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3Honeywell Lyric C1 Wi-Fi Security Camera review: Excellent security and easy to use
Honeywell's smart surveillance camera offers intelligent sound detection and motion-detection zones to assure you get only the most important alerts.
August 7, 2017
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5 Alexa-enabled devices you need to check out!
Echo isn't the only Alexa-enabled device in town.
August 31, 2017
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5 best Ways to Use your Amazon Echo
Amazon Echo can make your life easier in innumerable ways.
January 4, 2017
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5 Google Home tips for people who love music
Other than sounding surprisingly good for such a small speaker.
August 3, 2017
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5 Things Every Smart Home Owner Should Have
Putting together a smart home takes time, money, patience, and a little elbow grease.
April 25, 2017
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5 ways Google Home just got better
Between voice calling, new entertainment offerings and better integration with screens, the Google Home is growing up quickly.
May 17, 2017
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6 Amazon Echo accessories you never knew existed (but should definitely check out!)
Amazon's Echo line already is pretty good. But for just a few bucks more you can make your Echo even better.
July 31, 2017
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6 awesome Google Home commands you may not know
These commands will help you get the most out of Google Home.
July 24, 2017
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7 Unique Amazon Echo Dot Cases and Stands to Amp up Your Home Decor
Personalize your Echo Dot with these unique cases and stands!
November 2, 2017
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9 Alexa tips and tricks
Amazon's Echo, Echo Dot and Tap devices can do more than just check the weather and sling playlists.
December 23, 2016
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9 low-cost, high-tech ways to secure your home
Technology is ever the equalizer, and this is increasingly true in the realm of home security. for most people, home security means a few good deadbolts and possibly some bars on the window. Whole-home, monitored, wired security systems that cost upwards of $50 a month (not to mention long-term contracts and multiple up-charges for installation and additional features) are an expensive option if all you want to know is if someone is in your backyard or trying to open your front door.
April 19, 2017
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9 must-know Amazon Echo tips and tricks
Amazon's Echo, Echo Dot and Tap devices can do more than just check the weather and sling playlists.
December 23, 2016
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10 Amazon Echo Commands You Must Try
Speak, Alexa, and Enter.
November 1, 2017
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10 best Alexa Skills you can use right now
Your Amazon Echo only gets smarter from here.
March 22, 2017
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12 Tools and Apps That Make Working From Home Easier
With around 34 percent of the US workforce now freelancing, more and more of us are ditching the traditional office environment for anywhere we can get wi-fi, and if you're a resident of New York City you're probably stuck working at home anyway, trapped by the crumbling infrastructure of the NYC subway system.
June 21, 2017
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15-second ads coming to Amazon's Alexa
Ads at the start and end of Alexa conversations, thanks to third-party company.
May 12, 2017
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19% of Apple buyers are very interested in purchasing the HomePod smart speaker
It shouldn't be a surprise that consumers who typically purchase Apple devices are more interested than the general public in buying Apple's newest product, the HomePod smart speaker. Among 2,000 Apple buyers, 19% are very interested in purchasing the smart speaker which was unveiled at WWDC earlier this month. 13% of the general public said that they were very interested in the product.
June 16, 2017
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20 helpful Google Home commands to try
"OK Google, help me out!"
April 20, 2017
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22 products to make spring cleaning a whole lot easier
Put on a good podcast and get to work.
March 23, 2017
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A built-in version of the oven that recognizes your food
The company that created a countertop oven that uses a camera to identify and cook your food has created a built-in version of its smart cooker.
August 15, 2017
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A free Google Home is in store for those ordering an LG G6
Although the LG G6 was announced last month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the firm wasn't quite clear on the device's price, but did offer a US release window set sometime in April. While we wait for more information, we will have to settle for a new promotional page that has surfaced on the LG website that promises a free Google Home to those that purchase a G6.
March 16, 2017
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A nanoparticle boost for solar-powered water heating
Solar energy could provide a renewable, sustainable source of power for our daily needs. However, even the most state-of-the-art solar cells struggle to achieve energy conversion efficiency of higher than 30%. While current solar-powered water heaters fare better in terms of energy efficiency, there are still improvements to be made if the systems are to be used more widely.
November 21, 2016
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A new hack can turn an Echo into a live microphone
The attack requires physical access, and doesn't work on devices made this year
August 1, 2017
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A Pikachu Talk app is coming to Google Home and Amazon Alexa devices
He'll be completely unhelpful
November 2, 2017
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A Seemingly Simple Tweak Unlocks Google Home's Full Potential
Voice-powered speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home have carved out a place on kitchen counters and nightstands in countless homes. what makes their immense popularity all the more remarkable is that they've achieved it without a key feature: Knowing exactly who's talking. that changes with Google Home's introduction of support for multiple accounts.
April 20, 2017
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A Wallflower smart plug and an iPhone means you'll never forget to turn off the stove
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who know they turned off the stove and everyone else.
July 25, 2017
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A Wallflower smart plug means you'll never forget to turn off the stove
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who know they turned off the stove and everyone else.
July 25, 2017
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A weekend with Google Home: Where's the magic?
"Sorry, I don't know how to help with that. But my team is helping me learn."
November 7, 2016
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Abode home security system review: Flexible, easy to install, and readily expandable
A basic home security system that you can expand into a powerful smart home system now or later.
March 21, 2017
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Abode rounds out its security kit with a new camera, sensors
Abode adds a 1080p HD camera and a variety of door/window sensors to its DIY home security system.
October 12, 2017
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Adobe: Echo Dot now leads voice speaker sales
In the nascent connected speaker market, consumers appear to be gravitating toward the more affordably priced Amazon Echo Dot, according to new e-commerce sales data released this morning by Adobe. However, Google's decision to release its Echo competitor, Google Home, in November paid off well, the study found. During the 2016 holidays, Google Home was able to outsell both Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, before losing ground to the Dot in the first quarter of this year.
June 29, 2017
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Airmega 300S air purifier review: Clean air comes at a high cost
This smart air purifier monitors air quality in real time, adapts to the environment, and can be controlled with a smartphone app. But its price tag might make you swoon.
March 22, 2017
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Alcatel Cameo X is a mid-range smartphone for AT&T
Alcatel is about to unleash yet another Android smartphone in the United States, the Cameo X. Although it looks like a mid-range device, the fact that it will be picked up by a major carrier will most likely boost its sales.
September 27, 2017
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Alexa -- and retailers -- want to get to know you better
Software giant Adobe helps Amazon's digital assistant get more personal by employing a whole lot of data.
March 22, 2017
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Alexa and Cortana will be able to talk to each other
Digital assistants can do many things well, but no single one can do everything that we need. That's why we use different ones, depending on what we want to do and what device we are using. But what if they could talk to each other, so we wouldn't have to switch between them anymore?
August 30, 2017
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Alexa and Google Assistant HomePod competitors are coming from Sony, Harman and more
Berlin's big IFA trade show doesn't officially open until tomorrow, but the announcements have already started pouring out of the show that's come to be known as the "CES of Europe." The event's late-August/early-September timing has been a big part of its increasing relevance in recent years, as companies use the platform to debut wares in time for the holidays. As such, the show has grown into a pretty good bellwether for holiday tech trends.
August 31, 2017
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Alexa can control playback in Amazon Music's iOS and Android apps
Providing hands-free controls for Amazon's music service on a bunch of devices.
September 26, 2017
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Alexa can now clean a floor with Neato's robot vacuum
Neato got on the smartphone connected robot vacuum train early on, so it's really only fitting that the company become the first to embrace Amazon's multi-talented home assistant. Starting this week, the company's Botvac Connected vacuum gets Alexa integration, so users can control a clean by speaking.
November 23, 2016
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Alexa finally listens for Fire TV. It was worth the wait
Now Amazon's always-listening Echo and Dot speakers can control Fire TV devices without the remote, using just your voice. Bingeing just got even easier.
August 18, 2017
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Alexa integration now available for UE Boom 2 and UE Megaboom speakers
Logitech has added Amazon Alexa to their UE Boom speakers.
August 16, 2017
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Alexa now works in Amazon Music on iPhone and Android
Move over Siri: Alexa takes charge of your tunes in the music streaming app.
September 26, 2017
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Alexa now works with Sengled carbon neutral LED bulbs
"Alexa, reassure me that buying this new gadget won't harm the environment."
February 21, 2017
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Alexa Skill Learning Journey
With Cortana and Alexa becoming BFF's, today's project from Michael James seemed appropriate.
September 27, 2017
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Alexa's next voice control feat? Making phone calls
New Amazon devices powered by the voice assistant will support phone calls, a report claims.
March 3, 2017
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Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and others vulnerable to 'silent' commands
Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, and Huawei have been competing to develop the most robust and capable voice assistant over the past few years. Unfortunately, they all have now been found to be affected by a vulnerability that lets attackers 'silently' control them -- on almost every device.
September 6, 2017
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Alibaba Goes After Amazon Echo With $73 Voice-Activated Speaker
Amazon's Echo is about to have some more competition in the digital assistant arena: China's e-commerce giant Alibaba will start selling a $73 voice-activated speaker.
July 5, 2017
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All the Cool New Stuff Google Home Can Do
Google just announced new updates to Assistant and Google Home. The smart speaker leans on Assistant to offer voice controls and artificially intelligent, well, assistance. But until now, the gadget hasn't really been able to do that much. Thanks to some updates, however, that might change very soon.
May 17, 2017
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All the new Google Home features we learned about at I/O
Google's Amazon Echo competitor is gradually becoming more capable.
May 17, 2017
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Alphabet's Nest Said to Work on Cheaper Thermostat
Alphabet Inc.'s Nest, seeking a bigger share of the connected home market, is developing a cheaper version of its flagship thermostat and new home security products, according to a person familiar with the matter.
March 8, 2017
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Alphabet's smart home brand Nest expands to Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain
As Amazon, Apple and others tee up smart home strategies with apps, hubs and new devices, Google is also turning up the temperature, so to speak, on its own ambitions. Today, Nest – the smart home business that Google acquired for $3.2 billion a few years ago – announced at DLD in Munich that it would be expanding sales of its thermostat, camera and smoke alarm products in four more countries in Europe – Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain.
January 16, 2017
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Amazon adds Alexa voice control to the Amazon Music app
Amazon today is bringing Alexa to the Amazon Music app on iOS and Android, allowing listeners to use voice controls with their music. The feature is available in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Australia, the company says, and will let users do things like request a song, artist, or music for various activities or moods, like "road trips" or "running," -- the same as you can do with Alexa on Echo speakers.
September 26, 2017
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Amazon adds multi-room audio to Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show
You can now listen to Amazon Music -- and other services -- simultaneously across multiple Echo devices.
August 29, 2017
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Amazon Alexa branches out, appearing in the Lenovo Tab 4 with Home Assistant
You can get full Amazon Alexa functionality using the Tab 4 with the Home Assistant speaker dock.
September 1, 2017
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Amazon Alexa now supports Office 365 Calendar
Amazon's connected speakers and other Alexa-powered devices now work with Office 365 calendars, Amazon announced this morning. the addition is one of several in recent weeks that sees Alexa becoming a device that can help you with work, instead of just music, entertainment and controlling your smart home.
March 6, 2017
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Amazon Alexa: Everything you need to know
Getting to know your Alexa.
July 14, 2017
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Amazon Alexa's skills will be buffed with notifications feature
Amazon published a statement on its developer blogs, saying that its Alexa AI will soon be getting a notification feature for some of its skills. Amazon launched its voice assistant at the end of 2014, debuting in the Echo home unit, and has already pooled over 12,000 Alexa skills. The skills Alexa can be 'taught' resemble regular apps, but with more focused and limited functionalities that it can carry out at your voice command.
May 17, 2017
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Amazon announces Cloud Cam security camera and Key in-home delivery
Amazon's connected future continues to grow.
October 25, 2017
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Amazon announces new Echo just as Microsoft's first Cortana-powered clone breaks cover
It's a fat iPad with no battery
May 9, 2017
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Amazon announces second-gen Echo with better audio, new design, and lower price
Amazon just revealed its second-generation Amazon Echo with newer, better sound and a whole new design.
September 27, 2017
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Amazon Cloud Cam review:
This camera strikes the right balance for home security
November 8, 2017
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Amazon Cloud Cam review: The gatekeeper for Amazon's in-home delivery is a swell security camera
This Alexa-enabled camera is well-suited for any home-security scenario, and it has strong ties to other Amazon products.
November 8, 2017
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Amazon Cloud Cam: Meet the official Alexa security camera
I've been waiting for an Amazon security camera ever since the online retailer and smart home manufacturer faked me out with the fashion-focused Echo Look cam. Fortunately, I didn't have to wait long. Amazon's inaugural DIY home security camera is here.
October 25, 2017
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Amazon debuts redesigned $99 Echo, plus a slew of new Echo devices, too
Get ready to have five new Echo devices to choose from.
September 27, 2017
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Amazon Echo 101: the basics of Alexa
Amazon Alexa and Echo are one and the same, right? Sort of. not really. But yes and no. Let's break down what's what in the hottest little AI we've seen since HAL.
February 1, 2017
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Amazon Echo 2017 review: Alexa isn't niche anymore
The new $100 Echo highlights the original's great features and improves its flaws.
November 7, 2017
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Amazon Echo adds Office 365 calendar integration
Now you can add a new calendar appointment for work without getting off the couch to grab your phone.
March 6, 2017
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Amazon Echo and Echo Plus review (2017)
Amazon now has a full family of Echo speakers -- the only hard part is choosing which one to get.
November 9, 2017
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Amazon Echo and Google Home want to replace your home phone
Phone calls could be coming to the Amazon Echo and Google Home, but the companies are currently hung up on several technicalities.
February 16, 2017
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Amazon Echo Dot review 2017
Amazon's smallest and least expensive Echo is the one most folks should start with -- and for many folks it's all they'll need.
August 29, 2017
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Amazon Echo Dot versus Google Home Mini: Which should you buy?
One is a known entity and is the gateway drug for connected homes. The other is a new entry from the world's biggest search company. Both have their merits.
October 20, 2017
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Amazon Echo gains support for Outlook calendars
Personal calendars are officially supported, but some business calendars also work
February 16, 2017
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Amazon Echo Look: Can it help the fashion hopeless?
Can this sausage-like Amazon Echo make me a better (OK -- decent) dresser? It really depends on what you give it to work with.
July 7, 2017
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Amazon Echo may be number one, but Google Home is quickly catching up
Amazon Echo is certainly dominating the market, but that's because there hasn't been much competition until now.
May 8, 2017
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Amazon Echo may land in India this year with regional language support
You'll be able to converse with Alexa in three regional languages.
June 29, 2017
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Amazon Echo multiroom audio not far off, report says
Amazon is ready to launch whole-home audio for its Alexa speakers, one report claims.
August 8, 2017
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Amazon Echo review 2017
The original Echo has held up well over the years, even if it is (erm, or was) a little expensive. Now it's only going to get better.
August 30, 2017
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Amazon Echo Show - Everything you need to know!
Amazon has added a visual aid to its line of Alexa-enabled products. The Echo Show lets you see before you buy.
June 28, 2017
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Amazon Echo Show has a 7-inch Touchscreen
Amazon has unveiled a new product in its Echo line of voice activated speakers called the Echo Show. the big difference between this Alexa device and the others that are already on the market is that the Echo Show has an integrated 7-inch touchscreen and is sort of a mash up of a tablet and the Echo speakers.
May 10, 2017
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Amazon Echo Show now does Dash Buttons, still doesn't do YouTube
What's better than a physical Dash Button that only buys one thing? A virtual Dash Button. Lots of virtual Dash Buttons, actually.
November 1, 2017
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Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa gets fancy
Amazon adds a touchscreen and camera to a couple of decent speakers, giving us the best Echo yet for only $50 more than what the original Alexa device is selling for. Video calling is an easy-to-use (if still novel) feature, and Amazon's paving the way for developers to make use of the 7-inch display. Now it just has to get them to update those thousands of skills to take advantage of it.
July 11, 2017
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Amazon Echo smart speaker with video screen is in the works?
One of the hottest tech devices of the last couple of years has been the Amazon Echo smart speaker. the device is powered by the cloud based AI assistant dubbed Alexa by the online retailer. Alexa has been so popular that Motorola is going to include it on some of its Moto branded handsets this year.
April 27, 2017
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Amazon Echo speakers obey TV's command to buy a dollhouse
Alexa doesn't discriminate. If Amazon's smart speaker hears its name, it will respond to the voice talking to it–even when that person isn't really there.
January 9, 2017
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Amazon Echo versus Dot versus Tap versus Show: Which should you buy?
Control your music and way more with Amazon's line of Echo smart speakers.
June 29, 2017
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Amazon Echo versus Google Home: Where today's best voice assistants fall short
Tell me about the things Amazon Echo and Google Home don't do.
June 1, 2017
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Amazon Echo versus Google Home: Which voice assistant answers questions best?
Being able to talk to these things is important, but the answers are even more important.
November 8, 2017
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Amazon Echo versus Google Home: Which works best with Philips Hue
Making the lights dim when you proclaim "It's movie time" to everyone in your house is kinda awesome.
March 21, 2017
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Amazon Echo versus Google Home: Which works best with your Apple products?
Need help deciding between Amazon Echo and Google Home? If you're an Apple product user trying to choose your in-home voice assistant, this one's for you!
May 9, 2017
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Amazon Echo: Everything you need to know!
Amazon's home hub assistant can turn off your lights, lock your door, and tell you what's on your calendar today. All you have to do is ask.
June 2, 2017
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Amazon Echo's Alexa now works with your Office 365 calendar
Amazon Echo is getting even friendlier for anyone who depends on Microsoft to manage their calendars. After extending Calendar support for Outlook accounts earlier in February, Amazon Echo's Alexa now supports Office 365 calendars as well (via TechCrunch).
March 6, 2017
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Amazon Echo's new 'Computer' wake word lets you fulfill your Star Trek fantasies
Echo still can't make hot Earl Grey, alas.
January 24, 2017
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Amazon executive hopeful Siri and Alexa will communicate with each other
Apple announced its new HomePod device at the WWDC a couple of days ago and sent shivers through the market of virtual home assistants and audio speakers. The HomePod is expected to provide not only spectacular sound capabilities, but will also benefit from Siri integration, making for quite a hot piece of home tech.
June 8, 2017
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Amazon introduces new Echo Show with a touchscreen and ability to make calls
This morning, Amazon introduced its next-generation Amazon Echo device, the Echo Show. as expected, the new smart speaker includes a touchscreen, and will allow users to make phone calls over the internet. with the screen, Echo users will have a new way to interact with Amazon's AI personal assistant Alexa. the new model takes on the form factor of an office intercom instead of the tall cylinder design seen with the current version of the Echo.
May 9, 2017
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Amazon is courting Alexa developers with free AWS services
Most Alexa developers incur costs, but don't have a way to make money.
March 15, 2017
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Amazon is working on its own home security camera
An image of it is sitting right on Amazon's servers
March 2, 2017
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Amazon launches Echo Show with video chat
Your relationship with Alexa just got a lot more personal.
May 9, 2017
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Amazon launches Echo Show with video chat
You're relationship with Alexa just got a lot more personal.
May 9, 2017
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Amazon launches Echo Show with video chat
You're relationship with Alexa just got a lot more personal.
May 9, 2017
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Amazon makes It Easier to Locate Alexa Skill Builders
By all accounts, if you listen to the majority of the media, Alexa is a bonified hit for Amazon. And, as such, one would expect the online sales company to rest on its laurels. Whether or not Alexa's popularity was a shock to Amazon -- considering the company thought its Fire phone would be a mass market hit -- the company is not taking Alexa's adoption casually.
February 3, 2017
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Amazon Music app adds Alexa support (but only in four countries)
Now you can ask Alexa to play you all sorts of things instead of just hoping you hit the right result.
September 26, 2017
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Amazon Music app adds Alexa support (but only in four countries)
Now you can ask Alexa to play you all sorts of things instead of just hoping you hit the right result.
September 26, 2017
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Amazon now lets you block calls and messages to your Echo
A feature that should've been there from the start
June 12, 2017
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Amazon plans to release new Alexa devices that can make phone calls and work as intercoms
Alexa is popular, but daily usage is key.
March 3, 2017
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Amazon puts Echo Look app on App Store and Google Play
Amazon has just published the mobile app for its upcoming Echo Look device, and you can now download it on iOS and Android devices. The Echo Look is a hands-free camera that is intended to serve primarily as a style checker, but is still only available by invitation only. Amazon has not given any details on possible release date, but has shared enough about the device to get people excited.
May 23, 2017
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Amazon Really Wants Echo Devices In The Hands (And Dorm Rooms) Of College Students
If you want future developers of technology to create new things for your product, try giving it to engineering students for free. Amazon is experimenting with that at one college, giving away an Echo Dot (list price $49.99) to every student in a new dorm at Arizona State University.
