Smart Home

The New Amazon Echo Look Camera Is A Good Product But Here's Why We Will Not Buy It

Amazon has introduced a new fashion buddy in the form of Echo Look. Before you click that 'Buy' button, consider this.

Smart Home April 27, 2017

Amazon Echo Look Will Let Alexa Help You Look Your Best Every Day, But It Raises Privacy Concerns

The Amazon Echo Look has gone official, and it'll give you the fashion advice that'll help you look your best every day. However, it does raise some privacy concerns.

Smart Home April 26, 2017

Here's How To Delete Your Amazon Echo Voice Recordings

Worried that your Amazon Echo records your every conversation? Then fret not, as you can access these recordings easily.

Smart Home April 18, 2017

Max Motor Dreams: Ford Designs Smart Crib That Mimics Car Rides

Ford Spain develops Max Motor Dreams, a crib that simulates car rides for infants. The smart crib is a new addition to smart home gadgets for parents.

Smart Home April 9, 2017

Company Bricks Guy’s Smart Garage Door After He Leaves A Bad Review

Garadget, a smart garage door opener, has been the talk of the internet. The company faced backlash for purposefully disabling a person’s IoT device as retaliation for a bad review.

Smart Home April 6, 2017

Tesla Solar Roof Tile Orders Start Next Month, Says Elon Musk: Get Ready For Affordable Clean Energy Solutions

Tesla announced last year that it would offer solar roof tiles as a viable and affordable clean energy solution. Elon Musk has now confirmed that orders for solar roof tiles will kick off in April, so here's what you need to know.

Smart Home March 25, 2017

Here's Why Amazon Tap Is Better Than Amazon Echo

Are you looking to buy a smart speaker? Here are some reasons why you may choose to buy the Amazon Tap instead of the Amazon Echo.

Smart Home March 19, 2017

Google Home Reportedly Playing ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Ads: Google Denies They’re Ads Following Negative Reactions

Owners of Google’s smart speaker, Home, have reported hearing it play ads for 'Beauty and the Beast,' many of which found intrusive. Google, however, says the ads were simply timely content.

Smart Home March 16, 2017

Amazon Lures Alexa Developers With AWS Freebies For More Alexa Skills: How It Works

Amazon announced a new program to encourage developers to build Alexa skills. Thanks to a new promotion, developers can get AWS freebies to keep expanding the Alexa ecosystem at no charge, so here's how it works.

Smart Home March 16, 2017

Alphabet's Nest Working On New Smart Home Devices: Cheaper Smart Thermostat, Home Alarm System, And More

Smart home unit Nest has fallen short in delivering the promised plans of expansion under Alphabet. It seems that Nest is now looking to pull itself out of its struggles, as the business is working on several new devices.

Smart Home March 9, 2017

Alexa Can Now Turn Ordinary Appliances Into Smart Home Devices With This Wi-Fi Plug

Make your home smarter with a smart plug. The TP-Link Smart Plug Mini is a small compact device that allows you to remotely control the devices plugged into it.

Smart Home February 19, 2017

The D-Link Omna 180: Apple HomeKit's First Security Camera Goes On Sale

The D-Link Omna 180 security camera is up for sale. It will be the first security camera that provides Apple HomeKit support. Users will be able to monitor their homes and get notified on their iPhone devices whenever there is suspicious activity.

Smart Home February 16, 2017

Amazon Echo And Google Home Could Soon Let You Make Calls: Will Smart Speakers Replace Telephones?

Google and Amazon are looking into adding phone call functionality for their respective smart speakers, Home and Echo. Looming privacy concerns associated with the functionality is reportedly stalling development, however.

Smart Home February 15, 2017

Alexa Trounces Google Now As Most Popular Smart Assistant, Siri Is Least Accurate: Survey

A survey found that consumers are using Alexa more frequently than Google Now. It also revealed that participants perceived Cortana as the most accurate smart assistant while Siri trailed all three in this area.

Smart Home February 10, 2017

3 Most Common Issues With Alexa - And How You Can Fix Them

Amazon's voice-enabled assistant has been a tremendous success for the company. If you are an owner of an Amazon Echo and you are having difficulty using the device, here are some quick fixes for you.

Smart Home February 12, 2017

Teach Amazon Echo, Google Home Not To Respond To Your TV: Here's How

Accidentally waking Amazon Echo or Google Home may be cute, but it could pose a risk especially when hijacked by a third party. Here are some steps you can take to nip that prospect in the bud.

