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Samsung Galaxy Home Bixby smart speaker HomePod-rival previewed

Samsung Galaxy Home Bixby smart speaker HomePod-rival previewed

While the Galaxy Note 9 is the main focus of today's Samsung Unpacked event, the company still had a few surprises up its sleeve. In addition to revealing a new smartwatch, Samsung also announced a new product called Galaxy Home. This is the oft-discussed Bixby speaker that has been the subject of plenty of rumors since Bixby first arrived on the scene, and it looks like it's finally happening.

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Just 2% of Alexa users tried to buy stuff with voice in 2018 [UPDATE: Amazon Statement]

Just 2% of Alexa users tried to buy stuff with voice in 2018 [UPDATE: Amazon Statement]

Sources this week suggested that Amazon's Alexa devices aren't working exactly the way they'd been expected to work with regard to other Amazon products. In the report, it's said that in the year 2018, (so far,) just 2% of users of Alexa products tried to purchase a product on Amazon with their voice. Of those that tried to make a purchase with Alexa, a whopping 90% never tried to buy another product with their voice through the service.

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This Arlo Pro 2 wireless security camera deal is huge [Update]

This Arlo Pro 2 wireless security camera deal is huge [Update]

Wireless security cameras are one of the most popular entry points into the connected home, and a new deal today makes going completely cable-free even easier. Netgear spin-off Arlo's Pro 2 Home Security Camera System not only relies on a wireless connection to link each of the weatherproof cameras, but they're battery-powered, too.

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New Alexa Away Mode skill aims to scare off burglars with goofy audio

New Alexa Away Mode skill aims to scare off burglars with goofy audio

Among the many tricks homeowners can use to deter break-ins while they're away is to leave things like lights or a radio/TV on, in turn making burglars think that someone is home. But there's a new skill for Amazon's Alexa that puts an interesting twist on this idea. Dubbed "Away Mode," the skill will play audio recordings of lengthy conversations, once again to make it seem like someone is home, but the actual context of these conversations are ridiculous and hilarious.

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Neato Botvac D7 Connected update adds multi-floor mapping, boost charge

Neato Botvac D7 Connected update adds multi-floor mapping, boost charge

Neato has released a software update for its Botvac D7 Connected smart vacuum, adding a pair of major new features. The vacuum itself is already available to purchase for $799 USD; existing owners will soon see an update notification from the mobile app. After updating, the Botvac D7 Connected will be able to learn the layout of more than one floor in the owner's home, as well as intelligently boost its charge to finish a job.

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Philips Hue Adore Bathroom connected mirror emits soft, warm glow

Philips Hue Adore Bathroom connected mirror emits soft, warm glow

The Philips Hue lighting product lineup has expanded with the launch of Adore Bathroom, a wall mirror with a diffused glowing ring around the edge. The model can be mounted on any wall, such as above a bathroom sink, providing a soft glow and warm color as a gentle alternative to flipping on the harsh overhead lights.

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Amazon Echo Dot 3rd-gen leaks with fabric design in new images

Amazon Echo Dot 3rd-gen leaks with fabric design in new images

A pair of images leaked by a French website reportedly show Amazon's next-generation Echo Dot, the company's relatively inexpensive smart speaker with Alexa. The company launched the 2nd-gen Echo Dot in 2016, so it wouldn't be surprising for Amazon to unveil an updated model in the near future. Assuming the leak does show the upcoming unofficial speaker, Amazon has made some big design changes.

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Alexa Cast brings a long-awaited feature to Amazon Music

Alexa Cast brings a long-awaited feature to Amazon Music

Amazon has announced that Amazon Music is getting Alexa Cast compatibility, bringing it one step closer to being a fully-fledged competitor to Spotify. Casting, of course, is not a new concept, but the Amazon Music app has been strangely missing that kind of functionality up until now. That all changes today, as you can now cast music from your phone to any Alexa device you might own.

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Lenovo Smart Display Review: Show & Tell for the Google Assistant

Lenovo Smart Display Review: Show & Tell for the Google Assistant

Lenovo's Smart Display brings show & tell to the Google Assistant, adding a touchscreen to the smart speaker and taking on Amazon's Echo Show in the process. First of a series of display-enabled Assistant devices to make it to shelves, Lenovo's gadget aims to win a spot on your kitchen counter or your nightstand with both voice and touch control, as well as the promise of better integration with your smartphone than Alexa can provide.

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Mayfield Robotics halts business as Kuri robot cancelled

Mayfield Robotics halts business as Kuri robot cancelled

Mayfield Robotics, the startup developing the companion 'bot Kuri, has halted operations, another fatality in the tough home robotics space. The company, part of the Bosch Startup Platform, announced the news today, along with confirming that all pre-order deposits that had been placed for the robot will be refunded.

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Arlo Doorbell and Arlo Chime offer flexible twist in smart security

Arlo Doorbell and Arlo Chime offer flexible twist in smart security

Netgear has added a smart doorbell and chime to its Arlo range of wireless security cameras, though it's missing a feature we've grown used to from rivals. The Arlo Doorbell and Arlo Chime, like Nest Hello and the Ring Doorbell, support two-way audio so that you can speak to whoever is at your door, even if you're not home.

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Apple HomeKit’s big software upgrade just got its first IoT gadget

Apple HomeKit’s big software upgrade just got its first IoT gadget

Apple's software protocols allowing HomeKit compatibility without demanding IoT gadgets have a physical chip inside have finally made it into the wild. A new firmware version Belkin's Wemo line-up of connected smart switches make them the first to gain support, which is widely expected to light a fire under Apple HomeKit adoption.

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