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Sonos Introduces its First Portable Speaker Built for the Outdoors

Sonos wants us all to get a bit more fresh air as it introduces the Sonos Move, the first battery-powered Sonos speaker built for the outdoors, shown off at its event in NYC last month. As well as the Move, the event also gave a first look at other new products coming out of Sonos later this year. Read More >>

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Samsung’s First Bixby Speaker Still Isn’t Out, But Now There’s a Mini Version

More than a year ago, alongside the reveal of the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung announced that it was working on a smart speaker powered by its Bixby digital assistant called the Galaxy Home. And even though the original Galaxy Home still hasn’t gone on sale, it seems Samsung already has a Galaxy Home Mini in the works. Read More >>

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Google Reportedly Relaunching the Home Mini as the Nest Mini With Overhauled Features

Google is rumoured to be relaunching the Google Home Mini with overhauled features and dubbing it the Nest Mini instead. Read More >>

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Sonos’ New Bluetooth Speaker Leaks – Again

Say what you want about Sonos, the wireless speaker maker can’t keep its shit under wraps. The latest leak is its first-ever Bluetooth speaker. News of the device’s existence came earlier this month, but now there’s even more details and a name: the Sonos Move. Read More >>

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Everyone Is Equally Rude to Their Smart Speakers but Women Mind Their Ps and Qs

A recent survey claims that smart speakers' voice assistants understand men more than women, and that women are more polite, but the questions rely on subjective answers and interpretations of what participants are being asked. Read More >>

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The Government’s Added 12,000 Pieces of Data to Your Smart Speaker

Talking out loud to the government usually involves yelling "NO, I SAID SELF ASSESSMENT" down the phone to HRMC's robots, which then declare that the queue is too long and hang up on you. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Human Helpers Are Quietly Listening in on Some Alexa Recordings

There’s been a number of incidents where Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant has done things like misinterpret something it overheard and started sending random people recordings of private conversations, or audio files kept by the company wound up in the wrong hands. But a real-life stranger could potentially be listening to anything you tell Alexa by design, per a report in Bloomberg on Wednesday. Read More >>

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The Surprising Best Feature of Google Home

Despite the fact that there are now somewhere around 120 million smart speakers lurking in kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms around the United States, most people do not need Google’s Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa in their lives. In fact, I thought I’d never own one of these devices, out of principle. Why, after all, would anyone willingly install a corporate surveillance device with minimal features in their most intimate spaces? I don’t know, but somehow my house now has three of them. And I have to admit, I'm kind of into it—but not for the reasons I could have anticipated. Read More >>

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The Google Home Max is Half Price for a Very Short Time

If you've been hankering after a Google Home Max with its booming sound capabilities and self-adjusting acoustics, today is your lucky day: it's been temporarily slashed from £399 to £199 on the Google Store. Read More >>

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The NHS Will Use Alexa To Find At-Risk Patients

We've already heard that smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo might soon be able to call 999 for you (but in the meantime, please don't rely on Alexa to contact the authorities), and now it seems they'll perform another vital role in the UK. Read More >>

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Google Capitalises On Lack Of Echo Dots With Discounts

The Echo Dot speaker, officially Amazon's best-selling item of 2018, is out of stock. It's been out for a while, in fact, and it's not coming back until the 8th of March. Read More >>

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We Didn’t Want Cortana Smart Speakers Anyway, Says Microsoft

As smart assistants go, there are the favourites: Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and then there are the also-rans: Bixby and Cortana. Read More >>

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You Should Return the Amazon Echo You Bought and Get a Better Gift

So you bought a loved one an Amazon Echo. Maybe it was on sale, or maybe it was on someone’s list. But inevitably, an Echo is a bad gift. It’s also a lazy gift. But don’t worry. It’s not too late to return it and get a better gift. Read More >>