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Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt now works with Google Assistant

Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt now works with Google Assistant

Smart locks are already smart for being able to connect to the Internet, be controlled remotely, and communicate with our mobile devices. These days, however, you’re not a smart home product if you can’t be controlled by voice. Lock master Schlage already has its Sense Smart Deadbolt talking with Siri via Apple HomeKit. Now it’s leveling the mobile platform playing field by making the Sense also respond to “OK Google”.

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Otto smart lock maker stops operations just after 4 months

Otto smart lock maker stops operations just after 4 months

The smart home, a.k.a. connected home, market is fast-growing one that is luring big companies and ambitious startups with the promise of the next big thing after smartphones. Unfortunately, just like many promises, that doesn't always stand up to reality and some companies crash hard. One such big dreamer is Otto, who unveiled its rather pretty smart lock not too long ago. In August 2017, to be precise. But now the company's doors have practically closed, and CEO and Founder Sam Jadallah offers what he hopes will be a cautionary tale for other Silicon Valley hopefuls.

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Microsoft Favorites puts latest gossip on Android lock screens

Microsoft Favorites puts latest gossip on Android lock screens

Microsoft has ironically become an Android app development house when it decided to ignore its own mobile platform. Its Garage skunkworks division has churned out many apps, some experimental but some also graduating to become full-fledged Android apps in their own right. It has put out yet another one, simply called Favorites Lock Screen, and while Microsoft already has a non-Garage Android lock screen app, this one’s slightly different. That’s because Favorites puts not just notifications on your lock screen but also the latest news about your favorite teams, celebs, and topics. Sourced from Bing, of course.

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