Internet of Things

Lenovo Smart Display Review: Show & Tell for the Google Assistant

Lenovo Smart Display Review: Show & Tell for the Google Assistant

Lenovo's Smart Display brings show & tell to the Google Assistant, adding a touchscreen to the smart speaker and taking on Amazon's Echo Show in the process. First of a series of display-enabled Assistant devices to make it to shelves, Lenovo's gadget aims to win a spot on your kitchen counter or your nightstand with both voice and touch control, as well as the promise of better integration with your smartphone than Alexa can provide.

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Mayfield Robotics halts business as Kuri robot cancelled

Mayfield Robotics halts business as Kuri robot cancelled

Mayfield Robotics, the startup developing the companion 'bot Kuri, has halted operations, another fatality in the tough home robotics space. The company, part of the Bosch Startup Platform, announced the news today, along with confirming that all pre-order deposits that had been placed for the robot will be refunded.

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Arlo Doorbell and Arlo Chime offer flexible twist in smart security

Arlo Doorbell and Arlo Chime offer flexible twist in smart security

Netgear has added a smart doorbell and chime to its Arlo range of wireless security cameras, though it's missing a feature we've grown used to from rivals. The Arlo Doorbell and Arlo Chime, like Nest Hello and the Ring Doorbell, support two-way audio so that you can speak to whoever is at your door, even if you're not home.

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Apple HomeKit’s big software upgrade just got its first IoT gadget

Apple HomeKit’s big software upgrade just got its first IoT gadget

Apple's software protocols allowing HomeKit compatibility without demanding IoT gadgets have a physical chip inside have finally made it into the wild. A new firmware version Belkin's Wemo line-up of connected smart switches make them the first to gain support, which is widely expected to light a fire under Apple HomeKit adoption.

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Prime Day 2018 serves up Instant Pot and sous-vide deals

Prime Day 2018 serves up Instant Pot and sous-vide deals

Kitchen gadgets used to be the bad punchline to a crowded cupboard joke, but modern updates to electric pressure cookers, sous vides, and more can help them earn space atop the counter. If you've been on the fence about looking beyond the microwave and at some of the geekier options for 21st Century chefs, these Amazon Prime Day deals might be just the nudge you need.

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GE’s Smart Microwave bakes in Alexa support

GE’s Smart Microwave bakes in Alexa support

Kitchen appliances continue to get smarter, and now it's the microwave promising easier cooking and Amazon Alexa integration. The GE Smart Countertop Microwave debuts the company's Scan-to-Cook system, with a companion smartphone app that can identify packaged food and automatically beam the correct power and time instructions to the oven.

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The smartest Prime Day speaker deals: Sonos, Bose, Echo, more

The smartest Prime Day speaker deals: Sonos, Bose, Echo, more

If you've been holding off the smart speaker revolution, Amazon Prime Day 2018 may be the time you succumb to some home assistant action. There are deals on some of the most popular models around, including the Sonos One, Bose's waterproof SoundLink Micro, and Amazon's own line-up.

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Prime Day Deals 2018: The best Amazon savings today [Updated]

Prime Day Deals 2018: The best Amazon savings today [Updated]

Amazon Prime Day 2018 has begun, with 36 hours of deals for the judicious shopper wanting a July bargain. As always, there are more promotions than you could probably scroll through manually in the day and a half Amazon's annual event is going to last this year, so we've curated the best options to give your wallet a break.

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Sonos Beam Review: AirPlay 2, Alexa, and TV harmony

Sonos Beam Review: AirPlay 2, Alexa, and TV harmony

Sonos' vision of entertainment has always been more open house than invite-only, and with Amazon Alexa, Apple AirPlay 2, and the Google Assistant on the horizon, the new Sonos Beam epitomizes that ethos more than ever. The $399 speakerbar isn't just a more affordable version of the company's Playbar and Playbase models, but the smart guts of the Sonos One packed into a louder, TV-friendly enclosure. Question is, does the Beam's house party go without a hitch, or are all these assistants bad neighbors?

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Amazon’s one-day Arlo Pro 2 deal is a security must-have

Amazon’s one-day Arlo Pro 2 deal is a security must-have

Amazon is running a one day home security sale, and if you've been meaning to install security cameras or a smart doorbell, now might be the time to jump on a deal. The promo includes Netgear's well-esteemed Arlo Pro 2 wireless camera system, one of the easier security webcam setups to install since each of the cameras are battery powered.

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Plug-&-play Alexa chip liberates Amazon assistant from the outlet

Plug-&-play Alexa chip liberates Amazon assistant from the outlet

A new plug-and-play chip to give Amazon's Alexa talents to anything with a speaker could also help cut the cord to new smart speakers. Currently, Amazon only offers a single completely wireless Alexa-powered speaker, the Amazon Tap. All of the other Echo speakers demand to be perpetually plugged into power.

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A free Google Home Mini for all is analyst’s nuclear bomb in war with Alexa

A free Google Home Mini for all is analyst’s nuclear bomb in war with Alexa

There's an easy way for the Google Assistant to overshadow Amazon's Alexa, one analyst has suggested: simply give every home in America a free Google Home Mini. The coast-to-coast giveaway might cost Google a pretty penny to achieve, or so the idea goes, but it could more than make up for it with search profits.

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