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Google promises to crack down on Google Home recording leaks

Google promises to crack down on Google Home recording leaks

Google just recently came under fire for what could be a privacy violation involving Google Assistant on Google Home smart speakers. According to the anonymous source, just like Amazon, Google is sending some recordings to human auditors who process and tag the clips to improve Google Assistant. Google doesn't deny the role that these reviewers play in improving the service but also clarifies its stance on the privacy of its processes.

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Philips Hue Bluetooth bulbs bypass the hub

Philips Hue Bluetooth bulbs bypass the hub

Philips Hue bulbs are getting a Bluetooth upgrade, opening the door to easier installation without requiring a hub. One of the earliest smart bulbs on the market, Hue's new bulbs have so far used Zigbee for mesh networking, a system which has both strengths and drawbacks.

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KitchenAid Smart Oven+ connects with Google Assistant, Alexa, our house

KitchenAid Smart Oven+ connects with Google Assistant, Alexa, our house

Everything is connected today, and not just the obvious culprits like phones, computers, and TVs. These days, even refrigerators and ovens are connected to the Internet or to each other. The latter is what KitchenAid is trying to sell with the new Smart Oven+. First shown of at CES 2019, the smart single or double wall oven allows users to control it through various means, from touch to phone to even, of course, voice.

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Samsung adds affordable SmartThings camera, bulbs and smart plug

Samsung adds affordable SmartThings camera, bulbs and smart plug

Samsung's SmartThings has added a new connected camera, LED bulb, and WiFi smart plug to its line-up, and unusually most don't need to be connected to the SmartThings hub in order to work. The smart home platform was revamped back in 2018, with an updated and more powerful hub, along with a new set of sensors.

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DISH OnTech Smart Services setup smart homes and train customers

DISH OnTech Smart Services setup smart homes and train customers

Connected home appliances and smart devices are getting more and more common these days but not everyone may be confident in setting those up. Their added complexity means that you can no longer just plug an appliance or screw a bulb and just expect it to work. Sometimes, on-site, or in-home rather, installation and training are even needed to take full advantage of these new technologies and DISH's new OnTech Smart Services is more than ready to provide exactly that.

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Lutron Aurora Review: The Hue dimmer I always wanted

Lutron Aurora Review: The Hue dimmer I always wanted

What with apps, smart speakers, and smart displays, it feels sometimes like the connected home forgot about how useful a simple button can be. Lutron's Aurora always-ready smart bulb dimmer is a $40 fix for a thoroughly first-world problem, but don't let that put you off. If you're a Philips Hue user, Aurora may very well be the answer to your prayers.

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Echo Dot Kids Edition gets an upgrade: Louder Alexa, smarter skills

Echo Dot Kids Edition gets an upgrade: Louder Alexa, smarter skills

Amazon has given its Echo Dot Kids Edition an update, with the child-friendly version of Alexa now louder and more colorful. The new smart speaker is based on the third-generation Echo Dot, doing away with the interchangeable bumpers of the previous Kids Edition model and replacing them with fixed fabric covers.

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Roborock S6 Review: One-button simplicity

Roborock S6 Review: One-button simplicity

Over the past several weeks we've been using the Roborock S6, a robot vacuum made to take on the biggest names in the industry. Roborock does not have the name recognition of the Ecovacs, the Neato, or iRobot's Roomba, but it's a robot. It doesn't know how popular it is - all it need to know is where to go to clean. With LDS Navigation and suction power equal to that of a Neato Botvac D7 Connected, this machine is ready to pick up all your dust immediately.

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Facebook Portal will get a successor despite privacy concerns

Facebook Portal will get a successor despite privacy concerns

It's not exactly a great time to be associated with Facebook right now. With the controversy it's knee deep in, almost everything it touches is held suspect for potential privacy violations. Even more so its own products like, for example, that video-calling smart speaker with a display known as Portal. Despite and in spite of all that, Facebook seems to be going full steam ahead with its Portal platform, going as far as announcing a new device coming later this year.

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IKEA made a simple Sonos remote for its Symfonisk speakers

IKEA made a simple Sonos remote for its Symfonisk speakers

IKEA doesn't just have affordable Sonos-powered speakers in the pipeline, but a simple remote control to liberate users from the Sonos app or talking to a smart assistant. The IKEA Symfonisk speakers are set to launch in August, and in the process become the most affordable Sonos-compatible models around. However it's an accessory that fans of the platform may be more excited about.

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IKEA ROGNAN robotic furniture promises cheaper tiny homes

IKEA ROGNAN robotic furniture promises cheaper tiny homes

IKEA is aiming to capitalize on space-short city dwellers with a new set of robotic furniture, ROGNAN, that can transform between a bedroom and a living space. Intended for studio apartments and other smaller locations, the new range can change a room between sleeping, working, and relaxing at the touch of a button.

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The Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker is now expected in Q3 2019

The Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker is now expected in Q3 2019

Samsung isn't giving up on its Bixby-powered smart speaker, with the company insisting that the Galaxy Home is still going to launch - albeit a little later than initially intended. The eye-catching speaker - which has been variously compared to an Alien egg, kettledrum, and a fancy essential oils vaporizer, among other things - was first previewed all the way back in August 2018.

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