August 29, 2017
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Amazon says a patch for WPA2 exploit KRACK is in the works
Amazon is evaluating their products to determine how to go forward and patch KRACK.
October 16, 2017
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Amazon teams up with Microsoft to integrate Alexa with Cortana
Alexa will be able to communicate with Cortana, and vice versa.
August 30, 2017
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Amazon unveiled an Alexa shopping machine for your kitchen
At $230, it's the most expensive Alexa device yet.
May 9, 2017
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Amazon unveils free calling and messaging with Alexa Calling
Hands-free voice calls and messages are coming to Amazon Echo speakers.
May 9, 2017
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Amazon v. Apple: Home game grudge match
When will Apple take on Amazon in the smart home?
January 23, 2017
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Amazon working on big expansion of in-home gadget setup service
Sometimes the best way to get things done is to hire someone.
July 10, 2017
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Amazon Would Team Up With Apple, Google on Alexa Voice Assistant
Amazon.com Inc. is willing to team up with competitors Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google if it would help improve customers' experience with its Alexa voice-activated virtual assistant, an executive working on the platform said.
October 12, 2017
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Amazon: Google won't tell us why it pulled YouTube from the Echo Show
'Just tell us where we weren't compliant,' Amazon's devices chief says
September 27, 2017
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Amazon's Alexa Calling feature doesn't let you choose who can contact you
Shortly after revealing the new touchscreen-touting, Alexa-enabled Echo Show, Amazon announced a new service called Alexa Calling & Messaging that lets users send audio messages and place calls using Alexa-enable devices and the Amazon Alexa app.
May 12, 2017
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Amazon's Alexa gains support for Outlook calendars
Personal calendars are officially supported, but some business calendars also work
February 16, 2017
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Amazon's Alexa is worst receptionist ever: Crazy exes, stalkers' calls put through automatically
Ability to screen callers, block people Coming Soon™
May 12, 2017
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Amazon's Alexa will place that annoyingly long Starbucks order for you
Starbucks now lets you order through its Alexa assistant and iPhone app, which means less time waiting in line to get your name spelled wrong.
January 30, 2017
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Amazon's all-new Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus make their debut in India
Alexa is now available in India, and Prime Music is coming soon.
October 4, 2017
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Amazon's app now lets you try out furniture in your home using ARKit
Want to make sure all those holiday gifts you're planning on buying on Amazon for your loved ones will actually fit in their house? Amazon has you covered.
November 1, 2017
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Amazon's Echo calling doesn't let you block people
The new Alexa feature has some major privacy flaws
May 12, 2017
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Amazon's Echo Connect could get you to make phone calls again
The $35 device works with your landline so Alexa can make phone calls for you, including to 911.
September 27, 2017
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Amazon's Echo devices can now call mobile numbers and landlines for free
The Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show all support voice calls
September 29, 2017
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Amazon's Echo Look companion app goes live
Amazon's odd foray into the world of selfie cameras via the Echo Look is now complete with the launch of a companion application for iOS and Android devices that works with the new connected camera. The app allows Echo Look owners to view live previews from the Look's camera, take a picture, survey their outfits, mark favorites, compare styles and more.
May 22, 2017
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Amazon's Echo look does more for Amazon than it does for your style
Clothes are personal
July 6, 2017
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Amazon's 'Echo Look' could snoop a lot more than just your clothes
The new Amazon Echo Look seems like a logical enough extension of Alexa, the company's AI-powered digital assistant. Previously, Alexa lived inside speakers. Now, it's in a camera. that progression belies just how much more the Echo Look could know about you than other Alexa hardware does--especially if Amazon ever unleashes the full power of its machine learnings smarts.
April 28, 2017
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Amazon's Echo Show can't play YouTube videos anymore
Removing the largest source of online video from Amazon's only Echo with a screen
September 27, 2017
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Amazon's Echo Show could disrupt enterprise-class unified communications
Low-cost device will eventually enable workers to connect email, calendars, video and voice calls
May 11, 2017
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Amazon's Echo Show is a giant phone for your kitchen counter
The $230 device includes a built-in touchscreen that can be used for video calls and checking security cameras.
May 9, 2017
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Amazon's Echo Spot is a sneaky way to get a camera into your bedroom
Amazon unveiled six new hardware products at its surprise event in Seattle yesterday, but the Echo Spot has everyone talking. Most people think the Echo Spot is cute; a little alarm clock that's designed to sit next to your bed. While all the focus is on what the Echo Spot looks like, it's important to remember that Amazon is using the Spot as a very clever way of making you comfortable with having a camera in your bedroom. It's also a camera that will probably be pointing directly at your bed.
September 28, 2017
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Amazon's mobile app gets new AR shopping feature
AR view is available on the iPhone 6S and later that have been upgraded to iOS 11.
November 1, 2017
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Amazon's new Echo Spot is like a smaller, rounder Echo Show
Amazon just revealed a tiny, globular version of the Echo Show. It's called the Echo Spot!
September 27, 2017
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Amazon's new Echo Connect brings landline phone calls to your Echo
A device that plugs into your standard phone jack (given that you still have one of those) and turns your Echo into a landline speakerphone.
September 27, 2017
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Amazon's original Echo gets a much-needed upgrade
With a good software-driven product, the hardware is almost inconsequential. After the unboxing and the setup, it just sort of fades into the scenery. That was always the case with Amazon's original Echo, but even as Alexa continues to do all of the hard work, the grandaddy of smart speakers was in dire need of an update.
October 19, 2017
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Android compatibility comes to the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt
Schlage adds Android compatibility to its Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt.
August 15, 2017
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Anker announces Alexa speaker with one neat trick
Similar to the Echo Dot, but less expensive.
August 9, 2017
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Another shakeup at Nest as [some] software responsibility heads to Google [Update]
Nest sends some platform engineers over to Google to help with Google Home.
August 30, 2016
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Anova Ticks Off Customers by Requiring Accounts to Cook Food Using the App
Being able to control devices in your kitchen via your phone is convenient, at least that was the case for owners of the Anova Precision Cooker. But many of those consumers say a recent update to the sous vide cooker's app requires them to create an account and share personal information with the company in order to use all of the features of the device.
April 12, 2017
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Apple already controls your life, now HomePod wants your home
Apple just showed off a smart speaker because you don't spend enough time on its products already. It also shakes up WWDC with a new iOS, iPad Pro and AR.
June 5, 2017
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Apple announces HomePod speaker to take on Sonos
Apple has officially announced the HomePod speaker today, which the company claims will reinvent music in homes like the iPod did for music on the go.
June 5, 2017
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Apple debuts a new Home app website to show how its devices work in a smart home
Apple is touting the home automation capabilities of iOS and Apple TV on a newly updated website for its HomeKit software and its related Home app. the page now includes a new 45-second video that demonstrates the Home app for iOS 10 in action, showing a woman operating a range of devices from her phone, including the Honeywell Lyric Round thermostat, Kwikset smart lock, and iHome smart plug.
March 2, 2017
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Apple home hub rumor roundup
Apple's been working on bringing Siri and HomeKit Hub functionality fully into the living room for years, but what will they release and when will they release it?
April 27, 2017
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Apple's HomePod is set to have some weird competition
Today, Amazon threw a lot of darts at the smart speaker board with new product offerings that are seeking to explore what smart speakers can even do. A report also emerged today from 9to5Google that Google is seeking to build a high-end "max" version of its Home speaker, news that comes just a week before the company is likely to show off a cheaper "mini" version of the speaker, as well.
September 27, 2017
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Apple HomePod versus Amazon Echo versus Google Home
The HomePod could easily be a better speaker than the Echo or the Home. Is that enough
June 5, 2017
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Apple HomePod will have 272x340 screen and 1 GB of RAM, according to firmware teardown
Apple's HomePod firmware was recently torn down by a number of people across the internet, leading to some further details on the iPhone 8. Lost in the sauce of all this was some interesting information about the HomePod itself.
August 1, 2017
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Apple Makes Up With Amazon, Takes On Venmo
Today at its annual developers' conference, Apple predictably promised a wide array of small and large hardware and software upgrades across its whole line of devices -- TV, Watch, laptop and desktop computers, and phones and tablets. The full keynote got into the tech specs and details that largely interest developers more than consumers, but some of the highlights will directly interest Apple users.
June 5, 2017
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Apple's HomeKit is still working on the basics
Apple never shows up to CES, but the last couple years, it's still managed to have a quiet presence through HomeKit. That's true this year, too, but it's been really quiet, failing to drum up anywhere near the excitement of something like Amazon's Alexa.
January 5, 2017
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Apple's HomePod firmware may have confirmed the rumored design of the iPhone 8
The rumor mill has gradually ratcheted up as far as Apple's yet to be announced iPhone 8 has been concerned. Earlier this month, an image of the handset's unibody shell found its way online, showing a hole below the Apple logo that was speculated to be for the relocated Touch ID sensor. Prior to that supposed leak, images of the purported front panel of the iPhone 8 made an appearance, fuelling the belief that the device will sport a curved edge-to-edge screen.
July 31, 2017
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Apple's new HomePod speaker is really cute in person
Hands-on with the smartest speaker yet
June 5, 2017
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Apple's website now has a useful list of smart home gadgets that work with HomeKit
Apple's list of HomeKit-compatible devices just got a whole lot better. While Apple has offered a list on its website that tracked which devices work with HomeKit, the new version (as first spotted by 9to5Mac) is far more useful. It now sorts products by category instead of brand, and notes whether or not the devices are actually available for purchase or not (along with links to purchase those that are).
March 13, 2017
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Appliances on Line
Frankly, this site isn't much to look at, but to be fair, what appliance store is? Still, it promotes small appliances and electronics such as kitchen tools, household gadgets and entertainment units.
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ASRock Introduces the X10 IoT Router for Smart Homes
The leading global motherboard manufacturer, ASRock, is pleased to announce is pleased to announce the X10 IoT router, a unique next generation smart IoT hub that is designed as an integral part of a smart home environment and essential part a secure domicile.
August 15, 2017
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BBC brings interactive radio plays to Amazon Echo, Google Home
BBC is in the process of creating an interactive radio drama for Amazon's Alexa-enabled devices and the Google Home that allows users to guide the narrative with their voices.
September 6, 2017
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BBC Launches Interactive Voice Drama for Smart Speakers
The BBC has launched its first original interactive audio drama for smart speakers.
November 6, 2017
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Because someone had to make the first Cortana smart speaker
People often stop after Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant when rattling off the list of smart assistants. Cortana really gets no love at all, outside of stories about Windows 10. The oversight can be chalked up, at least in part, to the fact that AI has been mostly desktop-bound.
October 20, 2017
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Best Alexa-enabled speakers
Not everything Alexa has to be an Echo. There are some great options out there for smart speakers without Amazon's logo on the box.
November 9, 2017
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Best Digital Photo Frames
Show off your favorite pictures with a digital photo frame.
October 16, 2017
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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.
September 27, 2017
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Best home security camera: Our favorite tools for keeping an eye on the home front
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.
August 7, 2017
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Best home weather station: Which one should be your personal meteorologist?
Home weather stations are getting more accurate and sophisticated all the time. Follow our buyer's guide to ensure you're not left in the cold or soaking wet.
August 7, 2017
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Best Philips Hue Alternatives
What's the best alternative to Philips Hue? Here are our favorites!
July 25, 2017
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Best Skills for Amazon Echo
These are the coolest, most helpful, and most popular skills for Alexa-enabled devices!
August 23, 2017
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Best smart bulbs
Today's smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.
November 1, 2017
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Best smart home gadgets: Awesome gifts for high-tech homes
It's crazy that smartphones and social media apps get all the press. If you really want to explore cutting-edge tech, you'll look into smart home gadgets, which deliver surprise, delight, and utility in spades.
November 22, 2016
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Best Smart Lights for Your Home
The Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit is the perfect smart light solution for your home. They allow for a wide range of brightness and color options and work seamlessly with Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, and the Google Assistant.
June 19, 2017
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Best smart locks
Looking to make your house smarter and safer? Here are the best smart locks full of brains and brawn to protect your home.
June 22, 2017
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Best smart smoke detector
Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors don't just sound the alarm, they also alert your smart phone and more.
November 13, 2017
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Best Smart Thermostat
ecobee4 is the best Wi-Fi thermostat you can buy today. It not only works with additional room sensors, but it supports Apple's HomeKit home automation system and comes with Amazon Alexa built in!
July 27, 2017
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Best Speakers To Use With Your Amazon Echo Dot
 
August 28, 2017
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Best sprinkler to use with the Amazon Echo
The Rachio sprinkler system works great with your phone. And it's even better once you tie it into an Amazon Echo.
August 9, 2017
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Best Wall Outlets with Charging Ports
What's the best wall outlet with USB ports?
April 26, 2017
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Best Wall Outlets with USB Charging Ports
What's the best wall outlet with USB ports? we rounded up seven awesome options.
April 26, 2017
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Best white LED smart bulbs
Color smart bulbs are fun, but white bulbs are a lot more practical. We'll help you find the right one.
June 13, 2017
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Bialetti Cold Brew Coffee Maker review:
Bialetti's pitcher makes powerful cold brew in your fridge
April 7, 2017
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Bixby can live in your Samsung refrigerator now
Back when Bixby was announced alongside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Samsung made sure to let us know that it won't be a feature exclusive to its smartphones. Little did we know that the first product that will receive Bixby, other than its newest flagship smartphones, was going to be a refrigerator.
May 15, 2017
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Black & Decker adds Wi-Fi to a slow cooker
Slow cookers can be the culinary savior of a busy person -- you throw in your food, let it cook all day while you're away and come home to a hot meal. Black & Decker wants to add even more convenience with the addition of Wi-Fi connectivity in its new six-quart slow cooker.
March 19, 2017
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Bluetooth functionality now live for Google Home
Google Home adds Bluetooth functionality, allowing users to pair their phones to the smart speaker.
August 18, 2017
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Build your own video surveillance system with ContaCam
The freeware video surveillance system ContaCam has been helping PC users monitor their video feeds since 2010, and it's grown to be one of the most capable and configurable systems around. We haven't checked out the program for a while, but after the recent release of ContaCam 7.0, we grabbed a copy and took a closer look.
May 30, 2017
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Building Conversational Apps Using Actions on Google and API.AI
At the Amazon re:Invent conference, Amazon announced Lex, a deep learning service that is based upon the technology used by Alexa in Amazon's portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled Echo speaker. Shortly after Amazon's announcement, Google introduced Actions on Google which allow developers to build Google Assistant-based conversational apps, including integration with the Google Home device.
December 25, 2016
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BuzzFeed made a smart hot plate that syncs with its viral cooking videos
Forget the quizzes, memes, incredible feature journalism, and addicting Facebook videos. BuzzFeed's latest plan to get you hooked is a Bluetooth-connected hot plate.
July 27, 2017
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Canary Flex security camera review: the perfect companion to the original Canary
But if you're not already vested in that ecosystem, there are better outdoor security cameras.
December 19, 2016
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Changing Alexa's Wake Word
If you're not totally enamored with the default "wake word" for your Alexa device you can change it. Amazon currently offers three options: Alexa, Amazon, or Echo. In the future, Amazon plans to allow custom wake words.
January 17, 2017
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China is going to help iRobot sell more robo-vacuums
The company reported more profit than expected.
April 26, 2017
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City Sues Star of HGTV's 'Rehab Addict' Over Un-Remodeled Home
The premise of HGTV's Rehab Addict is simple: the show's star, and home remodeler Nicole Curtis buys a historic home in Detroit or Minneapolis that has been ravaged by years of neglect and returns it to its former glory. But nearly five years after purchasing one Minneapolis property, the city is suing Curtis, claiming she hasn't done the work, resulting in complaints from neighbors and piled-up bills.
March 22, 2017
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CNBC and other partners make Google Home more useful
With outside partners offering news, movie advice and remote control of cars, Google's smart speaker is becoming a better alternative to Amazon's Echo.
December 16, 2016
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Come Home to Google's new personal assistant
Up until now Amazon has had a free reign of the market for home assistants thanks to the success of Alexa. It was time to get some competition, which tends to make things better all around and few companies are more capable than Google.
October 4, 2016
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Comparing all 8 Amazon Echos
Which Amazon Echo is right for you? The new Echo 2, Plus, Spot, Connect and Buttons, or the existing Dot, Show or Look? This handy chart lets you compare the functionality and pricing of Amazon's entire Echo line that got several new additions today at a big launch event.
September 27, 2017
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Connecting Alexa to Calendars other Than Google
By default, Alexa connects to Google Calendar to read upcoming events, manage diary entries. In fact, currently this is the only option that Alexa provides.
January 26, 2017
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Control your smart home automation with Home Remote for Xbox One
Want to control your Philips Hues or smart thermostat from your couch? There's an Xbox app for that.
September 2, 2016
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Cortana and Alexa are coming together in surprising Microsoft-Amazon partnership
You'll be able to tell Cortana to talk to Alexa and vice versa.
August 30, 2017
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Could this patent reveal a Samsung Bixby dedicated device that will rival the Google Home and Amazon Echo?
With its latest flagship, the Galaxy S8, Samsung introduced its newest take on a smart assistant -- Bixby. it's nothing much right now, but the company is pretty convinced that it will become a valuable feature on its products in the near future -- a notion that is evidenced by the very fact that Bixby has its own hardware button on the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
May 11, 2017
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Cover raises $8 million to insure your belongings
Applying for homeowner's insurance should be as easy as waving your phone camera around your room. That's the premise behind Cover, an app that recommends insurance based on what's photographed in your home.
July 13, 2017
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Create your own commands for Amazon Echo and Google Home
Be the boss of your smart hub.
July 3, 2017
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Creating a Backyard Pond
Dan Gibbon may have spent the last three and a half decades around Wisconsin's flat farmlands, but the lapping waters of Lake Superior, where he grew up, were always on his mind. So recently he got out the shovel and started making a pond.
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Cree BR30 and R20 Replacement Floods review: Very bright LED bulbs for canister environments
These LED bulbs deliver mega lumens for cans in high ceilings.
October 3, 2017
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D-Link DCS-8200LH HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera review: An all-seeing eye for large spaces
With its ultra-wide-angle lens, D-Link's HD 180-degree camera can take in more of a room from a fixed position than other cameras.
February 1, 2017
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D-Link launches affordable DCS-8000LH Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera
Home Wi-Fi cameras can be quite amazing. Yeah, there are potential privacy risks, but for some, the benefits outweigh any concerns. Not only can you monitor your home to protect from, say, burglars and intruders, but you can also keep an eye on children and pets. It is a great way to make sure your loved ones are safe and sound -- whether you are away from home or just in another room.
August 30, 2017
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D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD review: The first HomeKit-certified security camera
The Omna plays nice with other HomeKit accessories and Siri commands.
November 6, 2017
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D-Link Omna review:
D-Link's HomeKit camera is nothing to write home about
March 1, 2017
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D-Link sells first Apple HomeKit security camera
The camera with a 180-degree wide-angle lens costs $199.95 from the Apple Store.
February 15, 2017
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D-Link's Omna, the first Home-Kit security camera, is now on sale
This smart camera can show you a live feed right on your iPhone lock screen.
February 15, 2017
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Developers will be able to build interfaces for the Echo Show soon
Amazon's new Echo Show doesn't run traditional apps, it's based on Alexa "skills," just like the Echo and other Alexa devices. But Amazon is going to add some new functionality to its Alexa Skills Kit for developers so they can add more visuals and interactivity to their skills on the Echo Show.
May 9, 2017
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Devices featuring Alexa and Cortana will be able to swap virtual assistants
With 2017 arguably the year of Alexa, the virtual personal assistant category itself was in the news often, thanks to the emergence of smart speakers. The relatively new device, led by Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot, has branched out into the latest new "smart" tech product that could end up under many Christmas Trees and inside Chanukah gift boxes this holiday season. Each smart speaker utilizes a virtual assistant. The Amazon Echo uses Alexa, Google Home has Google Assistant, the Invoke features Cortana and the Apple Home Pod is equipped with Siri.
August 30, 2017
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Dirror's touch mirror brings Windows 10 to your walls
Do-it-yourself smart mirrors have become sort of a thing on the internet recently, but one company is serving up ready-made digital mirrors that should appeal to Windows fans. German company Dirror is selling what it claims is the "world's first digital mirror," with Windows 10 powering all of the smarts inside.
January 30, 2017
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Dive into the world of Philips Hue with a refurb Starter Kit for $45
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with the most affordable way to get into the Philips Hue ecosystem!
July 31, 2017
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Do I need more than one Google Home?
Having more than one Google Home just adds benefits.
July 11, 2017
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Does Google Home work with HomeKit?
Does the Google Home smart speaker work with Apple's HomeKit framework? No, but it'll work with many HomeKit-enabled accessories.
