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Amazon ‘sniffer’ patent could listen in on your Echo chats and target your ‘likes’

Would you let your smart speaker listen in on a wider range of your conversations, if it meant it could better offer you recommendations? That’s the premise of a newly-uncovered Amazon patent, which details ways speakers like its Amazon Echo range could listen for trigger terms to record things that …

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Apple’s iOS 11.4 beta gives a glimpse of AirPlay 2 multiroom audio for HomePod

One of the most glaring omissions from the HomePod’s list of features is its ability to connect wirelessly to other HomePods. Especially as it was one of the main selling points of the speaker, included both in Apple’s launch and the HomePod homepage. Well, it looks like that feature could …

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Facebook smart speaker patent shows what its next data collector could look like

Between data scandals, apologies, updates, and congressional hearings, Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have been juggling quite a lot recently. It’s unsurprising, therefore, that reports have recently emerged that the social media Goliath is delaying the reveal of its home smart speaker.  However, in a somewhat poetic instance of information being …

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Deezer comes to Google Home in the UK

Deezer has rolled out its music streaming service to Google Home smart speakers in the UK, enabling users to play their favourite tracks with the help of Google Assistant. Deezer Premium+ users in the UK will now be able to use their voice to navigate through Deezer’s catalogue of 53 …

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Apples iOS 11.4 beta ger en glimt av Airplay 2:s multiroom audio till HomePod

En av de största utelämnanden på HomePods lista av funktioner är dess möjlighet att ansluta sig trådlöst till andra HomePods. Särskilt eftersom det var en av de största anledningarna att köpa högtalaren, vilket stod både i Apples lansering och på HomePods hemsida. Nu ser det ut som om funktionen kan …

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Alexa now lets you announce to your whole home dinner is ready

Your Amazon Echo speakers just got a little more useful thanks to the new Alexa Announcements feature. Similar to Google Home’s Broadcast feature which launched back in November, Alexa Announcements will allow you to create what is effectively an intercom system in your home if you have more than one …

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You can now voice-control your Nest Secure alarm system using Google Assistant

You can now control the Nest Secure alarm system using Google Assistant. You’ll be able to check on the status of your alarm system from anywhere if you’ve got a connected Google Assistant device, which should include Android phones and Android Wear devices.  What this means is that if you’ve left …

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Amazon Alexa Routines can now include music and live radio

Amazon has announced that Amazon Alexa users can now add music, podcasts and live radio into their Alexa Routines.  First launched back in 2017, Routines are a way to get your smart assistant to accomplish multiple tasks with a single command – say “Alexa, I’m home” for example, and you …

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Amazon Echo Button is about to do a whole lot more

Since the Amazon Echo Button launched in September 2017 as a fun game accessory for your Amazon Echo devices, Amazon has only released 22 Alexa skill games for the device, most of which don’t have the greatest reviews.  Thankfully, Echo Button owners hungry for new content may not have to …

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Google may be making its own Echo Show rival after all

Google may be making a smart display to rival the Amazon Echo Show, which both comes as a surprise and also makes total sense. Up until now, it’s looked like Google was leaving the manufacture of a Google Assistant-powered smart speaker with a screen to third-party companies like JBl and …

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