Smart Home

Alexa Guard Protects Your Home While You’re Away, And It’s Rolling Out Soon

Amazon is now slowly rolling out Alexa Guard to all Echo owners. Here’s what it does, and how to set it up so you know when there’s something fishy going on in the house.

Smart Home May 15, 2019

Ikea Offers Sneak Peek At Bookshelf Speakers Powered By Sonos

The company offered the sneak peek at the finished version of the Sono-powered speaker in a new post following the celebration of its Red Dot design awards. The upcoming device is set for official unveiling on April 9 in Milan.

Smart Home March 27, 2019

Ordering From Ticketmaster Using Voice Commands? Alexa's Got Your Back

Ticketmaster teamed up with Alexa to help fans buy tickets online. With certain voice commands, users can now search for events and book the tickets right away.

Smart Home March 8, 2019

Ring Employees Were Given Access To Customers' Videos: Report

Ring allowed its employees to access customers' video recordings, reports claim. If true, then the company's workers may have been viewing users' live feed and histories since 2016.

Smart Home January 10, 2019

KitchenAid's Smart Display Is A Water-Resistant, Google Assistant-Powered Cooking Companion

The KitchenAid Smart Display might just be the perfect cooking companion. With an IPX5 water resistance and Google Assistant built in, it's making a strong case.

Smart Home January 7, 2019

Amazon's Digital Assistant Alexa Took A Day Off On Christmas

Users in the UK complained they were having trouble with Alexa on Christmas Day. Amazon's digital assistant apparently crashed on the holiday possibly due to a surge of new users.

Smart Home December 26, 2018

Amazon's Alexa Tells User To Kill Foster Parents

As Amazon's Alexa learns how to interact more like human, it has started to engage in conversations that raise concerns. The voice assistant, for instance, gave a homicidal advice to a user and this was not an isolated case.

Smart Home December 22, 2018

The Huawei AI Cube Is An Alexa-Powered Google Home Clone That's Also A 4G Router

Chinese technology company Huawei released its first smart speaker known as the AI Cube on Friday at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany. The AI Cube will be distributed in Europe at the end of the year.

Smart Home September 3, 2018

Bose Home Speaker 500, Powered By Alexa, Challenges Apple HomePod And Sonos One

Bose will release a new smart speaker and two new smart soundbars to compete in the AI-speaker market. The Home Speaker 500 and the Bose Soundbar 700 and Soundbar 500 will be available in October.

Smart Home August 29, 2018

Facebook Is Making A Digital Assistant Called Aloha: Here’s What It Looks Like

Facebook is reportedly developing a digital assistant. App investigator Jane Manchun Wong uncovered a new development Facebook is testing, which could be the biggest competitor of Google Home and Amazon Echo.

Smart Home August 23, 2018

St. Louis University Will Deploy Over 2,300 Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speakers In Student Rooms

Students of SLU will have quick access to important school-related information with the help of Echo Dot smart speakers. SLU has placed more than 2,300 units in every student living place in the university.

Smart Home August 17, 2018

Pandora Premium Finally Rolling Out To Google Assistant Devices: How To Get A Free 90-Day Trial

Google Assistant users can finally avail Pandora Premium. The famous music service is becoming more in-demand across the world because of its amazing features such as lyrics search and personalized playlists.

Smart Home August 15, 2018

Samsung Unveils New SmartThings Mesh Router: Here’s What It Does

Samsung is offering an amazing intelligent Wi-Fi system called the SmartThings Hub that will eradicate all Wi-Fi problems such as internet speed for consumers. The device can also be used to control smart home appliances.

Smart Home August 15, 2018

Researchers Find Amazon Echo Hack That Lets It Spy On You: Should You Be Worried?

A team of researchers from Chinese tech company Tencent have revealed that they have figure out a way to hack the Amazon Echo. However, owners should not fear because it would not be doable for many intruders.

Smart Home August 14, 2018

Samsung Unveils Bixby-Powered Galaxy Home, But Is It A HomePod Killer?

Samsung just teased its answer to the Apple HomePod. The Galaxy Home will primarily be a premium speaker, but it’ll also have Bixby baked in, which means it’ll answer to voice commands like all other smart speakers.

Smart Home August 10, 2018

It Seems Practically No One Is Using Alexa To Buy Things Off Amazon

Majority of Alexa users aren’t using their smart speakers to shop online, contrary to what third-party research firms have claimed. Worse, most of the people who did buy something didn’t try it again.

Smart Home August 7, 2018

A 30-Year-Old San Francisco Man Claims His Amazon Alexa Says, 'All I See Is People Dying'

A man in San Francisco reported that his Alexa said a creepy comment on his Amazon Echo. This is one of many incidents in 2018 when users have heard odd things from Alexa.

Smart Home June 23, 2018

Amazon Fire TV Cube Features You'll Like And Not: Should You Spend $120 For This Entertainment Control Center?

Amazon announced the Fire TV Cube earlier this month. The device, which is essentially a Fire TV with a smart speaker and Alexa-integration, is now available for purchase for $119.99. Here's what you'll like/dislike about Amazon's latest offering:

Smart Home June 23, 2018

Amazon Fire TV Cube Goes Up For Pre-Order At $119.99, But Prime Members Get A Limited-Time Discount

Amazon's new Alexa-powered Fire TV Cube is an Echo, streaming box, and remote control all in one, and it's now available for pre-order. The device normally costs $119.99, but Prime members can get a notable discount if they hurry.

Smart Home June 7, 2018

The Sonos Beam Comes With Alexa, AirPlay 2 And Wants A Spot In Your Living Room

On Wednesday, June 6, Sonos launched a new mini soundbar with a smart speaker functionality called the Beam. The speaker, priced at $399, comes with Alexa integration and support for Airplay 2.

Smart Home June 8, 2018

Afraid Of Amazon Alexa Eavesdropping? Here's How To Check And Delete What It Recorded

Amazon Alexa recently recorded and shared a woman's private conversation without her knowledge, prompting concerns. If you're worried that Alexa might've been eavesdropping, here's how to hear and delete what it recorded.

Smart Home May 29, 2018

Amazon Explains How Alexa Eavesdropped On A Couple's Conversatiion And Shared It To A Random Contact

An Amazon Echo Dot owner complained that Alexa secretly recorded her private conversation and forwarded it to someone on the contact list. The company suspects the unit might have been hacked and will work on a fix to prevent the same issue in the future.

Smart Home May 26, 2018

Amazon Echo’s Alexa Records Woman’s Conversation, Sends It To Random Contact

A Portland woman claimed that her Amazon Echo recorded a private conversation with her husband. The conversation was then leaked to her husband’s work colleague in Seattle.

Smart Home May 24, 2018

New Sonos Speaker Bundles Will Let You Set Up A Home Sound System At A Discount

Sonos released new bundles consisting of its smart speakers and other products, allowing buyers to set up a complete home sound system at a discount. The bundles are sold with a discount ranging from $19 to $99.

Smart Home May 23, 2018

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

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