July 27, 2017
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Don't run commercials designed to trigger smart assistants
A well-known fast food chain -- let's call them Kurger Bing -- is debuting a new 15 second ad today set to start running nationally. It starts off simply enough, some dude standing behind the counter of an otherwise empty "restaurant,' addressing the camera. He explains that he doesn't have the time to fully explain an iconic hamburger to you. Ad time isn't cheap, even for a successful fast food joint. So he's got an idea.
April 12, 2017
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Door and window locks are less carbon-costly and more effective than burglar alarms and CCTV, a new study finds
A new study, which estimates the carbon footprint of burglary prevention measures, has found that the best options from both an environmental and security point of view are door and window locks. this is because they are not only more effective at preventing crime, but also more environmentally friendly, having a much lower carbon footprint than other measures, such as burglar alarms or CCTV.
March 13, 2017
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Easy Turf
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eBay's new Google Home chatbot can tell you how much your stuff is worth
If you want to start cleaning out your junk drawer, ask Google Home for the value of what you want to sell.
March 8, 2017
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Echo Show gives you a reason to actually use Amazon Prime Photos
The Echo Show is a great digital picture frame. Now you'll just have to start using Amazon Prime Photos.
August 23, 2017
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Echo who? Google just turned Home into a productivity powerhouse
Google just shattered the limits of what a smart speaker can be -- and its once-ho-hum Home product is about to redefine the market.
May 18, 2017
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Echo's messaging service may add support for SMS texts from your own 'Alexa number'
Amazon appears to be planning an expansion of Alexa's existing messaging capabilities to support sending SMS text messages to friends using your Echo device or Alexa app. That means Echo users could then text anyone using voice commands, not only other Echo owners.
August 31, 2017
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Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat: Everything you need to know!
I am here for this Alexa-integrated ecobee4 smart thermostat!
April 24, 2017
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ecobee4 versus Nest: Which smart thermostat should you buy?
Should you buy the ecobee4 Smart Thermostat or the Nest Learning Thermostat? This guide can help you decide!
October 3, 2017
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Ecobee's new smart thermostat has Alexa built in
Ecobee has unveiled its latest smart thermostat, and it boasts the intelligence of Alexa.
May 3, 2017
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Ecovacs Winbot 950 keeps a tight grip to clean your windows
I hate cleaning glass. It's usually tough work and the water stains never seem to come off, no matter how much cleaning fluid I use or how hard I scrub. And it's worse with windows, especially if you live in a high-rise apartment like I do. Unless you want to risk falling to your death, leaning outside to wipe your windows clean is a terrible idea.
October 9, 2017
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Electrolux Masterpiece Blender ELJB74D9PS review:
Electrolux's so called Masterpiece Blender still needs some work
March 18, 2016
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Electrolux says its new dishwasher dries dishes exceptionally well
Sorry, but your old dishwasher stinks at drying dishes. at least that's what Electrolux would have you believe. According to the appliance maker, its new $1,099 Electrolux Dishwasher dries kitchenware the right way.
January 10, 2017
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Elgato Eve Degree Review: A well-designed, HomeKit-enabled environment monitor
Elgato's Eve Degree is a HomeKit-enabled indoor/outdoor temperature and humidity monitor with a screen that displays temperature and humidity readings.
June 21, 2017
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ElliQ is a friendly looking Amazon Alexa for the elderly
The ElliQ is a new product from Israeli startup Intuition Robotics that aims to help take care of elderly family members, allowing them to continue to live at home even as they grow older.
January 12, 2017
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Energy-Generating SolarGaps Smart Blinds a Renter's Dream
He who can install solar paneling, does; he who cannot, Kickstarts energy-generating solar panel window blinds.
May 15, 2017
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Essential Home is Andy Rubin's answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home
Andy Rubin--also known as the father of Android--has just made his long-awaited, Essential phone official, but alongside the bezel-less smartphone, Rubin's Essential venture is also launching a second device -- a smart home speaker that's going head-to-head with the Amazon Echo and Google Home, only this one is focused on privacy.
May 30, 2017
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Essential Home is set to take on Google Home and Amazon Echo with ambient intelligence
Alongside its first phone, Essential is also unveiling the Essential Home -- a clear direct competitor to the likes of Google Home and Amazon Echo. Though it's tough to get a sense of scale from a simple product page with a few images, the Essential Home looks relatively compact and sleek. Rounded and smooth, the top surface is cut at an angle and shows off a 5.6-inch circular LCD that you can interact with.
May 30, 2017
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Essential is trying to build Android for the smart home
Andy Rubin's appearance at the Code Conference last night went a ways toward answering some lingering questions about his new company, Essential. But the conversation primarily centered around the startup's upcoming phone -- Rubin left the dialogue around the company's take on a smart phone hub, Home, intentionally vague.
May 31, 2017
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Eufy Genie review: It's like an Echo Dot, only less expensive and not as good
Find the extra $15 somewhere, because what you save on the Eufy Genie isn't worth the Echo Dot features you lose in the process.
August 16, 2017
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Eufy Genie: It's like an Echo Dot, only less expensive and not as good
Find the extra $15 somewhere, because what you save on the Eufy Genie isn't worth the Echo Dot features you lose in the process.
August 16, 2017
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Everything you need to know about the Google Home app
This relative newcomer to Team Google has turned into an essential application for managing several core services.
March 2, 2017
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Extreme yard care! Lifted lawn tractors are a rabbit hole of DIYers
Hybrids? Diesels? 30 MPH? YUP.
March 17, 2017
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Everyone Thinks Apple's HomePod Looks Like Really Expensive Toilet Paper
When Apple announced yesterday that it would be joining the likes of Google and Amazon with a Siri-connected speaker that can play music called the HomePod, the reaction was immediate. "It's expensive!' some said of the $349 price tag. "It's been done!' others chimed in. "It looks like a roll of toilet paper!' said basically everyone.
June 6, 2017
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Everything you need to know about Google Home Max
Google Home can do a lot of things for us, but in no place does it excel quite like music.
October 4, 2017
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EZVIZ Husky review: this weatherproof camera gives you an eye on the outside of your home
EZVIZ brings the easy setup and operation of the Mini indoor camera to its high-res outdoor model.
January 16, 2017
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Ezviz Mini 360 Plus review: this little security camera covers a lot of ground
Thanks to its pan-and-tilt and motion-detected tracking features, not much will evade this camera's eye.
March 28, 2017
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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen on IoT: If it uses electricity, it will go online
Want a more secure PC? Try Windows 10 S, says CRO
June 21, 2017
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Facebook is developing a smart speaker with a 15-inch touchscreen display
Digital smart speakers seem to have become the biggest consumer electronics trend lately. Last month, Apple unveiled its Siri-powered HomePod, Google launched its Home speaker last fall, and Amazon is working on the Echo's sequel.
July 25, 2017
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Finally, Windows 10 on a refrigerator door
To the thousands, nay, millions who were holding out for a Windows 10 fridge before upgrading, we've got some pretty great news straight from the IFA show floor. Granted, it's still just a prototype with no firm release date, but here you go. LG put a fully functioning Windows 10 tablet on the door of a fancy new icebox.
September 2, 2016
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a market research and information technologies firm which specializes in agribusiness development. Site provides access to GAIN, the Global Agribusiness Information Network.
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First Alert Onelink Environment Monitor brings Alexa and Siri into your child's bedroom
First Alert's Environment Monitor wants to keep your child safe and comfortable. It monitors temperature, humidity, and carbon monoxide and connects to your Wi-Fi network so you can check on any of the three via the First Alert Onelink app when you're out and about. Now, you can even check on your child's room with your voice.
January 3, 2017
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Fixing Damaged Plaster
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Foodles uses connected fridges to modernize your office canteen
French startup Foodles thinks office canteens should work more like food delivery startups. The company delivers fresh food every morning into smart fridges that sit in your office. Employees can then buy cheap lunches using a card or a phone.
July 10, 2017
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Forget about keys and open the front door with your smartphone like a boss with these 5 smart locks
Unlocking your car doors with your smartphone sounds rad, right? the next logical step on your way to 2017 technological supercoolery is entering or locking up your house or office using just an app on your phone or tablet, secured with all sorts of mechanisms — from lock screen codes or patterns to biometric security like fingerprints and iris scanning.
March 8, 2017
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Forget Philips Hue: NanoLeaf's Aurora made me love smart lighting
My Hue bulbs are cool and all, but the Aurora kit makes smart lighting into art.
July 5, 2017
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Found code reveals that Echo owners will be able to send SMS messages
If code found in the Amazon Alexa app is correct, Amazon Echo owners will soon be able to send SMS messages to friends or family using their Amazon smart speaker or the Alexa app. Echo owners would be able to create these texts using voice commands, and send these messages to anyone, even those not using an Echo device. Echo owners will use what is being called an Alexa number to make and receive SMS messages. This special number was cited several times in the discovered code.
August 31, 2017
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Four Deals To Help You Spy On Your Pets (Or Intruders)
Perhaps you, like everyone else on the planet, heard that Amazon and Alexa can now let delivery people into your home while you're away. If the idea gives you the heebie-jeebies, how about using a Cloud Cam to monitor your home's furry inhabitants while you're out?
November 1, 2017
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Fremo Evo Battery Base for Amazon Echo Dot review:
This simple battery pack gives the Echo Dot a portability upgrade
March 14, 2017
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Fun with AI: watch Google Home, Siri, and Alexa try and understand 8 different accents
Voice-powered assistants may have been getting better and better over the recent months, but that has not always been the case. Siri still has a bad rep from back in the iPhone 4s days when it was barely able to make out what you want from it, and Google Now wasn't really amazing at it either. The cringe fest only got worse if you happen to have an accent that's not the purest form of US English.
May 18, 2017
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Garden Pond & Koi Fish Forum
Build, Maintaine and Discuss your Garden Pond & Koi Fish at our forum.
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GE GTW685BSLWS Dryer review:
GE's midrange dryer trades speed for Alexa
October 10, 2017
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Geeni Vision 720P Smart Camera review: A basic and budget-friendly home security camera
Though short on advanced features, this less-than-$100 security camera is long on ease of use.
August 29, 2017
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We install and fix garage doors in Palm Beach area. we also sell garage door openers and custom doors in Florida. Contact us today for a free estimate.
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Google accidentally pushed Bluetooth update for Home speaker early
Google announced that it would be updating its Google Home virtual assistant / speaker with Bluetooth audio support at I/O earlier this year, and now that update has accidentally begun to roll out to some Home owners, as noted by Android Police. At this time, Google hasn't announced when it will actually be releasing Bluetooth support for the Google Home.
June 30, 2017
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Google adds Home to its Preview Program for early access to upcoming features
Actual previews, not betas
August 7, 2017
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Google announces new smart home integrations for Google Assistant
Best Buy Insignia, LIFX, TP-Link and Wink are the latest brands to become compatible with Google Assistant.
March 28, 2017
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Google Assistant Begins Takeover Of Home Appliances; Alexa & Cortana Make Friends
It was a big day in news for connected-home devices, with Google announcing plans to put its Home technology on a slew of new appliances, while two competing digital assistants -- Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana -- began to make nice with each other.
August 30, 2017
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Google Assistant can now control GE, iRobot, LG, and D-Link devices
More devices are integrating with Google Assistant, and thus Google Home, as the battle for the smart home continues.
May 18, 2017
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Google Assistant coming soon to more speakers, appliances and other devices
Google is hoping to catch up with Alexa's reach by putting its Assistant on a wide range of third-party hardware. At IFA, Google announced that it's going to be putting the Assistant on partner speakers, appliances, connected cameras, and much more.
August 30, 2017
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Google Assistant expands to LG refrigerators, washing machines, and more
LG made this announcement in Seoul this morning, revealing that the Google Assistant is now available for its Wi-Fi connected refrigerators, ovens, washing machines, dryers, air purifiers, vacuums, etc. Because of this, you can now control many of LG's smart appliances through your Android or iOS device, Google Home, or other smart speakers with the Google Assistant built-in.
September 26, 2017
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Google Assistant finds a home in five new speakers
Google's making a splash at the IFA tech show in Berlin with a bunch of new devices that are ready for your command.
August 30, 2017
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Google Assistant is making its way to third-party speakers and appliances
Google Assistant is coming to a lot of third-party devices later this year.
August 30, 2017
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Google Assistant is smarter than Alexa. Does it matter?
Google aims for Assistant to outsmart its competition. Are machine learning and AI enough to help it overtake Alexa?
October 5, 2017
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Google Assistant now works with Canary security cameras
Ask Google Assistant for information about your Canary All-in-One and Flex devices.
October 26, 2017
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Google Assistant's shopping lists are moving to the Home app today
See ya, Google Keep
April 10, 2017
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Google cooks up a tasty update to Home with step-by-step recipe instructions
Choose from more than 5 million dishes from Bon Appetit, the New York Times, Food Network, and others.
April 26, 2017
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Google confirms Home devices are facing widespread breakdown
What happens when a digital assistant decides it no longer wants to help you? In what is either a case of a sentient digital uprising, or just a software bug that Google is scrambling to fix, owners of a Google Home smart speaker may be waking up today to realize their daily dose of traffic conditions and weather updates are not being delivered to them on a cloud-based silver platter as usual.
June 5, 2017
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Google follows Amazon with multi-step smart home routines and kid-friendly accounts
And some new integrations with Nest products
October 4, 2017
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Google has completely messed up Assistant's 'shopping list' feature
I don't have Google Home or Google Express. Why make my experience worse?
April 11, 2017
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Google Home + Google Wifi now available in the UK
Price starts at £129 for both devices from Google's store and retail partners.
April 6, 2017
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Google Home adds support for Logitech Harmony, August locks and more
A slew of companies are announcing new-found compatibility with Google's Home hub this morning, including August Home smart locks, Logitech's Harmony line and light bulbs from TP-Link and LIFX. the announcements come as the company works to bolster its smart home presence in the wake of big pushes by Amazon and Apple.
March 28, 2017
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Google Home adds support for multiple users in the UK
Google has started rolling out multi-user support for Google Home across households in the UK.
June 27, 2017
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Google Home and Amazon Echo Do Record You, and Here's Why
If you're an avid Google Home or Amazon Echo user, you should know or already are aware that both of the home assistants can and do record your voice. They're listening, and they're definitely keeping track of what's been said. this isn't a new concept or anything like that. your internet history and activity online is recorded every time you visit a site, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the 'always-listening' devices in your home are retaining some of that data.
December 5, 2016
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Google Home and eBay can tell you how much that's worth
The two companies demo eBay's new Shopbot, a digital "concierge" for shopping, at Google's cloud conference in San Francisco.
March 8, 2017
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Google Home app for Android: Everything you need to know
The Google Home app is for more than the speaker.
January 25, 2017
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Google Home app hints at multi-user support
A new card in the app's Discover tab says multiple users are now supported... but they aren't yet?
April 10, 2017
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Google Home arrives in Canada
Google Home is now available to buy in Canada, making it the first of the major virtual assistant speaker devices to land in the country. The expansion follows pre-orders kicking off at Google and other retailers earlier this month, and beats Amazon's Echo to the punch in America's northern neighbor.
June 26, 2017
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Google Home brings iDevices into its smart home family
iDevices outlets, sockets and switches now play nice with all three major smart home assistants -- Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant.
May 9, 2017
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Google Home can now be assigned to specific rooms for smart home controls
The latest update for the Google Home app now allows you to assign Google Home speakers to rooms of your house for easier smart home controls.
October 4, 2017
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Google Home can now be used as an intercom with Broadcast feature
And you thought in-home intercom systems were dead.
November 13, 2017
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Google Home can now buy stuff for you on command
Now you can ask Google Home to order things from Walgreen's, Costco, or Toys R Us through Google Express.
February 16, 2017
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Google Home can now find that lost phone you swore you left on the table
Of all the things Google announced at its Pixel 2 event -- and there were plenty -- perhaps the most useful one is the ability to find your phone using Google Home. That feature should now be live for everyone, as spotted by Android Police.
October 6, 2017
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Google Home can now make phone calls for free
You can now make hands-free voice calls with the Google Home smart speaker.
May 17, 2017
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Google Home can now make phone calls in the US and Canada
Google is rolling out a long-awaited feature for its Google Home smart speaker today: voice calling. The company just announced that Home users in the US and Canada will very soon be able to call people in their contacts and local businesses using their voice and the signature "OK Google" command. That makes it more flexible than what Amazon is doing with Alexa / Echo-to-Echo calls and messaging. But you can't call another Google Home from yours or answer calls with it; only outgoing calls work right now.
August 16, 2017
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Google Home can now order you pizza (and do other, lesser things)
More than 30 organizations – including Domino's Pizza, WebMD and Tripadvisor – bring new functionality to Google's smart speaker.
December 16, 2016
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Google Home can now play your stored or purchased music on Play Music
Google Home owners around the globe are starting to get an update that allows them to play tracks purchased on or uploaded to Google Play Music. The update should be quite welcomed by many of us, who have kept and gathered collections of songs through the years, as you can now stream them on the Home device, just like on-demand tracks for subscribers or free radio plays.
July 13, 2017
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Google Home can now recognize different users by their voice
As many as six people can have accounts on one Home device.
April 20, 2017
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Google Home can now recognize individual users by the sound of their voice
An inevitable but important step forward for smart home hubs
April 20, 2017
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Google Home can now stream the music you've uploaded to Play Music
Plus whatever stuff you've bought from Google's music store
July 12, 2017
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Google Home can now stream Bluetooth audio with new update
It has been a little over a year since the release of the Google Home. During that time, lots of improvements have come to the platform - expanding beyond its original capabilities. While it has been able to perform some complex actions for quite some time, oddly, the device has always been missing one of the most basic features, lacking the ability to stream audio using just Bluetooth. Now, a new update finally brings the feature to Google Home.
June 30, 2017
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Google Home can now tell users apart just by their voice
Now up to six people can train Google's voice appliance to recognize them.
April 20, 2017
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Google Home expands hands-free calling to the UK, now uses your own phone number
Hands-free calling has expanded on Google Home, and will now use your phone number.
October 4, 2017
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Google Home expands its mind with more than 30 new services
Now you can talk about news, food, and health with your voice-activated roommate.
December 16, 2016
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Google Home expands its smart home reach with Z-Wave
Z-Wave shows off upgraded firmware at IFA in Berlin allowing you to control devices with your voice through Google.
August 30, 2017
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Google Home finally gains Bluetooth support for audio playback
Google promised quite a lot of features will come along with its home assistant back at the I/O event, but some of them have yet to be implemented. Earlier this week, the Mountain View company announced a couple of these features should start rolling out immediately to Google Home users in certain countries.
August 22, 2017
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Google Home finally gets bluetooth audio playback
Google Home is quietly gaining support for a number of the features announced at I/O earlier this summer that bring the company's home assistant more on-par with the older and wiser Amazon Echo.
August 21, 2017
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Google Home gains Belkin WeMo support
As the proud owner of an Amazon Echo (and Echo Dot), I often like to show it off. My favorite demonstration is using the internet-connected voice assistant to control a lamp in my home. Like a giddy kid, I tell guests to prepare to witness magic. Then, I say "Alexa, turn on the lamp." Guess what happens? the lamp turns on! this is thanks to Alexa's connection with my Belkin WeMo outlet device. Guests are seemingly never as impressed as I am, but I digress.
January 24, 2017
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Google Home gets 7 new tricks
The Google Assistant got smarter at Wednesday's Pixel event.
October 4, 2017
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Google Home gets a shot at controlling your LG appliances
LG joins a growing list of manufacturers to offer upcoming Google Home support.
May 17, 2017
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Google Home gets a substantial update, gains proactive assistance, phone calling abilities, and more
It is Google I/O day! Announcements, as expected, are pouring in, and the news of the enhancements to Google Home was among the prime items on the list. Google's stand-alone voice-controlled assistant device is getting more helpful through the addition of four key enhancements. On top of that, it will be released in five new countries. The update to Google Home and its broader market release are scheduled for "this summer".
May 17, 2017
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Google Home gets free phone calls in the US and Canada
US and Canada get free calls, plus lots of Project Fi/Google Voice integration, too.
August 16, 2017
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Google Home gets hands-free calling and 6 other cool new features
Google's A.I. speaker gets hands-free calling, proactive assistance, and HBONow support, among other interesting tricks.
May 17, 2017
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Google Home gets hands-free calling, visual notifications, and more!
Google Home gets a whole host of updates including hands-free calling and visual notifications.
May 17, 2017
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Google Home gets pre-order and release date in Canada
"OK Google... when the heck are you coming to Canada?!"
June 2, 2017
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Google Home gets shop-by-voice
Voice assistants are all the rage nowadays, with hardware like Amazon Echo becoming very popular in homes. While some people are fearful of such devices because they are always listening for commands, some consumers are willing to trade their privacy for convenience. In other words, since consumers aren't required to buy such a device, they are empowered to make that decision with their wallets.
