Internet of Things

Kenmore Smart appliances add Alexa support in Sears Amazon deal

Kenmore Smart appliances add Alexa support in Sears Amazon deal

Kenmore's Smart home appliances are getting Amazon Alexa integration, with the Sears-brand home tech also headed to the online retail behemoth's virtual shelves. The deal, announced today, is the biggest shift in availability for Kenmore appliances to-date, Sears said. However, even if you buy an appliance through Amazon rather than at a Sears location, the company will still offer its own delivery and installation services.

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Microsoft’s Cortana thermostat GLAS has a Windows 10 IoT core

Microsoft’s Cortana thermostat GLAS has a Windows 10 IoT core

Microsoft has its own smart thermostat in the pipeline, and it is called GLAS. The model comes from HVAC provider Johnson Controls; it sports a Windows 10 Internet of Things core, according to Microsoft, and packs all of the intelligence of Cortana. The company is only teasing the thermostat at this time, and so there are some questions remaining. The model has, however, been shown off in a video.

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Samsung Bixby Speaker shelved claims report

Samsung Bixby Speaker shelved claims report

Samsung's Bixby Voice may have finally arrived on the Galaxy S8, but there could be a big wait involved before it gets a standalone Bixby Speaker to take on Amazon Echo. Although the company is believed to be working on a so-called smart speaker, taking on Google Home, Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo, and the upcoming Apple HomePod in the process, the going hasn't been easy, it seems. Now, one report out of South Korea suggests the project has been put on the back-burner.

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Bluetooth Mesh: What you should know about this IoT revolution

Bluetooth Mesh: What you should know about this IoT revolution

You might associate Bluetooth with cutting the cable between your headphones and your phone, but Bluetooth Mesh aims to make it a ubiquitous backchannel for the Internet of Things. Launched today, Bluetooth Mesh is a way that low-energy radios can build many-to-many (m:m) links between devices, evolving to encompass new gadgets, temporary blackouts, and more. Initially, it's setting its sights on the lucrative smart lighting segment.

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Amazon Prime Day Echo deals give Alexa big cuts

Amazon Prime Day Echo deals give Alexa big cuts

Amazon really, really wants you to have an Echo smart speaker, and it's using Prime Day to coax your credit card out of your wallet. The retailer's annual promotion doesn't kick off until this evening - before running through Tuesday for a total 30 hours of deals, albeit with some better than others - but Amazon is already teasing a price cut on Echo hardware. That includes an Echo at half price.

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Comma AI’s Panda is a $88 gateway to hacking your car

Comma AI’s Panda is a $88 gateway to hacking your car

Comma AI wants to give drivers a much better understanding of what's going on under the hood of their car, and a new dongle, Panda, is how it plans to unlock it. The $88 gadget is the latest in a series of OBD-II - or On-Board Diagnostics II - adapters which plug into the port most new cars made since 1996 have, and tap into the flow of data the vehicle's own systems are sharing. Where Panda differentiates itself is in just how much access it grants.

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Samsung Bixby smart speaker in pipeline to rival Apple HomePod

Samsung Bixby smart speaker in pipeline to rival Apple HomePod

Samsung's Bixby smart assistant may only just be arriving on the Galaxy S8, but the company is already looking at alternative ways to package it - and take on Apple and Google in the process. Bixby Voice was billed by Samsung as its supercharged alternative to the Google Assistant and Apple's Siri, a way to fully control everything on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ by voice. Now, a new report lends weight to rumors that Bixby is getting a smart speaker to live inside.

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Nest Cam IQ Review: Impressive face-recognition comes at a price

Nest Cam IQ Review: Impressive face-recognition comes at a price

In an increasingly competitive world of connected security cameras, Nest has turned to Alphabet-sibling Google and its facial recognition tech to make the Nest Cam IQ stand out. Not just the latest in the company's sophisticated home security camera line-up, the Nest Cam IQ represents a complete platform upgrade, with an all-new sensor, lossless zooming support, and the ability to recognize and track faces. On the downside, it also commands the highest price of a Nest camera so far, so does it deliver for $299?

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Amazon Echo Show Review: Alexa’s screen shows promise

Amazon Echo Show Review: Alexa’s screen shows promise

Amazon's Echo has grown from a voice-controlled curiosity to being a legitimate home assistant, and now, with Echo Show, it's gaining a display. The latest iteration in the smart speaker series bucks the trend of spoken interactions only, adding a touchscreen so that Alexa can show & tell. At $229.99, however, it's the most expensive version so far, and at this early stage not everything has quite got to grips with the new abilities.

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Say goodbye to the Intel IoT that never came to be

Say goodbye to the Intel IoT that never came to be

It's tough to be Intel these days. AMD just made a big grab for a market that is, for now, the stronghold of Intel's Xeon. But now it seems that Intel has thrown in the towel in a market at the other end of the size and power spectrum, all thanks to a $25 board. Intel has reportedly shelved its Galileo, Joule, and Edison compute modules, the three platforms it hoped would at least let it set a foothold in the fledgling Internet of Things market where the ARM-powered Raspberry Pi is currently the crowd favorite.

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LifeSpan TR1200-DT7 Treadmill Desk Review: Because sitting is killing you

LifeSpan TR1200-DT7 Treadmill Desk Review: Because sitting is killing you

Even if you're not as lazy as I am, you probably spend a lot of your time sitting down. Desk jobs may have spawned a whole industry of ergonomic seating, but getting up off your chair altogether is the newest trend. First came standing desks, initially seen as a fad but gaining traction so that no modern office is without at least a few of them; now, treadmill desks like LifeSpan's TR1200-DT7 are looking to crank up your movement even more. I may not know whether "sitting is the new cancer", but I do know I need more exercise.

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Prepare for a flood of smart speakers like Echo and HomePod

Prepare for a flood of smart speakers like Echo and HomePod

The number of smart speakers looks set to grow exponentially, with Qualcomm cooking up a turnkey platform to speed up manufacturers getting the next Google Home or Amazon Echo to store shelves. Dubbed the Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform, it's a combination of a low-power Snapdragon processor, AllPlay music streaming, and wireless connectivity, all on one chipset. To that, Qualcomm bakes a "Far Field Voice" multi-microphone system.

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