Acoustic Testing Confirms Apple’s Claim of the HomePod Offering Consistent Sound Throughout the Room

Some of the claims made by Apple in the HomePod marketing materials may seem bold, but a new report seems to confirm that most of it is accurate. The folks at Fast Company recently tested the audio performance of the HomePod in detail to understand how well it will hold up against the competition. Continue reading
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How to use Shazam with Siri on HomePod to identify songs playing in the room

HomePod’s strand of Siri has its limitations but it’s music features are pretty robust. You can actually use the Shazam song identification features on HomePod, you just need to know the right request phrase for Siri.

The HomePod uses its microphones to listen to the environment and Shazam will try to find a match for the song. You can then get the HomePod to play the song straight from Apple Music. Here’s how to use Shazam on HomePod …

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How to rename your HomePod (and the room it’s in)

One of my favorite things to do when getting a new Apple gadget is to rename it. My HomePod is now the Death Star and it’s in the Outer Rim.

When you live in a household with as many Apple gadgets as I do, you can’t just leave the default names or identifying them will get confusing fast. If you’ve got more then one HomePod, for example, you’re going to need to give each one a custom name so you don’t get them mixed up. Or, maybe you just want to give your HomePod a clever name. Here’s how.

How to rename your HomePod

HomePod is just too boring sounding for me. One of the first things I did was change its name … to the Death Star.

  1. Launch the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Long press on your HomePod accessory button.
  3. Tap Details in the bottom right.

  4. Tap where it reads HomePod.
  5. Type in the new name.
  6. Tap Done when you’re finished.

The change will sync across all your connected apps and devices.

How to rename the room your HomePod is in

Renaming my HomePod just wasn’t good enough for me. With such a clever name as the Death Star, I had to come up with a better name for the room it’s in.

  1. Launch the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Long press on your HomePod accessory button.
  3. Tap Details in the bottom right.

  4. Tao Room.
  5. Scroll down and tap Create New.
  6. Type in the new room name.

  7. Tap Save.
  8. Tap Done when you’re finished.

The change will sync across all your connected apps and devices.

How clever are you?

Did you rename your HomePod or the room it’s in? What did you come up with? I can’t wait to hear your ideas.

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First look: Occipital Structure sensor iPad attachment aims to simplify, add precision to room and object 3D scanning

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At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, Occipital showed off its Structure mobile depth sensor that attaches to the back of an iPad to capture a 3D model of whatever is in front of it, including small and large objects, and the overall layout of a room — and AppleInsider just got one to try out.
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