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Google Wifi's Network Check Can Now Tell You Your Devices' Connection Strength

Google just announced the new Network Check update coming to Google Wifi. The new feature will let users test each device's quality of connection to the Wi-Fi network.

Smart Home May 19, 2018

Netgear's Arlo Security Light System Will Keep Your Home Safe From Intruders

Netgear has launched a new smart home security product: the Arlo Security Light. The motion-activated light system will work in tandem with Arlo's security cameras and will be available for purchase on May 25.

Smart Home May 19, 2018

Echo Dot Kids Raises Privacy Concerns: Why Parents Shouldn't Buy The New Smart Speaker

Amazon recently went under fire over some concerns about the potential harm of Echo Dot Kids. Amid the issues presented by experts and lawmakers, should parents still buy it for their kids?

Smart Home May 16, 2018

Blame Amazon Echo: Alexa Now A Less Popular Baby Name

Fewer parents are naming their baby girls 'Alexa' since the debut of Amazon Echo. 'Alexa' is the wake-up command that triggers the voice-controlled smart speaker to listen.

Smart Home May 14, 2018

Xiaomi's Google Assistant-Powered Smart Home Products To Land On US Shores

During the Google I/O event, Xiaomi announced its plans to bring its smart home products to the United States. There will be three devices that will come first, and these will arrive with support for Google Assistant.

Smart Home May 12, 2018

LG TVs Get Smarter With Google Assistant Voice Controls And ThinQ AI

LG announced new home cinema experiences with ThinQ and Google Assistant, and now, it's delivering. Google Assistant is now live in LG's premium Super UHD and OLED smart TVs, so here's what it brings.

Smart Home May 9, 2018

Sonos Planning To Launch A Home Theater Smart Speaker: What We Know

Sonos might soon announce a soundbar and smart speaker hybrid as just-published regulatory filings suggest. Like the Sonos One, this device might be able to support voice commands, a first for soundbars from Sonos.

Smart Home May 1, 2018

Anker's EverCam Is A Wireless Smart Security Camera Powered By AI And A 13,400 mAh Battery

Eufy, Anker's smart home subset, has taken the wraps off the wireless security camera EverCam. It boasts 365 days of battery life and a lot of AI features.

Smart Home April 17, 2018

Ring Video Doorbell Price Cut Makes It A Lot Cheaper At Just $99

Ring just made the Video Doorbell more affordable at $99.99. The price cut took place after Amazon concluded its $1 billion acquisition of the smart home company.

Smart Home April 12, 2018

Amazon Now Lets You Use Echo Speakers As Intercoms With Alexa Announcements

Amazon has added an intercom feature in Alexa, which lets it broadcast an announcement in the user's own voice throughout all Echo devices. Speaking to all family members through Echo is now possible with a single command.

Smart Home April 6, 2018

Google Hints At Amazon Echo Show Rival: Will There Be A Google Home With A Screen?

Google might release a Google Home smart speaker with a built-in display, akin to the Amazon Echo Show. But first, the speaker itself must become a must-have product.

Smart Home April 4, 2018

Google Home Can Now Be Paired With Other Bluetooth Speakers

Google updated its Home devices to allow direct pairing to non-Google Bluetooth speakers. Now, users can control the speakers when they issue voice commands through Home.

Smart Home March 29, 2018

Nest Video Doorbell And Smart Lock Start Shipping, New Temperature Sensor Goes Up For Pre-Order

The Nest Hello video doorbell and Nest x Yale smart lock started shipping, with the latter being also available in a bundle with Nest Connect. A new Nest Temperature Sensor, meanwhile, is now available for pre-order at $39.

Smart Home March 16, 2018

Ecobee's Switch+ Lets You Bring Alexa To Your Light Switch

Ecboo finally debuted its Switch+, which costs $99 and is available for preorder now. The product features voice controls with Amazon Alexa technology onboard.

Smart Home March 14, 2018

Make Summer Nights Cozier With These Newly Unveiled Philips Hue Outdoor Smart Lights

Philips has announced a new lineup of Hue smart lights that’ll be launching this summer. They’re all for outdoor settings, which should be perfect for outdoorsy summer activities.

