Apple Cuts HomePod Price by $50, Now $299

· Andrew Orr · Link

Apple is cutting the price of the HomePod a bit. It used to be US$349 but now it costs US$299.

Apple today cut the price of HomePod on its online store by $50, with the smart speaker now listed for $299, down from $349. The price drop follows recent promotional discounts at several third-party retailers across the U.S.

Alexa's Laugh Demonstrates Pop Culture Blindsiding

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Scary, glowing eyes.

Our popular culture carries with it themes, pseudo-science, and technical fears. Woe to any company whose product missteps into that quagmire.

HomePod Real World Review: Is it Worth $350

· Jeff Gamet · In-Depth Review

Apple HomePod

After two weeks of putting HomePod through real world use we’re ready to tell you if it lives up to Apple’s hype. Here’s how it holds up as a streaming music player, Siri voice assistant, and more.

HomePod Audio Quality and Siri - TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-06

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the early HomePod reviews ahead of this Friday’s release, plus they talk about audio quality and Siri’s limitations.

Apple’s HomePod Public Beta Starts February 9th, and That’s OK

· Dave Hamilton · Editorial

HomePod with Beta Test Logo

If HomePod were released by Google, I think they would explicitly state that many of its features are available “in beta” and let customers know that they expect problems to occur, but that’s generally not been Apple’s way of operating. Apple prefers to communicate confidence and consistency, which means they often wait to roll out new features until they get the foundational platform stable.

Here are HomePod's Voice Control Limitations

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple HomePod speaker

Apple’s HomePod is a streaming music smart speaker first and a Siri voice assistant second, which means there are some limitations you should be ready for. Read on to see what Siri can, and can’t, do on HomePod.

Apple Ready to Ship HomePod - TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-23

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple announcing the HomePod ship date, its delayed features, and how they think consumers will respond.