February 16, 2017
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Google Home gets smarter with Belkin WeMo and Honeywell thermostat support
Google Home now has support for two big names in smart homes, as Pixel waits for its turn to control your thermostat via Google Assistant.
January 25, 2017
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Google Home gets voice support for Netflix and Google Photos with latest update
Google Home has added voice support for Netflix and Google Photos. These new capabilities allow users to interact with their home assistants to control content on their televisions via a Chromecast device. According to Google, these "hands-free" features are a great way to access all of its festive content this holiday season.
December 14, 2016
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Google Home hands-free calling is here, but doesn't yet have caller ID
Caller ID isn't coming until later this year. For now, anyone you call will see "Unknown" or "No Caller ID" on their end.
August 16, 2017
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Google Home has new tech to help you yell at your kids
Google's newest products for the home can broadcast to one another, basically creating a public announcement system. And we know what you'll probably use it for.
October 4, 2017
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Google Home hoping to improve the kitchen with 'start cooking' command
We could all use an extra kitchen helper.
April 26, 2017
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Google Home is coming to five new markets, including France, Canada and Australia
Google launched its Home speaker hub in the United States last year, and it also went on sale in the United Kingdom a few weeks ago. Now, the company is preparing to make it more widely available.
May 18, 2017
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Google Home is coming to Japan
The smart speaker is launching there later this week.
October 4, 2017
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Google Home is even more useful with support for new services
You can now use Assistant to control iHome, Leviton, Emberlight, and Samsung Artik Cloud devices.
May 2, 2017
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Google Home is getting a bunch of new smart home integrations
Including August, Wink, and LIFX
March 28, 2017
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Google Home is getting a lot friendlier with Nest products
A major use case of home assistants is obviously close integration with smart home products, but Home and Echo have both managed to make things a lot more confusing than they should be when it comes to turning on lights or accessing your home security system.
October 4, 2017
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Google Home is going to help you misdiagnose yourself
Google announced its conversation actions for the Google Home this past week, which are similar to the Amazon Echo's skills but instead prompt users to converse with Home to get something done. Today we got a better idea of Google's partners. Domino's Pizza, Genius, and WebMD will all be supported, according to VentureBeat. Publications, like BuzzFeed, the Wall Street Journal, and CNN will also have actions. the new actions are available starting today, bringing the total number of conversation actions up to 35.
December 14, 2016
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Google Home is official: Google undercuts the Amazon Echo at $129
New search technology will roll out across all Google platforms.
October 4, 2016
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Google Home looks set to support multiple users soon
The Home app says the feature is available now, although this seems to just be a placeholder message
April 10, 2017
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Google Home Max is a $399 smart speaker with room-filling sound
Google Home Max is twenty times more powerful than the Home.
October 4, 2017
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Google Home Max is a supersized version of the smart home speaker
Google has announced the Home Max, a larger version of its Home smart speaker designed to compete against Apple's HomePod and Sonos. The Home Max is a stereo speaker running Google Assistant that resembles Apple's old Hi-Fi speaker from over a decade ago.
October 4, 2017
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Google Home Max is the loudest but most expensive Google Assistant speaker yet
See that cool-looking speaker up there? That's the new Google Home Max. Yup, Max -- because it is the biggest, most powerful, most capable Home speaker Google has in its arsenal. And most expensive too, but we'll get to that in a bit.
October 4, 2017
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Google Home Max: Google debuts its premium smart home speaker
Google has unveiled its potential Sonos killer, the Google Home Max.
October 4, 2017
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Google Home 'Max': Is Home getting supersized, stereo-ized?
Google is developing a larger, premium, stereo-speaker-equipped version of its smart Home gadget, says a report.
September 27, 2017
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Google Home may get support for multiple user accounts
Google may be on its way to solving one of the biggest problems with smart speakers: they only work with a single account.
March 2, 2017
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Google Home may soon let you use multiple accounts
The feature would let different people access their personalized information like calendar appointments and music playlists.
April 10, 2017
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Google Home Mini Defect Caused Some Units To Record Audio 24/7
Intelligent assistant platforms like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant could be the next great frontier in computer interface, but there are bound to be some bumps along the way before we reach a Star Trek-style future. For example, Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii discovered a hardware defect in the upcoming Google Home Mini that caused the device to record almost all nearby audio and upload it directly to Google. That's a pretty severe privacy violation, but Google says it's pushing out an update to prevent it from happening again.
October 11, 2017
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Google Home Mini is announced: Google Assistant on the cheap
Yup, Google now has even more hardware you can chat with. It is called Google Home Mini and, as the name implies, it is a smaller version of the Google Home we're already familiar with. Yet don't let its small size fool you.
October 4, 2017
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Google Home Mini is official, takes on Amazon's Echo Dot
After months of rumors, Google has officially launched a smaller version of its Google Assistant-equipped smart speaker.
October 4, 2017
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Google Home Mini Puts Assistant Anywhere And Everywhere
The Market For devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home is so new that nobody really knows anything, except that smart speakers are fun as hell and they're probably important to the connected future of everything. Somehow. We're firmly in the spaghetti-throwing phase of the technology, as companies experiment in public to find out what works.
October 4, 2017
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Google Home Mini review--A gateway drug for the Google Assistant
A great starter kit for newbies, if you can stand the lack of good music playback.
October 11, 2017
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Google Home Mini review: An affordable home assistant that needs work
It has been a few weeks since giving some initial impressions of the Google Home Mini. Since then, more time has been spent living with it, giving it commands, and assimilating into my daily life.
October 30, 2017
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Google Home Mini Review: Chasing Dots
Google answers Amazon's small Echo with a tiny smart speaker of its own
October 11, 2017
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Google Home multi-user support lets you connect up to 6 accounts simultaneously
Now everyone gets a properly personal Google Assistant in the home.
April 20, 2017
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Google Home now allows you to command Neato vacuums with the sound of your voice
If you ever found yourself wishing for a day in which you could shout some words at a white, cylindrical object in order to get a robot to clean your home for you, today is your lucky day. Neato, the company behind the Botvac vacuum cleaner, has just announced that owners of a Google Home are now able to control its entire array of devices just by speaking a few words to the Google Assistant.
March 16, 2017
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Google Home now available for pre-order in Canada
Google Home is now available to pre-order for Canadians. Google had announced at I/O this year that it would be coming to the country this summer, but now the smart home speaker with Google Assistant built-in is available on Google's own online store, as well as at retail partners including Best Buy.
June 2, 2017
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Google Home now lets you make free calls
If you're a Google Home user living in the US or Canada, Google is now rolling out the ability to make free phone calls.
August 17, 2017
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Google Home now lets you set and manage your reminders
Google has been making regular changes and updates to its Home smart speaker system, but one that has been missing and often requested was reminders. An update today has finally added the functionality.
September 26, 2017
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Google Home now Recognizes Specific Users' Voices, Allows for Multiple Accounts
In a move to differentiate its Google Home voice-activated assistant from competitors like Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, or Microsoft's Clippy (yes, we know it's Cortana, but we prefer Clippy), Google has tweaked its Google Home assistant to allow for multiple users, each of whom can supposedly be uniquely identified by their voice.
April 20, 2017
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Google Home now serving up ads in your daily briefing
Or a "tale," according to Google.
March 16, 2017
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Google Home now supports hands-free calling
The Google Home smart speaker now features hands-free calling.
August 16, 2017
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Google Home now supports multiple users in the US; UK support "in the coming months"
Google has announced that its Home speaker hub, powered by the company's digital Assistant, now supports multiple users. the new feature uses voice recognition to distinguish between up to six people whose accounts are connected to a single Google Home speaker, allowing the Assistant to offer personalized information, music playlists, and other features for each individual.
April 20, 2017
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Google Home now works with Spotify free accounts
For all the talk of how voice assistants could be the future of IoT or computing in general, the only consistently engaging use of home assistants like Echo or Google Home seems to be audio playback.
August 18, 2017
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Google Home officially plugs into the smart home
Belkin's might be the first in a line of critical smart home partnerships for Google Home.
December 13, 2016
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Google Home Outage Shows Smart Homes Can Be Dumb Sometimes
Google launched its Google Home hardware last year as a way to bring the Google Assistant into your daily life. Unlike Assistant on a phone, Home is designed for everyone to use, and it launched with various smart home integrations like Philips Hue lights and Nest thermostats. Google has been talking a big game when it comes to voice recognition and control, but a small hiccup on Google's end over the weekend is a reminder just how fragile a "smart home' platform can be.
June 6, 2017
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Google Home rolls out family fun and games with Assistant
At its hardware reveal event earlier this month, Google showed off the new Google Home Max and Home Mini to go with the base model. As part of that presentation, we saw a video on how Google Assistant within those devices can keep the family occupied with games and projects. Now, Google Home is rolling out 50 new games, stories and activities for kids.
October 25, 2017
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Google Home six times better at searches than Amazon Echo according to independent study
In a 3000-question test, conducted by New York-based marketing agency 360i, Google Home was found to be six times more likely to properly answer your question than the Amazon Echo. While the Alexa toting Echo typically showed greater competence in shopping-related queries, Google Assistant was more proficient in gathering all other forms of search data for the Home device.
June 26, 2017
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Google Home speaker and Pixel smartphone debut, with help from the Assistant
The Google Assistant is ready to take on Siri, Alexa, and the chatbots.
October 4, 2016
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Google Home starts rolling out voice calling
Soon, you can use Google's smart speaker to call your contacts.
August 16, 2017
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Google Home successor could feature built-in Wi-Fi router
Less than a year after Google unveiled its Assistant-powered Echo competitor, Google Home, there are murmurs that the Big G is working on a new iteration of its home speaker, and that it's aiming to kill two birds with one stone with the new product.
April 6, 2017
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Google Home tightens Chromecast bonds with Netflix, Photos integration
Watch Stranger Things and show off your photos without lifting a finger.
December 12, 2016
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Google Home to get hands-free voice calling, proactive assistance and will spread to more countries
Google Home is getting smarter. Today at Google I/O, Google revealed that the Amazon Echo rival will not only be spreading to more countries this summer (Canada, Australia, France, Germany and Japan specifically) but it will benefit from more new features than you can shake a stick at.
May 17, 2017
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Google Home to receive multi-user support soon
Multi-user support for Google Home is finally rolling out to some owners of Google's AI-enabled smart home speaker after a long time in the making.
April 10, 2017
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Google Home touchscreen device spotted in official app code
It'll support YouTube, unlike Amazon's Echo Show
October 20, 2017
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Google Home users will soon be able to make calls with the device, but no one will answer
Today, Google announced that you'll soon be able to make calls with your Home smart speaker, assuming that you're in the US or Canada. You can call any of your contacts, along with "millions of businesses", by saying something like, "Hey Google, call Dad". Since it recognizes your voice, "you'll reach your dad instead of just any dad."
August 16, 2017
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Google Home versus Amazon Echo: 8 Differences You Should Consider Before Buying
Should you buy a Google Home or an Amazon Echo smart speaker? Here are some things to consider!
May 30, 2017
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Google Home versus Amazon Echo: Video head-to-head!
How do you choose between Google Home and Amazon Echo? Start by listening.
November 4, 2016
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Google Home versus Amazon Echo: Which has the better speaker for music?
Which sounds better, Google Home or Amazon Echo?
January 17, 2017
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Google Home versus Google Home Mini: Which should you buy?
Should you buy a Google Home or a Google Home Mini?
October 13, 2017
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Google Home welcomes 12 new partners in big smart home update
Starting today, Google's smart speaker can control a variety of new devices, including locks and sprinklers.
March 28, 2017
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Google Home will finally launch in the UK early this summer
Google Home, the speaker that integrates the company's virtual Assistant, will finally be coming to the UK early this summer. Home was originally unveiled late last year, and has only been available in the US.
February 28, 2017
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Google Home will now be able to recognize users by voice
Ever since the original Google Home launched, Google has marketed the device as the perfect home companion -- a device that can help the whole family with searches, schedules, recipes, alarm clocks, music playback, et cetera. But there's always this small issue that if you have a full household using the same smart device, some issues might come up. Whose contacts list does the assistant use? Whose calendar is that? Whose Favorites playlist should Home play when requested?
October 4, 2017
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Google Home will now work with the free ad supported tier of Spotify
The Amazon Echo gets much of the attention when we talk about smart speakers, which is no surprise given its 70% market share. In second place with a market share that exceeds 20% is the Google Home. While the Echo is powered by Alexa, the surprise breakout star of 2017, Google Assistant is found on the Google Home. These market share figures are bound to change when Microsoft's Invoke and Apple's HomePod are launched later this year.
August 18, 2017
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Google Home will soon respond on your TV screen with Chromecast
Voice commands can show your calendar, the weather and more thanks to Google's $35 Chromecast dongle.
May 17, 2017
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Google Home: another source of fake news and conspiracy theories
Devices like Google Home might seem fairly harmless at a first glance. After all, it's just a smart speaker that hosts the sympathetic Google Assistant which can be commanded via your voice. you can ask it questions, queue up some music or podcasts, and also order the device to search the web for information.
March 7, 2017
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Google Home: Everything you need to know!
Get to know your Google Home!
July 28, 2017
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Google Home: Top 10 Tips & Tricks
Get the most from your Google Home by starting with these tips and tricks.
December 13, 2016
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Google Home: what it does and when you can get one
A house is not a home, clearly, without Google Home.
October 5, 2016
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Google Home's biggest flaw fixed: Support for reminders finally arrives
It's hard to believe, but Google Home has gone a whole year with zero reminders support.
September 26, 2017
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Google Home's interchangeable bases now available at the Google Store
One of the things that separates Google Home from its competition is the ability to swap out the base for another color or material. Google told us about them during the unveiling at Google I/O 2016, but we haven't seen them available until today.
November 7, 2016
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Google Home's multiuser support might finally make it worth talking to
With user authentication, Google Home might finally be able to access personal data.
April 10, 2017
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Google Home's Night Mode lets you lower the volume and lights on set days and hours
Set a time frame for do not disturb
October 3, 2017
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Google hooks up with Scale for cloud collab?! What does it all mean?
And what will it become?
October 5, 2017
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Google is building a smart screen competitor to Amazon's Echo Show
Multiple sources tell TechCrunch that Google is building a tabletop smart screen for video calling and more that will compete with Amazon's Echo Show. The device could help Google keep up in the race for the smart home market after Amazon just revealed a slew of new Echos and as Facebook continues to work on its codename "Aloha" video calling screen.
September 28, 2017
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Google is finally adding support for Reminders to Google Home
Better late than never -- support for reminders is coming to Google Home!
September 25, 2017
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Google is making Home better for families and kids
Google is bringing new features to Google Home so that kids and families can get more out of it.
October 4, 2017
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Google is taking dozens of Nest engineers to work on the smart home
In preparation for Google Home's launch
August 30, 2016
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Google may take on the Echo Dot with a mini Google Home
An update to its Home smart speaker to compete with Amazon
August 21, 2017
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Google needs to strike the iron while it's hot -- and before Apple HomePod launches
HomePod will be just a speaker when it launches, but there are bigger plans.
June 6, 2017
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Google now lets you send messages through the Google Home to unsuspecting roommates
Here's a great update to the Google Home: you can now send messages to your Home speakers and have all of them speak it aloud. Google calls the feature "Broadcast," because it lets you broadcast a message from your phone and out through all of your Home speakers.
October 4, 2017
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Google offers devs fat bribes, hopes to lure them to its Home
Race against Amazon demands rapid iteration, and cash
May 18, 2017
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Google Permanently Disables Home Mini's Top Touch Panel After Device Recorded When It Shouldn't Have
Following the news that Google's new Home Mini connected-home hubs were recording users thousands of times per day because the device refused to stay asleep, Google has permanently disabled the touch-sensitive panel on the top of the Home Mini.
October 12, 2017
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Google primes Home for a major new feature: multiple account support
Google appears to be allowing different family members to access their own calendars and music libraries on the speaker.
April 10, 2017
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Google pulls YouTube from Amazon Echo Show for ToS violations
If you have heard Alexa utter the message "Currently, Google is not supporting YouTube on Echo Show," you'll be aware of the issue: Google has pulled YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show.
September 27, 2017
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Google reportedly working on a premium Google Home with stereo speakers
The Google Home Max is expected to offer a more premium design and higher-end audio, but we aren't entirely sure when it'll be released.
September 28, 2017
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Google reveals the Home Mini and Max
Google announced today the newest additions to the Home family -- the Google Home Mini and Max.
October 4, 2017
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Google reveals troubling lack of diversity in America's newsrooms
Over the past few years, major tech events have become as much a show-and-tell of personnel as they have product. Google, Apple, Microsoft and others flaunt sex and race as ways of one-upping each other in what has become perhaps Silicon Valley's most public battle: diversity.
October 10, 2017
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Google updates Home Mini to address major privacy bug
Some units of the smart speaker are found to activate at random times and transmit the audio to Google's servers.
October 10, 2017
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Google Wifi and Home to launch in the UK -- with a few hidden British treats
After launching in the US late last year, Google Home is making its way to the UK. Google's voice-activated rival to the Amazon Echo is powered by Google Assistant, and can be used to play music, control smart devices, and perform online searches.
March 28, 2017
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Google Will Now Talk Through Speakers, Fridges and Vacuums
Google's push to place its digital assistant, the search giant's new product centerpiece, inside every consumer appliance imaginable is edging forward.
September 6, 2017
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Google's Home Max brings premium audio to its Assistant speaker
Google Home is getting bigger, in more ways than one: Google announced a few updates for its smart home speaker line, and one is the Home Max, a larger version that packs in stereo speakers and more premium looks and materials.
October 4, 2017
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Google's taking Brillo into smart homes with Android Things
The stripped-down OS is out as a developer preview, along with updates to Weave
December 13, 2016
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Google, Amazon, Apple, Samsung lead sales in smart home devices
Smart home hardware and services' revenue is forecasted to hit $195 billion by 2021, according to new report.
January 10, 2017
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Halo+ Smart Smoke & CO Alarm with Weather Alerts review: A pricey alternative to the Nest Protect
This smoke detector packs all the bells, whistles, and a weather radio, too.
November 13, 2017
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Hands-on: The Sonos One is a smarter Play:1 with Alexa support
Sonos has released its first speaker with built-in voice control. We took a listen.
October 4, 2017
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Hands-on: WeMo Dimmer and Google Home make home automation seamless
Google Home + WeMo is a recipe for home automation bliss.
January 6, 2017
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Harman brings Alexa and Google Assistant on board for its newest speakers
Audio equipment maker, HARMAN seems to have invested a lot in voice assistants as the company has announced new speakers at IFA 2017, which support Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, while having already announced the Cortana-powered Invoke back in May.
August 31, 2017
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Harman Kardon Invoke hands-on: Cortana enters the smart speaker market with a boom
Right now, there's only a single Cortana-powered speaker. But as the lone representative, the Invoke does a decent job.
October 20, 2017
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Harman Kardon Invoke review:
The first Cortana-enabled smart speaker is here
October 20, 2017
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Harman Kardon Invoke review: Cortana isn't too comfortable in the home yet
Microsoft needs to do some tweaking to make Cortana a better at-home assistant.
October 30, 2017
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Harman Kardon teases the Invoke speaker, a Cortana-powered Echo competitor
Is a fall ship date too late for the first Cortana-powered home assistant, though?
May 8, 2017
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Harman's new speakers work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
HARMAN has announced new speakers featuring Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
August 31, 2017
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Have Alexa Locate your Missing Keys
In a recent Skill of the Week, I highlighted TrackR. TrackR is a good Alexa skill that enables you to find your smartphone even if the ringer is turned off. TrackR has plans to develop the ability to track other things using Alexa, but right now it only works with an app installed on the smartphone that is connected to the Amazon Alexa service.
February 1, 2017
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Here are all of Amazon's new Echo gadgets
Amazon just announced about a million new Echo speakers at a surprise event today, ranging from an updated classic Echo, to an alarm-cock style Echo Spot model, to... a talking fish? Let's run through them all
September 27, 2017
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Here's a look at the LG Smart InstaView refrigerator with Windows 10
Here at IFA 2016, LG is showing their Signature Smart InstaView fridge running Windows 10. it's still a prototype and LG currently does not have any launch plans yet, but it's definitely interesting.
September 2, 2016
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Here's everything that works with Google Home
The Google Home smart speaker is the search giant's answer to the Amazon Echo. Instead of Alexa, it boasts the considerable capabilities of the Google Assistant -- just say "OK Google" or "Hey Google" to activate it, then give it a question or command.
October 3, 2017
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Hey Alexa, let's save some money on a refurbished Echo!
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a great way to pick up a discounted Amazon Echo!
May 3, 2017
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Home decorating and home furniture
Home decorating and furnishing, interior design. Learn about color schemes, style, scale and balance, furniture arranging, practical room by room suggestions. Ideas illustrated by photos.
