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Topic: HomePod

Editorial: More companies need to temper their Artificial Intelligence with authentic ethics

05/25/2018, 08:05 am

When Apple outlined that its new HomePod didn't initiate phone calls on its own, nobody jumped to the conclusion that this was because having a device in your home that anyone's voice could use to place a telephone call from your personal mobile number might be a bad idea. Instead, the company was generally lambasted for "again" failing to match one of the many features of Amazon's Alexa Echo always-listening appliances.

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Google takes top spot in global smart speaker market, HomePod nowhere to be found

05/23/2018, 04:05 pm

In a smart speaker marketshare leaderboard not yet cracked by Apple's HomePod, Google has overtaken Amazon according to new research data.

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Inside Consumer Reports: Controversies surrounding the MacBook Pro and HomePod

05/23/2018, 11:05 am

Enthusiasts have questioned Consumer Reports' assessments of Apple's products for many years. After looking at the test facilities, AppleInsider talked to Consumer Reports leaders about the various controversies of the past.

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Inside Consumer Reports: How iPhone, iPad, Mac, and HomePod testing is performed

05/22/2018, 10:05 am

After years of controversies over Consumer Reports' assessments of Apple products, AppleInsider paid a visit to the organization's headquarters for an inside look at the testing process.

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HomeKit Insider #002: How to troubleshoot Bluetooth accessories with HomeScan

05/21/2018, 11:05 am

Nailing down issues with HomeKit gear can be very difficult without the right tools. AppleInsider tales a look at a way to troubleshoot problems with Bluetooth accessories.

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Apple HomePod competitor Sonos lays off 96 employees ahead of expected IPO

05/18/2018, 12:05 am

Wireless speaker manufacturer Sonos on Thursday revealed plans to cut 96 employees from its workforce in a bid to boost profitability, a move that comes just ahead of an expected initial public offering said to be valued in the billions.

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Apple sold about 600,000 HomePods in the first quarter

05/17/2018, 03:05 pm

Apple may have shipped just 600,000 HomePods during the March quarter, according to an estimate published on Thursday, giving it 6 percent of the fledgling smart speaker market.

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Deals: 2016 15" MacBook Pro (512GB) for $1,699; Apple HomePod for $329; 2017 iPad on sale for $269

05/09/2018, 11:05 am

Wednesday deals are here and shoppers can grab a 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 512GB SSD for $1,699, the lowest price anywhere. Apple's HomePod is also on sale for $329, while the 2017 iPad is $60 off with no tax in most states.

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Video: Wishlist of features and fixes Apple could give the HomePod during WWDC 2018

05/08/2018, 09:05 am

The HomePod shows considerable promise, but even at launch, Apple's smart speaker didn't include all of the features that could help it defeat all of its competitors. AppleInsider writes up a wishlist of things Apple could change to make the HomePod even better.

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Deals: Apple HomePod on sale for $329 today only; 13" MacBook Air from $869; $240 off 2017 27" iMac 5K

04/30/2018, 11:04 am

Monday deals have arrived and if you've been waiting to purchase an Apple HomePod, today is your chance to save $20 instantly with no tax outside NY and NJ. Two popular Mid 2017 27" iMac 5K systems are also $240 off with our exclusive coupon, while current 13" MacBook Airs are $130 to $200 off instantly.

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Amazon unveils $79 Echo Dot Kids Edition, shipments start in May

04/25/2018, 10:04 am

Amazon seeks to widen its smart speaker lead with a new product intended for children's use, that comes pre-packed with parental controls, and access to some of Amazon's subscription services included in the purchase price.

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Wish list: HomePod needs an officially adjustable EQ, and much better Siri at WWDC

04/24/2018, 02:04 pm

After spending a few months with Apple's home speaker, the hardware execution remains fantastic, but the software weaknesses in the HomePod are becoming increasingly apparent. The disparity between the two got us thinking about how we would like to see HomePod improve in the future.

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Editor of Spike Jonze's HomePod ad details production process

04/23/2018, 06:04 pm

Apple already gave us a behind the scenes look at the making of their incredible HomePod commercial starring FKA Twigs and directed by Spike Jonze. Now, Frame.io offers a closer look at the technical side of the production in an interview with editor Jeff Buchanon.

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Siri on Apple HomePods being triggered by ad for NBA on TNT

04/20/2018, 09:04 am

Advertisers are beginning to target the wakeword for Apple's Siri assistant in the same way they've previously gone after Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant users, anecdotes suggest.

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Libratone Zipp: Can this AirPlay speaker best Apple's HomePod?

04/19/2018, 05:04 pm

Libratone's Zipp speaker is a customizable and powerful speaker that is sure to liven up any room whether at home or on the go. Its surprising list of features, not to mention inputs, makes it one of the best speakers you can add to your home.

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Apple considers cheaper HomePod in face of lackluster sales

04/13/2018, 12:04 pm

Ming-Chi Kuo has chimed in on low HomePod demand, estimating Apple will only sell between 2 million and 2.5 million units through the end of the year, well below market expectations. He adds the company is considering a low-cost version of the device to boost adoption.

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Wish List: 14 new HomeKit features we want to see from Apple

04/13/2018, 11:04 am

Compared to where it was only a couple years ago, HomeKit has progressed immensely. The number of supported accessories is growing exponentially, third-party apps are increasingly powerful, and Apple continues to add additional features and functionality. Now that WWDC is approaching, we wanted to think about how HomeKit could most improve.

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AppleInsider Podcast discusses CarPlay's future, HomePod orders, Facebook, and more

04/13/2018, 08:04 am

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mike talk about whether or not sales are soft for the HomePod, and what Apple could do about it, as well as Zuckerberg's appearance in DC.

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Apple again said to cut HomePod orders on poor sales performance

04/12/2018, 10:04 am

A report out of China citing supply chain sources claims that Apple is already reducing its sales forecast for the HomePod, and is cutting orders for the next few months.

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Channel checks, sales data on HomePod likely as wrong as it was about Apple Watch in 2015

04/12/2018, 06:04 am

Without actually presenting any hard data on sales, a new report has claimed Apple's HomePod sales are "weak," based on supply channel checks and data from Slice Intelligence--the same two sources that were used to suggest Apple Watch sales were "collapsing" three years ago.

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