July 16

AAPL: 149.04

1.27

July 13

AAPL: 147.77

2.03

The sound quality of the HomePod has been a key focus for Apple in its marketing for the smart speaker device, openly comparing it to the inferior audio of the Amazon Echo at WWDC. However, the HomePod isn’t launching until the end of the year and Amazon isn’t standing still.

Engadget sources report that the next Echo will include multiple tweeters inside, which should result in a dramatic improvement in sound. It also seems like the device will look more like a HomePod than the current Echo, substituting hard plastic cylinder for ‘cloth-like’ rounded shell.

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July 10

AAPL: 145.06

0.88

Over recent months, Amazon has quietly started rolling out a new in-house installation service that aims to offer installation of Alexa products, as well as other devices. The effort is detailed in a new report from Recode, drawing similarities to Best Buy’s Geek Squad installation and repair service…

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July 9

AAPL: 144.18

1.45

Despite its increasing focuses on Services revenue, Apple is struggling to draw users to the iTunes Store for movie purchases and rentals. According to a new in-depth report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple’s market share for renting and purchasing movies has fallen to between 20 percent and 35 percent, despite once being well over 50 percent as recently as 2012…

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July 6

AAPL: 142.73

-1.36

June 29

AAPL: 143.68

-2.15

June 26

AAPL: 145.82

-0.46

Apple’s unveiling of the HomePod at WWDC was little more than a preview, as the company remains tight-lipped on exactly how the Siri voice assistant will work on the device. Whilst the HomePod isn’t shipping until the end of the year, Amazon is launching its latest addition to the Alexa home AI product range later this week.

The $230 Echo Show launches on Wednesday, featuring a 7-inch touchscreen. The company posted a series of videos (watch after the jump) giving a first look at the UI in action, to show how the Alexa assistant will utilize the screen to display relevant information and respond to voice queries …

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June 22

AAPL: 145.63

-0.24

When the Echo Show launches next Wednesday, Amazon’s smart speaker with a display will work with a number of smart home cameras including the August Doorbell Cam from day one. For comparison, Apple’s HomeKit smart home feature supports video cameras and doorbells but only one camera has hit the market with support so far.

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June 20

AAPL: 145.01

-1.33

Apple’s HomePod teaser was somewhat oddly placed. Two hours into a developer conference without real developer opportunities and six months before the product is ready to ship. Why? Apple surely has a list of reasons like working around leaks and market pressure to show what they’ve been building.

If for no other reason, the teaser was probably intended to whet the appetite of Apple users tempted to jump in to the Amazon Echo ecosystem. I was certainly in that camp, and it worked for a few reasons.

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June 19

AAPL: 146.34

4.07

A new report from Strategy Analytics gives us a look at the current state of Wi-Fi speaker sales ahead of Apple’s release of its newly unveiled HomePod Siri speaker slated for this December. The report shows that Amazon with its push of Echo and other Alexa-enabled WiFi speakers was able to surpass shipments from Sonos that has mostly ruled the majority of the market since 2014.

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June 12

AAPL: 145.42

-3.56

June 9

AAPL: 148.98

-6.01

9to5Toys Last Call: TP-Link Amazon Sale, WD 4TB Portable HDD $105, JBL Playlist Speaker $150, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

9to5Rewards: Apple iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case [Giveaway]

TP-Link Networking Amazon Gold Box: smart outlets $23, routers, switches and more

WD’s Easystore 4TB USB 3.0 Portable HDD down to $105 (Orig. $200)

JBL’s Playlist Chromecast Speaker gets a discount to $150

 

Best Buy Father’s Day Sale: BeatsX under $100, 2017 iPad discounts, HomeKit deals, more

Apple’s new iPad Pro pre-orders launch w/ up to $50 gift cards, tax benefits

The best cases for Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro

Apple’s 2017 9.7-inch iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $399 at B&H (Tax NY/NJ only)

Apple iPhone 6s 16GB in multiple colors now $280 shipped (refurb)

Sonos launches big sale w/ discounts on PLAY:1, SUB, PLAYBASE, and more

Affinity Photo and Designer apps drop to $40 ea. on the Mac App Store (20% off)

Review: UNBREAKcable Lightning cables are designed to withstand everyday life

Review: Logitech’s K840 is an affordable gateway to mechanical keyboards

Review: VAUX Speaker brings improved sound, portability, and simplicity to the Echo Dot

9to5Rewards: Monoprice Tube Amp Bluetooth Speaker System [Giveaway]

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Sony DualShock PS4 controllers $40: gold, silver, camo, red, white, more

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Splatoon 2 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller hits next month, pre-order now

ROLI intros new 5D multi-touch Seaboard Block music controller

Turtle Beach’s latest Xbox One and PS4 headsets hit ahead of E3

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

AOC 24-Inch Gaming Monitor w/ HDMI + USB for $200 shipped (Reg. $250)

