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Yes, Apple should buy Sonos
Analyst Andrew Left of Citron Research says an Apple acquisition of speaker maker Sonos is likely. Citron Research on Sonos: "Like Peloton and Tesla, Sonos products are widely considered best in class with a brand that is worthy of much higher valuation multiples." That bit of news, as reported by Business Insider,...
Trendspotting: Smart speaker growth expected to slow
Amazon still leads by a wide margin.
Trendspotting CES: Appliances that talk to each other — LG washer/dryer are BFF
Big data, AI and machine learning in the laundry room.
Amazon Deal Alert: Echo Dot smart speaker only $0.99 with paid 1 month subscription to Amazon Music
Here's a great deal for those looking for an affordable, do-it-all smart speaker. Amazon is offering the Echo Dot for only $0.99. The deal is good through November 15 or until it sells out -- so you may want to check it out if you're looking to add another speaker...
Trendspotting: Amazon Echo still leads smart speaker market at 70% share, followed by Google Home at 25% (Report)
Amazon's early bet on Alexa and smart speakers and assistants continues to payoff. A new report today shows CEO Jeff Bezos and team with a still commanding lead in the smart speaker market. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) reported smart speaker market share as of June 30, 2019 as follows: ...
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.
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...
Smart Home News: Lutron joins ‘Friends of Hue’ program, launches new Aurora smart bulb dimmer
The scenario is all too common and frustrating for those embarking on their smart home journey: You install a smart bulb, say one made by Philips Hue which lead the industry, in a family room ceiling light. The problem, however, is that that light fixture will always need power for...
John Legend can now respond to your commands (and serenade you) on Google Assistant
“Hey, Google, serenade me”
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...