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Baidu’s smart voice unit to raise independent round on $2.9B valuation

Baidu’s smart voice unit to raise independent round on .9B valuation Baidu, China’s dominant search service and a leader in artificial intelligence research, is further diversifying into the smart voice space as its smart living group is poised to raise an independent round on a 20 billion yuan ($2.94 billion) post-money valuation. The fundraising move […]

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Here’s everything Amazon announced at its latest hardware event

Here’s everything Amazon announced at its latest hardware event From new Ring flying indoor drone cameras to an adorable new kids version of one of its most popular Amazon home products, Jeff Bezos’ Seattle retailer unveiled a slew of new hardware goodies just ahead of the holiday shopping season. Echo updates Image Credits: Amazon Amazon […]

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Connected audio was a bad choice

Connected audio was a bad choice The past week, I’ve spent ample time looking to revamp my home audio setup. I think my only qualification is that my next setup is as dumb as possible. In the past five years, my setup has gone from a fairly middling wired 2.1 speaker setup to a confusing […]

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Sonos debuts new Arc soundbar, next-generation Sonos Sub, and Sonos Five speaker

Sonos debuts new Arc soundbar, next-generation Sonos Sub, and Sonos Five speaker Sonos has introduced a trio of new hardware today, adding three new smart speakers to its lineup, including the Sonos Arc soundbar that includes Dolby Atmos support, as well as Sonos Five, the next version of its Sonos Play:5 speaker, and a third-generation […]

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Nearly 70% of U.S. smart speaker owners use Amazon Echo devices

Nearly 70% of U.S. smart speaker owners use Amazon Echo devices Amazon’s dominant position in the U.S. smart speaker market will continue through this year and the next, with rivals like Google and Apple only making slight dents in Amazon Echo market share, according to a report published today by eMarketer. The analyst firm estimates […]

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Shopping via smart speakers is not taking off, report suggests

Shopping via smart speakers is not taking off, report suggests U.S. consumers aren’t adopting voice-based shopping as quickly as expected, according to a new report today from eMarketer. While consumers have been happy to bring smart speakers into their home, they continue to use them more often for simple commands — like playing music or […]

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Sonos acquires voice assistant startup Snips, potentially to build out on-device voice control

Sonos acquires voice assistant startup Snips, potentially to build out on-device voice control Sonos revealed during its quarterly earnings report that it has acquired voice assistant startup Snips in a $37 million cash deal, Variety reported on Wednesday. Snips, which had been developing dedicated smart device assistants that can operate primarily locally, instead of relying […]

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Spotify’s free music service will now stream on Alexa devices, plus Bose and Sonos smart speakers

Spotify’s free music service will now stream on Alexa devices, plus Bose and Sonos smart speakers Spotify has worked with Amazon Echo since 2016, but only for premium subscribers. Today, that changes as Spotify says its free tier will now stream across Alexa-powered devices, as well as other smart speakers from Sonos and Bose. The […]

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A browser bug was enough to hack an Amazon Echo

A browser bug was enough to hack an Amazon Echo Two security researchers have been crowned the top hackers in this year’s Pwn2Own hacking contest after developing and testing several high profile exploits, including an attack against an Amazon Echo. Amat Cama and Richard Zhu, who make up Team Fluoroacetate, scored $60,000 in bug bounties […]

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Google makes moving music and videos between speakers and screens easier

Google makes moving music and videos between speakers and screens easier Google today announced a small but nifty feature for the Google Assistant and its smart home devices that makes it easier for you to take your music and videos with you as you wander about the different rooms in your home. ‘Stream transfer’ as […]

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