Logitech Z200 Multimedia Speakers get a rare price drop to $20 at Amazon

Twelve South’s BookBook iPhone 7/Plus cases drop to $54 (Amazon all-time low)

Fitbit fitness trackers up to 40% off: Flex 2 $60, Alta $100, more

June 8

AAPL: 154.99

-0.38

June 7

AAPL: 155.37

0.92

Apple wasn’t shy about comparing its new HomePod speaker to existing competition from the likes of Amazon and Sonos, and now an Amazon executive has spoken on the company’s newfound rival. Amazon’s senior VP of devices David Limp explained that he believes Alexa and Siri should be able to communicate with one another, while also pointing to the HomePod’s price as an advantage for Amazon…

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9to5Toys Last Call: SanDisk Memory Sale at Amazon, 9.7-inch iPad 128GB $399, Leather Apple Watch Band $13, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

QNAP’s 2-bay NAS w/ AirPlay + HDMI is down to $268 shipped

Amazon SanDisk Sale 25% off: wireless flash drives, memory cards, more

Apple’s 2017 9.7-inch iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $399 at B&H (Tax NY/NJ only)

Add a leather band to your Apple Watch in multiple colors for $13 (Reg. $21)

Apple iPhone 6s 16GB in multiple colors now $280 shipped (refurb)

Apple’s new iPad Pro pre-orders launch w/ up to $50 gift cards, tax benefits

The best cases for Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro

Sonos launches big sale w/ discounts on PLAY:1, SUB, PLAYBASE, and more

Affinity Photo and Designer apps drop to $40 ea. on the Mac App Store (20% off)

Review: Logitech’s K840 is an affordable gateway to mechanical keyboards

Review: VAUX Speaker brings improved sound, portability, and simplicity to the Echo Dot

9to5Rewards: Monoprice Tube Amp Bluetooth Speaker System [Giveaway]

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Daily Deals: Logitech Performance Mouse MX $40, VIZIO 48″ 1080p HDTV with Chromecast built-in $330, more

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon coming to Nintendo 3DS this fall, more

Mophie intros new iPhone 7/Plus and Galaxy S8/Plus Wireless Charge Force cases

Super Nintendo World getting Mario Kart rides, massive PR event, more

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

Harman Kardon discounts its Onyx AirPlay/Bluetooth Speaker to $150

Laser Wireless Printers: Dell w/ AirPrint $50, Canon All-in-One $85

Anker’s new PowerCore MFi iPhone 7 Battery Case 20% off: $45 shipped

Ring Video Doorbells get a $50 discount at Amazon, Best Buy, more: Pro model $199

Fitbit fitness trackers up to 40% off: Flex 2 $60, Alta $100, more

June 5

AAPL: 153.93

-1.52

Amazon Prime Video coming to Apple TV & TV app later this summer

Tim Cook announced at WWDC 2017 that Amazon Prime Video will come to tvOS and Apple TV later this summer. Amazon’s video service was previously rumored to be announced at this event. Amazon Prime TV will integrate with the TV app. The company did not announce tvOS 11, with Tim Cook simply teasing that more […]

May 31

AAPL: 152.76

-0.91

May 29

AAPL: 153.61

-0.26

9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7″ iPad Pro LTE $579, 15″ MacBook Pro 512GB $400 off, Amazon Echo $140, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Apple 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + LTE 32GB $579 shipped (Reg. $729)

Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro gets $124 discount, priced from $475

Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro 512GB gets a nearly $400 discount for Memorial Day

Amazon’s Echo and Echo Dot now up to $40 off for Prime members

Best Buy Memorial Day Sale: $70 off Apple Watch Series 2, iPad mini 4 $300, more!

Best Memorial Day Sales 2017: Apple Watch, apparel, home goods, more

Best Buy is clearing out official Apple Watch Sport Bands, starting at $34 (or less)

Apple’s Great Games for $1 Sale: BADLAND, Assassin’s Creed, many more

Review: Logitech’s Z537 Speaker System gives your Mac the audio it deserves [Video]

9to5Rewards: Sphero’s Star Wars BB-8 smartphone-controlled droid [Giveaway]

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

This Brother Wireless Printer w/ AirPrint is an Amazon favorite, now $100 (Reg. $130)

Kindle Voyager E-Reader (refurb) $135 + up to 80% off Kindle E-Books nonfiction bestsellers

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

How-to build your very own LEGO fidget spinner

Homsecure alerts your iOS/Android device when your existing smoke alarms go off

Smacircle S1 eBike fits in your backpack to make storage a breeze

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

Mophie Juice Pack Battery for iPhone 7/Plus for $50 shipped (Reg. $99)

Apple’s official Silicone iPhone 7 cases are on sale at Amazon from $24

Twelve South TimePorter for Apple Watch now $40 (Reg. $50)

iHome SmartPlug with HomeKit/Alexa hits Amazon all-time low: $42 shipped

Pad & Quill offering 20% off leather/linen iPad & Apple Watch accessories

May 25

AAPL: 153.87

0.53
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