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Samsung To Launch Bixby-Powered Smart Home Speaker In First Half Of 2018: Report

Samsung is reportedly working on its own smart speaker and it's planning to launch it in the first half of 2018. The Bixby-powered speaker would fit somewhere between the Amazon Echo and the more expensive Apple HomePod.

Gadgets

Google Home Mini Crashes When Playing Music At Full Volume, Users Report

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

Apple HomePod Release Date Delayed To Early 2018: Amazon And Google Pull Ahead In Smart Speaker Race

The Apple HomePod release date has been pushed back to early 2018. This means that the Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers will have one less competitor this holiday shopping season.

Apple November 19, 2017

Google Assistant Now Lets You Turn Your Home Devices Into An Intercom System

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

Google Home Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot: Battle Of The $49.99 Smart Speakers

Google has unveiled the Google Home Mini, and as a result, the Amazon Echo Dot just gained a notable competitor in the budget smart speakers game.

Google October 7, 2017

Nest Thermostat E Aims For Mass Market Appeal At $169: How Is It Different Than Its $249 Sibling?

Nest has now unveiled a more consumer-friendly smart thermostat that won’t break your bank. The new Nest Thermostat E, at $169, does pretty much what its more costly sibling can.

Gadgets August 31, 2017

A Firmware Update Just Bricked LockState Smart Locks, Leaving Some Stranded

About 500 smart locks from LockState were bricked because of a faulty software update, causing some upset and concern. The mishap might be seen as evidence that connected devices pose some serious risks.

Gadgets August 16, 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

Microsoft Unveils Cortana-Powered GLAS Smart Thermostat: Here's What We Know So Far About The Nest Challenger

Microsoft has unveiled the GLAS smart thermostat, a Cortana-powered device created with Johnson Controls. From what we know so far about it, the GLAS smart thermostat will give the Nest Learning Thermostat a run for its money.

Microsoft July 20, 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

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

Essential Home Is Amazon Echo's New Competitor From The Father Of Android

Andy Rubin’s new Essential phone comes with Essential Home, a smart hub ecosystem designed to offer a starkly different smart home experience than typical solutions do. Here’s how it plans to achieve such a feat.

Gadgets May 31, 2017

Google Assistant, Siri, And Alexa To Find New Homes In Ikea's Smart Light Bulbs

Ikea is betting big on its line of smart home products. To that end, its range of smart lighting systems will soon integrate with the three major voice control systems, namely Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant.

Gadgets May 24, 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

Microsoft HomeHub Internal Concepts Reveal How Windows 10 Aims To Rival Amazon Echo And Google Home

Microsoft has reportedly been working on a new HomeHub feature for Windows 10 and leaked internal concepts now reveal what it will have to offer. HomeHub will be Microsoft's answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home, but on full Windows 10 PCs.

Apps/Software May 10, 2017

Google Home Getting Google Keep Shopping Lists, But That's Not All: Multi-User Support Also In Tow

Google Home has been gradually getting better and new updates are now taking things to the next level. Google Keep lists are now moved to the Home and Express apps, and the smart speaker is also getting multi-user support.

Gadgets April 10, 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

Watch As 'Zelda' Fan Controls His Smart Home With 'Ocarina Of Time' Tunes And An Ocarina [Video]

Ever wondered how reality and the 'Ocarina of Time' mixed together would turn out in real life? With a Raspberry Pi, other components, and an ocarina, a 'Zelda' fan and his smart home show us what it's like.

Geek March 18, 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

Disney Living Room Prototype: Charge Your Smartphone, Fans And More Wirelessly

Disney Research has created a prototype of a living room which houses a technology that provides wireless charging. It is capable of delivering wireless power to smartphones, fans and other devices present inside the room.

Energy February 22, 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

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

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

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

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

Nvidia Shield Now Available With A $200 Price Tag: Here's Where To Buy The Set-Top Box

The 2017 version of the Nvidia Shield TV has the same design and roughly similar technology as its previous iteration. There are, however, key differences that will appeal to consumers.

Gadgets January 16, 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

5 Best Smart Home Gadgets At CES 2017: Robots, Smart Garbage Cans, Levitating Speakers And More

CES 2017 showcased many new smart home gadgets to innovate one's living spaces. Check out the best smart home devices -- from robots to levitating speakers to smart garbage cans -- which will transform your house today into a smart home of the future.

