Category archives for: Home Automation / IoT

Google Drops A Release Candidate of Android Things To Devs

Google has released Android Things Developer Preview 8, which it is calling a release candidate. This penultimate version of Android Things brings with it the final set of APIs in the updated SDK. Google anticipates that there will be no changes to the Android Things APIs before the stable v1.0 SDK is made available. The release […]

LG Releases Open Source Version of WebOS

LG today made an open version of the webOS platform available to developers and the public. Anyone can download webOS Open Source Edition from LG’s web site and use the the code for whatever they wish. WebOS was originally developed by Palm for smartphones and later cultivated by HP before being purchased by LG. LG chiefly uses the […]

MLB Network Now Available YouTube TV

YouTube TV subscribers now have access to the MLB Network. Baseball fans will be able to watch all the content available on the MLB Network, which includes new programs and games. YouTube TB subscribers will be able to upgrade the experience to the MLB.tv product, which provides wider access to games, for an unspecified fee. At […]

Google Acquires IoT Firm Xivley

Google announced plans to acquire Xively, an internet-of-things provider, from LogMeIn. The company’s technology will be added to Google’s Cloud IoT Core unit, helping it with device management, messaging, and dashboard features. Google says its customers will reap the rewards of Xively’s flexible, secure platform as they bring IoT products based on Clout IoT Core […]

Nest Once Again Is Part of Google’s Hardware Team

  Alphabet today said it is putting its Nest and Google hardware teams together under a single roof. Since August 2015, Nest and Google have existed as separate entities under the Alphabet parent company. Moving forward, Google believes the two will work best together and thus the Nest team is being returned to Google. “The goal is […]

IoT Company ControlAny Launches New Universal Remote Control at CES 2018

One tech product making its debut at CES this week is aimed at a global audience with potentially billions of customers. It’s a product that seeks to address the frustrations of internet-connected consumers who face a growing, often-confusing pile of remote controls throughout their home. ControlAny, a passionate team of IoT and smart home product […]

SimpliSafe Debuts New Look Products for Their Home Security Service Platform at CES

At CES today SimpliSafe  has lunched the a complete re-design of its award-winning security system.  We got a early look at the new system in December in the HGTV 2018 Dream Home (See the exteriors shoots HGTV did by clicking the link, sadly we there at  night ). We will have a tour and interview […]

LG Announces the ThinQ Smart Speaker with Google Assistant

LG today showed off a new smart speaker that will be available in early 2018. LG is calling the ThinQ Speaker its “first premium smart AI audio product” thanks to the addition of the Google Assistant. With Assistant on board, the Thinq Speaker will behave a lot like the Google Home product by performing voice-based searches. […]

Devs Can Now Use More Google Assistant Functions in their Apps

Google has updated the Google Assistant SDK for developers and in so doing expanded the number of things developers can do with the voice-based assistant. The Assistant is now available in more languages and locales, including English (Australia, Canada, U.K., U.S.), French (Canada, France), German, and Japanese. The refreshed SDK makes it possible for end […]

Google Home’s Broadcast Feature Is Now Live for English Users

Google has enabled the broadcast feature on Google Home devices in English in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and Canada. Now, people with Google Home devices in their house can broadcast announcements or statements from their phone-based Google Assistant to their Home device. For example, parents can say “Ok Google, broadcast I’m on my way home!” […]

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