Smart Home February 7, 2017

Alexa Wreaking Havoc In Homes: Amazon Echo Powers Up When Residents Of Same Name Are Called, But Here's The Fix

Alexa, the digital personal assistant powering the Amazon Echo, wrongly wakes up and carries out commands when people of the same name are called. Fortunately, there is a way to prevent the confusion.

Smart Home January 29, 2017

Apple And Amazon Take Contrasting Strategies To Dominate Smart Home Race

Apple and Amazon spur different advantages in the connected home race, as noted by an in-depth Reuters analysis, and as it stands, Amazon is the more welcoming of the bunch. However, Apple does have advantages over Amazon’s open-systems approach.

Smart Home January 28, 2017

Google Home Now Plays Nice With Vizio TVs And Other SmartCast Devices

Google Home has added Vizio integration, now allowing users to easily control SmartCast devices such as TVs, speakers, displays and sound bars. The integration brings a number of neat perks, so here's the deal.

Smart Home January 19, 2017

Here's How To Use The Amazon Echo Kill Switch

The popularity of Amazon Echo has raised some privacy concerns because of the device's ability to listen and record everything. Here's how you can shut down the device verbally if you want to keep something in private.

Smart Home January 22, 2017

ElliQ Is The Amazon Echo Alternative That Takes Care Of The Elderly

Despite its similarities to the Amazon Echo, ElliQ offers several nifty tricks that sets it apart as a smart assistant. It is primarily aimed to become a truly intuitive companion, helpful to senior citizens.

Smart Home January 13, 2017

Amazon, Samsung, Google, Apple: Big 4 Driving Smart Home Device Sales

Amazon, Samsung, Google, and Apple lead the charge in the smart home device market, driving its sales. The revenue returns for smart home hardware and services is estimated to hit $195 billion by 2021.

Smart Home January 13, 2017

Using Flat-Screen Technology To Remotely Charge Devices: Your Living Room As A Wireless Charging Station?

Wireless power transfer is now possible, according to a new research. A machine that allows charging gadgets within the surface area of living rooms could be built in the near future.

Smart Home January 9, 2017

WATCH: How To Make Alexa And Google Home Talk To Each Other In A Never-Ending Loop

Watch the two smart voice assistants Alexa and Google Home get into a never-ending conversation. Here's how you can do it too.

Smart Home January 15, 2017

Samsung TVs May Get Functions Similar To Chromecast Via Smart View Update

Samsung accidentally outed its recent move to equip its Smart TVs with content streaming features like those offered by Chromecast. The leak came through the latest description of its Smart View app at the App Store.

Smart Home December 31, 2016

CES 2017: Samsung's Alexa-Powered Vacuum Cleaner Powerbot VR7000 Unveiled

Samsung is poised to announce a smart vacuum cleaner in the upcoming CES 2017. While similar products have beaten the device to the market, the company has outfitted it with unique features that could drive its competitive advantage.

Smart Home December 30, 2016

Just Bought An Amazon Echo? Here Are Some Of The Best Alexa Skills To Help You Get Started

As one of the hottest items this holiday season, the Amazon Echo probably landed on the hands of first-time users. If you're one of them, here are some of the best Alexa skills to help you get started.

Smart Home December 26, 2016

Best Amazon Alexa Devices: Gadgets To Make The Most Out Of The Virtual Assistant

Alexa, Amazon’s proprietary voice-enabled virtual assistant, remains perched atop the ranking of voice control integration for smart home devices. Here are some of the best Alexa-enabled devices that explain why.

Smart Home December 19, 2016

Can't Wait For Apple AirPods? Here Are The Best Bluetooth Headphones For Your iPhone 7 Or iPhone 7 Plus

Apple’s Siri-enabled AirPods have been reported to be embroiled in a number of manufacturing challenges. But there’s no need to wait for them to come out given these excellent, possibility even better, alternatives.

Smart Home December 11, 2016

Alexa Finds A New Home In C By GE Lamp

GE integrates Alexa into its new C device, which the company touts as a lamp that responds, speaks and makes life easier, contributing to a new way of living. It is currently a concept but is expected to hit the market in 2Q 2017.

Smart Home December 7, 2016

Microsoft Home Hub To Compete With Amazon Alexa And Google Home?

We've seen the Amazon Echo and Google Home and even heard about Apple's own home assistant device. However, nothing much have come out of Microsoft with regards to something similar. The latest report could shed light on such plans for the future.

