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Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) Review – Alexa’s turn to shine

Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) Review – Alexa’s turn to shine

Amazon's Echo Show 10 is big on eye-contact. Now in its third-generation, the rotating smart display has the same screen as its predecessor, but mounted on a swiveling base that uses person-tracking to make sure it's always facing you. At $250, it's also Amazon's most expensive Echo Show model so far.

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Sonos Architectural Review: The surprises of pro-installation

Sonos Architectural Review: The surprises of pro-installation

Sonos may be best known for its standalone connected speakers, but its built-in speaker range, Sonos Architectural, is gaining traction in a space still fairly unfamiliar to mainstream users. Professional installation isn't new, but there are still preconceptions about just how attainable it is, with assumptions that it's reserved for multi-million dollar mansions with similarly lavish budgets. When I set out to give a home theater system a Sonos Architectural upgrade, though, I discovered some big surprises along the way.

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HomePod mini’s secret sensor exposed: What Apple could use it for

HomePod mini’s secret sensor exposed: What Apple could use it for

A currently dormant new sensor in Apple's HomePod mini could help make the Siri-powered smart speaker a more useful part of the smart home, should the company decide to enable it in future. Launched in November 2020, the HomePod mini was initially a smaller, more affordable sibling to the original HomePod. Now, with that bigger version officially discontinued, the $99 model is the only smart speaker Apple offers.

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The US recalls agency is investigating Peloton’s treadmill after a child death

The US recalls agency is investigating Peloton’s treadmill after a child death

Peloton has warned treadmill owners to keep children and pets away from their Tread+ connected fitness machine, after a child died following an accident involving the $4,295 device. Launched in January 2018, Tread+ is Peloton's most expensive model, though like all treadmills the moving parts can be as much a potential danger as a boon to home fitness enthusiasts.

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Hunter Douglas Duette Motorized Shades Review – Room with a PowerView

Hunter Douglas Duette Motorized Shades Review – Room with a PowerView

Smart lighting may be the easiest route into home automation, but nothing quite wows like motorized shades. Arguably the king of the category is Hunter Douglas, with a range of shades, blinds, rollers, shutters and more so wide, you'd be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed. If you've got an unusual window, though, that flexibility really pays off.

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Google’s second-gen Nest Hub tracks sleep with no wearable required

Google’s second-gen Nest Hub tracks sleep with no wearable required

Google has revealed its new second-generation Nest Hub, speeding up the Assistant, improving audio performance, and adding a new Sleep Sensing feature. The smart display still has a 7-inch touchscreen and a fabric-covered body, and still leaves out a camera for those with privacy in mind, but Google has added in a Soli motion sensor to make things interesting in the bedroom.

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Proscenic A9 Air Purifier Review

Proscenic A9 Air Purifier Review

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many people to become more painfully aware of the environments they live and work in. Many, in particular, have become more conscious of the air they breathe, especially considering it is how the dreaded coronavirus is primarily transmitted. In other words, appliances and gadgets that advertise cleaner air and sanitized surfaces are unsurprisingly on the rise and, in perfect timing, Proscenic just launched the new A9 Air Purifier which we take for a spin, almost literally, to see if it is as good as it sounds.

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Abode Cam 2 is the latest budget security camera for your smart home

Abode Cam 2 is the latest budget security camera for your smart home

Abode has introduced its new Cam 2, a small block-shaped home security camera with a budget-tier price. The new model promises a mix of features, including person detection, two-way audio, support for major AI assistants, and more. Though it's not quite as inexpensive as Wyze's similarly-shaped Cam products, the model still undercuts most of its competition.

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Elgato Light Strip and acoustic Wave Panels give streamers an A/V upgrade

Elgato Light Strip and acoustic Wave Panels give streamers an A/V upgrade

Elgato has launched a new Light Strip of color-changing LEDs, along with a set of acoustic panels intent to help streamers cut echo and make their home studios look more enticing. The Elgato Light Strip may not have a clever name, but it does pack 108 RGBWW LEDs along its 79 inch length.

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Withings smart scales and blood pressure cuff add cellular for IoT ease

Withings smart scales and blood pressure cuff add cellular for IoT ease

Withings is launching two new connected health devices, a smart scale and a blood pressure monitor, with cellular onboard so that they can get online even without WiFi or Bluetooth. The Withings Body Pro cellular smart scale and Withings BPM Connect Pro cellular blood pressure monitor are designed to make remote patient monitoring more straightforward, particularly during a time when telehealth services have moved to the fore.

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Amazon tests a Smart Cuckoo Clock, but its future is uncertain

Amazon tests a Smart Cuckoo Clock, but its future is uncertain

The cuckoo clock -- the kind where something cute or amusing comes out to mark a new hour -- has largely fallen out of fashion. Analog clocks in the home are, in general, something you don't see too often, but that didn't stop Amazon from launching a hybrid smart analog clock...and now it is testing a cuckoo clock concept.

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 adds radar for more nuanced motion alerts

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 adds radar for more nuanced motion alerts

Ring has revealed a new, smarter doorbell camera, with the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 borrowing sensors you might normally expect to find on cars and clever drones for a big upgrade to motion detection. The new model packs a radar sensor for 3D Motion Detection, for what Ring says is an improvement in detection along with a bird's eye view of the area around your front door.

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