Home Automation

Netatmo Smart Door Lock and Keys does things very differently

Netatmo Smart Door Lock and Keys does things very differently

Many homeowners are embracing the smart home lifestyle, replacing conventional appliances with connected devices. But even the staunchest smart home believer is sometimes still reluctant to replace door locks with smart ones, especially considering the threat of hacking and invasion of privacy. It is against this backdrop that Netatmo is launching its own smart door lock solution and it might already be catching attention in a good way by doing the exact opposite of what most in this market do.

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Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera ditches the wires for hassle-free installations

Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera ditches the wires for hassle-free installations

Security systems are getting smarter but also more complicated. At least the first generation or so of smart home security and outdoor lighting required a lot of deep thought on how and where to place the cameras in order to have the best wiring arrangement possible. Fortunately, smart home security manufacturers have wised up and taken advantage of the modern wire-free technologies, like Arlo's new Pro 3 Floodlight Camera, billed to be the first wire-free variant of its kind.

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Samsung pushes Open Connectivity Foundation as another smart home standard

Samsung pushes Open Connectivity Foundation as another smart home standard

In just a year or two, the smart home market erupted with dozens of devices all connected to the Internet. Sometimes, they can connect to each other but only if they spoke the same language. Most of the time, though, they only communicate with those from the same brand, creating dozens of "languages" spoken by smart home devices. A sign of a maturing industry is the creation of a standard that bridges all of these islands together. Perhaps somewhat ironically, we now have at least two different standards for IoT.

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Wyze reports another compromised database, leaked information still unknown

Wyze reports another compromised database, leaked information still unknown

Wyze bills itself as the smart home system for the masses but some seem to have taken issue at the hidden costs of its affordability. The recent report of a massive database breach just a day after Christmas definitely doesn't help Wyze cause, especially when it has to disclose that another database was apparently breached as well. This time, however, Wyze assures customers that the impact is less than feared but has yet to confirm what exactly was leaked.

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LG 2020 soundbars use AI to self-calibrate based on room acoustics

LG 2020 soundbars use AI to self-calibrate based on room acoustics

Audiophiles often talk about the nuances one needs to consider in the perfect audio setup but not everyone has the patience, time, or knowledge to make the tweaks needed for that kind of experience. For all but the most meticulous audio buff, speakers tend to be left at their default settings. LG's promise for its next generation of soundbars is that you won't have to do that yourself takes to its new AI Room Calibration that lets these smart speakers do the work for you.

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LG indoor gardening appliance lets you grow your own veggies at home

LG indoor gardening appliance lets you grow your own veggies at home

Perhaps next to its mobile and TV products, LG is also known for its home appliances. Many of those appliances are getting smarter, relying on mobile technology and automation to introduce convenience to household chores. Perhaps the most extreme example of that is coming next month when LG showcases a smart appliance that will let you grow vegetables indoors inside cabinets that look like overgrown refrigerators.

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DISH Hopper and Wally now support the Google Nest Hello Video doorbell

DISH Hopper and Wally now support the Google Nest Hello Video doorbell

Imagine being in the middle of an intense moment of a film or TV show and suddenly the doorbell rings, jolting you out of your immersion. You quickly run to the door only to find out it was nothing important or no one at all (those pranksters!). The mood has been ruined, leaving you wishing for a way to know whether or not to even get up from the couch. Now you can if you own a Hopper or Wally receiver from DISH and a video doorbell from Nest, now known as Google Nest.

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“Hey Google, that wasn’t for you” takes back the last thing you said

“Hey Google, that wasn’t for you” takes back the last thing you said

Smart speakers may be very popular but they're also notorious for potential privacy issues. Companies like Google and Amazon assure customers that thee speakers only start recording after they hear their trigger phrase. The problem is that these smart assistants often mishear the conversation around them and may accidentally send Google some embarrassing phrases. Fortunately, there's now a phrase that can roll back time, even for only a few seconds.

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Philips Hue 2020 lineup leak hints at a return to former prestige

Philips Hue 2020 lineup leak hints at a return to former prestige

Even before IoT and smart homes became a thing, Philips' Hue smart lights were already paving the way for the fledgling industry. It's still one of the easiest ways to get started, given its brand name and ease of use. It has more competition now, however, and the market is more crowded than before. Naturally, the company will try to fend off rivals with a new line of indoor and outdoor lights that might debut at CES 2020 next month. Not before they get leaked entirely, of course.

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Ring camera hacking has become entertainment for some people [UPDATED]

Ring camera hacking has become entertainment for some people [UPDATED]

It's not that uncommon for some people to experience an amount of joy and excitement at the news of websites, databases, and institutions getting hacked. Some people, however, view these incidents as something far removed from them, something that happens to everyone except them. Reality, however, has taken on a frightening turn for owners of Ring security cameras who suddenly find virtual intruders in their homes, thanks to hackers who break into the security system and live stream their harassment for the entertainment of a few.

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Google Nest Hub ultrasound sensing will make reminders readable from a distance

Google Nest Hub ultrasound sensing will make reminders readable from a distance

Smart displays are great at showing information like the weather, schedules, recipes, or even just the time. Unlike clocks, however, these were primarily designed to be used up close and personal, making it harder to actually make out what's on the screen at a distance. That's no problem for people with better eyesight or more agile limbs but the Google Nest Hub flops in the accessibility department because of this. That's why Google has developed a new system that makes use of ultrasonic sensors to change what's on the screen depending on whether someone's near or far away.

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Ring maker gave police maps of where video doorbells are installed [UPDATED]

Ring maker gave police maps of where video doorbells are installed [UPDATED]

Smart home products and connected appliances can make lives more convenient and at times even safer but consumers should be aware of what they're letting inside their homes. Unlike our phones, which are mobile can and can be easily replaced, putting connected devices in houses pins them down on a map. In the case of video doorbell Ring, there is apparently a very literal digital map that does exactly that and investigations reveal that the Amazon-owned company was only too happy to share that data with law enforcement, contrary to their claims.

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