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Google Home Can Now Perform 3 Commands At The Same Time: Here’s How

A new update slated for Google Home devices enhances some of its core features. Users can now issue up to three commands at a time, which improves its multitasking capabilities.

Google June 14, 2018

Ring Doorbell Users, Watch Out: New Flaws Lets Others Spy On You Even After Changing Passwords

You’d expect that changing your password will disable anyone from getting access to your devices, but for Ring doorbells, that’s unfortunately not the case. A security flaw within Ring doorbells is leaving many users vulnerable to spying.

Security 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

Amazon, Lennar Team Up To Create 'Smart Homes' Built With Alexa

Amazon revealed that it is teaming up with home builder Lennar to create houses that have built-in Alexa technology. Users can test out the houses in Amazon Experience Centers across the country.

Gadgets May 9, 2018

Google Assistant Works With 5,000 Smart Home Devices

Google revealed that its Google Assistant can work with over 5,000 items in a smart home environment. The technology company also announced that it was developing partnerships with a variety of companies such as ADT, IKEA, and LG.

Google May 3, 2018

Amazon Alexa Blueprints Enable All Users To Create Customized Skills And Responses In Minutes

Amazon just launched a new tool called Alexa Blueprints, allowing anyone to create customized skills and responses without any coding skills. Here's how it works.

Apps/Software April 19, 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

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

Google Assistant Go vs. Google Assistant: What's The Difference?

Google just launched Google Assistant Go, and the app is now available in the Play Store. Users of Android Go Edition devices can now enjoy the virtual assistant app on their smartphones.

Google February 3, 2018

Amazon Brings Cooking Controls To Alexa With Smart Home Skill API

Amazon Alexa is getting smarter and will soon be able to help users with their cooking. The company announced that Alexa will soon be able to operate cooking appliances with voice controls.

Apps/Software January 5, 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

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

Amazon Bought Smart Camera And Doorbell Startup Blink To Boost Its Smart Home Efforts: What To Expect

Amazon recently acquired Blink, a startup that makes smart cameras and video doorbells. The company is expected to expand its ecosystem and dive deeper into the smart home market, which is estimated to grow to $53.45 billion by 2022.

Business Tech December 31, 2017

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

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

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 December 17, 2017

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

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