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Philips Hue’s Alexa integration gets support for setting light scenes

Philips Hue’s Alexa integration gets support for setting light scenes

Philips Lighting has a couple of exciting announcements today, the first being that it has “enhanced” the Amazon Alexa skill for its Philips Hue light bulb for users located in North America. As well, the company says it is expanding that skill into the United Kingdom and Germany, allowing Hue owners in both of those countries to use Alexa for controlling their lights, including those new aforementioned enhanced functions. As of today, owners can now use Alexa to have Hue turn on light scenes like “wake-up” or “party."

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Wilson X Connected Football goes up for preorder

Wilson X Connected Football goes up for preorder

The Wilson X Connected Football introduced earlier this year is now available for pre-order with shipping being scheduled to start September 8. Those who preorder the smart football will also receive a copy of Madden 17 for free, with versions being available for both the PS4 and Xbox One. The football contains Bluetooth connectivity and a bunch of sensors, and joins Wilson's existing Wilson X Connected Basketball.

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Philips unveils new line of smart health wearables

Philips unveils new line of smart health wearables

Philips has announced a new line of connected wearable devices, including a blood pressure monitor, a health watch, body analysis scale, and an ear thermometer. According to the company, these are the first in a larger product line of smart health products, with each one being medical-grade and designed to work with the HealthSuite Health companion app. The company will be launching the four products on August 1.

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NFL tipped in plan to chip footballs for data analysis

NFL tipped in plan to chip footballs for data analysis

The NFL is planning to add data-gathering hardware to footballs used in this year’s preseason, according to a source, doing so to learn certain things about gameplay. The data gathered will help shed light on areas like kicking and officiating, and could be used to make changes to the game that’ll be seen as early as next year, at least according to reports.

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Volata smart bicycle puts a computer in your handlebars

Volata smart bicycle puts a computer in your handlebars

As we become increasingly more connected, it seem manufacturers are adding computers and touchscreens to an ever-expanding range of items. Some of these are more successful than others, and now Volata Cycles is testing the waters with a new high-tech bicycle that puts a touchscreen smack in the middle of your handlebars. The bike, which has simply been dubbed the Volata, is available for reservation now and has a few features that cyclists might actually find handy.

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Slow internet problems today? It’s not just you

Slow internet problems today? It’s not just you

The internet's having a bit of a problem today. It would seem that TeliaSonera's translatlantic network is having an issue which is slowing - or straight up stopping - information flow between Europe and the United States. TeliaSonera's translatlantic network assists in connecting the USA to larger Europe with a series of cables that run through tubes under the ocean. Yes, if you weren't already aware, the internet is sometimes literally fitting inside and traveling through tubes.

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Mi Cube is Xiaomi’s $10 smart wonder device

Mi Cube is Xiaomi’s $10 smart wonder device

Today Xiaomi have introduced a device by the name of Mi Cube Controller. This tiny cube device can be used for many things, and we want it. We want a bunch of them. This little thing is a 5cm square cube, right around the size of a Polaroid Cube, containing sensors that allow 6 different kinds of controls. These include 90-degree flip, 180-degree flip, "double knock", Rotate, Nudge, and Shake.

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Google Home, an Echo competitor, tipped to launch tomorrow

Google Home, an Echo competitor, tipped to launch tomorrow

Google will be unveiling its Amazon Echo competitor tomorrow, according to sources, and the device will be dubbed Google Home. As with Echo, Google Home will serve as a personal assistant, answering questions and performing tasks as commanded. Following the anticipated unveil, Google Home will be launching this upcoming autumn, the tipster says, price unknown.

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August Doorbell Cam gets integration with Nest Cam

August Doorbell Cam gets integration with Nest Cam

The August Doorbell Cam now works with Nest, marking the second “Works with Nest” announcement today (Belkin’s Wemo Switches have also added support). In this case, the August Doorbell Cam will work with the Nest Cam to keep track of activities that happen both inside your home and outside your front door, offering a more complete sense of who might be near — or in — your house. Video from both cameras are available within the August app.

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Works With Nest reveals a load of new connections

Works With Nest reveals a load of new connections

The folks that work on software with Nest have revealed a whole lot of new collaborators in their "Works with Nest" initiative. This includes the Nest Cam, the Nest Learning Thermostat, and Nest Protect, the lot of which have found new bits of software and hardware to work with over the past few weeks. This is part of a new API sent to developers this month, giving developers new abilities and potential for feature integrations.

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Belkin Wemo Switches get Nest integration

Belkin Wemo Switches get Nest integration

Belkin’s Wemo now works with Nest, with the company announcing Works with Nest integration this morning. What’s this mean for you? If you have the Nest thermostat and one or more Wemo switches, such as a Wemo Insight Switch or Light Switch, they’ll now work together, making for a more integrated (and thusly capable and efficient) home.

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Samsung Galaxy Surfboard is one of a kind

Samsung Galaxy Surfboard is one of a kind

Samsung has created a smart surfboard and it's powered, in part, by a Samsung smartphone. The company showcased the surfboard in a new video, demonstrating it and its various connected features in action with professional surfer Gabriel Medina. Before getting your hopes up, know this -- you can't buy one, and there may only be one in existence, as it was made specifically for Medina so that he can better communicate with his coach while on the water.

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