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Amazon Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5 get a 2021 camera upgrade

Amazon Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5 get a 2021 camera upgrade

Amazon has revealed two new smart displays, and while the 2021 updates to the Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5 may not have an auto-swiveling screen like the Echo Show 10, they're also a lot more affordable. Both get upgraded cameras, with the Echo Show 8 adding digital panning and zooming for video calls to help keep you centered int the frame as you move around.

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Wemo Stage Scene Controller Review: Apple HomeKit remote needs refinement

Wemo Stage Scene Controller Review: Apple HomeKit remote needs refinement

Sometimes, only a button will do. The smart home and the rise of connected devices like lamps, speakers, locks, and more have brought complex automations within reach of a mainstream audience, but sometimes you don't want to have to pull up an app - or talk to a smart speaker - just to switch on the lights. For those in the Apple HomeKit ecosystem, then, the Wemo Stage Scene Controller remote could be the answer.

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Meet Matter: The IoT badge aiming to simplify the smart home

Meet Matter: The IoT badge aiming to simplify the smart home

Get ready to look out for a new name and logo as you shop for the smart home, with the Zigbee Alliance rebranding and launching a new name, Matter, for Project CHIP. The revamp sees the old alliance name retired in favor of the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), intended to reflect a broader array of ways for things like connected bulbs, smart locks, cameras, and more to talk among themselves.

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Google Assistant can now sing you a weird song about vaccines

Google Assistant can now sing you a weird song about vaccines

If you're a Google Assistant user in the United States, you can now have the voice assistant sing you a somewhat cheesy, cringy jingle about the COVID-19 vaccine. The tune is available with the request for a song about vaccines and it is, mercifully, quite short in nature, meaning your friends won't be able to use it to drive you too crazy.

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Tile and Level add Amazon Sidewalk support for neighborhood networks

Tile and Level add Amazon Sidewalk support for neighborhood networks

Amazon Sidewalk, the controversial neighborhood network created by select Echo and Ring devices, is gaining Tile tracker integration, potentially making it easier to hunt down the AirTag rivals. In addition, Level smart locks are also adding support for Sidewalk, while more Echo devices are gaining compatibility for the technology.

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The Google Assistant is adding new ways to corral your family

The Google Assistant is adding new ways to corral your family

Google is adding new Assistant features and tweaking some existing ones to make them more user-friendly, including expanding its Broadcast system. The new Family Broadcast takes the existing functionality - where you can pipe your voice through multiple Google smart speakers and smart displays in the house, useful for announcing meals are ready or reminding people it's time to leave - and enhances it for smartphones and replies.

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Wyze the latest group to warn of “volatile” prices due to pandemic

Wyze the latest group to warn of “volatile” prices due to pandemic

The folks at Wyze sent an email to users of Wyze products this week warning of rising prices on products. They suggested that they're seeing "huge cost increases" on "almost every material" they use to manufacture smart products of all sorts. Starting on May 18, 2021, Wyze will be increasing the cost of their products, including (but not limited to) Wyze Cam v3.

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Withings’ smart scale can now assess your heart health

Withings’ smart scale can now assess your heart health

Withings is adding a new cardiovascular measurement to its connected smart scales, promising to give an assessment on arterial health. The new index - which Withings is calling Vascular Age - compares current cardiovascular health with what would be typical for the individual's age bracket, plus an estimate on inner heart age.

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Coway Airmega 250 air purifier tackles bigger spaces in smaller footprint

Coway Airmega 250 air purifier tackles bigger spaces in smaller footprint

Air purifier specialist Coway has a new model just in time for pollen and allergy season, with the Airmega 250 promising more filtration in a smaller footprint. Slotting in-between the company's small and stylish Airmega 150, and the larger Airmega 300, the 'tweener also packs a HEPA filter capable of blocking viruses and bacteria.

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Lutron Caseta Outdoor Smart Plug Review: Flexibility in the garden

Lutron Caseta Outdoor Smart Plug Review: Flexibility in the garden

I'm not saying the Lutron Caseta Wireless Outdoor Smart Plug saved me from being viciously attacked by wild birds, but that's certainly a possibility. Latest addition to the Caseta smart home range, the outdoor plug does exactly what you'd expect: give you weatherproof control over exterior devices, without having to worry about the weather.

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Wemo HomeKit remote bypasses apps and Siri for smart home control

Wemo HomeKit remote bypasses apps and Siri for smart home control

Wemo has added a new remote control to its smart home line-up, with the Wemo Stage Scene Controller designed to make controlling HomeKit devices easier when you don't want to pull out your phone or talk to Siri. The three button remote can trigger up to six different Apple HomeKit scenes.

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Galaxy Upcycling at Home beta gives your old phone a reason to live

Galaxy Upcycling at Home beta gives your old phone a reason to live

Device waste is a pretty major issue, and earlier this year, Samsung announced a new SmartThings feature meant to fight against it. Dubbed Galaxy Upcycling at Home, this feature allows you to repurpose old Galaxy phones as IoT devices through the SmartThings app. Today, the Galaxy Upcycling at Home program is expanding with a beta test that's landing in a few major regions around the world.

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