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When Jeff reviewed in super amazing detail the DJI Spark drone, he loved nearly everything about it from its portability to its build quality and resulting images, but two of his main concerns were related to the terrible Android app and the lack of a controller in the box. Back then, it would have cost you $ 499 to get the Spark alone and then $ 150 for the controller, which saves you from using the app a lot.

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Great deal: DJI Spark drone and remote controller $349

In the  market for a quadcopter? Check out this deal BHPhoto is running right now on the DJI Spark. This portable drone is extremely easy to fly and packed full of features, and for a limited time it’s available at a $ 50 discount with a free [normally $ 115] DJI remote controller…. Read the rest of this post here


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HomePod hands-on questions whether sound quality is worth $349, cites ‘distinct lack of mid-range’

Following a pair of hands-on looks earlier this week, Wired is the latest to share their initial thoughts on the HomePod following a “first listen.” Wired seems to have been given the same demo as other news outlets, but has slightly different thoughts…

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Cult of Mac Magazine: Why HomePod is actually a steal at $349, and more!

In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine: Don’t make the mistake of comparing HomePod to rival smart speakers and lamenting its $349 price tag. There are good reasons why the device costs more than three times as much as an Amazon Echo — and yet is still an absolute steal. In this week’s issue, you’ll […]

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Dealmaster: Sonos feels the HomePod heat, offers two Sonos Ones for $349

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Audio device maker Sonos this week announced a deal in which it will offer two of its Sonos One smart speakers for $ 349. The offer, a $ 49 discount, went live at various retailers on Friday. It will remain in effect for “a limited time,” according to the company.

The deal appears designed to fend off any traction that Apple might gain with its much-anticipated HomePod speaker, which launched on Friday for the same $ 349 price tag. Apple has advertised the HomePod as a small Internet-connected home speaker focused on audio quality, a market category where Sonos has been strong in recent years. Like the Sonos One, Google Home, and Amazon Echo, the HomePod will also connect to a voice assistant—in this case, Siri—to answer questions, send messages, and play music, among other tasks.

That said, the HomePod is launching with a few significant caveats: It won’t be able to pair with a second HomePod and stream multi-room audio, its voice commands do not support any music streaming service besides Apple Music, and Siri is generally seen as inferior to Alexa and Google Assistant for this class of device. It’s also relatively expensive.

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Sonos fires back at Apple’s HomePod by offering a pair of One speakers for $349

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Responding to the imminent sale of the HomePod, Sonos has cut the price of the Sonos One, selling a two-pack of the speaker for $ 349 — the same price as one HomePod.
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Sonos counters Apple’s HomePod by selling two speakers for same $349 price

Apple’s HomePod hasn’t started shipping yet, but Sonos is already making moves to protect its rule over the multi-room audio market. Today the company announced that for a limited time, you’ll be able to buy two Sonos One smart speakers for $ 349 — the price of a single HomePod. Sonos isn’t specifying how long the promotion, which officially kicks off tomorrow, will last. After an initial delay, the HomePod is set to launch on February 9th.

The Sonos One has Amazon Alexa voice integration built in, and the company has promised to add Google Assistant to the device as well sometime in 2018. Users can speak out voice commands to play music on Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, and other services, though Apple Music isn’t among them. But much…

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Apple will release its HomePod speaker on February 9th for $349

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Apple over the past few months has been on the receiving end of some well-deserved criticism regarding a number of increasingly high-profile product delays. Most recently, Apple was forced to push back the release of its HomePod smart speaker by a few weeks.

Originally scheduled to hit store shelves in December, strategically timed to take advantage of the busy holiday shopping season, Apple in November said that the HomePod release was being pushed back to early 2018. Apple didn’t provide much of an explanation, save for a generic statement that the company needed a “little more time before it’s ready for our customers.” Though the specific reason behind the delay was never made clear, the good news is that Apple’s highly anticipated HomePod finally has a release date.

Earlier today, Apple announced that the HomePod will be released to customers in the US, the UK, and Australia on February 9th. As far as smart speakers are concerned, Apple’s HomePod — not surprisingly — doesn’t come cheap. With a retail price of $ 349, the HomePod is significantly more expensive than competing products from the likes of Amazon and Google.

That said, Apple is positioning the HomePod as a premium acoustic device capable of delivering sound that Google Home and the Amazon Echo simply can’t match. Indeed, Apple’s website boasts that the HomePod incorporates “advanced software” capable of providing high-fidelity and immersive sound “throughout the room, no matter where it’s placed.”

Further, Tim Cook this past summer explained why he believes there’s enough room in the smart speaker market for the HomePod to truly thrive.

“I think when people listen to it, they are going to be shocked over the quality of the sound, and of course it does a lot of other things,” Cook explained during an interview at WWDC last year. “But we wanted a really high quality audio experience as well.

Driving the point home, Apple on the HomePod webpage details how the device was designed and engineered to deliver an incredible listening experience:

We built the high-excursion woofer with a custom amplifier to play a wide range of deep, rich bass. A powerful motor drives the diaphragm a full 20 mm — remarkable for a speaker this size. Meanwhile, HomePod uses an advanced algorithm that continuously analyzes the music and dynamically tunes the low frequencies for smooth, distortion‑free sound.

Beyond acoustic performance, Siri integration will naturally figure prominently in the HomePod experience. Interestingly, Apple’s HomePod will be able to handle a wide variety of advanced music-oriented queries such as, “Who’s playing bass on this song?”

Preorders for Apple’s new HomePod speaker will open this Friday, January 26th, ahead of the speaker’s release two weeks later.

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Acer announces $349 Chromebook Spin 11 with 360-degree hinge and USB-C

Acer has announced a new Chromebook called the Spin 11, a convertible design with a 360-hinge and 11.6-inch touchscreen. If that sounds familiar, it’s probably because Acer and Google launched essentially the same thing a year ago for the education market. This model, however, will be available in regular retail channels.

The Chromebook Spin 11 has options for quad-core Pentium or Celeron processors, two USB-C 3.1 ports, Google Play support, and an 11.6-inch touchscreen at a resolution of only 1366 x 768 — though at least the panel is IPS. Acer claims up to 10 hours of battery life. The Spin 11 will go on sale in the US in March starting at $ 349.

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