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Trendspotting: Amazon Echo Dot dominates voice-activated digital assistant market

Amazon sets sights on Sonos, developing rival high-end audio speaker

AI-powered smart speakers are convenient. But, for the most part, they could sound much better.
Global Internet User Growth: Report and trends by Mary Meeker

Trendspotting: Internet user growth slows, smartphone shipments decline + other trends (Mary Meeker Report)

Global internet user growth is still growing, but slower than before. Per Bond Capital partner Mary Meeker, year-over-year growth slowed to +6% versus +7% the year earlier.In addition, another -- not so surprising headline -- is also the slowing of smartphone shipments. Android and iOS handsets both saw y/y...

Amazon Showcases Latest Prime Air Drone Design: 15 mile range, 5 pound payload, 30 minute deliveries

And you thought same day delivery was fast?!Amazon today took the wraps off its latest update to the much-hyped Prime Air. Designed to travel up to 15 miles with a payload not exceeding 5 pounds, Amazon says the drone can get products to customers in less than 30 minutes....
Introducing Echo Show 5 – Compact smart display with Alexa

Smart Home News: Amazon Echo Show 5 smart speaker takes on Google Nest Hub

Say hello to Amazon's new, compact smart display, the Echo Show 5.Given the success of smart home devices -- and especially smart speakers -- it's not much of a surprise that today we get yet another choice, yet another AI-enabled device. This time from the current leader in the...
All-New Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 16 GB, with Special Offers) - Black

Amazon releases “new” Fire 7 Tablet, starts at $49.99 and ships this summer

Amazon has updated the Fire 7, its budget-friendly, entry level tablet.With 16GB and special offers (ads), Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) will reportedly start shipping the Fire 7 on June 6, 2019 for only $49.99.As the name implies Fire 7 features a 7" display (IPS 1024x600 @ 171ppi). In addition you...
Spotify market share report Apple Music 2019 growth

Trendspotting: Apple Music hits 28M users, passes Spotify at 26M users

In the war for streaming music subscribers Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is apparently making major inroads.According to reports today, Apple Music had 28 million users (U.S.) in February. That compares to 26 million for Spotify (NYSE: SPOT).Growth rates per WSJ suggest Apple Music is growing at 2.6% to 3% versus...
Apple News Plus subscription launched pricing Texture app

Apple News Plus is Here: 300 magazines, $9.99 per month subscription

First music. Then movies. Now Apple targets the newspaper and magazine industry for disruption.
Google Home Hub smart speaker with display: Continued Conversations icon

Continued Conversation: Fewer Okay Googles needed for Google Home Hub

Continued Conversation for Google Home smart speakers is here.Basically the new feature enables you to continue issuing voice commands without having to continually say "Okay Google" or "Hey Google" each time.For instance, you might ask Google about today's weather. As the speaker is giving you forecast information, a small...

Sonos One 2nd gen gets updated internals — app still better than Amazon Echo

The superb Sonos App for music control keeps its speakers like the Sonos One a step ahead.
eero acquired by Amazon news

Amazon acquires Eero, doubles down on smart home (and data collection?)

Eero indicates its data collection policy will remain the same, but with a new owner perhaps anything is possible.In what was a surprise move eero, a mesh network company, was acquired by Amazon yesterday. Much like the Ring video doorbell eero will give Team Bezos further reach into the...