Smart Home March 13, 2018

Samsung's 2018 QLED TVs Can Become 'Invisible' When Not In Use

Samsung showcased its 2018 QLED TV catalog that introduces a new feature to make it invisible when idle. The feature is apparently called Ambient Mode.

Smart Home March 8, 2018

Amazon To Stop Selling Nest Products As Feud With Google Escalates

Amazon reportedly informed Google-owned Nest that it would not be selling its newer products, saying that the decision came from higher-ups. In response, Nest decided to pull its products from Amazon altogether.

Smart Home March 3, 2018

Nest Cam IQ Update Makes The Indoor Security Camera Smarter With Google Assistant Support

Nest rolled out Google Assistant support to the Nest Cam IQ indoor security camera. The update will allow the device to understand the usual OK Google voice commands, but some features found in the Google Home smart speaker are missing.

Smart Home February 22, 2018

Wyze Cam Version 2 Adds Motion Tagging, Improves Quality, And More, While Keeping $20 Price Tag

The original Wyze Cam received praise last year for being a feature-rich security camera with a price tag of only $20. The Wyze Cam version 2 will start shipping soon, with new features and improvements but at the same price.

Smart Home February 20, 2018

Sonos One, Like Apple HomePod, Leaves White Marks On Wooden Furniture

The Sonos One, just like the Apple HomePod, leaves behind white marks on wooden furniture. According to a Sonos spokesperson, this is the first time that such an incident has been raised with one of its devices.

Smart Home February 16, 2018

Amazon Is Working On Its Own Custom AI Chips For Alexa: Report

Amazon is reportedly developing its own custom AI chips to speed up on the smart functionalities of Alexa. The in-house chip will render Alexa faster, as the processing is mostly in-device instead of tapping the cloud at all times.

Smart Home February 12, 2018

Smart TVs Are Vulnerable To Hackers And Collect Too Much Data, Consumer Reports Says

An investigation by Consumer Reports revealed that smart TVs by Samsung and Roku carry easy-to-find flaws that hackers can exploit. The study also found that the internet-connected appliances may be collecting too much information from its viewers.

Smart Home February 8, 2018

This Is Amazon's Solution To Keep Alexa From Waking Up When The TV Says Its Name

Will Alexa wake up when it hears its name on a TV commercial, such as Amazon's Super Bowl LII ad? Chances are, it won't, and here's how the retailer is doing it.

Smart Home February 4, 2018

Amazon Is Killing It With Alexa: CEO Jeff Bezos Says ‘Expect Us To Double Down’

Amazon is on an uptick with its Echo line of smart speakers and its Alexa virtual assistant. The retail company just posted its Q4 results, which surpassed estimates and analyst expectations.

Smart Home February 2, 2018

Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Which Is The Better Smart Speaker?

Debating between Amazon Echo and Google Home? We've created a handy guide to help you pick which is the better smart speaker available on the market.

Smart Home February 1, 2018

Alexa Loses Her Voice In New Super Bowl Ad Starring Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Himself

A short teaser of Amazon's Super Bowl ad was posted online and showcased Alexa. It looks like the company has a surprise in store for the virtual assistant and its users soon.

Smart Home January 28, 2018

Sonos Takes On Apple HomePod, Offers 2 Smart Speakers For $349

Sonos responds to Apple’s announcement of the HomePod release with a big promotion. Stating two is better than one, Sonos offers users a huge savings on its Sonos One device.

Smart Home January 30, 2018

Twitter’s Anthony Noto Thinks Streaming Devices Such As Google Chromecast Will Become Obsolete In 5 Years

Anthony Noto offered his insight regarding media streaming devices like the Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, and more. The Twitter COO predicted that the aforementioned gadgets will lose their relevance in the next five years.

Smart Home January 18, 2018

Amazon Echo Spot Goes Up For Preorder In The UK: Pricing And Availability

The Amazon Echo Spot finally expanded its reach beyond U.S. borders, going up for preorder in the UK. The smart speaker will start shipping later this month, and Amazon is offering a discount when buying two units.

