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TP-Link Kasa Spot and Spot Pan Tilt cameras keep an eye on your home

TP-Link Kasa Spot and Spot Pan Tilt cameras keep an eye on your home

Smart home products are called smart mostly because of how they're able to connect to the Internet to allow for features and experiences that may not have been possible without such a connection. In some sense, networking equipment manufacturers have the advantage of already being knowledgeable and well-known when it comes to exactly that field. It's no surprise, then, that the likes of TP-Link have long jumped on board the smart home train and it is expanding that line with two new 24/7 recording cameras and smart plugs that can make any old appliance a bit smarter.

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Amazon Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5 get a 2021 camera upgrade

Amazon Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5 get a 2021 camera upgrade

Amazon has revealed two new smart displays, and while the 2021 updates to the Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5 may not have an auto-swiveling screen like the Echo Show 10, they're also a lot more affordable. Both get upgraded cameras, with the Echo Show 8 adding digital panning and zooming for video calls to help keep you centered int the frame as you move around.

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Wemo Stage Scene Controller Review: Apple HomeKit remote needs refinement

Wemo Stage Scene Controller Review: Apple HomeKit remote needs refinement

Sometimes, only a button will do. The smart home and the rise of connected devices like lamps, speakers, locks, and more have brought complex automations within reach of a mainstream audience, but sometimes you don't want to have to pull up an app - or talk to a smart speaker - just to switch on the lights. For those in the Apple HomeKit ecosystem, then, the Wemo Stage Scene Controller remote could be the answer.

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Meet Matter: The IoT badge aiming to simplify the smart home

Meet Matter: The IoT badge aiming to simplify the smart home

Get ready to look out for a new name and logo as you shop for the smart home, with the Zigbee Alliance rebranding and launching a new name, Matter, for Project CHIP. The revamp sees the old alliance name retired in favor of the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), intended to reflect a broader array of ways for things like connected bulbs, smart locks, cameras, and more to talk among themselves.

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Tile and Level add Amazon Sidewalk support for neighborhood networks

Tile and Level add Amazon Sidewalk support for neighborhood networks

Amazon Sidewalk, the controversial neighborhood network created by select Echo and Ring devices, is gaining Tile tracker integration, potentially making it easier to hunt down the AirTag rivals. In addition, Level smart locks are also adding support for Sidewalk, while more Echo devices are gaining compatibility for the technology.

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The Google Assistant is adding new ways to corral your family

The Google Assistant is adding new ways to corral your family

Google is adding new Assistant features and tweaking some existing ones to make them more user-friendly, including expanding its Broadcast system. The new Family Broadcast takes the existing functionality - where you can pipe your voice through multiple Google smart speakers and smart displays in the house, useful for announcing meals are ready or reminding people it's time to leave - and enhances it for smartphones and replies.

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A couple has moved into Europe’s first fully 3D printed house

A couple has moved into Europe’s first fully 3D printed house

A Dutch couple, Elize Lutz and Harrie Dekker have become the first in Europe to move into a fully 3D printed house. The house, which is shaped like a boulder, is the first legally habitable property with loadbearing walls made using 3D printing technology. The house is very high-tech and lacks a traditional key to the front door, with a couple using an app to unlock the door.

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Coway Airmega 250 air purifier tackles bigger spaces in smaller footprint

Coway Airmega 250 air purifier tackles bigger spaces in smaller footprint

Air purifier specialist Coway has a new model just in time for pollen and allergy season, with the Airmega 250 promising more filtration in a smaller footprint. Slotting in-between the company's small and stylish Airmega 150, and the larger Airmega 300, the 'tweener also packs a HEPA filter capable of blocking viruses and bacteria.

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Lutron Caseta Outdoor Smart Plug Review: Flexibility in the garden

Lutron Caseta Outdoor Smart Plug Review: Flexibility in the garden

I'm not saying the Lutron Caseta Wireless Outdoor Smart Plug saved me from being viciously attacked by wild birds, but that's certainly a possibility. Latest addition to the Caseta smart home range, the outdoor plug does exactly what you'd expect: give you weatherproof control over exterior devices, without having to worry about the weather.

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Wemo HomeKit remote bypasses apps and Siri for smart home control

Wemo HomeKit remote bypasses apps and Siri for smart home control

Wemo has added a new remote control to its smart home line-up, with the Wemo Stage Scene Controller designed to make controlling HomeKit devices easier when you don't want to pull out your phone or talk to Siri. The three button remote can trigger up to six different Apple HomeKit scenes.

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Google Home won’t ring you anymore if your phone isn’t home

Google Home won’t ring you anymore if your phone isn’t home

We call some products "smart" mostly due to the abilities they have that sometimes go beyond our own skills, at least when it comes to getting information from the Internet. There are times, however, when smart assistants and smart devices don't actually behave that smartly, like things we take for granted because of human behavior or common sense. It is only recently, for example, that these smart speakers and displays have started to adjust their behavior depending on whether there's anyone around in the first place, like ringing them only when you're around to actually answer a call.

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Wyze teams with Noonlight to offer smart home users 24/7 monitoring

Wyze teams with Noonlight to offer smart home users 24/7 monitoring

Budget smart home company Wyze has announced an expanded partnership with Noonlight that offers its customers 24/7 monitoring services. The new option, which comes with a small monthly fee, combines the DIY nature of Wyze's smart home devices with Noonlight's monitoring service, making the overall system a bit more useful for security-minded users.

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