Amazon and Google smart speakers can eavesdrop and phish owners; HomePod safe

We’ve known since the spring of last year that Amazon Alexa and Google Home smart speakers can eavesdrop on owners, and even phish them via voice. However, new research shows that new malicious apps with these capabilities continue to be approved by both companies. The two vulnerabilities – demonstrated in videos below – occur because […]

Pandora Music now works with Dark Mode, Siri on iPhone, HomePod, and CarPlay

Apple showed up new features coming to CarPlay back at WWDC in June including the ability to control Pandora and Waze with Siri. We’re still awaiting the big iOS 13 update from Waze, but Pandora has just released the new version of its music player for iPhone. more… The post Pandora Music now works with […]

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 […]

Apple offering discounts on HomePod to Apple Music subscribers as holiday promotion

Apple is currently sending out emails to Apple Music subscribers with promo codes to buy a brand new HomePod with a significant discount. So far, UK customers are receiving codes worth £50, bringing the price of a HomePod down to £269 direct from Apple. A £50 discount beats average eBay prices. Some third party outlets […]

Simply Mac offers Mac deals on MacBooks, iMacs, HomePod & more for Black Friday weekend

Simply Mac, the nation’s largest Apple Specialist, offers some of the best Black Friday Mac deals around including a large selection of MacBooks, iMacs, and more both online and in its stores around the US. You’ll also find a selection of iPads available including iPad Pro models as well as a bunch of doorbuster deals available […]

Lowest price ever: Apple’s HomePod on sale for $249 ($100 off) with no tax in most states

Black Friday deals are in effect now with Apple’s HomePod on sale for $ 249 at Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo after a $ 100 cash discount. What’s more, B&H will not collect sales tax in many states, and shipping is free. Supplies are limited at the special price, and the offer is likely to […]

Comment: How the HomePod has found its place in my home, and what the future holds

Apple officially released its HomePod smart speaker back in February, which means it has now spent over six months on the market and six months in the hands of consumers like myself. The HomePod has been one of the most polarizing Apple product releases in recent memory, with many praising its sound quality and integration […]

MediaTek angling for future iPhone 5G modem orders, enters HomePod supply chain in meantime

MediaTek is a possible alternative modem manufacturer for Apple to consider for future iPhones. Amidst its disputes with Qualcomm over patent royalties, Apple has turned to Intel to reduce Qualcomm’s marketshare over iPhone modems. However, it has been reported that Apple is also considering to bring MediaTek onboard as a second supplier. Digitimes says that […]