Speaker

Anker’s Nebula Capsule portable projector is a pocket powerhouse

Anker is a device maker that’s rapidly become a go-to brand for affordable, quality accessories include cables, chargers and backup batteries. More recently, it’s started to branch out int

Nest’s video doorbell is now shipping

Back in September of last year, Nest announced its first smart doorbell. When it would actually ship, however, was left sort of up in the air; all the company said at the time was to expect it sometim

Devialet is getting a new CEO

Employees of French startup Devialet just learned this morning that they would get a new CEO. Co-founder and (former) CEO Quentin Sannié is going to focus on the long-term vision, while Franck Lebouc

Global tech firms and investors are reshaping Latin America’s startup environment

Julie Ruvolo Contributor Julie Ruvolo, a former writer for TechCrunch, is the head of editorial content for the Latin American Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. More posts by this contri

A four-sentence HomePod review (with appendices)

Apple's HomePod delivers superior sound quality and solid Siri performance but still lags behind competition on breadth of voice commands.

Bang & Olufsen’s David Lynch speaker is perfect for playing 50’s crooners and loud electrical noises

Fresh off the satisfyingly frustrating Twin Peaks revival, director David Lynch is lending his name to an extremely limited edition Bang & Olufsen speaker. It’s a weird collaboration from a wei

Libratone update will add Amazon Alexa voice control to its speakers

Libratone, a Danish maker of snazzy high end wireless speakers, has announced its existing Zipp and Zipp Mini speakers will get support for Amazon's Alexa voice assistant via a free app update, slated

Sonos is testing a speaker with a mic and voice control

It looks like Sonos is nearing the release of a speaker that has a built-in voice control assistant. According to an FCC filing found by Dave Zatz, the company is seeking to get approval from the U.S.

Putting the voice assistant speaker craze in context

If you believe the hype, homes in the US are already lousy with speakers containing embodied AI -- the most high profile being Amazon's Echo, in its various incarnations, whose Alexa voice assistant c

After Harman Kardon, HP signs on to launch Cortana-enabled devices, too

Earlier this week, Harman Kardon announced the Invoke, its Cortana-enabled Amazon Echo competitor. While Harman Kardon was the first company to integrate Cortana into this kind of device, it's not goi

LG is bringing a little floating speaker to CES

LG’s apparently not much for surprises at this year’s CES. The company has already announced a number of the devices it plans to debut at the show, including a bunch of smartphones and monitors. M

Whyd announces its voice-controlled connected speaker for $299

French startup Whyd started off as a social network for music lovers but recently announced that it would switch its focus for a hardware project. The company just unveiled this secret hardware projec

Enclave Audio delivers 5.1 surround sound (almost) wirelessly

In the list of things that we want science to solve I suspect the creation of a wireless 5.1 speaker system that is easy to use and set up ranks up there in between a cure for shingles and the coloniz

The Fluance Fi70 speaker is worth the money, but maybe not the space

I own a lot of Bluetooth speakers. And I’ve played with even more. From powerful models from Bose and Libratone down to your basic Jawbone and the Amazon Echo. While each has its own specific st

The Sonos Play:5 Is A Compact, Wireless Music Machine That Sounds Great

Sonos has long been my favorite speaker company. While the sound quality is fair to good – I’ve heard better and I’ve heard far worse – the ease of use, the simplicity of setup

Apple’s Beats Announces The $229 Pill+, Will Hit Shelves Next Month

It’s amazing to think that the original Pill hit the shelves over three years ago to take on Jambox. Since then, the company behind it, Beats, was acquired by Apple . With over a million sold si

Sonos Announces A New Speaker To Embiggen Your Audio

Sonos has just announced the PLAY:5, a new speaker to replace the similarly-sized PLAY line. The new speaker is designed as a successor to the PLAY:5 speaker. Sonos, you’ll recall, offers a ster

Amazon Echo Proves The Viability Of Voice-Based Home Computing

Voice-powered interfaces are the way forward. For me to make such a pronouncement is kind of ridiculous, as I’ve been an incredibly slow adopter of features like Google Now and Siri, based on th

The LightFreq Square2 Lets You Rock Out With Your Lights On

Your speaker is in my lightbulb! No, your lightbulb is in my speaker! Thanks to the new LightFreq Square2, we’re both right. The Square2 is a lightbulb with built-in speaker and intercom. To use

The Apple Watch Is A Great Event Assistant

This past week's <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/events/disrupt-ny-2015/event-home/">Disrupt NY 2015</a> conference was my first opportunity to use the Apple Watch at a multi-day event, and consi
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