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Technology has made our world comfortable and connected and with the advent of AI (artificial intelligence)- assisted devices, life’s tasks are just a voice-command away. But beware, the Siris and Alexas of the world come with their own vulnerabilities a.k.a- hacking. A recent study by a team of researchers at the University of Michigan and University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, has revealed that lasers can be used to silently speak to any device that uses voice-control commands, including smartphones, portable voice command de...
Most people are skeptical about using a smart speaker or internet-connected smart devices just for security reasons. The fear of not knowing what information about you the devices are collecting, sharing and to who is the big problem. In May 2018, a woman from Portland, Oregon found out that her Amazon Echo had listened to a private conversation she had with her husband and had it sent to her husband’s coworker. The couple didn’t realize until the recipient called, urging that the smart speaker be unplugged. The device had misunderst...
Apple has reportedly hired ex-Microsoft exec and former CEO of a smart lock company to spearhead its Home initiatives. The Cupertino company has been making waves in the home space for years, with the introduction of HomeKit as well as the HomePod, which is powered by Siri. The wireless smart speaker, Apple HomePod, is lagging behind its Amazon and Google rivals. Its market share was 6 percent of the 66 million united in the U.S., earning it “small but meaningful share,” Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) co-founder Josh...
The market for speakers powered by digital voice assistant and AI technology is booming. Nearly 16.8 million units of smart speakers were shipped in the second quarter of 2018, up from 9 million in Q1, as per the recent Canalys report. This accounts for nearly 187 percent growth rate. The smart speaker is undoubtedly the breakthrough gadget of the 21st century. Google Home with a 32.3% share is leading the charts consecutively in the second quarter. With a monopoly reign till 2017, Amazon’s Echo (24.5%) is sitting close to the leader...
In the recent Q2 earnings call, Amazon Inc. (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced that there are now tens of thousands of developers spread over 150 countries globally who are designing fresh devices employing the Amazon Alexa voice assistant. Adding to this, the number of Alexa-capable devices has soared more than triple from the previous year. “We want customers to be able to use Alexa wherever they are,” he added. Going beyond the statistical details, The Information coupled sales volume of Amazon Alexa powered devices with...
Sonos Inc., one of the earliest players in the US smart speaker industry, roared during its debut at Wall Street on August 2, 2018. Sonos IPO opened modestly with $16 per share after establishing the initial selling price of $15 on Wednesday evening. The IPO value was set much below the expected range between $17and $19. Listed under the ticker “SONO” on NASDAQ, the company’s stock traded as high as 32 percent to $21 per on the first day after a slow launch. The Sonos IPO day wrapped with $19.91 closing price, marking a valuation of ...
Since the release of Apple's HomePod smart speaker in January, the sales have been on a tremendous shrinking trend. This is quite different from high anticipation that the smart speaker would win a large portion of the market, speculating from its initial sales record and pre-orders. A recent forecast from its lowered sales late March has already forced Apple to reduce its orders with the manufacturer. Although highly publicized as a revolutionary sound piece, Apple HomePod sales have been overshadowed by Amazon’s Echo lineup of Alex...
A majority of people wish to make technology an integral part of their lives by upgrading their conventional homes into smart ones. In order to make this happen, a number of smart home appliances are available in the market. Adding to this, every few days a new one comes out in the market to lure the gizmo freaks. One such gadget is the Google Home Mini smart speaker. As it belongs to the Google clan, anticipation about it is higher than other brands. The official announcement of this smart speaker was made this Wednesday. Even though...
We recently informed you about the launch of the Apple HomePod at the annual event of the tech giant, WWDC 2017. Except for its price, the presentation of the gadget seemed very appealing at first. Especially if a gadget is connected with the identity of Apple, it automatically becomes attractive. This may have been the case with this smart speaker as well. What was advertised as one of the most intelligent speakers possible turned out to be a hoax. When tech critics analyzed the speaker from all angles, they came across the observati...
As all tech lovers would be well aware of, Apple’s biggest annual event, WWDC 2017 is on its second day now. The event has definitely kept gadget of their chair to know what next the tech giant would unveil in this meet. This is because typically, Apple prefers making such revelations at the WWDC. Be it important announcements related to business deals or updates or the launch of its latest gadgets, everything takes place at this event. At the WWDC 2017, the tech giant unveiled the all new Apple HomePod. At this conference, Apple als...
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