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Last call: $249 HomePods; $200 off 2018 MacBook Airs; $50-$100 off 2018 Mac minis; $249 iPads

12/24/2018, 11:12 am

Christmas Eve is the last day to scoop up Apple's HomePod for $249 ($100 off). Plus, save $150 to $200 on 2018 MacBook Airs with prices starting at just $1,049. Apple authorized resellers are also knocking $50 to $100 off nearly every 2018 Mac mini, while Amazon has 2018 iPads in stock for $249 while supplies last.

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YouTuber admits aspects of viral HomePod glitter bomb video were faked

12/21/2018, 10:12 am

A viral video featuring a booby-trapped HomePod box that pranked package thieves with a glitter bomb has been criticized for faking some of the reactions of the would-be "thieves," who were in fact acquaintances of friends of the video's creator.

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Siri accuracy dramatically improves in latest smart speaker showdown

12/20/2018, 11:12 pm

Siri on HomePod improved its standing in an annual smart speaker comparison carried out by analyst Gene Munster's Loup Ventures, with Apple's virtual assistant weathering a barrage of accuracy tests to place second behind Google Assistant.

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Last minute savings: $759 2018 iPad Pros, $249 2018 iPads, $100 off HomePods

12/17/2018, 10:12 am

Time is running out to snap up significant savings on Apple hardware and accessories just in time for Christmas. Find the lowest prices on 2018 MacBook Airs (starting at just $1,049 with a free USB-C hub), or save $250 to $350 on 2017 models. Apple's 2018 iPads are also on sale at $80 to $100 off, while HomePods are $249 while supplies last.

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Apple Music goes live for some on Amazon Alexa devices

12/14/2018, 01:12 pm

Three days days ahead of schedule, Amazon has made Apple Music available to at least some of its Alexa owners.

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Hot deal: Apple's HomePod on sale for $249 ($100 off) while supplies last

12/12/2018, 12:12 am

After originally selling out, B&H has brought back the incredibly popular $249 deal on Apple's HomePod with free expedited delivery. What's more, B&H will not collect sales tax in many states. Supplies are limited, so grab this deal while you can.

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Amazon Alexa & Google's Assistant are inexcusably terrible at knowing when they're called

12/11/2018, 10:12 am

As smart speakers continue to encroach into our lives, the cheaper ones from Google and Amazon need to get better at knowing when we do and don't want them to speak up.

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HomePod destined for launch in China and Hong Kong in early 2019

12/05/2018, 01:12 pm

Apple will be bringing the HomePod to China and Hong Kong, the company has announced, with the major markets set to be the next two regions where the smart speaker will be sold.

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Holiday gift guide 2018: Speakers that are sure to please the music lover on your shopping list

12/04/2018, 02:12 pm

Speakers are probably one of the easiest gift choices. You can spend a little on a portable Bluetooth speaker, or practically infinite amounts on whole-home audio. AppleInsider rounds up the best speaker gift ideas for this holiday season.

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Apple details Siri's machine learning upgrades for better listening on HomePod

12/03/2018, 11:12 am

Apple on Monday updated its Machine Learning Journal with a post by the company's Siri speech and audio software engineering teams, explaining how the company uses machine learning to help the HomePod hear people under tougher circumstances than iPhones and iPads.

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Lowest price ever: Apple's HomePod on sale for $249 ($100 off) with no tax in most states

11/14/2018, 12:11 am

Black Friday deals are in effect now with Apple's HomePod on sale for $249 at Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo after a $100 cash discount. What's more, B&H will not collect sales tax in many states, and shipping is free. Supplies are limited at the special price, and the offer is likely to sell out.

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Apple HomePods are on sale for $269 ($80 off) today only

11/03/2018, 04:11 pm

Woot is knocking $80 off Apple's HomePod in open box condition today only. Now $269.99 while supplies last, this is the lowest price anywhere for the smart speaker. Since Woot is owned by Amazon, Prime members can also take advantage of free shipping for added value.

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Shortcuts 2.1 update adds new weather, alarm & photo automations for iPhones & iPads

10/30/2018, 01:10 pm

Accompanying Tuesday's iOS 12.1 update is a new version of Shortcuts, Apple's custom automation tool, with a host of new possible actions.

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HomePod may land in Italy soon, following launches in Spain and Mexico

10/26/2018, 01:10 pm

The launch of the HomePod in Spain and Mexico on Friday has opened up speculation of the smart speaker's release in other countries, including an announcement about a rollout in Italy that could be revealed during the company's Oct. 30 event.

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Cook continues European tour with stop in Spain to promote HomePod launch

10/25/2018, 12:10 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed a continuing European trip on Thursday, making a stop in Madrid, Spain to help promote the HomePod a day ahead of its local launch.

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Apple's HomePod has similar market share to high-end Echo Plus, Google Home Max

10/22/2018, 01:10 pm

Although it has a following similar to other high end smart speakers, the Apple HomePod is still being eclipsed in the U.S. market by cheaper offerings by Amazon and Google, newly-published survey data suggests.

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Before China iCloud spy chip allegations, Bloomberg published these five incorrect stories about Apple

10/10/2018, 08:10 am

Media personalities have been bending over backward to find a way to square the claims made by Bloomberg in its "China Hack" story with a series of strongly worded denials from Amazon and Apple insisting that the report was "wrong and misinformed." However, there is solid evidence that Bloomberg has previously published a series of false claims before, either from a lack of research coupled with bad perspective, or possibly to simply craft a dramatic narrative.

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As Apple's HomePod reaches multi-million unit sales, is a cheaper version necessary to compete?

09/21/2018, 12:09 pm

A new report took Apple to task for updating HomePod software rather than introducing a cheaper version to compete with Amazon and Google at the bottom of the smart speaker market. However, it also revealed that Apple new product surpassed sales of 3 million devices half way through 2018, with sales accelerating from its first quarter of availability.

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Being practical about iPad Pro, Mac mini, iMac and other possible Apple launches in October

09/17/2018, 03:09 pm

We can't even guarantee that there will be another Apple Special Event in October -- yet that hasn't stopped, squashed, or even dented the rumors of how great it will be. AppleInsider looks at the facts behind other October events, and what could still be on the way.

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HomePod adds phone calls, improved Siri, search by lyrics in software update

09/12/2018, 03:09 pm

Near the end of the "Gather Round" keynote Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced some updated features for HomePod, including improved Siri functionality -- and they have now arrived.

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