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]

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

Smart speaker surge set to peak in 2019: CES organisers

Tim Bradshaw in Las Vegas January 8, 2018 Amazon’s Echo and its ever-expanding list of rival smart speakers have brought the consumer electronics industry the sort of growth it has not seen in years — but analysts predict the surge may be short lived.  The explosion in smart speaker sales that began just a couple of years ago will peak as soon as next year, … Continue reading Smart speaker surge set to peak in 2019: CES organisers

Roku aims to take over home audio with its wireless speaker platform

Tying it all together is the Roku Entertainment Assistant, which will let you control the company’s entire platform with voice commands. You could, for example, say “Hey Roku, play rock music in the living room,” and it’ll start spitting out tunes from your soundbar. It’s not aiming to be a fully featured assistant like Siri or Alexa — it’s entirely focused on entertainment control. As … Continue reading Roku aims to take over home audio with its wireless speaker platform

HomePod smart speaker likely a no-show at CES, but Apple could win anyway

Phil Schiller, Apple’s marketing chief, showing off the HomePod at this year’s WWDC. James Martin/CNET Apple was planning to make a big splash in the smart speaker world this month with the release of its new $349, Siri-powered HomePod. Instead, the tech giant punted, postponing the launch until early next year. The delay delivered a quick one-two punch to Apple. The company ceded the holiday … Continue reading HomePod smart speaker likely a no-show at CES, but Apple could win anyway