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Amazon Prime Now Alexa update adds orders for booze

Amazon Prime Now Alexa update adds orders for booze

With a range of skills at its disposal, Amazon's Alexa platform is capable of a lot of things. Strangely, one thing Alexa hasn't been able to do is place orders through Amazon Prime Now. You'd think we would have seen that kind of functionality early on, but in any case, it's arriving today, letting you place same-day orders through Amazon's service.

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Philips Hue E14 candle adds color and white to smart bulbs

Philips Hue E14 candle adds color and white to smart bulbs

Another day, another Philips Hue bulb, and the number of lamps, lights, and fixtures you can give a connected upgrade continues to increase. Philips has added an E14 candle bulb to the Hue line-up, its range of ZigBee-linked, app-controlled LEDs. According to the company, it's one of the most requested sizes from existing Hue users.

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Alexa comes to iPhone in a trojan horse

Alexa comes to iPhone in a trojan horse

Thus far, Alexa has been exclusive to Amazon's own lineup of devices, like the Echo or the Fire TV Stick. That all changes today, as Amazon is putting Alexa on iOS. While she may not be as easily accessible as she is on Amazon's first party hardware, this means that you won't need any additional devices to use Amazon's AI assistant.

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Neato’s robot vacuums now obey Google Home’s voice orders

Neato’s robot vacuums now obey Google Home’s voice orders

The number of ways you can automate your home just by barking at it continues to grow, with Neato adding Google Home support to its connected robot vacuum range. Available as a new talent for the smart speaker today, the integration allows you to trigger a clean entirely hands-free. The functionality joins Neato's existing Amazon Alexa support.

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Amazon now offers credits to make Alexa skills development free

Amazon now offers credits to make Alexa skills development free

We could be seeing many more Alexa skills launch shortly, as Amazon is rolling out new incentives for developers today. Aimed at making development of Alexa skills more affordable, Amazon will begin offering Amazon Web Services promotional credit to developers who have already published an Alexa Skill. Amazon says that in a lot of cases, this could make development of new Alexa skills entirely free.

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D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD Review: HomeKit’s first camera is raw

D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD Review: HomeKit’s first camera is raw

Apple's HomeKit makes a simple promise: take the disparate parts of the connected home, and bring them together under one straightforward umbrella. Still, the stringent requirements around things like security and ease of setup has meant partner devices have been slower to trickle down to the market than for rival platforms: this D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD has the title of first HomeKit-compatible security camera available. $200 gets you a very wide angle lens and freedom from subscription fees, but there are still signs that neither HomeKit nor D-Link's camera are quite where the competition has reached.

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WikiLeaks’ Vault7 CIA dump prompts Apple reaction and more

WikiLeaks’ Vault7 CIA dump prompts Apple reaction and more

Apple, Microsoft, and others in the tech industry have responded to Wikileaks' claims of CIA hacking abilities, pushing back on fears of federal agents turning smartphones and TVs into spies. The leak-focussed group, which has prompted controversy in recent months for the role it played in the US presidential election, released a cache of data earlier this week that it claimed proved the US Central Intelligence Agency could routinely eavesdrop through many of the connected devices people have in their homes or pockets. Dubbed "Vault7", the nearly 9,000-strong document drop has prompted chaos among many, uncertain whether their devices are in fact working against them.

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Cheaper Nest thermostat tipped plus Nest alarm system

Cheaper Nest thermostat tipped plus Nest alarm system

Competition in the smart home is only getting fiercer, and Nest is reportedly readying a cheaper and more flexible range of connected gadgets to drive up adoption in the face of mounting rivals. The Alphabet-owned company is best known for the Nest Learning Thermostat, an iPhone-inspired HVAC controller that promises to track how the home is used and cut energy costs without an impact on comfort. It arguably kickstarted a new generation of smart thermostats, but since then cheaper, more capable alternatives have hit the market.

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Nest two-factor authentication boosts IoT security

Nest two-factor authentication boosts IoT security

Nest is adding two-factor authentication to its smart home products, aiming to prevent third-parties or hackers getting remote access to your cameras or smart thermostat. The new feature follows increasing concern over the security of the so-called Internet of Things, a topic only likely to become more prevalent as connected devices proliferate. Nest will make two-factor authentication optional, though it's probably something you should turn on.

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Pizza Hut smart shoes mean ordering pizza is just a button away

Pizza Hut smart shoes mean ordering pizza is just a button away

It’s one of the stranger wearables we’ve seen, and one that is entirely advertisement-focused, if not amusing: Pizza Hut smart shoes. These shoes are exactly what they sound like — a pair of shoes with embedded technology that, in this case, enables wearers to order a pizza by pressing a button on the shoe. The shoes are high tops, but Pizza Hut refers to them as Pie Tops, and Grant Hill is onboard to show them off.

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Kwikset smart locks get Alexa voice control

Kwikset smart locks get Alexa voice control

Kwikset has announced that some of its smart locks on the SmartThings platform can now be controlled via voice commands and Amazon Alexa devices. This new support is due an Amazon API update, according to Kwikset, which says the new support is available for its SmartCode 910, 914, and 916 smart locks. The new support enables users to ask Alexa to lock their deadbolt.

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AT&T and GE’s Current partnership brings IoT devices to ‘smart’ cities

AT&T and GE’s Current partnership brings IoT devices to ‘smart’ cities

AT&T has announced a partnership with GE’s Current that will, in time, help transform existing cities into so-called ‘smart cities.’ This will be done by rolling out Internet of Things devices within the regions, with one relevant technology being smart street lights that keep tabs on air quality, issue alerts for emergency weather conditions, and even listen for gunshots and alert the appropriate authorities when any are detected.

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