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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.

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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

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

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