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Home is where the HomeKit wants to be
HomeKit has improved since its introduction three years ago, but it's struggling to find a place in most homes. What can Apple do to make HomeKit a part of your home?
May 26, 2017
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HomeKit News: Everything you need to know!
A regularly updated stream of HomeKit and HomeKit-enabled accessory news!
August 9, 2017
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HomePod FAQ: Everything you need to know!
Apple's HomePod is here and we've got everything you need to know right now!
August 22, 2017
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HomePod versus Google Home versus Amazon Echo: What's the difference?
Between the new HomePod, Google Home, and Amazon Echo, it can be tough making a decision between devices. So what's the difference?
June 6, 2017
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HomePod versus Libratone Zipp: What's the difference?
Apple's HomePod smart speaker hits the market in December, but it's already got competition: Libratone's Zipp.
June 16, 2017
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HomePod versus Sonos One versus Google Home Max: What's the difference?
Alexa is coming to Sonos and Google Home has gone Max. So what's the difference between these and Apple's HomePod? Let's find out!
October 4, 2017
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HomePod, Echo, Google Home: How secure are your speakers?
Here's what Apple, Amazon and Google offer in terms of privacy with their smart speakers.
June 8, 2017
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HomePod, Apple's $349 Siri-enabled speaker, hits in December
For months we heard rumors of a Siri-powered rival to the Amazon Echo and the Google Home. At Apple's 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 5, it finally happened. Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, debuted the HomePod on stage during the WWDC keynote address.
August 4, 2017
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HomePod, iOS 11, iMac Pro: All the news from Apple WWDC 2017
Plus, updates to MacOS -- newly dubbed High Sierra -- a new iPad Pro and WatchOS improvements.
June 5, 2017
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Honda Miimo is an adorable Roomba for your lawn
After being announced years ago, it's finally coming to the US.
April 11, 2017
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Honeywell Lyric C1 review:
Honeywell's security cam has more options than you'd think
August 11, 2017
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Honeywell Lyric C1 Wi-Fi Security Camera review: This affordable, indoor cam is smarter than it looks
Backup storage in the form of an SD card is a nice touch.
August 8, 2017
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Honeywell's scalable security cam lets you decide what matters
It's hard to find a security camera that's truly versatile, but Honeywell's new Lyric C2 Wi-Fi Indoor Camera is an exception. with local storage, free cloud storage an optional cloud storage upgrade, as well as optional professional monitoring, the Lyric C2 really lets you decide how you want to manage your home security.
January 5, 2017
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Honeywell, a 111-year-old company, to launch home security system on Indiegogo
Honeywell, a multinational conglomerate founded 111 years ago that currently has 132,000 employees and a market capitalization of over $109 billion, is today announcing that it would like you to preorder its next product on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo.
October 16, 2017
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How Alexa and Google Assistant made me a super dad
As a parent with children decades apart in age, it's become obvious the very nature of raising children has fundamentally changed in the last 10 years thanks to technology. Instead of two parents, my youngest child has four: mom, dad, Alexa, and Google Assistant.
November 8, 2017
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How Google Assistant, Home, and Lens will completely change the way you search
Google I/O may not have revealed any new hardware, but it did introduce a plethora of ways to integrate Google into everything we do.
May 19, 2017
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How one man found independence with the help of Apple's HomeKit technology
Smart home technology can be about more than turning on lights and unlocking doors. When accessibility and inclusivity are a priority, smart home tech can help improve lives.
May 9, 2017
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How the New Samsung Chef Collection Will Transform Daily Life
In today's hectic world, people's needs and expectations of kitchen appliances have changed significantly. Families are perpetually short on time and need to make every moment count by being as efficient, smart, and connected as possible. Consumers who were once focused on how well a kitchen appliance cooked or grilled or broiled now care just as much about their oven or refrigerator being connected to the Internet or showcasing their personal style.
June 30, 2017
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How to add a user to your Alexa Household
Share your Amazon content with your special someone with Alexa Household.
June 19, 2017
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How to add new smart home hardware to Alexa Groups
Adding your new smart home hardware to an Alexa group should only take a moment or two.
June 15, 2017
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How to add your iCloud Calendar to Amazon Echo
You can add your iCloud Calendar to Alexa and get your daily schedule from your Echo, Dot, Tap, or Show.
May 31, 2017
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How to automate your morning cup of tea
Adding some smart home magic to your morning cup of tea is (almost) as easy as just buying a smart plug.
July 27, 2017
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How to block contacts in Amazon Alexa Calling & Messaging
How do I block people from calling and messaging me on my Amazon Echo? By blocking contacts in the Alexa app!
June 19, 2017
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How to Build a Cedar Ice Chest
Make a handsome cooler enclosure to update a backyard essential
March 18, 2016
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How to buy things with Google Home
Google makes it easy to shop using your voice.
July 6, 2017
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How to change the Amazon Echo 'wake word' using Alexa app
How can I address my Echo as "Computer"? Just follow these steps!
January 24, 2017
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How to connect Google Home to your Nest thermostat
How do I hook my Google Home up to a Nest thermostat?
January 26, 2017
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How to connect your favorite music to Alexa
Listening to music with Alexa is as easy as connecting the app you want to use!
June 2, 2017
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How to control Samsung SmartThings with Google Assistant
It's easy to automate your life with a small investment in Samsung's connected smart accessories and a free app from Google.
August 2, 2017
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How to Control Tropical Pests
This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook heads to Miami to control insect pests without the use of pesticides
March 8, 2016
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How to customize your Amazon Alexa Flash Briefing
Alexa, what's in the news?
June 9, 2017
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How to get Alexa in your home without buying an Amazon Echo
You don't need an Amazon Echo to enjoy Alexa.
February 17, 2017
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How to get Google Home to softly lull you to sleep
Google Home acts as a white noise machine for when you're having trouble drifting off into slumber.
July 11, 2017
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How to get started with Samsung SmartThings
Samsung SmartThings are a great addition if all you're looking to do is automate a few simple things around the house.
July 27, 2017
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How to get the most from Amazon Alexa in Canada
Amazon hasn't officially brought its Echo speakers to Canada yet, but that hasn't start eager early adopters from getting their hands on them. The good news is you can set it up to work in Canada, although it takes a bit of work to do so, including manually downloading the Alexa app and tweaking some settings in your Amazon account.
June 28, 2017
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How to Install a Smart Thermostat
This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows a homeowner how to install and operate an energy-saving smart thermostat
March 18, 2016
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How to Keep Amazon Echo and Google Home from Responding to your TV
Voice assistants such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home are pretty smart, but they're not yet sharp enough to understand the difference between TV and reality. a Google commercial during yesterday's Super Bowl prompted Home to play whale noises, flip the hallway lights on, and recite a substitute for cardamom.
February 6, 2017
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How to listen to audiobooks using Amazon Alexa
Setting up alexa to read your audiobooks is a breeze.
June 7, 2017
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How To Make Google Home Your New Landline
You Probably Don't have a landline phone, because it's not 1995. But you miss it sometimes, don't you? Knowing where the phone was all the time, having something anyone could pick up and use, avoiding the rock-paper-scissors over who has to waste their cell phone battery calling Dominos.
August 16, 2017
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How to manage users on Google Home
Adding or removing an account from Google Home will only take a few minutes.
June 29, 2017
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How to monitor your pets when you're away from home
Want to keep an eye on your pets when you're away from home? It's as simple as installing a few connected-home accessories!
August 23, 2017
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How to Mount your Amazon Echo Dot on the Wall, Ceiling, or Under the Counter
Mounting Amazon Echo Dots around your home is easier than you think!
October 25, 2017
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How to mute Google Home's microphones (and why you need to)
OK Google, stop listening to me.
February 1, 2017
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How to Paint a Colorful Carpet on your Porch Floor
Give your outdoor room a permanent rug design
March 18, 2016
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How to program Google Home to talk to you
If I could talk to the gadgets in my life, just imagine it. "Okay, Google, what will today be like?"
December 25, 2016
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How To Protect Yourself From Getting Scammed By Bad Movers
While you may feel yourself slowing down as the days grow longer and the temperatures go up, summer is the busiest time of the year for movers. Millions of us are likely to pack up and move house between June and September. But moving is a fraught proposition; it can be hard to tell the difference between a legitimate outfit that will properly bring you your stuff, and one that will steal from you or extort you for cash.
June 16, 2017
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How to quickly check that your home IoT devices are secure
Don't let your smart clock expose you to hackers. a web app from BullGuard can help.
January 12, 2017
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How to replace the base on Google Home
How do I change the base on my Google Home?
December 19, 2016
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How to save money when buying an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Show
You don't have to pay full price for your next Echo device!
October 19, 2017
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How to shop on Amazon with Alexa
As an Amazon product, naturally you can buy things with Alexa. Here's how.
June 15, 2017
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How to sell your iPhone
Where's the best place to sell your old iPhone so you can get the new iPhone? Here's what you need to know!
October 25, 2017
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How to set up a DIY home security system
3 ways to protect your house
May 23, 2017
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How to set up a home automation system without running any wires
Prefer a clean, wire-free smart home? You can make that happen!
July 12, 2017
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How to set up a smart home using Windows 10 and Amazon Echo
Smart home apps are mostly MIA from Windows 10, but that doesn't mean you can't join in the fun.
May 9, 2017
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How to set up and control smart thermostats using Amazon Echo
How do I control my thermostat with an Amazon Echo?
October 4, 2016
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How to set up Google Home with multiple users
Google can differentiate between up to six Google accounts, making it easy for the whole house to use!
August 16, 2017
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How to set up payments with Google Home
Now that payments are built into Assistant, your Google Home can not only keep your shopping list but order from it, too.
February 27, 2017
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How to stop Alexa from buying things
These tips will make sure Alexa isn't purchasing something when you don't want it to.
June 26, 2017
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How to stop Google Home or Amazon Echo from making unwanted online purchases
Did you hear about the kindergartner who "accidentally" ordered an expensive dollhouse with a voice command? We'll show you how to lock down your smart speaker so that never happens to you.
August 8, 2017
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How to sync your calendar with Alexa
Syncing up your Calendar to Alexa should only take a few moments.
June 16, 2017
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How to take a Selfie on Amazon Echo Show
Did you know you can take a picture on the Echo Show? There's a camera and a screen, so why not?
August 1, 2017
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How to take advantage of Google Home offers
Google Home Offers let you take advantage of specials to make your home even more awesome.
July 13, 2017
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How to track what's being said to Alexa with the history feature
Alexa history automatically saves your conversations; here's how to review them.
June 22, 2017
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How to train your Amazon Echo to recognize your voice
Do you wish your experience with Alexa was more personalized? Now it can be! Amazon has finally brought real multi-user support with voice recognition to all Echo devices.
October 16, 2017
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How to use Alexa for sports updates
Alexa can make sure you always know the score of the big games!
June 21, 2017
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How to use Alexa's to-do list
The brains behind your Amazon Echo can also manage your to-do list.
May 30, 2017
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How to use Amazon Echo speakers and Alexa as intercoms
You can call your Echo device from within your house from another Echo device or the Alexa app.
August 18, 2017
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How to use Google Home's built-in ambient audio to get some rest and relaxation
A new update adds ambient sounds with their own sleep timer.
May 8, 2017
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Huawei could rescue Amazon's Alexa from the smart home
Mobile integration a lifeline out of domestic drudgery
January 26, 2017
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Searchable database contains over 700 hydroponics store listings worldwide, InfoCart product information inquiry system, and an abundance of hydroponics articles and links.
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A hydroponics resource center for inexpensive hydroponic startups
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I want a smart home. What's the simplest way to start?
Recode's Kara Swisher and the Verge's Lauren Goode and Dan Seifert discuss on Too Embarrassed to Ask.
December 9, 2016
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iDevices' new smart dimmer switch works with Alexa, Google, and Siri
There are lots of ways to put smart home tech to work, but one of the easiest and most compelling might be voice-activated control of your lights. Now, iDevices is releasing a smart dimmer switch that'll get the job done no matter which voice control platform you're using.
August 16, 2017
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iDevices smart home products now work with Google Home
The family of outlets, switches, sockets, and other products can be controlled by voice through the Google Assistant.
May 10, 2017
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iDevices Wall Outlet review:
Here's the best smart outlet, but it's ahead of its time
March 28, 2017
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If Google Assistant isn't your thing, you can now talk to Cortana on the Android lock screen
You can ask questions and update calendar entries without needing to unlock your phone.
March 28, 2017
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If your smart home gear hasn't updated recently, throw it in the trash
Paul Vixie on how to survive the impending IoT security nightmare
December 5, 2016
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IFixit Teardown of Google Home Reveals Chromecast Guts and a Little House
The Amazon Echo seemed like a strange idea when Amazon introduced it two years ago, but the voice-activated assistant hub has proven popular with consumers. Now, Google is leveraging its more powerful voice-activated "Assistant" in a similar product called Google Home.
November 7, 2016
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iHome iSP6 and iSP8 SmartPlug reviews: An easy entree into the smart home
From ease of set up through broad compatibility, including with Apple's HomeKit, these smart plugs hit nearly every mark.
March 29, 2017
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IKEA launches affordable smart lighting range
Love it or hate it, Swedish home furnishing brand IKEA has a strong track record of providing affordable, well-designed home wares with unpronounceable names.
March 28, 2017
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IKEA Launching Customizable "Open Source" Furniture to Give Customers More Choices
Maybe you can't afford that bespoke chaise with the walnut legs and expensive upholstery, but that doesn't mean you have to resign yourself to having the same living room as everyone else who shops at IKEA: in an effort to help customers living in tight spaces more options, the Swedish furniture company is introducing what it calls its first "open source" furniture.
January 30, 2017
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Ikea's cheap smart lightbulbs will soon support Google Home and Amazon Alexa
Ikea is a huge name in inexpensive home furnishing, but its influence is extending to the smart home space, too.
May 23, 2017
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IKEA's low-cost smart lights get Alexa, Google, and Siri voice support
Bulbs start at just $12, while a full Wi-Fi enabled kit goes for $80.
May 24, 2017
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Ikea's Tradfri smart bulbs to support Alexa, Google and Apple HomeKit this summer
The Swedish home furnishing retailer is planning to jump in with all three major voice platforms for its smart lighting system later this year.
May 23, 2017
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iMore's favorite smart home accessories
HomeKit, Alexa, Google Home, custom kits -- home automation is bigger than ever in 2017, and almost everyone on the iMore staff has embraced it to some degree. We sat down recently to chat about our favorite accessories, and why they make such a difference in our houses, apartments, and condos.
July 10, 2017
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Industrial Cleaning Products for your Home
Webstore with industrial strength cleaning products available for home use.
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Intel and Amazon are making it easier for anyone to build an Alexa-enabled speaker
Just what you wanted
December 2, 2016
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Internet providers could easily snoop on your smart home
We've mostly moved past the point where our Internet of Things devices leak private information to anyone watching via unsecured connections, but that doesn't mean you can stop being afraid. Never, ever stop being afraid. To top up your paranoia reserves, a new study finds that internet providers can, if they so choose, monitor all kinds of things from your smart home's traitorous metadata.
August 28, 2017
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Installing Window Trim
Requires good carpentry skills--and ample patience--but installing trim isn't difficult.
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Introducing the DynaPro Plate Reader III
Automated characterization of size, stability and molecular weight in industry-standard microwell plates
October 25, 2017
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IP Cameras versus Nest, Arlo and integrated systems: Which security ecosystem should you invest in?
Whether you want something simple or need a complicated whole-house system, there is a security camera that will work for you.
March 10, 2017
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Iris Smart Hub (2017) review: Lowe's offers an affordable smart-home system for the hacker mindset
A new professional monitoring option puts the focus squarely on security.
June 19, 2017
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Is it possible to control Amazon Alexa, Google Now using inaudible commands? Absolutely
Gizmo whisperers reveal their secrets
August 25, 2017
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Is it a robot vac or a security cam? Well, both actually
With brands like iRobot, Neato and Dyson leading the charge with app-enabled robot vacuums, floor cleaners are getting a lot smarter. Case in point? Ecovacs Robotics Unibot.
January 6, 2017
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It looks like Amazon would be losing a lot of money if not for AWS
Amazon reported its second-quarter earnings today, and it was a bit of a whiff -- and a bummer for Jeff Bezos, who is now no longer the solar system's richest human and has been relegated to the unfortunate position of second-richest human.
July 27, 2017
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Jenn-Air wall oven will work with Nest beginning this summer
Does it get a little too hot in the kitchen when you cook? a new smart home collaboration will help keep things cool automatically.
March 18, 2016
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San Diego Landscaping
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Just Say No to Amazon's Echo Show
Watch the commercial Amazon put out to tout this video-phone with Alexa and you'll fall into deep hate with the very idea, if not out-right despise the product.
June 29, 2017
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Kalita Wave 155 review:
Kalita dripper makes quality coffee if you put in the work
February 16, 2017
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Kenmore Alfie Voice-Controlled Personal Shopper review: for shoppers with plenty of time but too little imagination
Years from now, we'll look back at this product and decide that it was ahead of its time.
January 1, 2017
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KnivesandTools.com
Great prices on Henckels cutlery.
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Landscape Lighting
Online retailer of outdoor lighting in the newest looks and styles, including top brands and designers, all with free shipping.
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Latest Google Home update adds Bluetooth speaker functionality
Back at Google I/O, Big G promised a long-awaited feature for the Google Home. Despite its many advanced functionalities, the smart speaker lacked something that sounds very simple to implement, yet it probably isn't so -- Bluetooth streaming.
June 30, 2017
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Lax Oversight Weakens Lead Testing of Water
In water, lead is a ghost poison. It has no taste or smell. It's usually invisible. And it can stay in plumbing for years, gradually dissolving and flaking off into water we use for cooking and drinking.
June 12, 2017
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Laying a Brick Path
When crossing your muddy yard to fetch the daily paper turns into an obstacle course of slips and slides, perhaps it's time to think about an alternative path--literally.
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Leaked images show Microsoft is ready to take on Amazon Echo with Windows 10 HomeHub
While we've heard about the HomeHub feature of Windows 10 before, we've not seen what it might look like in practice. Now, thanks to a series of leaked images, that all changes, and it shows that Microsoft is ready to take on Google Home and Amazon Echo with its own devices.
May 10, 2017
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Leaked Vivo Xplay 7 slides tout true 'all-screen' phone with hidden finger scanner
Make of it what you will, but it was not Samsung or Apple, and rather the Chinese phone maker Vivo (which shares a parent company with OnePlus) that showcased a working prototype of a phone with under-display finger scanner, based on its Xplay 6 model. Now, for the Xplay 7 next year, Vivo might have polished the technology enough to place it in a retail device, leaked intracompany presentation slides suggest.
October 25, 2017
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Lenovo debuts $1,500 variant of the Moto Z2 Force
Sometimes, it simply just isn't enough to own a high-end smartphone, and you have to go a little overboard and spoil yourself with a device that is a bit more ostentatious. If you were looking for something like in a Motorola flavor, you'll want to get yourself a Moto Z 2018 Kingsman Special Edition.
October 25, 2017
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Lenovo made a weird $70 Alexa speaker that only works with its Android tablets
Sure, okay
August 31, 2017
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Lenovo's Home Assistant Pack will turn your tablet into an Alexa-powered speaker
At Lenovo's IFA 2017 briefing today, the company has announced an answer to that as well with the Home Assistant Pack. It attaches to the Tab 4 8, Tab 4 8 Plus, Tab 4 10, or Tab 4 10 Plus, and turns the device into an Alexa-powered smart speaker with a screen. You can ask it to show you the weather, set a timer, turn on your lights, and much more.
August 31, 2017
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Let this discounted Philips Hue 4-bulb Starter Kit begin your smart light obsession
Control your lights with your voice, not your hands!
October 30, 2017
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Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi lighting review: No hub needed, but too few features
Leviton's Wi-Fi dimmers and switches are a few integrations shy of greatness.
May 30, 2017
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LG put Windows 10 on a fridge
Samsung unveiled a smart fridge with a giant 1080p touchscreen attached to it earlier this year at CES. not to be outdone, LG is at IFA today in Berlin with its own smart fridge, except it goes one step further. While Samsung opted for Tizen in its own fridge, LG has gone for Windows 10. that means you can launch all kinds of Windows apps on the fridge, and even classics like MS Paint and regedit if you desire.
September 2, 2016
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LG Smart Security review:
Your DIY smart home now works with ADT
January 26, 2017
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LG threatens to put Wi-Fi in every appliance it introduces in 2017
Its new fridge includes Amazon's Alexa and a bunch of cameras.
January 4, 2017
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LG unveils new refrigerator with 29-inch touchscreen, 2MP camera and Alexa voice support
A couple of years ago, when companies like LG introduced a "smart" refrigerator, many laughed it off as being a bit much. But as technology has advanced and IoT has grown in popularity and availability, the smart refrigerator is starting to make more sense.
