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Ford will let Amazon deliver packages into cars for safekeeping

Ford will let Amazon deliver packages into cars for safekeeping

Not too long ago, Amazon made the almost scandalous announcement that it would be letting its couriers into houses via its Amazon Key system. Then this year, it expanded that to garages and finally to cars. Fortunately, the rollout of Amazon Key has been relatively uneventful and companies are, in fact, siding with the retail giant. The latest to join that club is Ford, who will allow select models to become your mailbox to keep your package safe, while hopefully also keeping your car safe.

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These cities get 5G first from AT&T

These cities get 5G first from AT&T

This morning at AT&T Spark, the mobile data company named a bunch of cities to which it planned to bring 5G data speeds. This comes on top of news that AT&T deployed its first mobile 5G cell site and expanded its 5G reach from its first 7 cities to an additional 5, all inside the year 2018. Come 2019, AT&T's reach with 5G will spread to a bunch more cities across the United States.

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Brilliant smart home controller release date: Right Now

Brilliant smart home controller release date: Right Now

Back in May of 2017 we first got our hands on Brilliant, a smart home control panel system. Now, here in September of 2018, we've finally reached general availability. With this system, users will be able to control all sorts of smart home products, including by not limited to Samsung's SmartThings, IFTTT, Philips Hue, Nest products, and Sonos speakers.

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Haier InstaSwitch smart freezer can transform into a refrigerator

Haier InstaSwitch smart freezer can transform into a refrigerator

Appliance brand Haier has taken the wraps off a new smart appliance called InstaSwitch, a freezer that can transform into a refrigerator when necessary. The company showcased its new offering at IFA 2018 this week, introducing a single-door freezer model with multiple divided storage compartments that can be individually controlled based on need.

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Alphabet sends Sidewalk to Toronto to build a smart neighborhood

Alphabet sends Sidewalk to Toronto to build a smart neighborhood

Alphabet's own Sidewalk Labs responded to a request for proposals from Waterfront Toronto, Canada, for innovation and funding partners for Eastern Waterfront. After a "rigorous evaluation process," leadership at Waterfront Toronto selected Sidewalk Labs to develop the area known as Quayside. Now Alphabet's company will begin to create a neighborhood of their own.

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SmartThings Cloud : This is Samsung’s big IoT cleanup

SmartThings Cloud : This is Samsung’s big IoT cleanup

This year's SDC brought together several Internet of Things brands/groups together into one: SmartThings Cloud. Each of the following names is now part of one bigger group: Samsung SmartThings, ARTIK, Samsung Connect. All three are now under the brand SmartThings Cloud. Of important note - this SmartThings Cloud all-encompassing platform name is what Samsung suggests will be both connected and open - open to 3rd-party brands and developers of many sorts.

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CloudPets connected toy data leak makes personal voice messages public

CloudPets connected toy data leak makes personal voice messages public

Connected toys are becoming increasingly popular, and one such toy is CloudPets’ stuffed animals. With these and a related app, parents and kids can record messages for each other that are shuttled between the toy and app via the company’s cloud service. That cloud service, it turns out, is quite insecure and has allowed voice messages recorded by parents and kids to be leaked online for anyone with the skills to grab them.

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4 Gadgets to make your older car smarter (2017)

4 Gadgets to make your older car smarter (2017)

Your car doesn't have to be very old to feel obsolete. Ample technology is packed into the latest and greatest models, and it can include everything from WiFi connectivity to monitoring your car's metrics and status using your phone. If you want that functionality yourself but aren't in the market for a new car, you're in luck: several products are available that'll make your car 'smarter' using little to no effort.

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ElliQ is an adorable robot that helps the elderly stay connected

ElliQ is an adorable robot that helps the elderly stay connected

The company Intuition Robotics has introduced a new home robotic device that helps the elderly stay connected with their friends and family, only without the confusing aspects of using a smartphone or tablet. The system is sort of like Amazon Echo, in that it speaks and can be spoken to. However, it works with a dedicated tablet device and also provides the owner’s family or caretakers with things they may need to know, such as whether the house is too hot or cold.

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August Smart Lock Mortise Kit is the first of its kind in North America

August Smart Lock Mortise Kit is the first of its kind in North America

August has introduced its new August Smart Lock Mortise Kit, the first product in North America that converts a mortise style lock into a smart lock. This mortise kit works with the August Smart Lock, and brings the same functionality we’ve previously detailed. Though the name is likely unfamiliar, most people have used these lock styles before -- they're commonly found in commercial office buildings, schools, and similar places.

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Maximus Smart Motion Security Light has a 1080p camera, motion detector

Maximus Smart Motion Security Light has a 1080p camera, motion detector

Maximus has introduced a new home security product, the Smart Motion Security Light, a connected floodlight with smart features like a two-way speaker, a WiFi camera, and other functions to help prevent thefts and other issues. The motion detector is able to detect motion in up to a 70ft range, triggering a notification on the owner’s phone and allowing them to do things like turn on a siren.

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Wemo Mini Smart Plug and Dimmer Light Switch work with Nest

Wemo Mini Smart Plug and Dimmer Light Switch work with Nest

Belkin has announced its new Wemo Mini Smart Plug and Dimmer Light Switch, two new smart products that complement existing Internet of Things devices for better home automation and hassle-free control of one’s home. Both items were unveiled at CES 2017, where Belkin detailed its new hardware. The two new models work with a variety of existing devices, including Amazon Echo, Google Home, IFTTT, and the Nest Learning Thermostat.

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