Category archives for: Home Automation / IoT

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 […]

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 […]

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