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Amazon reportedly plotting upgraded Echo as work on Alexa robot continues

Amazon reportedly plotting upgraded Echo as work on Alexa robot continues

The Amazon Echo is a device that's gone through a few different iterations throughout the years, and according to a new report today, Amazon is looking to give it a fairly significant upgrade. Amazon is said to be looking at launching a new Echo that will be larger than currently smart speakers in the line. At the same time, today's report claims that the company is beginning to ramp up its efforts in creating a home robot.

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Google Home allegedly records clips without trigger, sends to contractor

Google Home allegedly records clips without trigger, sends to contractor

Just three months ago, Amazon was revealed to be sending its presumed anonymous and very private Alexa recordings to humans that listen to and process the audio to help the assistant become smarter. It turns out that it might not be alone in doing so. A new report claims that even Google may be guilty of the same thing, with Google Home recording clips even without the customary "Hey Google" trigger.

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Wyze adds AI-powered Person Detection to its security cameras

Wyze adds AI-powered Person Detection to its security cameras

Wyze has released a free firmware update that brings a Person Detection feature to the company's existing Wyze Cam v2 (the cube-shaped model), as well as the tower-shaped and motorized Wyze Cam Pan. The new feature is powered by artificial intelligence under a partnership with Xnor.ai, making it possible to add the new ability without requiring a hardware upgrade.

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Traeger Pro 780 Review: Why your next pellet grill needs WiFi

Traeger Pro 780 Review: Why your next pellet grill needs WiFi

Being a pit-master is a serious business, sweating over a smoker, tending its coals, and coaxing delicious flavors from hunks of meat after hours of careful cooking. It almost makes the Traeger Pro 780 feel a little blasphemous, in fact: the combination of picking from a range of tested recipes, dialing in a temperature, and then tracking it all from an app on your phone via WiFi could be accused of being too foolproof to be authentic.

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Philips Hue Bluetooth bulbs bypass the hub

Philips Hue Bluetooth bulbs bypass the hub

Philips Hue bulbs are getting a Bluetooth upgrade, opening the door to easier installation without requiring a hub. One of the earliest smart bulbs on the market, Hue's new bulbs have so far used Zigbee for mesh networking, a system which has both strengths and drawbacks.

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KitchenAid Smart Oven+ connects with Google Assistant, Alexa, our house

KitchenAid Smart Oven+ connects with Google Assistant, Alexa, our house

Everything is connected today, and not just the obvious culprits like phones, computers, and TVs. These days, even refrigerators and ovens are connected to the Internet or to each other. The latter is what KitchenAid is trying to sell with the new Smart Oven+. First shown of at CES 2019, the smart single or double wall oven allows users to control it through various means, from touch to phone to even, of course, voice.

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Samsung adds affordable SmartThings camera, bulbs and smart plug

Samsung adds affordable SmartThings camera, bulbs and smart plug

Samsung's SmartThings has added a new connected camera, LED bulb, and WiFi smart plug to its line-up, and unusually most don't need to be connected to the SmartThings hub in order to work. The smart home platform was revamped back in 2018, with an updated and more powerful hub, along with a new set of sensors.

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DISH OnTech Smart Services setup smart homes and train customers

DISH OnTech Smart Services setup smart homes and train customers

Connected home appliances and smart devices are getting more and more common these days but not everyone may be confident in setting those up. Their added complexity means that you can no longer just plug an appliance or screw a bulb and just expect it to work. Sometimes, on-site, or in-home rather, installation and training are even needed to take full advantage of these new technologies and DISH's new OnTech Smart Services is more than ready to provide exactly that.

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Samsung TV antivirus advice leads to IoT security confusion

Samsung TV antivirus advice leads to IoT security confusion

Add your smart TV to the list of things you need to run antivirus on, with Samsung surprising - and worrying - some of its owners with the advice that they should've been scanning their sets for malware. The unexpected guidance came courtesy of Samsung's support account on Twitter, which warned that WiFi-connected TVs should be regularly checked for viruses and other potentially damaging software.

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Lutron Aurora Review: The Hue dimmer I always wanted

Lutron Aurora Review: The Hue dimmer I always wanted

What with apps, smart speakers, and smart displays, it feels sometimes like the connected home forgot about how useful a simple button can be. Lutron's Aurora always-ready smart bulb dimmer is a $40 fix for a thoroughly first-world problem, but don't let that put you off. If you're a Philips Hue user, Aurora may very well be the answer to your prayers.

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Echo Dot Kids Edition gets an upgrade: Louder Alexa, smarter skills

Echo Dot Kids Edition gets an upgrade: Louder Alexa, smarter skills

Amazon has given its Echo Dot Kids Edition an update, with the child-friendly version of Alexa now louder and more colorful. The new smart speaker is based on the third-generation Echo Dot, doing away with the interchangeable bumpers of the previous Kids Edition model and replacing them with fixed fabric covers.

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Roborock S6 Review: One-button simplicity

Roborock S6 Review: One-button simplicity

Over the past several weeks we've been using the Roborock S6, a robot vacuum made to take on the biggest names in the industry. Roborock does not have the name recognition of the Ecovacs, the Neato, or iRobot's Roomba, but it's a robot. It doesn't know how popular it is - all it need to know is where to go to clean. With LDS Navigation and suction power equal to that of a Neato Botvac D7 Connected, this machine is ready to pick up all your dust immediately.

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