Smart Home

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Smart display review roundup: The next frontier for the smart home?

May 17, 2019

We’ve come to call them ‘smart displays,’ these countertop touchscreen devices that also feature either the Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice services. The Amazon Echo Show was the first example in this category, and while it had a clunky design, its 2017 debut proved that the concept had potential.  The category his since grown […]

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Voice of concern: Smart assistants are creating new openings for hackers

April 22, 2019

    More than a year ago, Amichai Shulman, an adjunct professor at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, challenged his computer science students to go toe-to-toe with the pros, asking them to find security flaws in Cortana, Microsoft’s voice assistant.   It didn’t take Shulman’s students long to find alarming vulnerabilities with Cortana, which […]

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Anki’s Vector, the adorable mini robot, is getting Alexa

April 19, 2019

Anki’s Vector will add Amazon’s Alexa to its mini robot repertoire on Dec. 17. The fully autonomous robot, which rolled into homes in November, is getting Alexa support by way of a software update.  It’s actually a little dark if you think about it. The reveal video shows the voice assistant assuming control of Vector, […]

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Amazon is reportedly making a microwave — and 7 other secret Alexa gadgets

February 28, 2019

Smart speakers, smart displays and smart buttons — Amazon’s ambitions for its Alexa voice assistant have been growing, but it’s only built a few narrow categories of Alexa products itself. Generally, the company relies on partners to provide an ecosystem of devices that Alexa can control. (We visited the Alexa lab this April.) But CNBC reports Monday […]

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Nest hatches freestanding Thermostat E just for Europe

December 8, 2018

Smart home company Nest is bringing a cheaper version of its learning thermostat, the Thermostat E, to Europe — over a year after it launched a similar product in the US. When we say similar, we mean it, because this iteration of the Thermostat E is very much a Europe-only product. It’s designed specifically around […]

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Amazon is reportedly working on a new DVR

September 7, 2018

    Amazon is looking to dominate your home entertainment system.   The online retailer is developing a new digital video recorder, nicknamed ‘Frank’ within Amazon, according to a report Friday from Bloomberg. The device would include physical storage, have the ability to record live TV and connect to Amazon’s own Fire TV streaming boxes, […]

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CES 2019: HiMirror wants to help track your weight

August 16, 2018

    HiMirror has a couple of new devices at CES 2019 — the Smart Body Scale and the HiSkin.   The Smart Body Scale is supposed to measure weight, body mass index (or BMI), basal metabolic rate, total body water, skeletal muscle mass and bone mass.   It’s also supposed to be able to […]

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