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LG washing machine price hike confirmed after Trump’s import tariff

LG washing machine price hike confirmed after Trump’s import tariff

In early 2017, word surfaced that Samsung and LG were both looking into opening manufacturing facilities in the US over concerns about potential steep import taxes threatened by the Trump administration. Samsung eventually confirmed plans to open a facility in South Carolina, and more recently the Trump administration announced those feared steep tariffs against both imported solar panels and washing machines. Now price increases are coming.

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Tetra countertop dishwasher doubles as a seafood cooker

Tetra countertop dishwasher doubles as a seafood cooker

Many homes contain only two people, making the typical dishwasher you find at appliance stores unnecessarily large. Rather than having a large dishwasher that takes up a bunch of space, Heatworks presents Tetra as a compact solution; it sits on a countertop and plugs into a regular wall outlet, no plumbing necessary. Tetra doesn't just wash dishes, though, also being adequate for sanitizing certain products and even cooking seafood.

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Hisense portable AC and dehumidifier get Alexa integration

Hisense portable AC and dehumidifier get Alexa integration

HiSense has announced a new Alexa integration for its HiSmart Portable Air Conditioner and HiSmart Dehumidifier. Both products are designed for home owners (or apartment dwellers) who want an element of smart control over their home appliances. The new Alexa integration takes that ability to new levels, making it possible to control the two appliances using an Alexa device like an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot.

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WiZ smart lighting Review: LED bulbs and projector

WiZ smart lighting Review: LED bulbs and projector

We've been using a set of WiZ smart LED lights for the past week to see how they stood up to their closest competitors. In the world of smart bulbs - especially when we're talking about SIMPLE smart home lighting systems, there's one stand out brand: Phillips hue. Today we're going to run down the reasons why the new-to-America brand WiZ is more than a fly-by-night smart lighting competitor - they might just have hue beat.

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Google Assistant is now on LG’s smart appliances

Google Assistant is now on LG’s smart appliances

Earlier this year, we heard that LG had plans to bring Google Assistant to its range of smart appliances. It appears that today is the day for that functionality to go live. LG revealed this morning that its roster of 87 WiFi-connected smart appliances can now talk to Google Assistant through Android, iOS, and Google Home.

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Samsung debuts AI-powered washing machine at IFA 2017

Samsung debuts AI-powered washing machine at IFA 2017

If the appearance of voice assistant Alexa on new devices wasn't your thing, and the slew of new gadgets and phones didn't get your attention, then the big trend of IFA 2017 was which products can successfully integrate artificial intelligence. This year Samsung decided to go with the washing machine, moving beyond their previous WiFi-enabled home appliances, and introducing the WW8800M with AI and QuickDrive technology.

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Google Assistant spreads to third-party speakers and more

Google Assistant spreads to third-party speakers and more

On the same day that we learn about a Cortana and Alexa team up, Google has also announced big things for Google Assistant. The number of devices that support Google Assistant will soon be expanding, giving you more options for interacting with it. The list of new devices includes both speakers and appliances, and it sounds like what's being announced today is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Tasty One Top smart cooktop works with companion recipe app

Tasty One Top smart cooktop works with companion recipe app

A new smart device designed for home cooking has launched, and it's called the Tasty One Top. This induction cooktop is the brainchild of GE Appliance's First Build Team and BuzzFeed Product Labs, and it works with a companion app that brings hundreds of recipes to a user's smartphone. When the two products are used together, the cooktop will do all the work (of keeping the temperature where it needs to be).

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This espresso machine is made from concrete (and it’s not the first)

This espresso machine is made from concrete (and it’s not the first)

No doubt included on the list of appliances you won't want to transport often is a new espresso machine called the 'AnZa,' one created by designers in California who position the appliance as something like a kitchen sculpture. The appliance would match well with both modern home interiors and grungy, dark warehouse-style apartments. One would be tempted to think this model is unique, but it's not.

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Samsung appliance factory location tipped as South Carolina

Samsung appliance factory location tipped as South Carolina

Back in February, we heard word that Samsung was considering building an appliance factory in the United States, something reportedly planned in light of worries about import taxes being implemented by the Trump administration. A short while later, sources cropped up claiming that the appliance factory would likely be in either Alabama or South Carolina, and now an update on that has surfaced, with new sources stating that the Korean company has chosen South Carolina.

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Honda Miimo robotic mower is like a Roomba for your lawn

Honda Miimo robotic mower is like a Roomba for your lawn

Honda has taken the wraps off Miimo, its first robotic lawn mower in the U.S. This contraption is sort of like a Roomba, but for your lawn rather than your carpet. Instead of spending time outside manually pushing around a mower, homeowners can set Miimo to cut the grass for them, leaving it to its task while going off to do something else. Miimo is able to mow a lawn on its own thanks to integrated sensors and other technology.

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Samsung may bring home appliance manufacturing to the US

Samsung may bring home appliance manufacturing to the US

Sources have surfaced claiming that Samsung may build a plant in the United States and use it to manufacture home appliances. The finer details about this plan, such as where the plant will be located and the extent of the manufacturing, haven’t been revealed. However, the business move is said to be due in part to the Trump administration’s threats of import taxes coupled with criticism about overseas manufacturing.

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