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The Ecobee4 thermostat and Ecobee Switch Plus now support Alexa Announcements

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Ecobee today announced that its Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat and Ecobee Switch Plus light switch now work with Alexa Announcements.  Announcements is a new feature from Amazon that lets you send a message to every Alexa device in your home with a single voice command. Start with ‘Alexa, broadcast,’ ‘Alexa, tell everyone,’ or ‘Alexa, announce that’ […]

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The best smart thermostats out there today

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Smart thermostats do more than automate a fixed heating and cooling schedule. These app-enabled devices make it possible to adjust your thermostat whether you’re on the couch, on vacation or at the grocery store — anywhere your phone is connected to a cellular or a Wi-Fi network. Many of them also work with Alexa, Google […]

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LG pushes hands-free help in the kitchen with Google-powered smart display

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A line of Wi-Fi-enabled kitchen appliances from LG will connect directly with the manufacturer’s Google Assistant-powered smart display.  The companies launched the new appliances Friday during the IFA trade show in Berlin. LG’s Signature Kitchen Suite appliances will work with the LG Smart Display through Innit, a software platform that provides guided cooking programs that […]

Abode adds IFTTT-style automations to its home security app

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Home security company Abode on Tuesday updated its app to offer customizable automations through a new software platform it calls CUE, or custom engine. CUE works similarly to the smart home service IFTTT. With IFTTT, you can set up integrations like, ‘If my security camera detects motion, then turn on my smart lights.’  The same goes […]

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The best facial recognition cameras you can buy today

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A lot of home security cameras nowadays have facial recognition. Facial recognition lets you create a database of friends and family members who regularly visit your house. Then, when the camera sees a face, it determines whether or not it’s someone in your database of known faces.  The software can be hit-or-miss, based on a […]

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At CES Alexa and Google Assistant will howl. The rest will whimper

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The world’s largest tech show has become center stage for the digital assistant wars.   Amazon Alexa was the belle of the CES ball two years ago when the e-commerce giant unveiled a long list of product integrations that included Ford vehicles and Whirlpool appliances. Not to be overshadowed, Google the following year constructed a […]

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CES: D-Link adds mesh Wi-Fi to all its new EXO routers

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D-Link has a new line-up of EXO routers incoming later this year. They check off all the buzzwords for routers these days, like ‘smart,’ and ‘mesh.’ No longer limited to D-Link’s Covr mesh Wi-Fi system, every new router or extender in the new EXO line will have mesh networking features, which make it easy to […]

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Apple just turned your ancient AirPort Express router into an AirPlay 2 wireless speaker dongle

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You’ve got to hand it to Apple. Even though the company hasn’t updated its AirPort Express router since 2012, and even though it discontinued the entire AirPort line earlier this year, Apple isn’t just letting its Wi-Fi router become a doorstop. Today, Apple imbued the AirPort with a brand-new power, one that could keep it […]

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Swann multi-camera security systems add support for Google Assistant

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Security company Swann today added support for Google Assistant to 15 different weatherproof security camera kits.   Similar to Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant is Google’s voice AI. Google Assistant can respond to a variety of queries when you use the wake phrases ‘OK, Google’ or ‘Hey, Google’ with a Google Home, Google Home Mini or Google […]

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Apple, Siri fall further behind Google, Amazon in the smart home

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Google introduced a countertop display called the Home Hub at an event in October. The Home Hub is powered by Google Assistant, the company’s digital helper. A month earlier, Amazon unveiled roughly 70 new products and features at a similar presentation. Almost all of them revolved around its Alexa voice assistant. Apple held not one, but two […]