Internet of Things

Samsung Bixby’s former head is now at Google

In just a few weeks, Samsung will be revealing the Galaxy S9. Alongside it, of course, will be Bixby. Samsung has been trying, with very little success, to push its own homebrew AI platform and personal assistant. It will, however, be taking on Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple Siri without a critical member of …

Apple HomePod Review

Apple’s HomePod may be late to the party, but the Siri-powered smart speaker isn’t arriving quietly in any sense of the word. HomePod’s biggest strength is that, in a segment where ease of use is yet to catch up with functionality, it makes navigating a great-sounding Apple Music experience by voice a joy. How it …

Alexa is getting a custom Amazon AI chip: Report

Amazon plans to join the custom chip club, with future Alexa devices like the Echo smart speaker reportedly set to be powered by a homegrown AI processor. Efforts to design a special chipset that would give Alexa offline talents, among other improvements, are said to have been underway for the past few years. As well …

Apple HomePod repairs are very expensive, thankfully cable replacements aren’t

Now that Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker is finally available for purchase, details are coming out on the price of out-of-warranty repairs. If you haven’t heard yet, they’re very expensive: dropping or cosmetic damages not covered by the hardware warranty can cost $279. Fortunately, there’s a separate, specific type of repair that can be done …