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Prime Day 2018 serves up Instant Pot and sous-vide deals

Prime Day 2018 serves up Instant Pot and sous-vide deals

Kitchen gadgets used to be the bad punchline to a crowded cupboard joke, but modern updates to electric pressure cookers, sous vides, and more can help them earn space atop the counter. If you've been on the fence about looking beyond the microwave and at some of the geekier options for 21st Century chefs, these Amazon Prime Day deals might be just the nudge you need.

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GE’s Smart Microwave bakes in Alexa support

GE’s Smart Microwave bakes in Alexa support

Kitchen appliances continue to get smarter, and now it's the microwave promising easier cooking and Amazon Alexa integration. The GE Smart Countertop Microwave debuts the company's Scan-to-Cook system, with a companion smartphone app that can identify packaged food and automatically beam the correct power and time instructions to the oven.

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The smartest Prime Day speaker deals: Sonos, Bose, Echo, more

The smartest Prime Day speaker deals: Sonos, Bose, Echo, more

If you've been holding off the smart speaker revolution, Amazon Prime Day 2018 may be the time you succumb to some home assistant action. There are deals on some of the most popular models around, including the Sonos One, Bose's waterproof SoundLink Micro, and Amazon's own line-up.

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Prime Day Deals 2018: The best Amazon savings today [Updated]

Prime Day Deals 2018: The best Amazon savings today [Updated]

Amazon Prime Day 2018 has begun, with 36 hours of deals for the judicious shopper wanting a July bargain. As always, there are more promotions than you could probably scroll through manually in the day and a half Amazon's annual event is going to last this year, so we've curated the best options to give your wallet a break.

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Sonos Beam Review: AirPlay 2, Alexa, and TV harmony

Sonos Beam Review: AirPlay 2, Alexa, and TV harmony

Sonos' vision of entertainment has always been more open house than invite-only, and with Amazon Alexa, Apple AirPlay 2, and the Google Assistant on the horizon, the new Sonos Beam epitomizes that ethos more than ever. The $399 speakerbar isn't just a more affordable version of the company's Playbar and Playbase models, but the smart guts of the Sonos One packed into a louder, TV-friendly enclosure. Question is, does the Beam's house party go without a hitch, or are all these assistants bad neighbors?

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Researchers created a guide to help IoT assisted domestic abuse victims

Researchers created a guide to help IoT assisted domestic abuse victims

There are many things that constitute domestic violence. Right from verbal, physical, mental, psychological, to using modern day technology, a domestic abuser can use a combination of these to harass their victim. Technology-facilitated abuse is new demon in our society that can be used very cleverly by an abuser, without the victim even realizing that they are being played. Imagine being spied at home by your abusive spouse, or them using a smart home gadget, which is controlled by their phone, to harass and abuse.

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Amazon’s one-day Arlo Pro 2 deal is a security must-have

Amazon’s one-day Arlo Pro 2 deal is a security must-have

Amazon is running a one day home security sale, and if you've been meaning to install security cameras or a smart doorbell, now might be the time to jump on a deal. The promo includes Netgear's well-esteemed Arlo Pro 2 wireless camera system, one of the easier security webcam setups to install since each of the cameras are battery powered.

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Plug-&-play Alexa chip liberates Amazon assistant from the outlet

Plug-&-play Alexa chip liberates Amazon assistant from the outlet

A new plug-and-play chip to give Amazon's Alexa talents to anything with a speaker could also help cut the cord to new smart speakers. Currently, Amazon only offers a single completely wireless Alexa-powered speaker, the Amazon Tap. All of the other Echo speakers demand to be perpetually plugged into power.

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A free Google Home Mini for all is analyst’s nuclear bomb in war with Alexa

A free Google Home Mini for all is analyst’s nuclear bomb in war with Alexa

There's an easy way for the Google Assistant to overshadow Amazon's Alexa, one analyst has suggested: simply give every home in America a free Google Home Mini. The coast-to-coast giveaway might cost Google a pretty penny to achieve, or so the idea goes, but it could more than make up for it with search profits.

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Facebook’s new eavesdropping tech is creepy, but might not be as bad as it sounds

Facebook’s new eavesdropping tech is creepy, but might not be as bad as it sounds

If you're a Facebook user, you've likely heard stories of people becoming convinced that the company uses the microphones that are everywhere these days (such as ones on a smartphone or laptop) to spy on its users. While those fears might just be the result of an overactive imagination, a new patent filing is fueling concerns that Facebook might actually be equipped to do just that someday soon.

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Elgato becomes Eve as it sells gaming arm to Corsair

Elgato becomes Eve as it sells gaming arm to Corsair

A lot of companies will tell you that smart homes are the future, and it seems Elgato believes the same thing. Today, Elgato announced that it will rebrand to Eve Systems, which shares the name of the company's smart home product line up. It seems that Eve, which was introduced back in 2014, has been a successful endeavor for Elgato, because it will now shift its focus entirely to IoT and smart home devices.

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Google Home and Chromecast outage leaves users livid

Google Home and Chromecast outage leaves users livid

Google Home and Chromecast are both down, with widespread reports from users that their smart speakers won't work and their streaming adapters won't stream. Saying "Ok Google" to a Google Home speaker, for instance, gets the response that "there was a glitch, try again in a few seconds."

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