January 4, 2017
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LG's new touchscreen refrigerator gets an assist from Amazon Alexa
"Hey Alexa, buy milk."
January 4, 2017
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LG's new webOS-powered refrigerator has Amazon Alexa voice control
This will henceforth be known as the point when Amazon brought Alexa to everything.
January 4, 2017
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LG's see-through fridge army grows at IFA
LG's expanding its Instaview line of fridges once again. After debuting it on the LG Signature Refrigerator at CES, the Korean company introduced the feature on standard four- and three-door French door refrigerators. Now, at the IFA trade show here in Berlin, LG's showing off side-by-side refrigerators with the Instaview feature.
August 31, 2016
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Lifx Beam is a color-changing, voice-activated stick-up light
Here's how you can tell that Lifx is betting big on Apple HomeKit support to help sell lots and lots of color-changing lights: In the less than two weeks since that long-awaited support for HomeKit finally went live, the smart lighting manufacturer has unveiled three new products.
October 3, 2017
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Lifx Mini Wi-Fi Smart Bulb review:
Still a great color-changing smart bulb (and still too expensive)
November 9, 2017
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LIFX+ color LED smart bulb review: this light bulb helps your security camera see in the dark
The original LIFX bulb is one of our top picks. the LIFX+ packs LEDs that illuminate the area around it with infrared light even when the bulb is otherwise turned off.
December 20, 2016
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LIFX's HomeKit-enabled bulbs are a fun way to get into smart home tech
LIFX's A19 smart bulb is a HomeKit-enabled bulb that lets you automate your lighting to fit your lifestyle --especially if a part of your lifestyle is chilling while bathed in neon purple light, listening to that one song from "Drive" on repeat.
October 2, 2017
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Listen up, Alexa: Google Home could soon act as a Wi-Fi extender
The next version of Google's voice-activated Echo competitor could reportedly double as a Wi-Fi repeater.
April 5, 2017
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Live Home 3D for Windows 10 helps you virtually redesign your whole home
Coming on the tail of a renewed focus on 3D content creation with the Windows 10 Creators Update, BeLight Software has announced its new Live Home 3D app. a rebranded and revamped version of Live Interior 3D, Live Home 3D helps you to virtually redesign your entire home on Windows 10 with models built off of 2D floor plans.
April 27, 2017
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Logitech Circle 2 is a great surveillance system, but for a price
Accessible home monitoring should be more than just being able to buy a security camera. It means having a packaged software experience, where you should be able to link cameras over a secure cloud connection while mounting them on walls, glass or the outdoors.
July 26, 2017
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Logitech Circle 2 security camera picks up Google Assistant support
Available for the Wire-Free/Wired Circle 2 and first-gen Logi Circle.
October 26, 2017
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Logitech Circle review: This smart security camera can go wireless
Battery power allows this camera to move around, but it performs best in its base.
June 1, 2017
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Logitech Harmony works with Google Home
When I first set up a Logitech Harmony hub in my home, it was life-changing. No longer did I need to have multiple remote controls littering my living room table. the one Harmony remote (or mobile app) controls my television, cable box, sound bar, and Xbox One. Once I linked it with my Amazon Echo, things got even better -- I could control my entertainment devices by voice. If I am dozing off on the couch while watching TV, for instance, and the remote is out of reach, I can simply say "Alexa, tell Harmony to turn off the TV." Like magic, the television shuts off.
March 30, 2017
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Logitech re-enters the security cam ring with the Circle 2
Logitech is back with not one, but two totally redesigned versions of its original Circle security camera -- the $180/£169 wired Circle 2 and the $200/£199 battery-powered Circle 2. Both Circle 2 cameras are available for preorder now at Logitech.com and are scheduled to ship in July.
June 13, 2017
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Logitech's Circle 2 is a modular home surveillance tool with Alexa and HomeKit support
I recently sat down with Logitech to talk about the wired and wireless versions of the Circle 2: a modular home surveillance camera with four different mounts that change where and how you'd use the camera.
June 13, 2017
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Logitech's new Circle 2 home security cameras can be used indoors or out
Buyers will need to choose between wired and wire-free models, along with a host of accessories.
June 13, 2017
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Logitech's security cams allegedly suck so bad, this US bloke is suing it
Class-action suit claims gadget maker dragged its heels to fix gear to run out warranty clock
August 23, 2017
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London calling: Google Cloud launches new region in London
As the Brits prepare to exit the EU in the coming years, it's going to require that they have a set of services based on British soil. Google helped solve one cloud localization problem today when it announced it was opening a shiny new London region.
July 13, 2017
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Looking for Georgia's Lead Service Lines
Many older cities used lead pipes to deliver water to homes.
June 12, 2017
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Lutron syncs your lights up with Google Assistant
You can already ask Siri or Alexa to turn your Lutron smart lights on and off -- starting today, you can use Google Assistant, too.
April 18, 2017
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Mark Zuckerberg's Custom Smart Home is Just as Stupid as the Rest of Them
Mark Zuckerberg is known to start each year by setting aggressive personal goals for himself. this year, he announced he was going to build an artificial intelligence (AI) that would help him control things around his smart home, like turning on the lights, starting home appliances, and playing music on various speakers.
December 19, 2016
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Master your ambient and mood lighting with these 5 smartphone-controlled LED smart lamps
Ever get the feeling that something is missing in your room, but can't quite figure out what is it? what you are missing might be vibe. Mood. Something to color the place in response to your thoughts and feels. Or pulse along with the heavy beats of your favorite tunes, enhancing their impact and maximizing pleasure. If any of this sounds appealing, you should get a smart lamp. Unlike regular lighting, these inexpensive gadgets can output millions of colors, most of which you probably haven't imagined yet. they are also controlled with your smartphone, which enables interesting possibilities.
February 23, 2017
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Mattel Aristotle is an Amazon Echo that understands your kids, too
It's a baby monitor. it's a voice-activated smart assistant. It answers your questions, and maybe your kids' questions, too. It orders more diapers when you run out and soothes babies back to sleep automatically. It plays with your kids. It could be the most exciting thing toymaker Mattel has ever produced.
January 3, 2017
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Mattel won't release its Aristotle child monitor after all
A recently hired Mattel CTO has decided that its high-tech child monitor is not fit for release.
October 5, 2017
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Mercedes Joins Tesla in Selling Whole-House Battery Power
Mercedes-Benz is now offering a home version of its electric vehicle batteries. The home energy storage system will hold up to 20 kilowatt-hours of electricity, enough to keep the average home in power at least until the sun comes up next day. This is an alternative to installing a home generator, as long as you're confident a power outage doesn't last more than a day.
May 22, 2017
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Meet HomePod! Apple's new smart speaker aims to rock the house and reinvent home audio
HomePod seems to be geared towards bringing a superior audio experience in addition to going toe to toe with competing devices in the AI assistant department. Essentially, the device is designed to be a combination between a wireless speaker (like UE Boom series or Bose SoundLink) and a smart home speaker. Let's see how Apple has tried to achieve this feat.
June 5, 2017
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Meet Tertill the robot: It will patrol your garden, killing things
Franklin Robotics is developing a robot for gardening, the Tertill. One of the people behind it is Joe Jones, someone that brought us the Roomba, the house vacuuming robot.
June 6, 2017
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Meet Tertill, the solar-powered weeding robot for your garden [Q&A]
Keeping your garden free from weeds can be a tiresome and back-breaking job. Thankfully, Joe Jones, the creator of iRobot's Roomba, has a solution -- a solar-powered robot that lives in home gardens and weeds every day so you don't need to.
June 7, 2017
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Mi Robot, you carpet: Xiaomi's new $255 vacuum sucks for less
From water filters to drones to electric bicycles, Xiaomi isn't shy about plunging its fingers in every pie. Its new Mi Robot Vacuum is the latest example of how the Chinese phone maker plans to take over homes and make them smarter -- for less than its competitors.
August 31, 2016
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Microsoft to take on Amazon's Alexa and Google Home
The tech giant plans to unveil a range of Cortana-powered devices by the end of this year.
May 10, 2017
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Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa are going to work together
The enemy of Siri and Google Assistant is my friend.
August 30, 2017
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Microsoft's Home Hub ambitions aim to crush Google Home and Amazon Echo [exclusive]
Microsoft's connected home ambitions with Home Hub lay far beyond just competing with Amazon and Google.
December 2, 2016
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Microsoft's Home Hub vision makes more sense with Windows 10 ARM and Project Evo
It's all starting to come together.
December 16, 2016
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Miele's Scout RX2 sees in stereo to vacuum floors without getting lost
With a pair of cameras for eyes, the new Miele Scout RX2 robot vacuum sees and cleans your home in 3D. Miele says this stereo vision helps the Scout to navigate floors and avoid obstacles with greater precision. Not only should the robotic cleaner judge distances with more accuracy, it will also rely on an array of infrared sensors to sidestep collisions, correct its path if knocked off course and dodge stairs or other damaging drops.
August 30, 2017
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Mini Google Home speaker could be on its way
A smaller version of the smart home device is expected to be unveiled in the fall, according to Android Police.
August 21, 2017
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Minibrew raises $2.8 million to help you make your own beer
Netherlands-based Minibrew has raised $2.8 million in seed funding after completing a successful $350,000 crowdfunding campaign to bring some smarts to the home-brew process.
May 23, 2017
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Modern Dad on the Amazon Echo Show
While we await the HomePod later this year, Amazon one-ups everyone with a not-quite-baked but full-of-potential speaker/display combo.
July 12, 2017
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More Sony products work with Google Assistant on Google Home after update
Sony has released new firmware which allow Google Home users to use their voice to stream music and video to several models of new and existing Chromecast built-in Sony speakers and Android TV Sony 4K HDR televisions.
December 20, 2016
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Mossberg: the old dream of the information appliance is now real -- so what's next?
Smartphones got us there, AI will take us further.
March 22, 2017
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Mozy Home review: Effective and secure online backup with device sync
Mozy Home still provides 2GB of free storage, but the company's pay plans are also competitive.
September 28, 2017
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Nest Cam IQ indoor security camera with 4K sensor packs smart features
Following on the heels of a big leak comes the official launch of Nest's latest security product, the Nest Cam IQ. As the name suggests, this new indoor security camera packs a bunch of intelligent features, not the least of which is a high-quality zoom function called 'Supersight' that utilizes the Cam IQ's 4K image sensor. Cam IQ joins Nest's Cam Indoor and Cam Outdoor models.
May 31, 2017
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Nest Cam IQ is a $300 indoor camera with a 6-core processor
A 4K sensor (limited to 1080p recording) allows for a digital zoom and enhance feature.
May 31, 2017
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Nest Cam IQ is a $300 security camera with a hexa-core CPU
Nest Cam IQ is aimed at delivering the 'best in-class security.'
May 31, 2017
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Nest Cam IQ marks a clean break from the Dropcam platform Nest acquired in 2014
The indoor security camera boasts a 4K image sensor, HDR imaging, and the ability to recognize and remember faces.
May 31, 2017
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Nest Cam IQ review:
Nest's 4K camera has the specs, but few will want to pay
June 28, 2017
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Nest Cam IQ review: A seriously smart (and expensive) indoor security camera
It will even learn to recognize your face, but sadly, not your dog's.
June 29, 2017
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Nest Cam IQ review: Lots of exciting features, but the price tag triggers less-desirable emotions
Nest's new indoor camera comes with a 4K image sensor, facial recognition, smart audio alerts--and a $299 price tag.
July 10, 2017
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Nest Cam update literally shows you the door
An update to the Nest app for Android makes some big improvements to notifications using machine learning.
February 14, 2017
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Nest is supposedly developing a brand new security system and more affordable thermostat
Our smartphones are incredible tools. they allow us to communicate with friends and family members, capture memories with high-quality cameras, play endless hours of video games, and control our entire house or apartment through home automation tech.
March 8, 2017
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Nest Learning Thermostat versus Nest Thermostat E: What's the difference?
Trying to decide between the Nest Learning Thermostat and the company's new Nest Thermostat E? Here's how the two compare!
September 6, 2017
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Nest leaves competition in the dust with new smart camera
It's not cheap, but it is good
May 31, 2017
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Nest preparing new security camera with 4K video, fresh design
Nest isn't resting, releasing a fresh indoor camera with new features.
May 22, 2017
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Nest Protect review: No-nonsense "smart" smoke and carbon-monoxide detection
The best smart smoke detector on the market is also the most expensive.
November 13, 2017
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Nest reportedly planning a cheaper smart thermostat for "under $200"
The thermostat might even lack the current version's trademark metal ring.
March 8, 2017
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Nest reportedly working on cheaper thermostat and new home security system
Nest may finally have some new products in the works. According to a report from Bloomberg, the Alphabet-owned company is working on a slate of new connected products, including a home security system, a smart doorbell, an updated version of the indoor Nest Cam, and a cheaper version of its popular smart thermostat.
March 8, 2017
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Nest Thermostat E review: The perfect downgrade
The Nest Thermostat E is one of the best entry-level thermostats you can buy, and it can save you real money.
September 25, 2017
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Nest Thermostat Gen 1 vs Gen 2 vs Gen 3: Comparison and main differences
See what changed from the first Nest to the current model.
March 2, 2017
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Nest's new security camera knows who you are
When Nest Director of Product Marketing Maxime Veron first revealed the $299/£299 Nest Cam IQ indoor security camera to me via Google Hangout, I wasn't particularly impressed. At a glance, the IQ looks a lot like the Nest Cam Outdoor, but it's indoor-only and costs a hundred bucks more.
May 31, 2017
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Netatmo challenges Nest with smart smoke detector, adds siren to camera
A new HomeKit-capable smoke detector, plus a loud camera accessory.
January 4, 2017
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Netatmo's Smart Radiator Valves are a beautiful privilege reserved only for Europe
Smart thermostats are cool. they save energy, lower bills, and they make your house look like the futuristic residence of a Star Trek character. the problem is, I live in an apartment in New York City that only has a radiator, so I can't really get in on the connected home action.
September 2, 2016
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Netgear Arlo Pro review: a great home security camera you can use indoors or out
Netgear's truly wire-free IP cam brings welcome flexibility to home monitoring.
March 17, 2017
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Netgear Arlo Baby review: A better baby monitor
Ditch the staticky radio monitor. Netgear's nursery cam puts eyes on your most precious prize.
July 17, 2017
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Netgear Arlo Go review: This security camera lets you roam free
The indoor/outdoor Arlo Go runs on batteries and a cellular connection, It doesn't need to be in range of your Wi-Fi network, and with the optional solar panel, you won't even need AC power.
August 18, 2017
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Netgear is back with a better, smarter Arlo security camera
Netgear, maker of the Arlo series of DIY home security cameras, is back with a new model -- the Arlo Pro ($229.99 at Amazon.com) 2. Like its predecessors, the Arlo Pro 2 is an indoor/outdoor camera that requires a base station to operate. Existing Arlo customers with a compatible base station can purchase standalone Pro 2 cameras for $220 each. Two- and four-camera kits are also available with a base station included for $480 and $800.
October 10, 2017
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Netgear's Arlo line now has a security light
Arlo Outdoor Smart Home Security Light
November 8, 2017
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Netgear's Arlo Pro 2 security camera can record in 1080p
A year after releasing the first Arlo Pro security camera, Netgear is back with another one. The newly announced Arlo Pro 2 is a minor update that rounds out the camera with some sorely missing features: the new model supports 1080p video capture (instead of just 720p) and also offers the ability to set alert zones, so that you can tell the camera to ping you when, say, someone is walking on your lawn but not when someone's walking on your sidewalk.
October 10, 2017
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Netgear's Arlo Pro 2 security camera works with Amazon Alexa and records in 1080p HD
Netgear's newest addition to its smart home security line combines 1080p video capture and other improvements with the already great features of the original Arlo Pro.
October 10, 2017
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Netgear's Arlo Pro security camera starter pack has dropped to $600
If you need a solid wireless security camera set-up, this Arlo Pro four pack won't be getting much cheaper right now.
March 14, 2017
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Never miss another delivery with the Ring Video Doorbell Pro for just $200
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a great savings on the Ring Video Doorbell Pro!
June 5, 2017
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New Google Home partnerships expand the smart speaker's footprint in the smart home
Vivint, Wink, and 11 other other brands add 'OK Google' to their vocabularies.
March 28, 2017
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New Features Make Google Home a Worthy Echo Rival
Google raises the bar for its Home device by correcting some of its initial missteps.
May 19, 2017
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New HomeHub concepts show how Microsoft plans to take on Amazon Echo
We've reported before on how Microsoft is looking to make your Windows 10 PC the center of your home with a new feature called HomeHub, and now we've gotten our first glimpse at what that might look like. new concept shots revealed by the Verge paint one of our first pictures of how HomeHub will work on partner hardware in a bid to challenge Amazon's Echo devices in the home.
May 9, 2017
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New Microsoft Bing Search update brings personalized news feeds, auto-close tab feature, and more
Bing Search might not be your go-to app when you're looking for something online, but Microsoft is certainly trying to change that. The tech giant has been releasing some big updates for its search engine recently, the latest of which introduces some very useful functionalities.
October 25, 2017
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New teardown brings more smoke to reports of a touchscreen Google Home
This could explain why Google pulled YouTube from Amazon's touchscreen speaker.
October 20, 2017
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Newegg is giving away a free smart plug with the purchase of a Google Home
This $129 Google Home/smart-plug combo is a great starter kit for aspiring smart-home enthusiasts.
April 14, 2017
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Ninja Coffee Bar CF092 review:
Ninja's new coffee maker is a jack of many trades but master of none
November 7, 2016
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Nobody is going to ask Cortana to talk to Alexa
The future of conversational AI is not a league of anthropomorphic voice assistants that we address by name to handle our problems. We will not unlock our iPhones and ask for Alexa when we need to dim our lights. We will not ask Alexa through our Echo to ask Siri to play a song. Asking your personal assistant for what amounts to a warm intro to another assistant is absolute lunacy.
August 31, 2017
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Noon Lighting system room director
The Noon Lighting system is a home lighting that aims to enable layered lighting in home environments. The Noon Room Director replaces the master lighting switch with a 1.45" 280x280 (277 PPI) AMOLED touchscreen and wireless capabilities.
October 26, 2017
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Noon makes your lights smart without a single smart bulb
Smart lights can be a huge convenience, but too many still fail the most basic test: can you turn them on and off with a light switch, without messing everything up?
October 26, 2017
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Notion Home Awareness Starter Kit review: Smarter sensors, but limited control
This unconventional smart home system lets you know what's going on in your house, but you'll need other hardware to do anything about it.
April 24, 2017
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Novel Nanoscale Vehicles for Drug Delivery
Postnova Analytics reports on the recent investment by the Department of Chemistry at University College London (UCL) in an AF2000 Field Flow Fractionation System to assist them in their development of novel nanoscale vehicles for drug delivery.
December 6, 2016
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Now Facebook is making a speaker too?
That's right, yet another tech giant is reportedly working on a home speaker. Because we don't have enough of those yet, clearly.
July 25, 2017
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Now it's personal: Google Home picks up support for multiple accounts, voice recognition
In an update rolling out to all U.S. users, Google Home will now support up to six users and be able to tell who is speaking.
April 20, 2017
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Now you can buy things from Costco, Whole Foods and other stores via Google Home
"Okay Google, order paper towels."
February 16, 2017
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Now you can control your smart devices from your Pixel, no Google Home required
A new option in the Google Assistant settings lets you adjust your lights, thermostats, and cameras with your phone.
February 9, 2017
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Now you can link your phone number to Google Home
Make and take calls through your home speaker like the multitasking domestic champ you always wanted to be.
October 4, 2017
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Oak Doors
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OK Google Home, give a clear answer on the CIA and spying
Watch what happens when you ask a Google Home speaker about the CIA. Talk about defensive!
March 24, 2017
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OK Google, your Neato vacuum voice control is way better than Alexa
Google is winning the battle to control Neato's robot vacs.
March 16, 2017
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Olive & Dove RemoCam review:
This HD security camera doubles as a TV remote
May 25, 2017
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Online Interior Design Help, a Click Away
How to upgrade your home with virtual help
March 8, 2016
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Ooma Home Security review: The Ooma Telo VoIP telephone system gets a security upgrade
Just add sensors to turn your landline system into a simple security box.
July 3, 2017
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Open your door with just a touch using the $210 Kwikset Kevo
This smart lock offers multiple ways to get into your home without a key while keeping it secure when you're away!
September 25, 2017
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Overheating in UK homes could lead to grave consequences, expert warns
Professor Kevin Lomas, an internationally acclaimed expert in building simulation, says the next heat wave to hit the country could have grave consequences for the most vulnerable in our society, as the country now has a housing stock unable to keep cool in the warmer months.
February 23, 2017
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Panasonic promises its Google smart speaker will deliver high-quality sound
This Google Home clone features larger drivers, which Panasonic says will provide better sound.
