Smart home

Nest smart displays to get Google Duplex support, Guest Mode upgrade

Nest smart displays to get Google Duplex support, Guest Mode upgrade

Google Assistant has always revolved around voice interactions but Google was able to give it a face in the form of smart displays. Now falling under the Nest smart home brand, Google has provided some visual feedback to augment Google Assistant's capabilities in your house. Not all smart Assistant features are available yet on those smart displays, however, and one upcoming addition will make booking tables at restaurants a breeze. At least when Google Duplex does finally arrive on the Nest Hub Max and its kin.

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Ecobee SmartThermostat is the first of its kind to get built-in Siri support

Ecobee SmartThermostat is the first of its kind to get built-in Siri support

Soon after Apple's WWDC 2021 keynote today, ecobee revealed that its SmartThermostat with Voice Control will be the first smart thermostat device to get built-in Siri support. With this, customers who are heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem can use their HomePod mini and HomePod smart speakers to talk with the smart thermostat using the typical 'Hey Siri' command.

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Apple Smart Home updates tap Apple TV, HomePod, Matter integration

Apple Smart Home updates tap Apple TV, HomePod, Matter integration

This week Apple took their Home category out a whole new door. They revealed that they'd be allowing HomePod mini to pair with Apple TV 4K. Apple added Apple TV controls to HomePod (Hey Siri, watch Ted Lasso). They expanded the ways in which Siri can be used with Apple TV. Apple promised that their smart home universe would be easier to use, better together, and will have a focus on privacy.

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Soon your Apple TV 4K can use HomePod mini as its speakers

Soon your Apple TV 4K can use HomePod mini as its speakers

Apple is enabling the ability to use HomePod mini speakers for your Apple TV's audio, echoing a feature that originally was offered only on the original HomePod. The ability to connect HomePod to the Apple TV and use it instead of your TV's speakers was an easy route to getting an audio upgrade.

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Nanoleaf Elements bring woodgrain to smart lighting panels

Nanoleaf Elements bring woodgrain to smart lighting panels

Nanoleaf Elements were just revealed by the folks that delivered the original triangular light panels. Elements begins with "Wood Look Hexagons", panels with individual wood grain faces and much of the same smart lighting feature set included with each previous Nanoleaf product - save the wide array of color options. These panels are made to be simpler - and more usable by the masses who aren't always seeking full spectrum lighting.

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Philips Hue 4.0 app adds Automations and faster smart lighting control

Philips Hue 4.0 app adds Automations and faster smart lighting control

Philips Hue is getting a new app, and with the fourth-generation there's an increased focus on automation along with easier control to multiple bulbs, lamps, and bridges. It's been a long time since Hue first launched in 2012, and since then the range of lights has increased considerably - along with the expectations of how intelligently those lights act in the home.

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IKEA Symfonisk picture frame is a Sonos speaker in disguise

IKEA Symfonisk picture frame is a Sonos speaker in disguise

Swedish furniture brand IKEA enjoys both popularity and notoriety of its minimalist design, DIY assembly, and, more recently, integration with IoT technologies. Unlike makers of smart home products, IKEA incorporates Internet-connected features in tasteful and sometimes bizarre ways. Its newest attempt might be to sell you an IKEA Symfonisk picture frame that isn't really a picture frame but more like an art deco that happens to house an invisible Sonos speaker inside the frame.

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Wyze Night Light combines classy design with budget price

Wyze Night Light combines classy design with budget price

Wyze has expanded its lineup of inexpensive home products with Wyze Night Light, a small night light that can be linked with multiple other units. The Wyze Night Light is 'smart' in the sense that it can illuminate when it detects motion, as well as automatically turning on and off based on the room's ambient lighting.

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Google Fuchsia OS is ready for release

Google Fuchsia OS is ready for release

Today Google announced that their operating system Fuchsia OS is ready for prime time. They'll be releasing the software for the first-gen Nest Hub first, followed by a whole bunch of other devices in the near future. UPDATE: If you own a first-generation Nest Hub, you could be getting the update to Fuchsia OS as soon as today!*

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Google Nest and Android will support Matter IoT standard

Google Nest and Android will support Matter IoT standard

It was really not unexpected that the beginnings of the smart home market saw different systems that spoke different languages, a.k.a. protocols, to coordinate their activities. There were attempts to consolidate these different systems or at least support most of them one way or another. Matter, the new name of the Connectivity Standards Alliance, is the latest such attempt and it's coming not only to Android but also Google's Nest smart home platform.

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Eufy drops details on privacy bug that showed other peoples’ cameras

Eufy drops details on privacy bug that showed other peoples’ cameras

Eufy has apologized for its huge privacy breach earlier this week, explaining why some owners of the company's connected cameras were suddenly able to see live video and recordings from other peoples' homes. In a new statement, Eufy - an Anker company - claims that 712 users were affected by the glitch, which it blamed on a server update bug.

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It’s time to unplug your Eufy cameras [Update: Statement]

It’s time to unplug your Eufy cameras [Update: Statement]

Owners of Eufy security cameras have found themselves able to see live and recorded video of other, random users, in a huge privacy breach affecting the Anker company. Owners of the affordable cameras began reporting the issue earlier today, with access to other users' cameras - including pan & tilt control on certain models - elsewhere in the world.

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