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Topic: HomePod

Everything new with HomePod in iOS 13

06/08/2019, 12:06 pm

Alongside iOS 13 and macOS Catalina, the HomePod will be gaining an array of new features making it a far more capable device. Let's go through all the new features arriving for HomePod with iOS 13.

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Apple's quiet update to Siri Shortcuts brings the niche tool into the mainstream

06/07/2019, 11:06 am

You're either a Siri Shortcuts fan, in which case the new features will absolutely delight you, or you've never looked at it. In which case, Apple wants to help you find out how useful Siri Shortcuts are for you.

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Spotify, Pandora, and other music apps could gain Siri playback controls

06/05/2019, 01:06 pm

Siri could be used to play music from third-party streaming services like Spotify in iOS 13, iPadOS, and HomePod, with a change to SiriKit enabling verbal control of tracks and podcasts being played in non-Apple apps via the virtual assistant, without requiring the use of Siri Shortcuts.

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Apple's deal to sell on Amazon directly is crushing small resellers by design

05/21/2019, 10:05 am

Apple's deal to get an official presence on Amazon has resulted in not just Apple being forced to share data on sales with Amazon, but also many smaller resellers either going out of business or struggling with alternative platforms like eBay, Etsy, and Walmart.

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Apple wins Creative Marketer of the Year award at prestigious Cannes Lions

05/21/2019, 07:05 am

It's the first time Apple has won Creative Marketer of the Year despite decades of other awards from the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, including plaudits in 2018 for its Today at Apple program.

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New global smartspeaker data shows Apple's HomePod remains a bit player

05/20/2019, 09:05 am

Apple and the HomePod remain a marginal factor in the global smartspeaker market, not even in the top five brands, according to new research estimates.

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HomePod's multi-user support could use iPhones to secure Siri queries using personal data

04/25/2019, 08:04 am

The HomePod could offer support for Siri with multiple users in the future without worrying about a user's personal data being accessed, with Apple coming up with a method to authenticate the speaker is authorized to make potentially sensitive queries using the presence of a nearby iPhone.

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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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