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Wyze Bulb just the start, budget smart home firm promises

Wyze Bulb just the start, budget smart home firm promises

The unexpected arrival of the Wyze Bulb has been followed by open sales through the company's app, with the notably affordable smart lighting set to ship in June. Spotted earlier in the week, the Wyze Bulb takes on established challengers like Philips Hue and LIFX.

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Comcast activity monitor may let Grandma stay safe at home

Comcast activity monitor may let Grandma stay safe at home

It would appear that Comcast wants to monetize your health. Word this afternoon is that Comcast is working on a smart home device not unlike that of the Amazon Echo and/or Google Home. Smart home speaker is the name of the game, and Comcast is aiming at making cash via hospitals. If they can keep you out of the emergency room, surely they deserve compensation for your health - and the health of your grandmother?

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Wyze Bulb is an $8 bomb in the smart lighting market

Wyze Bulb is an $8 bomb in the smart lighting market

Wyze has made a name for itself with its unexpectedly affordable connected security cameras, and now the Wyze Bulb aims to do the same for smart lighting. Taking on Philips Hue, LIFX, and others, the Wyze Bulb's big boast is that it's priced from just $7.99, a fraction of what you'd pay for rivals.

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Lutron Aurora Philips Hue dimmer is the smartest smart-switch yet

Lutron Aurora Philips Hue dimmer is the smartest smart-switch yet

Philips Hue smart bulbs inadvertently cut off from the network could be a problem no longer, with Lutron launching an Aurora dimmer accessory that also prevents accidental switch-offs. Hue bulbs are now a mainstay of many smart home installations, however they typically come with one lingering problem. For the bulbs to work, the power must remain switched on.

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Works with Nest transition to Works with Google Assistant explained

Works with Nest transition to Works with Google Assistant explained

At I/O 2019 last week, Google announced that Nest would be its single brand not just for existing Nest products but also for its other smart home devices, like the Home smart speakers. It was meant to consolidate the branding strategy and lessen confusion but, as with any reorganization, it produces more confusion at the start. Now Google is providing details on how that transition will proceed, especially with the Works with Nest platform.

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Nest Hub Max: Hands-on with this camera-clad display

Nest Hub Max: Hands-on with this camera-clad display

Google revealed the Next Home Hub today, and with it, they re-shuffled their branding for smart home products. Now we've got a bigger Nest Hub Max (with 10-inch screen) and the smaller Nest Hub. This larger device is akin to a device released before, by Google, albeit without the camera.

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Google Nest consolidates smart home products under single brand

Google Nest consolidates smart home products under single brand

Google brought Nest back into the fold last year, and now it has announced that the smart home brand is being rebranded as Google Nest. The decision was announced during the Google I/O 2019 keynote today, marking the latest change for Nest. Before being absorbed into Google, Nest existed as a separate company under Alphabet. The rebrand joins Google's announcement that its Home products are being moved under the Nest brand.

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Amazon Alexa reportedly has no option to stop recording commands

Amazon Alexa reportedly has no option to stop recording commands

Smart speakers and their cousins smart displays and smart thermostats are the new darlings of the consumer tech market. The convenience and sometimes entertainment provided by these products and services seem to outweigh privacy concerns in users' minds. Many simply accept that companies need them to improve their service and presume said companies will protect their privacy. That's not always the case and, thanks to a series of reports from various news sources, Amazon's Alexa might come out as the worst offender.

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Razer Toaster is real: We’ve reached peak gamer gadget

Razer Toaster is real: We’ve reached peak gamer gadget

The Razer Toaster was supposed to be a joke. It was an April Fool's joke over three years ago. But that wasn't the start of this adventure. Back in the year 2012, a fan by the name of Mark Withers struck a deal with the CEO of Razer, Min-Liang Tan. He'd seen a Razer fan named Michael make an offhand comment about a Razer Toaster - he took the idea and ran with it.

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August View shipping paused, refunds given: Here’s how

August View shipping paused, refunds given: Here’s how

Today the folks at August revealed they'd be halting shipping their doorbell camera to new customers. Users that already have an August View doorbell will need to pay attention to this situation, too - it affects everyone involved. According to the company, they have become aware of some "performance challenges in specific user environments."

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Amazon Alexa recorded audio clips aren’t as secret as you think [Update]

Amazon Alexa recorded audio clips aren’t as secret as you think [Update]

It’s amazing what we can literally tell computers, phones, and even appliances to do these days. Once the stuff of science fiction only, voice commands are becoming more common in almost any new device or service. That progress didn’t happen magically overnight and companies like Google, Amazon, and Apple do say that your voice recordings may randomly be selected to be analyzed to improve the service. What they don’t say, however, is that there are humans involved in doing that analysis by listening to those presumed private recordings.

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Amazon Echo Link Amp goes on sale for audiophile Alexa fans

Amazon Echo Link Amp goes on sale for audiophile Alexa fans

Amazon's Echo Link Amp is finally available, giving audiophiles who want Alexa control for their music but with the option to use high-end speakers, a better way to listen. Announced last year amid Amazon's huge splash of Alexa-powered products, the Echo Link Amp acts as a bridge between pro-audio and streaming sources.

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