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Roku's latest job openings could point to a voice-controlled smart speaker

Roku's latest job openings could point to a voice-controlled smart speaker

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Roku, purveyor of streaming set-top boxes, could be working on its very own smart speaker that would work in a similar way to Amazon Echo and Google Home, according to some recent job listings. Which Roku media streamer is best for you? All the options... >>

Polk Audio Signa Solo is an inexpensive way to boost your TV's sound

Polk Audio Signa Solo is an inexpensive way to boost your TV's sound

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American audio manufacturer Polk Audio has announced the Signa Solo soundbar. At £149, it's the company's most affordable model and offers an affordable entry point to improve the sound from your flat screen TV. Polk Audio Magnifi Max SR soundbar gives... >>

Google Home Mini speaker pictured in massive leak ahead of event

Google Home Mini speaker pictured in massive leak ahead of event

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Google is holding an event soon, and nearly everything it plans to announce has just leaked out, including images of a new Google Home.This new Google Home speaker is actually a "mini" model that is powered, not wireless. Droid-Life has posted images... >>

Q Acoustics M2 soundbase delivers room-filling sound at an affordable price

Q Acoustics M2 soundbase delivers room-filling sound at an affordable price

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British audio company Q Acoustics has announced its latest home entertainment product, the M2 soundbase, which is designed to deliver a big sound at a small price.Getting decent sound in your living room or bedroom when watching movies or listening to... >>

B&O Play Beolit 17 review: Play it loud, play it proud
4.5 stars

B&O Play Beolit 17 review: Play it loud, play it proud

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When it comes to sound quality, Danish high-end maker Bang & Olufsen is well regarded. The company's offshoots, B&O Play and Beoplay, also create excellent portable speakers and headphones at more accessible price points.Not that the Beolit 17 is exactly... >>

Bose SoundLink Micro waterproof Bluetooth speaker is tiny, tough and just shy of £100

Bose SoundLink Micro waterproof Bluetooth speaker is tiny, tough and just shy of £100

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Bose has announced an addition to its SoundLink wireless speaker range in the diminutive form of the SoundLink Micro.The Bose SoundLink Micro is just 983mm x 983mm x 348mm and 290g. It can be attached to your bike, rucksack or be placed just about anywhere.... >>

You can interact with this BBC radio play using Alexa or Google Home

You can interact with this BBC radio play using Alexa or Google Home

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The BBC has developed a new interactive radio story.The broadcasting company, well-known for its radio plays, has announced a new project: a comedy/science fiction play titled The Inspection Chamber. It partnered with an audio company Rosina Sound on... >>

Amazon Echo Show tips and tricks: Master Alexa from a touchscreen

Amazon Echo Show tips and tricks: Master Alexa from a touchscreen

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Amazon's Echo speaker now comes with a touchscreen - and whole host of hidden ways to leverage Alexa.The Echo Show launched earlier this year, and in Pocket-lint's review, we noted that Amazon could go in so many directions with it. Sure, we'd like to... >>

5 reasons to buy the Libratone Zipp speaker

5 reasons to buy the Libratone Zipp speaker

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The Libratone Zipp is one of the best portable speakers on the market offering great sound and portability amongst other things.Receiving a "recommended Award", in our review on Pocket-lint, we said that "Where the Libratone really excels is with the... >>

Onkyo P3 and G3 smart speakers preview: Alexa or Google, you choose

Onkyo P3 and G3 smart speakers preview: Alexa or Google, you choose

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Several companies announced smart speakers at consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin, some opting for Google Assistant, others for Amazon's Alexa but Onkyo went for both, launching two speakers at the show.The Onkyo P3 is the Amazon Alexa smart speaker,... >>

JBL Link is a three-strong range of speakers with Google Assistant built-in

JBL Link is a three-strong range of speakers with Google Assistant built-in

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JBL has announced a trio of wireless speakers with Google Assistant built in. Power and battery levels vary across the speakers, but they all offer voice-control for music playback, answering questions and controlling other connected smart home products.... >>

Kitsound Voice One speaker preview: First impressions of the £130 Amazon Echo competitor

Kitsound Voice One speaker preview: First impressions of the £130 Amazon Echo competitor

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Consumer electronics show IFA sees a lot of product launches, but speakers with built-in assistants, whether Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, have been announced in abundance. Panasonic and Sony have both launched Google Assistant-powered speakers, while... >>

