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Logitech is killing its Harmony Express Alexa remote: Here’s the deadline

Logitech is killing its Harmony Express Alexa remote: Here’s the deadline

Logitech is axing its Alexa-powered Harmony Express remote, giving owners a little over two months notice that their voice-controlled remote is about to stop working. Launched in April 2019, the Harmony Express was to be an alternative to Logitech's traditional touchscreen and button-heavy remotes, and it'll be with one of those that the company tries to pacify customers now.

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Wink tweaks surprise subscription mandate, but you still have to pay

Wink tweaks surprise subscription mandate, but you still have to pay

Home security and automation company Wink has detailed an update to its mandatory subscription plan requirement -- and no, it isn't changing its plan to force the subscription on its existing customers. Rather, the company says that it is once again extending the deadline for how long customers have to start paying. Once that date rolls around, Wink users who haven't signed up will not be able to use their products.

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ARM shifts away from IoT to focus on core chip business

ARM shifts away from IoT to focus on core chip business

The past weeks have been great for ARM, the designers of the most-used processors in the mobile and embedded world. From Apple's switch to its own ARM-based Silicon to powering the world's fastest supercomputer, ARM seems poised to become an even bigger threat to Intel than AMD was. Perhaps emboldened by that newfound prestige, the company has decided to stay focused on what it does best and spin off from that other popular IT market, the Internet of Things.

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BMW’s in-car store will sell or rent features like game DLC

BMW’s in-car store will sell or rent features like game DLC

BMW plans to offer drivers an in-car catalog of temporary or permanent feature upgrades, allowing owners to add things like driver-assistance or comfort tech to their vehicle just like you might subscribe to a service on your phone. The upgraded BMW ConnectedDrive Store will offer trials of hardware that was built into the vehicle at the factory, such as heated seats or advanced cruise control, but left disabled because it wasn't on the original order sheet.

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Guardzilla shuts down without telling security camera owners

Guardzilla shuts down without telling security camera owners

The Internet of Things market, from smart homes to smart cars, promises a lot of conveniences but, like everything, also comes with hidden costs. For this segment of products, that cost is a reliance on the Internet or at least some form of connectivity. While some devices can continue working even after remote servers go dark, others are so intricately tied to the cloud that they immediately stop working once that plug is pulled, like the dozens of Guardzilla security cameras that have now become totally worthless without any warning.

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Wyze Cam Outdoor offers battery-powered security on a budget

Wyze Cam Outdoor offers battery-powered security on a budget

Low-cost camera company Wyze has revealed its newest model, and as the name suggests the Wyze Cam Outdoor is its first intended to go outside. Battery powered, and able to work with both a base station for streaming and in a standalone mode for impromptu monitoring of a hotel room or other situation, the new camera sticks with Wyze's tradition of being more affordable than most.

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Roborock S6 MaxV Review: smart vacuuming and mopping for a price

Roborock S6 MaxV Review: smart vacuuming and mopping for a price

We've come a long way since the very first Roomba rolled on living room and kitchen floors. While still sticking to that same circular design, robot vacuum cleaners have changed and evolved considerably over the years, gaining features like obstacle avoidance, simultaneous mopping, or voice control. Roborock's latest S6 MaxV cleaning helper has all those and more, making it one of the smartest robots to grace your floor and certainly one of the more expensive ones as well.

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Philips Hue reboots two classic lamps – and its brightest Hue bulb ever

Philips Hue reboots two classic lamps – and its brightest Hue bulb ever

Philips Hue has announced two new Bluetooth-enabled lights and a new smart bulb, which the company says is its brightest so far. The Philips Hue White A21 now packs a whopping 1,600 lumens of brightness, equivalent so the company says to a traditional 100W incandescent bulb.

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Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera offers night vision without the bridge

Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera offers night vision without the bridge

Arlo has a new wireless security camera, but unlike its predecessors the new Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera doesn't need a base station in order to work. Promising Full HD video streaming, the wireless camera can connect directly to your home's WiFi network rather than requiring a bridge in-between.

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These Lutron smart wood blinds auto-tilt to track the sun

These Lutron smart wood blinds auto-tilt to track the sun

Lutron has launched new smart wood blinds, promising not only motorized opening and closing, but the ability to intelligently adjust their angle according to the position of the sun each day. The new shades - which slot into Lutron's Serena and Triathlon ranges - are configured during setup via the digital compass in your phone, so that they can figure out where the sunlight is coming from in relation to where they've been installed.

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This hybrid Jeep auto-enables EV mode in the city – then reports you if you use gas

This hybrid Jeep auto-enables EV mode in the city – then reports you if you use gas

Fiat Chrysler is testing new hybrid Jeep prototypes that can automatically switch into electric-only mode within urban areas, aiming to reduce pollution in cities. The system, installed on new Jeep Renegade 4xe SUVs, not only relies on vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology to intelligently change drive modes, but can also notify the city if the driver overrides that change.

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LG Signature smart wine cellar packs voice control and cheese drawer

LG Signature smart wine cellar packs voice control and cheese drawer

LG Signature has taken the wraps off its new Wine Cellar, a smart home appliance that can hold up to 65 bottles of wine, as well as snacks. The key aspect of this wine cellar is its 'smart' nature, one that includes the ability to peek in at the wine with a couple of knocks, to automatically serve snacks with the push of a button, and to preserve wine with climate control.

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