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Apple acquires Xnor.ai leaving Wyze cams blind to people

Apple acquires Xnor.ai leaving Wyze cams blind to people

Apple buys smaller tech companies from time to time, as its own PR would reply to inquiries. It's no that often, however, that you hear of such an acquisition causing a different company direct problems. That's exactly the strange situation behind Apple's reported purchase of Seattle-based startup Xnor.ai which is apparently the real reason why Wyze is losing a key feature of its smart security cameras.

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Samsung SmartThings app will soon offer Smartcar integration

Samsung SmartThings app will soon offer Smartcar integration

Samsung SmartThings is the first smart home app to get integration with the Smartcar API, enabling vehicle owners to access and control aspects of their car from within the mobile app. The integration applies to 'most new cars' located in the US, according to Smartcar, which says that vehicle owners will soon see their car listed next to their othher connected products within SmartThings.

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Samsung Indoor Gardening Appliance revealed at CES 2020

Samsung Indoor Gardening Appliance revealed at CES 2020

The Samsung "Indoor Gardening Appliance" is a new device that'll allow users to grow plants inside their home. From the outside, this appliance looks simple. Much like Samsung's other modern appliances, this piece of hardware is made to be a part of your established home life - unassuming, simple, and generally aesthetically pleasing. This Indoor Gardening Appliance was revealed at CES 2020.

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August Wi-Fi Smart Lock goes on a diet and ditches the bridge

August Wi-Fi Smart Lock goes on a diet and ditches the bridge

Smart door locks are one of the hardest parts of the smart home market to get into. Given the risks and potential fallout, few seemed to dare promise security married to hi-tech convenience. August dared and, to date, remains one of the top names in that corner of the IoT industry. At CES 2020, it's showing that it isn't done yet even after nine products. Its latest offer slims down the door lock to a more convenient size and includes Wi-Fi from the get-go.

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Yale Smart Storage products go beyond doors and gates

Yale Smart Storage products go beyond doors and gates

Yale is a name best known for all sorts of locks and bolts, which means it is also one of those hit by the sudden rush to make all things inside the home smart. Fortunately, Yale is not at all averse to expanding its portfolio to embrace the latest technologies and trends. In fact, at CES 2020, it is announcing three new products that connect to the Internet and, indirectly, to your smartphone to solve two of the biggest theft problems in the world: packages and cookies.

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Google Assistant at CES previews sticky notes, scheduled actions, long-form voices

Google Assistant at CES previews sticky notes, scheduled actions, long-form voices

Google has brought the Assistant along to CES 2020, and it's gaining new family features as well as previewing Scheduled Actions and a more natural way to read long-form content. There's certainly no shortage of Assistant-enabled devices at the annual tech show, where Google's virtual helper continues its battle with arch-rival Amazon Alexa. Now, though, the Assistant is getting some features Alexa doesn't have.

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Philips Hue adds outdoor lamps, Sync TV voice control and refines Zones

Philips Hue adds outdoor lamps, Sync TV voice control and refines Zones

Philips Hue is getting new smart switches, new outdoor connected lights, and adding voice control for the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, the smart home lighting company has announced at CES 2020. In addition to easier control, Hue-owner Signify is also pushing easier installation of its custom fixtures, by adding low-voltage versions that don't necessarily require an electrician to fit them outdoors.

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Nice debuts new smart home products for the US market

Nice debuts new smart home products for the US market

The IoT industry has taken hold of homes worldwide and, of course, it isn't only the big names in the market that are playing the game. Manufacturers of connected home products can be found all over the world but not all of them are able to make their mark in the large US market. Italian company Nice is making another stab at making it big with a line of smart home products covering almost everything from smart home hubs to garage door openers.

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Hogar Controls Prima turns boring physical switches into touch surfaces

Hogar Controls Prima turns boring physical switches into touch surfaces

It may sometimes feel almost ironic but despite the number of smart products in homes today, the venerable switch has mostly remained the same. Even plugs and outlets are getting upgrades or at least smart plugs that bridge the divide. Devices are also getting more sophisticated, some requiring more than a binary switch. Hogar Controls is now trying to change that situation with its new Prima Touch Switch series that will let you do more than just turning things on and off.

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Level Lock gives your existing deadbolt a secret smart upgrade

Level Lock gives your existing deadbolt a secret smart upgrade

Smart home security is one of the hardest things to get started on, though smart security cameras have recently started making installation a lot easier. Smart door locks, however, still present a major hurdle because they often require you to replace your existing lock with something that may not fit your door or its design. That's the genius behind Level "invisible" Lock that actually hides inside your existing deadbolt, allowing you to keep your old lock while still gaining the benefits of a phone-controlled smart lock.

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LIFX introduces new smart lighting solutions and a new app experience

LIFX introduces new smart lighting solutions and a new app experience

Back when the whole IoT industry was still at its infancy, the easiest way to get started in making home smarter was through smart bulbs like the Philips Hue. Today, the smart lighting section of that market is a little too congested, leaving players to come up with new ideas to make their brand known. LIFX stands somewhere in that crowd and is now expanding its lineup to include classic looking bulbs and a smart switch that can be controlled with the new LIFX mobile app.

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CookingPal Julia smart cooking system will almost do everything for you

CookingPal Julia smart cooking system will almost do everything for you

Smart devices are invading the kitchen. It started with a tablet that would let you follow step-by-step cooking videos and then reached refrigerators that could see what they store inside. Now CookingPal is taking kitchen intelligence to the next level with Julia, an intelligent autonomous cooking system that will not only suggest meals for you but will almost do all the cooking too. Presuming you have all the ingredients ready, of course.

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