New year, new deals: $259 Apple HomePods; $355 128GB 2018 iPads; H&R Block tax software for Mac $18

Ringing in the new year, retailers are offering cash discounts on HomePods, MacBook Pros and iPads with discounts of up to $ 280 off. Ready to tackle tax prep? H&R Block Deluxe + State 2018 is on sale for $ 17.98 today only while supplies last. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

Apple reportedly ships 600k HomePods during Q1 as Amazon faces increasing competition

Strategy Analytics is today out with its latest report covering the smart speaker market during the first quarter of 2018. The data shows that Apple shipped just over half a million HomePods during the quarter, locking in less than 10 percent in terms of marketshare… more… 9to5Mac

Apple invention appears to detail HomePod’s adaptive acoustics

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application seemingly related to the company’s upcoming HomePod speaker. In particular, the invention covers a method of equalizing and optimizing loudspeaker output through the use of microphones, digital signal processing and advanced computational algorithms. AppleInsider – Frontpage News