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Bose announces Alexa-enabled Home Speaker 500, Soundbar 500, and Soundbar 700

Yesterday, Bose announced three new entries into its smart speaker line-up. Each comes with Alexa, though Bose notes that "other voice assistants [will] follow," meaning that Assistant is hopefully not too far off. As usual, you can expect very high prices, but also that sound quality the company has built its reputation on.

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Google's Smart Displays and Assistant speakers will now tell you about specific news events

Google Assistant-equipped speakers have already been able to give recaps about the news, and Smart Displays took that a step further by also showing relevant videos. However, you were out of luck if you wanted to hear specific topics read out to you. Google is now fixing that, so long as you're in the US.

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[Deal Alert] Beats Pill+ Bluetooth speaker $114 at Best Buy and Amazon (half off MSRP)

Bluetooth speakers may not be as exciting as the futuristic, digital assistant-enabled hardware that's making the rounds these days, but they're still useful. When you're throwing a party on the deck or out at the beach, it isn't a Google Home that you reach for when packing. You need more volume, fewer wires, and battery-powered convenience, all of which the Beats Pill+ provides. And now you can pick one up for about half off MSRP ($114) at Best Buy and Amazon.

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[Update: Out now] Beam is Sonos' new $399 smart soundbar, available July 17th

Just earlier today, Sonos announced its new Beam, a soundbar that's 60% the size of the company's previous Playbar, all while including features like Airplay 2, Alexa functionality, and a surprisingly big sound for the size—or so Sonos claims. 

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[Update: Now $47.99] Deal alert: Nyne Adventure Bluetooth Speaker is $55.99 at Best Buy ($94 off)

Tiny Bluetooth speakers are almost literally a dime a dozen these days, but high-quality larger units can be harder to track down. Nyne, in addition to having a 3/4 of a pretty rad name, makes a wide selection of contemporary Bluetooth boombox replacements. And today the "splash-proof" 40W Nyne Adventure is just $55.99 at Best Buy, in stark contrast to the $149 price at the OEM's site

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[Deal Alert] JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth speaker with colorful light show is $130 ($70 off) at Best Buy

JBL is a trusted name in the Bluetooth speaker game, and its Pulse 3 speaker is one of the more visually pleasing ones available today. While it's not the only Bluetooth speaker touting a colorful light show, it's certainly the best-looking of the bunch. Now you can get a JBL Pulse 3 for $129.99 at Best Buy, which is $70 off the normal price and the lowest we've seen this product go for.

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[Deal Alert] Google Home Mini 3-pack only $80 at Costco ($20 off)

The Google Home Mini is probably the best value smart speaker you can buy. Not only do you get a fully-fledged Assistant experience, but you get okay sound out of it, too. Last Christmas, they went on sale for $30 each, which basically made them an impulse buy. Costco has had a 3-pack for a while now, which dipped down to $100 not too long ago (which was already a great deal). Now, you can pick up this bundle for a measly $80, almost half of what you would spend to buy three Home Minis separately at their $49 MSRP.

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Anker's 360-degree Soundcore Flare Bluetooth speaker is available now

Anker's latest addition to its Soundcore line of audio products, the Flare, is available now. The Flare is a cylindrical Bluetooth speaker that pumps out sound in all directions. It's water resistant and has a customizable light strip around the base, if you're into that sort of thing. Anker purports the Flare can manage up to 12 hours of continuous use on a charge.

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[Update: Now $190 and $230] Deal Alert: Pick up a UE Megablast speaker for $207 ($93 off), with charging dock for $247 (also $93 off)

Right now on Amazon, you can get a great deal on an Ultimate Ears Megablast WiFi and Bluetooth speaker. On its own, the Megablast costs just $207, which is $93 less than the MSRP of $299. That's a significant saving, and it applies if you add the charging dock too. With it, the price is $247, adding $40 for the extra convenience.

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Sony LF-S50G review: Novelty features don't redeem this expensive Google Assistant speaker

In the personal assistance arms race, the two real options for Android users are Google's Assistant and Amazon's Alexa, and both companies have realized that victory will require ubiquity—not as the final result, but as the means. To that end, each has opened its platform up for third-party hardware, and Sony's (un)imaginatively named LF-S50G takes advantage of Google's Assistant in the same way the first party Google Home does, seasoned with a few unique features like gesture controls and a clock.

At around $200, though, I don't think Sony's speaker is worth the extra cash for most people over the $130 Google Home, unless you have particular requirements.

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