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Kenmore Smart appliances add Alexa support in Sears Amazon deal

Kenmore Smart appliances add Alexa support in Sears Amazon deal

Kenmore's Smart home appliances are getting Amazon Alexa integration, with the Sears-brand home tech also headed to the online retail behemoth's virtual shelves. The deal, announced today, is the biggest shift in availability for Kenmore appliances to-date, Sears said. However, even if you buy an appliance through Amazon rather than at a Sears location, the company will still offer its own delivery and installation services.

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Microsoft’s Cortana thermostat GLAS has a Windows 10 IoT core

Microsoft’s Cortana thermostat GLAS has a Windows 10 IoT core

Microsoft has its own smart thermostat in the pipeline, and it is called GLAS. The model comes from HVAC provider Johnson Controls; it sports a Windows 10 Internet of Things core, according to Microsoft, and packs all of the intelligence of Cortana. The company is only teasing the thermostat at this time, and so there are some questions remaining. The model has, however, been shown off in a video.

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Samsung Bixby Speaker shelved claims report

Samsung Bixby Speaker shelved claims report

Samsung's Bixby Voice may have finally arrived on the Galaxy S8, but there could be a big wait involved before it gets a standalone Bixby Speaker to take on Amazon Echo. Although the company is believed to be working on a so-called smart speaker, taking on Google Home, Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo, and the upcoming Apple HomePod in the process, the going hasn't been easy, it seems. Now, one report out of South Korea suggests the project has been put on the back-burner.

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Bluetooth Mesh: What you should know about this IoT revolution

Bluetooth Mesh: What you should know about this IoT revolution

You might associate Bluetooth with cutting the cable between your headphones and your phone, but Bluetooth Mesh aims to make it a ubiquitous backchannel for the Internet of Things. Launched today, Bluetooth Mesh is a way that low-energy radios can build many-to-many (m:m) links between devices, evolving to encompass new gadgets, temporary blackouts, and more. Initially, it's setting its sights on the lucrative smart lighting segment.

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Amazon Echo successor tipped to take on Apple HomePod

Amazon Echo successor tipped to take on Apple HomePod

Amazon has a successor to its Echo smart speaker in the pipeline and it'll be designed to take on Apple's HomePod, according to a new report. The new not-yet-officially-revealed version of the Amazon Echo will slim down compared to the first one, assuming the source is to be believed, and it'll also be shorter. Despite the shrunken size, the updated model will see many improvements, not the least of which is better microphone tech, more tweeters, and a new chassis material.

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With new TV and AV controls, Alexa inches closer to ruling the Internet of Things

With new TV and AV controls, Alexa inches closer to ruling the Internet of Things

Alexa's abilities when it comes to controlling the devices in your living room just keep on expanding. A few weeks ago, Amazon expanded access to Alexa's Video Skills API, allowing developers to integrate Alexa into their services and let users find video content though voice commands. Today, Amazon is bolstering the Smart Home API, adding functionality to control devices like TVs, AV receivers, and IR hubs with Alexa.

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IoT device calls police during alleged domestic abuse incident

IoT device calls police during alleged domestic abuse incident

We've heard of thieves accidentally pocket-dialing the police during or right after a theft, and now another type of technology has arisen to foil would-be criminal situations. According to a recent report, an alleged abuser accidentally called the cops on himself during what police describe as a domestic altercation. How? By accidentally issuing the voice commands 'call the sheriffs.'

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Amazon Prime Day Echo deals give Alexa big cuts

Amazon Prime Day Echo deals give Alexa big cuts

Amazon really, really wants you to have an Echo smart speaker, and it's using Prime Day to coax your credit card out of your wallet. The retailer's annual promotion doesn't kick off until this evening - before running through Tuesday for a total 30 hours of deals, albeit with some better than others - but Amazon is already teasing a price cut on Echo hardware. That includes an Echo at half price.

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Alexa’s newest ability: telling you when Amazon orders are out for delivery

Alexa’s newest ability: telling you when Amazon orders are out for delivery

Amazon may be keeping busy lately by expanding its Echo line of devices, along with Alexa, the voice assistant that powers the devices, but the connected speaker has received a small but useful new feature this week. Simply put, Alexa can now notify users when their packages from Amazon are out for delivery, something frequent shoppers can expect to get some use out of with next week's Prime Day sales event.

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Comma AI’s Panda is a $88 gateway to hacking your car

Comma AI’s Panda is a $88 gateway to hacking your car

Comma AI wants to give drivers a much better understanding of what's going on under the hood of their car, and a new dongle, Panda, is how it plans to unlock it. The $88 gadget is the latest in a series of OBD-II - or On-Board Diagnostics II - adapters which plug into the port most new cars made since 1996 have, and tap into the flow of data the vehicle's own systems are sharing. Where Panda differentiates itself is in just how much access it grants.

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Amazon reveals Alexa’s Prime Day deals

Amazon reveals Alexa’s Prime Day deals

Prime Day kicks off for the third year in a row on July 11, and as expected, Amazon is offering all sorts of incentives for voice shoppers using Alexa. In fact, Amazon want so badly for you to use Alexa to shop deals that it's rolling out an bunch of Alexa-exclusive offers today and keeping the deals rolling until July 17. That means almost two weeks of deals that are exclusive to Alexa shoppers.

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Samsung Bixby smart speaker in pipeline to rival Apple HomePod

Samsung Bixby smart speaker in pipeline to rival Apple HomePod

Samsung's Bixby smart assistant may only just be arriving on the Galaxy S8, but the company is already looking at alternative ways to package it - and take on Apple and Google in the process. Bixby Voice was billed by Samsung as its supercharged alternative to the Google Assistant and Apple's Siri, a way to fully control everything on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ by voice. Now, a new report lends weight to rumors that Bixby is getting a smart speaker to live inside.

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