HomePod first takes roll in, Apple to install iPhone repair machines in 25 countriesToday's major tech headlines include our first look at Apple's HomePod smart speaker. PC hardware maker NZXT is launching a build service and Apple is starting to install 400 iPhone repair machines around the world.
This is CNET, and here are the stories that matter right now. First impression of Apple's smart speaker are rolling in, and the general consensus says it's quite the impressive sounding speaker. Music sounds great as the device separates vocal and musical channels for a better music experience. But for $350, critics still aren't sure if it's worth the price over an Amazon Echo or even a Sonos Play 3 speaker. For more first takes, be sure to visit CNET.com. PC hardware maker NZXT has launched a build your own PC gaming service called BLD that looks to streamline the process of picking parts and assembling a rig for new builders. PC Part Picker has owned the space for quite some time, but BLD is attempting to approach the idea from a more accessible angle. And even let's customers choose the games they like to run and build from there. [MUSIC] And finally Reuters has reporting that Apple will be placing their proprietory horizon machines, the ones that can easily fix icon screens in about 403rd party repair centers in 25 countries. Before it goes well the roll out will be complete by the years end hopefully reduce the price of iPhone repairs. You can see it today with the latest by downloading the cnet tech today app in the apple or google play store.