Category archives for: Home Automation / IoT

Motorola Announces the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa

  Motorola today announced the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa, a new modular attachment that lets Moto Z owners access Alexa when on the go. The Smart Speaker includes four microphones and Motorola says it can detect voices and respond to requests in most environments. The Smart Speaker can be used to play music and […]

YouTube TV Now Supports Using Your Voice on Google Home

Google has updated its YouTube TV and Google Home products, giving them the ability to speak with one another. Going forward, YouTube TV subscribers will be able to control YouTube TV on their television set via Google Home. People will need to link their YouTube TV account with their Google Home (or Chromecast). Once that […]

Google Assistant on iOS and Android Can Now Manage Chromecasts

Google has made it possible for people to control media playback on their Chromecast devices through their smartphone. The new behavior is available via Google Assistant on Android and iOS devices. People can issue voice-based commands on their mobile phone to play music and/or videos directly on Chromecast dongles, whether the dongles be attached to […]

Samsung Debuts Connect Tags to Track Your Things

Samsung today announced the Connect Tag, a wireless fob that you can attach to just about anything to monitor its location. Samsung envisions the Connect Tag will work best on kids’ backpacks, car keys, dog collars, or even tossed inside cars. The Connect Tag relies on narrowband network technology (NB-IoT) to manage wireless connections efficiently. […]

Google Debuts Google Home Mini

Google has announced a smaller version of its Google Home in-home assistant product. Like the original, Google Home Mini has a fabric body, multiple microphones, light-up LEDs, a speaker, and support for Chromecast speakers. It comes in coral, chalk, and charcoal. Users can speak to it to ask questions of the built-in Google Assistant. Google Home […]

Amazon Puts Fire Tablets and Echos On Sale

Amazon is now discounting several of its Echo and Fire devices. The Amazon Echo is available for $99.99, $80 off its normal price, while the Echo Dot is on sale for $44.99. There are some nice deals to be had on Amazon’s Android-powered Fire tablets, too. The Fire 7 Tablet starts at just $39.99, while the Fire HD 8 […]

Firmware Failure Bricks IoT Door Locks and Causes Outrage

Over the past week, LockState customers have vented their frustration on platforms including Twitter to complain that their Internet of Things (IoT) smart locks, used to remotely control doors, begun to fail from last Monday. Consumers have taken to social media in their droves to complain about smart locks which became unresponsive following a flawed […]

Apple Debuts HomePod To Battle Google Home and Amazon Echo

Apple today announced the HomePod, a new in-home speaker similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. It features the Siri voice-based assistant and can act on spoken requests with a focus on music. Apple says Siri on the HomePod is able to handle natural-language requests, such as “who’s playing drums on this track”, “play […]

New Update for Amazon’s Alexa Adds Smart Reminders and Named Timers

Amazon Alexa just learned a few new tricks that should make it easier for you to stay of your busy schedule. To kick things off, Alexa can now create named timers, so you can keep everything straight when attempting to set up multiple timers at once, Amazon announced on Thursday. The voice-powered virtual assistant, which […]

Essential Home Is Another Device to Take On the Amazon Echo

Essential Home is a new Amazon Echo competitor. The firm also launched a phone today. Details are few on the intelligent assistant device. From the photo above, it sports a puck-like shape with a sloping top that’s dominated by a round touchscreen, which allows users to control music, ask general interest questions, set times, and control […]

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