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NewsOne of the big changes coming with iOS 17 is the ability to drop "Hey" from the "Hey Siri" tigger phrase, but the standard "Hey Siri" will still be an option. NewsComing in iOS 17, StandBy displays clock faces, smart home widgets, and photos on your iPhone's lock screen when it's horizontal. NewsSoon you won't need to say "Hey" before chatting with Apple's Siri on the iPhone. Back-to-back Siri commands without the wake word are also coming soon.
NewsStarting next month, Google Assistant will only be able to create notes and lists on Google Keep, leaving AnyList and Bring users high and dry. NewsThe U.S. Federal Trade Commission had accused Amazon of illegally gathering data from kids through their Alexa profiles, as well as mishandling Ring videos. UpdatedAlexa’s ability to speak in Samuel L. Jackson’s voice is already gone, and the Melissa McCarthy and Shaquille O’Neal voices are getting the hook soon. NewsThe next version of iOS could make your iPhone act like a smart display when it's locked and positioned horizontally, according to a report. NewsThe updated Echo Show 5 arrives with a faster processor and new speakers, while the affordable and semi-spherical Echo Pop comes in four colors. NewsThe Pixel Tablet and dock combo will cost $499 when it ships next month, making the package considerably less pricey than expected. NewsThe plus-sized Sony SRS-XV800 Bluetooth speaker is a towering, battery-powered, wheeled behemoth. Sony also announced the compact SRS-XB100. NewsGoogle teased a Nest-style dock for its upcoming Google Pixel Tablet last year. Will the finished product take the stage at Google I/O 2023? NewsAlexa will give you real-time updates on your Uber Eats delivery, including when your order is arriving and whether there are any changes. NewsAlexa's support for the new, ecosystem-unifying smart home standard is no longer limited to Wi-Fi. NewsA reference to a third-generation Echo Show 5 display has been spotted on an Amazon help page. Is a new version of the smallest Echo display on the way? NewsThe luxury brand’s latest portable speaker, the Beosound A5, has a Bluetooth 5.2 radio, but it also supports AirPlay 2, Chromecast, and Bang & Olufsen’s own Beolink Multiroom technology. NewsToo much chatter from Google Assistant? If so, good news: The Assistant will now acknowledge certain commands with a chime rather than by speaking. NewsIf your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm goes off, your HomePod or HomePod mini can detect the sound and trigger a notification. NewsT-Mobile just became the latest carrier to offer hands-free calling through Alexa, joining AT&T and Verizon. NewsApple still has plans for a HomePod smart display, but it probably won't arrive this year, according to the latest buzz.
NewsSonos Era 100 and Sonos Era 300 feature Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth connectivity. The larger speaker delivers spatial audio from a single cabinet or a two-piece set.