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.
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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.
Today, Amazon finally released its Echo smart speaker range in Australia. With multiple versions hitting store shelves at the same time, there's a lot for prospective buyers to unpack before making a purchasing decision. Here's a rundown of each model, with links to buy.
The day we've been waiting for is finally here - we can finally pre-order the Amazon Echo, welcoming her into our homes in early February.
But what exactly will the Aussie Alexa, with her new 'strayn accent, be able to do?
A while back we detailed how to make your own Amazon Echo device using a Raspberry Pi, but if anything went wrong with it, you'd have to manually reboot the whole thing. It was a pain in the butt. Now, there's an easier way to make your own Echo.
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.