Sony LF-S50G speaker preview: Google Assistant in smart, subtle form

Sony LF-S50G speaker preview: Google Assistant in smart, subtle form

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They are all at it. Sony is one of the latest companies to announce a smart home speaker with Google Assistant built-in, joining the likes of Panasonic and Onyko.Sony's LF-S50G doesn't have the catchiest name, but it's a pretty good looking speaker and... >>

Panasonic GA10 preview: First impressions of Panasonic's Google Assistant speaker

Panasonic GA10 preview: First impressions of Panasonic's Google Assistant speaker

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Smart speakers are the new black; following the success of devices like the Amazon Echo, we've seen the launch of Google Home and the announcement of the forthcoming Apple HomePod.Unlike Apple, those other players - Google and Amazon - are keen to leverage... >>

Sony gets in on the smart speaker game with LF-S50G

Sony gets in on the smart speaker game with LF-S50G

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Sony has used its press conference at IFA 2017 to unveil the LF-S50G voice-controlled smart speaker, with Google Assistant built in. Think of it as Sony's answer to Google Home. IFA 2017: All the announcements that matter Because it has Google Assistant,... >>

Libratone adds Alexa skill, voice integration, and AirPlay 2 to Zipp speaker

Libratone adds Alexa skill, voice integration, and AirPlay 2 to Zipp speaker

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Libratone Zipp is about to get voice integration and more. What does that mean? First, the Zipp wireless speaker will now work with Alexa, allowing people to voice control not only their Zipp but also connected devices. Simply tap it, then say, “Play... >>

Google Assistant comes to three more speakers, including Panasonic GA10, plus LG appliances

Google Assistant comes to three more speakers, including Panasonic GA10, plus LG appliances

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Google is bringing Google Assistant to more third-party devices from manufacturers, including speakers and appliances.The company revealed it partnered with Anker, Mobvoi, and Panasonic so that Google Assistant will be built directly into new speakers.... >>

Amazon Alexa users will soon be able to use Microsoft Cortana and vice versa

Amazon Alexa users will soon be able to use Microsoft Cortana and vice versa

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Amazon and Microsoft have jointly announced compatibility between their respective Alexa and Cortana voice assistants.You will soon be able to use Alexa on an Amazon Echo or another supported device to access Cortana features. In return, you will also... >>

Whoa - Amazon Echo is out of stock: Is a new model coming soon?

Whoa - Amazon Echo is out of stock: Is a new model coming soon?

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OMG. Amazon might announce Amazon Echo 2 soon. Here's the deal: in July, reports began emerging about Amazon's plan to finally update its original Echo later this year. The company reportedly has been working on ways to improve the speaker, which include... >>

How to set up and play music on multiple Amazon Echo devices

How to set up and play music on multiple Amazon Echo devices

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Amazon's Echo devices now support multi-room audio.Technically, Amazon is calling the new feature 'multi-room music', but it works similarly; you can use the feature to play music across multiple Alexa-enabled devices in your home at the same time. But... >>

Amazon takes aim at Sonos, enables multi-room music for Echo

Amazon takes aim at Sonos, enables multi-room music for Echo

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It looks like the rumours were true. Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo devices now support 'multi-room music'.Amazon has announced that you can use its voice assistant to control and synchronise music across multiple Amazon Echo devices. All you have to do... >>

Brits can use Amazon Echo to order Ocado shopping

Brits can use Amazon Echo to order Ocado shopping

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Ocado now offers an Alexa skill in order to order groceries through an Amazon Echo or other Alexa-enabled device. Just bark commands at the Echo and the grocery delivery service will have you covered.As long as you have an existing Ocado account, you... >>

Sonos smart speaker launch date revealed as 4 October

Sonos smart speaker launch date revealed as 4 October

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Sonos has been rumoured to be introducing an Amazon Echo-style smart speaker to its line-up for a while, but now we know the date it is likely to be unveiled.The company has sent out invites to a launch event in New York on 4 October. It features a mouth... >>

Going to a festival this year? Libratone Too is the speaker to take with you, here's why

Going to a festival this year? Libratone Too is the speaker to take with you, here's why

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Some audio speakers are designed to stay in the living room, others have a bit more versatility and can work all around the house. Then there's the Libratone Too, which is just as comfortable in the great outdoors. Wherever you go, this speaker can go,... >>

