smart speakers

The time is right for Apple to buy Sonos

The time is right for Apple to buy Sonos

It’s been a busy couple of months for smart speakers — Amazon released a bunch just this week, including updated versions of its existing Echo hardware and a new Echo Studio with premium sound. Sonos
Amazon launches Alexa smart ring, smart glasses and earbuds

Amazon launches Alexa smart ring, smart glasses and earbuds

Echo Frames, Loop and Buds launched along with series of updates to previous productsAmazon wants its Alexa voice assistant to leave the home and be with you everywhere you go, and is turning to
Hands-on With Amazon’s New Gadgets: Echo Studio, Echo Buds, Echo Frames, and Echo Loop
Hands-on With Amazon’s New Gadgets: Echo Studio, Echo Buds, Echo Frames, and Echo Loop
Is Amazon’s Alexa ready to leave home and become a wearable voice assistant?

Is Amazon’s Alexa ready to leave home and become a wearable voice assistant?

Amazon’s device event today played host to a dizzying number of product announcements, of all stripes — but notably, there are three brand new ways to wear Alexa on your body. Amazon clearly wants to
These are all the Echo speakers Amazon showed off at its big event

These are all the Echo speakers Amazon showed off at its big event

Amazon showed off several new Echo speakers at its hardware event on Wednesday, including what is basically a talking nightlight. First and foremost is the basic Amazon Echo. Amazon refreshed its
Amazon Echo 2019 speakers and devices: Here’s the huge new hardware lineup

Amazon Echo 2019 speakers and devices: Here’s the huge new hardware lineup

The 2019 Amazon Echo lineup of devices includes updated smart speakers, a new smart lamp, and even smart glasses and rings.
Amazon wants to put microphones into your rings and glasses

Amazon wants to put microphones into your rings and glasses

At the end of its hardware event today, Amazon announced a new program for testing and selling its own experimental, limited-volume hardware: Day 1 Editions. The first of these new products is Echo
Amazon unveils the $199 Echo Studio, its answer to the Apple HomePod and Google Home Max

Amazon unveils the $199 Echo Studio, its answer to the Apple HomePod and Google Home Max

Today at a special event Amazon unveiled a bevy of new Echo devices including several aimed a bit upmarket. The Echo Studio is Amazon’s answer to the Google Nest Max and Apple HomePod. It’s larger
Google Home vs. Amazon Echo

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo

We compare the Google Home to the Amazon Echo. Both smart speakers have good qualities, but what happens when you compare their features side-by-side? We think one of these smart gadgets wins over the
What to expect at Amazon’s Alexa hardware event

What to expect at Amazon’s Alexa hardware event

Earbuds, home robots, and smart speakers are among potential news to be announced Wednesday at the biggest event of the year for Amazon's device division.
You can now talk to Alexa in Hindi, here’s how

You can now talk to Alexa in Hindi, here’s how

Alexa can now interact in the most spoken language in India.
Sonos Move review: Great outdoors

Sonos Move review: Great outdoors

The $399 Sonos Move is the company's first Bluetooth speaker. Made for life outdoors, it's still a big investment. Is it worth it? Here's our full review.
The Facebook Portal Smart Speaker Is Back, Now With More AI

The Facebook Portal Smart Speaker Is Back, Now With More AI

New models of Facebook's smart speaker plus camera start at $129, and offer improved tech to track body movements during calls.
Now any idiot off the street can answer your dumb Alexa questions

Now any idiot off the street can answer your dumb Alexa questions

Why get paid literal pennies to do menial Mechanical Turk work for a mega corporation when you can do the same thing for free? It is this very question, which Amazon apparently hopes you're too stupid
Apple HomePod is getting multi-user support but will that satisfy its critics?

Apple HomePod is getting multi-user support but will that satisfy its critics?

Apple's HomePod sounds amazing but has been criticized for being heavy on price and light on features. Some new abilities are coming, like multi-user support and radio stations. Do they go far enough?

HomePod will get smarter (and more chill) this fall

Apple didn’t mention HomePod during yesterday’s iPhone 11 event — but it certainly didn’t forget about it, either. Following the keynote, Apple quietly updated HomePod’s webpage. In doing so, it added
JBL’s colorful new wireless speakers brighten up any party or situation

JBL’s colorful new wireless speakers brighten up any party or situation

JBL just came out with a slew of new audio products for IFA 2019, including the colorful Pulse 4, the Link Music and Link Portable smart speaker duo, and three new soundbar packages.

Sonos took the mic out of its smart speaker for the $179 Sonos One SL

Sonos has a new entry-level connected speaker that will give you all of its multi-room, high-quality sound – without the onboard microphones and smart assistants of the Sonos One. The microphone-free
The new Sonos Port connects your existing stereo setup to Sonos and AirPlay 2

The new Sonos Port connects your existing stereo setup to Sonos and AirPlay 2

Sonos has a new addition to its ecosystem for connecting in your existing stereo and AV equipment, and for adding sound out and AirPlay 2 capabilities to existing speaker setups connected via an