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Verizon SmartHub is a 4G LTE router for your smart home

Verizon SmartHub is a 4G LTE router for your smart home

Verizon has introduced SmartHub, a new 4G LTE router designed for your smart home devices. This hub taps the carrier's own network, of course, to offer high-speed Internet access for a variety of WiFi products, including your phone, tablets and laptop. Verizon says that the SmartHub, when used with the related app, can be used to control a variety of smart devices, including thermostats, connected lights, security cameras, door locks, and similar.

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Amazon Echo Dot price cut briefly offers Alexa for $10 less

Amazon Echo Dot price cut briefly offers Alexa for $10 less

Curious to dip your toe into the smart home assistant market? Amazon's Echo Dot has been given a rare discount, bringing the cost of the Alexa-packing connected home puck down to under $40. It's the cheapest way we've seen to pick up a single Echo Dot in some time.

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IFTTT gives Makers the multi-stage IoT Applets partners had to pay for

IFTTT gives Makers the multi-stage IoT Applets partners had to pay for

IFTTT has built a reputation for itself as the glue that can hold the Internet of Things and the cloud together, and now it's opening up its most advanced features for regular users. IFTTT - or If This, Then That - is effectively a cloud-based hub for connected devices and services that might not normally work together. With its Applets, users can hook up their Nest thermostat to their Gmail account and get a notification if the temperature drops, for instance, or flash their Hue lights if their favorite team scores.

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Hands-on with Brilliant’s aptly-named smart home Control panels

Hands-on with Brilliant’s aptly-named smart home Control panels

There's a ridiculous blind-spot in the smart home, and it's all about control. Our light bulbs speak to the internet, and our connected speakers stream from there, and we can adjust our thermostats from halfway around the world. When we're actually at home, though, actually having to pull out a phone or tablet to do something as simple as turning on the light is an oddly involved process. It's also something startup Brilliant believes it has the answer to.

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IKEA smart lighting price confirmed; HomeKit, Google Home, Alexa incoming

IKEA smart lighting price confirmed; HomeKit, Google Home, Alexa incoming

IKEA is continuing its assault on the smart home, with its new TRÅDFRI smart lighting range undercutting stalwarts like Philips Hue when it hits US stores this spring. The popular homewares and furniture company - known as much for its competitive pricing as its flat-pack, self-assembly products - has confirmed US pricing for the connected bulb range. Notably, the TRÅDFRI line-up will support Apple HomeKit, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa support natively.

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Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer Light Switch now available

Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer Light Switch now available

Belkin has announced that it is now shipping its new Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer Light Switch to customers, giving consumers yet another connected accessory with which to make their home a bit smarter. This Dimmer model builds upon the previously launched Smart Light Switch, bringing with it additional features requested by users such as a new Night Mode and more. The Dimmer switch made an appearance back during CES 2017, and it is now available to buy from retailers like Best Buy and Amazon.

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Your Hue lights now play nicer (and smarter) with Xfinity Home

Your Hue lights now play nicer (and smarter) with Xfinity Home

If you've embraced the smart home with Philips' Hue connected lights, and you're an Xfinity Home subscriber, your fancy lighting options are now becoming even cleverer. The two companies have announced a deal this morning which sees Hue light control brought under the umbrella of the Xfinity Home app. There, it joins IoT gadgets like Nest's smart thermostat and August's connected locks.

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Honeywell SWIFT fire alarm wireless gateway recalled over activation issue

Honeywell SWIFT fire alarm wireless gateway recalled over activation issue

The Honeywell SWIFT Wireless Gateway for the company's fire alarm system has been recalled due to a problem that may keep it from activating when needed. The cause of the problem is described as 'significant environmental contaminants' by the US's Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which officially posted the recall notice last Friday. It is important to get the product repaired, otherwise a fire may not trigger an alarm.

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Lighthouse is Android inventor Andy Rubin’s secret project

Lighthouse is Android inventor Andy Rubin’s secret project

The fight for smart home dominance is a pretty stacked one, especially when it comes to cameras, but Lighthouse is hoping that a few standout features draw your attention to its own interactive assistant. Masterfully named Lighthouse, this new smart home assistant is launching out of Andy Rubin's Playground Studio. At its core, Lighthouse is an Internet-connected security camera, but to leave it at that undermines what all it can do.

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Here’s how Cortana will follow you from home, to car, to work

Here’s how Cortana will follow you from home, to car, to work

Microsoft's vision for Cortana goes beyond sitting in a smart speaker on your kitchen counter, with the company showing off some of the ways its assistant could follow you at home and on the road. Bringing Cortana's latest enclosure, the Harmon Kardon Invoke speaker, on-stage at the BUILD 2017 opening keynote today, Microsoft showed how the agent can expand into the car. It's part of a big expansion in what developers will be able to do with Cortana themselves.

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Cortana leads Microsoft’s AI assault with Intel and HP deals

Cortana leads Microsoft’s AI assault with Intel and HP deals

Cortana may have only just got a standalone smart speaker to reside in, but Microsoft's Alexa rival is set to get a whole lot smarter. The next generation of talents, AI abilities, and conversational computing for Cortana is being detailed today at BUILD 2017, Microsoft's annual developer event. That includes a significant push into AI across every aspect of the software behemoth's portfolio.

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Microsoft’s HomeHub wants to unseat Alexa with Windows 10

Microsoft’s HomeHub wants to unseat Alexa with Windows 10

Amazon's freshly revealed Echo Show may be represent an evolution for Alexa, but Microsoft wants to take things one step further. As it turns out, Microsoft may have something in the pipeline called HomeHub, which will use Windows 10 and Cortana as the backbone. The idea is to turn Windows 10 machines into the hubs for smart home interaction, potentially giving HomeHub more functionality than Alexa or Google Home.

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