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Apple HomePod ships Feb 9, 2018

At $349 Apple HomePod a tough sell especially without multi-room music

You have to really, really love Apple (and Apple Music!) for the HomePod to be a smarter buyer than the reasonably priced alternatives from Amazon and Google and Sonos.
Sonos 8.3 - Navigation and Display Improvements

Sonos app gets dark Now Playing screen, improved menus

You've got to hand it to the Sonos team. Despite the crush of competition for whole home audio from heavyweights such as Amazon (Echo), Google (Google Home), and others like Bose, Samsung (speakers plus SmartThings hub) and Heos (by AVR maker Denon) the Santa Barbara speaker company continues to innovate...
Apple HomePod delayed to 2018 - A huge miss, cedes market share to Amazon and Google.

HomePod delay a massive miss by Apple

Delaying HomePod to 2018 means Apple will lose buyers to Amazon and Google this holiday season. It could be a very costly decision.
Amazon Echo leads smart speaker market with 76% share

Amazon Echo sales show no signs of slowing, smart speakers to be in half U.S. homes by 2022

Amazon. Google. Microsoft. Sonos. And a raft of other up-and-comers. All are making so-called smart speakers. But why? According to TechCrunch a new report out of Juniper Research might just have the answer. The market for smart speakers is exploding... and fast. By 2022, merely five years from now, it's expected...
Whole Foods Market

Amazon no longer selling wine online to consumers, but: Whole Foods

Retailers that sell alcohol can't accept payments from suppliers to advertise their products. And since wine producers pay Amazon fees to sell through Amazon Wine and it sells as a retailer through its newly acquired Whole Foods Market chain, the situation violates the law. So Amazon Wine which was launched...
Amazon Echo leads smart speaker market with 76% share

Trendspotting: At 76% share Amazon Echo is running away with smart speaker market

Amazon jumped into the voice-enabled digital assistant (aka smart speaker) market early, and now it appears to be reaping major dividends. A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) says that in the U.S., the Amazon Echo has an install base of 15 million units. That represents about 76%...
Insteon Dimmer and Keypad Tips Review

Smart Home: Top 10 tips for getting started with Insteon

Already own or considering buying a smart home hub? Clinton Stark shares 10 tips for the Insteon Hub that might help you get the most out of your existing Insteon system or help you understand the hub market and some of the options on the market today. It's the year of...