Smart Home December 5, 2016

Kwikset Kevo Convert Smart Lock Goes Up For Preorder At $149

The Kwikset Kevo Convert will allow homeowners to manage their door locks remotely. It offers an array of features that include electronic keys and door lock notifications, among others.

Smart Home November 29, 2016

The LingLong DingDong Is The China Challenger To Amazon Echo: What's The Difference Between The Smart Speakers?

The LingLong DingDong is the newest challenger to the Amazon Echo in the smart speaker industry. While it may have a funny-sounding name, it looks like it has what it takes to prove itself as a worthy rival.

Smart Home November 25, 2016

That Stylish Tesla Solar Roof Will Cost Less Than The Regular Roof, Says Elon Musk

Could Tesla's newest solar roof be cheaper than regular roofs? Well, that's a yes and a no. At the end of the day, Elon Musk hopes these roofs will replace the normal ones in the future, but it may take a number of years for it to happen.

Smart Home November 20, 2016

Eero Wi-Fi Hub Now Supports Alexa And Adds New Smart Features

Eero has partnered with Amazon to ensure Eero routers work well with connected devices. The Eero Wi-Fi hub can now be controlled through Alexa throughout the house to locate missing gadgets or turn off wireless access.

Smart Home November 17, 2016

Amazon Alexa Skills Detailed Via New Page: Discover Everything The Virtual Assistant Can Do

The dedicated marketplace for Amazon Alexa skills underscores the level of control that it provides users. The large number of available skills also highlights the range of Alexa's capabilities as a smart home assistant.

Smart Home November 7, 2016

Following Exploding Galaxy Note 7, Samsung Recalls 2.8 Million Washing Machines: What You Should Know

After the debacle that is the Galaxy Note 7, one would have believed that Samsung would get some time to put itself together, but it was never to be. The company is coming under fire again due to what appears to be exploding washing machines.

Smart Home November 6, 2016

Google Home Review Roundup: What Tech Experts Are Saying About Google's Amazon Echo Competitor

It's been a long time coming, but the Amazon Echo finally has capable competition to keep it on its toes. Competition comes by way of Google Home, and in a few months, we could also see the rise of Apple's own smart speaker.

Smart Home November 4, 2016

$1,160 High-Tech Robotic Snoo Crib May Be Sleep-Deprived Parents' New Best Friend

A new high-tech robo-crib from Yves Behar aims to make those sleepless nights a thing of the past for sleep-deprived parents. The smart cradle will instantly calm fussy babies by rocking them to sleep and playing womb-like white noise.

Smart Home October 19, 2016

Kobi The Robot Can Cut Yard Grass And Get Rid Of Snow Autonomously

Kobi the robot wants to take away all the backbreaking yard work from our lives, and it intends to begin down that line by cutting grass and sweeping up snow. All you'll need now is $4,000 to get your own yard-clearing bot.

Smart Home October 19, 2016

Attention, Star Wars Fans: You Only Need $40 To Have R2-D2 Brew You A Cup Of Coffee Every Morning

Retail company ThinkGeek is now selling an R2-D2 Coffee Press, which is capable of brewing four cups of coffee per refill. It is now available for preorder and will begin shipping in December.

Smart Home October 10, 2016

Kokoon Is The $15,000 Prefabricated House That Could Change The Future Of Homes

Finnish students have built a three-story prototype home, which some are now touting as the home of the future. It costs $15,000 to make and could be built in one day.

Smart Home October 10, 2016

Xiaomi Mi Box Officially Lands On US Shores: Android TV, 4K Support For $69

Xiaomi Mi Box is now available at Xiaomi's U.S. website as well as in Walmart stores for $69. Aside from the attractive price, it features top-of-the-line specs and will come with special perks worth $76.

Smart Home October 4, 2016

Echo Dot (2nd Generation) Review Roundup: What Makes This Amazon Product Amazing?

Amazon recently released its Echo Dot 2nd Edition and the small gadget is a radical improvement in both price and audio capability over its first iteration. The new Echo Dot taps into Alexa’s skills, which grow more by the day.

Smart Home October 4, 2016

New Wink Hub 2 Plays Nice With Alexa, Makes Smart Home Smarter - And Simpler

Wink has announced a new smart home hub simply called Wink 2, bringing a number of neat upgrades over the original Wink. In addition to better connectivity and more features, the new Wink 2 also sports Alexa integration.

Smart Home September 27, 2016

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