Internet of Things

Andy Rubin’s Essential explanation is hardly reassuring

Andy Rubin’s Essential explanation is hardly reassuring

With the fate of Essential uncertain and the Essential Phone 2 reportedly dead, company founder Andy Rubin has spoken out on the speculation he's trying to sell off the struggling business. Still, as reassuring statements go, the comments by the "Father of Android" aren't exactly going to settle many concerns.

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Amazon admits Echo eavesdropping as Alexa shares private chat [Updated]

Amazon admits Echo eavesdropping as Alexa shares private chat [Updated]

Amazon is investigating how an Echo recorded a conversation and sent that to another person, after one Portland couple claims the smart speaker eavesdropped on their discussion. The incident, which Amazon has described as "an extremely rare occurrence," is likely to reignite concerns around privacy, the Internet of Things, and increasingly connected devices.

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Alexa can now suggest free calendar time slots for meetings with contacts

Alexa can now suggest free calendar time slots for meetings with contacts

Amazon has rolled out new calendar features to Alexa, its AI personal assistant. Users in the United States now have access to two new features, one that suggests free time in the user's schedule for new events, another that enables users to move a meeting to a new time or date using voice commands. Amazon calls these features "Move Meeting" and "Schedule one-on-one Meeting."

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AT&T LTE-M Button: general-purpose Amazon Dash for businesses

AT&T LTE-M Button: general-purpose Amazon Dash for businesses

Amazon has made some rather odd devices in the past, from the terrible flop that was the Fire Phone to the suspicious fashionista Echo Look. But one strange product that seems to have somewhat survived is the Dash button. A one-click device primarily designed to make it easy for Amazon users to order one type of product, the Dash concept seems to have had some fans over at AT&T. The carrier has just launched its own LTE-M Button which can do more than just order Tide pods.

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Google Home finally gets Google Play Movies support

Google Home finally gets Google Play Movies support

Google Home, the maker's smart speaker device, finally supports Google's own Play Movies & TV platform. The support has been notably absent despite the slow addition of support for other video platforms. With this arrival, Google Home users can use voice commands with the device to launch, access, and control Google Play Movies & TV content.

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Nest’s big outage shows the IoT has a downside

Nest’s big outage shows the IoT has a downside

Nest's security and smart home platform unexpectedly went offline for around an hour last night, again highlighting some of the unexpected frustrations those heavily invested in the Internet of Things can find themselves facing. The problem saw Nest's app on iOS and Android, and the Nest web interface, go offline completely, affecting a variety of hardware.

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Logitech’s Circle 2 Magnetic Mount makes renters an easier camera

Logitech’s Circle 2 Magnetic Mount makes renters an easier camera

Connected security cameras are a mainstay of the modern smart home, but if you rent and can't get busy with your drill then installing them can be a pain. Logitech is adding a new, easier way to fix up its Circle 2 camera line-up, a Magnetic Mount that promises to cling tenaciously to most metal.

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Arlo Security Light is wire-free and works with security cameras

Arlo Security Light is wire-free and works with security cameras

Netgear has launched a new product in its home security Arlo product line, the Arlo Security Light. As the name suggests, this Arlo product is designed to illuminate potential threats outdoors, working wirelessly and with the maker's existing security cameras. This light is part of the Arlo Smart Home Security portfolio; it boasts a completely wire-free design.

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Echo Dot Kids privacy concerns raised by lawmakers, advocacy group

Echo Dot Kids privacy concerns raised by lawmakers, advocacy group

Amazon is facing both questions and criticism following the launch of its new Echo Dot for Kids, a colorful version of its Echo Dot product marketed specifically for children. The device is identical to the regular Dot device, the only exception being its colorful skin; it does, however, bring FreeTime Unlimited out-of-the-box alongside a slew of privacy concerns.

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TiVo Alexa control goes live this week

TiVo Alexa control goes live this week

TiVo is getting Amazon Alexa integration, allowing voice control of changing channels, skipping commercials, and more. The support for Amazon's assistant is rolling out to boxes this week, TiVo says, allowing anybody with a TiVo BOLT, Roamio, or Premiere to link their DVR with a supported Echo device.

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This Philips Hue promo makes for a cheaper smart home

This Philips Hue promo makes for a cheaper smart home

When it comes to getting started in the smart home, connected lights are where most people start, and one of the more popular platforms is Philips' Hue. If you're looking to get some more connected color in your IoT life, Amazon is running a sale on a number of Hue products today, from starter kits to individual bulbs.

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Schlage smart locks now support unlocking via Alexa

Schlage smart locks now support unlocking via Alexa

Schlage has announced Alexa support for two of its smart locks, the Sense Smart Deadbolt and the Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt. With this support, smart lock owners can use voice commands to unlock their door, a feature that uses a PIN for extra security. Access is also available through the maker's iOS and Android apps, though a WiFi Adapter is necessary.

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