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Take a look at Harman Kardon's Cortana-enabled smart speaker

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Harman Kardon Invoke review

The first Cortana-enabled smart speaker is here<p><b>The Good</b> Sound quality is better than Amazon's line of speakers and an Invoke purchase includes unlimited Skype calling.<p><b>The Bad</b> Cortana needs a much wider set of skills, as Alexa does more and offers more integration with smart home platforms.<p><b>The</b> …

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Get a 2nd-gen Nest thermostat for $139

Lowest price ever! It's a refurb, but with the same one-year warranty as new. Plus: a killer deal on a huge pack of LED fidget spinners!<p><i>CNET's Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find</i> …

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Intel's plan to be inside Alexa devices

With a vision for improving the smart home, and a new Alexa developer's kit, Intel has a plan to grow its profile in the smart home.

Amazon

Everything you need to know about the new Amazon Echo

With its shorter profile, upgraded style, lower price, and still all of the features and fun of Amazon's digital assistant Alexa, the new Amazon Echo looks the part of a can't miss smart speaker.<p>Like the original Amazon Echo before it, the Amazon Echo 2017 will respond to your voice commands. You …

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Yale door locks' parent company to buy August Home

ASSA ABLOY, parent company of Yale locks, is acquiring August Home, the companies announced Thursday.<p>The company that owns Yale locks will buy August Home, a DIY smart home security company, the businesses announced Thursday.<p>August Home has expanded their line of smart locks over the last few …

Home Automation

Intel wants to be inside your Alexa devices

With a vision for improving the smart home, and a new Alexa developer's kit, Intel has a plan to grow its profile in the smart home.<p>As mobile devices have taken over our lives, PC sales, and sales of Intel's computer chips, have declined. Intel hasn't had a lot of luck transitioning to the mobile …

Automation

New UE Blast and Megablast speakers jump on Alexa train

Ultimate Ears' first Wi-Fi speakers are the latest to include Amazon's Alexa voice-powered assistant.<p>Ultimate Ears has gone from boom to blast.<p>Its new Blast and Megablast portable speakers are shaped like its earlier Boom 2 and Megaboom Bluetooth speakers but the new models add Wi-Fi connectivity …

Headphones

Your personal brewmaster, the HOPii, makes and pours you a cold one

A new automatic beer brewer called the HOPii wants to claim the middle ground between beer brewing machines like the PicoBrew and a simple at-home tap such as the Fizzics. And home brewers seem ready for the HOPii's easy approach to brewing: The product has raised more than $371,000 from 362 …

Gear & Gadgets

This battery-powered security camera fits on your front door

Remo+, formerly known as Olive & Dove, is back with a new DIY home security device: the DoorCam.<p>The DoorCam is a $199 battery-powered door-mounted outdoor camera. Available for preorder on the Remo+ online store, DoorCams are expected to ship later in October. Remo+ will start shipping DoorCams …

Home Automation

Sonos One review

Alexa gets the sound quality she deserves<p><b>The Good</b> The Sonos One integrates full-fledged Alexa voice control, just like an Amazon Echo speaker but with better sound quality. It offers most of Alexa's smart home controls and its far-field microphone performs similarly to an Echo. The Sonos One works …

Automation

GardenSpace acts as sentry and caretaker of your garden

Like other smart plant sensors, GardenSpace knows when your flowers need a drink. Debuting Tuesday on Kickstarter, this tall garden sentry goes a couple of steps beyond the norm by actually watering your plants for you and spraying away pests.<p>GardenSpace looks over your garden during the day and …

Home Automation

GardenSpace sprays down plants or pests to protect your garden

Both a sensor and a sentry, this smart garden tool helps you care for your garden and watches over it when you can't.

Gardening

How to make DIY slime without using borax

Most borax-free slime recipes still contain borax. Here are three that are 100 percent borax-free.<p>DIY slime, the homemade goop that's as soothing as a fidget spinner, is most often made with borax. In fact, my first slime recipe used borax as one of the main ingredients.<p>While we've never …

Kids

NutriBullet Balance blender shows you what's really in your smoothies

NutriBullet's newest blender will use Bluetooth and a built-in scale to help you build smoothies, soups and dips.

