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Does Google Home Mini's Privacy Issue Set Company Back In Smart Home Race Against Amazon?

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

How Amazon Plans To Cope With Echo Show Losing YouTube: $30 Discount, Beefier Video Platforms

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

New $199 Sonos One Smart Speaker Comes With Amazon Alexa, Will Also Feature Google Assistant, Siri

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

You Can Now Make Free Phone Calls Through Your Amazon Echo Devices

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

The Second-Gen Amazon Echo Is Finally Here, Plus A Bunch Of Other Alexa Devices Too

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 Just Redesigned Its Flagship Smart Lock, Equipped It With DoorSense, And Made It Cheaper

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

South Park Messed With Everyone's Amazon Echo And Google Home: Here's What Happened

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

The Anker Eufy Genie Is A Cheaper Version Of The Amazon Echo Dot: What Does The $35 Alternative Offer?

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

Amazon Echo Hack Can Make The Smart Speaker Spy On You: Here's How To Keep Yourself Safe

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

The Roomba Could Soon Invade Your Privacy: iRobot Wants To Sell Your Home's Maps

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

The Amazon Echo 2 Will Look And Sound Better: Be Afraid, Google Home And Apple HomePod

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 This Year's Amazon Prime Day Already Three Times More Than Last Year

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 Echo Show Gets More Practical: You Can Check Smart Home Security Camera Feeds

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

Uh-oh, Siri: Smart Speaker Users Value Price Above All Else But Sound Quality Comes In Second

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

Is Apple's HomePod Just A Glorified $350 Smart Speaker?

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

Samsung Working On Bixby-Powered Smart Speaker To Challenge Amazon Echo, Google Home, And Apple HomePod

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 Jumps Into The Smart Home Party With HomePod, Aims To 'Reinvent Home Music'

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 Essential Home To Have Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, And Google's Assistant

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

4K TVs Featuring Amazon Fire TV With Alexa Are Up For Preorder

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

Amazon Echo Calling Feature Has No Way To Block Unwanted Calls: Here's How You Can Regain Your Privacy

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

Amazon Echo Show Unveiled: How Does The New Smart Speaker Compare To Other Amazon Echo Models?

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 New Echo Tomorrow: 7-Inch Touchscreen And Video Call Support For More Than $200

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

Here's The First Look At The Amazon Echo With Touch Screen: Amazon To Officially Unveil Device This Month

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

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

Amazon Echo Takes On Google Home: Tasks That The Echo Can Do Better

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

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

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