Facebook's Echo Show-like device is codenamed Aloha, coming in 2018

Facebook's Echo Show-like device is codenamed Aloha, coming in 2018

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Facebook is getting serious about making hardware for consmers.According to a report from Business Insider, Facebook is making a video chat device, which is codenamed Aloha, and Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth is leading the project. This report follows... >>

Audi A8 can be specced with a 23 speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system

Audi A8 can be specced with a 23 speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system

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Audi has turned to Danish audio company Bang & Olufsen once again for its in-car sound system for the Audi A8, but this time there's a slight difference. Audi A8 (2017) preview: The most technological car interior, ever? The system for the A8 can be specified... >>

Ruark Audio's R7 MKIII radiogram is all the music system you could ever need

Ruark Audio's R7 MKIII radiogram is all the music system you could ever need

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British audio company Ruark Audio has announced the third-generation of R7 all-in-one audio system. First launched in 2013, the R7 has undergone numerous changes in its four year history, but along the way has retained its sensational looks.It still very... >>

Samsung confirms its smart speaker, says Bixby will add Spotify support

Samsung confirms its smart speaker, says Bixby will add Spotify support

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The smart speaker space is about to get a lot more crowded.A couple years after Amazon launched the Amazon Echo, and a year after Google launched the Google Home, and months after Apple announced the HomePod, Samsung has announced it is developing a smart... >>

This Amazon Music skill lets you ask Alexa to play bedtime, yoga music

This Amazon Music skill lets you ask Alexa to play bedtime, yoga music

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Amazon has launched Amazon Music "activities" for its Alexa.What does that mean? Here's the background: Last year, Amazon launched its Amazon Music Unlimited service, giving people the ability to stream music from their phone, computer, and Amazon Echo... >>

Google Home is now on sale for £99 from £129 for a limited time only

Google Home is now on sale for £99 from £129 for a limited time only

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Not to be outdone by Amazon, Google is offering a sale on its smart speaker, too.Earlier today, Pocket-lint told you that Amazon has discounted the price of its Amazon Echo speaker to just £99.99, for a limited time only. That's a generous £50 off the... >>

Libratone Zipp: The funky speaker to fit any mood and style

Libratone Zipp: The funky speaker to fit any mood and style

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The Libratone Zipp catches your attention before you even turn it on. It looks like no other speaker, in lots of ways.First, there's the zip that gives the gadget its name. Wrapped around the speaker is a soft cloth jacket that's held in place by the... >>

Google Home Express shopping: How to find and buy items using just your voice

Google Home Express shopping: How to find and buy items using just your voice

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Google has introduced the ability to buy items using your voice, through the Google Home smart speaker or Google Assistant on your compatible smartphone.Thanks to an integration with Google's Express online shopping service, you can shop for your everyday... >>

V-Moda Remix speaker review: High-end highs and lows
4.0 stars

V-Moda Remix speaker review: High-end highs and lows

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Portable Bluetooth speakers have widened their appeal over recent years, with high-end brands also muscling in on the space to deliver affordable, transportable and great-sounding products.V-Moda is well established in the headphones market — it makes... >>

Sonos speakers with built-in voice control coming soon

Sonos speakers with built-in voice control coming soon

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Sonos has previously confirmed that it would be integrating Amazon Alexa into its wireless multi-room speakers by way of the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. Now though, it seems the Boston-based speaker company plans to built voice control directly into the... >>

Google Home calling: How does it work and where is it available?

Google Home calling: How does it work and where is it available?

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Google just made Google Home a more compelling rival to Echo.Earlier this year, Amazon launched an Alexa calling service, giving Echo users the ability to phone other Echo users and users of the Alexa app. And if you have the new Echo Show, you can even... >>

UE Boom 2 and Megaboom speakers are now portable Alexa devices

UE Boom 2 and Megaboom speakers are now portable Alexa devices

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Ultimate Ears has added support for Amazon’s Alexa assistant.UE has become more of a household name since its inception by then-Logitech (now just Logi), since releasing a variety of Bluetooth speakers to the market. The first UE Boom, released back... >>

JBL Playlist review: Chromecast convenience wrapped into an affordable speaker
4.0 stars

JBL Playlist review: Chromecast convenience wrapped into an affordable speaker

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In days gone by, if you wanted a decent multi-room audio experience, you could go two ways: if you wanted to keep your existing speakers and stereo, you could use something an Apple AirPort Express unit to build a fairly clunky, unintuitive hack of a... >>

Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa steps into a touchscreen future
4.0 stars

Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa steps into a touchscreen future

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Amazon now sells an Echo with a touchscreen. Yes, everyone's favourite voice-controlled smart assistant is evolving.As much as we love the original canister-shaped speaker, adding a display to the mix seems like a natural evolution for Echo, which now... >>

Sky Soundbox: What is it, what can it do and how can I get one?

