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Four new Best Buy wireless security cameras revealed in Which? tests

<b>Our latest round of wireless security camera testing has uncovered the joint top-scoring camera we’ve ever tested along with three other Best …

Smart Homes

Hive updates its wireless security camera following Which? security concerns

<b>In our recent wireless security camera test, we found that the Hive View security camera was transmitting some unencrypted information, which could</b> …

Smart Homes

How AWS IoT Device Defender Secures Connected Devices

Amazon has recently announced the general availability of AWS IoT Device Defender, a service that audits, analyzes, and detects security violations in IoT deployments. The service that was initially announced at re:Invent in 2017 complements AWS IoT Core by securing the things registered with the …

Cloud Computing

Nest Starter Pack review: An excellent intro to home security

Nest Security Pack (T-Mobile)<p>$500 (not including incentives)<p>View Product<p>The Good<p>Easy setup • Intuitive app • Plenty of security features<p>The Bad<p>False …

Home Security

Google adds lots of new tools to its Education suite

Summer break is normally a time for rest and recreation, but Google has been busy updating Classroom, Google Earth and other Google for Education tools in preparation for the next academic term.<p>Since its 2014 inception, Google Classroom has served to empower both teachers and students by …

Education Technology

Apple joins ‘The Thread Group,’ opening up the possibility of more advanced HomeKit tech

Apple today has joined the smart home-dedicated group The Thread Group. While Apple’s extent of involvement in the group is unclear at this point, the company is now listed as a “member” on The Thread Group website…<p>Thread is described as a new mesh network standard that aims to make it easier for …

Home Automation

Ecobee smart thermostats now save you money during peak hours

Ecobee now has an answer to Nest's peak-usage energy savings. It's launching a Peak Relief pilot program that automatically cuts down on heating and cooling when electricity rates are at their highest. It uses your comfort preferences, home energy efficiency and the weather forecast to ramp up the …

Home Automation

You can now schedule routines on Google Home

Google Assistant introduced multi-step routines earlier this year, allowing for a combination of several actions (toggling lights, changing the thermostat, etc.) to be carried out with one command. At the time, it was said that Google was also planning to add the ability to schedule routines, but …

Google Home

More than one million smart meters currently in 'dumb' mode

As many as one in 10 smart energy meters in Britain is operating in dumb mode meaning they do not send meter readings to suppliers or display usage in pounds and pence, according to a panel of MPs.<p>Smart meters come with an in-home display which tells consumers how much the energy they use is …

Smart Meter

MIT researchers develop a smart power outlet that can prevent your house from burning down

Modern power outlets are a lot safer than they seem from the outside looking in. Take arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), for example: They’re sensors installed behind the wall that trip an outlet’s circuit when they detect a potentially dangerous spark in the power line. Trouble is, arc-fault …

The best indoor home security camera you can buy

Security cameras get smart<p>Like so many gadgets of the past half-decade, security cameras have gotten smart. Typically, a smart home appliance just means you get a mobile app to tinker with settings, and maybe some light automation — perhaps an Alexa integration, if you’re lucky. But thanks to …

Home Security

Russian search giant Yandex made its own smart speaker

Russian search giant Yandex has launched a smart speaker to compete with the likes of Amazon, Apple, and Google, the company announced today. The speaker, called the Yandex Station, is the company’s first attempt at hardware, and it’s equipped with a Russian-speaking voice assistant called Alice …

Amazon explains why Alexa recorded and sent a conversation to a random contact

The popularity of smart speakers may be increasing day by day, but there are still some people who believe the speakers are secretly recording and …

A Basic Z-Wave Hack Exposes Up To 100 Million Smart Home Devices

So-called “smart” locks and alarms are proliferating across people’s homes, even though hackers have shown various weaknesses in their designs that contradict their claims to being secure.<p>Now benevolent hackers in the U.K. have shown just how quick and easy it is to pop open a door with an attack …

First Alert's All-in-One HomeKit-Enabled Smoke Detector, Speaker, and Alexa Assistant Now Available to Order

First Alert has announced that its Onelink Safe & Sound smoke and carbon monoxide detector is now available to order.<p>Introduced at CES 2018, the Onelink Safe & Sound distinguishes itself from a traditional smoke detector with a built-in speaker and noice-canceling microphones, and support for …

