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Emberlight joins IoT dead pool as its smart lighting goes dark

Emberlight joins IoT dead pool as its smart lighting goes dark

The Internet of Things dead pool claims another victim, with Emberlight announcing that it's out of cash and shutting down, with bad news for owners of its smart lighting tech. The company launched on Kickstarter back in 2014, raising six times as much cash for its wireless bulb adapter than it was expecting. However, the intervening years have seen a huge influx in smart home gadgets, and that's made it difficult for Emberlight to stand out.

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Apple’s HomePod delay is the right decision

Apple’s HomePod delay is the right decision

Apple may be missing the holiday shopping season by delaying its HomePod until 2018, but that decision could pay dividends if it makes Siri a better assistant. The smart speaker was due to launch in the US, UK, and Australia in December 2017, having been announced back in June alongside the iMac Pro at WWDC. Today, it conceded it will "need a little more time" before HomePod is ready for public consumption.

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Apple HomePod delayed

Apple HomePod delayed

Apple has delayed its HomePod smart speaker, pushing the launch of the Siri-powered Amazon Echo rival back into 2018. HomePod was revealed back in June 2017, a streaming speaker that physically embodied Siri, and which promised both smart home control and better music playback than other such products on the market.

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iHome lets Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant control your garden gadgets

iHome lets Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant control your garden gadgets

The typical smart home might be getting more connected, but outdoor gadgets have been slower to get online. iHome's new iSP100 Outdoor SmartPlug aims to change that, a weatherproof way to add Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit, and other controls to devices outside.

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Amazon Key hack disables Cloud Cam while courier is inside

Amazon Key hack disables Cloud Cam while courier is inside

Amazon may have pitched the Cloud Cam as a key security feature of Amazon Key, but researchers have demonstrated a huge flaw that could leave customers thinking twice about giving couriers virtual keys. Launched in October, Amazon Key offers Amazon's most loyal users in its Prime membership scheme a way to accept packages even if they're not home, by giving delivery people one-time access to the home with a connected lock. Figuring many would be wary of that, the Amazon Cloud Cam was pitched as a way to ensure everything was above board.

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Google Home equalizer paves way for the big Max

Google Home equalizer paves way for the big Max

If your demands from a smart speaker focus more on, well, music than how well it answers questions, the latest update to Google Home might be of interest. In a new update, the Google Home and Google Home Mini have gained an equalizer, allowing owners to tweak the audio levels to suit their own particular tastes.

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Aura home security sees through walls to avoid privacy squeamishness

Aura home security sees through walls to avoid privacy squeamishness

Connected cameras might be the current darlings of the smart home, but what if a 24/7 stream from inside your house gives you the privacy shivers? A smarter motion sensor might be the answer, with Aura promising a new way to track activity in the home - as well as automate it - based on wireless activity.

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Jibo Review: Alexa gets some cute competition

Jibo Review: Alexa gets some cute competition

I knew Jibo was onto something when I he managed to coax a laugh from my tech-skeptic partner in the other room. I'd been in the middle of setting up the companion robot's voice recognition system, repeating his trigger phrase six times in a row so that he could learn who was talking to him. "Now say "Hey Jibo" 400 more times," the robot told me, before quickly adding "I'm only kidding" and pirouetting giddily. It got a chuckle from next door, and gave me my first glimpse of how home robotics might well wriggle and wise-crack their way into our hearts.

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Google Home broadcast turns the Assistant into a PA

Google Home broadcast turns the Assistant into a PA

Google is turning Google Home into a domestic public address system, ideal for summoning people to the dinner table or warning them you're about to turn off the internet. The update, being pushed out from today, allows users of the Google Assistant to broadcast a voice message through their Google Home devices.

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Logitech screwed up with Harmony Link: now it’s making amends

Logitech screwed up with Harmony Link: now it’s making amends

Logitech will give all owners of its Harmony Link a free Harmony Hub, after being hit with a backlash of angry users furious that their smart home tech would be bricked next year. The company notified owners that the six year old gadget - which allows functions previously demanding multiple remote controls to be controlled by a single smartphone app - would be unexpectedly rendered useless next March, in an email this week.

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Logitech is getting roasted for blindsiding angry users

Logitech is getting roasted for blindsiding angry users

Logitech finds itself facing a user revolt, with the news that it's unexpectedly killing off the Harmony Link in just a few months time. Owners of the box, which promised to replace up to eight remote controls for AV equipment like TVs, Blu-ray players, and more, were informed today that, as of March 2018, their system would stop working. Unsurprisingly, they're not particularly pleased with Logitech right now.

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Logi Circle 2 Review: Weatherproof camera undercuts Nest

Logi Circle 2 Review: Weatherproof camera undercuts Nest

When it comes to connected home security cameras, Logitech hasn't given up on weening you off your Nest addition. The Logi Camera 2 takes a more security-centric view than its predecessor, with the benefit of more capable software, smart home intentions that play nicely with HomeKit and Alexa, and a free monitoring plan that's bordering on generous.

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