Sky Soundbox: What is it, what can it do and how can I get one?

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Improving a TV's sound for movies and TV shows is usually high on the agenda for many. Thankfully, we have several different options for creating our own home cinema. If you have space, you can install a 5.1 surround sound system. Or if you have a lot... >>

Bang & Olufsen's BeoLab 50 speakers are £20,000 of Danish audio heaven

Bang & Olufsen's BeoLab 50 speakers are £20,000 of Danish audio heaven

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Danish speaker manufacturer Bang & Olufsen has announced the BeoLab 50 floorstanding speakers, that borrow technology from the company's flagship BeoLab 90. The latter being produced for the company's 90th birthday. The BeoLab 50 was also developed to... >>

Google Home preview program: How to try the latest features first

Google Home preview program: How to try the latest features first

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Google has quietly unveiled a preview program for its smart speaker.About a year ago, Google launched a preview program for Chromecast, and now, as spotted by Android Police, it's apparently launched one for Google Home, too. This program lets early... >>

KitSound Voice One gives Alexa the audio oomph she needs

KitSound Voice One gives Alexa the audio oomph she needs

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British audio company KitSound has announced the KS Voice One, a speaker made in collaboration with Amazon, that pairs Alexa with a robust audio system than the Echo offers. Amazon Echo review: It's all about Alexa The KS Voice One functions just the... >>

Is Facebook working on its own Echo Show-like video chat device?

Is Facebook working on its own Echo Show-like video chat device?

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Facebook is getting deeper into hardware, with the purpose of going after Amazon and its Echo-line of smart devices.Bloomberg said Facebook is working on a "video chat device for the home". The social network's experimental Building 8 lab is developing... >>

Terminator T-800 could be the best Alexa speaker ever made

Terminator T-800 could be the best Alexa speaker ever made

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AC Worldwide, the audio manufacturer behind the excellent C-3PO, Stormtrooper, Darth Vader and Halo's Master Chief Bluetooth speakers has started a Kickstarter funding round for another licensed product. This time though, it's not just a speaker, it... >>

Apple has quietly discontinued the iPod nano and iPod shuffle

Apple has quietly discontinued the iPod nano and iPod shuffle

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It's officially the end of an era.Without any heads-up or fanfare, Apple has taken down its webpages for both the iPod nano and iPod shuffle. If you try to search for those products on Apple's website, you will still see “buy” links, but they're dead... >>

Xiaomi just launched its own Echo-like 'Mi AI' smart speaker

Xiaomi just launched its own Echo-like 'Mi AI' smart speaker

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Xiaomi just launched a smart speaker.Called the Mi AI Speaker, the speaker features a six-microphone array and is meant to double as a hub for Xiaomi's smart home devices, which includes things like vacuum cleaners and lamps. The speaker will work... >>

Now you can order Domino's pizza through Amazon Echo using Alexa

Now you can order Domino's pizza through Amazon Echo using Alexa

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Domino's is the first pizza take away service to offer voice ordering using Alexa through the Amazon Echo and other supported devices.You can use a new Domino's Alexa Skill to order pizza by commanding an Echo, Echo Dot, even the latest Amazon Fire... >>

Best turntables to help you join the vinyl revival

Best turntables to help you join the vinyl revival

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You'd be hard pushed to have avoided what some people are calling "the vinyl revival" in some way. You'll no doubt have noticed a greater presence of vinyl records in your local music shop, whether it be a chain or an independent.There's a good reason... >>

Amazon Echo 2 might be coming soon with a totally different look

Amazon Echo 2 might be coming soon with a totally different look

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Amazon's first Echo is getting old.Think about it: it's been two years since the company introduced the cylindrical speaker, and it hasn't updated it since, although it has released several other different versions in the form of Echo Dot, Amazon Tap,... >>

Best Amazon Prime Day deals 2017 US: All the best deals in one spot

Best Amazon Prime Day deals 2017 US: All the best deals in one spot

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Amazon Prime Day is nearly here, starting at 9pm EST this evening (Monday 10 July).This is an annual, day-long event exclusive to paid Amazon Prime subscribers across the world. That means, if you're a Prime member, the next 30 hours will be filled to... >>