IoT

5G is only just arriving, but 6G plans are underway

5G is only just arriving, but 6G plans are underway

Although 5G is only just being cobbled together, planning is already underway for 6G networks. Next week, March 24 through 25, more than 200 researchers will gather at the “6G Wireless Summit” in Levi, Finland to discuss the standards that 6G should strive for when it’s implemented a decade or so from now.

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Dyson V11 vac, Cool Me purifying fan, Lightcycle lamp break cover

Dyson V11 vac, Cool Me purifying fan, Lightcycle lamp break cover

While iRobot and its Roomba is the household name for robot vacuum cleaners, Dyson is the brand for fancy, hi-tech, and expensive home appliances, from cordless stick vacuum cleaners to bladeless fans to even "supersonic" hair dryers. The company has now come out with three new products to add to that list, at least two of which bear features that might be very familiar to those keeping tabs on the smartphone market.

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Qualcomm QCS400 SoCs to power the next wave of smart speakers

Qualcomm QCS400 SoCs to power the next wave of smart speakers

Qualcomm may be best known for its smartphone processors but those are hardly its only silicon product. There is, for example, its LTE chips that is part of the legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple. And while Snapdragon chips haven't become as common in IoT as they are in mobile, Qualcomm is making a move to target a fast-growing segment of that connected home market. With the new QCS400 System-on-Chip (SoC) series, Qualcomm is making sure that its be the household name in the next generation of smart speakers that will be invading households in the years to come.

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IKEA’s affordable smart shades are delayed – but there’s good news

IKEA’s affordable smart shades are delayed – but there’s good news

IKEA's smart blinds aren't unfurling on schedule, with the affordable remote-controlled window treatment running into a firmware hold-up. The Swedish retailer sent smart home fans into a frenzy earlier in the year, with the news that it was working on a set of smart blinds that could seriously undercut the competition.

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Google quietly launches free Home Mini deal for select One subscribers

Google quietly launches free Home Mini deal for select One subscribers

Google One, the company's cloud subscription service, has quietly added a new deal for customers who have the 2TB or greater plan: a free Home Mini device. The new perk has appeared on the Google One page for eligible customers, and some subscribers report having received an email from Google alerting them to the new offer. One customers have until April to claim their device.

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Google Assistant Continued Conversations finally coming to smart displays

Google Assistant Continued Conversations finally coming to smart displays

Those of you who own a smart display like the Lenovo Smart Display or the Google Home Hub might notice a change in Google Assistant over the new few days. Google has confirmed that the Assistant's Continued Conversations feature is beginning to roll out to smart displays in the US, and it sounds like it won't be long until every smart display has it.

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Amazon Music rolls out Song ID to help with music discovery

Amazon Music rolls out Song ID to help with music discovery

If you've ever been listening to a playlist only to have songs you've never heard before pop up, you definitely aren't alone there. Depending on how you're listening, figuring out the title and artist of a song can be as simple as looking at your phone for more information, asking an AI assistant to tell you what's playing, or when things get particularly dire, heading to Google to search lyrics. Amazon is rolling out new functionality to Amazon Music and Alexa today that will answer the question of what's playing before it even comes up.

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Roku’s Alexa skill is finally going live today

Roku’s Alexa skill is finally going live today

With all of the thousands of Alexa skills out there, it's at least a little surprising to realize that Roku has gone all of this time without a skill of its own. That all changes today with the roll out of the new Roku Alexa skill, which will of course allow you to control your Roku devices with voice commands. Alexa is joining Google Assistant and Roku's own voice search, giving users a decent number of options when it comes to voice support.

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August View doorbell camera ditches the wires, embraces QHD video

August View doorbell camera ditches the wires, embraces QHD video

The ability to see who's ringing your doorbell was, until recently, the stuff of science fiction. Also just recently, the technology was only available to companies and individuals with deep pockets. Thanks to the explosion of the connected home market, however, such things have now become not only more common or more affordable, they've also become more stylish, too. Moving from its blocky and cumbersome offering, the August View now comes in a more presentable form and with better quality video to boot.

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Los Angeles hospital deploys Alexa to offer ‘smart’ patient rooms

Los Angeles hospital deploys Alexa to offer ‘smart’ patient rooms

The Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles has announced a new pilot program that will involve Aiva, an Alexa-powered platform, and Echo Dot devices installed in patient rooms. The system will enable patients to control their room's entertainment devices using voice controls, as well as use Alexa to summon nurses using only their voice.

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Google Assistant is invading Android Messages next

Google Assistant is invading Android Messages next

Ever since Google Assistant launched a few years back, it's been slowly invading a variety of platforms. The next platform it's slated to hit is a big one, as Google announced today that the Assistant will soon be landing in Messages on Android. Though its functionality will be relatively limited to start, it sounds like it'll still be a useful tool to have on hand during your conversations.

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Echo Wall Clock sales return after Amazon fixes connectivity issue

Echo Wall Clock sales return after Amazon fixes connectivity issue

In September 2018, Amazon unveiled Echo Wall Clock, a new connected device in its Echo product line. The device was only available to purchase for a short time before Amazon stopped selling the product in January. According to the company, it had paused sales in order to fix a connectivity problem customers reported experiencing, which is partly reflected in some of the device's low reviews on Amazon.

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