Smart Speaker

Apple has been secretly working on HomePod for years

Apple started working on its HomePod smart speaker back in 2012, one year after Siri debuted on the iPhone 4s, a new report claims.<p>Since then, the project was cancelled and restarted several times to reach its current point.<p>The in-depth story claims that, when the Amazon Echo first shipped, Apple …

Amazon Echo

Six gadgets that work with your smart speaker to automate your home

Get some friends for your Google Home or Amazon Alexa.<p>The Google Home and Amazon Echo speakers make dumb homes smart in an instant, and for a relatively low price point—you can pick up the smallest members of the Home and Echo lines for $50 (or even less during sales season). While both smart …

Home Automation

Amazon’s Echo Show Regains YouTube Access, Also Gets Vimeo and Dailymotion Videos

YouTube has returned to the Echo Show: Amazon’s smart speaker with integrated display is once again able to play videos from YouTube, and the company …

Amazon

Black Friday smart home deals to help you connect the halls

It's not just TVs -- Black Friday is a great time to score a bargain on smart home gadgets, too. Here are all of the deals we're tracking.<p>Chaotic as it may be, the weekend after Thanksgiving is a great time to score tech deals -- and that, of course, extends to the ever-expanding world of smart …

Smart Homes

There's reportedly a worry within Apple that delaying the HomePod smart speaker is a 'huge missed opportunity'

• <b>Apple's smart speaker was supposed to come out in December but it's been delayed until early 2018.</b>• <b><br>One reason for the delay may be a lack of institutional attention to the device, which is said to be organized in the "accessories" division of the company.</b>• <b><br>Even when it does come out, its voice</b> …

Business

Weirdness: Here's Two Pikachu-Enabled Smart Home Speakers Chatting With Each Other

What happens when you take a Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speaker and install the Pikachu Talk app? The cutest thing ever of course! A Japanese …

Nintendo

Foxconn will join Inventec as a HomePod manufacturer

HomePod’s unexpected delay is expected to help contract manufacturer Foxconn, which is now said to be joining the supply chain in order to help …

Foxconn

Apple Delays HomePod Launch

There will be no HomePods under Christmas trees this holiday season. Apple announced on Friday that it will postpone the launch of its first smart …

Wireless

Apple’s HomePod Smart Speaker Release Delayed Until Early 2018

Apple on Friday announced it is delaying the release of its HomePod Siri-powered smart speaker until early 2018. The device was originally scheduled …

iPod

Apple Delays Launch of HomePod Smart Speaker

Apple Inc. has delayed the launch of its HomePod smart speaker to early next year. In a statement reported by several US technology websites, Apple …

Middle East

Apple delays HomePod until 2018, surrendering the smart speaker holiday market to Amazon and Google

Apple today announced that the HomePod smart speaker will no longer be made available this year, but rather in early 2018. Missing the holidays could be a major setback for the smart speaker, which will compete with Amazon’s Echo series, Google’s Home series, and other several other smart speakers …

Business

Apple delaying HomePod smart speaker launch until next year

Bad news for Apple customers hoping to purchase a HomePod before the end of the year. Apple has released a media statement saying it has pushed the HomePod’s release target into early 2018. HomePod was originally unveiled back at WWDC in June as a preview ahead of a promised December …

Wireless

Teenage Engineering reshapes smart speaker design

More than 6 months in the making, the collaborative project marries Raven's digital assistant technology with Baidu's online search prowess and …

Engineering

Amazon rolls out Alexa, Echo in Canada

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Amazon has brought its Echo line of smart speakers and the Alexa voice assistant to Canada, reports Engadget.<p>The e-commerce giant will also make its Prime Music service available to …

Amazon

Google Assistant getting new features and language support

Google Assistant already has plenty of powerful use case scenarios, but there’s always room to grow.<p>Google has just announced several new changes …

Google

Chinese tech giant Baidu launched a smart speaker and robots that will give people a 'sci-fi' experience

