IoT

Alexa now knows if your August smart lock door is shut

Alexa now knows if your August smart lock door is shut

August's DoorSense system, which alerts users if their door hasn't properly closed, has been added to the company's Alexa skill. The update, which requires certain lock models in August's line-up in order to work, means that those with an Amazon Echo or other Alexa-powered device can now ask the smart assistant for an update on whether their door is actually closed or not.

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Amazon Echo Plus Review

Amazon Echo Plus Review

Amazon's smart home dream sounds an awful lot like living on the Starship Enterprise, and in that dream the new Echo Plus is there gateway to an automated future. At $149.99, it undercuts the original Amazon Echo it so closely resembles, but counts on better audio quality and an integrated smart home hub to warrant its premium over the 2017 Echo and the bargain Echo Dot. As I found, though, Alexa's insistence on treating all her Echo children as equal may undercut some of the Echo Plus' advantages.

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Amazon Echo Dot gets a big discount, but you’ll need to be quick

Amazon Echo Dot gets a big discount, but you’ll need to be quick

Amazon has a variety of different Echo devices available these days, but if you've yet to dive into the Alexa ecosystem, the company has a new deal aimed directly at you. Amazon has discounted its second-generation Echo Dot today, making its cheapest Alexa device even more inexpensive. You'll have to act fast, though, because this deal isn't going to last very long.

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Cyber Shield Act IoT security labeling proposed by Dems

Cyber Shield Act IoT security labeling proposed by Dems

A scheme to label Internet of Things devices that meet more stringent security standards has been proposed by the US Democrats, responding to mounting concerns about the safety of connected gadgets. The idea, dubbed the Cyber Shield Act of 2017, was put forward by Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today. In addition to a labeling scheme that compliant IoT devices would bear, if passed it would also be responsible for establishing a best-practices advisory committee.

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New Jibo ship date drops social robot into Alexa’s new world

New Jibo ship date drops social robot into Alexa’s new world

Remember Jibo? The social robot promised to be your family's best houseguest ever al the way back in 2014, with its lifelike movements and witty quips. Delays followed, of course, but now the company says it's finally - finally - ready to launch.

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Noon smart lighting replaces switches with OLED touchscreen

Noon smart lighting replaces switches with OLED touchscreen

For most of us, the entry point to the smart home is connected lighting, and that's where startup Noon Home aims to make its mark. Rather than persuading people to switch out their bulbs for wireless versions, like Hue or LIFX, or the lamps themselves, Noon replaces the light switches with smart versions.

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Logitech Circle 2 security cameras get Google Assistant integration

Logitech Circle 2 security cameras get Google Assistant integration

Logitech has announced that its Circle 2 models now work with Google Assistant, the latest functionality to arrive for these small circle-shaped home security cameras. This announcement follows Logitech's addition of Apple HomeKit support for the Circle 2 this past September. With the new support, owners can access their security camera feeds using voice commands.

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Wink Lookout IoT home security system is an all-in-one bundle

Wink Lookout IoT home security system is an all-in-one bundle

Wink has unveiled a new home safety system called Lookout, an IoT option for home owners and renters who want a connected way to protect their home. Wink Lookout is described as an all-in-one offering that is composed of three different products: sensors for windows and doors, a motion sensor, and a Siren & Chime device. These components are connected together via the Wink Hub.

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DISH Joey Alexa control: Here’s how to set it up

DISH Joey Alexa control: Here’s how to set it up

Earlier this year, DISH rolled out Alexa support to its Hopper and Wally set-top boxes. While that implementation likely covered a lot of DISH users, customers who use Joey boxes were unfortunately left out in the cold. That all changes today, as DISH has announced Alexa support for Joey clients as well.

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Amazon Cloud Cam: What you need to know

Amazon Cloud Cam: What you need to know

Earlier today, Amazon introduced the world to its new in-home delivery service, Amazon Key. Operating as an integral part of Amazon Key is the new Cloud Cam, which will allow you to watch deliveries as they happen through the accompanying app. There are actually quite a few details about the Amazon Cloud Cam that are worth knowing before you decide to buy one, so let's dive into them.

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Amazon Key in-home delivery is asking for your trust

Amazon Key in-home delivery is asking for your trust

As expected, Amazon has turned its eye toward in-home delivery with today's introduction of Amazon Key. The service, which will be available to Prime members beginning next month, will grant Amazon delivery drivers with keyless access to your house so they can drop off your packages safely inside. Amazon Key will be available in "37 cities and surrounding areas" throughout the US to start, with more locations coming online after launch.

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Amazon Echo Review (2017)

Amazon Echo Review (2017)

Amazon couldn't have hoped for a better response when it created the smart speaker market three years ago with the original Amazon Echo. What once seemed like a vaguely creepy gimmick - a virtual assistant housed in a slender black totem - has gone on to spawn multiple models along with numerous competitors. Now, Amazon has a new version of the Echo for 2017: smaller, and - at $99.99 - more affordable, but can it impress like the original did?

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