September 6, 2017
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Peq review: A robust, DIY connected-home system
Nothing demonstrates the connected home becoming mainstream more than being able to buy the components at Best Buy.
July 5, 2017
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Perfect Blend Pro review:
This scale uses weight, Bluetooth to help you blend better smoothies
March 28, 2017
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Philips gives your candelabra bulbs some color... finally
Philips Hue has long vied for domination of the smart LED lighting market, and it's leading the charge into color-changing candelabra bulbs, too. Up until now, the best smart LED bulbs that would fit into most chandeliers or ceiling fans came from Feit, a smaller-name company with only middling candelabra bulbs.
March 17, 2017
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Philips Hue -- Everything you need to know!
Here you'll find a regularly updated stream of Philips Hue product and app news!
June 19, 2017
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Philips Hue and Sylvania Lightify motion sensor reviews: These add-ons make your smart lighting smarter
The Lightify Smart Sensor is a good add-on for Sylvania smart bulbs, but the Hue sensor demonstrates why Philips leads the market.
March 3, 2017
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Philips is upgrading the Hue line in all the best ways
There's a whole lot of great news coming for Hue owners today.
August 31, 2017
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Photo Gear News shows you how to make a DIY lapel mic
Professional microphones for video are expensive, and even if you have the means, some cameras don't offer the correct inputs. In this video, for Photo Gear News, Daniel Peters shows you how to make a DIY lapel microphone using a smartphone and a pair of earbuds.
May 22, 2017
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Piper NV review: strong security features hampered by a buggy app
Connection problems and missing notifications drag down this otherwise solid smart home monitor.
July 18, 2017
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Pixel's Google Assistant can now control your smart home
Google's Pixel phones are getting the update now, so you can use your voice to turn off the lights without a Google Home.
February 10, 2017
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Plex now supports Alexa commands via new skills for your Amazon Echo
Get the party started and much more with the Plex skills for Amazon Alexa!
February 1, 2017
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Rachio's second-gen smart sprinkler controller is still a must-have for homeowners
If you have a lawn, you'll need to water it. and the Rachio connected controller will do it smarter -- and save you money at the same time.
April 11, 2017
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Rainwater Gutter Systems: Classical Rainwater: Cast Iron Rainwater Gutter Systems
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Reolink Argus review:
Cute security cam braves the outdoors at a fair price
August 16, 2017
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Reolink Argus review: An adaptable and affordable home security camera
This completely wireless indoor/outdoor camera delivers just the essential security features for a modest price.
August 23, 2017
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Reolink Keen review: a truly wireless security camera
This full HD pan-and-tilt camera combines strong security with battery-powered flexibility.
July 13, 2017
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Reolink Keen review: Battery-powered camera offers wireless security for cheap
A battery-powered, 100 percent wireless Wi-Fi security camera with 1080p HD image quality, two-way audio, pan-tilt control, night vision mode, and included PIR motion sensor.
May 26, 2017
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Reolink's HD security cam could be yours for just 80 bucks
With just two days remaining on its Indiegogo campaign, Reolink's battery-powered, indoor-outdoor Argus security camera has raised more than $500,000. Have I mentioned its original funding goal was just $25,000?
April 26, 2017
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Replacement Windows Doors Custom Vinyl Glass Aluminum Double Glazed Windows Doors
Welsh Window Systems provides high quality replacement double glazed PVCu windows, doors, conservatories, replacement Fascia, Soffits and glass related products specialising in repairing all PVCu, Aluminium and Timber windows, doors and conservatories.
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Report says that Amazon Echo 2 will copy Apple's HomePod design
The smart speaker that started the craze, the Amazon Echo, is getting long in the tooth. And while Amazon recently launched a new model called the Echo Show that includes a 7-inch touchscreen and the capability to make and take phone calls, the original Echo is due for a upgrade. According to a report published Wednesday, the Echo 2 will resemble Apple's HomePod smart speaker that was introduced last month, but won't launch until December.
July 13, 2017
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Report: Google Developing A Rival For Amazon's Echo Show
Earlier this week, Google pulled YouTube from Amazon's Echo Show, claiming that the device provides a "broken user experience." Perhaps it's no coincidence that there are now rumors swirling that Google is working on its own smart screen device.
September 29, 2017
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Report: Google plotting a Google Home/Google Wifi combo device
Google wants a Google Wi-Fi and a Google Home in every room--why not just combine them?
April 5, 2017
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Report: HomePod will only be available in limited quantities at launch
Does Apple's HomePod have enough advanced features to compete against Amazon Echo and Google Home?
August 2, 2017
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Report: Microsoft's Home Hub will chase Amazon's Alexa and Echo as a software service
It sounds like a long way off, though.
December 2, 2016
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Review of the Amazon Dash Wand powered by Alexa
It's no secret that Amazon is pushing hard to get into the grocery business. This week they announced a new Dash Wand, as well as the $13.7 billion dollar acquisition of grocery store chain Whole Foods. At first glance, the two may not seem related, but the timing of the product release and the Whole Foods announcement are too much of a coincidence to think otherwise.
June 19, 2017
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Review: Amazon Cloud Camera
When Amazon announced its own internet-connected security camera last month, those of us who closely follow the online giant felt a chilling of the blood.
November 8, 2017
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Review: Amazon's new Cloud Cam gave me peace of mind
Amazon is today releasing its much anticipated indoor security camera. The company's Cloud Cam is a fancy little Alexa-connected gadget that does so much more than just watch for prowlers. I tried it out for a week and the biggest problem I had was realizing I needed one in almost every room.
November 8, 2017
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Review: Google Home Mini
My Google Assistant is many things, but it's mostly a meteorologist. I work 40 miles from my apartment, and the Bay Area's many microclimates mean I'll experience several weathers between my door and my desk.
October 10, 2017
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Ring Protect is a $199 home security system that launches this month
Compared to the $399 Nest Secure, the Ring Protect and its $199 starting price bring some heated competition into the home security market.
October 2, 2017
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Ring Spotlight Cam review: Intruders can't hide in darkness with this camera on watch
This combo spotlight and security camera protects the most vulnerable areas outside your home after sundown.
October 30, 2017
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Ring Stick Up Cam helps you keep an eye on the great outdoors
The Ring Stick Up Cam is a user-friendly solution for home security. The wireless camera sports motion detection and a two-way speaker, allowing you to see and hear what's going on.
June 28, 2017
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Ring Video Doorbell 2 is here
It feels like everything is internet-connected nowadays -- lights, televisions, coffee-makers, and more. Heck, even doorbells are connected! One of the most popular such devices -- the Ring Video Doorbell -- allows the owner to not only see who is ringing the doorbell, but to communicate with them too.
June 19, 2017
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Ring Video Doorbell 2 review: Better features, new frustrations
Despite a frustrating install, Ring Video Doorbell 2 is still a welcome, improved version of the original doorbell-slash-security camera.
August 23, 2017
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Ring Video Doorbell Pro review: A smart doorbell for Windows 10
Is the Ring video doorbell system still worth it in 2017? I take a look at the latest Ring Video Doorbell Pro and how well it works with Windows 10.
August 17, 2017
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Roomba Maker Wants to Sell Maps of Your Home to Google, Amazon
One of the problems with covering the decline of privacy in the digital age is the very concept that people should have the right to control how their information is bought, sold, and monetized is fundamentally opposed to most digital company business models (not to mention government policy). Now iRobot, which manufactures the Roomba, wants in on the action and plans to monetize the information its robots gather when they vacuum your carpet and/or chase the cat.
July 25, 2017
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Florida Engineering Solutions has the knowledge and experience to design solid concrete safe rooms - concrete floor - concrete walls - concrete ceiling. Contact us today.
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Samsung announces SmartThings and ADT home security system for $549
Samsung's new home security system is powerful, but is it worth the $549 asking price?
October 3, 2017
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Samsung Club des Chefs Members Dish on Innovating in the Kitchen
With the unveiling of Family Hub 2.0 and its latest range of built-in appliances at this year's CES, Samsung has introduced new ways for consumers to bring their kitchen experience squarely into the twenty-first century.
January 6, 2017
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Samsung Connect Home aims to be more than a Google Wifi competitor
It does more than mesh networking. Samsung Connect Home acts as a hub for all your smart home gadgets, too.
March 29, 2017
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Samsung Connect Home review: Two products for the price of one
Turn your "dumb home" into a smart one and expand your Wi-Fi network all at the same time with Samsung's mesh router system.
August 1, 2017
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Samsung Introduces Chip-on-Board LED Packages Optimized for Commercial Lighting
"Samsung D-series Special Color" packages engineered to bring out the most desirable color tones of illuminated objects
November 8, 2017
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Samsung partners with Harman to take on Amazon's Alexa
Earlier this year we reported on rumors that Samsung was working on its own speaker with the Bixby assistant baked into a system that was codenamed 'Vega'. With the success of devices like Amazon's Echo and Google's Home, it would not be too surprising to hear that the largest smartphone maker was venturing into this growing market as well with Samsung CEO, Yoon Boo-keun pledging to launch an 'unrivaled' AI-powered device within the next year at a press conference held on August 31.
September 4, 2017
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Samsung Showcases New IoT Services for Smart Home at IFA 2017
At this year's IFA, the leading consumer electronics show in Berlin, Samsung Electronics demonstrated an array of new Internet of Things and intelligent services for home appliances. By 2020, all Samsung devices will leverage connectivity. In preparation for the full-fledged smart home era, Samsung has been spearheading the standardization of global IoT technologies as a core member of the Open Connectivity Foundation.
September 1, 2017
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Samsung SmartThings Water Leak Sensor review: a cheap detector that leans on its ecosystem
SmartThings' name-brand flood detector is short on useful features, but it's inexpensive and plays nicely with other devices and services.
December 13, 2016
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Samsung teams up with ADT for new SmartThings-powered home security system
Samsung announced a new SmartThings-powered home security system today, but with an interesting twist: the company has partnered with ADT, a professional home security company, to provide optional security monitoring services. The end result is a product that combines DIY smart home products with professionally installed and monitored security systems, for what may be the best of both worlds.
October 2, 2017
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Samsung Washing Machines Win "Ergonomic Design Award" at the Asian Conference on Ergonomics and Design
Samsung Electronics today announced that its activ dualwashTM, AddWashTM and FlexWashTM washing machines have been honored with the Ergonomic Design Award at the Asian Conference on Ergonomics and Design (ACED) in Tokyo, Japan. Developed based on in-depth consumer behavior analysis, the Samsung washing machines have gained rapid global popularity, as well as various industry accolades.
June 5, 2017
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Samsung's Cinema LED Screen: A Next-Generation Theater Experience
Theater technologies have progressed greatly over the last 120 years, but their fundamental design -- pairing a projector and a screen -- has remained the same. That is, until now.
July 14, 2017
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Samsung's president confirms a smart speaker is on the way to compete with Google Home
Following the Galaxy Note 8 announcement, Samsung is not slowing down at all. After confirming a new Gear S smartwatch will be unveiled on August 30, the South Korean company now claims a smart speaker is in the works as well.
August 23, 2017
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Samsung's vision for the smart home is that it should be easy to set up
Samsung's Connect Home isn't out yet, but you might want to consider stocking up on companion SmartThings when it's on sale.
June 13, 2017
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Save Water and Improve Your Lawn With a Smart Sprinkler System
Make watering your lawn less costly and way cooler with a smart sprinkler system.
July 4, 2017
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Say hello to the Home Mini, Google's $49 answer to the Amazon Echo Dot
To the surprise of no one, Google today announced a smaller version of its Google Home smart speaker. The Google Home Mini looks like a small hockey puck and will retail for $50. At this size and price, you can't expect great audio quality, but in return you get access to all the wisdom of the Google Assistant in a small package that weighs less than a pound and doesn't break the bank.
October 4, 2017
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Saying 'OK Google' is awful, but Google may be open to changing it
Here's a 1 percenter problem: I have both an Amazon Echo and a Google Home in our apartment, and so I could theoretically use whichever one is better. In a lot of ways, I think the Google Home is better: it sounds nicer, it works with my television, and it knows a lot of personal information that I haven't bothered to try to make available on Amazon's Alexa.
May 17, 2017
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Sense review:
Sense knows how much electricity you're using
March 24, 2017
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Sevenhugs Smart Remote controls any smart device you point it at
$299 touchscreen remote uses motion tracking magic to simplify smart homes.
January 5, 2017
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SCI, Operator of 1,000 Funeral Homes, Doesn't Pass Savings on to Bereaved
Did you know that there's a Walmart of death care? That's often a comparison used to describe Service Corporation International, which uses the public-facing brand Dignity Memorial, and operates more than 1,000 funeral homes across the country. that kind of economy of scale should mean Walmart-style discounts, right?
March 7, 2017
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Should you wait for Apple HomePod or buy a Google Home or Echo today?
Should you wait for Apple's HomePod or spring for a smart speaker now?
June 13, 2017
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Smanos W020 WiFi Alarm System review: Buy just the parts you need
It's effective enough, but a la carte pricing is really the only thing that sets this inexpensive DIY home security system apart from its competition.
December 28, 2016
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Smart Switch versus Smart Bulb: Which Is Best for Your Smart Home
Should you buy smart bulbs or smart switches for your smart home setup? It all depends on your preferences!
July 25, 2017
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SmartThings and ADT tackle DIY smart home monitoring
Samsung's SmartThings boasts a robust network of DIY smart home automation devices and partnerships. Now, SmartThings is joining forces with security company ADT. Available for preorder today on Best Buy and Samsung's websites, the $550 starter kit and $200 expansion pack offer a suite of home security and automation products eligible for professional monitoring by ADT without the strings of a long-term contract. Both kits are expected to be available exclusively at Best Buy stores on Oct. 29.
October 2, 2017
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Snag the excellent Ecobee3 smart thermostat at one of the best prices we've seen
Make your home a little smarter and save a few bucks while you do it.
November 18, 2016
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SnapPower Guidelight and a USB charger is a smart way to fix a dumb outlet
Never fear the dark again – or have a dead phone – with this ingenious way to make the most out of your home's power outlets.
December 23, 2016
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Sneak peek of Ring Video Doorbell 2.0 for Windows 10 and Mobile
"Smart home" company Ring is doing a complete overhaul of its app for Windows 10. Here is an exclusive first look at what's coming!
August 23, 2017
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Solar houses scientifically evaluated
According to the current German Energy Savings Ordinance, new residential buildings are to require one quarter less primary energy. Solar houses with large collector surface areas meet this requirement. In these well-insulated buildings, solar energy systems cover at least 50 per cent of the heat demand. the BINE Projektinfo brochure 'Assessing solar houses in energy and economic terms' details the costs and energy requirements of the various solar house concepts.
August 30, 2016
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Solar smart window could offer privacy and light control on demand
Smart windows get darker to filter out the sun's rays on bright days, and turn clear on cloudy days to let more light in. this feature can help control indoor temperatures and offers some privacy without resorting to aids such as mini-blinds.
November 17, 2016
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Sonos One and Alexa (for starters) are a match made in heaven
Alexa gets the headlines when it comes to Sonos' new speaker, but it's even more assistants and services are coming -- and that's what's truly exciting.
October 4, 2017
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Sonos One review: A better sounding smart speaker
Sonos may have undercut Apple's HomePod before it even launches.
October 19, 2017
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Sonos One review: Adding Alexa is just the start
The best way to stream music wirelessly in your home is getting smarter, but still has plenty of room to learn.
October 18, 2017
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Sony incorporates Google Assistant into its new wireless smart speaker
But the Sony LF-S50G Wireless Speaker looks less like Google Home and more like Apple's HomePod.
August 31, 2017
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Sony's Cast-enabled speakers and Android TVs now work with Google Home
OK Google, play music on my Sony speaker.
December 23, 2016
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Sony's new voice-enabled speaker cheaper than Apple's HomePod
If you think you're looking at Apple's upcoming HomePod speaker, you're not. This is actually Sony's new voice-controlled smart speaker, the LF-S50G, which has Google Assistant ($299.00 at Lighthouse) built-in, not Siri. It ships in October for $200 (£200, AU$299), $150 less than Apple's smart speaker.
August 31, 2017
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Sony's Speaker Looks Like Homepod, Works Like Google Home
Every smart speaker has its advantages. With Amazon Echo, you get access to tens of thousands of "skills," the mini-apps that start a game of Jeopardy or help you mix a cocktail. With Google Home, you have the full power of Google search at your beck and call.
August 31, 2017
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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning -- now throw yours in the trash
Watch web giant destroy its own product
March 16, 2017
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SpotCam connects you to your home, outside and in
When it comes to home surveillance cams there are two kinds of cams -- low-end, highly-motorized, wireless IP cams that are (typically) fairly insecure and higher-end cloud service systems like Dropcam that offer secure but more expensive cameras. SpotCam seems to land squarely in the middle with their SpotCam Sense Pro line.
April 13, 2017
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SpotCam Sense Pro HD review: expanding the idea of home monitoring
Spotcam's new indoor/outdoor camera keeps tabs on your home's security as well as environmental changes.
May 12, 2017
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Spotify's free subscribers can now play music on Google Home
Even if you don't pay, you can now play Spotify on your smart home hub.
August 18, 2017
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Starbucks embraces voice ordering through both its iOS app and Amazon Alexa
Starbucks coffee fuels the days of many people. While the company's beverages are a bit expensive compared to, say, McDonalds or 7-11, they are chock full of caffeine and very tasty. Quite frankly, I drink Starbucks coffee or tea pretty much every day, as I often work in its locations -- they have clean tables and free Wi-Fi.
January 30, 2017
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Staying Cool with Smart Air Conditioners
Beat the heat with these smart air conditioners!
July 18, 2017
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Swann's latest security kit comes with four HD cameras
Swann has sold DIY security kits globally for nearly 30 years and today marks the latest addition to the company's roster -- the $500 Smart Series system.
September 1, 2016
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Sylvania's Smart Multicolor A19 light bulb is HomeKit compatible, but it doesn't require a hub
The new bulb can be controlled via Siri when you're at home, and remotely via an Apple TV when you're not.
January 3, 2017
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T-Fal OptiGrill review:
T-Fal's indoor grill cooks almost all by itself
March 10, 2017
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T-Mobile is selling a better Nest Secure bundle with cellular backup
T-Mobile announced today that it'll be offering a new bundle for Nest's Secure home security system with cellular backup (which is provided by T-Mobile, of course), and it looks like that might actually be a better deal than Nest's own offering.
November 8, 2017
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T-Mobile's Nest plan includes Nest Secure and Cam Indoor for $480
T-Mobile's partnering with Nest to offer some impressive savings.
November 8, 2017
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Tado Smart AC Control review: An even better way to make your dumb air conditioner smarter
Connecting your A/C to your smartphone and smart home will save you smart money.
October 4, 2017
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Talk to your LG fridge, washer or dryer through Google Home
LG's offering a free Google Home as it rolls out Google-enabled voice controls.
September 26, 2017
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Target made a terrible clone of Ikea's AR furniture placement feature
There's a chair in there, but I don't know how big it is
October 25, 2017
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Tesla app update lets Powerwall owners keep an eye on their electricity
Tesla's iOS and Android apps are being updated today to give owners of the company's Powerwall home energy storage product access to information about their in-home electricity grid.
April 20, 2017
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Text-based adventure games may be coming to Google Home soon
Google Assistant is no stranger to games. Although what's currently on offer is rather limited, Google's AI helper can still entertain you (or at least try to) with a handful of trivia games, spanning different themes, doodle and audio games, and a couple of other distractions. all of these, however, are available on your smartphone only.
March 31, 2017
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The $49 Home Mini is Google's answer to the Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon rolled out a selection of new Echo products a week ago, in a move designed to cement the company's position as the leader of voice assistant technology.
October 4, 2017
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The Amazon Echo Show just lost one of the few reasons to buy it
With Google pulling support for YouTube video, the Echo Show just lost an arm. Or maybe an arm and a leg. And this isn't just a flesh wound.
September 27, 2017
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The Awair Glow is a nightlight that senses -- and reacts to -- bad air
There are plenty of air quality sensors out there but so far the Awair Glow is the only sensor I've found that can do something about nastiness in your environment. the Glow is a small plugin nightlight that connects to an iOS or Android phone and lets you turn on a fan or air purifier if certain conditions are met.
April 28, 2017
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The Belkin Wemo Mini makes your home that much smarter
A question your friendly neighborhood Modern Dad gets a lot is this: Are connected lights worth it? Sure. But there's a great alternative.
January 19, 2017
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The best Speakers to Use with your Amazon Echo Dot
You may want to add a speaker to that Echo Dot.
March 9, 2017
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The Echo Show Is The Site Of A Google-Amazon Showdown
Earlier this year, Amazon launched the Echo Show, which is exactly what it sounds like: a version of its Echo smart speaker that includes a seven-inch color screen so it can show users photos, videos, and messages. One of the device's selling points is that users can watch YouTube videos on it... or they could before Google removed their access.
