When a Google Home Mini review unit secretly recorded thousands of messages, it spelled bad news for Google, especially at a time when it's competing with Amazon to win the smart home race.
Smart Home October 13, 2017
Amazon has just put the Echo Show on sale, slapping it with $30 discount. The company is also reportedly planning on making its video platforms more friendly for advertisers to compete with YouTube.
Smart Home October 10, 2017
There’s a new smart speaker in town. Sonos just unveiled One, a $199 speaker that in addition to supporting Amazon Alexa right off the bat, will also include Google Assistant and Siri into the mix.
Smart Home October 5, 2017
Amazon Echo devices are now able to call mobile phones and landline numbers for free. The upgraded Alexa Calling feature was announced alongside the new batch of Amazon Echo products.
Smart Home September 30, 2017
Amazon has added new and exciting products to its Echo line, including a newer, shorter, and cheaper version of the Echo that’s basically similar to the old model. There’s also the Echo Plus, Echo Spot, and so much more.
Smart Home September 28, 2017
August has overhauled its smart locks line to deliver more security, improved battery life, and more mass-market appeal. The standard Smart Lock version now only costs $149, and it even comes with DoorSense, an amazing new security feature.
Smart Home September 19, 2017
The premiere episode of 'South Park' season 21 tackled the white nationalist movement that rocked Charlottesville, Virginia. To lighten the mood, the episode also triggered Amazon Echo and Google Home devices multiple times.
Smart Home September 16, 2017
Anker announced the Eufy Genie, an even cheaper way to get Alexa into customers' homes compared to the $50 Amazon Echo Dot. The Eufy Genie, which will be sold for $35, comes with the same features as the Echo Dot.
Smart Home August 10, 2017
A newly discovered Amazon Echo hack can allow attackers to receive all the audio recorded by the smart speaker's microphone. Here's how you can stay safe from spying Amazon Echo devices.
Smart Home August 1, 2017
Colin Angle, the CEO of Roomba maker iRobot, revealed plans to sell the home mapping data collected by the cleaning robot to tech companies. The data will help improve smart home devices but possibly at the cost of user privacy.
Smart Home July 25, 2017
Amazon is reportedly working on the Amazon Echo 2, an updated version of the company's Alexa-powered smart speaker that will look and sound better than the original. The Google Home and the Apple HomePod should definitely be worried.
Smart Home July 13, 2017
Amazon Echo sales for Amazon Prime Day 2017 are already three times more compared to last year's version of the annual shopping event. According to sources, thousands of Amazon Echo devices are being sold per minute worldwide.
Smart Home July 11, 2017
Amazon has added a neat new functionality to its Echo Show, boosting its appeal. In addition to all existing perks, users will also be able to monitor their home security camera feeds.
Smart Home June 24, 2017
A poll conducted by Morning Consult has revealed that shoppers consider price as the most important factor in smart speakers. In other words, Apple's HomePod will be facing more than just a tough competition.
Smart Home June 15, 2017
The HomePod is Apple's foray into the smart home competition, taking on the likes of Amazon Echo and Google Home. However, it seems to emphasize more on music rather than its smart qualities.
Smart Home June 8, 2017
A report from South Korea claims that Samsung is working on a smart speaker powered by its own digital assistant Bixby. Will it succeed against the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod?
Smart Home June 7, 2017
Apple has finally announced its Google Home and Amazon Echo competitor at WWDC, called the HomePod. The music-focused smart speaker, however, won’t be available just yet.
Smart Home June 5, 2017
Andy Rubin wants his Essential Home device to run all three major virtual assistants, including Alexa, Assistant, and Siri. Other devices who’ll do otherwise, he said, will fail.
Smart Home June 4, 2017
It is very clear Amazon wants to expand its footprint to include Alexa in home devices. To do this, it has turned to the old staple of the home - the television. The first batch of 4K TVs to use Amazon's Fire TV with Alexa are now available for preorder.
Smart Home May 16, 2017
The new Alexa Calling on the Amazon Echo allows users to make and receive voice calls over the internet. The feature, however, has no way to block unwanted calls, presenting a serious breach of privacy.
Smart Home May 15, 2017
The Amazon Echo Show is the latest addition to Amazon's growing line of Alexa-powered smart speakers. How does the new model compare to the original Amazon Echo, the Amazon Echo Tap, the Amazon Echo Dot, and the Amazon Echo Look?
Smart Home May 10, 2017
Amazon may unveil a new model for the Amazon Echo as soon as Tuesday, May 9. The new Amazon Echo, which will come with a 7-inch touchscreen and video calling support, will reportedly carry a price tag of more than $200.
Smart Home May 8, 2017
A new version of the Amazon Echo with a built-in camera and touch screen is expected to be unveiled this month. Discovered images provide a first look at the device, which is also expected to come with improved speakers.
Smart Home May 6, 2017
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
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
Worried that your Amazon Echo records your every conversation? Then fret not, as you can access these recordings easily.
Smart Home April 18, 2017
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
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 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
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 and the Amazon Echo are direct rivals and are currently embroiled in a stiff competition to get an edge in the smart home market. Here’s a look at some features where Amazon's Echo beats Google Home hands down.
Smart Home March 17, 2017
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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, 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 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 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
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
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