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The JBL Boombox massive portable Bluetooth speaker drops to $350 ($100 off)

The JBL Boombox massive portable Bluetooth speaker drops to $350 ($100 off)

If you're looking for a powerful and waterproof Bluetooth speaker, JBL's Boombox is probably a good option for you. Many retailers are now selling it for $350, which is $150 less than its original retail price, even though it's been going for about $450 recently.

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JBL Link Drive review: Google Assistant in your car still has rough edges

JBL Link Drive review: Google Assistant in your car still has rough edges

Google Assistant is everywhere these days: phones, tablets, speakers, Chromebooks, and more. The first Assistant devices for cars were unveiled earlier this year, and the first model from Anker launched in April. The other device, JBL's Link Drive, was announced at CES and seemed like it wasn't going to come out. Of course, JBL is no stranger to delays, and the Link Drive just became available recently. So, how is the JBL Link Drive? It's an almost identical experience to the Anker Roav Bolt, but with more hardware disadvantages and a higher price.

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[Update: Both colors] JBL's biggest, loudest smart speaker is just $150 right now ($300 off MSRP)

[Update: Both colors] JBL's biggest, loudest smart speaker is just $150 right now ($300 off MSRP)

In what is probably the biggest deal we'll spot this week, JBL's massive, Assistant-powered Link 500 smart speaker has been discounted to just $150. That's $300 off compared to the $450 MSRP, but there are two catches: Only the white model is on sale (black is still full-price at $450), and you have to buy it through JBL's storefront.

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Google Assistant expands to new devices, debuts Ambient Mode on phones and tablets

Google Assistant expands to new devices, debuts Ambient Mode on phones and tablets

Google Assistant has had Ambient Mode for quite some time now. The current implementation of it only works on devices like smart displays or alarm clocks. We first saw evidence that the company is working on a version of it for mobile devices when telling strings surfaced in the Google app's code – quickly followed by some images showing Ambient Mode in action on a Pixel phone. Today at IFA, Google is ready to officially launch it. The company unveiled the first batch of mobile devices supporting Ambient Mode, along with announcing Assistant support for a wide range of other audio products.

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JBL's IFA 2019 lineup includes noise-canceling earbuds and a trio of honkin' soundbars

JBL's IFA 2019 lineup includes noise-canceling earbuds and a trio of honkin' soundbars

For whatever reason you need music pumped into the background of an event or the foreground of a party, you have a discomforting number of options for speakers in the market. Well, Samsung-owned JBL has gone and complicated that market a bit further this IFA and while it has typically does a quality job on everything, you might need a little introduction on what all these speakers are good for — that's what we're here for.

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[Update: Back on sale] Grab a refurbished JBL Link 10 portable Assistant speaker for $40 (50% off)

[Update: Back on sale] Grab a refurbished JBL Link 10 portable Assistant speaker for $40 (50% off)

Before I bought my Google Home Mini, I used a portable Bluetooth Jawbone Jambox to play music at home, but when I built my smart home infrastructure, I wanted to use Assistant to control my tunes while still being able to carry them around the house. Back then, Google Homes couldn't connect to external Bluetooth speakers, so I invested in a portable Sony one with Chromecast support so I could still enjoy some music while showering.

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I wish Google's Smart Displays were the kitchen companions they promised to be

I wish Google's Smart Displays were the kitchen companions they promised to be

When Google first announced its Smart Display platform, one of the focal points was the kitchen. The Google Assistant would be able to find you recipes, put items into a shopping list, convert units, set timers, and answer simple cooking questions to keep your hands free for the actual task of preparing and cooking a meal. At least, that was the experience in theory. In practice, I've found my smart display to be little more than a glorified timer and music streaming box, with my smartphone continuing to be the invaluable research and display tool I rely on when cooking from a recipe or learning a technique for the first time.

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JBL's massive PartyBox 200 speaker is marked down to $330 ($50 off)

JBL's massive PartyBox 200 speaker is marked down to $330 ($50 off)

You may already own a Bluetooth speaker or two, but can it plug into a guitar, be used with a mic for karaoke, and wake up your neighbors a few doors down? The JBL PartyBox 200 sure can, and it's currently $50 off at various retailers.

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Refurbished JBL Link 300 with Assistant and Cast support on sale for $80 ($45 off)

Refurbished JBL Link 300 with Assistant and Cast support on sale for $80 ($45 off)

There are a lot of good portable speakers out there, but most come with just Bluetooth and AUX input options. The JBL Link 300 is a Bluetooth speaker that also has Google Assistant and Cast support, making it a Google Home of sorts. JBL is currently selling the certified refurbished Link 300 for $80 on its website — that's $45 less than a new speaker at Best Buy and $170 off the $250 MSRP.

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JBL's Link Google Assistant speakers are 57% off at Newegg for today only

JBL's Link Google Assistant speakers are 57% off at Newegg for today only

JBL makes some of the best smart Google Assistant speakers around, from the portable Link 10 to the premium Link 500. Right now, you can get the company's entire lineup of Assistant speakers for 57% off at Newegg, including the Link 10 for $79.95.

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