Smart Home January 16, 2018

Dish Adds Google Assistant To Control Dish TV Programming

Dish Network is adding a new integration with Google Assistant, allowing subscribers to watch their favorite television shows, without having to press a button. 'Okay, Google! Search for HBO's Game of Thrones.'

Smart Home January 11, 2018

Facebook Portal Will Be Another Amazon Echo Show Competitor, But With A More Than Double Price Tag

A report claims that the Facebook Portal, the social network's first hardware product, will be announced at the F8 developers conference. The device will be an Amazon Echo Show competitor, but its price might make it a tough sell.

Smart Home January 10, 2018

Meet ‘Streety,’ An App That Lets You Stream Your Neighbors’ Security Cameras

The importance of home and neighborhood safety can be supplemented by security camera footage shared via a private network. Streety is programmed to safely share and request video from users within a community.

Smart Home January 9, 2018

Microsoft Has A Slick New Thermostat That Features Cortana, But It’s Really Expensive

Microsoft and Johnson Controls have announced pricing details and a release date for GLAS, the Cortana-powered smart thermostat it unveiled back in July 2017. It’s going to be pretty expensive.

Smart Home January 6, 2018

Remember Amazon And Microsoft's Alexa, Cortana Integration? Things Didn't Work Out Yet

Amazon and Microsoft announced the Alexa and Cortana integration in 2017 and said it'll roll out in the later part of 2017. Now it's already 2018, but the harmony between the two smart assistants still isn't here.

Smart Home January 3, 2018

C By GE Smart Lighting Bulbs Finally Coming To Apple HomeKit

Fear not Apple users, GE is still planning to bring HomeKit support to its C by GE smart light bulbs in early 2018. However, only certain products will be available for use.

Smart Home January 4, 2018

The Best Smart Home Gadgets You Should Save For In 2018

Smart Home devices have improved over time and 2017 saw its fair share of innovations. Consumers can save up for these products in time for a 2018 purchase.

Smart Home December 31, 2017

Never Too Late: This Italian Grandma Takes Google Home Mini For A Spin (And She Goes Viral!)

A YouTuber took a video of her Italian grandma as she plays around with a Google Home Mini speaker. Viewers apparently enjoyed her interaction with the device.

Smart Home January 1, 2018

LG Jumps Into The Smart Speaker Race With ThinQ, Powered By Google Assistant

LG just unveiled a wave of new audio products, including a ThinQ smart speaker that boasts Google Assistant. No price or release date yet, but it’ll show up at CES along with other devices.

Smart Home December 29, 2017

Christmas Shoppers Wanted The Echo Dot And Made It The Top-Selling Amazon Product This Holiday

The Echo Dot was the best-selling product on Amazon this Christmas with millions sold. This just goes to show that smart speakers are all the rage.

Smart Home December 27, 2017

Got An Amazon Echo For Christmas? Here's How To Get Started

As expected, smart speakers are popular gifts this holiday season. If you got an Amazon Echo speaker for Christmas, here's how to get started with the Alexa-powered gadget.

Smart Home December 26, 2017

Echo Dot, Echo Smart Speakers Get $20 Discount: Just The Thing For Last-Minute Christmas Gifts

Amazon is giving out a generous $20 discount on the Echo Smart and Echo Dot speakers this Christmas. The smart speakers are both second-generation builds that boast vast improvements on hardware specs, design, and features.

Smart Home December 23, 2017

Blink Video Doorbell Officially Announced At $99 Starting Price

Blink formally announced a battery-powered video doorbell, expanding its lineup of home security devices. The blink video doorbell starts at $99 for existing Blink customers.

Smart Home December 20, 2017

Amazon Echo Spot Review Roundup: The Alarm Clock Of The Future, If You Don't Mind The Small Display

Amazon has finally launched the $129.99 Amazon Echo Spot, which was announced alongside the second-generation Amazon Echo. Reviews on the Alexa-powered smart speaker are mostly positive, but they raise a few issues.

Smart Home December 19, 2017

Your Amazon Echo Can Now Function Like A Radio Alarm Clock: Here's What You Need To Tell Alexa

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 Re-Enables Touch Controls On Home Mini After Gutting It Over Privacy Concerns

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

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