Smoothies

KRACK in Wi-Fi security: Everything you need to know

A weakness in Wi-Fi-connected devices could expose you to nearby hackers. Here are answers to your questions about that.<p>Wi-Fi is everywhere, and you're on it all the time. Get your guard up.<p>A newly revealed Wi-Fi weak spot puts just about every device at risk, from your work computer to the phone …

Wi-Fi

Whip up a batch of all-purpose cleaning slime in minutes

Yes, you can clean with slime using this recipe.<p>There have been articles all over the Internet talking about the electronics cleaning trend: slime. This gooey cleaning tool has been advertised as a great way to get dust and lint out of keyboards, modems and more.<p>Of course, the craftier people on …

Hacking

Honeywell teases upcoming DIY home security system

Smart thermostat maker Honeywell is introducing a DIY home security system.<p>Smart thermostat maker Honeywell today sent its existing customers an email teasing an upcoming home security system. All we know right now is that the system is DIY.<p>It will debut in partnership with crowdfunding site …

Home Automation

NutriBullet Balance shows how many calories hide in your smoothies

NutriBullet's newest blender will use Bluetooth and a built-in scale to help you perfect your smoothie habit. The $180 NutriBullet Balance will connect to a companion app (available for iOS and Android) that walks you step by step through smoothie recipes and gives you the exact nutritional …

Smoothies

How to set up voice profiles on the Amazon Echo

Amazon's Alexa can now recognize users by voice for personalized responses. Here's how to set it up.<p>Earlier this year, Google Home leapfrogged Amazon's Alexa speakers by adding true multi-user support. It used voice recognition to give personalized responses on the fly.<p>Meanwhile, Alexa's multi-user …

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How to change the voice of Google Home

You can now change the voice of Google Home between male and female. Here's how.<p>Companies like Apple, Amazon and Google go to great lengths to make their digital assistants sound as human as possible. Sure, they're still rather robotic, but at least you get some semblance of a conversation with …

Automation

Yale's Assure line of locks to get HomeKit-enabling module

Yale announced the $50 iM1 Network Module for HomeKit and Siri, available online and in retail stores in the US and Canada Oct. 16.<p>If you already own a Yale lock, but you're yearning to integrate it with Apple HomeKit, have I got good news for you. Yale announced today that the Assure family of …

Home Automation

How to find your lost phone with the Google Home

If you misplace your phone around the house, the Google Home can help you locate it.<p>There's no shortage of ways to find a lost phone these days. You can use Find My iPhone, search for a lost Android phone on Google, use a Trackr tag or one of the many third-party applications designed to do the …

Google

Igloohome's Deadbolt 02 helps you manage your front door

This $199 startup smart lock offers a touchscreen keypad, bluetooth keys and physical keys.

Home Automation

This 2-second tip keeps your toilet clean

Clean your toilet bowl less with this super fast tip.<p>If you have a lot of people in your household, or your place is just where everyone likes to hang out, then you probably need to clean your toilet often. With seven teens in and out of my house on a regular basis, I was cleaning my toilet bowl …

Hacking

igloohome Smart Deadbolt 02 review

Igloohome's Deadbolt 02 makes lockouts a thing of the past<p><b>The Good</b> Igloohome's Deadbolt 02 is a versatile lock with a keypad, a Bluetooth fob and a physical key. With added battery jump start, it seems nearly impossible to get locked out.<p><b>The Bad</b> The app doesn't do quite as much as you'd think. No …

Home Automation

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo fight heats up (The 3:59, Ep. 298)

The Google Home Mini hits a snag, Alexa now recognizes your voice, and Target comes to Google Home.<p>The smart-speaker war between Google and Amazon is mounting.<p>Over the past day, a handful of changes have appeared in the Google Home and the Amazon Echo as both companies try coaxing customers to …

Google Home

You can now shop for Target stuff on your Google Home

A new partnership adds Target inventory to Google Express delivery and Google Home smart speakers.<p>Target is making a big move into Google Express.<p>After testing out the Google Express delivery service in New York City and California, the big-box retailer said Thursday it's now expanded on the …

Google

Abode rounds out its security kit with a new camera, sensors

Abode adds a 1080p HD camera and a variety of door/window sensors to its DIY home security system.<p>Abode, maker of the very good Abode DIY home security system, today added a 1080p high-definition camera and three door sensors to its accessory lineup.<p>The new camera offers livestreaming and lets you …

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