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Echo Spot vs Echo Show: Amazon’s Alexa screen showdown

Echo Spot vs Echo Show: Amazon’s Alexa screen showdown

It's not unfair to say that Amazon's Echo line-up is getting pretty crowded. The arrival of the Echo Spot brings a second display to the range, but there's more to the spherical smart home gadget than that. The big decision many are facing is do they pick a new Echo Spot or go for the existing Echo Show... read on for five things you should consider before ordering.

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iRobot’s war on robot vacuums claims its first victim

iRobot’s war on robot vacuums claims its first victim

The war of the robot vacuums has claimed a new victim. iRobot has reached an agreement with Black & Decker, the two companies coming to legal blows over allegedly patent-infringing 'bots. iRobot, which makes the Roomba, filed against nine different manufacturers of rival home cleaning robots back in April 2017.

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Amazon Cloud Cam can now relive and share its last 24 hours

Amazon Cloud Cam can now relive and share its last 24 hours

If you thought the Fire Phone was going to be Amazon’s last controversial product, you might not have heard of Amazon Key. While that service definitely raises eyebrows and ruffles feathers, it sadly overshadowed a related product that could stand proudly on its own. The Amazon Cloud Cam is the retailer’s entry into the smart security camera market and exists independently of giving delivery personnel access to your abode. And with the latest update, it sets itself apart further and makes it even more useful as a standalone product.

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Twitch and Alexa almost make the perfect game streaming pair

Twitch and Alexa almost make the perfect game streaming pair

Google may have dealt Amazon a big blow when it yanked YouTube from under the Echo Show’s feet but gamers don’t need to be too concerned. Amazon, after all, still owns the granddaddy of game and live streaming, Twitch.tv. Taking advantage of that inter-company relationship, Twitch has just announced new Alexa skills that would deliver an almost perfect hands-free game streaming experience. Well, almost. While it naturally works with any Alexa-enabled device, you’ll probably want to have an Echo Show anyway.

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iOS 11.2 HomeKit bug allowed unauthorized access to smart locks

iOS 11.2 HomeKit bug allowed unauthorized access to smart locks

iOS 11.2 has been out in the wild now for a month so you’d expect most of the critical bugs and issues to have surfaced by now. Well, most of them have but that does still leave room for some undiscovered problem. Unfortunately, that was indeed the somewhat frightening case that HomeKit users with smart locks may have been blissfully unaware of. It turns out that iOS 11.2 brought with it a vulnerability that allowed unauthorized persons to unlock doors and garages remotely via Apple’ smart home platform.

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What Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 could do for smart speakers

What Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 could do for smart speakers

Qualcomm might be inside your next smartphone and even your next laptop, but the chip-maker is hoping to find a spot in your smart speaker, too. The ink is only just dry on the Snapdragon 845 but, among the smartphone form-factor reference designs, Qualcomm has cooked up an Amazon Echo and Google Home alternative.

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Google Home Max launch isn’t going to miss the holidays

Google Home Max launch isn’t going to miss the holidays

Apple has received an amusingly large amount of backlash over its decision to delay its HomePod launch past the holiday and shopping season. It seems that Google won’t make the same mistake with its equivalent Home Max speakers. According to Best Buy’s very early listing, the speakers will become available for purchase mid-December, just as Google promised. It remains to be seen, however, if Google will be able to avoid the problems that Apple might have been trying to steer clear from with an early launch.

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This Echo Dot Black Friday deal is a great smart home starter

This Echo Dot Black Friday deal is a great smart home starter

There's a smart speaker war waging, and if you haven't already picked a side - or if you're already invested in Amazon's Alexa ecosystem - then today's Echo Dot deal might sway you. The cheapest model in Amazon's Echo line-up isn't averse to a price cut or two on occasion, but this Black Friday Echo Dot deal is better than many we've seen. In fact, if you're looking for a holiday gift for someone hoping to start building out their smart home, it's an excellent place to start.

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Roombas can now be automated even further with IFTTT

Roombas can now be automated even further with IFTTT

Even before the whole smart home and IoT market exploded, there was the Roomba. Looking more like a squished trash can, iRobot’s flagship product defied your expectations of robots and vacuum cleaners. But just because you came first doesn’t exactly make you the clear winner. iRobot has, in fact, been trying to catch up with the increasingly connected homes, and stumbling along way. And what better way to say “connected to the Internet” than with IFTTT automation.

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GE’s connected bulbs get Alexa and Google Assistant bridge

GE’s connected bulbs get Alexa and Google Assistant bridge

GE is adding voice control to its C by GE Lighting smart bulb range, with a new bridge that will open the door to Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. The hub, dubbed the C-Reach bridge, plugs into a spare outlet and connects to two of GE's smart bulb lines.

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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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