Category archives for: Home Automation / IoT

Android Pay to Add Payments via Google Assistant

Google has rolled out the Google Payment API, a new set of capabilities that will allow anyone to make in-app or online payments with any debit or credit card associated with their Google account. Google hopes the new API simplifies the process for checkout and make purchases online, since it removes the need to fill […]

Amazon Officially Announces the New Echo Show

Amazon has officially unveiled its latest Echo product: a touchscreen device with built-in Alexa called the Echo Show. The device was extensively leaked this week, but is now available to preorder from Amazon for $229.99. The Show has the same basic capabilities as the regular, voice-only Echo (like setting timers and listening to music), but […]

ReachNow Now Has Alexa Skills

BMW’s car-sharing service, ReachNow, has debuted an Alexa skill for the service.  So if you have an Alexa powered device you can now find out information about nearby vehicles via voice commands. To enable the skill, go to the Skills section in your Alexa app, search for “ReachNow,” and click “Enable.” You’ll need to allow […]

Google Home Now Recognizes Individual Voices with Multi-User Update

Google has made it possible for up to six people to get personalized results from its Google Home product. Using the refreshed Google Home mobile app, Home owners can train the device to recognize individual voices for everyone in your house. Google says it is able to do this through the use of neural networks. Once […]

Burger King TV Wanted to Pull a Whopper on Your Google Home by Hijacking It!

Google Home owners, your smart speaker was nearly hijacked by an TV ad. Burger King  released a new ad that’s meant to get Google Home to tell you about the Whopper. In the 15-second ad, the employee says that he doesn’t have enough time to tell you about the Whopper, and so he leans into […]

Qualcomm Adds New SoCs and More Support for Android Things

Qualcomm today revealed two new sets of products design with the Internet of Things in mind. First, the company plans to add support for the Android Things operating system to its Snapdragon 210 processors and X5 LTE modems. Android Things is Google’s IoT platform. Qualcomm says the the Snapdragon 210 and X5 combo will be […]

Google Home Gains Voice-Based Shopping

Google has added the ability to shop for certain goods to its voice-controlled Google Home speaker. Google says people can use Google Home to purchase everyday essentials from more than 50 national and local retailers. Some of the initial stores include Costco, Whole Foods Market, Walgreens, PetSmart, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Google Home owners need […]

D-Link Begins Selling the HomeKit Enabled Omna 180 Camera

D-Link today announced the immediate availability of its new Apple HomeKit enabled camera at Apple.com, as well as Apple stores around the world later this month. One of the first HomeKit compatible cameras, the new D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD (DSH-C310). The Omna 180 Cam HD includes advanced security features with end-to-end encryption and authentication […]

Nest Cameras Gain Door Recognition – Apps Now Sport Better Notifications

Nest has updated its camera software and mobile app for Android and iOS devices with new features and tools for keeping homes safe. In conjunction with its line of indoor and outdoor security cameras and Nest Aware, the Nest mobile app has learned to recognize doorways. It can now automatically create Activity Zones around doors, and […]

Nest Now Selling Its Products in Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain

Nest — a fellow subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet — has only made its products available in 7 countries. Now the company has announced that its products will soon be available in four new European countries: Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain… This brings the total number of countries where Nest products are available to 11, […]

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