China’s LingLong launches DingDong smart home speaker

Screenshot of Beijing Linglong's website about the Dingdong device Image copyright Beijing Linglong A Chinese firm has unveiled the country’s first voice-activated smart home speaker – its answer to Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home.

The DingDong, by technology company Beijing LingLong, uses voice interaction to do tasks such as playing music and switching on home appliances.

The device is said to understand Mandarin, Cantonese and basic English.

A study by Juniper Research suggests China’s smart home market could be worth $22.8bn (£18.3bn) by 2018.

Beijing LingLong is owned by Chinese online retailer JD.com – which is selling the DingDong for 698 yuan ($100, £81).

The device can communicate with 95% of the China’s population, Beijing Linglong told Wired.

Image copyright Beijing Linglong Image caption The DingDong also offers English lessons for children

Like Echo and Home, it can be used to control light switches, thermostats and home appliances.

And, similar to its rivals, there is internet search, traffic and weather information, directions, online shopping, and music streaming.

The makers of DingDong have also been promoting its educational tools, including being programmed with simple English lessons for children developed by a private education company.

But outside of China the Linglong DingDong has garnered more social media attention for its name than for its technological innovation, with many expressing incredulity.

“Millions of Americans tried their damnedest not to be racist for a day and then this story drops,” said Twitter user Steve Woodbury.

Image copyright Twitter/ E.Chenze Image copyright Twitter / Steve Woodbury

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China’s LingLong launches DingDong smart home speaker

Screenshot of Beijing Linglong's website about the Dingdong device Image copyright Beijing Linglong A Chinese firm has unveiled the country’s first voice-activated smart home speaker – its answer to Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home.

The DingDong, by technology company Beijing LingLong, uses voice interaction to do tasks such as playing music and switching on home appliances.

The device is said to understand Mandarin, Cantonese and basic English.

A study by Juniper Research suggests China’s smart home market could be worth $22.8bn (£18.3bn) by 2018.

Beijing LingLong is owned by Chinese online retailer JD.com – which is selling the DingDong for 698 yuan ($100, £81).

The device can communicate with 95% of the China’s population, Beijing Linglong told Wired.

Image copyright Beijing Linglong Image caption The DingDong also offers English lessons for children

Like Echo and Home, it can be used to control light switches, thermostats and home appliances.

And, similar to its rivals, there is internet search, traffic and weather information, directions, online shopping, and music streaming.

The makers of DingDong have also been promoting its educational tools, including being programmed with simple English lessons for children developed by a private education company.

But outside of China the Linglong DingDong has garnered more social media attention for its name than for its technological innovation, with many expressing incredulity.

“Millions of Americans tried their damnedest not to be racist for a day and then this story drops,” said Twitter user Steve Woodbury.

Image copyright Twitter/ E.Chenze Image copyright Twitter / Steve Woodbury

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AT&T launches DirecTV Now service with 120+ channels on Nov 30

AT&T launches DirecTV Now service with 120+ channels on Nov 30

After purchasing DirecTV over a year ago, AT&T is launching a full-fledged TV streaming service to take on cable and other services like Sling TV.

Called DirecTV Now, the service will launch on Wednesday, November 30 in the US, and offers multiple, fancifully named packages pulled from DirecTV’s existing content:

Live a Little – $35 / month (60+ channels)Just Right – $50 / month (80+ channels)Go Big – $60 / month (100+ channels)Gotta Have it – $70 / month (120+ channels)HBO and Cinemax – $5 extra each

The company is offering its highest channel package for $35 per month for an unspecified limited time. According to The Verge, this price will last until you cancel your subscription, which sounds like a pretty sweet deal. There’s also a 7-day free trial, and a litany of pre-paid offers for different devices.

That said, it’s not clear which channels exactly are included with the packages, as the DirectTV now website isn’t live yet. Major networks like Disney, ESPN, AMC, Discovery, Univision, and more are included, though the company is still negotiating with CBS and Showtime. There’s also no DVR functionality yet, with that coming somewhere down the pipeline.

DirecTV Now will be available on iOS, Apply TV, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, PC and Mac to start. That doesn’t seem to include Android TV, though Google Cast-enabled LeEco and Vizio TVs will apparently have access. Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, Amazon Fire tablets and more will follow in 2017.

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Napier Lopez is a writer based in New York City. He’s interested in all things tech, science, and photography related, and likes to yo-yo in his free time. Follow him on Twitter or his blog.

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