A couple says that Amazon's Alexa recorded a private conversation and randomly sent it to a friend

A couple in Portland, Oregon, said that speakers in their home powered by Amazon's Alexa smart voice assistant recorded a private conversation and sent the recording to a person in their contacts.<p>A woman named Danielle said she and her husband got a call two weeks ago from the contact, who told …

Smart Homes

Amazon is selling police departments a real-time facial recognition system

New documents obtained by the ACLU shed light on Amazon’s Rekognition project<p>Documents obtained by the ACLU of Northern California have shed new light on Rekognition, Amazon’s little-known facial recognition project. Rekognition is currently used by police in Orlando and Oregon’s Washington County, …

Surveillance

Chatterbaby : un baby monitor pour diagnostiquer l’autisme ?

<b>Chatterbaby, un traducteur de langage de bébé pourrait avoir des utilisations plus larges que celles imaginées par sa créatrice et pourrait servir à</b> …

Ring’s doorbell cam allowed video access after its password was changed

This is likely to be a bit of a black eye from Amazon, as the company looks to bolster its presence in the home security space. The Information reports that, until earlier this year, a security loophole allowed users to continue to view a feed from Ring’s doorbell camera even after its password was …

Home Security

Best Smart Home Security Systems of 2018

Like all things technology touches, home security systems are evolving. There is still a need (and thus, a market) for traditional monitored security …

Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant can be controlled by inaudible commands

Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google’s Assistant were meant to be controlled by live human voices, but all three AI assistants are susceptible to hidden commands undetectable to the human ear, researchers in China and the United States have discovered. The New York Times reports today that the …

Google Assistant

Amazon opens showrooms in model homes to demo, sell smart home products

Last week, we reported on how Amazon was leveraging a new relationship with home builder Lennar to expand its smart home business, specifically in the sale of home security services. Today, Amazon is taking the next step forward in that strategy: it’s launching a new chain of showrooms it’s calling …

Smart Homes

Domotique : les produits Aqara (Xiaomi) bientôt compatibles HomeKit

Vous ne connaissez peut-être pas Aqara, la marque dédiée à la domotique du constructeur chinois Xiaomi. C’est une gamme complète de produits qui est …

Domotique

La Tcam de Transparent diffuse toute seule de la vidéo en direct

La toute jeune équipe française de Transparent veut réduire la friction liée à la diffusion d'un flux vidéo en direct à… zéro. Leur premier produit, …

Finally! Dieter Rams Documentary by Gary Hustwit is On the Way

"If I had to do it over again, I would not want to be a designer."<p>Dieter Rams appears sparingly in Gary Hustwit's "Objectified" documentary on …

Google Home can now play music through your other Bluetooth speakers

Google’s Home, Home Mini, and Home Max speakers can now play music and other audio on the other Bluetooth speakers you might have around the house. This is particularly useful for people who own the Home Mini. The company’s affordable, compact speaker is perfect for querying Google Assistant, but …

Smart Homes

Alarm bells ring as ADT charges £513 for a nine-minute visit

<b>Miles Brignall</b><p>Security company ADT billed a couple for £513 for an engineer’s visit that lasted just nine minutes.<p>The Conways, who live in Newcastle and have had their burglar alarm for 20 years, had, until recently, paid ADT a regular fee to monitor their system.<p>They were sent the extraordinary …

IoT attacks are getting worse -- and no one's listening

There's a running joke regarding connected gadgets and the internet of things: "The 'S' in IoT stands for security."<p>And yes, I'm aware there's no "S" in IoT.<p>Oleg Šelajev, a lead developer for Oracle Labs, coined the phrase in 2016, and it pops up almost every time researchers find security flaws …

Google Assistant multi-step routines are now live in the U.S.

Google Assistant is about to start doing more without quite as much talking on your part. Long-awaited multi-step routines are just today starting to roll out to users in the U.S., as first spotted by Android Police.<p>In the case of “Good Morning,” which seems to be the first of the multi-step …

Google Assistant

Samsung’s SmartThings smart home hub has been down since yesterday for some users

For users in North America<p>SmartThings, the Samsung-owned home platform, began experiencing downtime on Monday evening that persisted for nearly an entire day for some customers. That’s obviously frustrating for people who have SmartThings-compatible appliances — door locks, garage doors, lights, …