it now appears … Continue reading Twist, the startup behind an AirPlay-powered smart light + speaker combo, abruptly shuts down without refunding customers