Automation

Is Amazon's Head Start With Alexa, Echo Enough To Distance Itself From Competition?

Amazon's early lead in voice assistants starting to be challenged.<p>Differentiation going forward will be the key to Alexa's and Echo's impact on …

Fortune 500

Voicebot market growing faster than ever, but here’s a realistic take

Voice technology that power devices like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home is the next frontier for tech companies. Facebook’s announcement to launch ParlAI recently only intensified the industry’s ambition to reach the ultimate goal of having meaningful conversations with computers by voice. But …

Google Home

Inside Sonos’ Seattle office, where the music is bumpin’ and the team is growin’

Sonos, the high-tech connected speaker maker that opened a Seattle office about two years ago, is turning up the volume on its local presence.<p>Sonos …

Seattle

Marketing automation is still in high demand, and it's not going to change

Marketing automation. marketing automation. Have you heard that recently?<p>Imagine, for a moment, that you’re the CMO of a major Fortune 500 company.<p>Every day, you’re running campaigns across a variety of channels. This includes both traditional and new media outlets. These campaigns straddle time …

Marketing Automation

Zuckerberg's Harvard Speech Shows He Doesn't Quite Get The Economics Of Jobs And Automation

Mark Zuckerberg has returned to Harvard and gained an honorary degree instead of the earned one he dropped out not to get. He also gave the commencement speech which was not a bad effort at all. However, there’s one piece of it which shows that his thinking still isn’t quite correct. It’s over the …

Opinion

Alexa: Take me out to the ball game and buy me some peanuts!

Inside the suites of Safeco Field are the typical, palatial amenities that come with a premium experience at a ballpark: private entries, leather …

Increase conversion rates with email campaigns by using free marketing automation

Earlier this month (2 May), MailChimp announced that they would be making their marketing automation tools available to all customers at no extra …

Digital Marketing

CNET asks: Google Home or Amazon Echo?

CNET's latest Prizefight, Google Home vs. Amazon Echo, ended in a draw and we want you to be the tie breaker.<p>Are you ready to rummmbbbbbleeee? We just published our latest Prizefight: Google Home vs. Amazon Echo -- 6 months later, where Brian Tong gives a rundown on the matchup between two …

Amazon

4 smart home projects you can start, and finish, this Memorial Day weekend

Installing a smart home device doesn't have to be a big ordeal. Most gadgets can be bought, unboxed and put in place in a day—and certainly over a …

Smart Homes

Mellow is a Bluetooth speaker, powerbank, and table in one

A smart home will not be complete without those smart speakers. We only know Google Home and the Amazon Echo products as the more popular ones but …

Gear & Gadgets

Sharp Targets 'Smart' Home Appliances -- WSJ

SAKAI, Japan -- Sharp Corp.'s recovery plan: Become a major home-appliance maker under the wing of its Taiwanese parent, Foxconn Technology Group.<p>The Japanese company, which supplies Apple Inc. with iPhone display panels, said its "smart home" business unit, whose products include high-end …

This Week's Retail False Flag: Automation-Threatened Job Losses

When did fake news become a thing? And how did the retail industry find itself in the middle of it? This month, we’ve been subjected to “The Retail Apocalypse,” news that Sears’ problems were all the fault of the media and this week, to quote John Oliver, “Now this.”<p>Go into Google or the search …

Business

Tech's Largest Titans Set To Wage War

Two tech giants, Amazon and Google, are going to war over smart speakers.<p>Amazon has a head start and a large advantage in market share, but Google is …

Google Home

Momo Smart Home Security Robot

Bring your home into the 21st century with Momo, the elegant robotic home assistant. This intelligent robot uses AI to be a central hub with security …

Home Security

Offline and Online Lead Capture Automation

Out of the box lead capture connectors for JustDial, AutoTrader, Shiksha, Sulekha, 99 Acres and more to ensure you never miss leads from any channel …

Marketing

Self-cleaning toilets and Fitbit-style beds - what's on your smart home wish list?

Self-cleaning toilets and a Fitbit-style bed, anyone?<p><b>If could create the perfect smart home what features would you choose? It could be as futuristic</b> …

Smart Homes

Home is where the HomeKit wants to be

Since it first introduced HomeKit back in 2014, Apple has been dancing around the idea of the smart home and automation. Since then, it’s expanded …

Home Automation

Interactive Exhibit Shares A Vision For The 'Home Of The Future'

This concept home from the year 2020 paints a picture of living spaces that are comfortable, automated and constantly adapting to meet our needs<p>News …

LG's New Smart Vacuum Doubles as a Home Security System

The Roomba competitor boasts a smartphone-controlled camera system<p>Looking to buy a security system for your home? Consider a vacuum. LG's newest Hom-Bot robotic vacuum, available in June, merges cleaning and home security into one smartphone-controlled system. In addition to sweeping up dust and …

Assistive Technology

You can now control your entire smart home with a single command

The new IFTTT Maker tier makes it possible to control your entire smart home with a single command.<p>Back in November, IFTTT rolled out one of the biggest redesigns the service has ever experienced.<p>In addition to a new site and a new look, what used to be referred to as recipes are now called …

Technology

How to use voice shortcuts with Google Home

Google Home now has shortcuts, which are custom, short phrases you can use instead of long, complicated commands. Here's how to set them up.<p>Google introduced an easier way to issue complicated or long commands to your Google Home speaker. It's calling the new feature Shortcuts, and it's sort of …

Google

Helpful Home: Control Your Lights, Thermostat & Security System with the Home App

The Home app has officially arrived with iOS 10, finally letting you control all your smart home devices in one place, from light bulbs to thermostats to security systems. In order to take advantage of this application, you’re going to need some HomeKit-compatible hardware. In this article, I’ll …

Home Automation

Which Smart Speaker Should You Buy?

Last November, we determined that the Google Home was superior to the Amazon Echo. Since then, Amazon has released more Alexa-enabled products, and …

Amazon

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 …

Amazon Echo

How Smart Thieves Hack Your Smart Home

For the tech lovers among us, the rapid advancements in smart home technology are exciting developments. It won’t be long until most homes have …

Smart Homes

This device wants to keep your home secure with just your Wi-Fi signal. (Yes, really.)

By Lee Turner<p><i>Pros: Incredibly simple set up, elegant and unobtrusive, works nicely for small apartments, IFTTT support.</i><p><i>Cons: Expensive for what it</i> …

Home Automation

Big changes help Google Home grow up

[MUSIC] Over the past couple of months, Google's been busy updating the Google Home. When it came out last November the always listening Home showed a lot of promise. But it couldn't quite keep up with the Amazon Echo. Now though, thanks to some updates, it's a pretty close match up. Here's what's …

Google Home

Verizon’s SmartHub packs 4G LTE and support for smart home devices

Why it matters to you<p>Have trouble getting Verizon 4G LTE in your house? The carrier's new SmartHub router might be able to help.<p>Verizon wants to …

Home Automation

Which virtual butler will command the servants in your smart home?

With Belkin's WeMo gadgets finally set to take orders from Apple's Siri, the smart home giants are vying for the coveted position of household butler …

Home Automation

Wemo Bridge will add HomeKit compatibility to Belkin's home automation platform in the fall

After a commitment from Belkin to share plans about future Wemo HomeKit compatibility earlier in May, the company has made good on its promise, and …

Home Automation