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August suggests unlocking its voice-controlled lock when you're chopping onions and expecting guests

August announced today that its smart lock can now be locked and unlocked through Alexa-enabled devices. This is legitimately practical and good for people who are immobile, but August doesn’t focus on that. No, instead, August wants us to remember that this feature might work best for people who …

Nest reportedly working on cheaper thermostat and new home security system

Nest may finally have some new products in the works. According to a report from <i>Bloomberg</i>, the Alphabet-owned company is working on a slate of new connected products, including a home security system, a smart doorbell, an updated version of the indoor Nest Cam, and a cheaper version of its popular …

Nest ups account security with support for two-step authentication

Nest is the latest company to let customers protect their accounts with two-step verification.<p>The ability to enable two-step is being launched across all of Nest’s apps today. The option will appear under the app’s “Account Security” settings, where it can be enabled with the tap of a button. An …

Google Home may get support for multiple user accounts

Google may be on its way to solving one of the biggest problems with smart speakers: they only work with a single account.<p><i>Android Police</i> spotted signs in the latest version of the Google Home app that suggest the company is working on multi-user support. The code also contains references to a …

Amazon is working on its own home security camera

An image of it is sitting right on Amazon’s servers<p>Amazon is likely working on a home security camera in the same vein as Nest, Canary, Ring, Blink, and other products, according to a newly-discovered product photo that’s sitting on the company’s own web servers. <i>AFTVnews</i> found the image of <i>some</i> sort …

You can now ask your Google Home to buy things

‘OK Google, order paper towels’<p>Google’s Home digital assistant has been compared to Amazon’s Alexa a lot over the last few months, and now it’s getting the ability to order things through voice commands, just like Alexa can.<p>Of course, Home is still a Google product, so instead of buying things …

Do you feel like you need to upgrade your light switches to touchscreens?

One of the biggest challenges facing smart home gadgets is the light switch. Light switches are dead simple. They work instantly. And everyone knows how to use them. No smart home gadget can make all of those claims — and so far, there’s no object as dead simple as the light switch to control all …