smart home

Elgato becomes Eve as it sells gaming arm to Corsair

Elgato becomes Eve as it sells gaming arm to Corsair

A lot of companies will tell you that smart homes are the future, and it seems Elgato believes the same thing. Today, Elgato announced that it will rebrand to Eve Systems, which shares the name of the company's smart home product line up. It seems that Eve, which was introduced back in 2014, has been a successful endeavor for Elgato, because it will now shift its focus entirely to IoT and smart home devices.

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Google Home and Chromecast outage leaves users livid

Google Home and Chromecast outage leaves users livid

Google Home and Chromecast are both down, with widespread reports from users that their smart speakers won't work and their streaming adapters won't stream. Saying "Ok Google" to a Google Home speaker, for instance, gets the response that "there was a glitch, try again in a few seconds."

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Tapplock Smart Lock isn’t so smart about security

Tapplock Smart Lock isn’t so smart about security

Home security is getting smarter, or at least that’s what the fast growing smart home market is trying to say. Pundits, however, warn of how the IoT rush could cause lapses in security, which has been proven time and again. Nowhere is that more troubling than when smart locks themselves are involved. One newcomer to that market is Tapplock, and its fingerprint-secured smart lock may not be so secure after all.

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Amazon’s Hub delivery lockers go nationwide to solve apartment headache

Amazon’s Hub delivery lockers go nationwide to solve apartment headache

Amazon is rolling out Hub by Amazon across the US, after its apartment building delivery system began accepting packages in a limited roll-out last year. The computerized lockers are the private version of Amazon Locker, intended to be installed in apartment communities so that deliveries can be secured even when recipients aren't home.

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TP-Link Deco M9 Plus mesh router doubles as a smart home hub

TP-Link Deco M9 Plus mesh router doubles as a smart home hub

TP-Link has a new mesh router on the scene, and it seems to do a little bit of everything. Today the company revealed the Deco M9 Plus, a tri-band router that can cover the same area with fewer nodes than previous releases in the Deco line. Beyond that, the Deco M9 Plus has a few tricks up its sleeve as well.

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Audi’s e-tron electric SUV will charge smarter with solar

Audi’s e-tron electric SUV will charge smarter with solar

The Audi e-tron will be a weather forecaster as well as an electric SUV, the automaker has revealed, taking factors like upcoming conditions into account when intelligently charging. The new SUV goes on sale in Europe later this year, alongside a new smart home Audi connect charging system that promises more efficient, not to mention cheaper replenishment of the batteries.

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Amazon Echo Look wider availability comes at the worst time possible

Amazon Echo Look wider availability comes at the worst time possible

Amazon can be credited (or blamed) for creating and pushing for the fast-growing smart speaker market. Lately, it can also be blamed for making people suddenly pause and reconsider their choices. Perhaps Amazon wants to show that it’s business as usual for its Echo devices, the retailer has just announced that its Echo Look device is now available for all US customers. Considering its recent privacy fiasco and what the Echo Look entails, it might just be digging its own grave.

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Lenovo Smart Display pre-order heralds Google Assistant’s new home

Lenovo Smart Display pre-order heralds Google Assistant’s new home

Smart speakers are one of the fastest growing segments in the consumer market. That was until Amazon made a blunder that have thrown the AI-powered devices into hot water. But even before the privacy fiasco, two of the largest smart speaker companies were already planning to dish it out in a new arena: smart speakers with screens. Google already made its Smart Display spiel, both at CES 2018 and, more recently, at I/O last month. Now the first of those, the 8 and 10-inch Lenovo Smart Display are available for pre-order, signaling the next wave of smart home devices.

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Hue Sync release liberates on-screen color from your PC and Mac

Hue Sync release liberates on-screen color from your PC and Mac

Your Philips Hue bulbs are about to get a lot more interesting, with Hue Sync launching to expand the colors from your PC or Mac into the room. Designed to deliver a more immersive viewing experience, whether you're watching movies or playing games, Hue Sync offers a DIY approach to Philips' Ambilight TV sets.

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Elgato’s Eve Aqua adds HomeKit to your outdoor faucet

Elgato’s Eve Aqua adds HomeKit to your outdoor faucet

Elgato is spreading the smart home outside with the new Eve Aqua and Eve Flare bringing the IoT to your irrigation system and exterior lighting. Adding to Elgato's growing Eve platform of connected devices, which already includes interior lighting, HomeKit-enabled temperature sensors, and more, the new products are both designed to work with Apple's smart home system.

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Here’s how to turn off Amazon Alexa calling

Here’s how to turn off Amazon Alexa calling

If Alexa's "butt dialing" this week has made you paranoid about your Echo, you're not alone, but luckily there's a way to prevent inadvertent eavesdropping by the smart speaker. As one family of Echo owners discovered, to their horror, Alexa can mis-hear commands and accidentally share a private conversation with a random contact. There's a way to prevent that completely, but there are a few steps you need to know first.

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Just don’t buy that smart speaker

Just don’t buy that smart speaker

Alexa isn't eavesdropping on your every conversation, secretly sharing them with whoever it likes, but even if it was there's an easy way to avoid that. The latest controversy over smart speakers and the Internet of Things comes down to privacy, as is so often the way, with Amazon's Echo accused of playing impromptu postwoman with a private chat recorded and shared.

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