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The beginner’s guide to technology in 2018: All of the essential gadgets and services actually worth your money

It's 2018, and you know nothing about technology. Here's where to start.

Apple just made a few big updates to its $350 HomePod smart speaker — here’s everything that’s new

Thanks to iOS 12, Apple's HomePod smart speaker just got a few new software updates. The speaker can now make and answer phone calls, set multiple timers, and play a song even if you only know the lyrics.

Samsung just unveiled its first smart speaker, the Galaxy Home, to take on Amazon, Google, and Apple

Samsung announced its own smart speaker, the Galaxy Home, on Thursday. Whether Bixby will be good enough to be your smart speaker of choice is another question altogether.

Google Assistant tops Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa in a head-to-head intelligence test

Microsoft, Google, Apple and Amazon are all developing competing voice assistants. In a test run on smartphones, Google Assistant was able to answer the most questions correctly — about 86% of 800 questions correctly.

As iPhone sales level off, Apple has doubled its revenue from accessories since 2015

As sales of mobile devices cool, Apple has renewed its focus on audio products and accessories — the revenue for which has doubled since 2015.
Apple's current headphone marketing centers around the Beats brand and celebrities.

Apple is working on high-end headphones to compete with Bose

Apple is working on over-ear headphones that could launch as soon as next year.

Apple is overhauling Siri — and the voice assistant may finally catch up with Amazon’s Alexa

Apple's Siri took an early lead the voice-computing market, but lost much of its momentum to Amazon's Alexa. With some major updates planned for Siri this fall, Apple could get itself back in the race.

Apple’s biggest event of the year kicks off today — here’s when it starts, and how to tune in

WWDC, Apple's annual developer conference, kicks off on Monday. We'll likely get our first look at all the updates Apple has planned for iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers.
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.

Apple’s HomePod is too expensive, too limited, too late to market, and few people are buying it

It's $200 more expensive than its rivals. And those rivals do more than the HomePod, which is mostly limited to playing songs on Apple Music.