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HomePod for $200? New features and holiday promotions make a competitive AirPlay 2 speaker – 9to5Mac

HomePod for $200? New features and holiday promotions make a competitive AirPlay 2 speaker...

My original review of Apple’s HomePod smart speaker leaned heavily on optimism for future features that seemed so obvious, they were inevitable. Some features like calendar access and multiple timers showed up after several months. More recently, HomePod has gained multiple user support — a feature glaringly missing at launch for a smart speaker with…
HomePod hits $200 and 10.2-inch iPad is $99 off, MacBook Pros on sale, more in today’s best deals – 9to5Mac

HomePod hits $200 and 10.2-inch iPad is $99 off, MacBook Pros on sale, more...

Early Black Friday deals highlight today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break, including $99 off the latest 10.2-inch iPad and Apple’s HomePod drops to $200. You can also save upwards of $299 on the latest MacBook Pro and Nomad has notable early Black Friday offers. Hit the jump for all that and more. 10.2-inch iPad and HomePod hit…
iPhone and HomePod vulnerable to line of sight attacks using lasers – 9to5Mac

iPhone and HomePod vulnerable to line of sight attacks using lasers – 9to5Mac

A new laser-based hack discovered for devices with MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) microphones makes iPhone, HomePod, Google Home, Amazon Echo, and more vulnerable to line of sight attacks from up to several hundred feet away. Reported by Ars Technica, the type of attack is called ‘Light Commands’ and was discovered by researchers at the University of…
Apple’s HomePod update probably won’t brick your speaker now

Apple’s HomePod update probably won’t brick your speaker now

Two days ago, we brought you the news that a new iOS 13.2 update to Apple’s HomePod would finally be able to tell different users’ voices apart. But that same evening, the update disappeared — probably because of numerous reports that it was bricking HomePods. Thankfully, it appears there’s now a new iOS 13.2.1 update,…
Apple’s HomePod will soon let you play ocean waves, birdsong, or rainstorms while you sleep

Apple’s HomePod will soon let you play ocean waves, birdsong, or rainstorms while you...

Apple yesterday managed to sneak in a few updates to its HomePod speaker in between iPhone-related announcements, including the addition of a brand-new feature. Later this fall, the HomePod will be able to help you relax by playing “the soothing sounds of ocean waves, forest birds, rainstorms, and more,” or what Apple calls Ambient Sounds.…
HomePod Review: Only Apple Devotees Need Apply

HomePod Review: Only Apple Devotees Need Apply

Update, September 2019: This story was changed to reflect the HomePod's lowered price, and its recently added capabilities.Most of my friends are musicians or audio nerds. (Lord help me.) Ever since Apple loaned me a HomePod to test a week ago, I've been bragging to my peers that I have the new, highly anticipated Wi-Fi…
The Apple HomePod goes on sale in Japan next week

The Apple HomePod goes on sale in Japan next week

Apple will start selling the HomePod in Japan and Taiwan from next week. Pre-orders are already live on the company’s website, with the smart speaker set to ship on Friday, August 23rd. The HomePod is priced at 32,800 yen in Japan, which works out to about $309, and $9,900 New Taiwan dollars, or about $316.…
Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is $199 for the first time ever

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is $199 for the first time ever

Apple’s HomePod is $199.99 at Target. This Siri-equipped smart speaker is usually $299, and this sale marks the lowest price that we’ve seen yet. You can get the white-colored speaker right now, though the charcoal color option is temporarily out of stock. If you want the darker shade of HomePod, you can sign up to…
AirPods and HomePod get some new capabilities

AirPods and HomePod get some new capabilities

Apple’s audio hardware didn’t get a ton of love at WWDC but the devices didn’t go unmentioned, here’s what’s coming to your HomePod and AirPods. For AirPods users, Siri will now be able to read incoming iMessages to you as soon as they arrive on your phone and allow you to respond instantly without bothering…

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Best Buy’s Black Friday 2019 sale: Get a 70-inch Samsung 4K...

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2019, your source for the season's best gifts and deals, hand-picked by the experts at CNET. Best Buy's early Black Friday sale is heading into the weekend with momentum. Today's "doorbuster" is a 70-inch Samsung TV with 4K UHD resolution, HDR support and a full smart TV platform.…

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