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Amazon's Alexa Virtual Assistant To Replace Keyboards Soon

The Amazon Alexa has started taking over devices from smartphones to washing machines as the preferred virtual assistant. Analysts are saying that we …

Living Rooms

Remodeling 101: Smart Light Bulbs

We’ve been spotting so many “smart” light bulbs on the market that we were inspired to take a closer look. There is a dizzying array of options, it …

Billionaire Richard Branson Really, Really Likes This Video Doorbell Startup

Looks like Richard Branson is a really big fan of smart doorbells.<p>Connected doorbell startup Ring just announced it raised $109 million in Series D. …

You can finally say ‘Computer’ to your Echo to command it

Still can’t make Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.<p>Amazon has added a new wake word to the Echo and the Echo Dot, and it’s the one that anybody who’s ever watched <i>Star Trek</i> wants: “Computer.” You can enable it by opening up the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android phone, then digging down into the settings to …

Create the Smart Kitchen of Your Dreams With These Appliances

The Internet of Things, besides being a really stupid term for connected devices, has spread into the kitchen. Over the last few years, I’ve seen …

LiftMaster's Garage Door Openers Will Support HomeKit in April

Following in the footsteps of its parent company Chamberlain, LiftMaster today announced that all of its residential garage door openers can be upgraded to work with HomeKit using the new MyQ Home Bridge starting in April.<p>HomeKit compatibility will enable users to open, close, or check the status …

Home Automation

Here's every Apple HomeKit product announced at CES 2017 coming later this year

CES<p>Apple itself may not show up to CES, but about a dozen companies came to this year's show with a range of HomeKit-capable products from smart …

Google Home support coming to LG's Music Flow speakers

LG's Music Flow speakers are based on Google Cast (now "Chromecast built-in") and on its site, LG specifically shows a home with a multi-room setup. Yet, while both Sonos and B&O products work with Google Home and Google Chromecast Multiroom, so far, LG's Google-specific models do not. However, it …

5 most useful Google Home commands

As a voice assistant, Google Home is supposed to make your life easier. Here are five of the most useful commands to try.

Google Home

Amazon Alexa on a phone: What's the big deal?

Amazon's voice assistant has arrived on phones, which is... cool? Redundant? Here's how it might help you, and how it won't.<p>Imagine if Siri and Google Now had an app store filled with 7,000 extra tricks you could teach them for free. That's the promise of Amazon's cloud-based Alexa assistant on a …

Smart Homes

How to remove Alexa devices from your Amazon account

If you're selling or returning your Alexa device, you need to first deregister the device from your Amazon account. For some Alexa devices, the process isn't so straightforward.<p>In most cases, you will never need to remove one of your Alexa devices from your account. At most, if you're having …

Smart Homes

Amazon is flirting with paid search on Alexa

Amazon is preparing to expand its platform and better position itself for the increasing prevalence of voice search.<p>The ecommerce giant will launch a paid search product, Amazon Media Group VP Seth Dellaire intimated during last week's Industry Preview in New York.<p>This could be a boon to marketers …

Automation

New Motion Sensor from Insteon Enhances Motion Activated Lighting

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Insteon®, creators of the world's premier home automation and control technology, today announced a new …

Best Nest Apps for Windows 10

In the quest to make our homes smarter, many turn to the Nest Learning Thermostat to help manage your air conditioning and furnace use. Being a smart …

Alexa Gives Amazon a Powerful Data Advantage - MIT Technology Review

“Hey, Alexa”—a phrase that millions of people call out at home just before telling Amazon their desires at that moment. All those people asking Alexa …

Automation

Nest Smart Home Products Coming to Four More European Countries

Smart home brand Nest has announced it is making its products available in four more countries across Europe, with Spain, Italy, Germany, and Austria being added to its official retail roster.<p>From February 15, customers in the above regions will now be able to buy the Nest 3.0 learning thermostat …

Europe

Google Home News: UK Price, UK Release Date, Features & Specifications - Tech Advisor

Google Home

How to change Alexa's name

If calling your Alexa device by name causes confusion or problems in your household, here's how you can change the wake word to something different.<p>By default, saying "Alexa" near an Alexa speaker will activate the voice assistant and it will begin listening for your requests or commands. It takes …

Smart Homes

Amazon pours resources into voice assistant Alexa

When Amazon launched Alexa, its intelligent voice assistant, it did so on the back of an embarrassing failure. The company’s attempt to make a …

Alexa Shenanigans And How To Avoid Them [Updated]

Amazon makes hardware that’s all about easing the way to buying stuff from Amazon. Their Echo digital assistant is a case in point. You can order anything from the Amazon website just by saying “Alexa, order me a . . .” That can be very convenient – or not.<p>Early this month a CBS affiliate in Dallas …

Smart Homes

Alphabet’s smart home brand Nest expands to Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain

As Amazon, Apple and others tee up smart home strategies with apps, hubs and new devices, Google is also turning up the temperature, so to speak, on its own ambitions. Today, Nest — the smart home business that Google acquired for $3.2 billion a few years ago — announced at DLD in Munich that it …

10 Super High-Tech Devices to Smarten Up Your Home

3K<p>SHARES<p>With full-fledged controllers in almost every pocket in America thanks to smart phones, it’s no surprise that home-automation and remote …

Home Automation

Qube Affordable Wireless Smart LED LightStrip (video)

San Francisco-based Qube has created a new smart LED light strip to expand their range of wirelessly connected illumination products, and has already …

Home Automation

What Is Home Automation?

A home automation system is any series of devices -- such as home appliances, lights and even security cameras -- wirelessly connected to a central hub that can be remotely accessed, controlled and monitored. The technology controls these products using voice activation or input from a smartphone …

The Tech Entrepreneur Who's Making Our Kitchens Smarter

As the Internet of Things revolution gathers pace, it can only be a matter of time before everything in your home, from the fridge and oven to the lock on your front door, will be controlled wirelessly from a home hub, via smartphone apps.<p>A pioneer of this transformation is UK entrepreneur …

Kitchens

Griffin's smart appliance line includes a toaster, coffee maker, and a mirror

Mirror mirror, on the wall, do I need an umbrella today? Griffin Technology, known for mobile device accessories, is stepping into the connected home …

AA batteries power this simple smart doorbell

Want a simpler smart doorbell? Olive & Dove's AA-powered model might do the trick.<p>If you're intimidated by the prospect of installing a doorbell, you aren't alone. Fortunately, startup Olive & Dove wants to help. Its $199 smart doorbell, RemoBell, relies exclusively on AA batteries. That means you …

Smart Homes

Contemplate your lobster via the camera in Dacor’s luxury fridges

With a recent innovation, when you open the fridge door, it will snap a picture of what’s inside. That way, the next time you’re at the store, you …

Smart Homes