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Sony’s Glowing Bluetooth Speaker Didn’t Take Me to the Club, Just Back to 1992

It’s unclear when the Sony Sports boombox became my must-have gadget, but I think it was around 1992. With its bright yellow case, the portable music machine could be spotted from across the pool like a big bright sign that screamed, “I am rugged and cool!” I wanted one for all the wrong reasons, and now, it’s strange to feel similar rumblings about Sony’s new, waterproof Bluetooth speaker. Read More >>

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Repairing an Apple HomePod Will Cost Nearly £70 More Than Buying a Brand New Sonos ONE

Apple's HomePod smart speaker is now available, with a hefty price tag of £319. That's a lot of money to spend, but it's not a huge surprise given Apple's history of slapping a premium price onto damn near all of its products. While anyone paying that much for a speaker is bound to look after it, you might want to use a bit more care with your HomePod now that Apple has released pricing information for repairs. Read More >>

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Of Course HomePod Will Only Support Apple-Owned Audio Services

Apple's HomePod is a little late to the smart speaker party, particularly compared to Amazon and Google, but it sounds like that's the least of the devices issues. Not only is it rather expensive, Apple's come out and revealed that the speaker won't be supporting any third-party audio services. Read More >>

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CES 2018: The Pin Art on This Bluetooth Speaker Dances to Your Music

One of the recent trends in Bluetooth speakers is the addition of colourful LEDs that blink and flash along with whatever music’s playing. But a company called Victrola has done something way out of left field by putting an animated Pin Art display on top of its new wireless speaker. Read More >>

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Google Buys UK-Based Phone Screen Speaker Startup

Some lucky tech developer in Cambridge has achieved the cashing-out dream, with no less a cash bag than Google agreeing to buy the mad-sounding speaker technology created by Redux. Read More >>

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Why Your Speakers Sound Terrible and How to Upgrade

Your phone has one, your laptop has one, and you’ve got a smart one in the corner of your room telling you the weather—but what makes a good speaker different from a so-so speaker? Why might you consider upgrading the audio capabilities of your TV or computer, and what should you look for if you do? Read More >>

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This Battery Pack Turns Your Google Home Into the Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker

It seems inevitable that one day your entire home will be wired so that smart assistants can hear your every request, no matter where you are. But if you mostly rely on a smart speaker, its built-in mic can only eavesdrop so far. Companies like Google would certainly love it if you bought a smart speaker for every room in your house, but a better solution is to just make your Google Home portable with a fancy pair of battery pants. Read More >>

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Some Apple HomePod Sounds Leak, and Boy Are They Soothing

Look, I don’t really care about Apple’s upcoming HomePod because even though it might sound fantastic, I’m not convinced I need to drop a few hundred pounds on yet another smart speaker. Even so, I appreciate a job well done, no matter how small, and the person or people responsible for the status sounds for the HomePod have created some of the most relaxing little tunes found on any device yet. Read More >>

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The LG Sound Bar Flex is Good, New-Fangled Modular Fun

With the new Sound Bar Flex, LG didn’t make the world’s best sound bar. It’s actually a bit of a stretch to call the modular, three-piece speaker system a sound bar at all. And at £500, the (mostly) wireless setup isn’t quite a bargain either. You know what, though? The Sound Bar Flex sure is fun to use. Read More >>

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How to Make Your Own Smart Speaker

If you like the idea of the Amazon Echo, the Google Home, or the Apple HomePod, but you’d rather not spend any money on any of them, would prefer to control as many of the variables as possible, or just want something fun to do over the weekend you can build one at home for yourself by repurposing an old phone, tablet, or Raspberry Pi you’ve got lying around. Read More >>

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A Breakthrough in Flexible Electronics Could Turn Your T-Shirts Into Amazing Speakers

2017 might go down in history as the year those boxy speakers your dad still uses finally started to go extinct. Following the development of a heat-powered graphene chip that could replace the speaker in your phone, scientists at Michigan State University have developed a paper-thin, flexible electronic panel that could turn fabrics into speakers—among other applications. Read More >>

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Ultimate Ears’ New Bluetooth Speaker Looks Like A Winking Robot

There are a lot of Bluetooth speakers in the world, but the new one from Ultimate Ears has stolen our hearts. Read More >>

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Liquid Metal on a Booming Speaker Gives Birth to Strange Alien Worlds

Gallium is one of those rare metals that turns to a liquid somewhere above room temperature, allowing you to do fun experiments—like pouring it onto a vibrating speaker while playing music—without risking severe burns. Read More >>

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Sonos Speaker Control Coming to Spotify

Spotify's apps are already great for acting as mobile remotes for whichever device is currently streaming tunes from the Swedish service. It's made my home cinema-connected PS4 my go-to stereo system as a result, letting me line up tunes through the PlayStation app before blasting them through my 5.1 speakers. So today's news comes as a natural extension of those capabilities – the Spotify apps will soon let you take complete control over any wireless Sonos speakers you may have. Read More >>

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We Built a Bose Speaker (Kind Of)

Bose has a long history of making great-yet-pricey speakers. But its latest, the BoseBUILD Speaker Cube, is a first for the company: a build-your-own speaker, intended for kids. It’s designed to help teach the basic concepts of sound and speaker design. It’s a cool idea, with dead simple setup and instructions, but for $150 (around £115) it could be a bit of a hard sell. Read More >>