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Topic: HomePod

Future Apple HomePod could customize audio experience to suit multiple users in the same room

04/16/2019, 08:04 am

A future HomePod audio system may take a nearby user's position into account when playing sound, including creating separate stereo experiences for individuals in different places, and automatically adjusting the audio or even turning it off if the listener moves out of the room.

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Editorial: How AirPods and Shortcuts shifted Apple's Siri story and blunted Amazon's Alexa Echo threat

04/14/2019, 07:04 am

Two years ago there was no shortage of media coverage imagining that Apple's entire hardware business was about to be eclipsed by a new voice-first world where Amazon's Alexa, Google's Assistant and perhaps even Microsoft Cortana would shift consumer and developer attention away from iPhone apps and toward stationary Internet-connected microphones running ambient "skills." Why didn't that actually happen?

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Editorial: HomePod is as powerful as the iPhone 6, so let's have an App Store for it

04/11/2019, 02:04 pm

Amazon and Google have the reputation for selling smart speakers with far more features than Apple's HomePod. Yet Apple's brilliant music player is really a powerful device that just needs an App Store to make it the smartest speaker of them all.

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Thousands of Amazon workers are listening in on Echo audio, report says [u]

04/10/2019, 08:04 pm

In a bid to enhance its in-house Alexa voice recognition technology, Amazon reportedly employs thousands of people around the world to listen, transcribe and annotate audio clips recorded by Echo devices.

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Here are the best ways to get radio broadcasts to play on your HomePod or iPhone

04/06/2019, 07:04 am

Tips: It's easy to use AirPlay with a radio station's stream, but with a few steps, and an app or two, you can turn Apple's HomePod in conjunction with your iPhone or iPad into a fantastic, and flexible radio player.

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HomePod now $299 in US, similar cuts made worldwide

04/04/2019, 07:04 am

Apple has permanently lowered the retail price of the HomePod to $299 in the U.S, a $50 cut from the launch price.

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Apple HomeKit seen 'gaining traction' in smarthome accessories towards 2023

04/01/2019, 08:04 am

As the number of smarthome devices approaches a forecast 1.56 billion in 2023, ones compatible with Apple's HomeKit should finally gain more "traction," according to research firm IDC.

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How to make and receive phone calls on HomePod

03/07/2019, 03:03 pm

Apple doesn't promote this and it wasn't available when HomePod first launched, but since iOS 12 you've been able to ignore your iPhone and make or receive all your calls through the company's smart speaker.

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Apple rolls out changes to female British voice on HomePod and iOS

03/05/2019, 02:03 pm

Apple has made another change to the British voice of Siri on its devices, with iOS and HomePod users now able to hear an updated version of the female voice following similar upgrades recently made to the male version in February.

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Apple hunts for program manager to help respond to Siri criticisms

03/04/2019, 10:03 am

Apple is searching for a Siri engineering program manager to keep tabs on how the world is reacting to the AI assistant and transform any criticism into real-world improvements.

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Daily deal roundup: $799 2018 iPad Pros (256GB), $799 MacBooks, $102 iPhone SE, $1,549 15" MacBook Pros

02/22/2019, 02:02 pm

Friday deals are in effect now with some of the lowest prices seen to date on popular hardware. From 2018 256GB 11-inch iPad Pros for $799 ($150 off), to current 12-inch MacBooks for $799, and Apple's 32GB iPhone SE with 60 days of service for $101.99 with coupon, these deals are valid for a limited time only while supplies last.

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Apple HomePods are on sale for $234 ($115 off) today only

02/22/2019, 01:02 am

Amazon-owned Woot has just issued an aggressive discount on refurbished HomePods, delivering the lowest price anywhere on the smart speaker in your choice of Space Gray or White. Priced at just $234.99, this flash deal is valid today only while supplies last.

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HomePod sales up in fourth quarter, Amazon and Google extending lead

02/19/2019, 11:02 am

Smart speakers such as the HomePod have helped almost double the global shipments of the product category in the fourth quarter of 2018, but while Apple's speaker is seeing increased sales, it is seemingly falling behind its rivals in terms of overall market share.

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Apple changes British & Australian Siri voices on HomePod

02/13/2019, 11:02 am

Apple has stealthily updated Siri's British and Australian voices on the HomePod, apparently seeking to make them clearer and more natural-sounding.

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HomePod holding at 6 percent of growing US smartspeaker market

02/05/2019, 01:02 pm

The HomePod took 6 percent of the install base for U.S. smartspeakers in the December quarter, new research data claims, illustrating the uphill battle Apple faces versus Amazon and Google in an emergent marketplace flooded with cheaper alternatives.

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Last call: $279 iPads and HomePods, $1,199 MacBook Pros, $800 off loaded 2017 15" MacBook Pro

02/05/2019, 11:02 am

New deals have arrived just in time for Valentine's Day. Pick up an Apple iPad or HomePod for just $279 (up to $70 off). Meanwhile, current non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pros are marked down to $1,199 -- and B&H has limited stock available of the 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro with 1TB of space and Radeon 560 graphics (now just $2,599 with a free sleeve).

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Apple rumored to sell Apple TV 4K, HomePod at cost

02/01/2019, 07:02 pm

Shedding light on Apple's hardware pricing strategy, and offering a glimpse into the company's push into services, blogger John Gruber claims the tech giant sells the current generation Apple TV 4K at cost and the HomePod at a loss.

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Today only: Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro on sale from $299, HomePods just $296 with coupon

01/31/2019, 10:01 am

While supplies last, Amazon-owned Woot has refurbished 9.7-inch iPad Pros marked down to just $299.99. Need more space? Upgraded 128GB Wi-Fi models are also on sale for $359.99, a discount of $390 off original MSRP. Apple's HomePod is also marked down to $296.10 with coupon today only, bringing the total savings to $54 off.

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Month-end Apple deals: $296 HomePods; $869 MacBook Airs; $999 12" MacBooks; $1,599 27" iMacs

01/29/2019, 01:01 pm

These Apple markdowns deliver the lowest prices available on current hardware, but the deals won't last long. Save hundreds on 12" MacBooks, 13" MacBook Airs, 27" iMac 5Ks, 2018 MacBook Pros and more.

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How to get started with a new HomePod, and get more out of it

01/19/2019, 08:01 am

Apple's HomePod starts with a simple setup and it ends with you forgetting you didn't always have music surrounding you. In between, though, there are details to consider about that first setup and many options for when you move the HomePod to a new room. AppleInsider takes a dive into the use of Apple's latest speaker.

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