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Apple reportedly testing its Siri-powered smart home speaker

Apple reportedly testing its Siri-powered smart home speaker

Amazon may have flopped with its attempt to get into the smartphone game with its own Fire Phone, but the company has found a sure-fire hit in its internet-connected Echo smart speaker. Now others a rushing to play catch-up, including Google with its own Home device, and, if rumors are true, Apple has a product brewing that will use Siri to control a home's lights, appliances, and other connected products.

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Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link Review: Cleaned air, emptied wallet

Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link Review: Cleaned air, emptied wallet

Dyson is known for its distinctive home appliances, and yet nothing quite looks as strange as its "bladeless" fans, like the latest Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link. $599.99 gets you the pinnacle of the British engineering firm's HVAC technology, a fan which can not only manage the temperature in your home but promises to make the air cleaner too, complete with app integration.

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Pyle Audio’s Smart Robot Vacuum rolls out with built-in camera

Pyle Audio’s Smart Robot Vacuum rolls out with built-in camera

The list robot vacuums out there seems to be getting longer every day, but Pyle Audio is hoping its new Smart Robot Vacuum can catch some attention in the already crowded space. The Smart Robot Vacuum comes outfitted with a built-in HD camera and supports six different cleaning modes, while also offering up a companion app for iOS and Android.

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Nest Sightline borrows Google smarts for fewer alerts and free service

Nest Sightline borrows Google smarts for fewer alerts and free service

Nest is rolling out a new, smarter app for its security cameras, adding free historical images for all users, as well as putting a release date on the new Nest Cam Outdoor. The weatherproof camera, announced back in July, is actually already shipping to preorder customers, and should start arriving on doorsteps today, Nest says.

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New Nest colors adds white, black, or copper to your wall

New Nest colors adds white, black, or copper to your wall

When it comes to home design, a smart looking smart thermostat might not be your first thought for a makeover, but Nest is hoping some new finishes might tempt you into an upgrade. Based on the current third-generation Nest, the new Learning Thermostat finishes are the company's first diversion from basic silver.

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LG Smart Instaview Door-in-Door Fridge up close and personal

LG Smart Instaview Door-in-Door Fridge up close and personal

Let the battle of the smart refrigerators commence: LG has a new entry in the smart fridge space, introducing the world to its Instaview Door-in-Door Fridge at IFA 2016. Like the Instaview that came before, this latest iteration has a panel in the door that allows users to look inside without having to open the fridge up, but that panel has a lot more functionality this time around.

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Netatmo smart radiator valve aims to save energy this winter

Netatmo smart radiator valve aims to save energy this winter

Some places in the world are hot during the summer and spend huge amounts of money to cool homes while others get cheap utility bills in the summer and spend boatloads trying to heat their homes in the winter. With winter almost here, if you are in an area that has traditionally high costs for heating during cold months, and you have radiators in your home for heating the Netatmo radiator valve wants to save you some money this winter. Netatmo claims that it can save you up to 37% on energy consumption, which equates directly into money saved on your bill.

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Neato Botvac D3 and D5 details: covering all bases

Neato Botvac D3 and D5 details: covering all bases

This week the folks at Neato have revealed two new robotic home vacuums, one called Botvac D3 Connected, the other the D5 Connected. Both devices have Wi-Fi connectivity and work with the Neato app. Both devices are self-charging and have automatic charge and resume functions. Both devices are able to work with Scheduling, and both have Neato's own Combo Brush to make homes clean.

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Dyson’s Cinetic Big Ball vacuum just won’t stay down

Dyson’s Cinetic Big Ball vacuum just won’t stay down

Dyson wants to solve the drunken vacuum cleaner problem, and the British appliance company believes a big ball is the way to do it. The new Dyson Cinetic Big Ball promises, like a Weeble, to self-right if your over-enthusiastic cleaning ministrations make it topple over in the line of duty.

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Amazon Dash Buttons come to Europe in first expansion outside US

Amazon Dash Buttons come to Europe in first expansion outside US

Amazon's Dash Button service has become fairly common in the US after launching a year and a half ago with the small, WiFi-connected devices that let shoppers re-order household items and snacks with just a single press, and now totaling over 100 brands and products. But in all that time, Amazon has never made the buttons available outside the US — until now. Dash Buttons have officially launched in the UK, Germany, and Austria.

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Philips Hue motion sensor triggers IoT lights; new Hue bulbs debut

Philips Hue motion sensor triggers IoT lights; new Hue bulbs debut

There are plenty of ways to turn on connected lighting, from an app on your phone, through smart switches like Logitech Pop, to voice control via Alexa or Siri, but Philips wants to make it as simple as moving into the room. The new Philips Hue motion sensor does away with physical or voice controls altogether, and instead triggers different individual bulbs or whole lighting scenes via movement instead.

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Logitech Pop Review: A smarter button for the IoT

Logitech Pop Review: A smarter button for the IoT

It's an awkward fact of life: the smart home, and the Internet of Things in general, is meant to make life more streamlined but can often just leave us poking at our phones more frequently. Want to turn the lights on? There's an app for that. Want to play your favorite new album? There's an app for that too. Sometimes you yearn for the halcyon days of a switch, and that's just what Logitech is offering with Pop, a programable shortcut button.

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