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Google Home vs. Amazon Echo -- 6 months later

The gap has closed between the Google Home and the Amazon Echo for voice assistant supremacy just 6 months after the Home's release. Which will be crowned the Prizefight champion?

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How to Build a Smart Home Entertainment System That’ll Rock Your World

fStop Images - Twins/Getty Images; realtor.comWith all the interconnected, smarter-than-smart home features available today, it makes sense that our …

Wi-Fi

These tips will stop your kids from messing with your smart home gadgets

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.</i><p>In the age of smart home technology, childproofing goes …

Home Automation

Business Power Tools: Mavenlink's CEO Shares His Favorite Tech

Ray Grainger is the only CEO I know who has ever lived in Antarctica. So, when I asked him to name some of his favorite technology toys, I figured he'd provide me with a list of drones designed to capture 4K video of exotic locales or wearables that can alert him to when his biometrics reach …

Google Hangout

The best deals in Maplin’s big bank holiday weekend sale

Save up to 40% on home electronics and gadgets this weekend with Maplin's big bank holiday sale<p>If three days away from the office wasn’t a good …

Shopping

Vaux Makes the Echo Dot the Device Amazon Should Have Made

I love the Echo series of products from Amazon. Being able to just talk to Alexa is the stuff I dreamed of as a kid. It's as close as the average person can get to being Tony Stark of Iron Man. That said, Amazon has some surprising gaps in the Echo (and Tap) product line. The are now have four …

Amazon

The Alexa-enabled Ecobee4 thermostat was just released and it’s already on sale on Amazon

The Ecobee3 has long been our favorite smart thermostat for several reasons. The Alexa integration is obviously key, and we love the fact that it …

Home Automation

Today only: Amazon slashes $10 off its insanely popular Echo Dot with Alexa

Amazon’s Echo Dot is by far the least expensive way to add Alexa to your home in a high-quality speaker. It’s normally priced at just $50, which is …

Amazon

[Deal Alert] Get a second-generation Amazon Echo Dot for only $40 ($10 off)

Amazon and Google are the proverbial rulers of the personal assistant/speaker space. The Home is rapidly catching up in terms of integrations and its …

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Amazon Echo Dot, Tap, Look, Show: Which Alexa is right for you?

Amazon now has an entire army of Echo devices. Some listen to you. Some also watch you. Which should you choose? We help you decide.<p><i>Amazon Echo Show</i> …

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The Future of Technology

From lightbulbs to thermostats and from doorbells to refrigerators, household electronics are getting smarter. Tech manufacturers are adding wi-fi …

Automation

Why We Need Encryption | Articles | Innovation

The explosion of IoT devices and the impending smart home revolution is an exciting next stage in the development of the internet. Promising to make …

Encryption

The AI fight is escalating: This is the IT giants' next move

Artificial intelligence is where the competition is in IT, with Microsoft and Google both parading powerful, always-available AI tools for the …

Artificial Intelligence

These Might be the Best Tech Gifts in 2017

Home > Tech & Leisure > These Might be the Best Tech Gifts in 2017<p>It’s 2017, and now there’s a high-tech gift for everyone. You don’t need to be a …

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Get £25 off the Amazon Echo right now in the UK!

If you've got a hankering for an Amazon Echo but you were waiting for a deal, now would be the time to bite. For a "limited time" Amazon UK has taken …

Amazon

Say It Out Loud - A Voice-Operated World Will Make Us Happier

"<p>Remember Ask Jeeves? This early search engine's brand name suggested it would serve up whatever info you needed with a flourish of personal service. Sadly the experience didn't live up to the expectation. Thankfully, the concept of a personal technology assistant has recently been reborn in a new …

Amazon

A brief evolution of Search: out of the search box and into our lives

<b>Bing's Christi Olson takes a look at 20 years of search.</b><p>We live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world powered by technology that changes by the …

SEO

Amazon Books Opens in New York City

Amazon will open its seventh bookstore, and first in New York City—the heart of U.S. trade publishing and the hometown of Barnes & Noble—on May 25.

Barnes & Noble

8 Tech Gadgets Under $250 That Will Make Your Life Easier

Forget about self-driving cars for a moment -- can one of these affordable gadgets make an impact on your daily life now?<p>If we aren’t already there, we’re quickly approaching the type of future we used to see in science fiction T.V. shows. Dreams like video-enabled smartwatches and facial …

Home

You may not need the Echo Show, but Amazon does

The company that pioneered the smart speaker risks falling behind as voice interfaces match up with displays.<p>Unlike the original Amazon Echo, its …

Amazon

IKEA's smart light bulbs will soon be compatible with Amazon Echo, Siri, and Google Assistant

In an effort to grow the customer base for its Echo line of smart speakers smart home products, Amazon is teaming up with one of the most well-known furniture-makers in the world: IKEA.<p>The deal will allow owners of IKEA's new smart light bulbs to control them using their Echo devices. Users will be …

Smart Homes

How to Use Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant From a Computer

Digital assistant apps of all kinds are on the rise, but you don’t necessarily need to invest in a smart speaker to start chatting to one: with a …

Google

Alexa, don’t talk to strangers!

This story began when I was giving a TV interview about a recent incident where police in the U.S. obtained a search warrant for an Amazon Echo owned by a murder suspect in the hopes that it would help convict him — or at least shed light on the case (the case is not relevant to our story, but …

Gear & Gadgets

How Amazon's Echo went from a smart speaker to the center of your home

When Amazon first introduced the Echo back in 2014, it was pitched primarily as a smart speaker, promising a way to control your music with your voice and little else.<p>But then, the Alexa virtual agent that powers the Echo got more and more capable — evolving from a novelty into the de facto …

Automation

On Amazon Echo And Google Home, Notifications Could Be Brilliant–Or Brutal

With voice assistants, Amazon and Google have a chance to reinvent notifications and stop the madness we already get from our phones.<p>Amazon Echo and Google Home would like your attention now. Or at least they will in the near future.<p>The two tech giants have both recently announced proactive …

Google Home

Deal: Buy two Amazon Echo devices and save $80 at Best Buy

Best Buy has a great deal on the Amazon Echo speaker. If you buy two of them, you’ll save a total of $80. The Alexa-powered device retails for $179.99, which means that you would normally have to dish out $359.98 to get two units. Thanks to the discount the retailer is offering, you can now get two …

Amazon

Smart Home Survey Probes the Tech-Savvy and the Tech-Reluctant

Nearly half of all Americans consider themselves to be tech-savvy, according a new survey by ReportLinker. Zero in on millennials and, not …

Automation

How Will Amazon Echo Show Change The Marketing World?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is starting to take shape in new and interesting ways. Initial forecasts that we would have a collective 50 billion connected devices by 2020 may have been a bit optimistic, but that’s not stopping frontrunners like Amazon and Google from racing to see who can control …

Amazon

Amazon Leads Boom In Virtual Assistants, With Apple Way Behind

'Catching Apple asleep at the wheel, smart speakers are becoming the next big thing in consumer gadgetry. Year-over-year, in fact, the number of U.S. …

Advertising Industry

Conversation Between Google Home, Amazon Echo Proves We’re All Doomed

2,089<p>When picture the apocalypse, they usually imagine it accompanied by sounds of zooming asteroids and rolling tidal waves.<p>However, it’s becoming …

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