Editorial: How AirPods and Shortcuts shifted Apple’s Siri story and blunted Amazon’s Alexa Echo threat

Two years ago there was no shortage of media coverage imagining that Apple’s entire hardware business was about to be eclipsed by a new voice-first world where Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant and perhaps even Microsoft Cortana would shift consumer and developer attention away from iPhone apps and toward stationary Internet-connected microphones running ambient "skills." Why […]

New test shows Siri on HomePod answer 52% of questions correctly, lagging behind Alexa & Google Assistant

Now that Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is available to everyone, it’s being put through a slew of tests. Loup Ventures this weekend shared results from a detailed series of tests that it put the HomePod through, as well as how those results compare to other smart speakers … more… 9to5Mac

Amazon Alexa and Google Home top App Store charts on Christmas Day, implies smart speakers were popular holiday gifts

The App Store charts always provide some interesting nuggets of information on Christmas Day and other big holidays as you can see the sudden influx of app downloads. This year, the Alexa app for Amazon Echo smart speakers topped App Store free charts, hitting the #1 in a few regions, with Google Home also charting in […]

Ultimate Ears brings Amazon Alexa to its speaker lineup w/ new Blast & Megablast

Available for pre-order today, Ultimate Ears is bringing Amazon’s Alexa to its product roster with a new speaker lineup. Introducing the Blast and Megablast, the portable speakers incorporate Alexa to bring the virtual assistant wherever your music goes. Drawing on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless options, the speakers are set to work in whatever environment music […]