Back at IFA 2019, TCL showed off a soundbar that they were working on that featured some pretty impressive audio tech. We were surprised at how good it was and we even gave it Ubergizmo’s Best of IFA award. For those who are curious about the soundbar, wonder no more as TCL has unveiled more details at CES 2020.
When we think of smart displays, we usually think of devices that are used in the home where they can be used to watch videos and make video calls. However, if you’re in a work environment and would like to put some smart displays in your office, then you’ll be pleased to learn that Lenovo has announced its new ThinkSmart View.
Have you ever showered midway and realized that you needed to do something but are worried you might forget when you’re done? Not to worry because Kohler has unveiled the Kohler Moxie Showerhead which comes with a built-in speaker that also comes with Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa integrated into it.
In the smart speaker space, it’s safe to say that Google and Amazon are currently dominating. For the most part, they are all similar in functionality, where they let you interact with digital assistants like Google Assistant and Alexa. We are also seeing smart displays, which are essentially smart speakers with a built-in display.
The problem with your regular speaker designs is that they can be bulky. If you don’t have a particularly huge living room or if you want to place it in your bedroom, then it can take up precious space. This is where soundbars come in, where due to their more slim design, they can be easily placed under your TV, thus taking up less room.
It’s not surprising that companies would want to lock you into their ecosystem. This makes sense as it means that you would keep using their products and services and eventually become too dependent on it to quit. For those who are using YouTube Premium or YouTube Music, you might be in luck.
Amazon’s smallest Echo speaker is the Echo Dot. While it is tiny, the downside to the speaker is that it still requires users plug it into a wall outlet in order to keep it powered. This does reduce its portability a bit, but it seems that Amazon has decided to address that by launching a portable version of the Echo speaker powered by batteries.
While coral reefs might be pretty to look at, they also play a very important role in the ocean’s ecosystem and due to pollutants and the constant changes in our environment, many coral reefs around the world are slowly dying. However, could there be a way to slow the process down and maybe even reverse it?
In recent years, a company by the name of Devialet has made a name for itself with a futuristic-looking speaker in the form of the Devialet Phantom. The speaker, known for its unique design, also boasts the ability to produce sound that would otherwise cost customers thousands of dollars to replicate, which is truly impressive considering its overall size.
If the idea of being able to stream your Spotify playlists through speakers like those made by Sonos, Bose, or any Alexa-powered speaker, you might not have been able to unless you’re a Spotify Premium user. However, the good news is that Spotify has since announced that they will now allow streaming for its free users as well.
There are several voice assistants in the market today, like Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa, Cortana, and Bixby, just to name a few, but could Sonos could be looking to build something of their own? According to a report from Variety, it seems that the company is interested in voice assistants as the company has acquired a voice assistant startup called Snips for $37.5 million.
As some of you might have heard, Apple released an update for iOS 13.2, but unfortunately during the update process, it seems that some HomePod users ended up with bricked devices. Apple has since warned users that if they have installed the update that they should not attempt to reset it or remove the device from the Home app.
The other day, there were reports that following the release of iOS 13.2, some HomePod users were claiming that their devices were bricked, where the device would keep rebooting itself endlessly with no end in sight. The good news is that Apple has since pulled the iOS 13.2 update, so if you haven’t updated yet, you should be good.
Apple only recently released the iOS 13.2 update, but it seems that the update is already causing some issues. According to several user reports, it seems that following the update, some HomePod users are finding that their devices have been bricked. Some users report a white spinning light where the speaker continuously reboots itself every few seconds, essentially rendering it unusable.