Internet of Things

New Apple HomePod could add iPhone X’s Face ID

New Apple HomePod could add iPhone X’s Face ID

Apple's HomePod smart speaker isn't even on Apple Store shelves yet, but whispers about the next-generation model are already getting us intrigued. The Siri-powered speaker was unveiled earlier this year, as Apple's alternative to Amazon's Echo and Google's Home. However, while this first-generation HomePod focuses predominantly on music, its successor could use the same technology that powers Face ID on the iPhone X to be far more useful.

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Roku acquires Dynastrom audio startup amid rumored smart speaker plans

Roku acquires Dynastrom audio startup amid rumored smart speaker plans

Roku has confirmed the acquisition of Dynastrom, a Danish multi-room audio startup that will continue to operate out of Denmark as a Roku subsidiary. In confirming the acquisition, Roku said the business move was a way to expand its own engineering team, but the talent grab comes amid a wider rumor: that Roku is planning to launch its own smart speaker to take on Echo, Google Home and more.

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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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Netgear Arlo Security Light doubles as a security camera trigger

Netgear Arlo Security Light doubles as a security camera trigger

Netgear has launched a new Arlo home security product, but it's not a camera. Called the Arlo Security Light, this device is a completely wireless light that brings some smart features you may not get from an ordinary motion-sensitive light. The Arlo Security Light uses bright LEDs and works with a companion mobile app for remote access to it.

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5 things to consider before buying Amazon’s Cloud Cam

5 things to consider before buying Amazon’s Cloud Cam

A connected camera is often the first place people experience the smart home, and the new Amazon' Cloud Cam wants to be the lens that's watching your rooms. Available from today, the $119.99 WiFi security camera promises easy setup, 1080p video both day and night, and handy extras like person detection and two-way audio. Still, it's not the first to the WiFi camera market, so is the Cloud Cam the best option today? Read on for five things to keep in mind.

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Amazon Cloud Cam Review: Alexa will see you now

Amazon Cloud Cam Review: Alexa will see you now

Alexa is already listening to you, but now the Amazon Cloud Cam wants to watch you, too. The retailer's first connected security camera may not be the first to market, but it does offer some competitive cloud storage pricing and is an integral part of Amazon Key. Question is, with heavyweights like Nest already well associated with the smart security space, can the Amazon Cloud Cam hold up to scrutiny?

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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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Amazon Alexa deals offer 24hrs of smart speaker price cuts

Amazon Alexa deals offer 24hrs of smart speaker price cuts

It's Alexa's birthday, and Amazon has announced a brief promotion that will see some sizable savings on devices powered by the virtual assistant. While it might be traditional to receive gifts on a birthday, Amazon has flipped that around and is offering a variety of deals on Alexa-powered devices. The promotion ranges from the cheapest Echo Dot, though to third-party hardware like the Alexa-powered Ecobee4 thermostat, along with Fire tablets and more.

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Alexa now knows if your August smart lock door is shut

Alexa now knows if your August smart lock door is shut

August's DoorSense system, which alerts users if their door hasn't properly closed, has been added to the company's Alexa skill. The update, which requires certain lock models in August's line-up in order to work, means that those with an Amazon Echo or other Alexa-powered device can now ask the smart assistant for an update on whether their door is actually closed or not.

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Amazon Echo Plus Review

Amazon Echo Plus Review

Amazon's smart home dream sounds an awful lot like living on the Starship Enterprise, and in that dream the new Echo Plus is there gateway to an automated future. At $149.99, it undercuts the original Amazon Echo it so closely resembles, but counts on better audio quality and an integrated smart home hub to warrant its premium over the 2017 Echo and the bargain Echo Dot. As I found, though, Alexa's insistence on treating all her Echo children as equal may undercut some of the Echo Plus' advantages.

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Cyber Shield Act IoT security labeling proposed by Dems

Cyber Shield Act IoT security labeling proposed by Dems

A scheme to label Internet of Things devices that meet more stringent security standards has been proposed by the US Democrats, responding to mounting concerns about the safety of connected gadgets. The idea, dubbed the Cyber Shield Act of 2017, was put forward by Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today. In addition to a labeling scheme that compliant IoT devices would bear, if passed it would also be responsible for establishing a best-practices advisory committee.

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