Report: Amazon working on new Echo speaker to directly compete against HomePod and Sonos

According to Bloomberg, Amazon is working on a new addition to the Amazon Echo smart speaker lineup to more directly compete against Apple’s HomePod and Sonos speakers in terms of sound quality. The new model is purportedly set to release “by next year” and current prototypes feature at least four internal tweeters. The HomePod cylinder […]

Walt Mossberg Calls Siri ‘Too Limited and Unreliable’ to Compete in ‘Coming AI Wars’

The Verge‘s Walt Mossberg today wrote a critical article on Apple’s Siri personal assistant, exploring the service’s shortcomings, mistakes, and inability to answer some simple questions that competing products have no problem with. Entitled, “Why does Siri seem so dumb?”, Mossberg’s article, covers several questions Siri couldn’t answer, ranging from queries about political candidates to […]

Eddy Cue: Apple not trying to compete with Netflix or Comcast, seeking to be a delivery platform instead

In an interview published on Thursday, Eddy Cue — Apple’s senior VP of Internet Software and Services — dismissed any interest in the company creating its own TV shows, and addressed other topics like "skinny" channel bundles and a rumored interest in buying Time Warner. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

Barclays hopes that ‘poor man’s Apple Watch’ might help bPay compete with Apple Pay

When Apple Pay officially went live in the UK almost a year ago, it was supported by every major bank except Barclays, which waited a further nine months before joining in. The reason was because Barclays was trying to push its own mobile payment service, bPay – which is actually just a contactless card chip embedded […]