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Facebook rumored to take on Apple HomePod with first two smartspeakers

02/15/2018, 11:02 am

Facebook is reportedly planning to launch not one but two smartspeakers by the end of July at the latest, joining the fray against Apple, Amazon, Google, and others.


Estimates peg HomePod build cost at $216, Apple's margin smaller than competitors

02/14/2018, 10:02 pm

According to the latest research from TechInsights, Apple is shelling out $216 to build HomePod, meaning margins from the tech giant's first smart speaker are much slimmer than those of its flagship iPhone line.


Another test finds HomePod frequency response flat, but results potentially meaningless

02/14/2018, 10:02 pm

An acoustical analysis of Apple's HomePod published Wednesday found the speaker boasts a relatively flat frequency response, characteristics often associated with accurate sound reproduction, but those results might be misleading.


Watch: The best Siri commands for HomePod

02/14/2018, 04:02 pm

Apple's HomePod is out and users are impressed by the smart speaker's premium sound quality, but some have yet to take full advantage of its voice control functionality. To help users get started, AppleInsider collected a few useful phrases and commands that highlight Siri's capabilities.


Bill Gates cautions Apple and other tech companies about arrogance inviting government interference

02/14/2018, 12:02 pm

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has warned Apple and other tech companies that they need to exercise care when dealing with governments over important issues, such as the San Bernardino fight between Apple and the FBI over a locked iPhone, suggesting the firms may be inviting government intervention for overtly arrogant actions.


Heads of US law & spy agencies say phones by Apple rival Huawei pose inherent national security risk

02/14/2018, 11:02 am

The heads of several U.S. law and spy agencies claim that smartphone buyers should avoid buying products from China's Huawei, since the company poses a risk of data theft and surveillance of users, but also are a danger to national security as well.


Akitio Thunder3 10G network adapter adds 10 gigabit ethernet connection to MacBook Pro, iMac using Thunderbolt 3

02/14/2018, 10:02 am

Enclosure manufacturer Akitio has started to ship the Thunder3 10G Network Adapter, an accessory for an iMac or MacBook Pro offering connectivity to an ethernet network at speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, all passing through a Mac's Thunderbolt 3 port.


Apple's wearables business nearly size of Fortune 300 company, CEO Tim Cook says

02/13/2018, 10:02 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook provided a bit of color on the company's wearables business during Tuesday's shareholders meeting, saying combined Apple Watch, AirPods and Beats headphones revenue is nearing that of a Fortune 300 company.


Acoustic testing finds HomePod's adaptive audio tech delivers highly consistent sound

02/13/2018, 06:02 pm

In its advertising push for HomePod, Apple has touted its smart speaker as capable of delivering consistent sound to listeners positioned anywhere in a given room. New testing backs up those claims, and offers insight into how the company accomplished such a feat.


How to play anything on your HomePod, including vinyl records, with Airfoil and a Mac

02/13/2018, 01:02 pm

Apple's HomePod may be limited in connectivity, but thanks to its support for the legacy AirPlay standard, it's possible to connect basically anything you want to it over Wi-Fi. One of the best ways to do this is with the Airfoil app, available from longtime Mac developer Rogue Amoeba.


First look: IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station returns legacy ports to MacBook, MacBook Pro in a portable package

02/13/2018, 08:02 am

The IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station with Power Delivery Pass-Thru is a port-replacement peripheral for USB 3.1 type C gear -- but isn't perfect for 4K.


See Apple's HomePod take on the competition in our ultimate smart speaker sound comparison

02/12/2018, 05:02 pm

AppleInsider puts HomePod's sound quality to the test against four smart speaker competitors, Sonos' One, Amazon's second-gen Echo, Google Home and Google's Home Max, in this comprehensive comparison. Find out which comes out on top.


Google's next big Android update to support iPhone X-style 'notches'

02/12/2018, 10:02 am

The next major iteration of Android, due later this year, will reportedly support devices with "notches" like the one on Apple's iPhone X -- as well as other unusual display designs.


Apple Park drone footage shows not-quite complete campus, continued landscaping

02/12/2018, 09:02 am

The drone flights around Apple Park have not stopped following opening of the campus, with the latest footage showing still-progressing landscaping, and most of the facilities very near 100 percent completion.


HomePod review: Your mileage may vary, but crank it up for the ride

02/11/2018, 08:02 am

I love Apple's HomePod, and I want one in every room of my house. But I also kind of hate HomePod for its reliance on Siri. Like any messy relationship, it's complicated. If you can get over the personal assistant's numerous shortcomings, you'll find that HomePod is a fantastic sounding compact speaker, but also potentially the start of something much better.


Test finds HomePod's Siri 'at the bottom of the totem pole' in smartspeaker AI

02/10/2018, 07:02 pm

While the Apple HomePod is the "best sounding" smartspeaker and has a "measurably better" user experience in many areas, its underlying AI assistant -- Siri -- failed dramatically in a query test versus Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana, according to Loup Ventures.


Tune HomePod's sound using equalizers in iOS and macOS

02/10/2018, 12:02 am

From multi-array microphones for far-field listening to beamforming tweeters and dynamic audio processing powered by a beefy A8 processor, HomePod is a compact marvel of technology. Despite its smarts, users are unable to access audio output settings as they would a traditional speaker or even Bluetooth devices marketed by companies like Sonos.


This week on AI: Apple's HomePod arrives, 2018 iPhone modems, 'iBoot' code leaks

02/10/2018, 12:02 am

Originally intended to ship in December, the HomePod made its long-awaited debut on Friday. While the smartspeaker dominated headlines, Apple meanwhile dealt with a source code leak, and Intel was rumored to score a coup with 2018 iPhones.


How to trigger Siri on your iPhone instead of HomePod

02/09/2018, 08:02 pm

With HomePod, accessing Apple's Siri technology is more convenient than ever. But users might want trigger the virtual assistant on an iPhone rather than a speaker that blasts answers to anyone within earshot. Here's how to do it.


Despite being a HomeKit accessory, HomePod does not work within custom triggers or scenes

02/09/2018, 03:02 pm

Though HomePod integrates with Apple's HomeKit, and even shows up as a smart home accessory within the iOS Home app, it cannot be used as a part of an automated trigger or custom scene.