Qualcomm’s more power-efficient chip for smart speakers debuts

The semiconductors company is bringing out new silicon for what it calls the “second generation” of smart speakers. What does it entail?

Samsung demonstrates Infinity Flex Display with One UI

That foldable Galaxy smartphone will be coming fast and furious at us, but before that, let’s get to know the display that will be on it.

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We unbox our iPhone XS devices on the air and also tackle news on the Galaxy Note 9, OnePlus, 5G, Withings, Xiaomi and Amazon.

The Alexa microwave and all the other new Echo products from Amazon’s show

A myriad of speakers, plug-ins and other smart home appliances were shown off as Amazon slams hardware down for the fall season.

Galaxy Note 9’s Bixby key can’t be killed, but it shouldn’t be annoying

Galaxy Note 9 owners have been frustrated with the Bixby key after having accidentally pressed it time and time again. A software update should soothe.

Software update could finally let Galaxy Note 9 owners kill Bixby key

A software update could be coming within September to allow Galaxy Note 9 users to not get so frustrated if they accidentally press the Bixby key.

Samsung Bixby can order tickets from Ticketmaster

The largest ticket seller in the world has linked up with its latest voice assistant, Samsung’s own Bixby. Galaxy Note 9 users can now buy tickets.

LG TONE Bluetooth headsets updated with Google Assistant

Google Assistant comes to this series of Bluetooth headsets while a more affordable version with external speakers is also on the way.

Saint Louis University is placing Echo Dots in all of its dorm rooms

If you’re going to SLU, get used to hearing Alexa. A lot. If you want to opt out, all you do is unplug the device, finish the year and return the Echo Dot.

Samsung makes the Bixby speaker known as Galaxy Home

It turned out that Samsung used 160 of these smart speakers to power the presentation at its venue. But sound isn’t the only asset this speaker has.

Google Assistant’s Continued Conversations launching

If you have a Google Home speaker, feel free to keep talking after Google Assistant’s done. It’ll listen to you and respond back.

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BlackBerry has a new phone to last a weekend, feature a keyboard and much more while Apple has surged in software in some places and lagged in others.

Amazon unveils $120 Fire TV Cube streaming media player with Alexa

Pricier than a standard Fire TV or Echo smart speaker, Amazon’s new Fire TV Cube basically brings the two together with hands-free Alexa voice support.

Style-focused Amazon Echo Look goes mainstream, opening US sales at $200

You no longer need an invitation to be able to buy the Amazon Echo Look hands-free camera and “style assistant with Alexa” in the US.

Google Assistant-powered Lenovo Smart Display goes up for pre-order in two sizes

You can pay as little as $150 to secure an early copy of an Echo Show-contending Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant in 8 or 10.1-inch sizes.

$20 BOGO discount for a pair of Google Home Mini speakers

Two Google Home Mini speakers used to cost $98. Then they cost $78. Now, they’re only going to cost $58. That matches the all-time low price on the smart speaker.

Siri lets users carve Shortcuts and suggests things to do

The digital assistant gets a bit faster and will help iPhone, iPad, HomePod and Apple Watch users get to their favorite tasks faster with just a hot phrase.
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iOS 11.4 featuring AirPlay 2 roll out today, HomePod spreads

tvOS will be able to route Apple TV sound output to compatible AirPlay 2 speakers, such as the HomePod. Speaking of, it’s going to be available in three more countries soon.

WWDC 2018 takes top priority for Apple as press invitations are sent out

The homepage of its website has been completely plastered with WWDC. But there are only so many subtle hints we can get about what’s coming up.

Bixby 2.0 is on track to launch with the Galaxy Note 9 this year, and expand to many IoT products soon

You can add Bixby 2.0 to the so far short list of rumored Galaxy Note 9 upgrades, with Samsung’s digital assistant finally slated to receive a bunch of essential improvements in just a few months.

Fewer than 600,000 HomePod shipments in first quarter

The overall market grew a fair bit with the most improvement coming from Google. Still, it’s Amazon that’s pummeling Apple.

Republic Wireless launches Relay cellular walkie-talkie sales

The carrier intends for kids to connect with their parents more, not to a screen full of games, distractions and harmful content. It’s low-maintenance and relatively low cost.

Google Assistant voices, Google Photos Color Pop now available

A slate of new Google features are rolling out to consumers for use at their leisure. Except for Color Pop. You’ll learn why.

Alphabet chairman: Google Duplex passes Turing test

In a normal conversation (about making appointments, that is), a human may not be able to tell between Google Assistant and another human.

LG G7 ThinQ brings more noise, more screen, more AI

The speakers sound like a Boombox, the screen is actually a Super Bright Display and the AI CAM is more intelligent than ever before. LG officially makes the hard sell to consumers on the LG G7 ThinQ.