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Amazon will now let you customize your Echo to say personalized compliments and insults

A new feature called Alexa Skills Blueprints lets you create your own personalized Alexa Skills.
Apple's $350 speaker, HomePod.

Apple is considering a low-cost HomePod, says KGI Securities

"We believe HomePod shipments could be far below market expectations," he wrote in a note on Friday seen by Business Insider.

Spotify considers flagship smartphones and smart speakers from Amazon, Apple, and Google a threat to its business

Spotify considers a main source of competition to be hardware as well as software.

8 reasons you should buy the Sonos One instead of Apple’s HomePod

Apple finally released the HomePod smart speaker, but it's not looking like the device to buy.

Apple’s new $350 HomePod speaker sounds great — but there are 7 crucial things it can’t do

Apple's new HomePod combines phenomenal sound with the ease of Apple products — but it has several limitations.

7 reasons you shouldn’t buy Apple’s HomePod right now

Apple products tend to be fantastic, polished pieces of tech, but there are plenty of reasons you should pass on Apple's speaker right now.

We’re spending more time with smart speakers instead of with radios, TVs — and smartphones

When consumers use an Amazon Echo or a Google Home, they tend to spend less time with other devices and services, including their TVs and smartphones.

Smart speakers are the gateway drug to other smart-home products

A recent study found that people who already own smart speakers are much more likely to buy smart TVs, connected thermostats, and other smart-home products.
The new Amazon Echo lets you replace the outer casing with tasteful "shells."

REVIEW: Amazon’s newest Echo is better than the original in every way, but you don’t need it if you already have one

Amazon's newest Echo will only be $80 on Black Friday, and it's great for newbies to the world of Amazon Alexa.