Amazon Echo owners can now set up their smart speaker to function like traditional radio alarm clocks. By issuing the correct voice commands, Alexa will wake up users with the song, playlist, or news channel of their choice.
Smart Home December 12, 2017
Google Home Mini devices can now be controlled using the built-in touch controls on the surface of their fabric. This feature was turned off in October after a user discovered a flaw that caused the fabric to trigger the buttons.
Smart Home December 9, 2017
The availability of Amazon Music Unlimited and the Amazon Echo smart speakers have expanded to 28 more countries in Latin America and Europe. The move will allow Amazon to better challenge Spotify and Apple Music in the music streaming industry.
Smart Home December 10, 2017
The Google Home Mini crashes when it's playing songs at high volume, according to users. Google has acknowledge the issue and said that it's working on a fix.
Smart Home December 3, 2017
GE just introduced the C-Reach Wi-Fi bridge for its C-Series smart bulbs, for them to get Alexa and Google Assistant. GE will sell the bridge standalone or bundled with a pair of smart bulbs.
Smart Home November 21, 2017
Amazon has launched preorders for the Amazon Echo (Product) RED, a red version of the second-generation smart speaker for the same price of $99. Amazon will donate $10 out of every purchase of the device to the fight against AIDS.
Smart Home November 21, 2017
Google is giving the Assistant a new feature that'll save you from wearing out your voice. Now you can broadcast a message to your family throughout your house filled with Home devices.
Smart Home November 14, 2017
All owners of Logitech's Harmony Link can now upgrade to the Harmony Hub free of charge. This comes hot on the heels of the company's announcement that it'll brick Link devices by March 2018.
Smart Home November 9, 2017
Amazon Alexa’s voice shopping service now includes Best Buy support, allowing users to order Deal of the Day products and more. It’s a move that highlight the increasing convenience of smart speakers.
Smart Home November 4, 2017
Three years after an Indiegogo campaign that raised over $3.6 million, the social robot Jibo is now on sale for $899. How is it different from the Amazon Echo, and is it really worth that price tag?
Smart Home October 26, 2017
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