Smart home

Wyze Cam Spotlight security camera boosts night vision with built-in lamp

Wyze Cam Spotlight security camera boosts night vision with built-in lamp

Smart home and Internet of Things company Wyze has introduced a new security camera product designed for users who want maximum video visibility at night. The product, which is called the Wyze Cam Spotlight, is the company's cube-shaped security camera with one big upgrade: it has a built-in spotlight for thoroughly illuminating subjects and scenes.

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Nest cameras add offline storage to save clips during internet outages

Nest cameras add offline storage to save clips during internet outages

Nest is adding offline storage to its latest range of security cameras, allowing them to save video files even if their link to the cloud is temporarily interrupted. The new feature debuts on today's four-strong range of updated Nest models: the Nest Cam, Nest Doorbell, Nest Cam with Floodlight, and Nest Cam (wired).

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Nest Doorbell and new Nest Cams official: More style, storage and smarts

Nest Doorbell and new Nest Cams official: More style, storage and smarts

Nest has launched a quartet of new smart home products, with a new Nest Cam, Nest Doorbell, Nest Cam wired, and Nest Cam with Floodlight bringing revamped styling and more onboard-smarts. The redesigned range of home security devices include an uptick in onboard machine learning, allowing for data to be processed on-device rather than in the cloud.

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Amazon’s Smart Soap Dispenser keeps the CDC and Alexa happy

Amazon’s Smart Soap Dispenser keeps the CDC and Alexa happy

Amazon wants to make sure your hands are clean, with a new Alexa-connected Smart Soap Dispenser proving that there's really no room where the assistant can't follow you. The new gadget, quietly added to Amazon's virtual shelves today, doesn't have a speaker or microphone itself, but it does help you meet the CDC's guidelines for how long you're scrubbing your filthy fingers.

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IKEA STARKVIND hides a smart air purifier in a handy side table

IKEA STARKVIND hides a smart air purifier in a handy side table

IKEA has a new air purifier, though at first glance you might assume STARKVIND is actually a side-table, since the Scandinavian design company has integrated the two. Connected to IKEA's TRÅDFRI smart home platform, the STARKVIND air purifier aims to tackle not only air quality but one of the big challenges purifiers face.

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How to switch to Amazon Alexa’s new Echo voice

How to switch to Amazon Alexa’s new Echo voice

Amazon's Alexa has a new voice option, and if you've wanted something new in your conversations, switching to a different sounding assistant could do the trick. The company quietly rolled out the new Alexa voice earlier this month, and changing over is straightforward.

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Amazon wants a future where you don’t install Alexa Skills

Amazon wants a future where you don’t install Alexa Skills

Alexa Skills may have proved popular for adding new functionality to Amazon's virtual assistant, but the company is aiming to make the chatty smart home tech clever enough that users don't need to go out looking for third-party add-ons. Currently, there are more than 100,000 Alexa Skills - effectively apps for the voice-first assistant - available, and with that comes confusion.

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Amazon Alexa finally gets a male voice and an additional name

Amazon Alexa finally gets a male voice and an additional name

Voice-controlled AI-powered assistants are pretty smart these days, but they didn't exactly start out that way. They weren't particularly smart about the way they sounded, at least not in the beginning. Almost all of these smart assistants, regardless of company or name, started out with a female voice before finally allowing users to pick from a variety of voices. The lone holdout among the major AI assistants is Alexa, but Amazon is finally letting users pick a male-sounding voice, eight years after the assistant debuted.

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This Verizon Smart Display has LTE inside to get you outage answers

This Verizon Smart Display has LTE inside to get you outage answers

Verizon has revealed its own Smart Display, an Alexa-powered screen that packs its own LTE connection as well as WiFi. Built in collaboration with Amazon, it's the first example of a smart home product made with the Amazon Custom Assistant, meaning Verizon Fios customers will be able to ask for specific account details and get service support.

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Samsung gives in and serves up built-in Alexa in new Family Hub fridges

Samsung gives in and serves up built-in Alexa in new Family Hub fridges

Samsung today announced the sixth-generation Family Hub smart fridge, and with it, we're getting a big addition. While Family Hub refrigerators have primarily supported Samsung's Bixby and SmartThings platforms in the past, this is the first generation that will come with Amazon's Alexa built-in. That, obviously, gives users more flexibility in how they integrate a Family Hub fridge with their smart home setup.

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Samsung SmartThings Energy can monitor your power consumption

Samsung SmartThings Energy can monitor your power consumption

Global conditions seem to be conspiring to make us use up more energy these days. The COVID-19 pandemic forced many people to stay at home, consuming more electricity to while away the days. Unusual and extreme weather conditions are also forcing many to fire up their heating or air conditioning more often than usual. In addition to increasing power consumption and carbon footprint, these scenarios also result increased electricity bills. In light of that, Samsung's new SmartThings Energy service wants to help customers reduce their expenses, and it starts by simply knowing how much energy you're using in the first place.

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Wyze Light Strip brings smart accent lighting to every part of your home

Wyze Light Strip brings smart accent lighting to every part of your home

Wyze is offering another connected light product, this one quite different than its smart light bulb. The Wyze Light Strip, which is now available to preorder, allows users to add accent lighting just about anywhere in their home with peel-and-stick functionality. Unlike most strip lights, the Wyze Light Strip can be controlled with your phone.

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