September 27, 2017
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The Ecobee4 thermostat will come with integrated Alexa controls
The next iteration of Ecobee's connected thermostat will likely include the ability to talk to Alexa. Marketing materials obtained by Dave Zatz depict the Ecobee4 with a blue light at the top, which is a pretty obvious Alexa giveaway. Apple initially leaked the HomeKit-enabled device last month when it included it on a list of compatible thermostats. the Ecobee4 also passed through the FCC, showing a speaker built in.
April 17, 2017
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The Google Assistant SDK will let you run the Assistant on anything
Build your own Google Home out of whatever you want.
April 27, 2017
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The Google Home app will now help you decide what song you want to hear
A new Listen tab is dedicated to helping you discover the right music to fit your mood.
March 15, 2017
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The Happy Home Company shuts down, team members move to Google
The company was founded by Doug Ludlow, who sold his previous startup, Hipster, to AOL (which also owns TechCrunch). Its goal was to take some of the confusion out of the home maintenance process – when something broke in your home, Happy Home's "home managers" would help you find the right service provider, and they also helped you develop a long-term maintenance plan.
November 4, 2016
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The Internet is Transfixed by the Wonderfully Pointless, Surreal, Circular Debate Between Two Google Home Devices
Hundreds of thousands of people have tuned in to Twitch today to be amused, befuddled, and delighted (often at the same time) by the Internet of Things' version of a dog chasing its own tail – two Google Home hubs speaking to each other about everything and nothing, with no immediate end in sight.
January 6, 2017
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The Logitech Circle 2 is an all-around home security camera for $180
Looking for an easy way to keep an eye on your home even when you are away? Logitech is offering a solution that can do the job for you -- a new home security camera called Circle 2.
June 13, 2017
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The Microsoft-Amazon deal leaves Cortana speakers with one advantage: Skype
How much do consumers value Skype? We may find out.
August 30, 2017
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The Nest Cam indoor security camera works great with smart homes and is down to $139
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, and this deal on the Nest Cam is a doozy!
August 21, 2017
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The Nest Cam IQ may be smarter, but it's not yet brilliant
The Nest Cam IQ is the latest product from Alphabet-owned smart home company Nest, an HD security camera with a 4K sensor it uses to do things like intelligently track faces and people at higher resolution. I've been testing the $299 Nest Cam IQ for a while now, and it's an improvement over other smart home security cameras -- but its IQ still leaves a lot to be desired.
July 5, 2017
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The next Google Home speaker is expected to include a built-in Wi-Fi router
It's been almost 11 months since Google unveiled its Home speaker hub, offering voice interactions powered by its digital Assistant to help users complete tasks, access entertainment features, and get their questions answered. the device didn't go on sale in the United States until almost six months later, and has only launched in the United Kingdom today, priced at £129.
April 6, 2017
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The Oco smart security camera is your high-definition guard dog
Protect your most valuable assets, now 20 percent off MSRP.
April 18, 2017
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The Ring Floodlight Cam uses Wi-Fi video recording and a 100dB siren to thwart crooks
For $249, the Ring Floodlight Cam may be Ring's most bad guy-unfriendly smart camera yet.
January 4, 2017
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The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is an easy way to turn your doorbell into a security camera
Ring's latest video doorbell isn't cheap, but it works well
August 9, 2017
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The solar-powered Tertill robot keeps weeds in check
This September marks the 15th anniversary of the first Roomba -- but in spite of the device's massive popularity, no companies have managed to successfully follow in its footsteps with another mainstream home robot. The Tertill, however, could be the product to change that, drawing on a number of the Roomba's lessons and applying to to an outdoor setting for regular garden maintenance using a small, built-in weed whacker.
July 17, 2017
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There are now more than 15,000 Alexa skills in the US, Google Assistant supports only 378
Back in March, we reported that there were more than 10,000 Alexa skills available to owners of an Echo or Echo Dot device (Echo Show was not available back then). Recent estimates by Voicebot, also confirmed by Amazon, show that Alexa can now 'learn' more than 15,000 skills that are available in the US, thanks to a very engaged skill developers community.
July 4, 2017
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These are the best smart home products to use with Google Home Mini
Now that you've got a Google Home Mini, it's time to connected it to some things. Need some things? Here's where to start.
October 25, 2017
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These are the coolest things you can do with Google Home
Make Google your home companion
November 28, 2016
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These products and services work with Google Home
Which products and services work with Google Home?
July 14, 2017
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These Smart Plugs Work With Siri and Apple's HomeKit
These are the smart plugs that work with Siri and Apple's HomeKit!
August 22, 2017
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This $20 security camera is aiming for the Nest Cam's throne
When the Nest Cam -- or the Dropcam, as it was known back then -- was first introduced, it was something of a game changer. A security camera that just... worked. Plug it in, get it on WiFi, and you're set.
October 24, 2017
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This $48 Yi Home Camera records in 1080p with night vision and motion detection
Get 1080p video recording, night vision, and a monitor for your baby at one of its lowest prices ever!
September 25, 2017
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This Alexa-enabled coffee pot isn't great at making coffee, but dang it's cute
It was only about a month ago that we discovered the Alexa-enabled Big Mouth Billy Bass, and now a couple of enterprising college students have created a muppet-esque talking coffee pot. to get their device working, the two students, David Frank and Carter Hurd, ran Alexa on a Raspberry Pi and hooked up a microphone.
December 19, 2016
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This battery-powered security camera fits on your front door
Remo+, formerly known as Olive & Dove, is back with a new DIY home security device: the DoorCam.
October 18, 2017
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This Color Temperature-Changing Desk Lamp can Also Recharge your Phone
$25 is a solid great price for any LED desk lamp, but it's one of the best we've ever seen for a model that includes a USB charging port and adjustable color temperature, which can seriously boost your productivity.
February 1, 2017
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This iDevices Switch Smart plug works with Apple HomeKit and just matched its lowest price
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a deal on a smart plug that works with Apple HomeKit!
July 26, 2017
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This LG refrigerator runs Windows 10 with Cortana, and has a translucent 29-inch touchscreen
Refrigerators with apps and internet connections are nothing new, but they haven't exactly become a common sight in homes around the globe. that hasn't stopped big tech manufacturers from running with the idea though.
September 1, 2016
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This LG Smart Fridge Has a Windows Brain
Last year, Samsung embedded a giant tablet in the front of a fridge and called the fridge smart. People kind of bought it, and there was much hype. this year Samsung is hoping that some software updates to that fridge tech will set it apart. But it won't. Instead, the Samsung smart fridge must suffer. Because LG one-upped Samsung and made Windows refrigerators.
January 5, 2017
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This Nest Security Flaw is Remarkably Dumb
The internet has made it supremely easy to install connected security cameras wherever you want. Unfortunately for Nest, that easy connectivity makes it simple for hackers to disable its cameras with just a few keystrokes. and that's a very bad feature for a security camera.
March 22, 2017
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This rare Sonos discount makes it the perfect time to fill your house with wireless music
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a pair of Sonos discounts you won't want to miss!
June 5, 2017
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This Shiny Connected Toaster Uses your Smartphone to Remember your Perfect Toasting Settings
It's one of the simplest appliances in your kitchen, but how many times have you popped bread in a toaster, only to have it nuke your slice because the previous user had it set to well done? Too often, which is why Griffin Technology's shiny new Connected Toaster isn't that absurd of an idea.
January 4, 2017
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This smart countertop oven will scan your meal and cook it automatically
A microwave-sized product that launches today on Kickstarter confirms that small smart appliances are leaps ahead of their full-sized counterparts in connecting the kitchen.
March 8, 2016
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This Wallflower promises to protect your home from kitchen fires
A new device called the Wallflower wants to help curb kitchen fires by sending you alerts if your stove is on when you're not home.
July 25, 2017
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TicHome Mini review: A portable, durable Google Home Mini
Google Assistant is finally breaking free.
October 20, 2017
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Toggling Alexa's Voice Purchasing Power and Setting a Passcode
You may have heard new reports where Alexa owners accidentally and unknowingly ordered products from Amazon that showed up on their doorstep unexpectedly.
January 11, 2017
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Top 5 reasons to bring home a Google Home
The easiest way to high-tech your home.
December 19, 2016
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Top 8 things to know about Google Home in Canada
Google Home is the first smart assistant speaker in Canada, and it's a big deal. Here's what you need to know.
June 26, 2017
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Touchscreen Google Home device evidence spied in official app code
There's now more evidence Google is testing a touchscreen Home device. AndroidPolice points to sections of code of the latest Google app that refers to a device that sports a new on-screen interface. The APK teardown of 7.14.15 beta version revealed a long list of on-screen menus and functions that are utilized by a device with the code-name of Quartz. These abilities include YouTube playback -- a function the Amazon Echo Show recently lost.
October 20, 2017
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TP-Link KC120 Kasa Cam review: All the essentials in an affordably priced security camera
You'd never guess TP-Link is a newcomer to the home security camera market. The KC120 Kasa Cam hits all the right notes.
October 11, 2017
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TP-Link releases KC120 Kasa Cam Wi-Fi security camera
Every home should have a Wi-Fi security camera nowadays. They are convenient, easy to use, and very affordable. It used to be a rather expensive affair to have security cameras installed in a home. Now? Not so much. Not only do they let you monitor your home remotely for security reasons, but they can help you keep an eye on family members and pets too.
September 12, 2017
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TP-Link's Kasa Cam is the company's first home security camera
The 1080p home security camera joins TP-Link's Kasa Wi-Fi smart plugs, smart bulbs, and in-wall switches.
September 12, 2017
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Troubleshooting audio and launch issues in Echo Arena
Why can't I join games or hear sound in Echo Arena?
August 4, 2017
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Twin Cooling Plus™ Technology: how to Make your Fridge Fresher
From the primitive ice buckets of yesteryear to the modern day refrigerator, the technology we use to keep our food cool has evolved. Yet, even though the methods have changed over the years, the basic principles of cooling have been the same for centuries and we have always used a cooling substance and some form of insulation.
November 17, 2016
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Two platforms, one house: Choosing between Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa
I have a Google Home and Amazon Dot in my house, and their core differences are making it difficult to choose between a connected ecosystem.
August 11, 2017
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Ugallery.com - Affordable Art Gallery
Enables emerging artists to post their art work online for collectors looking to buy affordable art. this original art gallery also features innovative methods for determining how art would look in a mock room of their choosing.
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Unboxing the Google Home Mini
It was only last week when Google revealed that it would offer a range of speakers with its own Assistant. The Home Mini is the smallest and cheapest of the bunch, giving users a functional piece of kit for $49. Although the speaker won't officially be on sale until next week, we have a obtained one and have done a quick unboxing of the device.
October 9, 2017
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Update gone wrong leaves 500 smart locks inoperable
Fatal error leaves customers scrambling for fixes that can take a week or longer.
August 14, 2017
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US government starts asking foreign visitors for their Facebook, Twitter and other social media info
In a move that has drawn criticisms from privacy groups, the US government this week started to ask some foreign travelers arriving in the country to hand over their social media account details.
December 23, 2016
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Using Alexa Scenes to control your home like magic
How do I use Alexa Scenes?
June 15, 2017
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Using Google Chromecast Audio as a whole-house audio alternative to Sonos
Great-sounding music is made easy with a Chromecast Audio. And you'll save a fistful of dollars, too.
August 17, 2017
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Using scenes and automations in Apple's Home app makes the smart home truly smart
If you've yet to set up scenes and automations in your smart home, you're not getting the full benefit of the smart products you're buying.
August 8, 2017
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Victims Of Mortgage Modification Scam Lost More Than Their Homes
Each year, fraudsters target vulnerable, trusting Americans by claiming that they can make their lives better. But when all the chips have fallen, these seemingly legit businesses often turn out to be just the opposite. While some of these operations will face the wrath of federal or state regulators, their victims are often left with little.
July 27, 2017
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Voice-enabled smart speakers to reach 55% of U.S. households by 2022, says report
Adoption of voice-powered smart speakers is taking off. According to a new report from Juniper Research out this morning, smart devices like the Amazon Echo, Google Home and Sonos One will be installed in a majority -- that is, 55 percent -- of U.S. households by the year 2022.
November 8, 2017
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Voice Assistants Aren't So Easy To Fire
I was about to plug my new Google Home Mini into the wall outlet this weekend when I froze. What kind of a commitment was I about to make? Google had handed out freebies of its puck-sized, fabric-coated gizmo at a press event last week. It seemed like a good, low-risk opportunity to dip my toes in the home voice-assistant waters. Time to live it up.
October 11, 2017
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VTech VM981 Safe & Sound Expandable HD Video Baby Monitor review: Not quite ready for the nursery
Missing features and image-quality shortcomings keep this baby monitor from being all it can be.
July 25, 2017
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VTech VM5271 Expandable Digital Video Baby Monitor review: A better baby cam
With customizable alerts and a library of lullabies, the VM5271 is like a high-tech nanny for your nursery.
September 27, 2017
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Wallflower wants to prevent cooking fires by making your stove smarter
The fire department responds to a home fire every 86 seconds, and many of those start in the kitchen.
July 25, 2017
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Wallpaper May Breed Toxins: Study
Fungus on the walls might contribute to 'sick building syndrome,' researchers say
June 23, 2017
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Walmart products are now available through Google Express and Home
Walmart finally makes its debut on Google Express and Home, with free shipping on orders of $35 or more.
September 26, 2017
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Walmart voice shopping on Google Home is now live
The two companies teamed up in August to take on Amazon and its Echo.
October 4, 2017
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What Can Voice-Activated Device Makers Legally Do With Recordings Of Kids' Voices?
From your watch to your TV to your crockpot to your kids' toys, the products we use in our home are increasingly voice-activated. Unlike previous generations of devices, these newer ones are listening, getting smarter, adapting to multiple users with different accents and cadences.
October 20, 2017
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Watch two Google Home voice assistants arguing
The two smart home speakers are asking life's important questions, like "Can artificial intelligence be amused?"
January 6, 2017
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Watching two Google Homes trying to have a conversation is the best thing you'll see today
In the future, computers will be able to talk to one another. Perhaps intelligently.
January 6, 2017
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WeMo's new smart dimmer solves the problem of LED light flickering
Belkin's WeMo is back with a couple more smart home gadgets to make your life easier.
January 3, 2017
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What color Amazon Echo should you buy?
You can have any color you want, so long as it's black. Or white. Or maybe made out of wood. Or just get a case or something.
October 2, 2017
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What other things do I need to use Google Home?
You probably have everything you need to use Google Home.
July 7, 2017
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What we Want to see from Google Home in 2017
Google Home is currently the only contender that's able to do battle with the Amazon Echo. After living with one for about a month, I've found Google's search capabilities give it some key advantages over Alexa. However, when it comes to the home digital assistant game that's only part of the equation.
December 23, 2016
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What you need to know when considering a smart lock for your home
Not all smart locks are created equal. In fact, many aren't even all that smart.
June 15, 2017
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When will Alexa and Google Assistant appear in speakers that actually sound good?
The Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers are great at reading the weather, but can't spin a tune to save their digital lives. how long till someone makes a talking speaker that really sings?
January 17, 2017
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Which new Amazon Echo are you going to buy?
Six new products. But only so much money in the wallet. Which one will get you to crack yours open?
September 29, 2017
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Which smart lights should you use with Amazon's Alexa?
Alexa, turn off the Bedroom lights.
February 22, 2017
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Whirlpool and smart-kitchen software company part ways
The appliance manufacturer and Innit, a startup that wants to better connect smart kitchen appliances, had previously announced that they would work together on a line of smart wall ovens.
March 3, 2017
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Whirlpool's Wi-Fi microwave will send a notification to your phone when your food's ready
The world's largest appliance manufacturer will create an over-the-range microwave oven that you can monitor from your smart device. (No camera, yet.)
March 16, 2017
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Why Amazon should password-protect its Alexa app
You can 'Drop In' on friends and family with the Alexa app, but so can anyone that has access to your phone.
August 15, 2017
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Why Amazon's Alexa Can't Tell you If it's Connected to the CIA
Is your Amazon Echo device -- and its virtual assistant Alexa -- somehow connected to the CIA? a video of one Echo refusing to answer that question both amused and alarmed (but mostly amused) viewers, but Amazon is now chalking it up to a glitch that has since been fixed.
March 10, 2017
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Will Spinn sling great coffee or just hype?
It's hard to bring a quality espresso machine to market, let alone one made for ordinary consumers. now add to the list a device that can brew everything from drip to pour-over to Americanos and the bar for success rises even higher. No sweat, says startup company Spinn. According to Spinn, the $499 (£400, AU$650) Spinn Coffee Maker, on sale for $299 at the time of this review, can handle all that and then some.
February 24, 2017
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Windows 10 makes thirsty drinkers wait while it updates the fridge
Last year we wrote about how Windows 10 ruined a live weather broadcast with an unwanted upgrade, and killed a live pro gaming stream with a badly timed update.
January 6, 2017
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Wink gets in on the home security game with new sensors and alarm
Breaking out of the hub
October 24, 2017
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Wink Hub 2 review: This second-generation smart-home hub is one of the best choices for do-it-yourselfers
Z-Wave, ZigBee, Bluetooth LE, or Wi-Fi, the second-generation Wink Hub can control every aspect of your smart home.
July 28, 2017
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Wink joins up with Google Home for Assistant
Like Amazon Echo, Google Home is a device that can answer your questions, play music, and control home automation tasks. it's a handy thing to have around if you don't mind Google listening to you on a regular basis.
March 29, 2017
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With Echo, Amazon Builds a Wall Against Google
With its half-dozen new Echo devices, Amazon's building a big, beautiful wall around your house, one that Google will have trouble breaching.
September 29, 2017
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Withings has canceled its Homekit-enabled Home Plus camera
Seemingly over a patent dispute between parent company Nokia and Apple
April 19, 2017
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Wowee, it's Samsung's next me-too AI gizmo: The Apple HomePod
Yet another belated entry into the creepy interactive snooping speaker world
June 5, 2017
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Xiaomi rolls out a $250 robot vacuum cleaner
Xiaomi isn't your average phone manufacturer. the Chinese company makes everything from air purifiers to hoverboards, smart rice cookers, smartwatches, body scales, power banks, routers, and even an electric screwdriver. Xiaomi brings these products to market under its Mi Ecosystem label, which sees the company facilitating startups across various categories by providing monetary assistance and connecting them with its supply chain partners.
August 31, 2016
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You can finally say 'Computer' to your Echo to command it
Still can't make Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.
January 23, 2017
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You can now make free phone calls with your Google Home
Remember back in May, when Google announced plans to let people make free phone calls through the Google Home?
August 16, 2017
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You can now order food from Grubhub with Alexa
If you're too lazy to make dinner, you can pull out your phone to order something on Grubhub. Now, if you're too lazy to do even that, you can just yell at Alexa.
March 15, 2017
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You can now shop for Target stuff on your Google Home
A new partnership adds Target inventory to Google Express delivery and Google Home smart speakers.
October 12, 2017
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You can now use your Alexa devices to control your Amazon Fire TV
To use the new feature, you'll have to link your Fire TV to your Alexa device using the Alexa app on your smartphone. Once set up, you'll be able to use voice commands through Alexa for things like playback controls, searching for videos, and opening apps. It's similar to the functionality provided by Amazon's Alexa Voice Remote for the Fire TV, just without actually requiring that you use a physical remote. The update is compatible with all of Amazon's Fire TV devices, except for the original first generation Fire TV Stick.
July 12, 2017
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Your Honeywell Lyric thermostat now talks to Google Home
Honeywell's lineup of Lyric thermostats finally work with Google's Home speaker.
August 2, 2017
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Your kitchen deserves an Instant Pot, and at this price you should grab one
It may not have USB ports or Wi-Fi, but the Instant Pot will no doubt become one of your favorite gadgets.
October 2, 2017
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Your next Google Home could double as a Wi-Fi router
This is how Google plans to take on the Amazon Echo.
April 5, 2017
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YouTube Pulled from Amazon Echo Show
Back in May, Amazon rolled out a new member of the Echo family with a device called the Echo Show. This was the first Echo device to sport a 7-inch touchscreen on the front allowing the user to watch video content directly on the Alexa-powered speaker. Amazon and Google have been negotiating on the use of YouTube on the Show and things have come to a head.
September 27, 2017
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YouTube vanishes from Amazon's Echo Show
Amazon and Google are apparently locked in a dispute over how the video site's content should appear on the smart speaker.
September 27, 2017
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Zmodo Torch Pro review:
This giant security light takes up way too much space
March 9, 2017
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Zuckerberg's Jarvis home AI is like an Alexa that learns your musical tastes
Mark Zuckerberg set himself an ambitious personal project for 2016 -- build a connected artificial assistant to help him automate certain tasks at home, including things like controlling the lights, watching for visitors and operating appliances
December 19, 2016
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