Smart Home January 8, 2017

Amazon's Alexa Is The Real Star Of CES 2017: Here Are Your Alexa-Enabled Devices

A wide range of products that have Alexa integration have been unveiled at CES 2017, making the voice assistant the star of the trade show. From smart TVs to refrigerators to cars, these products incorporate Amazon’s Alexa A.I.

Feature | Tech January 8, 2017

CES 2017 Highlights: Comcast Plans To Turn 15 Million Homes Into 'Digital Homes'

Comcast has announced a new 'Digital Home' solution at CES 2017, aiming to connect 15 million homes by the end of the year. The Advanced Wireless Gateway promises an easy and secure connection to manage all connected devices, so here's the deal.

Smart Home January 5, 2017

CES 2017: Lenovo Enters Smart Home Market With Amazon Echo-Like Smart Speaker, But Cheaper

Lenovo has unveiled an Amazon Echo-like smart speaker called Lenovo Smart Assistant, which comes with Amazon's Alexa baked in. Lenovo's speaker is cheaper than the Echo, however, and it also offers a Harman Kardon edition for premium audio quality.

CES 2017 January 3, 2017

CES 2017 Biggest Trends To Shake The Scene This Year: Mobile Chipsets, Auto News, PCs, VR, IoT And More

A new year has kicked into gear and CES 2017 is just around the corner to get us started on a new tech journey. From VR to IoT, auto news, PCs, mobile chipsets and more, here are the major CES trends we expect this year.

January 2, 2017

CES 2017: Expect Samsung To Change The Way You Look At Laundry With FlexWash And FlexDry

Samsung's new laundry system promises consumers a versatile washing solution. The company touts that all its core laundry technologies have been integrated into the machine it calls FlexWash + FlexDry.

Smart Home January 2, 2017

Xiaomi Says It's Not Making Money From Selling Smartphones, So What Is Its Strategy?

Xiaomi executives revealed that the company remains unfazed despite the sharp decline of smartphones sales this year. The company reiterated its key income drivers come from its range of smart home devices.

Business Tech November 27, 2016

Google Home Now Available At Best Buy, Walmart And Target For $129

Google Home is now up for grabs at Best Buy, Walmart, Target and, of course, the Google Store for $129. Anyone who's been itching to get their hands on the Google Assistant speaker can now find peace.

Google November 5, 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

Control4 Gets Integration With Amazon Alexa, Brings More Voice Controls For Smarter Homes

Control4 announces an integration with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, which can now be instructed to activate preset scenes for the smart home. With a single command, Alexa can turn off the lights, lock the doors and arm the security system.

Smart Home September 16, 2016

Moorebot Is The Adorable, Yet Creepy, Animated Robot That Will Watch And Play With Your Family

Moorebot is an interactive robot that can entertain and monitor the entire family. The personal assistant is being funded via an Indiegogo campaign.

Smart Home September 6, 2016

LG 'Aggressively Investing' In Smart Home, Seeing Robots As The Future Of Home Appliances

LG Electronics recently made a statement saying that its efforts will focus on robotics as a way to make home appliances more user-friendly and efficient. The company is already dipping its toes into the future with smart home appliances.

Smart Home September 5, 2016

Bosch And Drop Want Every Kitchen To Be Smart

Bosch announced its partnership with smart kitchen company Drop. Drop has already began integrating its kitchen operating system in Bosch home appliances with Home Connect functionalities.

Smart Home September 3, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg Claims He Is Ready To Demo 'Jarvis' AI Assistant Next Month

Mark Zuckerberg is preparing a surprise for September, when he will showcase the smart home AI he developed for his own house. The Facebook CEO touted that he wants a Jarvis-like AI assistant, and he has it nearly ready.

Apps/Software August 31, 2016

Alphabet Is Moving Dozens Of Nest Labs Engineers To Google: Amazon Echo Competitor Google Home Bolstered

Alphabet is moving dozens of Nest Labs engineers into Google to work under senior VP of Android Hiroshi Lockheimer. The transfer bolsters the development of the Google Home speaker and shows the growing role of Android within the company.

Google August 30, 2016

Logitech Pop Brings Easy Smart Home Control At The Press Of A Button: Starter Kit Just $99

Logitech announced that it has a simple and elegant solution for smart home control. With the Pop Kit, users will be able to control many of their smart home gadgets with just the touch of a finger.

Smart Home August 11, 2016

Nucleus Smart Home Touchsceen Intercom Device Adds Support For Amazon's Alexa

Nucleus is the a touchscreen intercom system that allows families to communicate with each other in-house and when mobile, and now supports Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa.

Smart Home August 4, 2016

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