Category archives for: Home Automation / IoT

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!” […]

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 […]

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