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RT : Giant HomePod leaves its mark on Cupertino.

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17 hours ago by wakemp
The Next Step in Home Audio?
Imagine an array of speakers, each with its own amplifier, all controlled by a computer, you can control the phase and amplitude (loudness) of each speaker.  The waves they send out interfere with each other as they expand outwards.   By controlling the phase and loudness (amplitude) of each speaker you can make them interfere in such a way that they create a new wave that can be aimed.  The little animation shows an array of four speakers in a row, but it can be any number and they don't have to be in a line.  The HomePod uses seven small speakers arranged in a ring.  

The HomePod also has a ring shaped array of six microphones.  They listen to the room (sample it) at a fairly high rate and decide what parts of the music, from its stereo signature, need to go where and how it needs be modified to interact with the room and everything in it.  An Apple A8 processor, the same two billion transistor processor used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, handles the computational chores.  This is much more power than we had back in the day.  Although I don't know exactly what they're working on, several people I know who are real experts at this have been at Apple for years.
yesterday by gameboy70
How to control video playback on your Apple TV with your HomePod | iMore
You can control more than just the audio volume of your Apple TV with your HomePod. You can control pause/play, and skip ahead, too!
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2 days ago by timstahmer
Infinite loop keeps , & in conversation for 48 hours
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3 days ago by jhill5
Apple knew their would leave rings on wooden surfaces. Once enough people complain they will begin making…
HomePod  from twitter_favs
3 days ago by someguy
Guess what? Sonos One speakers also damage wood • Tom's Guide
Mike Prospero:
<p>When I learned yesterday that Apple's HomePod speaker—which I had been testing—can damage oil-stained wood, I was more than a little concerned, as it had been sitting on my cabinet for quite some time.

When I got home, I saw a large white ring, a telltale indication that the HomePod's silicone base had messed up the finish. But, as I was inspecting the damage, I noticed a series of smaller white marks near where the HomePod was sitting.

A closer inspection revealed that the Sonos One speaker, which also has small silicone feet, had made these marks on my cabinet. Looking around the top of the cabinet, I noticed a bunch of little white marks, all left from the Sonos Ones as I moved them around. So, they will damage your wood furniture, too. We're awaiting comment from Sonos.</p>

Homepod  sonos  wood 
3 days ago by charlesarthur
Welcome to the Party Mix on Spotify
RT : Good luck with your launch . We made you a playlist.
homepod  from twitter
4 days ago by fnono
Apple's HomePod speakers leave white marks on wood • BBC
<p>Apple's new smart speakers can discolour wooden surfaces, leaving a white mark where they are placed, the firm has acknowledged.

The US company has suggested that owners may have to re-oil furniture if the HomePod is moved.

The device went on sale last week after having been delayed from its original 2017 release date.

Apple told Pocket-lint that it was "not unusual" for speakers with silicone bases to leave a "mild mark".

But the gadget review site told the BBC it had never seen anything like this problem.
The website's founder, Stuart Miles, told the BBC that a speaker left a mark on his kitchen worktop within 20 minutes.
"To clear it, I had to sand the wood down and then re-oil it," Mr Miles said.

"It wasn't the end of the world for us. But if you've bought an expensive Scandinavian sideboard or some beautiful piece of wooden furniture and then got a mark on it from the speaker, you can imagine the horror," he added.</p>

“Siri, show me something that should have been spotted during testing in Jony Ive’s lab with its big wooden tables.”
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4 days ago by charlesarthur
Audiophile HomePod reviewer turns out to not know much about measuring audio • Kirkville
<p>The much touted review of the HomePod posted by an “audiophile” on Reddit last week – and gleefully tweeted by Apple’s Phil Schiller – turns out to be a long mess of uninformed and poorly made measurements.

This reply on Reddit highlights many of the problems, notably the fact that the HomePod wasn’t measure in an anechoic room, but mainly the fact that the “reviewer” fudged the display of his graphs, making them look better than they were.</p>

Oh lordy, this process is never going to end, is it.
Homepod  review 
5 days ago by charlesarthur
Siri on HomePod Correctly Answered 52.3% of Queries in New AI Test - Mac Rumors
In a new test shared today by Loup Ventures, Apple's HomePod was put through its paces in categories including Siri, sound quality, and ease of use. For Siri, Loup Ventures' Gene Munster reported that while the AI assistant understood 99.4 percent of queries asked of it, it answered only 52.3 percent of them correctly. Loup Ventures tested three separate HomePods and asked 782 queries total.
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5 days ago by fjordaan

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