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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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LeEco Mountain and Road smart bikes unveiled for the U.S. market

LeEco Mountain and Road smart bikes unveiled for the U.S. market

LeEco has unveiled a pair of smart bicycles at CES 2017, adding both of these connected products to its North American portfolio. These two new connected smart bikes come in Mountain and Road versions, both of which feature LeEco’s BikeOS, an Android 6.0 system that cyclists can access via a 4-inch touchscreen display. The system is powered by a Snapdragon 420 processor and a rechargeable 6,000mAh li-ion battery.

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iDevices wireless Instant Switch makes connected homes simple

iDevices wireless Instant Switch makes connected homes simple

iDevices has introduced a new product that makes it easy to add smart connectivity to one’s home. The iDevices Instant Switch is a wireless wall switch that doesn’t require any home wiring or other installation troubles — rather, consumers just stick it to the wall thanks to Stick-on Command adhesive. The device is also provided with a wall plate to disguise it as an ordinary light switch. The batteries powering the device last two years without needing replaced.

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Plume Pods now shipping to fix your WiFi woes

Plume Pods now shipping to fix your WiFi woes

If Internet access is spotty or slow in parts of your house, mesh networking is probably the solution, and here to help with that is Plume. The company launched its Pods WiFi system for pre-order earlier this year, and now it has announced that those pre-orders are shipping. Anyone who didn't pre-order the Plume Pods can now buy them for immediate shipping, as well, opening the door for relatively inexpensive, attractive WiFi distribution.

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Logitech Harmony gets Amazon Alexa support

Logitech Harmony gets Amazon Alexa support

Logitech Harmony has received Amazon Alexa support, it has been announced. Those with a Logitech Harmony Hub can interact with their entertainment room devices using an Amazon Alexa device like the Echo or Echo Dot. This marks the latest instance in which Amazon’s personal assistant devices can be used to control and interact with connected ‘smart’ Internet of Things devices.

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Apple taps builders to make home automation mainstream

Apple taps builders to make home automation mainstream

Apple is working with home builders like Brookfield Residents Properties to create showroom homes filled with Internet-of-Things gadgets, the end result being an automated home that shows potential homeowners the extent of what smart technology can do for them. These smart gadgets, as you'd expect, all work with Apple's HomeKit, and could prove a fruitful way for Apple to draw in new customers to iOS.

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Ecobee3 lite smart thermostat trims cost, launches October 31

Ecobee3 lite smart thermostat trims cost, launches October 31

Ecobee has announced the launch of the ecobee3 lite, a new less expensive version of the maker’s latest smart thermostat. The new model is largely similar to the regular ecobee3, featuring the same design style and touchscreen interface. However, the ecobee3 lite costs $80 less than the regular ecobee3, making it a more appealing option for those in need of both smart home control and a lower price tag.

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