IoT

Sonos’ nightmare was inevitable

Sonos’ nightmare was inevitable

Sonos is at the center of a crisis, bleeding goodwill from some of its most loyal users, and all because of a situation as inevitable as it is frustrating. CEO Patrick Spence shifted into damage control this week, after reports that come May 2020 some of the company's oldest products would no longer be eligible for software support.

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Sonos’ CEO just responded to the legacy speaker fury

Sonos’ CEO just responded to the legacy speaker fury

Sonos has tried to stem the tide of bad press around its controversial plan to leave behind old hardware, after news that it would be ceasing support for some of its earlier connected speakers left the company's loyalest fans fuming. Legacy Sonos products - including the original Play:5 - would no longer get updates from May, the company had warned earlier in the week. Now, the company's CEO says, the plan has evolved a little.

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Under Armor smart scale suddenly becomes dumb as plugged pulled silently

Under Armor smart scale suddenly becomes dumb as plugged pulled silently

A lot of mundane appliances and equipment today are becoming smart, that is they are able to connect to the Internet to do fancy stuff. At the very least, they let users track certain pieces of data, especially when it comes to smart fitness devices. Unfortunately, all that actually depends on a device's ability to connect to some service somewhere over the 'net, a truth that owners of Under Armor's trio of health devices are finding now finding out the hard way.

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Google Home speakers quietly lose Guest Mode feature

Google Home speakers quietly lose Guest Mode feature

It appears that Google has quietly removed the Guest Mode feature from its Google Home speakers. Users have noticed that the feature is no longer available for the speakers within the Google Home app, though it remains available for Chromecast devices (for now). Seemingly underscoring the permanent nature of this change is Google's removal of its Support pages related to the now-defunct feature.

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Samsung SmartThings app will soon offer Smartcar integration

Samsung SmartThings app will soon offer Smartcar integration

Samsung SmartThings is the first smart home app to get integration with the Smartcar API, enabling vehicle owners to access and control aspects of their car from within the mobile app. The integration applies to 'most new cars' located in the US, according to Smartcar, which says that vehicle owners will soon see their car listed next to their othher connected products within SmartThings.

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Panasonic floor lamp with built-in hidden camera now available

Panasonic floor lamp with built-in hidden camera now available

If you think carefully back to last year's CES event, you may remember Panasonic's announcement of an odd home security camera built discreetly into the top of a floor lamp. The model offers a less conspicuous alternative to obvious home security cameras, blending in better with the home decor while making it harder for thieves to figure out whether they're being watched.

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August Wi-Fi Smart Lock goes on a diet and ditches the bridge

August Wi-Fi Smart Lock goes on a diet and ditches the bridge

Smart door locks are one of the hardest parts of the smart home market to get into. Given the risks and potential fallout, few seemed to dare promise security married to hi-tech convenience. August dared and, to date, remains one of the top names in that corner of the IoT industry. At CES 2020, it's showing that it isn't done yet even after nine products. Its latest offer slims down the door lock to a more convenient size and includes Wi-Fi from the get-go.

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Feeder-Robot connected cat feeder offers scheduling and insights

Feeder-Robot connected cat feeder offers scheduling and insights

AutoPets is making life easier for cat owners with its new Feeder-Robot, a connected device that enables users to automate their cat's diet by scheduling feeding sessions and making sure the right amount of food is dispensed. The cat feeder offers a companion app for monitoring the cat's eating habits, but it can also be used by people who are more comfortable with built-in buttons rather than digital controls.

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Google Assistant at CES previews sticky notes, scheduled actions, long-form voices

Google Assistant at CES previews sticky notes, scheduled actions, long-form voices

Google has brought the Assistant along to CES 2020, and it's gaining new family features as well as previewing Scheduled Actions and a more natural way to read long-form content. There's certainly no shortage of Assistant-enabled devices at the annual tech show, where Google's virtual helper continues its battle with arch-rival Amazon Alexa. Now, though, the Assistant is getting some features Alexa doesn't have.

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Philips Hue adds outdoor lamps, Sync TV voice control and refines Zones

Philips Hue adds outdoor lamps, Sync TV voice control and refines Zones

Philips Hue is getting new smart switches, new outdoor connected lights, and adding voice control for the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, the smart home lighting company has announced at CES 2020. In addition to easier control, Hue-owner Signify is also pushing easier installation of its custom fixtures, by adding low-voltage versions that don't necessarily require an electrician to fit them outdoors.

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Samsung announces Ballie, a personal robot that helps you manage your smart home

Samsung announces Ballie, a personal robot that helps you manage your smart home

While many of us expect Samsung to get up on stage and announce phones, tablets, or even TVs, the company threw us something of a curve ball tonight. During a presentation at CES 2020, Samsung announced a new robot companion named Ballie. Ballie almost looks like a real-world BB-8 from the Star Wars sequel trilogy, as it rolls along the floor and helps you with your day-to-day tasks.

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Ring’s new smart home gear includes connected indoor and outdoor bulbs

Ring’s new smart home gear includes connected indoor and outdoor bulbs

Amazon's Ring has launched half a dozen new products as part of its CES 2020 wares, including the Ring Access Controller Pro, smart LED light bulbs, and new solar-powered smart lighting products. The Ring Access Controller Pro is available to buy starting today, but the remainder of the devices won't hit shelves until April 1.

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