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Apple's entry into the increasingly competitive smart speaker market is here, and while the tech giant likes to claim it's focused almost entirely on the musical experience, via Apple Music, its close ties to Siri and Apple HomeKit make it tough not to compare the HomePod to similar devices produced by Google and Amazon.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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This month Apple and Amazon will both launch smart speakers in Australia, trebling our options for voice-activated, internet-connected, American-tech-giant-controlled home assistants. The category has taken off in the US, where it was pioneered by Amazon, but will it fly in Australia?

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The writing could be on the wall for the humble keyboard and mouse. Google, a company that made its bread and butter from traditional search engines, is moving towards intelligent voice-controlled devices and VR platforms that put users inside the computing environment. Google Home and Daydream are just the beginning.