Smart Speaker

Amazon Echo Show falls victim to an old flaw at hacking contest

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Nicole Lee/Engadget The latest iteration of the Pwn2Own hacking contest just underscored an all-too-common flaw with smart home devices. The security research team Fluoroacetate hacked into an Amazon Echo Show 5 by taking advantage of its “patch gap” — that is, its use of older software that had been patched […]

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Florida police obtain Alexa recordings in murder investigation

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Nathan Ingraham/Engadget Police have once again obtained Alexa voice recordings as part of an investigation, although they’re not necessarily expecting a treasure trove of information this time around. Law enforcement in Hallandale Beach, Florida has used a search warrant to collect Alexa recordings from two Echo Dots as part of […]

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Apple re-releases HomePod update to avoid bricking speakers

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Chris Velazco/Engadget Relax, HomePod owners — it’s now safe to update your speaker again. Apple has re-released the HomePod’s multi-user update (now 13.2.1) to fix the problem that bricked some users’ speakers, particularly after they tried to solve the issue by rebooting their device. You’re still asked to contact Apple […]

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Sonos offers its early adopters a 30 percent trade-in offer on new speakers

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Nathan Ingraham / Engadget If you’ve been hanging onto an old Sonos speaker for forever but have been interested in switching to a recent model such as Move, One or Port, the company might tempt you further with its Trade Up program. If you have an eligible speaker, you can […]

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HomePod update adds multi-user support and music handoffs

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Chris Velazco/Engadget Apple just made the HomePod considerably more useful for whole households, albeit somewhat later than expected. It accompanied the release of iOS 13.2 with a corresponding HomePod update that, among other things, introduces promised multi-user support. The smart speaker now recognizes the voices of different people in your […]

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Google Home update leaves some speakers unusable

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Nathan Ingraham/Engadget Smart speakers’ frequent under-the-radar updates are usually convenient, but they’re creating a lot of headaches for some Google device owners. Google has confirmed that it’s fixing a problem with firmware updates that have bricked Home and Home Mini speakers. Some people have had success by temporarily unplugging the […]

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Spotify offers a free Google Home Mini to all US Premium subscribers

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Nathan Ingraham/Engadget Spotify is bringing back its smart speaker giveaway for another year, and this time it’s being considerably less picky. The streaming music service is offering free Google Home Minis to all new and existing Premium subscribers in the US “while supplies last,” including individuals — it’s not reserving […]

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Watch Google’s Pixel 4 event right here at 10AM ET

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Google Yes, it’s finally time — A month after the invitations went out, the next Made by Google event is upon us. You can watch the livestream here starting at 10AM Eastern in addition to following our liveblog. There’s a lot expected at this event, and the Pixel 4 phones […]

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New leak shows Google’s Nest Mini comes with a wall mount

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links WinFuture We’re less than a day away from the start of Google’s 2019 fall hardware event, but that doesn’t mean the leaks have to stop. WinFuture‘s Roland Quandt, a frequent leaker with a solid track record, just shared official-looking images of Google’s upcoming Nest-branded Home Mini refresh. Most notable about […]

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HomePod radio streaming arrives on September 30th

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Chris Velazco/Engadget Apple didn’t really discuss the HomePod at its iPhone 11 event, but there was still some news that (almost) slipped under the radar. The tech firm quietly updated the HomePod’s product page to reveal that the vaunted radio streaming feature will reach the smart speaker on September 30th. […]

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