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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
You can sign up to learn about the Amazon Fire TV Cube
The design of the “Cube” was leaked late last year, but since the launch of the “Pendant” design, we haven’t heard anything about it until now.
Side-mounted LG G7 ThinQ button will reportedly be used for quick Google Assistant access
Drawing inspiration from Samsung’s last couple of flagship phone designs, the fast-approaching LG G7 ThinQ will let you press a side-mounted button to launch Google Assistant.
Spotify Car Player caught in Reddit thread from January
Seems like Spotify likes not only to test its marketing apparatuses out, but tease our minds with new hardware that it has wanted to put out.
Amazon Echo products, Fire tablets on big discounts only today
Several popular Amazon items are 20 percent off or more today, March 22. Why? Amazon loves to keep that reputation up with its customers.
Former employees say Apple leadership on Siri is failed
The employees say that executive visions for Siri have clashed with their own and have been slow to adapt to the competition.
Amazon Alexa now calling and texting on Fire, Android and iOS tablets
Perhaps the one thing your phone didn’t need was another way to text and call people. But maybe that’s where your tablet and Alexa can kick in.
One former Siri project leader is a little disappointed at Apple’s progress with it
In a way, with how Apple panned Siri out from the beginning and then over the past seven years, she was set up to not be anywhere close to perfect… or to grow as fast as Google or Amazon.
Huawei developing own AI assistant to supplant Alexa, Google Assistant
There’s been code dug up to show that this effort will primarily focus on China, where the market has been more muddled and untapped by behemoths Google and Amazon.
Google Assistant can basically do anything in TV ads starring John Legend, Sia and Kevin Durant
To prove how serious an Alexa and Siri competitor it’s already become, Google Assistant has booked several A-list celebrities to highlight its strengths.