Category archives for: Home Automation / IoT

TP-Link Debuts Three New Kasa Smart Light Bulbs That Work With Alexa, Google Home And Cortana

TP-Link’s smart home brand, Kasa Smart, announced three new additions to their smart bulb line. These new bulbs are 10 percent smaller than previous Kasa Smart designs, which were not that large to begin with.  They are also Energy Star and Title 20 certified light bulbs reduce energy consumption by up to 80 percent without […]

You Can Now Ask Google Assistant To Read Specific News Stories

Google has matched Google Assistant with the new Google News to make it easier for people to find the stories they want to hear. People with Android phones and Google Home products can ask to hear specific news stories by asking Assistant “What’s the latest on NASA?” and similar queries. On devices such as the new […]

Samsung Debuts Galaxy Home – Bixby-Powered Speaker

  Samsung today unveiled a smart speaker for the home. The Galaxy Home is powered by Bixby and Samsung’s Smart Hub technology. Speaking the “Hi Bixby” catchphrase wakes the speaker thanks to eight microphones. It can handle requests, such as accessing playlists and controlling smart home technology. There are multiple speakers and a built-in subwoofer […]

You Can Now Use Google Assistant Voice Commands With Swann Wired Security Cameras

Swann has been an industry leader in home security way before smart home was more even a pipe dream,. Now They have sent out word t its wired security systems are now compatible with the Google Assistant. Thanks to the new integration, Swann systems can now be controlled hands-free through a Google Home device. Paired with […]

Google Home Now Speaks Spanish

Google today updated its Google Home products with new support for the Spanish language. The Assistant on Google Home can now help Spanish speakers find music, query the weather, or control smart houses using their preferred language. Google says users will need to select Spanish as the default language via the Google Home app on their […]

Nokia Has Sold Withings Health Wearable Business

Nokia today said it has sold its Withings business to the wearable company’s original co-founder, Eric Carreel. Nokia had purchased the company in 2016. Moving forward, Withings will be headquartered in Paris, with offices in the U.S. and Asia. The company says it is “dedicated to developing innovative connected health products focused on preventive health.” Withings […]

D-Link Adds Three New Affordable home Security Cameras To Their Line-Up

D-Link has announced the availability of three new affordable HD Wi-Fi Cameras. Designed for a number of home monitoring needs, the HD Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8010LH-US), Full HD Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8300LH-US), and Full HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8525LH-US) offer advanced features, including cloud recording options as well as third party integration capabilities with Amazon […]

Android Things Hits Version 1.0 Just Before IO18

Google said its Android Things platform has reached version 1.0 for general release. The company distributed a release candidate just last month. Android Things is meant to bring smarts to connected devices, such as lamps, TVs, thermostats, and more. This version of Android Things packs the final set of APIs and the official v1.0 SDK. Android […]

Google Ventures To Invest In Apps and Devices That Support Google Assistant

Google today said it plans to take a more active role in supporting companies that adopt Google Assistant. It plans to use its Google Ventures arm to invest in startups that are targeting Assistant. In addition to investment capital, Google will offer advice from Google engineers and product managers, offer access to Google partnership programs, […]

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 […]

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