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Blink security system integrates with Amazon Alexa

Blink security system integrates with Amazon Alexa

Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap will soon be able to control the Blink security system. This comes after the company announced that they'd be working with Amazon to integrate functionality into the smart voice assistant system, allowing users to "use voice alone to make their homes more secure." This system will allow Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap users to ask Alexa to arm and disarm their Blink security system. Users can also ask for information about their security system at any time.

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Philips Hue Motion Sensor Review

Philips Hue Motion Sensor Review

You can control your connected lighting by app, from your smartwatch, by voice, and even by a good old-fashioned button, but Philips' latest addition to Hue only cares when you're around. The Hue Motion Sensor takes a hands-off approach to smart lighting, triggering scenes across any of Philips' bulbs, lamps, or luminaires when you walk past, either for convenience, security, or both.

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bObsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum review

bObsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum review

I've been cohabiting with a robot slave, and though bObsweep claims its eponymous PetHair Plus vacuum doesn't mind hard labor, I wasn't convinced it would necessarily be the key to domestic bliss. My experiences with robot cleaners have led me to conclude that they have just as much of an appetite for stray cables and rugs as they do dust and dirt, but with one messy, frequently-shedding kitty in the house and a natural disinclination to vacuum myself, it seemed worth a try.

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Honeywell’s Lyric T5 thermostat revealed with Siri and Amazon Echo support

Honeywell’s Lyric T5 thermostat revealed with Siri and Amazon Echo support

If you're in the market for a new Wi-Fi thermostat but aren't necessarily looking to spend an arm and a leg, Honeywell has a new product it hopes will catch your attention. Honeywell is launching the newest entry in its Lyric line, announcing the Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat today, which comes compatible with Apple HomeKit and Amazon Echo out of the box.

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Wink Hub 2 goes radio wild to hook up the smart home

Wink Hub 2 goes radio wild to hook up the smart home

Smart home lynchpin Wink has revealed the second generation of its home hub, with the Wink Hub 2 promising greater product support, broader interconnectivity, and a slicker app. Wink is one of the companies pushing, not a range of its own smart home components like connected locks and lights, but a way to join together various such products from third-party manufacturers and control them from a centralized app.

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Apple reportedly testing its Siri-powered smart home speaker

Apple reportedly testing its Siri-powered smart home speaker

Amazon may have flopped with its attempt to get into the smartphone game with its own Fire Phone, but the company has found a sure-fire hit in its internet-connected Echo smart speaker. Now others a rushing to play catch-up, including Google with its own Home device, and, if rumors are true, Apple has a product brewing that will use Siri to control a home's lights, appliances, and other connected products.

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Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link Review: Cleaned air, emptied wallet

Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link Review: Cleaned air, emptied wallet

Dyson is known for its distinctive home appliances, and yet nothing quite looks as strange as its "bladeless" fans, like the latest Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link. $599.99 gets you the pinnacle of the British engineering firm's HVAC technology, a fan which can not only manage the temperature in your home but promises to make the air cleaner too, complete with app integration.

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Pyle Audio’s Smart Robot Vacuum rolls out with built-in camera

Pyle Audio’s Smart Robot Vacuum rolls out with built-in camera

The list robot vacuums out there seems to be getting longer every day, but Pyle Audio is hoping its new Smart Robot Vacuum can catch some attention in the already crowded space. The Smart Robot Vacuum comes outfitted with a built-in HD camera and supports six different cleaning modes, while also offering up a companion app for iOS and Android.

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Nest Sightline borrows Google smarts for fewer alerts and free service

Nest Sightline borrows Google smarts for fewer alerts and free service

Nest is rolling out a new, smarter app for its security cameras, adding free historical images for all users, as well as putting a release date on the new Nest Cam Outdoor. The weatherproof camera, announced back in July, is actually already shipping to preorder customers, and should start arriving on doorsteps today, Nest says.

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New Nest colors adds white, black, or copper to your wall

New Nest colors adds white, black, or copper to your wall

When it comes to home design, a smart looking smart thermostat might not be your first thought for a makeover, but Nest is hoping some new finishes might tempt you into an upgrade. Based on the current third-generation Nest, the new Learning Thermostat finishes are the company's first diversion from basic silver.

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LG Smart Instaview Door-in-Door Fridge up close and personal

LG Smart Instaview Door-in-Door Fridge up close and personal

Let the battle of the smart refrigerators commence: LG has a new entry in the smart fridge space, introducing the world to its Instaview Door-in-Door Fridge at IFA 2016. Like the Instaview that came before, this latest iteration has a panel in the door that allows users to look inside without having to open the fridge up, but that panel has a lot more functionality this time around.

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Netatmo smart radiator valve aims to save energy this winter

Netatmo smart radiator valve aims to save energy this winter

Some places in the world are hot during the summer and spend huge amounts of money to cool homes while others get cheap utility bills in the summer and spend boatloads trying to heat their homes in the winter. With winter almost here, if you are in an area that has traditionally high costs for heating during cold months, and you have radiators in your home for heating the Netatmo radiator valve wants to save you some money this winter. Netatmo claims that it can save you up to 37% on energy consumption, which equates directly into money saved on your bill.

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