Apple’s HomePod Set to Barge Into Hot Speaker Market

HomePod, Apple’s long-awaited entry into the torrid smart speaker market, will be available Feb. 9, the company announced Tuesday. The HomePod, which is not quite 7 inches tall, will be offered in white and space gray. It can be pre-ordered at Apple’s website for US$349 starting Friday. Unlike other smart speakers, which support a variety…