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Apple unveils HomePod speaker, first new product in years, adds VR elements

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SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – Apple nodded to several up-and-coming technology trends, unveiling a new "smart" home speaker and device features touching on virtual reality, online privacy and a form of artificial intelligence called machine learning. Like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, the HomePod will play music while also helping people to manage their lives and homes. The Echo, released in 2015, and Google Home, released last year, were the first entrants in a promising market. Apple is also updating the operating software for its Apple Watch, including new watch faces, more personalized alerts that use machine learning to tailor information to you based on your routines and tastes.