• <b>Beijing company Baidu announced the Raven H smart speaker and two robots called Raven R and Raven Q.</b>• <b><br>The smart speaker goes on sale in December but there's no launch date or pricing for the robots.</b>• <b><br>Baidu said the products will provide users with an experience once only seen in "sci-fi movies."</b><p>Baidu, …

Automation

Baidu Jumps Into Chinese Smart Speaker Fray With the Raven H

Baidu Inc. has unveiled a smart speaker designed to stake out a spot in a Chinese market bereft of competing Google or Amazon devices.<p>The Chinese …

Business

Amazon Echo Plus review: Smart speaker first, basic smart home hub last

Ahead of the holiday season, Amazon refreshed its Echo lineup. A smaller Echo is now the main smart speaker, and a bigger, slightly more capable Echo …

Home Automation

Amazon Echo Show review: An Echo with visual va va voom

Amazon’s uglified Echo Show is actually rather good – but it isn’t quite the perfect smart speaker<p>When the Amazon Echo Show first appeared in May …

Amazon

Baidu Raven H Smart Speaker Features A Colorful Design (Video)

Baidu is the last company to launch a smart speaker with their new Baidu Raven H. As we can see from the photos the company has gone for a different …

Baidu

Google is taking its smart speaker battle with Amazon to movie theaters across the country

• <b>Google is touting the Google Home Mini through an experiential marketing campaign running through the holiday season.</b>• <b><br>It is running an ad for the smart speaker in 200 movie theaters across the US that actually triggers the theater's lights to dim at the end.</b>• <b><br>The activation is part of a broader and</b> …

Advertising

Baidu’s bold new AI hardware: A dancing home robot and a crazy colorful smart speaker

Chinese search giant Baidu is making its boldest move yet into artificial intelligence, unveiling a new line of AI-powered hardware called “Raven” — …

Science

This Amazon Alexa Accessory Is Unfortunately Named ‘DOX’

The ironic name choice underscores the fact that people are already concerned smart speakers are listening-in on their conversations.<p>To “dox,” according to Merriam-Webster, is to “publicly identify or publish private information about someone especially as a form of punishment or revenge.” The …

Amazon Alexa

‘Hey Siri, buy $100 Bitcoin for the burglar guy’

Apple will apparently bring FaceID to its long-awaited HomePod smart speaker systems next year, but voice assistant tech may be a weak link in …

Report: Apple to bring Face ID to the HomePod with next-generation model

The first generation of Apple’s HomePod smart speaker isn’t available to consumers until next month, but a new report from Nikkei is already looking to the future. The report suggests that Apple may be working to include its Face ID technology in HomePod by 2019…<p>The report cites a quote from David …

Apple

Why you should always be polite to your smart speaker

How should you address a 5-GIG capable voice-activated, computerised nerve centre?<p>What do you call a massive gorilla with a sub machine gun?<p>“Sir” - …

Automation

Apple has had an incredible 2017

• <b>After reporting strong earnings this week, Apple is on its way to becoming a trillion-dollar company.</b>• <b><br>Much of its success is due to its string of successful product launches this year.</b>• <b><br>Thanks to those new and updated products, Apple's lineup has never looked stronger.</b><p>The year isn't over yet, but it's …

Technology

The TicHome Mini smart speaker is a Google Assistant you can shower with

The TicHome Mini is a welcome newcomer in the world of smart speakers. It brings some excellent features that currently aren’t available on other Google Home devices, such as IPX6 splash-resistance and a built-in battery. Pound-for-pound it’s the most feature-packed smart speaker I’ve tested.<p>At …

Technology

10 tech gifts you should buy before they sell out this holiday season

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Anyone who's gone through a holiday shopping season trying to find the "It" thing for the year knows the panic of having it sell out and …

Google Pixel

Roku Acquired Danish Multi-Room Audio Startup for $3.5 Million

The evidence that Roku is working on a smart speaker product is mounting: The streaming device maker acquired Denmark-based multi-room audio startup …

Startups