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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...
Google Home and Amazon Echo Dot

Trendspotting: Smart speaker sales top 66 million units, Amazon Echo leads with 70% market share

This past holiday season the smart speaker was the hot seller. No surprise then that the market continues to grow at a rapid pace.According to a new report, there are now over 66 million smart speaker devices in the U.S. That's up about 25% from the year prior (53...
Roku Adds Premium Subscriptions to The Roku Channel

Roku adds Showtime, Starz premium channels to subscription lineup

More channels means more convenience as streaming services bolster their content offerings.
Alexa app compared to Sonos for whole home audio

Replacing Sonos with Amazon Echo & Alexa – is it a good idea?

As a long-time fan of Sonos products such as the Sonos One and Play:5 speakers I've been watching Amazon Echo products with interest. I wonder, could they replace a Sonos setup for whole home audio?The advantage of going with Echo, of course, is that you get all the additional...
How to (not) disable the Amazon Echo Alexa Try card

Amazon Echo: The one thing that drives me (and others) absolutely bonkers

Try "Alexa, ..."For all the amazing capability voice assistants bring to our homes, there's often a gotcha here or there, after all this is new technology with the Echo Dot kicking off the smart speaker revolution merely three years ago in 2015.Speaking of Echo, the one thing that drives...
Google Home and Amazon Echo Dot

Trendspotting: Amazon sold “tens of millions” of Echo devices, told 100 million jokes in 2018

Amazon is re-inventing the smart home, and making a fortune in the process. Can Google, Apple, Samsung and others catch up?
Apple to roll Texture into News app and add Netflix-like subscription feature.

Apple Texture Magazine App: Publishers confront similar issue that challenged music, TV and movie business models

The Texture app has been out for a while now. Often described as a Netflix for magazines, the nifty app for iOS and Android lets you read about 200 magazines for only $10/month. It's a great app, and I especially enjoy it when traveling.Now that Apple owns Texture via...